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"abc7 news" starts right now with live, breaking news. >> that is happening right now in fremont. all lanes of 880 are closed, just south of thorton avenue because of a multiple vehicle accident and police investigation. sky 7 hd took this video a short time ago, showing firefighters helping an injured driver onto a stretcher. just before this, we saw officers with guns drawn, searching the side of the freeway. we don't know who or what they were looking for, other than it's connected to a robbery. they have since closed the other side of the freeway as they continue searching. we are expecting an update for authorities any time now and we'll bring your more information as we get it. for now, thank you for joining us on this thursday. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. good afternoon. larry beil has the day off.
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a frantic search that prompted an amber alert is now over. a little boy was taken in a parked car but is now back with his parents. >> 2-year-old jacob vargas was found hours after his father's car was stolen. >> it was stolen from outside of sole bad. >> chris nguyen joins was the latest. chris? >> reporter: we have received word that the little boy has been take on the a hospital where he's currently being examined by medical staff as a precaution. as we show you some video from sky 7 hd, we're looking live at an area where 2-year-old jacob vargas was found by deputies. that barn where he was found is not too far from gonzalez. it was a carjacking in the family's driveway that led to
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jacob being kidnapped. the father left the car running with the boy inside. just before 2:00 this afternoon, the soledad police chief reported a passer by reported the vehicle. >> the child was inside the car. they broke a window, they gained access to the car. the child was okay. he's safe and breathing. >> thank you, the people out in the community and thanks for that amber alert that was put out and just relieved. >> reporter: soledad police tell us the barn is being treated as an active crime scene and they'll be gathering evidence throughout the evening, hoping to figure out who was responsible for the kidnapping. back here live, jacob's parents are no longer together, but they do share joint custody. they have been inside police
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headquarters being briefed by detectives and hope to be reunited soon. i'm chris nguyen, "abc7 news." back to you. >> chris, thank you. if you have our "abc7 news" app, you received a push notification the moment the amber alert was issued. you can download the app free in your app store. the golden state warriors now stand alone with 73 wins. >> a new nba record for the golden state warriors, and today the frenzy is sweeping the bay area. coverage of game one in the playoffs begins noon at saturday. what fantastic momentum to take into the playoffs. the headline "best ever" this morning in "the chronicle." matt keller explains the celebration is still going on today. >> reporter: once the game was over, the celebration of a record breaking season began. >> 73!
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>> reporter: but the fans took the party outside. >> it's been a great night, the players played great. we're having a great night tonight. >> everyone is celebrating. this is history right here, boys. this is history. >> reporter: the next step for the warriors, winning a championship. is selling tickets for the first round series against the rockets starting at $200. the 73-win t-shirts sold out last night at oracle arena. but don't worry, more are coming. sports merchandise fanatics jumped in right away. >> they know there's been 1400 different teams that have played an nba season, nobody has ever gone 73-9. people want to remember that. a t-shirt is a nice way to do that. >> reporter: you can't look too far ahead when it comes to this team. finals tickets were being sold for less than $1,000 for game
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one. matt keller, "abc7 news." the warriors face the houston rockets in round one of the western conference playoffs. game one is saturday in oakland. if you aren't lucky enough to have a ticket, abc 7 is the only place you can watch the game. coverage begins saturday at noon. and after the game, stay tuned as larry beil and mike shumann will be joined by o'donnell foyle. klay thompson's shoe company -- the new kt-173 shoes feature the number 73 on the soles. the shoes will only be available for sale in china. we want to see your warriors pride as the warriors head into the playoffs now.
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is light showers fell around the bay area. >> spencer christian is here now with the accuweather update and what's coming this weekend. spencer? >> or maybe not. there he is. >> let's go to live doppler 7 hd. clear skies and on we go. rainfall totals, not very impressive. a little wet weather, it can't hurt. here's the view looking northward. 59 degrees in san francisco. mountain view 64. 57 at half moon bay.
