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there. any more records broken today? >> no records yet, larry. but we're in record territory, close to record territory in some locations. let's look at live doppler 7. the high temperatures so far under this baking hot sun today, it has gotten up to 104 in lakeport. 103 at concord and livermore. we've got 80s and 90s around the bay. the coast is a little cooler today than yesterday. it's still pretty mild there. let's take a look at other current conditions. a live view from sky 7. you see smoke rising from the fire we just reported on. 68 degrees right now in san francisco. 91 at san jose. santa cruz beach, a busy place today, and likely the remainder of the week, temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s in many inland areas now. temperatures will gradually a little bit, but still by 8:00 p.m. we'll still have
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temperatures in the 80s. overnight, temperatures won't drop very much at all. heat advisory in effect until 9:00 p.m. thursday for virtually all the bay area except the coast. and over in this area to fairfield and beyond, excessive heat warning in effect until thursday evening. in just a moment i'll come back and show you when we can expect minor relief and long-term relief as well. >> we certainly need it, spencer. the bay area heat wave keeping pg&e crews busy around the clock. some in livermore have been without electricity since yesterday. at one point 190,000 customers were without power. fewer than 2,000 are still powerless as we speak. several people found a way to beat the heat at brookley marina today. a couple of guys were learning how to wind surf. that plunge into the bay
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probably felt pretty good. also a good day to sit and watch the boaters. a perfect day to spend next to, or actually on the water if you had that chance. >> sitting on the dock of the bay. >> sing it. >> watching the tide roll away. this is the view from san francisco's delores park. people usually head here to sun bathe in the city. a little different today. people were seeking refuge under any shade they could find. >> downright awful in arizona, where it's expected to reach 120 degrees today. >> wow. >> paul sent this video of his son's east bay baseball team playing in phoenix at 10:00 this morning, and it was already 110 degrees. the last time it reached 120 degrees in phoenix was in july of 1995. there it goes. it could be worse. death valley could see 124 degrees tomorrow. >> that's incredible.
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playing baseball in that heat. the severe heat being looked at as a possible cause for buckling several freeway lanes in west sacramento. cal trans worked into the night to repair four lanes of pavement on eastbound highway 50. all lanes are now open. temperatures climbed into the 90s in downtown san jose today, where families, they were heading there to cool off in the fountains. jonathan bloom there. where's the water? isn't that usually gushing behind you? >> reporter: it should be gushing behind me, but in fact there's something desperately missing from this plaza, and that is any water at all. these fountains are dry as the deserts. although the water could be back on by tomorrow, in the meantime we ran into countless kids and families who went home hot and disappointed. the sounds of summer. the jingling bells of the ice cream man and laughter of kids playing in the fountains. except -- you came all the way here from campbell to go in the
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fountain? and? >> i'm waiting for the water. >> reporter: families came from all over to find the water turned off. plumbers say the filters are clogged with season with too many people bathing in the fountains. kids hope they're turned on soon. >> you can run through it. you can do anything. >> reporter: but in the meantime their parents are cooling off with ice coffee. >> when it gets caught, sometimes they order two or three. >> reporter: that means an upper body workout, and a lower body workout. >> sometimes you have to run over to safeway and grab more ice. >> reporter: perhaps the trend iest spot in town is aisle 42 at orchard supply hardware. >> inside our house right now it's 87 degrees. >> that's pretty hot. >> yeah. very warm. >> reporter: brian davenport took it a step further. >> looking for an air conditioner. >> why? >> it's hot in my house. >> reporter: and it's his lucky day. >> it was our last air
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conditioner. we've been selling out of them like weekend all crazy. >> reporter: they'll be back in he had a suggestion. >> it's beautiful in here. stay inside. and hang out and shop. >> reporter: in san jose, jonathan bloom, abc 7 news. keep track of the heat on the go with the new abc 7 news app. you can find it for free in your phone's app store. download it be instantly notified about heat alerts and advisories. we have developing news in the north bay. tragic news. police in santa rosa say a father killed his two young children and then himself. >> cornell bernard is live near an apartment complex in santa rosa where this tragedy happened. cornell? >> reporter: this is a real tough story to report. santa rosa police just confirmed the grim details. grim, sad details, that took place in the apartment complex you see behind me, where the bodies of two young children and their father were found this morning. take a look at some video that was shot earlier today.
