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>> announcer: abc 7 news starts right now with live, breaking news. >> and that news is with sky 7 hd over the scene where a nursing home is being evacuated right now. >> it's happening on childdale drive, at the burlinggain long term care. david, what's happening? >> reporter: well, reggie and alma, you can see right here, there are patients in wheelchairs being evacuated. this is a result of a kitchen fire that happened about 10:00 this morning. the electrical system is out in the building. because of that, they need to get to a facility where there is power and they can have
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monitoring equipment and other things reconnected. fire chief, john camyer, exactly how many -- we see so many ambulances here. how many people have you called in to help with this transport process? >> we're calling in strike teams of ambulances, some as far away as yellow county. it shows how well our system works, not only in our county, but outside of our county and state as well. we have a number of strike teams. we have transported about 50 patients already from the facility. we're having them go, transport and come back. that helps, as well. >> so first to leave was the most critical patient sns. >> yeah, we identified the most critical patients to get them to the facilities that are best suited for their needs. we've done that. we're working on some of the more distant locations now. some of the patients are just wheelchair bound. some are ambulatory, as well. >> where are you finding beds for everyone? >> well, we're looking all over the bay area, actually. we're starting within our area
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within the county. right now, we're looking outside the county, if we need to. so other convalescence facilities. we're hoping it's a short term solution because the company is hoping to get the power back online relatively soon. >> so you may have to transfer all of these patients back? >> yeah, the reverse transport process will have to take place, as well. obviously, a little less critical. but no less intensive. >> my understanding is no one was hurt? no injuries here today at all? >> nobody was hurt as a result of the fire chrks , which was a small fire. >> chief, thank you so much. as you can see, the evacuation continues. these, again, are the people who are not critically ill. we'll continue to stay on the scene and update you on abc 7 news at 5:00 and at 6:00. >> david, thank you. now, to more breaking news, a fire in san francisco that
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happened on second avenue in the city's imer richmond area. >> yeah, a viewer shared this video of the blaze of abc 7 news on twitter. you can see that light snoek rising from several homes. >> abc 7 news reporter vick lee is live on the scene right now. vick? >> well, larry, first of all, traffic is an absolute mess here in this neighborhood of the richmond district. we are at second and geary. the fire started in a building behind that fire truck there fween geary and anza. firefighters are in the process of mopping up, but it was a very slick burning fire. the first call came at 1:55 this afternoon. a multi-unit, three story apartment building caught on fi fire, quickly got the residents out. they didn't even know the building was ablaze. it spread to the other side burning the edges of that building. so it was a great job by firefighters.
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they quickly snuffed out the fire. it was a difficult blaze, however, because of the abundance of electrical wires overhead. >> they had tough laddering conditions, as you can see. we face these difficulties where we have the wires. that's why we keep the ladders, they are really important to us. you don't get shocked. >> well, reggie, there were no injuries, thanks goodness. the cause and origin of that fire yet to be determined. the origin team out there trying to determine what it was. so, again, firefighters mopping up in the richmond district. it was a very quick, fast-burning fire. but they were able to put it out very, very quickly. back to you, vick lee, abc 7 news. >> all right, vick, thank you so much. east bay drivers hoping for a light commute this morning. they got the complete opposite, instead. >> yeah, a fiery accident caused both directions in interstate 680 for hours this morning.
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live in wall nut creek with what we're learning more about the crash and the trucking company that's now ininvolved. >> reggie and alma, halloween may be weeks away, but i've got to tell you, friday morn's commute was super-scary. finally getting back to normal where both directions of 680 were impacted for hours today through the morning km inin inin a big rig hauling gravel caught fire. there's a giant hole in its gas tank. the aftermath of this. sky 7 hd was over walnut creek earlier this morning, smoke still billowing which erupted from the truck on northbound 680. >> the driver claims to have had a blowout. one of his tires actually deflated. >> it caused the big rig to jump the center rail spewing up chunks of concrete which slammed into oncoming cars.