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and from our exploratorium camera, at pier 15, 62 degrees in santa rosa and napa. fairfield, 66. livermore, 63. as we look westward from our east bay hills camera, clear and breezy this evening. a little cool in some spots. it warms up nicely in the afternoon. high temperatures from the mid 60s at the coast to mid 70s inland. i'll show you a warmer pattern for the weekend. dan and ama? >> thank you, spencer. a 6.2 earthquake rocked southern japan tonight killing nine people. that death toll was just updated. it struck east of kumamota on the island of kyushu around 9:30 local time. at least 19 homes collapsed. a series of powerful after shocks continue to rock the area. a magnitude 6 struck two hours
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after the main quake. >> oh [ bleep ]! >> the sun is just now rising in japan. that will help officials get a better idea how widespread the damage is. the quake happened about 850 miles southwest of the massive fukushima quake five years ago. seismologists from the u.s. geological survey here in the bay area are watching what's happening closely in the quake area. so far they have documented at least 12 quakes above 4.5 in that region, including two above 6. >> earthquake activity in japan is vigorous. it's like taking california san andreas fault and multiplying it by three or four, because the tectonic plates are crashing into each other. >> the 1995 kobe earthquake
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killed nearly 6500 people occurred along the same fault. the u.s. justice department is looking into the san francisco police department's use of force policies, as well as complaints of racism and bias. >> but that is not what local activists wanted to hear. vic lee is in the newsroom to explain. vic? >> reporter: ron davis, head of the justice department' program, says his investigator also review the culture of the department in light of those racist and homophobic text messages. this in addition to the department's use of force policy. questions like how could this happen? and was there accountability? if there's anything criminal, he's going to leave that up to the u.s. attorney or the d.a. >> we're well aware of the issue with the text messages. >> reporter: ronald davis director of the program called c.o.p.s. there are two different scandals involving san francisco police
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officers. 15 were implicated in the first scandal, which became public last spring. the second revelation came two weeks ago. this time, four officers may have exchanged offensive texts with officer jason lye, who is being investigated. mayor ed lee asked for a federal probe following the shooting of mario woods last december. in february, davis announced that he would review the department's use of force training and practices. today, he said in the conference call his investigation would also look at the issue of racism and bias. but not criminally, and not in specific cases. davis cannot order the police department to implement his recommendations once his investigation is over. he'll rely instead on a police commission, other oversight groups and most importantly --
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>> the court of public opinion. >> they don't have powers to hold the city of -- the police department accountable. >> reporter: alan slosher of the aclu wants the justice department's civil rights division to investigate because they do have teeth. they can go to court to enforce their recommendations. vic lee, "abc7 news." a settlement has been reached in the wrongful death case of cal football player ted agu. his family will receive just under $5 million. he died at age 21 two years ago after an off-season workout. his parents claim their son shouldn't have been in that strenuous workout because he carried the sickle cell trait. the universitied a mited liability for his death. investigators posted these images of the souvenirs, some
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showing donald duck, elvis pressty and the lone ranger on social media yesterday. they are hoping to reunite the bars with the rightful owner. still ahead, a plan to speed up muni buses is stirring up outrage. what the city of san francisco is going to do now. >> the new plan to keep seat hogs under control on b.a.r.t.
