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months as plane was underway for that mission. the mother of all bombs. >> the gbu 43 is a large powerful and accurately delivered weapon. >> reporter: abc news has learned at 7:00 p.m. local time, the u.s. military dropped a gpu 434 seen here in a 2003 test, marking the first time the 22,000-pound bomb has ever been used in combat. the intended target, a series of isis cave complexes in eastern afghanistan along the border of pakistan. >> with this large munition you're looking at kind of ensuring that the cave is destroyed with the first time go around. >> reporter: this is the raid and the ongoing fight against isis. >> the united states takes the fight against isis very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did. >> reporter: the gbu 43 is the large of the nonnuclear bomb in the u.s. military's arsenal. so large it has to be carried in the cargo hold of a c-130
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military plane and rolled out the back door. this bombing comes less than a week after an american special forces soldier was killed during operations against the islamic state in afghanistan. >> the united states took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operation. >> this was another very, very successful mission. >> reporter: and the pentagon says that strike was designed to minimize the risks afghan and u.s. forces doing operations in the area and also, alma, to maximize destruction to isis fighters and facilities. >> janay, i understand this action originated with the previous administration. >> reporter: yeah, we've learned some senior d.o.d. officials actually learned of the plans to use that bomb during the obama administration. they say that the bomb was purely tactical to target isis fighters with one senior official saying the bomb had the desired effect. as you heard there, president trump calling that mission successful. >> all right, janay norman,
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thank you so much for that live report. nato transferred fuel security responsibility to the afghan government in december of 2014. since then the london-based bureau of investigative journalism says american air strikes have killed between 24 hurn and 3,000 militants in afghanistan. the most active periods of u.s. air strikes took place over a three-week period in february of 2016 when 20 attacks were launched and in july of 2016 when afghan and u.s. forces launched operation wrath of the storm declare an eastern province militants. >> here in the bay area, an early morning fire at a homeless encampment demonstrates the growing number of tent cities. oakland has several large encampments. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony where a fire destroyed a number of tents. laura? >> reporter: larry, this blackened pile of rubble behind me represents what's left of five tents, a loss to folks who had been living at that camp.
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while city officials look for ways to get people off the streets and make camps safer, they're finding it's not that easy. >> it happened so fast. it happened so fast. it was big. >> reporter: a series of nylon tents went up it seemed almost instantly, killing one dog and destroying the makeshift homes of at least five people, including james morris. >> i started calling everyone's name to wake up, make sure everyone was okay. within a matter of seconds the fire went from under this pillar around to the side. >> reporter: fire officials believe it was started by someone cooking just outside a tent and spread quickly. >> it was very scary. i panicked. i didn't know what to do. just worried about our lives. >> we learn we need to provide ongoing site management and 24-hour security. >> reporter: joe heads up oakland's efforts to deal with the growing homeless population, many of them living in tent cities just like this one. >> one of the issues that we're
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really wrestling with right now is managing homeless encampments and making sure people live safe as we try to find housing for them. >> reporter: oakland is experimenting with sanction camps like this one on magnolia. the city has provided rail, port a potties. some residents say it is not enough. >> basically what the mayor needs to do is stop spending our tax dollars and get us some housing and some proper living. >> reporter: city officials are hoping to set up a more permanent sanctioned encampment in west oakland within the next six weeks. in oakland, laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> viewers sent us their pictures of the fire as it bu d burned in oakland. this image was posted on twitter by robby robby. they shared these pictures of the scene. you can share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #abc 7 now. >> a band of severe weather hit sacramento this afternoon.
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they tweeted this photograph of a funnel cloud just east of sacramento. there were reports of strong thunderstorms in the area throughout the afternoon. scary. >> absolutely. and we have had some rain around here this afternoon. spaech spencer christian joins us with a look at the weather where you live. >> we have weather all over the bay area and the central valley. you can look at doppler 7, the bay area winding down with the exception of a few spotty showers now down in the south bay between morgan hill and gilroy and some in the mount hamilton area. let's look at the thunderstorms now beginning to push out of the sacramento valley and into the sierra foothills. weather has been turbulent throughout the afternoon. larry and alma pointed out a funnel cloud spotted, tornado warning in effect for a while. that has expired, that warning. here is a view from sutro tower under partly cloudy skies. temperatures in upper 50s in oakland and mountain view. half moon bay, 5 a.