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police entered an apartment for a welfare check at the slater patio apartments and found the bodies of the 6-month-old girl and an 18-month-old boy. the children's father had taken his own life. police say prior to the discovery, police had been involved in a child custody dispute, involving the husband and his wife. neighbors heard relatives at the scene after they learned of the horrible tragedy. >> honestly, i just opened the door and i just heard some screaming, you know? it was loud. you know? it seemed like something bad happened. >> very shocking. my parents have owned the house five doors down for 54 years, nothing like this has ever happened. >> reporter: we're told the father is 40 years old. no names have been released. police hope to update us in the next half an hour. we will have details later in the day, on air, online and our
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abc 7 news app. live in santa rosa, cornell bernard, abc 7 news. >> thank you, cornell. the american college student released by north korea last week has died. otto warmbier was in a coma when he was returned to the u.s. doctors said he had severe brain damage but it was not clear what caused it. he died today in ohio. the 22-year-old was accused of stealing a propaganda banner and was sentenced to 15 years in a north korean labor camp. hot weather and windy conditions provided the perfect ingredients for a stubborn fire in ben i sha. amy hollyfield has the details about the fire that started early this morning. >> reporter: fire turned the morning sky orange, right next to interstate 680, as intense wind whipped it up and kept it burning strong for hours. streams of water from the firefighters' hose looked outmatched against this one. >> about 30 feet past the engine and make a hard left. it wasn't even touching the fire.
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20, 30-mile-an-hour winds out here, it makes it tough. >> reporter: the wind wasn't the only obstacle. this fire also had a lot of fuel. it is burning bark piles, wood materials that eventually turned to mulch. they had to bring out about 20 pieces of equipment to this battle. >> the problem we have is that the bark and stuff as the fire starts to go, it burrows deep inside. >> something like that seems like it could be really hard to put out. >> reporter: employees at nearby businesses were sympathetic as they watched the fire fight, especially since this is the second time in two years that firefighters have fought a fire here. >> the heat we've had the last two days, the moisture that's in it, wood starts to decompose, it puts off heat and creates spontaneous combustion. >> reporter: customers lost power because a power pole came down in the fire. firefighters are getting a lot of help here locally. firefighters from as far away as napa and fairfield are here to help.
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abc 7 news. a team effort is being credited for saving the lives of birds nesting in a large tree that came crashing down today in oakland. the rotting tree snapped in two around 10:00 this morning. volunteers responded in minutes to help rescue some 20 birds like blue heron and snowy egret who had been nesting in the tree. at least four birds were killed, including three nestlings. a santa cruz search, why the bail is still in limbo, even after today's hearing. golden state warrior superstar kevin durant is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. but don't panic, we'll tell you why. and -- >> he's already gained a lot of language through books. >> it's going to be easier than ever to go to the library in san
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francisco, and where the money to pay for it came from. a live look outside. 680 there. southbound looks light at the moment. northbound not the case. either way, it's hot for you out there. so hop for her compassion and care.