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this is "abc7 news." >> new developments today with
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those controversial transit only lanes on mission street in san francisco. >> the lanes were supposed to speed up muni buses, but residents say it's slowing them down. >> amy hollyfield has the story. >> reporter: this new red lane on mission street belongs exclusively to buses and taxis, but to clear the way for them, cars are being diverted. robert vickers couldn't believe it when he couldn't get on mission street. >> then i went up to mission street, then they push you off again and again. i'm going, this is bad. >> reporter: public transportation officials are getting an earful, from people who are sitting in backed up traffic as they're forced to turn right off of mission. so are the officers out here guiding the drivers. >> i was walking my dog around the corner and this poor guy, the stuff that was coming out of people's mouths. so the concerns that the right turn only lanes are backing up traffic. so we're trying to address those
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concerns as we go forward and make adjustments if appropriate. >> reporter: officials say this idea is actually ten years in the making. the hope is for it to be safer for pedestrians on mission and for the bus ride to be quicker and some have noticed that it is. >> yeah, it's definitely a little faster. i'm very supportive of keeping it. it also just makes crossing mission a lot safer. >> reporter: we were surprised to hear from several who haven't noticed a difference, even though the ride is now two minutes quicker. >> i don't pay attention to two minutes. >> reporter: so is the gain worth the cost? >> we have heard from a lot of riders say thing saves a lot of time. >> you can't not allow traffic to cross mission street. >> reporter: muni is now planning a community meeting to
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hear people's frustrations and see if they can make any changes. in san francisco, amy hollyfield, "abc7 news." seat hogs beware, b.a.r.t.'s board of directors has made it a no-no to take up more than one seat on a train. many b.a.r.t. riders envy those with seats during the crush of rush hour. critics see the rule as being arbitrary. the new policy won't go into effect until b.a.r.t. directors review how police will enforce it. fines will start at $100 for first time offenders. it seems san francisco construction boom is too much of a good thing for condo sales. the median price for a condo fell for the first time in four years. it's still at $1.1 million, but a significant number of condos are selling below asking price. the report indicates there may be a glut of high-priced condos coming on the market. there are more than 62,000 under construction.
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prices for single family homes in san francisco have not shown a downturn. some san jose school kids got a sneak peek today at the library branch. about 175 kindergarteners got to put on hard hats to inspect the new branch to open on saturday. the village square branch will be the 24th in san jose's library system. >> a lot of families just come to the library all the time. they want their kids to develop a love for reading. basically, this is like the focal point. as soon as you walk in, you have this gateway into the children's areas. >> funding for the library was made possible through a bond measure. private donors helped with money to buy books, computers and other necessities. it's a nice day outside. things are changing. >> meteorologist spencer christian is here with the forecast. >> for the moment, things are
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quite comfortable. here's live doppler 7 hd. sunny skies, breezy conditions and it's a pleasantly cool right now. let's take a look at this wind advisory. i mentioned it's breezy here, much windier in the delta, out into the central valley. there's a wind advisory until 11:00 tomorrow night. there will be gusts between 35 and 40 miles per hour. we also have a beach hazard advisory, a high surf advisory in effect until 8:00 tomorrow morning. waive heights range from 12 to 17 feet and are getting higher. this is the view from the roof top camera, looking out over calm conditions. and the forecast features, sunny and breezy again tomorrow. much warmer this sunday. much, much warmer. but then turning cooler next week. right now, winds are quite gusty, ranging anywhere from 20 miles per hour in oakland to 35
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miles per hour at sfo. 22 miles per hour at fairfield. 29 in san jose. wind gust animation shows we will continue to have gusty winds into the late night and overnight hours with gusts ranging between 20 and 30 miles per hour, beginning to taper off just a little bit, mainly inland and around the bay. still breezy along the coast. lows in the mid to upper 40s, maybe some low 30s in low bay valleys. tomorrow, mid 60s from the coast to mid 70s inland. so warm winds blowing out to the coast, giving us highs in the upper 60s on the coast, low to mid 80s inland. even warmer sunday with highs in the low 70s on the coast and mid to upper 80s inland on sunday, highs averaging 10 to 20 degrees above the average level for this time of the year. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. gradual cooling, modest cooling on monday. as we get a little cooling
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breeze along the shore again. as we get into midweek next week, temperatures continuing to moderate, but warming up at the end of next week. so typical spring pattern, a much warmer than average weekend. >> thank you, spencer. coming up next, talking and texting in the movie theater considered rude and banned in most places. that could be a thing of the past soon. the company considering a big change. what's the dealsome . >> and here's a look at what is ahead tonight. and here's a sneak peek of "the catch." >> this is gwenn erickson, who along with marie sherwood, designed our technology. as you can see, gwenn is an extraordinary young woman. she's a genius and beloved member of our corporate family and she's currently missing. she left our offices friday night and has not been seen or heard from since. >> has anyone been to her apartment? >> i have.
