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now at 5:00 a.m. a busy morning in the news department. we're following several big stories at this hour. i'm reggie aqui. >> i'm natasha zouves and one of our big stories is this all-night man hunt for a man who is considered to be armed and dangerous in the santa cruz mountains. abc7 news reporter matt keller is live along the old santa cruz highway for us. >> reporter: good morning natasha and reggie. what a nightmare for commuters
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last night but i have some good news this morning. highway 17 is open in both directions, but bad news for sheriff's deputies, they have still not caught their man. now, we did get an update from the sheriff's office last night. or early this morning at around 2:00 a.m. it's a tweet that says, suspect still at large. seen in the area of aldercrof heights and locust drive. residents should secure homes and report any suspicious activity. the deputies were in the santa cruz mountains with their guns outs last night looking for suspect. a man robbed the bank of america in scotts valley. police chased him on highway 17. when he crashed at redwood estates. a scotts valley police officer fired at the suspect, the highway was shut down and the massive man hunt began. after 10:00 last night, they got a call from a woman saying a man armed with a knife was inside her home and had taken off in her van. >> he fled the area. deputies responded. upon receiving the 911 call.
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and he fled from the van as currently on foot where an active search is going on to locate the suspect. >> reporter: in the last place he was seen was about six miles away from that woman's home. deputies have advice for residents in that area. stay inside, lock your doors. turn on any exterior lights you may have, and if you see anything suspicious, call 911. reporting live in the santa cruz mountains, matt keller, abc7 news. okay, we're going over to alexis smith now. she has a look at traffic this morning and interesting problems out there. >> we are improving. so i want to take you back to the major issue we had, basically, all night last night. in the dublin area, so westbound 580 just east of 680, that's where we had that crash yesterday that resulted in a big semi fire and a big mess all night. all lanes opened up about 11 minutes ago and using our distance measuring tool, about 3 miles but those speeds are picking up. maybe just a mile and a half of stop and go traffic at this
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point and i think since we've got some friday light volumes we will start to see that improve in just a few minutes. we'll check drive times coming up next. right now, let's check in with mike nicco. good news from my side of the institute yo also. look at live doppler 7. i overlaid the fog layer. you're not saying anything because there is no fog. let's take a look from our sutro camera and overlay the 12-hour day planner. 30 to 45 this morning. some of us scraping ice off the windshield this morning. low to mid 50s, 51 to 55 at noon so you could probably sit outside if you're in the sunshine and there's not much of a breeze where you are, which there shouldn't be. 54 to 56 at 4:00 and then 42 to 49. grab a coat if you're heading out for the friday evening festivities. warmer weather this weekend and an update on our next chance of rain, coming up, let's get some more news. let's go back to one of the issues alexis was just talking about, that big overnight mess on 580 in dub rin. >> that's right. elissa harrington keeping us updated near the 680
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interchange. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, this is what we have been waiting to see since last night. traffic finally moving along 580 west near the 680 junction. crews just finished clearing the mess from a big rig fire in the dublin area. we were just at the scene not too long ago, and this is what it looked like. caltrans workers clearing charred debris from the freeway. they needed to make sure the area was safe before reopening all lanes. they worked throughout the night. this fire happened around 6:30 yesterday evening. flames engulfed a big rig. alameda county fire department tweeted some pictures. truck collided with a smaller car, but there were no reports of any injuries. truck was filled with dhl mail and firefighters were able to extinguish those flames but the fire reignited just a few hours later. again, we are here along 580, the westbound lanes near that 680 junction where there was a huge traffic nightmare that
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started yesterday around 6:00. more than 10 hours, we saw lane closures but again the chp just reopened all lanes. drivers are finally moving during this morning commute. reporting live in dublin, elissa harrington, abc7 news. all right. developing this morning, president trump will have his first conversation with russian president vladimir putin tomorrow. this is the first since hacking allegations that putin helped land mr. trump in the white house. this caps a week of aggressive moves by the president, including squaring off against mexico. here's abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: president trump insists the border wall will go up with american money but mexico will eventually pick up the tab. >> i've said many times that the american people will not pay for the wall. and i've made that clear to the government of mexico. >> reporter: mexico's government against this idea when it was a campaign promise. >> who's going to pay for the
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wall? >> reporter: and still against it under a trump presidency. mexico's president nieto telling the mexican people, i've said it once and again, he said, mexico will not pay for any wall. pena nieto later tweeting his upcoming trip to meet with trump at the white house was off. trump telling lawmakers it was a mutual decision to cancel m. a meeting between trump and british prime minister theresa may is on the books for today. aside from today's meeting with may, mr. trump will head to the pentagon to sign more executive orders and attend the ceremonial swearing in of his new defense secretary, general james mattis. stephanie ramos, abc news washington. trump hotels, one of the private business entities owned by president trump wants to expand here to san francisco. not only is the city's approval process seen as impenetrable, the president's threats to deny funding to san francisco because
