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well, as you probably know, another storm is hitting the bay area right now. you can see just how strong it is on live doppler 7. green means rain and a lot of it. and this is just the beginning. good afternoon, everybody, i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. the rain has returned. abc 7 news was at san francisco's civic center farmers market as people tried to stay dry while shopping for produce. this is the first of a series of storms that will hit the bay area. >> take a look outside right now. this is our mt. tam camera and you can see the rain and high winds blowing the trees there. let's take a look now at south lake tahoe. they're going to get a lot of snow up there. this camera is at heavenly mountain resort. >> wayne freedman is in the north way, leslie brinkley is in
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the east bay but we begin with drew tuma. >> it's been raining for the better part of our day today and it continues right now. live doppler 7 active this afternoon. let's get you right down to street level, got a lot to talk about. some light rain still falling around san francisco, over the bay bridge, emeryville and berkeley. to the south we've seen pockets of dry weather but it's beginning to fill in once again. andersony veil, san mateo, fremont, some light showers. a couple of isolated downpours just to the east of san ramon. the roadways are damp and a couple of downpours around penn grove and santa rosa. but just in the past five minutes a flood advisory has been issued for the entire bay area until 8:15 this evening. what this means, the big concern is that smaller streams and creeks could overflow their banks, so be careful of ponding, especially on our roadways. this is still a moderate storm this evening, still scattered downpours, some strong winds and the possibility of power outages. hour by hour we go.
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5:00 we're still seeing downpours out there. it's not until 8:00, 9:00 we begin to see the back edge of this storm system start to move through the region. so i'll time out the rest of the storm system. right on the heels, a second one is about to move in. we'll detail all that wet weather coming up in the full accuweather forecast, guys. well, let's take a live look right now. you're looking at the bay bridge and our emeryville camera. work crews fanned out across the east bay in preparation for the storm that's rolling through right now. abc 7 news reporter leslie brinkley is monitoring a huge sinkhole in orinda that officials are worried about. leslie. >> all this rain here all day long, it's made it impossible for orinda to even begin to repair that massive sinkhole. crews are out here right now. they'll be out here all night with portable pumps on hand and try to keep the damage from getting worse. if you peer down into this 42-foot wide, 22-foot deep
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sinkhole, you can still see the yellow stripe from the road that collapsed here last week. work crews swarmed this area today, making sure debris was cleared so the runoff can flow. they're worried about the creek backing up and eroding more of miner road, a major thoroughfare leading back to homes where 3,000 residents live. >> someone will be here tonight. if this starts backing up, this creek, we'll fire up our pumps and pump across the street. >> reporter: up the street at sleepy hollow elementary school, a long anticipated family math night was cancelled. >> we don't know what the storm is going to bring. if another road happens to be closed or if the detour route is closed, then people are going to be possibly stuck here. >> reporter: and up along grizzly peak boulevard through the berkeley hills, pg&e crews tried to keep up with wind damage as toppled trees and branches gave way as this new storm roared through.