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a rooftop camera. 59 in santa rosa, 60 in napa, upper 50s in novato, fairfield and livermore. a stunning view from east bay hills camera. partly cloudy skies going into the early evening hours. we'll see fewer and fewer clouds as we get into the later nighttime hours. but we'll also see cooler and cooler weather with temperatures dropping down into sort of shivering zone. i'll give you a closer look at that later. alma? >> all right, spencer, thank you so much. happening now, a scary roller coaster situation in maryland. take a look at this live picture from six flags in the city of bowie just east of washington, d.c. where fire fighters are working to rescue riders one by one from this stuck roller coaster, 24 people are stranded. the coaster stopped at the top of the ride called, yikes, the joker's jinx. everyone fortunately was up right when it stopped. officials saying no one is in distress. this isn't the first problem for this ride.
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three years ago it got stuck for five hours. >> that's a long five hours. >> yeah, it is. >> oakland police have detained two people in connection with their potential role in a robbery. sky 7 was above the diamond district a little while ago just north of 580. police tell us they caught two people, one was seen jumping fences in people's back yards. they did not provide us with any more information about what those suspects may have taken or when it may have happened. san francisco police looking for a group of ten young people who stole a fallen wallet and clothes from a woman on a muni bus. >> it happened just after 9:30 last night at fill more and mcallister streets. police say the woman was on a bus when a suspect tried to grab her phone and wallet. the woman got off the bus with the suspect. police say that's when a group of boys and girls surrounded the woman. one of them hit her and took the phone, wallet, as well as a bag of clothes. well, good news for commuters. b.a.r.t. will not be cutting
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back its early morning service to close a budget deficit. but three out of ten riders still use paper tickets and that may soon come with a 50 cent surcharge. b.a.r.t. now wants all riders to get a clipper card. the board met today for an update on how they might deal with what is now an $18 million budget shortfall. one idea, make kids under 12 pay a little more. at least one b.a.r.t. director thinks that sends the wrong message. >> i want to make certain that a family is incentivized to go on trips, to go to the ball game, go to the zoo. take trips to san francisco on the weekends and not have to worry about the total cost. >> b.a.r.t.'s budget deficit was nearly cut in half with the passage of the governor's gas tax. b.a.r.t. has changed to public service ad. one day after it was launched, avoiding creeps 101 tells riders don't sit by yourself, don't get distracted and don't ignore your instincts. critics say it's victim blaming.
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the transit agency says it was never its intention and released a new ad, don't be creepy 101. it tells passengers to keep your hands to yourself, don't leer, and don't treat b.a.r.t. like a dating site. what do you think about the possible surcharge or creep signs? share your opinion about b.a.r.t. any time online with the hashtag #dear b.a.r.t. >> much sooner than he let on publicly, according to espn the magazine and story posted only, davis told a top nfl executive over dinner in july of 2014, quote, i'm going to vegas, baby. the article confirms that davis met with las vegas casino mag nat shell doon adelson in january of 2016. that was weeks before he made this public pledge. >> my heart is here in oakland. and if we can get something done, that's what i'm trying to do. >> the revelation of davis' 2014 statement and his purchase of the las vegas domain
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name back in 1998 raised the question as to exactly how committed he was to staying in oakland, which could actually prove to be problematic legally for the raiders. nfl relocation rules state the teams must make a good faith effort to stay in their own market. abc 7 news has learned the city of oakland is mulling its legal options regarding the raiders move. meanwhile espn also reporting the raiders are now actively negotiating a contract with oakland native marshawn lynch, a.k.a. beast mode. the star running back retired after the 2015 season. raiders also need to work out some deal with the seattle seahawks or they could release him. seattle still owns lynch's contractual rights. the nfl remember in one of the most influential team owners, pittsburgh steelers chairman dan passed away today. he took over his father's team in the 1960s leading them to six super bowl titles. the hall of fame owner, he helped develop the rooney rule
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which requires all nfl teams interview minorities for coaching and front office positions. details of his delgt have not been released. dan rooney was 84 years old. >> there are new details today about that man dragds off united plane over the weekend. >> will it be a lawsuit? yeah, probably. >> what the man's daughter is saying about how the incident affected her father and the whole family. >> plus after years of debate, construction is finally underway on one of those suicide barriers on the golden gate bridge. how they're even designed to prevent future suicide attempts. >> and it's more than just breaking records. a decades old record is being smashed in the sierra. we're going too telling you how. >> for 11 we might have a record for traffic right here. this is the skyway in downtown san francisco. and it is jammed up in both directions. back with more on abc 7 news at 4:00 after the b