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of its sanctuary city status already has some city supervisors angry over anything that has to do with trump. trump, inc., already has a footprint in san francisco, though. it owns part of 555 california that is formerly known as the bank of america center. supporters of california wanting to become a separate entity, a proposal would repeal part of the constitution that declares california an inseparable part of the u.s. more than 585,000 voter signatures need to be collected by july 25 to get this initiative on the november 2018 boll ballot. if that passes, there would be a statewide election in 2019 for voters to decide if they want california to be its own country. happening today, a new private ferry operator is now taking east bay commuters to san francisco. tide line has been certified by the state for public commuter service. the ferry will be making two
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runs every friday morning. this is the first time in more than ten years that a new ferry route has been added to the east bay commute. one drawback, though, the ferry holds just 40 people. coincidentally the golden gate ferry is preparing to expand its service area for the first time in 40 years. today at 10:00, the golden gate bridge highway board of directors is expected to approve an agreement. if approved, service is going to begin monday at 5:30 in the morning. the ferry currently serves passengers from the larkspur ferry terminal. safrps is trying to new tactic to cut down on car break ins. new signs are going up in high traffic tourist areas like this one. they're going to remind people to removal nls and lock their cars although it seems like car locks don't stop thieves most to the time. the city has installed 30 of them around the city so far. it costs $3,000. the supervisor says the hope is that the signs will prevent such a known san francisco problem.
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all right. it is a traffic alert but boy, we are really starting to improve quickly here in the tri-valley. so, if you were with us starting at 4:30 this morning, you saw we had that major problem, westbound 580, it was a crash that happened around 6:00 last night. it was a big semi fire. we had about a three-mile solid backup. we are really starting to improou, down to about 20 miles an hour heading into the pleasanton area, but we really with are coming down on these drive times. at our worst point, we were up to 45 minutes. we're back in the green now. just 3 #. southbound 680 wide open and then northbound 85 wide open through the south bay and ace rail we thought we were going to have a problem with this this morning as well, had a union pacific train stuck in the tracy area. that cleared just in time and we don't have any delays. 3 is just about to leave this morning as well. let's check in with mike nicco
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with a look at our forecast, pretty nice weekend. yes, it is. chilly nights but warmer afternoons, little bit above average. before we get to that, cold morning. 33, menlo park, 34, redwood city 36, foster city, 37, san mateo 39, everybody else about 42 to 46 degrees. on the other side, we've got hayward at 41 but look another that. 39 at fremont, san jose, los gatos at 38, san ramon getting near frost at 33. san francisco 47, 43 in mill valley and napa 37 in santa rosa. here's a look at walnut creek. lot clearer than it was yesterday f. you're going to be on the water today, going to enjoy the sunshine, light breezes out there. dry all day if you have to get on the roads. public transit, just chilly to mild at your various stops. all right, 35 degrees at 101 and 880. also in san jose, about 56 to 58 your spread today. some 60s creeping into the south bay, east bay, north bay
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tomorrow and then everybody's in the 60s except for san francisco sunday. but i promise, they will get to you in my accuweather 7 day forecast and so will some rain. details coming up next. caught red-handed. how a planned heist doesn't exactly go off without this body camera video reveals what really happened during this controversial arrest. it is 5:11 in the a.m. and here's a live look outside. here's a live look outside. just a reminder that we keep
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so, this wubt a good plan. the man in this surveillance video, you see him pick through items to steal from a san rafael store, not realizing he would be in jail in less than 24 hours because of something he did. the thief use add rock to break into the store where he stole cash and clothing. here's the part where he gets caught. the next day, a store employee on her way to her second job spots this guy because he was wearing the items he just stole. >> he was wearing my boyfriend's boots that he had special ordered. he stole those. and he was wearing those -- a pair of really expensive fox, like, moto cross pants, and a $500 al pine stars jacket. >> this actually gets better. look at this. amanda called her boss. he and his brother found the bandit and held him there until police got there. officers say 28-year-old jose
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vazquez was booked on burglary and possessing stolen property charges. a federal grand jury has indicted a las vegas man in connection with the 2006 murder of a san francisco chinatown gang leader. allen lee young was the leader in san francisco. raymond chow took his place when he was gunned down at his business. chow is charged with arranging the murder. well, the new indictment charges le with aiding and abetting and causing the murder. chow is currently facing life in prison. he could face the same sentence if he is convicted. in texas, criminal charges against a mother and her two teenage daughters have been dropped after video from the arresting officer's body camera surfaced. the mother called for police to report her neighbor choked her 8-year-old son after catching him littering. this is the response from the arriving officer. >> teach your son not to litter.