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here at miner road in orinda, crews say they'll be here 24/7 on duty working this road and looking for other damages not only from this storm but from the ones yet coming this weekend. reporting live in orinda, i'm leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. there's an urge ennt warnin about a croak flooding over in lake county. this is near ukiah. the sheriff's office is telling people along the creek to get ready to leave at a moment's notice. all of today's rain means scotts creek is expected to peak nearly two feet higher than last week and that's expected between midnight and 1:00 a.m. a state of emergency in napa county because of all the damage from the recent storms there. >> wayne freedman is in downtown napa with a look at the concerns. wayne. >> reporter: good afternoon from downtown napa. part of the counties declaring
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this emergency so early comes from previous experiences. it was napa county that suffered an earthquake in 2014, napa county that went through all those brush fires during the drought. now they have mudslides, they have road damage, they have infrastructure damage. they're applying the lessons by applying for these aids early. napa county estimates it will spend $15 million to fix the storm problems that already exist, and they expect more on the way. as county public works director steve ledderer looked around, he described this as the worst damage so far. >> it's probably in the $3 to $5 million range. >> reporter: you're looking at a massive mudslide which threatens a home below. for now they call this area stabilized. when napa county declared its state of emergency this morning, it had to do with infrastructure damage like this, knowing more is likely to follow. >> today at the moment it
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doesn't look like this rain is going to have the impact that we had earlier, but because everything is so saturated, even a small amount of rain will probably still cause additional small slides. will probably still bring trees down. >> reporter: steve ledderer does not plan on having a day off this weekend or any time soon. put simply, declaring a state of emergency allows napa county to get aid from local agencies, from other counties and from the state and federal government. once again by declaring the state of emergency early, that expedites the process later on when they need the money and they get people to help. live in napa, in napa county, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> wayne, thank you. today's high winds forced park rangers to close muir woods. they closed the icon just as a precaution because of the risk of falling trees and branches in the redwood grove. even if the water looks calm like it did a short time ago in pacifica, the coast guard is
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warning everyone about the potential for dangerous surf. you may see rough water through the weekend. anyone walking near the water or using a boat needs to be extremely careful. as it rains here, the snow is coming down in the sierra. caltrans gives us a look at a snow-packed interstate 80 at castle peak. if you're driving up there, you have to have chains to go east of placer county or a four-wheel drive with snow tires. chains are also required on highway 50 in el dorado county. >> you can keep track of the storm and live doppler 7 as you see here with the abc 7 news app. download for free and enable push alerts to get updates sent to your phone or tablet. the jewish community center in san rafael was one of dozens around the country targeted with a threat today. the osha marin jewish community center received a threatening phone call around 8:45 this morning. center staff evacuated about 200 children on the jcc campus. >> they just said to evacuate
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the building. i don't know, i had heard stuff from the east coast and this has been happening, so i wasn't surprised really. h sad. >> law enforcement has not determined if the threat was linked to a jewish school in foster city or similar threats in 16 other states. the widow of the orlando nightclub massacre gunman pleaded not guilty this morning to federal terrorism charges in oakland. noor salman's attorney refused to answer questions. prosecutors accuse her of knowing about her husband's attack. 49 people died, a s.w.a.t. team killed omar mateen, her husband. fbi agents arrested salman at her mother's home in rodeo on monday. salman remains in jail. she has a bail hearing in two weeks. police are looking for the gunman who shot and killed a man who was driving down a neighborhood street last night in antioch. a 27-year-old victim was hit as he was traveling down 13th street near simmons. this was around 9:30.
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his car slammed into a house, shaking residents in this quiet neighborhood. >> i just heard a loud screeching noise and like a bang. it scared me, i thought it was more close to here. >> my wife, she was knitting and she heard a boom, boom. she woke me up and we ran out here. >> two passengers in the car were not hurt, neither was anyone inside the house. authorities have not released the victim's name, only that he was from martinez. vacaville police wanting your help identifying a woman accused of groping several people at a walmart store. take a look at her. investigators say she inappropriately touched a female sales associate inside the store on sunday. she allegedly did the same thing to another female associate the following day and groped a male customer in the parking lot. if you recognize this woman, vacaville pd want to hear from you. both former president george h.w. bush and his wife, barbara, are in the hospital in houston, texas. mr. bush is in the intensive care unit after experiencing an acute respiratory problem
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stemming from pneumonia. he's listed in stable condition. mr. bush was actually admitted on saturday for shortness of breath. the family chose not to inform the public until his condition worsened a little bit today. >> we wanted to assess the situation and, frankly, the way he was progressing, it was not something that the bushes wanted to alarm anybody about, so a couple of factors go into the decision-making on all of that. you know, happily he has responded well so far. >> the former president is 92 years old. his wife, 91-year-old barbara bush, was taken to the hospital today to treat fatigue and coughing. no word right now on her condition. we want to send our prayers and our love to them. >> and president obama's message for the bush family, as he gives his final news conference as president. plus -- >> all i want people to know, she was a great mother. >> kidnapped at birth, then raised by a stranger.
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the victim's hope for the woman she knew as mom. and jumping in about some different sharks. the "shark tank" millionaire joining president-elect trump and running for office. >> at 4:11, a live look at the afternoon commute, which is a wet one. this is a live shot of 101 in san jose. southbound as it usually is at this hour all backed up. northbound looking good, as is 880 across the top. back with more on abc 7 news
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live doppler 7 tracking tonight's level tw2 storm.