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multiple drivers were injured. >> they took her and treated her. that's all i know about that. >> the nightmare commute went on for hours. >> this is an awful way to start my day. >> the truck was registered in tracey. the owner of the truck says tires on the 18 wheeler were new. >> i put on brand new tires in the last two weeks. >> you put on brand new tire ins the last two week sns. >> yes. >> reporter: a chp investigation now underway. in wall nut creek, abc 7 news. >> a big rig hauling hay burst into flames this morning after a collision on highway 37. this is video from sky 7 hd. how these four other cars were involved in the crash with some video. it happened near the west wilson avenue off ramp.
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the fire damaged one of two lb. lanes. the roadway should be open by 6:00 p.m. >> people are cleaning up from yesterday's enormous mud slide. cars were buried. people were stuck on top of homes. forecasters say there's a chance it could happen again. >> and then there was this to deal with. a massive 10 mile traffic back-up. >> the day parks of southern california are still stuck in the mud. and many who aren't registered in dirt are stuck in traffic. >> this as crews and even a car owner here dig out from debris and make rescues after a sea of mud rushed across some areas outside of l.a. late yesterday. >> everybody up here is completely landlocked. >> the debris engulfing cars and putting drivers in danger.
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>> are we stuck? yeah, we're stuck. >> watch as the mud furiously sweeps away this car right into this bus shutting down a 30 mile stretch of interstate 5, one of california's busiest freeways. this truck flipped on its side. >> it was coming down too fast. >> reporter: this woman abandoning her car trejing through flood water while this driver finds refuge climbing on top of his semi. now, as the clean-up continues, some of these cars aren't going anywhere. take a look at these two, this one buried up to its windows. the national weather service says a flash flood warning would be in effect this afternoon and everybodying. >> and we're taking a live look now at exactly what lauren was just talking about. still a lot of vehicles stuck in that mud. really incredible pictures
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coming out of los angeles county this afternoon. >> at least it doesn't look like any rain is falling there. let's get to meteorologist drew who is joining us with our accuweather up date. >> yeah, right now, they're getting a little bit of a dry period, but still some showers popping up to our south. live doppler 7 hd, the immediate bay area, we're nice and dry. we'll take you to the south and east where a few pop-up showers have developed in higher elevations. to southern california we go, north of santa barbara, once again, another downpour has developed in a flash flood warning is in effect. they've already seen flooding happen. and with more rainfall coming, more waterer is expected. the water, this is rather impressive. watch this. four states through a flash flood watch as that slow-moving system moves to the southwest. back here live, you see those clouds from the thundershowers to our south and east.
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tonight is breezy, partly cloudy. tomorrow x though, a chance of spotty showers. we'll take a closer look at the timing of the wet weather where you live and the cooler air that arrives in the wake of that cold in the full accuweather seven-day forecast. >> we now know the name of the man who was shot and killed by san francisco police yesterday. the medical examiner says he was 27-year-old herbert benetez. construction workers flagged down two sergeants claiming they were throwing bottles on their job site. >> 18-year-old jonathan child has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child. the 18-year-old worked part time at spark charter school. hefts arrested last month after the girl came forward. the investigation revealed if school opened without completing employee background checks. >> reputed china toun gang
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leader raymond "shrimp boy" chow, pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge. at the risk of being rude, did you have any involvement of mr. young's death? >> no. >> led to the arrest of form state senator li. >> still ahead, some of the bay areas worst waterer wasters. and these are names you'll probably recognize. >> plusz, bay area firefighters lend a hand to help out some fire fighters. what they're doing to make a difference.
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we're now getting a look at the homes of some of the people who have landed on east bay's muds list of the biggest water users. bean ranked third at nearly 6,000 gallons per day. he claims he's working to patch several leaks on his property and says he's "embarrassed." >> i'm not surprised that they
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say they have leaks. one in four homes we find have leaks. that's very common. but, yet, that's water waste. we need people to fix their leaks. we can't be wasting water right now during a drought. >> also high on the list, and says he's working as quickly as possible. >> you think you see water being wasted where you live, we'll check it out and let you know what we find. >> the city is limiting sprinkler use to just one day per week. the new restrictions are part of the city's existing emergency water restriction ordinance and go into effect today. >> if you're going out tonight, you may have some trouble getting an uber. i say may, because some drivers are calling for a strike. but the question is, is it really happening? >> live with the details. hi, wayne. >> good afternoon, alma.