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>> it doesn't matter if he did or didn't. it doesn't give him the right to put his hands on him. >> why not? >> because it don't. what do you mean? >> when her daughter tries to intervene, the officer is seen throwing both of them to the ground. police dropped charges against them, but their lawyers say the family wants that officer fired. the officer is still unlds going additional training after being disciplined for ten days. today's gma first look, new details this morning about the murder of a producer. >> ann sweeney was killed while on vacation in belize. more than one person may have been involved. abc has the details. >> reporter: in this morning's gma first look, murder in paradise. 39-year-old ann sweeney killed while vacationing at this ecoresort and horse farm in belize. the fbi saying it now believes more than one person may be behind the mysterious murder. >> the public in belize might have information about this
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suspect or suspects. >> reporter: belize police say on the morning swaney was murdered, she volunteered to stay behind from a horseback riding excursion because there weren't enough horses for everyone. when the group later returned, they reportedly found her yoga mat and other belongings on the water front deck but saw no sign of her. >> and that's when we were alerted that her things were down at the yoga platform. >> reporter: and coming up at 7:00 a.m., former fbi special agent brad garrett weighs in on the case live. with your gma first look, i'm lindsey janice, abc news new york. police in one indiana city are making headlines for the way they're making light of a pretty big drug bust. someone in columbus, indiana, received this package in the mail. inside, $30,000 worth of pot. so, here she took it to the police and they posted photos of the marijuana on their twitter page, saying the package was sent to the wrong address and the rightful owner should swing by the station to claim it and bring their i.d.
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>> trying to figure out this. okay. from "7 on your side," as the popularity of the golden state warriors surng surges, so do the ticket scams. in fact, it's gotten so bad, the warriors have put out a mid season fraud alert. more than 650 fans have showed up at the gates and had to be turned away because their tickets were fake. it's a devastating blow, of course, for those who pay hundreds of dollars for these counterfeit tickets. the warriors say fans are taking a big risk if they buy from unauthoriz unauthorized third party websites and that's where scammers love to do business. instead, the team recommends that you just buy them on their website,, which verifies tickets before they are resold. baseball season is coming and the as fans somewhere have the chance to meet their favorite players. >> fans can get autographs, take photos with the players. there will also be a kids area with interactive games, food
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trucks for the hungry. fan fest is free and runs from 11:00 to 2:00 tomorrow. >> i wonder what the weather will be like. who could i ask? hey, mike nicco. it will be a winner, that's for sure. sunshine, 60, 61 degrees so enjoy that and enjoy meeting all your favorite players and good luck this season. here's a look at what's going on. a few high clouds roaming across as i put the cloud layer on doppler 7. bright white cloud cover that would normally come our way this january, it's going to head to the north. that's where the storm track is going to be for the weekend and that's why we're going to be so much warmer. today, just sunny and getting back to seasonal high temperatures. the rest of my accuweather highlights, cooler and wet, wednesday, thursday, friday. here's a look at today's temperatures. warm egs in palo alto, coolest inland east bay, concord, antioch, livermore and san francisco at about 56 degrees. tonight will be chilly with some
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tule fog becoming more dominant and some of that will move into our inland valleys in the north bay and east bay and temperatures will be near freezing there. my accuweather 7 day forecast, 60s around the bay tomorrow. everywhere sunday and look at that low to upper 60s, a touch of spring in monday's forecast. tuesday we start cooling and then that wet weather arrive wednesday and a little heavier and breezier for thursday. alexis is back. do you have good news? things are really starting to calm down. we started off with a couple of issues getting out of the central valley into the tri-valley but those are wrapping up and we're looking good here. no metering lights yet. we'll see if we flip those on. we're seeing some pretty friday light volumes at this point. taking you back to our good news here on westbound 580 just before you get to 680 in the dublin area, that's where we have that major crash last night into this morning. got all lanes opened about half an hour ago so just have some very, very light delays there and i wanted to show you 580.