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drew will have the full forecast in about five minutes. president obama held his last news conference today. >> he answered a wide range of questions for about an hour, including commuting the sentence of one of the most controversial military prisoners in america. >> here's abc news reporter elizabeth hur. >> reporter: before taking questions, first a message for former president george h.w. bush and barbara bush, both in the hospital. >> we want to send our prayers and our love to them. >> reporter: then president obama got down to business. >> first of all, let's be clear. chelsea manning has served a tough prison sentence. >> reporter: the president calling his decision appropriate responding to republicans slamming him for commuting the 35-year sentence of manning. the former army intelligence officer convicted of giving u.s. secrets to wikileaks. >> i feel very comfortable that justice has been served. >> reporter: the questions then moved on to russia and the
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growing tension surrounding the transfer of power with at least 60 democrats now boycotting the inauguration. >> i'm not going to comment on those issues. all i know is i'm going to be there. so is michelle. >> reporter: obama is leaving office on a high note. a new abc news/washington post poll shows 60% of americans approve of obama's job performance. and on this day, he had this parting message to the nation. >> i think we're going to be okay. we just have to fight for it, we have to work for it and not take it for granted. and i know that you will help us do that. thank you very much, press corps. good luck. >> reporter: and in what many are calling a not-so-subtle shot at his successor, donald trump, president obama told reporters to continue to ask tough questions and push those in power to get to the bottom of stories. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. president obama will leave office on friday with his highest approval rating since 2009. a new cnn poll finds 60% of
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americans view mr. obama's presidency as a success. that's his best mark since june of his first year in office. cnn says that ranks him only behind bill clinton and ronald reagan for president who was leaving office. a quick programming note. "general hospital" was a repeat today because of the president's final news conference. don't worry, though, you won't miss an episode. a new "general hospital" will air tomorrow. there are more fires in the winter so today bay area fire departments fanned out to train themselves and educate the public. >> this fatal fire on christmas day in 2013 in san francisco is a prime example of a winter fire. the source determined to be a space heater. so it's timely that the san francisco fire department held a public safety fair today in chinatown. here's one of their tweets. this is the first of many such events planned across the city this year. the department periscoped the fair and you can see
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firefighters taught community members how to use fire extinguishers, performing cpr and install smoke detectors. >> if you're a san francisco resident and you have identification to show that, you can get one of these for free. we've already given out about 60 of these in the last hour and a half. >> meantime in the south bay, the santa clara county fire department held a survival course for 22 firefighters. they learned how to save themselves and fellow firefighters if they become trapped or lost in a burning building. they'll take what they have learned and share it with their colleagues. of course the abc 7 news website is also a great resource to keep your family safe. just go to prepared nor cal and there are all sorts of disaster tips. scroll down to get to the fire section. we definitely urge you to make a plan and you'll see how to do it. back to you guys. from fire to rain. >> oh, and a lot of it. drew tuma is here. >> not only the rain, you need that sturdy umbrella.
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the winds are whipping out there and a lot of spots over 40 miles per hour. the evening commute getting under way. it's a bit of a mess out there. live doppler 7 showing you it's a very active picture out there. it's started early and ramped up this afternoon. we'll go in a little closer on live doppler 7. you do notice around san jose we have light rain but also pockets of drier weather. still light rain around hayward, san mateo, san francisco, vallejo, napa, pen grove, you get the picture. it's raining in most neighborhoods. a flood advisory has just been issued by the national weather service for the entire area. we're likely going to see flooding in pour drainage areas at least through this evening, 8:00. please do not drive through flooded roadways. it does not take much water to wash away a vehicle. we're in the 40s and low 50s. 50 san francisco, 47 in anxiety
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you -- antioch. out south san jose is gusting to 40 miles per hour, 41 at half moon bay, 43 right now at oakland. not too fun to land at oakland airport at this hour. novato just went up to 30 miles per hour and fairfield approaching 50-mile-per-hour winds as the storm system moves through. it's for that fact, this is a moderate storm moving through. not only scattered downpours but strong winds. the possibility of power outages as we go throughout the afternoon. so future weather hour by hour we go. 8:00 we're still tracking downpours but you notice this fine edge of the ending of the rain. that is the front that will move through. around midnight that front will move through and wipe out a lot of moisture in the early morning hours on thursday. but those winds will hang with us until that front moves through. future tracker wind gusts. it's gusty through the evening t. the winds will start to subside and early tomorrow morning the winds will generally be less than about 15 miles per hour.