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now get 20% off msrp cash allowance on select 2017 dodge charger models in dealer stock. the family of the passenger was dragged off that united airlines flight speaking out today for the first time. their lawyers held a news conference today revealing the etent of his injuries. >> abc 7 news anchor kristen sze is here with the latest developments. kristen. >> alma, larry, they held the news conference in chicago, the city where the now infamous incident occurred. crystal dao pepper says no human being should ever be treated the way her 69 year old father was on sunday, dragged off the plane when he refused to be bumped in favor of united employees. >> we were horrified and shocked and sickened to learn what
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happened to him and to see what had happened to him. >> rudeness, bullying customers has gone the next step now to physical injury. >> the attorneys say they expect to file a lawsuit. they claim the doctor who wanted to get back to louisville to see patients the next morning suffered a concussion. the loss of two teeth and a broken nose for which he'll need reconstructive surgery. dao was released from the hospital yesterday. meept today chicago city council held a meeting, grilling officials from united as well as the chicago aviation department which employs the three officers involved. all three have now been placed on leave.finally, a hearing has for monday to consider dao's petition for court order that united preserve all video and audio recordings and other potential evidence. larry and alma? >> all right, kristen, thank you so much. well, it doesn't look like
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the practice of overbooking will end soon. industry officials are calling it a valid business process. a certain percentage of passengers don't show up for flights. so, airlines overbook to make sure there aren't any empty seats. federal law allows airlines to overbook as long as they offer compensation to passengers who give up their seats voluntarily. >> on the golden gate bridge today, a milestone for a potentially lifesaving tool. after years of debate and planning, construction of a suicide barrier ganz. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman joining us from vista point. wayne, this had to be an emotional day for many people. >> reporter: i don't think emotional is a strong enough word. there are people watching pictures of loved ones who jumped from the bridge in their hands as if those loved ones were with them. we don't know how many people have committed suicide since the bridge was built in 1937. we do know that last year alone there were 39 deaths and many other people tried. it is a wonderful world and a
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magnet. if you stay here long enough, it seems as if much of the world passes by. but the ones who leave are not the ones sergeant todd roth worries about. >> i don't really like to keep a count, but i mean, it's, it's many. >> reporter: he's talking about the people he has talked out of jumping from the golden gate bridge 223 feet to the pacific below and about the others he could not help. >> when you're out there and somebody jumps, it seems indefinite. >> reporter: so has the effort to build a suicide barrier beneath which explains this tent of politicians and family members who clutched photos of lost loved ones. for half a century people like them have asked for a barrier. now finally with $204 million with state and federal money, the time to start building that barrier has arrived. >> this is a beautiful thing and it's the right thing. >> reporter: kevin heinz is one of the few to survive after voices in his bipolar head shouted at him to jump.
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>> the milliseconds my hands left that rail i had an instant regret because the thought of suicide is separate from the action. >> reporter: the steel mesh barrier will extend 20 feet out and two stories down. it will catch no one gently and that is part of the design. >> we do expect that they will break a bone, they will be bruised, they would certainly be hurt. >> reporter: to discourage a second effort? >> that's right. >> as today's festivities, if you can call them festivities ended today, those who survived the loss of loved ones planted flowers in their memories. on the golden gate bridge, new hope springs eternal. finally. from the golden gate bridge, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> well, some goal engate ferry riders will have to find a different way into san francisco tomorrow. the district is suspending service in sausalito to 0 offer emergency repair work. golden gate transit will offer service, expected to resume at
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1:5 tomorrow afternoon. >> take a look at all of the snow in the sierra. it's april, right? we're in april? >> maybe. >> i'm not a weather man, but it sure looks like it's record breaking to me. i'm a junior meteorologist in training. just under 90 inches of rain and snow, it is now the wet est year on record in the northern california mountains. the previous record of 88.5 inches was set in 1982 and 1983. so much snow the chp is warning people still, please drive carefully. there is more snow and rain likely to pad what is now the heaviest snow fall in history. >> it is like a junior meteorologist. he hangs around the weather office all the time. >> is he hanging or working? >> working. trying to be polite. >> let's be real. >> you try to learn, you get criticized. that's what it is. >> you're doing well. passing grades. let's take a look at what is going on live doppler 7.