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she hasn't been there in days. >> have you talked to her friends, family? >> everyone. no one has heard from her, no calls, texts, e-mails. we tried to locate her cell phone, laptop. >> can you contact the police? >> if it was any other project we would have. but this is through site. >> through site was designed to help low case disaster victims behind walls, floors, rubbles and debris. >> it sees through walls? >> dry walls, concrete. >> we can monitor your heart beat from 30 miles away. >> and it can target and detect troops, arment. >> so it's a weapon? >> it was not designed to be can you -- >> potentially. >> we're still a few weeks away from production, but the only person that has a complete copy of the manufacturing specifications -- >> is gwenn. >> and now she's been taken.
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you can see why it's essential that we find her.
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tickets are still available to see a special bay area show tonight, features stars of "nashville." four cast members will perform just like on the show. the first stop on their nashville and concert tour is tonight at city nashville civic theater in san jose. the singers arrived last night and tweeted during last night's episode. they said they're excited to bring a bit of the music city to their fans in the bay area. >> it really is kind of the biggest perk of working on the show, bringing the live music to the audiences who love our show. >> the tour will stop in 17 cities in the u.s. and the uk. tonight's san jose concert is the only one in the bay area. you can watch "nashville" wednesday nights at 10:00 right here on abc 7.
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the new head of amc theaters said texting during a movie may be a good thing. the ceo is looking for ways to boost ticket sales and he says amc has to do more to attract millennials. one idea is to let younger moviegoers text during a film. he said asking a 22-year-old to turn off a cell phone is like asking them to cut off their arm at the elbow. >> interesting. first california, now the nation. people are taking to the streets across the country in an effort to help hike the minimum wage. plus -- >> the stage is state for tonight's democratic debate here in brooklyn, new york.
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♪ ♪ live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> here are the headlines at 4:30. south bound 880 in fremont is closed right now as police search for one robbery suspect. sky 7 hd was over the area south of thornton area earlier, where there was a vehicle crash and injured driver. the north bound lanes are open. officers at one point had guns drawn and were searching the side of the freeway. an amber alert for a 2-year-old boy is over. sky 7 hd was over a barn where jacob vargas was found safe
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early this afternoon. this is in the city of gonzalez in monterey county. a thief stole his father's car with jacob in the back seat. the car and child was abandoned in the barn. coming up at 5:00, chris nguyen spoke with the boy's relieved mother, who is now being briefed by police. he was with the soledad chief. and people are seeing a sudden water hike, even though they did their part to conserve water. now moving on to the race for the white house. the stage is set for a big apple showdown between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. marci gonzalez is live where we are just over an hour away from a critical debate. marci? >> reporter: and there is
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definitely an expectation that the tone could be much more heated than we've seen in the past democratic debates. in fact, sanders texted some of his supporters earlier, telling them to tune in to watch him debate like a brooklynite. a democratic debate battle in the big apple. the rhetoric increasingly contentious. tonight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders will take this stage facing off for the first time in more than a month. >> jane and i left new york city when we were kids. it is great to be back. >> reporter: sanders back in his home borough tonight, clinton campaigning in the state where she lives. both homing their new york connections will help gain leverage with voters ahead of tuesday's primary. >> i am so glad to be back in
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the bronx. >> reporter: the republican candidates also in new york. donald trump, ted cruz, and john kasich all speaking tonight at a fund-raising event for the new york gop, following clashes outside of last night's trump event in pennsylvania. tonight, the nypd is prepared for possible protests here. right now, there are a few hundred protesters gathered outside of that event. so far they oef been peaceful. right now, trump is leading in the polls here in new york. on the democratic side, clinton has a double digit lead, but that gap is narrowing and sanders hopes this debate could be what he needs to secure a win here next week. live in brooklyn, new york, marci gonzalez, "abc7 news." dan and ama, back to you. >> marci, today prosecutors in florida made a decision about trump's campaign manager.