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on yourself thursd thursday, it totally dry. it's still an unsettled weather pattern so it's not out of the question for the thursday morning commute we could track a couple of isolated showers even into the evening. but then as we approach early friday morning, this is our next storm system already moving in. it's going to be another 2 on the storm impact scale. early friday morning more downpours before dawn, more gusty winds, so that friday morning commute is going to be slow. future weather 2:00 in the morning, here are those downpours once again. the pops of yellow and orange early friday morning. if you're an early riser, there will be heavy rain moving through. by 7:00 it's not totally dry. prepare for friday morning to be another slow commute. accuweather seven-day forecast will show you we're tracking scattered showers tomorrow. then friday morning, there's our next storm system with rain and wind. saturday once again a few showers not totally dry and then our third and final storm of the
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series arrives on sunday. then if you're looking for drier weather, that's monday afternoon into tuesday of next week. >> wow, we'll have to wait a bit. thank you, drew. the warriors getting ready to take on kevin durant's old team and the buddy he no longer talks to. >> reporter: and that would be russell westbrook. he's tearing up the league, leading the league with triple-doubles the first half of the
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fresh off their win over lebron james and the cavs on monday, the warriors are back in action facing kevin durant's old team, the thunder from okc. >> golden state beat the thunder when they met earlier this season. mike shumann is live at oracle arena for part two of curredura versus westbrook. >> reporter: it's going to be interesting. klay thompson might not be available, he's in portland with a family issue.
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he's trying to get back, with this weather it remains to be seen. steven adams did not travel with the thunder, he has concussion-like symptoms. russell westbrook has been the mvp the first half of the season. 20 triple-doubles, that's more than anybody in 50 years in the league but he had one of his worst games back here in early november. now, durant, his old buddy, they still haven't spoken since durant signed with the dubs and there's plenty of chirping from other thunder players but that just seems to fuel durant. he finished with 39 points, tied a career high with seven three-pointers. is this a rivalry? draymond green are you fuses to answer that question. >> i'm done with rivalry, talking about rivalries. it's a big game tonight. you want to win this game. you know how much it means to him. he come out and give it his all every night. you want to be there for him in
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situations like this where, you know, the game means a lot to him. >> reporter: and russell westbrook, it almost seems like he's telling the entire league that durant was holding him back with all these triple-doubles this year. i know he wants to rectify his last performance here. it should be an interesting matchup. we'll have a lot more coming up here at 6:00. reporting live at oracle, i'm mike shumann. back to you. >> all right, we'll see you then. within the past hour, this year's major league baseball hall of fame class was announced. three players were elected by the baseball writers association of america, jeff bagwell, along with rock raines, tim raines, finished his career with the a's and ivan "pudge" rodriguez. former san francisco giants king barry bonds was passed over for the fifth straight year and so was roger clemens. both of them saw an increase in votes cast, over 50%. you need 75% to get in so they're heading in the right direction. both players' achievements are
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marred by streroid scandals. a teen kidnapped as a newborn shows nothing but concern for the woman who took her from her parents. >> just don't lock her up and throw away the key. she loved me for 18 years. >> plus a big payout from the secret service. why they have to hand over $24 million.