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we have clearing skies across the bay area right now. just a few little isolated pockets of light shower activity. mostly moving into the higher terrain over mount hamilton now in the south bay. so, we're drying out, except in the sierra, we still have active weather. here's the view at the golden gate bridge. skies are getting bluer and bluer. and these are our forecast features. w'll see mostly clear, even cool, some chilly conditions overnight. sunny and milder the next few days, rain returns easter sunday. look at our early morning roads, project clear skies, low temperatures will drop into the upper 30s in parts of the north bay, clover dale, 40 at napa, 40 over livermore as well. other locations with low 40s. if you're going to be out in the evening hours you might want to bundle up a bit. highs in the upper 50s, low to mid 60s near the bay and some mid 60s in most of our inland valley locations. and on we go to sunday, the next storm will arrive sunday easter
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sunday, bringing light rain by noon. we expect less than half an inch of rainfall, generally across the bay area and this stormg ranks 1 on the storm impact scale. it will be breezy with some gusts over 20 miles per hour. here's the day planner for sunday. early morning if you're going to sunrise services, it's going to be mostly cloudy and a bit cooler in the early morning hours. once again if you're going out, you may want to wear something that will warm you up. by noon we'll see light rain developing over many parts of the bay area. we'll get into the afternoon hours about 4:00 or so, pretty rainy, wet for the bay area. we'll see showers diminishing into the early evening hours sunday. here's a storm animation, it will be quite cloudy at that point. sunday we'll see the first wave of rain arriving in the north bay. by about noon it will be covering most of the bay area with the exception of the south bay. it will spread down that way in the afternoon hours. and then as we get into the late afternoon, early evening, we'll see the rain departing in the bay area. and we'll start to get a little partial clearing. not a lot, though. as you can see here in the
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accuweather seven-day forecast after system ranking 1 on the impact scale, we have another storm producing light showers on monday, and lingering showers into tuesday, both days the storm activity ranks 1 on the storm impact skam. we'll get a little milder going into early next week. interestingly enough, though, as the rain ends wednesday or thursday, it starts to cool down instead of warming up. so, we're still in the rather unspring like weather pattern. >> thank you, spencer. >> a touching tribute to actress kari fisher, her "star wars" family. plus. >> i'm so filled with gratitude. it's exciting to get to 100 episodes. >> celebrating 100 episodes of one of the hottest shows on tv. hear from the cast wha
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carrie fish the head of abc show scandal is celebrating 100 episodes tonight. george was at the party and trying to get a sneak peak at what's going to happen.
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>> i'm so filled with gratitude because it's so rare in this business. it's exciting to get to 100 episodes because it means they followed us this far. >> this show got hit with a lucky stick. >> scandal has pushed the envelope of primetime television since its debut. the series was also one of the first to utilize social media to connect directly with fans. >> we live tweet every single week, every single week. >> reporter: something you did from the beginning and it's paid off, i don't know, in -- >> 100 episodes, it paid off in 100 episodes. i think the fact we have a community of gladiators that watches the show that feels like they're part of something. they know that they're in this community with us. and i think that's one of the reasons why we're still around. >> reporter: to celebrate the milestone, 100th episode, creator shon da rhymes imagined a special episode that asked the question, what if? >> i think a lot of viewer fantasies is fulfilled in this.
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>> the whole topsy-turvy nature of this. different pairings you might not have ever expected. >> the episode is interesting to me because everything was so different. everyone was so different and yet our writers kept our hearts the same. >> the fact the episode plays out so well, it plays out with the current story line so the ending is going to be extremely satisfying for the viewers. there will be jaws on the floor, but it will also be -- >> it's such a gift to our gladiators. it's really an old school, so many inside detract jokes. >> reporter: but getting specifics out of this crew, forget it. >> i think it will be satisfying. i can confirm the fans will be satisfied. in many ways. yeah. >> i cosign what shon da said. >> reporter: do we see you, do we not? >> we'll have to see. >> reporter: not even that much, we'll have to see? i'm going to yell at shon da rhymes when i see her. >> you do it.