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hopefully our still picture will come back up but we were seeing heavy delays early today. i guess you're just going to have to take my word for that. we'll check drive times next. >> we trust you, alexis. check out this police pursuit. this is dash cam video out of newton, kansas. going down this highway at 100 miles per hour. let's take this full for you. in what looks like an attempt to shake the officers, the suspect veers into the grassy highway divider across several lanes into the field. yeah, this all happened yesterday. so, i want to show you the suspect getting out of the suv, hopping a fence, and then making a run for it. eventually, police ended up catching up with him. it turns out the suspect was an escapepy from colorado. next, the seven things you need to know as you start you day. also some welcome news for people who are sensitive to gluten. a new tool is at your disposal now to make sure the food you eat is in fact gluten free. plus what led to this incredible scene in south america. and a reminder that abc news is going to have a special
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edition of 20/20 tonight to edition of 20/20 tonight to honor mary tyler
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. whether you're just joining us or headed out the door, these are the seven things you need to know before you go. number one, the man hunt continues for that bank robber who has been on the run since yesterday morning. officers are searching the santa cruz mountains looking for the suspect. police say he was last seen in the area of aldercroft heights and locust drive. traffic is finally moving once again after a big rig fire shut down five lanes of 580 overnight. just within the last half hour, crews cleared the charred debris. traffic quickly recovering from that as well. no delays left there. westbound 580, tracy to dublin, in the green, 30 minutes. you got to love that and friday light just about every where else too. number four, check this out. a weekend without rain. in fact, we'll have a touch of spring by the time we get to
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monday with temperatures nearing 70 in some neighborhoods but just when you thought it was okay to call it over, of course not. more rain on the way wednesday and thursday. number five, president trump told a national tv audience that he considers extremists who come into the u.s. to be dirty rats. he also said his administration would engage in extreme vetting of people. number six, british prime minister theresa may starting her day at arlington national cemetery in washington, d.c.. number seven, you have a few more days to celebrate the sea lions. for their anniversary. january marks the 27th anniversary of when they showed up to that dock. to celebrate, the aquarium of the bay is holding free walks tour for people want to see the animals up close. the first portable gluten sensor is now officially on the market. we first told you about the device called nema last february when we visited the company's sf headquarters to see how it all works. users put a small amount after food in a capsule, put it in the
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device and within minutes find out if gluten is present. the device is on sale online. the capsules cost about $5 each. they are working on devices that can test for other food allergens too like peanuts and milk. here is the dramatic scene in peru as a hotel dating back to the colonial era collapses into a river. no major injuries here. this came after 10 straight hours of steady rain washed away a big chunk of the river bank. that is incredible. wow. coming back with another full 90 minutes of news, including why residents in richmond are ready for a show do you know when it comes to rent. police searching for a man accused of robbing a bank and then breaking into a woman's home. our matt keller is working to get new details on that search right now. . changes are coming for drivers who crossed the richmond-san rafael bridge. what you're going to notice starting tomorrow. we're heading to break. we're heading to break. a live look
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good morning on this 5:30 on friday, january 27. i'm reggie aqui. it really feels like friday. >> weekend is very welcome here. i'm natasha zouves. jessica enjoying the day off. we have meteorologist mike nicco bringing us 60s this weekend. we'll talk about that in a second. alexis smith, you were really busy for the start. things are getting better, right? >> we thought we might have a major problem here for the morning commute but we are looking better. dublin/pleasanton area, we had a fiery crash that started at 6:00 last night. they were working on cleaning it up. basically, the entire night into this morning, so when we started 4:30, we had four out of six lanes down. they were able to get them open about 40 minutes ago. so we are recovering. slight delay approaching 680.