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here are the stories making headlines as we come up on 4:30. wet weather making a return to the bay area. live doppler 7 shows where the heaviest rain is falling right now. you can see all this green here. basically it's going to be this way a few days. this is the first of several stormy days ahead of us. leslie brinkley shows us what work crews in contra costa county are doing to shore up a major sinkhole in orinda. wayne freedman tweeting about the financial impact the weather is taking in napa county. eight serious slides on county roads have cost the public works department $15 million so far. first responders action
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they're training tonight to help people who find themselves in danger because of flooding and high surf. melanie woodrow is live with the u.s. coast guard and a look at all the tools they'll be using. melanie. >> reporter: well, you can see it is really windy out here. this is where those crews will launch from. they are always training but with the increased risk of flooding, their training is more critical than ever. >> fire extinguishers. >> reporter: these aren't your average jet skis, they have engine modifications and tracking devices designed to operate in worst case scenarios. >> our water rescue team is staying vigilant. >> reporter: the near 30-person team in marin county is training to rescue anyone who finds themselves in trouble in the water, like these residents in nearby guerneville who had to be rescued last week. 14 people trained until midnight. another 14 will go out at 8:00 tonight, when conditions are expected to be even worse.
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this is video of past rescues and training operations. >> limited visibility with fog and navigating to points that are difficult to find. >> reporter: the assets they have at their fingertips are critical in an emergency. >> medical equipment, life support equipment. >> reporter: the medical rescue teams hope they won't have to use them. >> we say turn around, don't drown. if you see standing water, it's not worth it to drive through it. >> reporter: if you do get stuck, stay calm, call 911 and stay in your vehicle until help arrives. meantime, there's a small craft advisory in effect until 4:00 a.m. you see these conditions right now. wind, rain, add to this night fall and possibly colder temperatures and that is what these rescue crews will be contending with tonight. melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. >> it looks cold and windy, get inside. stormy weather means ferry commuters will ride buses instead of boats from the peninsula to the east bay.
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the cold line on this map shows the usual route for those boats. all three evening rush hour trips from oyster point in south san francisco to oakland and alameda are cancelled. if you're taking the ferry, you'll need to connect to a shuttle bus at alameda's main street ferry terminal. live look now at sfo. that's where travelers are facing delays because of the wet and windy weather. airlines so far have cancelled 90 flights. mostly to and from other west coast cities. 250 others are delayed, long wait times may linger on for hours. now to the transition to the white house. four of the president-elect's cabinet nominees are before congress. today all eyes are on tom price, the nominee to lead the department of health and human services. stephanie ramos is live in washington. >> reporter: on capitol hill, barricades, gates and other security measures are in place to corral the nearly million people expected to attend the
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inauguration, but inside the capitol, donald trump's cabinet nominees faced some tough questions in confirmation hearings. today four of president-elect trump's cabinet picks take part in some heated exchanges before the senate on capitol hill. lawmakers grilling the health and human services nominee, tom price, a vocal opponent of obamacare on his replacement plan. >> there's been a lot of talk about individuals losing health coverage. that is not our goal nor is it our desire nor is it our plan. >> reporter: price also pressed on accusations of insider trading. democrats are calling for an s.e.c. investigation of a $15,000 stock purchase price made last march. days later he introduced legislation that benefited that company. >> is that not a stock tip? >> i had no access to nonpublic information. >> reporter: also in the hot seat, mr. trump's nominee to lead the epa, scott pruitt. senator bernie sanders trying to nail down how much pruitt believes human activity contributes to climate change. >> so you are applying for a job
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as administrator for the epa to protect our environment, and you're telling me that there needs to be more debate on this issue? >> no, senator. as i've indicated, the climate is changing. >> reporter: trump posting this picture on instagram of him with what he says is a draft of his inaugural address taken three weeks ago at his mar-a-lago estate in florida. mike pence tells martha rad it is that trump is a man with a big heart. >> he's called people who didn't support him his enemies. is that bringing people together? >> well, i think what the american people are going to see in the president-elect is the kind of results that will bring the country together. >> reporter: incoming white house press secretary sean spicer says mr. trump is practicing and writing his 20-minute inauguration speech himself with some guidance from his senior staff. stephanie ramos, abc 7 news. back over to you guys. >> stephanie, what is president-elect trump doing tonight? >> reporter: well, mr. trump
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actually just landed in d.c. a few minutes ago. he's in town to attend two dinners, one for his cabinet picks, the other for vice president-elect mike pence and then he heads back over to new york. >> all right, thank you so much for that update. abc 7 news dan ashley will be in washington, d.c., tomorrow and friday with live reports on president-elect trump's inauguration. the secret service will pay $24 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by dozens of african-american agents. that lawsuit was filed 16 years ago. according to "the washington post" agents claim the secret service tolerated a racist culture and systematically skipped black agents for promotion. the secret service says its promotion policy has already been changed. the court still needs to approve that settlement. now to an abc news exclusive. the teenager that learned she was abducted at birth speaking out for the first time about that stunning revelation. here's abc news reporter
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elizabeth hur. >> reporter: despite being kidnapped as a newborn, she still calls the woman accused of snatching her mom. >> i just want people to know she was a great mother. i will never have malice toward her or hate towards her. i will always love her. >> reporter: gloria williams pretended to be a nurse and then stole her just hours after she was born. >> i just want to know where my baby is at. i just want my baby back. >> reporter: she was named kamiyah mobley by her parents. she was the subject of an international manhunt. earlier this month dna testing founding she was not williams' boy logical daughter. williams was arrested and charged with kidnapping her. she made her court appearance and the judge offered no bail on the kidnapping charge. >> i understand what she did was wrong, but just don't lock her up and throw away the key. she loved me for 18 years.