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you've got to give it a little time. there's controversy as to whether the weather will start this morning or 5:00 this afternoon. either way, it seems to find it on the edge of controversy in the middle of it again. >> this would be more. >> officially, uber drivers plan to begin a weekend-long nationwide strike today, though the company describes that as misleading since it regards those drivers as private contractors or partners.
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>> as many drivers seem to pass the demonstrations as those who joined it. some of them actually carried passengers, who told us later that they scarcely noesed a difference in zfs, if any. >> there was no problem. >> so who do you make of this so-called strike? >> i have no idea. no impact. >> uber drivers say we're still in the early phases of this moment. one beneficiary would be lift. many drivers work for both companies and use this opportunity to simply switch over. >> this is mostly about uber. uber is the big dog here. >> a group of northern california fire fighters is coming together to help some of their own. the oakland fire department says
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that at least 30 firefighters lost their homes during fires. they've raised $30,000 which will go to the affected fire fighters t. >> that includes paul duncan who lost his home. he was busy battling the fire when the flames overran his house. his wife was home at the time recovering from back surgery. >> she was able to grab a bag, some of her clothes, a few pictures and put her in one car. two kids in one and another kid in one. >> each fire department will adocument to help them get back on their feet. >> some light driszle has been seen in many parts of the bay area. members of the abc 7 now community from all around the bay have been snapping photos of social media. >> take a photo or video and share it with us.
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we might just show it on air or at >> we'll likely see a couple more photos like that tomorrow morning. live doppler 7 hd will show you it's a kwooit evening. just a light breeze. we did have one low downpour just north o of mt. hamilton. it is just falling apart. it's cool air up ahead. really just a stable atmosphere. showing you those tall clouds and lots of blue out there. >> right now, comfortable 73 in oakland. san jose at 78. half-moon bay sitting at 64 degrees. fairfield, warm at 87.
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concord 85, 87 in livermore. a few folks walking along the beach this afternoon. a cooler pattern. you want it to feel like fall this week, and it certainly will. some spotty showers tomorrow, but sunday, much sunnier. there's that low pressure system over california just bringing those drenching, southern california showers. that's moving out. in the wake of it, a quick-moving cold front moving in. so time it out for you. hour by hour, starting up tonight, 7:00 into tomorrow morning. increasing clouds by midday. there's your spotty somehow ere chance. it's possible. not everyone is going to see this. if you do, it will only last a few minutes. the chance of perhaps an isolated thunderstorm. this is a quick-mover. it is out of here and getting replaced for cooler air by
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sunday. overnight tonight, with the cloud cover up above, it will be mild, upper 50s to lower 60s. and we'll track that chance midday. accuweather 7-day forecast shows you a spotty possible saturday. here we go again. high pressure moves in. warming again to a lot of sunshine. there you go. you can see the 90s are coming back. i'd like to give a little silver lining and then back into the warm air by next week. >> up next, your sleeping problems might not be your fault. how your phone or tablet could
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swimmers are getting ready to jump in the bay tomorrow. some of them have a new concern besides the swimming. the sharks. swimmers tested out saturday's course. more than 50 swimmers are participating in the dolphin club escape from alcatraz race. that swim begins very close to the same spot where that happened. >> despite the scare, swimmers say there's safety in numbers. >> we're not really their natural prey. >> warmer ocean waterers have brought sharks closer to shore. that has not caused an increase in shark apacks, so we wish them well tomorrow. >> do you have trouble sleeping? your computer or smart phone may be to blame. there's a new type of glasses that could help protect you from those blue screens.
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>> reporter: spending hours in front of a grow glowing screen can definitely strain your eyes. their glasses are designed to limit the amount of blue light that reaches the eye. >> there's a cell within your retina. what it does is captures blue light and makes your body activated. >> studies in japan and elsewhere have linked the light to sleeplessness. >> so it's going to be harder to get sleep. >> the screen filter blocks at least 25 pnt of the blue like spectrum. other brands are also appearing on the market. still, some experts believe more studies are needed on their long term benefit.