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if anything, that's probably just our normal backups that we start to see this time of day so about 34 miles per hour. really not significant at this point and friday light volumes for almost everyone and any minute now we're going to get those metering lights flipped on. let's check in with mike nicco and yes, we are all very excited about the sun and the warm temperatures this weekend. let's keep the theme of positivity going on over in the weather office. live doppler 7, it is bone dry this morning. but not dry enough that there's not frost. because there is some in some areas, just the ground letting go of some moisture. 32 to 45 is our spread from there into san francisco. 12 hour day planner showing yeah, it's a sunglasses kind of day with 51 to 55 at noon, 55 to 56 at 4:00. but dress warmly if you're heading out this friday evening, 44 to 49 by 7:00. we'll talk about those warmer temperatures coming up next. back to you guys for some news. moving to the santa cruz
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mountains, and the all-out search overnight for a dangerous bank robber. >> he's wanted for crimes spread out across the santa cruz mountains. it started with a bank robbery in scotts valley, followed by a housebreak-in and a van stolen in redwood estates and later a man hunt in aldecroft heights. matt keller there live with the search. >> reporter: good morning, rejny and natasha. things got very intense overnight here. deputies believe this bank robbery suspect broke into a woman's home here in the santa cruz mountains and stole her van at knife point. he is still on the loose. and he is considered armed and dangerous. now, check out this video of deputies after this happened. you can see their guns are out, and they are searching for the suspect. this is him. this is the suspect here. it's a photo of him that was taken inside the bank of america in scotts valley when he robbed it around 10:00 yesterday morning. police chased him on highway 17. he crashed near redwood estates.
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scotts valley police officer fired at the suspect. the highway was shut down and the massive man hunt began. the latest update from the sheriff's office came around 2:00 this morning. the suspect was last seen in the area of aldercroft heights and locust drive. here's some advice. >> definitely to shelter in place, to lock their doors, if they have exterior lights, to turn them on just to make him more visible so they can call in. and we can respond to apprehend him. >> reporter: the sheriff's deputies have been spotted here in the mountains still looking for the suspect. the good news, highway 17 is open in both directions this morning. reporting live in the santa cruz mountains, matt keller, abc7 p as alexis just mentioned, 580 is rolling again after a big rig fire led to headaches for drivers for almost 11 hours. an abc7 news was there when caltrans removed the charred debris from the freeway just a short time ago. that truck caught fire around 6:30 last night after a crash
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and then it actually reignited again several hours lair. the back of the truck was filled with dhl mail and packages, it is not clear what happened to all the mail that was damaged. now to the president's first 100 days. president trump and russian president vladimir putin are scheduled to have their first conversation since mr. trump took office. a senior white house official confirms in the past hour that two are going to be speaking on the phone tomorrow. they say national security is likely to come up in this conversation, both have expressed a desire to improve troubled u.s./russian relations following sanctions issued by the obama administration. u.s. intelligence agencies believe putin ordered the hacking into the 2016 election to help get president trump into office. well, today, the president will meet with british prime minister theresa may, the first foreign leader to visit the white house since the inauguration. may arrived at joint base andrews in maryland last night. she had a warning to president trump about vladimir putin. engage but beware. the p.m. and the president have completely different opinions on
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torture, nato, and trade. may is currently negotiating her nation out of the european union. many business owners in the bay area are already balking at president trump's new way to pay for a border wall. he's proposing a 20% tax on all mexican imports we talked to the owner of a berkeley restaurant who says it would put her under. just one example, the cost of avocados. >> some from chile, some from mexico but majority from mexico and they were $100. >> reporter: and with the 20% tax. >> can you imagine? $120. no. it's just -- no. no. it's not fair. it is not fair. >> we are all pretty confused about this whole issue because after announcing this tax, the trump administration stressed later in the day that it was just one of several ideas that could raise money to help build the border wall. fear and frustration in san francisco this morning after a
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surprise visit from i.c.e. agents at a nonprofit that helps immigrant families. agents showed up looking for a convicted sex offender who wasn't there. this photo was taken outside of a building belonging to the good samaritan family resource center. agents thought the sex offender was living at the apartment complex. in a statement, an i.c.e. spokesperson said the i.c.e. officers spoke with an individual who directed them to the correct address, which was actually next door. >> the i.c.e. police coming to a family resource center, inquiring about individuals, it just seemed inappropriate. >> they struck fear in our community. and that's not good. >> the agents quickly left and made no arrests. sources tell abc7 san francisco police did not know about those plans. now the chief is trying to get to the bottom of it. >> water is abc7 news was in san francisco's soma district as protesters demonstrated against president trump's executive action to move forward with the