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she cared for me for 18 years. >> reporter: after years of hoping, her biological parents met her for the very first time last week. >> i always thought i'd find her. >> to find out i have another family, that's even more love. >> reporter: alexa says she doesn't know when she will see williams again, but she hopes it will be soon. for now williams remains in jail, due back in court in three weeks. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. an app that could help you and your kids stay healthy. the crowd sourcing technology that makes it work. plus check this out, a bus rapidly filling up with water. the deepening flood concerns happening right now. and i'm meteorologist drew tuma. a live look from our emeryville camera. damp and gray and this is just the first of three storms we're tracking. details ahead in the
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let's look at our traffic through walnut creek on 680. you can see it's still wet out there just by trying to look through the lens. your southbound traffic is better, lighter on the right-hand side. the traffic coming toward us, that is your northbound traffic, which is moving very slowly right now. >> that's not great. this is worse. streets in houston, texas, under water today following the strongest storms of the season there. let's take a look at the result of three days of torrential rains. cars abandoned in several feet of water, some areas received upwards of 5 inches of rain in
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only six hours. a flash flood warning remains in effect for that region, which is prone to flooding. the storm hitting us today brought freezing rain and icy conditions in oregon yesterday. authorities closed both directions of interstate 84 after almost half a dozen semi trucks jack-knifed and several other vehicles slid off to the side of the road. no major injuries were reported. >> and live doppler 7 on the job today tracking that rain as it moves through, continue to see those showers. this rain has been falling since this morning, so it's for that fact we do have a flood advisory in effect for the entire region through 8:15 this evening. what a flood advisory means, the additional rainfall later on this evening could mean some ponding in our poor drainage areas and on our roadways so slow down out there. hydroplaning is a big concern this evening. still a moderate storm out there. some brief downpours, gusty winds and possible power outages. in the sierra, a winter storm
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warning still in effect. 18 inches likely over our highest peaks. delays and chain kroelsz acontr very likely. tomorrow we'll have some scattered showers, the rain will not be widespread like it is now, but it will pick up with our second storm arriving friday morning with heavy rain and gusty winds once again. scattered showers on saturday and there's our third storm arriving sunday morning. >> all right. thank you, drew. so who wants to be eight years older than they really are? what do we do every day that aiai ages us and it's easy to counteract. swimming with the political sharks. the "shark tank" millionaire now running for office. i'm 7 on your side's michael finney. it seems like housing prices
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we are just days away from donald trump's inauguration. with congress dominated by r republicans, the president-elect is hoping to turn campaign promises into action. karen travers looks at whether the house and senate will help him deliver. >> reporter: in two days republicans will control the white house and capitol hill. >> so i want to say to the
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american people, we hear you. we will do right by you, and we will deliver. >> reporter: the party's best chance in years to pursue a conservative agenda, and actually turn bills into law. >> donald trump has a strong hand in dealing with congress. we'll see if he can work with them. they haven't worked well with anybody. >> reporter: the president-elect wants quick action, and he's going to put major pressure on congress to help him deliver. at the top of their joint to do list, scrapping the affordable care act. both the house and senate have taken steps to begin the process of repealing and replacing obamacare, but now comes the hard part. republicans not yet agreeing on a blueprint to move forward. and trump may have made things more difficult when he told "the washington post" the republican plan will have insurance for everybody. tax reform is another area where republicans say they can work quickly with trump, but there are differences brewing there too when it comes to taxes on imports and exports.