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his attorney trying to get bail, prosecutors trying to keep him in jail. >> he represents a significant ongoing danger to the community. our position was that he should not be released on any amount of bail. >> reporter: prosecutor steven moore saying that for 20 years dr. kohat has had a fixed sexual desire to be a part of multiple taboo families where he has sex with a mother and daughter and wanting to impregnate the daughter and raise the child sexually. several incidents not part of the current charges were detailed in the documents, alleging he solicited mothers from vermont, florida, australia and sacramento. the judge ruled against the prosecution's opposition to bail. >> the court finds the people have not carried the burden for the no-bail order. >> reporter: a new charge said he sexually molested a 13-year-old girl from louisiana while she was visiting santa cruz with her mother. that brings the total number of charges against the neurosurgeon
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to 11. two nurses are also facing charges related to the doctor. brandon and stevens from arizona. prosecutors are still in the middle of extraditing stevens back to santa cruz. dr. kohut is very wealthy. the judge wants to see financial documents before he sets the bail amount. in santa cruz, matt keller, abc 7 news. a motorcyclist pleaded not guilty today to a variety of charges connected to the vicious beating of a lyft driver on highway 101. this is video from the march incident. police say about 15 dirt bikers were doing stunts on the freeway when the lyft driver tried to pass them. the motorcyclist vandalized his car and then beat him. the 33-year-old is being held on $1 million bail. he will return to court tomorrow with two other motorcyclists arrested for the attack. the supreme court ruled today out-of-state residents cannot sue bristol myer over
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adverse reaction to a blood thinner. overturning a lower court decision. that case involved 575 noncalifornia residents who joined 86 california residents in suing the new jersey based company. our state supreme court had ruled 4-3 that the cases could move ahead even if the specific claims weren't connected to california because the company did other business in the state. the supreme court also announced today it will take up a critical gerrymandering case next fall. the high court will review a case from wisconsin where critics say the state's districts were drawn unconstitutionally to benefit republicans. the court will consider whether gerrymandered maps will be unconstitutional and change the way u.s. elections are conducted. when it comes to having access to books, more is always better, right? >> sure. >> the san francisco public library announced all of its branches will be open seven days a week.
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>> leeann explains how they're able to afford the extended howard. >> reporter: cecilia ortega is a teacher who is spending her summer at the library with her son. >> he's already gained a lot of language through books. that's one of the few times he'll sit still because he has so much energy. >> reporter: all public library branches in san francisco will be open every day, adding 17 librarians and staff. nine branches will add an extra day, and 15 branches will extend their hours, costing san francisco taxpayers an additional $1.8 million a year. through a parcel tax and bond measure passed a few years ago, voters made it clear that libraries should be an essential service in san francisco. >> we were so fortunate to have so many residents and voters vote for their libraries to make sure they're seismically safe, they're modernized. >> reporter: it wasn't that long ago that budget cuts forced some
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libraries to open only a few days a week. but thanks to the library preservation fund and friends of the library, they have now become more like community centers, offering art classes, and access to computers for those who want to earn their high school diploma. >> each and every one of our 27 neighborhood libraries have a variety of programs, and good collections and resources. >> reporter: the hours at each branch range from 50 to 60 hours a week. in san francisco, abc 7 news. police officers teamed up with other agencies to kick off a summer reading camp for 25 third graders today. >> one, two, three! yea! >> abc 7 news was at santee elementary school as students got ready to work on their reading skills. it's for underserved kids in the community. more than 80% of children from low-income families have difficulty reading by third
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grade. our parent company disney is helping with the program. take a look at this. the fog. >> yes, the fog. >> i feel cooler already. >> rolling over parts -- i wish we had some in the studio -- rolling over parts of san francisco and the bay. video not sped up. it made for chilly picture taking for tourists at the golden gate bridge. the fog cooled san francisco down, but obviously inland the temperatures are just soaring. there's no fog out there. >> no. >> that's a good sign, because we didn't have that fog yesterday. >> good sign for locations near the coast and the bay. those locations did cool down a bit today. but inland, we've still got the triple digits. looks like triple digits will linger inland for a while. i can't remember a stretch like this in a long time. live doppler 7, it's nicer at the coast than over the weekend. thanks to the cooling fog that's arriving there. and around the bay, i might add.