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does anyone yell at shon da rhymes? >> no. >> reporter: you can check out the 100th episode. you can see the show tonight at 9 on abc 7. >> okay, you better watch it. now back to you. bye. >> i wouldn't mess with huck. do what he says. >> he has tools. a specific set of skills. you don't want to mess with him. all right, moving on to other news, fighting to protect sanctuary cities. >> this has a far reaching impact beyond just local government budgets. >> the challenge to the president's plan to cut funding from cities right here in the bay area. plus. >> i'm just so humiliated. >> a college student who was body slammed to the ground by police shares her story exclusively with the abc news. >> and it wasn't fire fighters. this time it was a ups driver going to the rescue.
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>> announcer: live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> and here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. the u.s. military today dropped the so-called mother of all bombs on an isis cave complex in eastern afghanistan. a 22,000-pound bomb shown here in a 2003 test is the largest nonnuclear weapon that's ever been used in combat. the lawyer for the man who refused to get off that overbooked united flight talked about the injuries his client
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suffered as he was removed from the plane. world news reported david dao lost teeth, suffered a bric oke nose and now needs reconstructive surgery. a car theft in san francisco, a woom who was visiting to spread her dad's ashes had her rental car broken into and those ashes stolen out of the trunk. tomorrow there will be a showdown over sanctuary cities in san francisco federal court. a lawsuit seeks to block president trump's secondtive order to cut off federal funding to 400 cities across the country. abc 7 news reporter david louie live in san jose with plans to fight back. david? >> reporter: larry, this is a lawsuit with national implications. santa clara county is taking the lead on behalf of about 400 cities and counties throughout the country who consider themselves sanctuaries for immigrants who may not have documentation. so, president trump did sign an executive order that withholds federal funds for those
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communities if they don't cooperate with i.c.e. for seven years santa clara county has taken a stand not to help i.c.e. and hold prisoners for i.c.e. an executive order signed bip president trump threatens to punish sanctuary cities and counties by cutting off federal funding. >> you should be concerned we have a president who is trying to unilaterally trying to use federal funds to essentially extort jurisdictions to make them do his bidding. >> reporter: arguments for and against a 26-page lawsuit will be heard in federal court in san francisco tomorrow. santa clara county estimates it could lose $1.7 billion, much of it used to support valley medical center. community groups fear cuts and services. >> we depend on federal funding to deliver hot meals to seniors, to provide child care to working families. >> reporter: the sheriff cited studies that find sanctuary cities have lower crime rates. she's all in to strike down the presidential order.
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>> it would only create chaos, increase crime and leave us with fewer resources to deal with much, much bigger problems. >> reporter: experts in constitutional and immigration law say the executive order is on shaky ground for two reasons. >> the threat to withhold larger blocks of federal funding that might go to housing, health care, community development, all those are likely unconstitutional penalties that the executive is threatening. and two, he might actually need congressional authorization. >> reporter: the county says it plans to create a contingency budget fund in case it loses, but finding $1 billion will be difficult. in san jose, david louie, abc 7 news. >> the city of berkeley is preparing for dueling pro and sis i video from last month on when similar rallies resulted in injuries and arrests. right wing groups announced a free speech rally set for noon in civic center park. a left wing group is holding a party and cookout at 10:00 a.m. the dueling events have prompted the cancellation of saturday's
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downtown perkily farmers market. >> today president trump signed legislation that lets the states withhold federal family planning funds from planned parenthood, and other abortion providers. it erases a rule shortly before president obama left office in january. the measure narrowly cleared the senate last month. vice-president mike pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote. >> the woman slammed to the ground by a police officer is speaking out. she spoke exclusively with abc news. she says she will never be the same after video of her ordeal went viral. here is abc news reporter danya backus. >> reporter: for the first time since this video was obtained and went viral, 22 year old college student is telling her side of the story. >> i was just so humiliated because everyone was watching me. >> reporter: sitting down exclusively with abc news, she says the impact left her with bruises, a concussion, and contusion to her chin. >> it's gotten a lot better, but