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and then there's what to do about russia and its cyber attacks. some prominent republicans are calling for even tougher sanctions than what the obama administration announced, while trump continues to downplay russia's actions. >> the united states is hacked by everybody. that includes russia and china and everybody. >> reporter: one major asset for the white house, mike pence, who served in congress for 12 years. some republicans say he'll play a similar role to the one vice president biden did for the obama administration, helping navigate the halls of congress and fostering relationships that president-elect trump doesn't have. karen travers, abc news, washington. coming up tomorrow on abc 7 news at 4:00, the domestic and international hot spots that the trump administration will face as it takes office. another business shark is going into politics. >> what an opportunity we have in this country. limitless bounty, such
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opportunity to turn it around. i'm so excited. it's time, i'm jumping into the race right now. >> kevin o'leary from "shark tank" on abc today announced on facebook that he's running to become the leader of the conservative party of canada. he says he made the decision after nearly 40,000 people encouraged him to enter the race. it's time now for ask finney. 7 on your side's michael finney is here answering questions. michael, the first comes from chuck from fremont who wants to know are housing prices going to stabilize, fall down or continue to rise? >> really nobody has a crystal ball. for instance, recently marin county just took a price drop. that's odd. the rest of the bay area went up. i've got to tell you in a week from now that could flip-flop. we don't know what's going to happen over the short term, although you can pretty much rely on this. the cost of housing is going to keep coming up, mainly here in the bay area. so the sooner you can round up a
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down payment and get into a house, the better off you're going to be. that has got to be a focus of young people and those just moving here. look, in ten years after you come up with that down payment, your house will be worth so much money you look like a financial genius, so it's worth saving the money. >> if you're graduating from high school and plan to live with your parents during your university years, would it be better to start at a community college before going to a four-year college? >> you know, it's a personal choice and also a financial choice. you know, if you go to a four-year institution, you get kind of a classic college experience. you all join with a whole bunch of people your age and go to the greek system, other organizations and stay together four years and there's a lot to be said for that. on the other hand, you can save a ton of money by going to a community college. it's also a pretty good situation because it is a gentler environment than a large university. here at 7 on your side or here at abc 7 news, we have people that have done both.
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harvard, i think you were. >> harvard of the west, right? >> i started at community college, cheryl jennings started community college, you guys both went to four-year institutions. it doesn't say where you ending up, it's just where you start. my father-in-law collected a lot of foreign coins on his travels before passing away. where can i go find out how much they're worth? >> i've got to tell you, this is really kind of a pain. you can go online and see what they're worth but to try to get somebody to buy them is a real hassle. most of the exchanges only want to do paper money. now travelx will do it and there's a firm out of virginia. i'll post the information for you where you can wrap them up and send them to virginia and they'll exchange it and send you cash money here. the best you can do is spend the money wherever you are overseas. >> send it to virginia? >> yeah, there's a company there that does it. >> how veengt is that? thank you, michael. well, a new free app could
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help keep your child from getting sick at school. it's called sneeze. parents anonymously enter their child's school and grade and self report sicknesses and symptoms. this allows other parents to see what bugs are going around school on any particular day. the app is crowd sourced so its accuracy improves with the amount of users. >> i really think a community could change the status of their health if they were really, really committed to this app, because as a community, we would be so out in front of illnesses. >> no schools have officially endorsed the app. new reason to get out and exercise, it could help keep you younger. here's dr. timothy johnson. >> sitting down, whether at a desk or in front of the tv for many of us, it's how we spend most of every day. the problem is that research has linked sitting to a number of ill, and now a new study suggests that if you spend most of your time on the couch, you
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might age more quickly. researchers at the university of california san diego studied nearly 1500 sedentary elderly women. those who sat for longer than ten hours a day were on a cellular level eight years older compared to more active women of the same age. the study looked at the small protective caps on the ends of your dna that protect genes from being broken down. shorter ones are tied to chronic diseases, diabetes and major cancers. in the women who sat more, these were shorter, but the good news is that the researchers also found that women with the same sedentary lifestyle who still exercised at least 30 minutes a day did not have the shorter telemeers. so if sitting is a regular part of your day, get up and exercise on a regular basis. none of us are getting any younger. with this medical minute, i'm dr. timothy johnson. immigration has been a big