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a live view from our mount tam camera looking down onto the bay. from this angle, you can't even see that little finger fog coming through the golden gate yet. but you can feel it if you're down there. will be cooler near the coast and bay tomorrow. heating up across the region on wednesday and thursday. the heat will not ease up until the end of the week. on we go to current temperatures. 59 degrees right now in half moon bay. 104 at brentwood. it is sizzling hot inland. but mild to warm right around the bay, and, of course, cooler on the coast. overnight, fog increasing presence at the coastline. lows will range from mid-50s to mid-60s. and then upper 50s to mid-60s inland. very, very mild inland once again. a day plner for tomorrow, we start off with a coastal fog. and it will be pleasantly mild to cool here on the coast. but by late afternoon, when we get to the peak of our heating
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for this time of the year, we'll see triple digits inland, but 80s around the bay and low 60s on the coast. the inland heat will hold on into the late night hours. in the south bay, highs from 86 in santa clara to 84 in morgan hill. 85 at redwood city. 81 at san mateo. low 60s for the most part on the coast tomorrow. san francisco will just break -- top out above the 70-degree mark. up in the north bay, highs around 92 at santa rosa, 90 at sonoma. east bay, highs ranging from 79 at berkeley to about 82 at san leandro. 84 at union city. and in the inland east bay, numerous triple digits from concord to pittsburg to livermore. that takes us to the beach forecast for tomorrow. we'll see morning clouds giving way to sunny skies in the afternoon. high uv index tomorrow, so be sure to apply sunscreen.
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highs throughout most beaches in the 60s tomorrow. here's the seven-day forecast. there it is. triple digits inland through thursday. the temperatures continue rising wednesday and thursday to about 108 in the hottest inland spots on thursday. friday, there may be a couple of spots that will top out at 100. it will be cooler in most areas on friday as the heat eases, continues to ease up on saturday, then on sunday, mild to warm. and finally a much, much cooler pattern across the entire region next monday. let's hope it lingers a while. >> yeah. >> you going to make it? >> feels like welcome to tucson today. >> that's it. or maybe even scottsdale. >> thank you, spencer. silicon valley leaders are at the white house today. the new effort to cut costs and protect the u.s. from cyber attacks. kevin durant's mom stole the hearts of warriors fans everywhere during the finals.
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now she's going on the record about her son's success. we're celebrating lgbt pride by using our instagram feed to celebrate people making a difference where you live. today we recognize leanleanleann pittsford. there's a matching grant for any scholarship donations made through early july. learn more o
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kevin dur ability is expected to operate ot out of his contract and become a free agent. done panic, he's not going anywhere. an espn report out today said durant will not exercise his 28-year-olds option for next year nor seek the maximum contract. he'll re-sign with the warriors, that move will save the team money against their salary cap. it's been a week since the
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warriors won the nba title. new insight about the special celebration between durant and his mom. she spoke with robin roberts about the celebration, and compared it with her son's emotional speech after he won the nba's most valuable player award after the 2014 season. >> talking about his goatee. >> i know. i was like, wow. >> what was that moment like for you? >> it was -- i felt fulfilled as a mom. when he gave the speech and talked about me in the speech a few years ago, i felt like he's got it. he understood why i was the type of mother that i was. >> demanding, yeah. >> yes, i was. sometimes a little psychotic. but at that moment, i felt like he -- i was full fimd as a parent because it was like the hard work really paid off. >> she sacrificed a lot. wanda was featured in a video on twitter calling kevin the real
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mvp. we posted a link to wanda's full interview on our website members of a minor league bay area soccer club will be wearing special jerseys in honor of pride week. san francisco city fc showed off the jerseys that its players will wear during their next match this sunday afternoon at usf. the jerseys are worn during the match and will be auctioned off at the club's website benefiting san francisco's aids legal referral panel. more questions today for president trump. >> mr. president, are you under investigation by the special counsel? >> is he or isn't he? the confusion over the investigation and what abc news has learned. new developments out of london. what we've just learned about the man who drove a van through a
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pg&e learned a tragic lesson we can never forget. this gas pipeline ruptured in san bruno. the explosion and fire killed eight people. pg&e was convicted of six felony charges including five violations of the u.s. pipeline safety act and obstructing an ntsb investigation. pg&e was fined, placed under an outside monitor, given five years of probation, and required to perform 10,000 hours of community service. we are deeply sorry. we failed our customers in san bruno. while an apology alone will never be enough, actions can make pg&e safer. and that's why we've replaced hundreds of miles of gas pipeline, adopted new leak detection technology
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that is one-thousand times more sensitive, and built a state-of-the-art gas operations center. we can never forget what happened in san bruno. that's why we're working every day to make pg&e the safest energy company in the nation. headlines at 4:30. abc 7 news reporter cornell bernard updating a truly tragic story near downtown santa rosa. a father killed his two young children inside his apartment, then hanged himself. cornell will join us live from police headquarters on abc 7 news at 6:00. we have an update on breaking news right now, a grass fire that is burning dangerusly close to homes in moraga.