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the >> there's a lot of other variables going on in addition to blue light exposure. this is all in an effort to keep technology in better balance with our body of natural rhythms. cheryl jennings, abc 7 news. >> abc 7 news at 4:00 continues. will he or won't he run for president. the calls for vice president biden to make a decision. >> the testimoniened way on the benghazi controversy. >> and it is the last flight for u.s. airways. we'll talk about the
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topping our headlines at 4:30, all lanes at 680 and walnut creek have reopened after a fiery big rig crash during the morning commute. the crash involved several cars and closed all lanes for hours. 260 patients at a care facility are being evacuated right now. after a fire knocked out power to the building.
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a fire caused heavy damage to a home this afternoon. vick lee tweeted this photo you see here from second avenue and geary boulevard. the fire moved quickly, but firefighters brought it under control within 30 minutes. executive vice president billy bean is explaining how he ended up being named one of the biggest waterer users. laura anthony, mull pl irrigation leaks and a leak in his swimming pool with 6,000 gallons of water a day. >> there are some strong words today about a potential presidential run. abc news reporter chris win joins us in the bay area today. >> hi, alma. some would argue the longer the vice president takes to make a decision, the harder it will be
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for him to run an affected campaign. earlier this week, she told politico the vice president should support hillary clinton and go out that way. today, she maintained her stance. >> i will respect him, whatever he decides to do. it is his choice, for sure. >> senator boxer said the democratic position is strong enough and doesn't need anymore challengers. >> i don't see that we're lacking anything in the field. i think that the field is a good field. again, it's up to joe. >> he certainly would be a qualified candidate, should he decide to run.
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really, that's what it's for. >> president obama declined to comment on the decision >> and i was very impressed with all of them. i know them personally. they're good people. >> and with the campaign season now in full swing, both major parties are just trying to see what will stick. >> so why would the candidates debate their own participation in the next one? abc news reporter karen traverse shows you the new risk of demands. >> drama over debate. >> they want to increase it by an hour.
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they're doing it because they want to make more money. >> donald trump and ben carson join together in a letter to cnbc saying that do not and will not agree to a debate that is more than 120 minutes long. they also insist on an opening and closing. the debate will now last just two hours. but no opening statements. each candidate will get a question. carly fiorina got a boost with their arrivals. the third quarter fund raising stats are in. ben carson raised the most among republicans. but senator ted cruiz had the most cash-on-hand. >> one of hillary clinton's top aides testified before a congressional committee. a violent mob killed four americans on september 11th,
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2012, including ambassador chris stevens from piedmont. clinton is due to testify before the same panel on october 28th. >> the u.s. is trying to arrest a suspected hacker for helping isis. >> officials say it was put on an isis kill list and then posted on line. >> the parents accused of beating their teenage son to death in church faced a judge in new york today. prosecutors say bruce and debor deborah beat their 19-year-old son lucas at the intervention word of god church. >> i think it spun out of her control.
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and i think at some point, there were other people striking her son and she felt powerless to do anything about it. >> two of the church members are out on bail. >> look at this video right now. a huge wall of sand blowing northeast towards phoenix. a wind gust of 62 miles an hour. >> six workers have been rescued from piles of rubble. scaffolding collapsed at a seven story building this morning. it happened at a residential building across the street from minute maid park where houston also strolls play. >> sea world fights back. their battle against the state coastal commission to keep whales in the water at the park.
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>> i'm abc 7 meteorologist. a live look picture perfect. but some changes headed our way saturday. i'll have those details coming up. >> on your friday, checking your drive. this is the mcarthur maize, moving a little bit on the right-hand side. thank you so much. did you say honey? hey, try some? mmm that is tasty. is it real? of course... are you? nope animated you know i'm always looking for real honey for honey nut cheerios well you've come to the right place.