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what happened? >> reporter: that's right. this all stems from accusations made by a reporter that trump's campaign manager, cory lewandowski, grabbed her at an event in palm beach, florida. the state's attorney said while there is ground to file charges, there isn't enough evidence to prosecute the case. so that charge has been dropped. the trump campaign put out a statement saying that lewandowski is relieved. dan and ama, back to you. >> marci, thank you. people hit the streets in chicago and new york today, demanding a nationwide hike in the minimum wage. it's a call to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. the survey found 53% of americans saying raising it will help workers. governor brown typed legislation this month, raising california's
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minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. another survey shows american made doesn't mean all that much to americans. the associated press gfk poll shows 67% of americans would rather buy a less expensive product made overseas than spend more on the same thing made here in america. the poll shows even people in households earning more than $100,000 a year would go with the lower price product. an accident sent four u.s. soldiers to the hospital in new jersey. take a look. you can see this wreckage where their humvee overturned on the turnpike near rutgers university. witnesses say a tire came off the humvee before it went out of control. one female soldier lost her leg in this afternoon's crash. the accident blocked all lanes on the major lanes between the new york area and mid-atlantic states. the relatives of more than 200 nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by islamic extremists two years ago marched in the
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capital today. 276 girls were abducted by the islamist group boko haram on april 14th, 2014. they were taken from a school in a town. 219 of those girls are still missing. hundreds of people took to the streets today demanding the girl's safe return. this comes just one day after boko haram released new video showing 15 girls dressed in black robes. some family members say they recognize their kidnapped daughters in that video. a california board has just recommended parole for manson family cult member leslie van hauten. the ruling will be reviewed by the parole board's legal team and forwarded to the decade. she's spent more than 40 years in prison for the 1969 killings. she was 19 at the time of the killings, the youngest of manson's followers. manson and others remain in prison for those killings. still to come on "abc7 news" at 4:00, a daring dash for
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freedom. the amazing octopus escape. how he got free exactly. i'm spencer christian. we see a mostly clear skies, just a few small puffs of clouds floating by. i'll give you a look at a warmup coming our way. at 4:36, this is a look at the traffic. it's moving in both directions, the traffic coming toward us heading east bound to
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a health warning is in effect in southern chile after thousands of dead sardines washed up. crews are still working to clean up the more than 700 tons of dead fish that began washing up last weekend. there's no official cause, but some believe a decreased amount of oxygen may be to blame. inky the octopus made a break for it, slipping out of a new zealand aquarium by squeezing through a drainpipe. >> reporter: inky has been such an inquisitive octopus and was able to get out through the little gap in the lid and make his way across down a drain and back out to sea. so inky slips out, slithered up to 13 feet across the floor, then down the drain to the big
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blue and freedom. inky was likely looking for love. >> he was a male and in the wild he would be looking for a nice lady friend. >> reporter: inky escaped because he could. this one trying to bump out of a seattle aquarium. this guy unscrewing a jar. they can survive an hour out of water and don't have any bones. >> he can go through anything. >> reporter: this one escaping an alaskan fishing boat. >> it's like trying to get my wife in a wedding dress. >> reporter: buddy blotchy is saying nothing. >> hopefully he's found a girlfriend somewhere. >> reporter: this is a finding nemo-esque happy ending. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> go, inky, go. >> absolutely. time to check on our weather as we get closer to the weekend.