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this ten-acre fire near a high school. the school is not in danger, but other structures like power poles as you can see a moment ago are in its path. firefighters have 10% contained. as you know, the heat is really on. check out the tweets from spencer christian here, topped 92 degrees in santa rosa, antioch and livermore in the triple digits. spencer has more about what to expect later in the week and he's coming up in a few minutes. also learning more about the man who drove a van through a crowd of muslim worshippers outside a mosque in london. police arrested a white man in his 40s for instigating terror and attempted murder. one man died at the scene and nearly a dozen hurt. the latest on the fourth attack in the uk in just three months. ariel? >> police believe the suspect acted alone, but the terror that he created bringing back a familiar scene in the streets of london. another night of chaos in london.
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a white van plowing through a crowd of muslim worshippers outside a mosque in the northern part of the city. >> i asked him, you know, why did you do that. why. you know? innocent people. he goes, i want to kill muslims. >> reporter: members of the muslim community pinning down the 47-year-old white male driver, until police arrived. >> by god's grace we managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm. >> reporter: today a flood of condemnation, and condolences from officials. >> there is no place for this hatred in our country today. and we need to work together as one society, as one community to drive it out, this evil. >> this was quite clearly an attack on muslims. and they were coming from a prayer meeting. we treat this as a terrorist attack. >> reporter: the streets of london gripped by growing anxiety. >> isis doesn't have a monopoly
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on driving trucks and vans into crowds. now we know that there are other terrorists who have done exactly the same thing. >> reporter: tension after three weeks tainted by terror. >> we will stay a strong city. we will ensure that we aren't cowed by terrorism. and we will not be defeated. >> reporter: authorities searched an area of wales looking for any clues as to what might have led up to this attack. police asking anyone with information to come forward. in new york, abc 7 news. larry? >> all right. i'll take that, ariel. do we know if there will be heightened security after the latest attack? >> reporter: what we know is prime minister theresa may said they have deployed additional officers to patrol around muslim communities during the holy month of ramadan, specifically in the last week of ramadan. and we also know that the terror threat level in the uk remains severe, so another attack may be highly likely.
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ama? >> ariel, thank you. authorities in paris are working to identify the man who died after ramming his car into a police van today on the champs-elysees. this is video of officers pulling a man out of the car of what investigators say appears to be a deliberate attack. they found a rifle and gas in the car enough to blow the car up. no police officers or bystanders were hurt, but this is the fifth time in four months that security forces have been attacked in paris. the white house is remembering seven u.s. sailors who were killed in a collision between a u.s. destroyer and container ship off the coast of japan over the weekend. it was one of the worst u.s. naval disasters in year. 24-year-old first class xavier martin was darrell martin's son. >> very hard. my only child. all i have. >> sailors fought to keep the
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"uss fitzgerald" from sinking. 19-year-old gunner's mate rigsby is remembered by his community in virginia. >> he was a good kid. he would give you the shirt off his back. >> four investigative bodies will look into the crash which could take months. the fitzgerald suffered extensive damage but the navy believes it can be repaired. russia today condemned the downing of a syrian warplane. and is threatening to target aircraft flown by the u.s. and its allies over syria. moscow says it's suspending the use of a hotline used with the u.s. to avoid collisions in syrian air space. an american jet shot down the syrian warplane yesterday after the syrian aircraft dropped bombs near rebel forces supported by the u.s. there is still questions about whether or not president trump is under investigation in that russia probe. today he was back in the white house welcoming another world leader. abc news reporter kenneth boaten has the latest. >> reporter: president trump starting off the week with a
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visit from panama's president. and more questions about the russian investigation. >> mr. president, are you under investigation by the special counsel? >> reporter: trump and the white house trying to shift the focus after his tweet saying he is being investigated for firing fbi director james comey. his legal team's effort to correct the record on fox news sunday, only leading to more confusion. >> now he's being investigated by the department of justice. he's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general, deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination. >> you've now said he's being investigated after saying -- >> no. >> you just said, sir -- >> i do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth -- >> abc news learned robert mueller has not launched a full-scale obstruction of justice investigation into the president. the sources say mueller is conducting a preliminary inquiry, assessing comey's congressional testimony, reviewing comey's memos on