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keystone xl and dakota access pipelines. the protest began at the federal building, demonstrators marched several blocks to mission and 8th streets. they blocked the intersection for a short time. this was a peaceful protest and no one was arrested at this demonstration. this is a good reminder to stay on top of all of the news coming ot of the trump administration. it's coming in fast and furious. yesterday, we actually sent out three separate alerts about what donald trump was planning for the united states. you can download our abc7 news app and get these push alerts as soon as they come in. a grainy image from a security camera could lead sheriffs investigators to the killer of a 59-year-old as kro centrally woman. firefighters found her burning body on december 13. an autopsy revealed she did not die from that fire. she had injuries consistent with murder instead. st. john had been living alone after her husband's death in april. investigators want to speak to this man. you see him captured by security cameras walking to a car near
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the woman's house. the man was driving a 2011 2013 toyota corolla sedan. friends and family of the berkeley couple found dead inside their apartment earlier this week are going to hold a memorial service tonight. according to berkeley side, the memorial is going to be from 6:00 to 8:00 at the ed roberts campus. valerie and roger morash and their two cats were found dead on monday. autopsies have been completed and so far, a cause of death has not been determined. happening today, a planned showdown over rent control in richmond. residents plan to rally in support of tenants while city leaders defend rent control. it went into effect december 30. now the community is trying to protect 20,000 tenants against unfa unfair econtradictions and rent hikes. the rally will start at the county courthouse in martinez. the hearing starts at 1:00 this afternoon. the richmond-san rafael bridge lane addition project is moving right along. tomorrow morning, temporary concrete k rails are going to be
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installed in the east and westbound lanes to protect workers and starting monday, the on and off ramps to main street and san rafael are going to be temporarily closed overnight in the eastbound direction. the project to add a third eastbound lane on the bridge expected to be completed this fall. that cooler weather we talked about, it's out there for most of us this morning. only napa and fairfield are warmer. let's take a look at our temperatures, start in san francisco, the cool spot, about 45, look at all those 47s, mission, castro, glen park, sunnyside, ocean beach, marina, look at that. easily the warm spot, financial distribution at 50. 35 right now in palo alto santa clara down to 33 degrees. 34 in pleasanton, walnut creek, 35, we got 46 right now in san leandro, if you're heading out in richmond, dress for 44. petaluma about 35 and american canyon, 43. here's what's going to happen today. total sun hien after these high
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clouds we're seeing this morning move on us. 56 to about 59 degrees. tomorrow will be average to above average with some 60s showing up around hayward, napa, petaluma, half moon bay, santa rosa, clearly, clover detail and bodega bay and more 60s just about everywhere except for san francisco. you're in the upper 50s and sunday's not even our warmest day. that will be monday. i'll show you those spring-like temperatures coming up next in an update on our storm that's slated to arrive wednesday. here's alexis with what's going on this morning. not too much at this point. we're starting to see our normal spots fill in. such as the bay bridge toll plaza. so those metering lights officially on as of about 10 minutes ago. no friday light luck there for us this morning. that is getting busy and i also want to take you up to the novato area. i'm sure you are well aware of the flooding we've had on sate route 37. eastbound side is back open as of about a day and a half ago. the westbound side remains closed, possibly going to get this back open tomorrow. it all depends on the water and
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how they're able to keep that out of there. they do have the pumps running 24 slb 7 and chp says they will have traffic control in the area. i'm seeing some delays approaching atherton and here's a note from yesterday. some folks were saying there wasn't enough traffic control. a couple officers actually had to leave their posts directing traffic and help a woman who gave birthright next to this closure. she was able to pull over and the mom and baby are doing okay. interesting twist to the novato commute yesterday. i want to bring you this live picture now from washington, d.c.. this is british prime minister theresa may. as you can see there, she's at arlington national cemetery, just placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknown. one of the first stops on her visit to d.c. later this morning she's going to meet with president trump to discuss trade and to strengthen her relationship with our new president. may is the first world leader to meet with trump since he took office. the two will hold a joint news conference this morning at 10:00 and we will bring it to you live when it happens.
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still ahead, transgender californians could soon have a new option in identifying their gender on state issue i.d.s. texas police bust a huge crime ring of immigrants in the crime ring of immigrants in the u.s.