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here when i touch, it's numb and i can't feel -- >> reporter: the experience, the video is too difficult to watch. >> my daughter planted on the ground like that, it went, chin, body, feet. >> one little hair off differently, that could have been her death. >> reporter: police are currently investigating the incident saying the entire exchange was recorded on the officer's body camera. saying last thursday they were called to a bar to break up an altercation between her boyfriend and another man. and as they were interviewing witnesses, the 22 year old shoulder checked a bouncer and struck one of the officers while trying to reach her boyfriend. >> my boyfriend got kicked out of the bar so i went outside just to see what happened. and the altercation happened and one thing led to another and it just escalated. >> reporter: police say they used a standard arrest control to subdue the college student. police say they will not release the body camera footage until the investigation is complete to make sure it is treated in a fair and impartial manner. her attorney has seen that footage and says nothing
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warranted the aggressive response from the officer. danya session backus, los angeles. >> now dot indication of the u.s. dlieups driver who really delivered. he spotted some flames engulfing a front porch of a house in massachusetts and he jumped right into action. banged on the door, telling the residents to get out, get gard dousing the flames himself. >> i didn't realize how big the flames were until i saw the video. >> he knocked down the fire, had he not been there that entire porch would have been ingulfed, and would have been lofrld. >> i don't think i'm a hero. anybody would do it. they see a fire, act on it. >> the homeowner said she had no idea that the porch was on fire, just thought somebody nearby was barbecuing. >> gees, incredible. pope francis spent this holy thursday washing the feet of inmates at a maximum security prison outside rome. this is the third holy thursday
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the pope has spent at a detention center. it's part of his emphasis on ministering to prisoners and giving them rehabilitation and hope. he washed the feet of 12-inch mates including three women and a muslim. >> all right. we're only a few days away from the tax deadline. ready alma daetz? >> we're done. >> done, filed, sent in in >> done. >> excellent. how about you? some tips for parents coming up. >> and the robot seemed to be everywhere lately. yesterday we told you about one delivering your food and now one that's making t. we'll tell you what it's whipping up in just a few minutes. >> i'm spencer christian. these clouds from eastern hills camera, still pretty threatening but skies are getting clearer. i'll have the accuw type 2 diabetes, listen up. we're not professional athletes. but that doesn't mean we're giving up. i'm in this for me. for me. along with diet and exercise, farxiga helps lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. lowering a1c by up to 1.2 points. do not take if allergic to farxiga.
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"star wars" creators and fans paid tribute today to the late carrie fisher. george lucas and harrison ford kicked off the celebration this morning in florida commemorating 40 years since the release of the new hope, and there they played a tribute video to carrie fisher. >> i love these movies. and actually they've become better for me now because i have a daughter and she loves them. may the force be with you. >> carrie fisher will actually appear one more time as general leah in the next "star wars" film, the last jedi. it will hit theaters this
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december. disney as you know is the parent company of "star wars" and abc 7. >> if you're looking for something to do this easter weekend, we've got you covered. jessica castro from abc 7 mornings has some ideas from our partners at hood line. >> grab a partner, your smartphone and helmet. those are some of the items you'll need this weekend for urban bike challenge hosted by the bicycles. you'll ride through the city in teams of two or four and the mobile app will lead you to secret spots where you'll be asked to do challenges or snap pictures to rack up points. all ages and cycling lovers are welcome. >> the idea is to get people out, having fun on their bikes, riding through the city. typically people are doing their commute through town. it's pretty straightforward. ideally it's a nicer way to commute than others. but it's usually, you know, on your way to work and we want to get people out having fun on a sunday riding all over town. >> plus a good way to see the city. if you don't have a bike there will be some to test.
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it's 20 bucks to join. all the proceeds benefit the san francisco bike coalition. bicycles on huckleberry street. speak egg of easter, the 26th easter parade in spring celebration is sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. it's on union street between goff and fill more street in cal hal owe. there will be entertainment, face painting, petting zoo and easter bunny will be there. also this weekend, if you ride public transit, do you have any weird or funny stories? you might enjoy the muni diaries, a live show at the elbow room in the mission saturday night at 6:00. it should have you laughing at all the perils of public transportation. speakers include well known san francisco based stand up comedian irene tu named last year as one of the bay area's 11 best stand up comedians. for more ideas what to do this weekend go to our website abc 7, hood line link. i'm jessica castro.