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encounters with the president. lawmakers on both sides urging president trump to let the special counsel do its job. >> i think we ought to let the bob mueller develop some of the evidence and determine what he needs to vets. >> the house intelligence committee wants to know if there are any tapes with the president's tape with comey. abc news, washington. some of the bay area's top tech executives met with president trump at the white house today in the first meeting of the american technology council. you might recognize some of them. for example, oracle, tim cook of apple, john door, a top silicon valley capitalist, and alphabet, and paypal founder. no supporter of the president. they discussed issues such as the travel ban's impact on their business, trans gender protections, veterans' issues and climate change. both sides say it's an
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opportunity to help modernize our government. >> many federal systems are decades old with the oldest being 39 and 56 years old. the department of defense still uses 8-inch floppy disks. until last week, the government was still requiring federal agencies to check software for y2k compliance. >> facebook's ceo was invited, but did not attend. the company said there was a scheduling conflict. coconut oil may not be so good for you after all. a new warning out about that. a bay area man trying to beat the heat and why rescuers had to be called in to help. here's the view from the east bay hills camera, looking toward mount diablo, where it's pretty toasty today. i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up in just a
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graduation trip to the bass lake area near yosemite nearly turned tragic for a bay area man. the rescue team pulling matthew sala to safety after he went over angel falls yesterday. he tried to take a photo of the falls with his cell phone. he fell into the fast-moving water. then got swept downstream. he was able to save himself, grabbing on to a dead tree and pulling himself up to land. everyone young and old alike
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looking to escape the heat in contra costa county today. the seniors were the first out of the block flooding the tennis courts before it got too hot. not too far away, these tiny tykes were kicking their way through their first swim lesson. very precious. those moms really appreciated the trips to the pools today. >> get out early. we've got the a/c going now. trying to get out while we can. >> out at 7:30 this morning because we wanted to beat the heat. it comes with age. intelligence comes with age. oar at least better. >> listen to max, he knows such things. it was triple digits by 1:00. the tennis court was empty. we're not sure if anybody left that pool at heather farm today. the earth had its third warmest may on record this year. only slightly behind the past two years. that's according to the national oceanic and atmospheric administration.
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the data dates back to 1880. the group also found earth is having its second warmest year on record. now, your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. >> the heat goes on. we have sunny skies across the bay area right now with a little bit of fog forming at the coast. it will be a little bit more widespread overnight. but it won't provide much cooling. low temperatures near the coast, in the mid to upper 50s. overnight lows in some inland areas won't even drop out of the 70s. tomorrow, it will be another hot day inland with numerous locations at or above 100 degrees. right around the bay, though, it will be slightly cooler than today with highs around 80, or low 80s. on the coast even cooler still with highs in the low 60s. as we look ahead, here's a look at the projected high temperature range for the week ahead in napa. notice the average high this time of the year, 82 degrees in napa. throughout the seven-day period, highs remain well above average for the next couple of days. in fact, up to 105 on thursday before gradually tapering off to
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a more seasonal range. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. thursday it looks like it will be pretty much the warmest day -- no, the hottest day of the week with highs up to about 108. the hottest inland areas. the heat continues easing up inland on saturday and sunday. finally next monday we get a much cooler pattern for the entire area. that will be the end of triple digits for a while. thank goodness. >> yeah. thank you, spencer. a bay area trainer wants to give everyone a chance to get fit. >> i went from thinking nothing was possible, to thinking there is no limit to what can be done. >> the workout for people who thought they couldn't work out. "7 on your side's" michael finney. stopping the annoy
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an autopsy shows actress carrie fisher had multiple drugs including cocaine in her system when she became ill on a plane last year. we first told you about the developments in a push alert on our news app this morning. the report said fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the december 23rd flight.