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undocumented immigrants, deportation, and crime, all hot
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button issues in the bay area, and certainly in the wake of the kate steinle shooting. now officials are criticizing similar policies in texas after a complex crime spree that happened there. authorities busted 17 colombian nationals in an elaborate burglary ring. it spanned several counties there and two of the men had been previously deported for ties to terrorism and other crimes, but they managed to find their way back to the u.s. texas officials believe the federal government's policies towards undocumented immigrants who commit crimes are just too lenient. you may remember the undocumented immigrant who shot and killed steinle had been deported five times prior to her shooting. it's been nearly two months since the deadly ghost ship warehouse fire in oakland and survivors and victims' families are now beginning to receive part of almost $1 million. a foundation called gray area is going to distribute checks this week for the $900,000 they collected. 400 claims have been filed, but most of them have been fraudulent. the mother of fire survivor sam
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maxwell just found out she's going to be getting a check from gray area. >> the frustration for time is not so much an issue for me because sam is somewhere safe. if i was trying to use the money right now, i would be horribly frustrated and pretty ticked off. >> her son is still in the hospital in a san francisco burn unit. recovering from injuries suffered in the fire. the red cross tells abc7 news that it will send out its final relief checks from the additional $800,000 it collected. a bill has been introduced to establish a new gender option in california for people who dodd do not identify as male or female. state senator scott wiener was one of two democrats to introduce the bill. the marker is called nonbinary and it will allow residents to get a state i.d. that reflects how they describe themselves. despite enormous opposition on campus, the breitbart editor
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will speak on campus as planned. in a letter to students, the school says it's defending the right of free expression at a historic moment for our nation. he is quite controversial and he causes mass protests earlier this month at uc davis. that talk didn't go on as scheduled. ucla and uc santa barbara have also canceled plans to have speeches there. you might remember he was permanently banned from twitter for his part in a targeted racist and sexist harassment campaign against leslie jones. police will tell you after a smash and grab, finding your stolen items is like finding a needle in a hay stack. it is basically gone. this is one story with a happy ending, though. we're happy to share. after a recent concert in san francisco, the band tedrow and the good intentions discovered someone has broken into their car parked at the palace of fine arts. one of them, sentimental value, a double violin case. a friend began calling pawnshops
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in the city and they hit pay dirt. one of the owners had bought the stolen items and they knew they were unique. >> first clue was the case. i've been in business 60 years, i've never seen a double violin case. this stuff goes to flea markets, garage sales, they sell it on the street. in this case, i felt if i didn't pick it up, then it would get lost in the jungle. >> the band bought back the case and the violins for $100. that is the same price that the pawnshop paid for them. going to go over and check out your weather forecast. i'm looking forward to it, mike. i've been looking forward all week. i'm too cold. >> i bet. yeah. a lot of people looking forward to the change that's coming. you can see on live doppler 7, there's just nothing out there right now. but dry air. and a few passing high clouds. it's a little breezy up in the hills. but that's not going to come down into the valleys. i mean, we may get up to 10 miles per hour today at most. yeah, it's not going to be an issue. total sunshine will be. make sure you have those sunglasses, don't want you
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squinting today and getting a headache, not on a friday. climbing highs today, sunny, mild through the weekend and cooler and you'll need that umbrella again after giving it a break. grab it for wednesday, thursday, and friday next week. let's take a look at these temperatures. some of the warmest weather is going to be in san jose. your average high is 60. you won't quite get there today but you'll jump ahead of it or above it, i should say, for tomorrow at 62. look at that. 65 sunday, and nearing 70 degrees for monday and tuesday before reality checks back in wednesday and thursday. all right. let's take a look elsewhere. temperatures 56 to 59 degrees today. tonight is going to be cold inland once again. frost possible just like this morning and we'll introduce some tule fog that could add issues, possibly some black ice. temperatures will be warm towards the coast. more 60s around the bay saturday. everybody's getting to 60 sunday. and then look at the low to upper 60s on monday. we start to cool a little bit tuesday, still above average, and then the rain will bring us back to reality for wednesday and even more so thursday.