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spencer christian is back with a look. >> we have a nice warm, really warm weekend coming our way. at the moment it's clear and cold. here's a live look at live doppler 7 hd. we have breezy conditions and stronger breezes during the nighttime hours. tomorrow, statewide, look for mainly sunny skies from top to bottom. it will be a mild day, with highs in the mid 70s from chico to fresno. here at the bay, mid 60s at the coast to 70s inland. and tomorrow night, the a's taking on the kansas city royals. gametime 7:05 under sunny conditions. at the start of the game, 62 degrees but it will turn cooler, so carry some heavier clothing for the later innings. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, new fallout today from
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growing fears over the zika virus. the california couple whose dream has now been dashed. i'm michael finney. it's no longer just passengers complaining about long lines at airports. some
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this is "abc7 news." >> there's nor fallout from the zika virus just one day after the cdc confirmed the zika virus causes brain damage in newborn babies. >> reporter: now that the cd has confirmed the zika virus definitely causes the brain abnormality microcephaly, some americans are changing their travel plans. >> we have decided to cancel our wedding in mexico for the health and safety of our family and friends. >> reporter: this couple canceling their november dream wedding in mexico, concerned about the devastating effects on pregnancies. >> we wanted kids shortly after we got married, so it was a big decision we had to make. >> reporter: but despite the link between the zika virus and birth defects, the guidelines
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will not change, at least for now. the cdc is advising pregnant women and those trying to get pregnant against traveling to the caribbean. central and latin america, where the illness had been spreading. as we head into summer here in the u.s., there is the increasing area where mosquitos breed. now is the time to take preventative action. >> all about getting water off of your property and making sure you get the water off of there. >> reporter: other suggestions, wear long sleeves and pant it is you plan on staying outside. at home, put screens on windows and doors and keep it cool. >> all those activities around the house reduce the likelihood of an individual being bitten by a mosquito. >> reporter: congress just approved financial incentives for drugmakers but doesn't include funding to combat the zika virus this spring and summer.
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stephanie ramos, abc news, washington. it's happened again. michael finney reported earlier about children getting strangled by window blind cords. >> another incident? >> i've been reporting on this for nearly 25 years. thankfully, this time the child survived. the young girl is recovering in the hospital after her neck became entangled in a window blind cord. medics performed cpr on the 3-year-old from ghana, ohio. a child dies once a month on average still in this country from window chord strangulation. the consumer products safety commission called on all retailers to stop selling blinds. target and ikia have stopped
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selling them. fisher price is recalling baby swings. it affects three cradle and swing models sold between november 2015 and march 2016. they include the soothing savannah, sweet surroundings, and butterfly friends swings. fisher price says this can come unlatched and cause the seat to fall. it happened twice. no injuries were reported. you should stop using it right away and then contact fisher price for a repair. now i posted all the information you need. it's easy to find at members of the airline and transportation industry are speaking out about the long lines at our nation's airports. american airlines says some messengers are waiting in tsa lines longer than one hour. it says 6800 american airline passengers missed their flights during spring break. this year. airports in seattle, charlotte and atlanta have complained
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about insufficient tsa staffing. some are threatening to replace the tsa with private security. this is shaping up to be a fight. you can tell the airlines are concerned about this, and they want it fixed before summer. >> you can sense a frustration growing. >> thank you, michael. turning now to some health news. a u.s. drug spending continues to climb. >> here's jane king. >> total spending on prescription drugs in the united states rose more than 12%, to nearly $425 billion last year. it's due to drugs for cancer and infections, as well as price hikes. they expect prices to increase by 20% through 2021. go slow on vegetable oil, it may not be as healthy for your heart as we thought. according to a study, replacing animal fat with vegetable oil
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may not lower your heart risk and might increase it. challenging one of the most established dietary advises we've gotten. switching from saturated to unsaturated omega 6 fats resulted in lower blood cholesterol, but not the expected reduction in heart disease death. here's a new invention. it's the move it smart personal gym. it consists of tour main parts that cover cardioand muscle training needs, a pair of pushup stands and resistance stand. and it's easy to carry around. and anyone trying to lose weight should consider eating more chocolate and cheese and drinking more wine. sounds good to me. scientists at kings college in london said the lack of success in losing weight is due to us ignoring the microbes in the gut. the study showed thinner people have more diverse microbes and chocolate, wine, and coffee are
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on the menu to increase gut microbes. i'm jane king. here's to your health. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. up next, a new study that people ten times more likely to die in san francisco and one person who is trying to help save them. coming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00, residents in one bay area city do their part to conserve. so why is their reward higher water rates? beware of tax scams this time of year. michael finney has tips on how to avoid the common tactics people are using to take your money. an escaped chimp goes to extreme heights not to get caught. how this all ended upcoming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00.