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sea world, san diego, will challenge a state commission ruling that band a company from breeding captive killer whales. the action comes a week after a 100 milli$100 million expansion tank. the ruling also outlined a series of restrictions, including a ban on breeding the killer whales. sea world says the commission overstepped its authority saying the federal government regulates the whales' care, not the commissions. >> ohio, by the way, is just fine, physically. but, now, she is a target on youtube and social media because of the way she behaved after a bear goes after her kayak. >> why are you breaking my kayak? stop it. bear. stop that. stop that,bear. bear.
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>> the woman in this video is 25-year-old mary bailey. she posted this encounter with a black bear in alaska. little did she know that she would come under attack. not from a bear or any animals, but people on social media. her grandmother is coming to her defense in a hand written letter. >> the reason she was so up set, she had saved for two years. >> okay, well, that video has now been viewed more than 4 million times. mary says she recorded the incident hoping the company that made her kayak would see it and offer instructions on how to repair or replace it. well, mary, it worked. she's getting a new kayak from the company. now she just needs, i guess, a new reputation. >> yeah, damage control. wow, all right. >> well, we have a nice day outside today. blue skies behind us. >> gorgeous. hey, reggie,alma. we're going to have a nice
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evening only the way. tomorrow, as the cold front gets closer, it could spark a shower across the bay area. live doppler 7 hd, friday everyone plans, you are just good to go. we're dry right now, but through the every ening hours, we'll see increasing clouds. we showed you this storm at the top of the 4:00 news. and it's still not moving. north of santa barbara and now that flash flood warning has been expanded. you can still see some issues in southern california with flooding rain. good news for them, tomorrow, that system begins to pull away. still, rather unsettled, especially near tahoe, some showers there. 79 in l.a. palm springs at 89 degrees. we'll zoom into the bay area tomorrow and the cold front that moves through will likely spark a scattered shower mainly for the first half of your day. it's going to be a cool saturday. 68 san francisco, 73 in oakland,
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76 in san jose and a high 77 in santa rosa. coming up at 5:00, an updated look at the time line. she'll go hour-by-hour in the full accuweather forecast. >> thank you so much. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, the final flight for usairways. when it takes off and -- >> valium, hydrocodone, marijuana, cocaine, xanax. >> the case that enters all of us to a new term. after flew when sa.
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unless something drastic happens, minnesota residents are going to have to use their pass ports when they fly inside the u.s. starting on january 1st. it turns out state issued ids in minnesota and three other states don't meet strict federal guidelines. the other states are new york, new hampshire and louisiana. now, all of them have received extensions. but if they don't come ply soon, residents of both states will need pass ports. . >> about to get its first new tenant in 50 years, the governor plans to move into the mansion this year or sometime next year. he currently lives in a swanky downtown condo. the president of the university of california system is convening a special commit to
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look into how complaints are handled across the ten-campus system. the move comes just days after jeffrey mar sill resigned after an investigation found he sexually harassed several female students. the committee will look at how accusations are investigated and how professors are disciplined. a texas teen sentenced to probation. >> in his defence, he was raised too spoiled to know right from wrong. now we're hearing from him and his parents in depositions taken exclusively by abc news. >> it was the defense that out raged the nation. >> the lawyer told judge jay boy he was so rich, he didn't know right from wrong. lawyers saying he was too spoil today go to prison after he got drunk, piled seven other friends
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into his father's souped up pick up and plow sbood a disabled car sbantly killing four people. >> those four or five kids are just laying -- >> are you with the accident right now? >> oh, there's another child in the ditch. >> 11 others were injured. his legal team said he would be better served in easier rehab than doing hard time. he pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter but was sente e sentenced to ten years probation and rehab. all the victims eventually settle, but one, one of the injured, wanted justice. >> i feel like it needs to be done. >> why? >> because i haven't seen any punishment. >> his lawyers forcing the couches to talk for the first time. in these deposition obtained
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exclusively by abc news. >> when is the last time you recall distancing ethan for anything. >> the millionaire's son lived alone in this house with a pool and a wet bar. >> was there always alcohol then when you were at that location? >> not always, no. >> most of the time? >> most of the time, yes. >> ethan rattled off a list of drugs shocking for any and all, much less a 16-year-old. >> i'm taking valium, hydrocodone, marijuana, cocaine, xanax. i think i tried ecstasy once. >> ethan revealing just how little he remembers about that fateful night behind the wheel. >> do you remember pulling out of the driveway? >> no. >> what's the next thing you recall? >> waking up handcuffed next to the hont bed.