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issue since the election. today a tycoon who says he sympathizes is sharing his story. i'm an imgranting myself and i know how difficult it is to get started. >> rupert murdoch on big business. he tells us he's trying to make a difference. kristen is here with a look at what's coming up at 5:00. tonight bay area cities are getting ready for a weekend of inauguration protests. plus -- >> repealing and upholding are two different points. >> capitol hill showdown. kamala harris fighting for california's new environmental standards. the city says soon you could see bikes everywhere, even right outside your home when eric and
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here is a look at tonight's primetime lineup. at 8:00 it's fresh off the boat followed sbie speechless, modern family and blackish. at 10 it's match game then stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. a stanford survey finds latino immigrants are behind the creation of many companies. today rupert murdoch, who's an imgranting himself, talked about what he has in common with some of those entrepreneurs. >> david louie has insights from the survey and an exclusive interview with media executive rupert murdoch. >> reporter: media mogul rupert murdoch believes he has a lot in owner with these business owners
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who gathered together to hear a new survey about entrepreneurs. >> i'm an immigrant myself and i know it's difficult to get started. >> reporter: stanford's latino business survey provided insight into businesses that reached the one million mark in revenue. 29% are owned by immigrants, 52% have no college degree and 72% started the business alone. the co-founder of hello tracks helps organizations with field-based employees to collaborate. it sees its market as global. >> most of our clients are based in the u.s., but i definitely see a huge potential in asian markets specifically and in europe markets as well. >> reporter: however, murdoch warns not to hire globally. >> great companies start here and they can look overseas. no problem about that. if you employ a thousand people
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here and fire 500 and employ 600 cheap in india, that's what people are against. >> reporter: the survey also discovered 56% of latino entrepreneurs use their own money or credit to start their businesses, not bank loans or venture capital. >> why is it some businesses aren't taking those on early on. is it a lack of knowledge, lack of having an in into organizations that offer extra financing or something else that we haven't considered yet. >> reporter: at stanford, david lou louie, abc 7 news. some of the best colleges that propel students from low income families to the top 20% of americans are right here in california. maybe not the ones you'd expect them to be. the california state university system h been named one of the colleges that offer pathways to better incomes. this is according to a new study done by stanford, actually. researchers found that mid-tier public schools like csu and the city university of new york excel at giving their students upward mobility. >> that is going to do it for
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this edition of abc 7 news at 4:00. thanks for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. wind and rain. the wet weather is here, and get used to it. we have live team coverage. >> live doppler 7 is tracking that moderate stent storm. i'll let you know how long that windy and wet weather will last. the first ever body camera footage worn by san francisco police now public and leaders disagree whether this deadly shooting was justified. plus -- >> a peaceful result. >> a call for peace as bay area demonstrators get ready to march against our next president. and -- ♪ >> feeling the rhythm. one of the best drummers in the world gets ready for a big performance tonight here in the bay area. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. now at 5:00, tracking a new round of storms.
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live doppler 7 shows large patches of green that represents rain over almost all the bay area. >> the damage is already starting to show up. take a look, crews are trying to keep up as trees topple everywhere. >> and a live look right now from the golden gate bridge at a soggy, wet ride home. well, not the golden gate bridge. >> but wet there too, looking at san francisco. >> soggy wet ride home through the city for thousands of commuters. >> good evening, i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. be careful out there on the roads. all this rain is causing a big mess. >> we have live team coverage. let's begin with meteorologist sandhya patel tracking the rain on live doppler 7. >> yeah, it is a slow-going evening rush. as you take a look at live doppler 7, not going anywhere fast. as we get you into street-level radar here, pockets of heavier rain into pengrove, south santa rosa, stony point road. santa rosa seeing heavier rain. you can see scattered showers from orinda to lafayette. as we tak


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