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she died four days later at an l.a. hospital. the toxicology report said fisher also had heroin and ecstasy in her system. but investigators could not determine what impact those drugs had on her death. you've probably heard of crossfit, so many people are doing it. now a bay area resident has created a crossfit class that caters to every body. melanie woodrow has the story. >> all right, guys! everybody got a rower? beautiful. ease into this. ease into this. >> reporter: there's something about an epiphany that makes it unfathomable not to share. >> i went from thinking nothing was possible, to thinking there is no limit to what can be done. it's just the amount of time willing to invest. >> reporter: at 8 years old, a truck hit max while he was riding his by cycle. >> i ended up being drug on the side of my body and lost the
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side of my leg. >> reporter: after relying on what he used to call his good leg, was no longer good enough. he redefined his life. getting into peak physical shape, while working alongside medical professionals to create a brace he could comfortably really move in. >> it is a garage project. >> reporter: then giving it all away. >> how selfish would i be if i did not give my learning to everybody else. like i could not think of a more selfish act. >> reporter: here in an adaptive crossfit class he created. >> i might not be able to tell them exactly what's ahead, but i can show them the path exists. >> never in my life expected to be a disabled person. i still don't think i'm a disabled person. then i look and say, oh, i don't have an arm and a leg, that's huge. >> reporter: a year and a half ago, susan levine was hit by a train in new york city. >> my goal is independence, mobility, independence.
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>> reporter: functional fitness. >> are we worried about lifting five more pounds or adding a skill to our life that we're going to use every day. one of the biggest things about this group here is the community that we have. >> reporter: tony lee fought off a shark in hawaii. >> getting off the floor, this took me months to be able to do. i don't know if you want to watch susan here. it's amazing to watch this woman fight. awesome, susan. that's the sense of community i'm talking about. >> when i started the class, i wanted no excuses from anybody. it cost money, now it's free. come in. you'll be with 20 other people. some of which have the exact same thing you do. there's no excuses. come. >> reporter: while each athlete's journey is unique -- >> great job. >> reporter: -- the message is clear. they're not alone. in san francisco, melanie woodrow, abc 7 news.
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>> the adaptive crossfit class is free of charge, saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at san francisco crossfit. for more information go to consumer news. time for "ask finney" to answer your questions sent in via facebook, twitter and e-mail. the first question comes from elvis from alameda. i was wondering for a second. really? why do people buy fidget spinners. they break easily. >> fidget spinners are one of the most popular toys out there right now. people seem to like whatever is new and different. there's certainly that. companies marketing them say the toy is supposed to help improve the focus of students. a consumer product safety commission is investigating the fidget spinners over allegations they can fall apart and some small pieces might be swallowed by a young child. if you've got little kids in your household, you need to be careful. also, cal state from daly city is asking, where is the best place to buy shopkins toys?
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>> well, there are several stores where you can look for shopkins. walmart, target, toys "r" us, just about anywhere. check out shopkins' official website. a lot of people don't know they have it because it's kind of a weird one. it's shopkins there you might find something first before they come out, before anyone else has them. >> rosalyn from alameda asks, i keep getting robocalls on my home phone and my cell phone. how do i stop them? i'm with roz. what's the answer? >> i've got to tell you, it's horrible. there's a bunch of stuff you can do, none of it, even all together will make them completely stop. but start by registering your phone number on the national do not call list. it only works with legitimate companies. that means it's not perfect. if you have an internet based phone, there's a product called nomo robo, blocking most robocalls. it gets great reviews.