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young people living on the streets of san francisco are ten times more likely to die than their peers, according to a new study from uc berkeley. >> one organization is offering them a home in exchange for keeping their community clean. >> lyanne melendez explains. >> reporter: suicide and substance abuse contribute to a higher mortality rate among homeless youth in san francisco. a team followed more than 200 people ages 15 through 4 during six years. >> over that period, 11 people died, whereas one should have died. >> reporter: that population is highly stigmatized and leads to neglect. >> they don't have the support from adults that young people lead. that leads to an ability to meet
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their basic needs. >> reporter: the vast majority of these young people are homeless not by choice. they're often abused or neglected by their families. >> almost everyone that i know out here is either running from an unhealthy family dynamic. >> reporter: she founded safer to live at golden gate park, then at home. today, she lives on her own in an apartment in exchange for doing this. >> what it is, they take homeless kids in the park and we sweep the streets five days a week and then we get housing in exchange. >> reporter: kristen is one of the founders of the organization called "taking it to the streets." he himself was once in the same situation, abused and homeless. >> currently i have 27 kids in my program, 17 of which are sweepers, 10 have full-time jobs and are paying a fraction of rent, because they've been outside for a while. >> reporter: he's offered some
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of the cities single room occupancy units. the money for the program comes from private donations. lyanne melendez, "abc7 news." a budding new exhibit at the oakland museum of california is raising a lot of eyebrows for subject matter. altered states looks at marijuana, the science behind it, how people use it and its criminal past. this is the first museum exhibit to take on this subject and the curators are not shying away. visitors can see live cannabis plants and get a whiff of a variety of buds. >> we've gotten everything from, i couldn't have a romantic relationship without marijuana to marijuana is ruining my relationship with my partner because they're high all the time. >> the exhibit comes just as signatures are being gathered in california for a november ballot to legalize the recreational use. altered states opens saturday at the oakland museum of
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california. >> that will do it for this edition of "abc7 news" at 4:00. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now. developing news. we just talked with the father of a toddler taken earlier today. what he has to say. plus -- >> whoa [ bleep ]! >> a strong earthquake brought down homes in japan. and the death toll is climbing. i'm meteorologist sandhya patel. a brief chill followed by a big warmup. your forecast isle doing up. you can't beat it. you can't beat the warriors, either. >> dub nation still celebrating the warriors victory. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." developing news, this little
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boy has been found safe in monterey county. 2-year-old jacob vargas was found this afternoon after police say his father's car was stolen. that triggered an amber alert across the bay area. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. the toddler is being checked out at the hospital right now. the father's car was stolen from outside the family's home in soledad. jacob was found in a barn on river road hours later. chris nguyen just talked to jacob's father. he's live at police head quarters with new information. chris? >> reporter: dan, police hope to be able to interview that little boy some time tonight, as you mentioned. he's currently at the hospital where he's being examined by medical staff. as we look at images from sky 7 hd, you're looking at the scene where 2-year-old jacob vargas was found alive by deputies just before 2:00 this afternoon.
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this is located in monterey county. you can see the black honda accord that was at the center of today's amber alert sent out this morning. deputies had to bust the window out to pull the child to safety. the father apparently left the car running with his sun inside as he ran to the front door to lock it. a passer-by saw the vehicle and contacted law enforcement which led them to jacob. >> i had to stay strong and hope for the best. i just want to thank everybody and all my friends out there looking for my son. >> you can't ever leave a child in a car with the engine running. nobody should plan on ever leave their car unintended. we see this all the time. >> reporter: deputies will be at the scene


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