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right now the storm is light on our impact scale. traffic pretty light this morning as well. here's a live look at walnut creek. southbound 680, if it were monday through thursday, we'd see a lot of brake lights. no blocking issues. you can see mostly green here on our traffic flows as we switch to the maps. westbound 580 approaching 680 in dublin, no residual delays. if you were with us earlier this morning, you know we had a major crash last night in the dublin/pleasanton area. that cleared just before 5:00. some slight delays approaching alts down to about 24 miles an hour but thals typically what we see this time of day. westbound 80, highway 4 to the maze, 19 minutes, 12 minutes across the bay bridge and southbound 101, san francisco to sfo, you are in the green, just ten minutes. we'll talk about mass transit coming up next. the warriors will be well represented at the nba all-star game next month. >> klay thompson and claimed green were named to the west as
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alternated. they're going to join starters steph curry and kechb durant. they are only the eighth team in nba history to have four players on the all-star who's going to be coach? steve kerr. the game is in new orleans. >> you can catch the warriors as they take on the l.a. clippers at oracle arena. that's followed by after the game with larry beil, mike shumann and adonal foyle. the new brew from two local companies. also, the site of an infamous anti-war protest in berkeley could soon have a new use, what could be going up at the peoples park. and certainly you've been late to work at some point. wait until you hear the outrageous excuses some people are using. are using. we leave you
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facebook founder mark zuckerberg's decision to sue some hawaiian landowners had sparked a protest march. his neighbors were already upset about that six-foot tall rock wall built to protect the billionaire's 700-acre estate. although the native land ener's property amounts to just eight acres, he contends they trespass on his domain. his neighbors plan to march in protest tomorrow. uc berkeley is looking for more space to turn it into student housing, including this space, peoples park. that is the site of the historic bloody thursday protest that happened in 1969 and several other student protests. according to the daily cowl, there are a total of nine locations the university is currently looking at for additional housing. the daily cowl also reports the
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housing plan for peoples park would provide 200 to 350 beds for undergrads. how often are you late to work? new survey finds that one in four employees are tardy at least once a month. the reason is pretty interesting. >> yeah, most of the time, it's standard stuff, traffic, oversleeping, bad weather. but others, pretty outrageous. career builder did a survey, they got some pretty wild answers. for example, i forgot it wasn't the weekend. >> and what if you are the band "the "weeknd? what if you're that guy. and i don't understand this. i put petroleum jelly in my eyes. how? how did that happen? >> so many more questions. i had to kwach a soccer game that was being played in eur one person said. employers say sometimes it's better just to not give any excuse. just say you're sorry and get to work. >> i don't need to know about your petroleum jelly habits. ever. >> i slept through all five alarms. >> yeah and all the snoozes.
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>> yes. done that a couple of times. actually just two alarms. but anyway, let's talk about our storm impact scale. i know, everybody wants to fixate on the sunshine and you should, you deserve it, you deserve a break from the wet weather, but i still have to give you an idea of what's coming next wednesday, thursday, and even possibly friday. it's a light system. rainfall 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch and a little breezy dbut not expecting much damage. as we usher in the lunar new year this week, we'll be hanging around that 59 degrees, warmest with 60 on monday upper 50s next week. traveling around the state today, look at all that sunshine and i wish i could have showed it to you today but temperatures in the 70s in so cal. we are looking good on the roads right now. live look outside it have san mateo bridge, westbound side of 92 filling in if you're leaving hayward heading towards foster city, no blocking stints for you. quick check of mass transit here. b.a.r.t. looking good so far today, 45 trains in service, no
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delays reported. we did get word of a capital corridor delay, about 17 minutes behind schedule there due to a drawbridge delay and ace, we were wondering if we were going to have issues here. they did clear that just in time for ace 1 to move through. no delays there either. taking a look at drive times coming up next. in sacramento, really scary situation. all caught on a firefighters' dash cam. right no front of you, those power lines are about to come crashing down on a big rig and several other cars yesterday. three people were trapped inside of their cars are with live wares until utility crews came out and de-energized the lines. fortunately, everyone got out safely. investigators still trying to figure out exactly what caused the lines to come down in the first place. so many potholes. san francisco public works say that crews have filled nearly 1900 of them just this month. and you can report a pothole by
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calling or because it's 2017, tweeting 311 with the exact location. great news for oakland. the latest figures show 3.6 million tourists visited the city. that number is for 2015. according to the group, visit oakland, all those people spent $795 million and supported more than 7,000 jobs. next at 6:00, how a $3,000 investment could help stop bay area car thieves in their tracks. we're also tracking that developing news in the south bay. a man hunt is on this morning for a bank robber who caused so much chaos in the santa cruz mountains. we're working to get new information on the suspect who is considered armed and dangerous. plus a high heel controversy in the workplace. in the workplace. new questions over rules t
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now at 6:00, a big man hunt
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in the santa cruz mountains, a bank robbery suspect who shot at police and broke into a woman's home last night is now on the run. police say residents need to know that he could be armed and dangerous. good morning to you, i'm reggie aqui. >> i'm natasha zouves. abc7 news reporter matt keller has been tracking this search all morning long. he is live for us in santa clara county. >> reporter: good morning, natasha and reggie. here's some advice for deputies for residents liing here in the santa cruz mountains. stay indoors, lock your doors, turn on all your exterior lights and if you see something suspicious, call 911. here's the latest update from deputies that came just before 2:00 a.m. it is a tweet. let me tell you what it says. suspect still at large. seen in the area of aldercroft heights and locust drive. officers were in the santa cruz mountains with their guns out looking for the suspect. it all started yesterday morning around 10:00 when a man robbed a


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