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we have a director at the station that went from 30 calls a month to about 6 just by using no mo robo. if you have a smartphone, check out your app store. there's a lot offered out there. some of it works for a while, some lasts for longer, you just need to clek it out to see what works for you. if you have a question for me, please record a 10 to 15-second-long question, share it on social media, using the #ask finney. you can also reach me on facebook and abc 7 thank you, mr. finney. a controversial study said coconut oil may not be so healthy after all. the study from the american heart association finds you're better to put it on your body, but not in your body. researchers say coconut oil is just as unhealthy as beef drippings and butter. it is made up of about 82% saturated fat, far greater than most other oils. for a complete look at the study, just go to top rated commercial beer in the nation no longer comes from the bay area.
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the last eight years, named number one by the american home brewers association. the double ipa made by russian river brewing company in san francisco. but it has ale in the top spot, one of four michigan beers that made the top six. russian rivers is extremely popular. younger is not included in the survey because it doesn't have widespread distribution. into the fire for the first time. hundreds apply, but only 30 got the chance to become a firefighter. today training got under way. it's just in time for what could be a big fire season. >> for sure. right now dan's here with what's coming up at 5:00. coming up, google's big renewal plan, it is a boom for downtown san jose, or a bust for those already there. we'll take a look at that question. your online privacy, california tries to do what the federal government will not. and llamas on the loose. the real-life wrangling by
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coming up tonight on abc 7 in primetime, 8:00, the bachelorette, and still star-crossed and abc 7 news at 11:00. the fire season could be one of the toughest ever. in marin county today, abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman met up with a group of young firefighters who want in, but first need to prove themselves. >> reporter: there's a first time for everything. and when the next time may be for real, the intensity. >> so far, i'm loving it. >> reporter: on a day when marin county had no major fires, here's a group of men and women for whom that made little difference. what do you expect? >> a lot of heat, smoke. >> reporter: they're your firefighters of the future. this, the equivalent of a three-week boot camp.
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entry level job in marin county. some 300 people applied. 30 got in. >> that's probably a high number. this was a year that we hired quite a few new firefighters. some years it's only two or three. >> reporter: this job pays barely more than minimum wage, california's fire service a rite of passage. what was this like for you? >> very intimidating. >> reporter: imagine, for instance, crawling into a smoking, burning building for the first time. only to find out if someone's going to panic here. nobody did. >> very smoky. can't see much. got to get on your hands and knees. hot. but fun. >> reporter: we'll take him at his word for that. but this year's heavy rains following years of drought, expect a heavy fire season. >> this one is already off to an extremely busy start. i believe the state's already burned over 20,000 acres. >> reporter: call this a trial by fire before the real ones. wayne freedman, abc 7 news. tough jobs there. thanks for joining us for
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abc 7 news at 4:00. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. firefighters walk their truck in to battle a grass fire, while helicopters fight it from above. we're live in contra costa county. working overtime. a business districts is out of lucas the heat takes a toll. marching one by one, from outside city hall to inside. the message they have for city leaders. and they're looking through tree branches in oakland. a colony of protected birds is at risk. now, from abc 7, live breaking news. flames shooting beneath power lines in contra costa fire county, the fire next to a high school. as we take a live picture from sky 7, you can see the quick work by firefighters. the hillside is charred, yes, but the fire is out. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. you can see the flames from the football field. coach kevin macy shared these photos with us.
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>> the football players had weight training today so they weren't on the field, thankfully, they were in the gym. that's just up the hill from the high school. >> katy is there live. katy? >> reporter: kristen, the good news here, firefighters have stopped the forward progress of the fire. it is 50% contained. we are standing in the field next to camp wa linda high school. a live look above has the best vantage point. they've really been fighting this from the air. the water drops are what made a difference firefighters say. you can see there's white smoke now. you've got scorched land and dense brush and trees. the fire spread quickly throughout. i want to show you the video of the water dumps from the sky. the attack made all the difference. 20 to 30 homes were threatened, and some chose to leave. but there was only a shelter in place warning ever issued. there was not a mandatory evacuation. but some folks


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