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>> announcer: now your accuweather forecast. spencer christian. >> it's calmer in the bay area, cool, clear mostly, but a few clouds lingering. we're going to have clearer skies the next couple days. meanwhile snow continues to fall in the sierra. winter weather advisory is in effect until 8:00 tonight for the central sierra, moderate heavy snow will fall additional 8 inches likely above 4,000 feet. travel delays and chain controls are likely. look for breezy conditions at the coast. sunny all across the bay area with temperatures climbing into the mid 60s tomorrow. i understand land near the bay getting a little milder. our easter sunday we have our next storm coming our way. it ranks 1 on the storm impact scale, storm of light intensity. it is expected to produce less than half inch of rain for most of the bay area. winds will be a little on the gusty side up to 20 miles per hour. here is the accuweather forecast seven-day forecast. followed by another system monday and tuesday producing light rain or showers that also ranks 1 on the storm impact
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scale even as we enter into the middle of next week. clouds lingering a little on the cool side for this time of year. unsprink like pattern continues. >> all right. >> thank you, spencer. >> well, along with that little bundle of joy comes a whole host of tax deductions for every savvy parent needs to know for (announcer vo) when you have type 2 diabetes, there's a moment of truth. and now with victoza® a better moment of proof. victoza® lowers my a1c and blood sugar better than the leading branded pill, which didn't get me to my goal. lowers my a1c better than the leading branded injectable. the one i used to take. and better than that diabetes pill i used to take. (jeff) victoza® works with your body to lower blood sugar in three ways-- in the stomach, the liver,
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we are just days away from the april tax deadline and if you're a parent, you have an opportunity to send uncle sam a little less this year. abc 7 news reporter rebecca jarvis explains what you need to know. >> reporter: whether you have one child or a whole brood, there are three really important tax benefits that every parent should take advantage of. >> the first is the dependency exemption and that's about $4,000 per dependent. the second is the child tax credit, and that can be about a thousand dollars. and the third -- >> reporter: expenses for child care. tax payers who pay for child care while working or looking for work can deduct a portion of those costs for children under age 13. there are also education benefits there to help defray the cost of higher education. >> the first one to know about
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is the american opportunity credit which is for the first four years of higher education. it is up to $2,500 and that's per student. >> reporter: so, if you have more than one child at college, this credit is good for multiples. >> there is also a lifetime learning credit, and that can be up to $2,000. >> reporter: it works for those persons with job enhancing skills. then there is the tuition and fees deduction which can reduce your tax bill by up to $4,000. things like tuition and books are okay, but paying for that plane ticket to send your child home, no. if you're adopting a child you can claim up to $13,000 in expenses in the year you incur the costs. even if the adoption is finalized the following year. and finally, one in five families that qualify for the earned income tax credit don't claim it.
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it's a risk benefit that can make a big difference. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> another tip for working parents, find out if your employer offers a flexible spending account for child care which could be good for up to $5,000 pretax dollars. do bear in mind, you can't double dip, pay for child care from the flex account and then deduct those expenses. >> inkppgs i have toys that may be in your kids' easter basket being recalled. >> 7 on your side's michael finney has what you need to know. >> we always have a couple of these around this time. >> not good. >> you have to be very careful. authorities say $1 easter egg toy sold at target could be ingested by a child and cause life-threatening injuries. the recalled toy comes in a variety of styles and sold under the name of hatch and go easter eggs, easter grow toys, and hatch your own dino. the hatch and grow easter eggs come in pink, blue and purple include a white bunny, brown bunny or butterfly.
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the easter grow toys have a yellow chick or white and brown bunny. dine owe eggs come in purple, yellow green and contain 11 dinosaurs. san mateo energy company is recalling thousands of solar panels saying they could overheat and catch fire. the recall includes 28,000 panels made by bash solar services. the company says they may overheat, although it has no reports of fires or injuries. the panels were sold by installation companies between october 2011 and may 2013. customers should check their paperwork or contact their installers to see if the panels on their roof are included in this recall. now, i posted the information you need on my facebook page. a new bill that would make it easier for home cooks to sell their culinary creations has been introduced into california legislature. she was charged with four misdemeanors for operating a food facility without a permit.