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>> a federal appeals court said google isn't violating copyright laws. the second u.s. circuit court of appeals agreed. the author's guild challenged google. >> moms experience stress and pregnancy may affect kids years later. >> and the high cost of hangovers. here's jane king with today's wellness report. >> well, here's another thing for perspective moms to worry about. a new study says children born to women who experience stressful events during pregnancy may be less coordinated in their body moments as teenagers. the new finding says doctors should look for possible stress causes and try to reduce those as much as possible. >> in the midst of a nationwide heroin, up in arms over these new novelty pins.
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they look like hypodermic needles. they're selling at multiple retailers during the halloween season. children could become confused if they come in contact with the real thing and they send the message that drugs are okay. >> the cdc says hangovers are costing the economy hundreds of billions of dollars. you might be thinking that they're wasting your time and money. but, really, they're putting a ding in the economy at large. the cdc says alcohol consumption cost u.s. businesses $249 billion in 2010. and high cholesterol has been linked to tendon problems. the theory is that the cholesterol levels lead to tendon that is can cause pain. more study is needed. from the nasdaq, i'm jane king, here's to your health. >> abc 7 news at 4:00 does continue. up next, the special wording in san jose's minimum wage law
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that's costing workers big bucks. >> reggie and alma, thank you. sky 7 shows us more than 200 people evacuated from a long term care facility. what happens to them now? and to crack down on drivers who don't yield to pedestrians. how many people got in trouble when reggie and i join you for abc 7 news at 5:00.
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preparations are underway to welcome hundreds of thousands of music lovers. over the main state where workers are putting the final touches on the menu. some of the year's big acts, the last scheduled performance of 2015. a first-ever comedy tend to organize in partnership with funny or die and the group debut of big grams. the festival is this saturday and sunday. special wording in san jose's minimum wage law is costing workers hundreds of dollars. whooi some people want the law changed. >> san jose minimum wage ordinary reasearners will not get the same wage as last year. the cost of living in the bay area increased 2.5% over the
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lags year. but san jose's minimum wage of $10.30 will not adjust up. that's because the city's cost of living is based on the national consumer price index, which decreased .3%. >> so their $10.30 is not worth $10.30 anymore. >> every day is a struggle just to stay in downtown san jose. san francisco and oakland are not affected by this. their cost of living adjustment is tied into the bay area consumer price index. >> those employees will likely see an increase in their minimum wage. meanwhile, san jose workers will continue suffering in san jose,
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allen wong, abc 7 news. >> and that will do it for this edition of abc 7 news at 4:00. breaking news now, more than 200 patients are being moved. what caused the trouble. what they're saying about using thousands of gallons every day. >> bright and sunny right now, but we do have some showers in the forecast for part of your weekend. timeline coming up. >> and a big mess to clean up in southern california. the latest opens to traffic. >> abc 7 news starts right now with live, breaking news. >> that breaking news happening right now in the peninsula where dozens of patients at a senior care facility are being moved out into ambulances because of problems that stem from a fire this morning. good evening.
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>> i'm cheryl jennings. thanks for joining us. everybody had to move out abc news reporter says david, what happens to all of the patients now? >> well, you can see right behind me, cheryl and reggie that the patients are lined upright behind me. this is one of several ways parables are being moved. the most critically injured ones are moved first. the challenge was finding beds to accommodate so many patients.
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the search was underway for empty beds elsewhere. >> we identified the most critical paeshts to get them out of here first, to get them to facilities best-suited for their needs. we're working on some of the more distant locations now. so we're working on that part right now. >> the staff and the emergency responders have been able to keep folks very calm. we haven't had any real incidents of anyone getting too excited. >> all patients are reported okay. no injuries reported. we did speak to some relativings of a patient here who complained that they were not notified of the outage and the evacuation. they were not happy about that. but as we see here live the


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