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she sold her homemade goods through a facebook group. >> it was really more of a hobby. a lot of people on there didn't even ever profit, you know. they just love to cook. >> a consumer filed a complaint claiming to be sickened from an item sold through the group. the bill expands which homemade items can be legally sold. currently only foods that do not require refrigeration are allowed to be sold. she has agreed to serve 80 hours of community service and a plea deal. if you have a consumer problem i want to hear from you. my 7 on your side hot line is up week days ten to 2:00, number 415-954-8151. you can reach me through facebook and abc 7 >> all right, thank you, michael. >> sure. >> as you know, robots seem to be everywhere. even making your food now. abc 7 news was at the galvanized cafe in selma where sally the
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salad robot was being tested out today. sally will create a custom salad for you with up to 21 seasonal ingredients. you place a bowl beneath the dispenser and use a touch screen to make your selections and sally does the rest. >> you can actually watch the machine select the different ingredients and put them in, which was really a cool experience. >> sally was created by food robotics company shall botics. you know how i feel about robots, right? >> i know how you feel. >> it sounds great until sally is weaponized four years from now and forces us to make salads for sally. >> cherry tomatoes. >> here, sally, don't hate me. >> all right. well, the beauty and drama of nature. >> fight, fight. fight. >> one her on got too close to another her on's nest. >> the sights and sounds of
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birds nesting in golden gate park are nesting. >> now dan is here with what's ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00. >> thanks. next at 5:00 caught on camera, a valuable 49er stolen, to be sold for special needs kids. plus. >> it was swaying back and forth. >> a church cross stood the test of time until now. we'll explain what happened. and building room, where bay area home buyers are going in search of a lower price tag. those sto
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all right. it is tgi tonight here on abc 7 at 8:00, graze anatomy, the 100th episode of scandal. stay with us for the catch, abc 7 news at 11:00. >> the time of year when the birds in golden park are nesting, one of the most spectacular sights is that . blew herron. >> abc 7 news reporter shows us the beauties and the woman who calls herself the herron lady. >> here's the parity and there's three little guys in this nest. >> reporter: it's impossible to ignore an invitation to glance into the lives of a colony of great blue herons. even if it's only for a brief moment. >> there's 12 adults in and out sitting on eggs. >> reporter: nancy talks endlessly about these coastal birds to anyone who wants to listen. >> people started calling me the
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heron lady. i've been doing this since 1993. we've been very fortunate that the birds have returned every year to put on this magnificent show for the public. >> reporter: today there are six nests in this monterey pine tree on the island at stow lake. both parents taking care of their young. from now until may 20th, every saturday she brings people in encouraging them to take an interest in the blue herons. already one of the nests has three chicks. >> the chick is easy to spot because he has a black mow hawk. he looks like a very punk kid and he's very grayish. is he a bird? >> yes. >> oh, good. you saw the parent bird up in the nest. and that's the nest with the chicks. >> reporter: when you come to stow lake in golden gate park, you can't miss the heron lady. who else would have a car with a plastic heron? is she obsessed with herons? i would say so. who else writes a song about their favorite bird? hit it, nancy.
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♪ just bird iz and me high up in a tree, you'll soon be a great blue heronheron >> thank you very much. >> it'sing there to see what lives in the wild here in san francisco. >> reporter: close to 180 chicks have been observed by the heron lady. in san francisco lyanne ma lin des, abc 7 news. >> didn't you think the bird in the car was real for a second? she has a bird on top of her car? >> the heron lady will be out this saturday at stow lake from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. >> chp officers were asking this morning, they discovered an owl on the freeway. >> it was on the center divider 101 near railroad avenue. santa rosa office posted these pictures to facebook. officers took the owl to wildlife rescue. >> spectacular. >> yeah. all right. thanks for joining us for abc 7
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news at 4:00. i'm alma daetz. >> i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. >> i feel like i wasn't even responsible to keep him safe. >> a grief stricken wife, her husband's ashes stolen from the trunk of her car. looks in consignment shops hoping to tiend the container that holds them. >> a fire through oakland, it represents a growing danger in many bay area cities. >> and parishioners at an alameda church will look up and not be able to see a familiar sight this easter weekend. we'll explain why. >> i'm abc 7 news sandhya patel. the forecast is straight ahead. >> announcer: live where you live. this is abc 7 news. >> i feel very, very broken and lost. >> a daughter's emotions very clear and understandable. her car is broken into and among the items stolen her father's ashes.
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good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. thanks for joining us. a family from charlotte, north carolina is visiting the bay area to spread their loved one's ashes. yesterday while visiting fisherman's wharf, someone broke into their rental car and took them. abc 7 news reporter melanie woodrow is live ourt side the parking garage where this happened. melanie, today would have been the loved one's birthday. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, kristen and dan. this would have been joe wilkinson's 57th birthday. car break ins here on fisherman's wharf are nothin new. it seems this family attempted to do everything right, including not leaving anything in plain view in this rental vehicle. tonight they are hopeful that san francisco police can help them recover their loved one's remains. mary wilkinson and her daughter julia came to fisherman's wharf to honor joe wilkinson's life and love of crab before spreading his ashes. but in the few hours they had here before their room was ready, someone


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