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several months. sierra lamar was last seen march 16, 2012, on her way to a bus stop just north of morgan hill. her body has never been found, but prosecutors believe they have enough evidence, including dna, to convict the suspect, antonlin garcia torres. david louie was in court all day today. very interesting i'm sure. >> reporter: very much so and a very emotional day for the lamar family. you know, the prosecution went first today in this day of opening statements on both sides, but the prosecution is the only one that got its case presented so far today. it opened by showing the jury of six women and six men the last known photograph of then 15-year-old sierra lamar on the day that she disappeared back in march of 2012. that plus many other details had to be disturbing to the family, which has gone through a lengthy search by hundreds of volunteers to find sierra as well as that five-year-long wait for the
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trial to begin for 25-year-old garcia torres. a friend and supporter of the lamars whose own daughter, polly, was kidnapped and murdered told reporters how tough it has been for the mother of sierra and the rest of the family. >> she's reliving everything and it's just got to be horrendous knowing that she's attending the trial for her daughter's murderer and still has no idea where her daughter's remains are. >> reporter: the prosecution outlined its case by telling the jury about dna evidence that it will present that says garcia torres is tied to sierra's death, including a strand of her hair found on a rope that investigators found in the trunk of his car and dna on a pair of sierra's dirt-stained jeans that very likely belongs to garcia torres. the defendant sat very calmly in court looking at times at the jury and other times at a tv
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monitor where evidence was displayed. garcia torres has entered a plea of not guilty. now, the prosecution has more to presenting, so it will do know when court resumes tomorrow morning and then it will be the defense's turn. a lot is at stake for the lamar family, which seeks closure and also for garcia torres, as the defendant who could face the death penalty if found guilty. we're live at the hall of justice in san jose, david louie, abc 7 news. tonight we know the identity of a bank robbery suspect who was the focus of a massive search in the south bay. police today say 21-year-old cruz vargas was captured on friday, accused in a robbery at the bank of america in scots valley last thursday. sky 7 was flying when vargas ran through a construction site in san jose trying to get away from police. they say the day before he exchanged gunfire with officers. a 31-hour manhunt followed, closing down highway 17 near redwood estates for several
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hours. google employees took a stand today against the immigration ban. this afternoon they held simultaneous protests at eight offices worldwide, including here at the mountain view headquarters and along san francisco's embarcadero. alphabet and google ceos spoke to the crowd at silicon valley. employees have donated more than $2 million to nonprofits supporting refugees. google has matched that amount. the trump administration appears to be preparing another executive order, this one targeting h 1 b visas used by tech companies to hire foreign workers. the order would force companies to prove they cannot find americans to fill jobs before they hire a foreign worker. about 27,000 h 1 b workers work in the bay area. companies depend on these workers. >> united states universities and colleges aren't producing anywhere near the open job
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requisitions for electrical engineers and computer science majors to fill positions currently open. >> congress has also looked at reforming the program. san jose congresswoman introduced a bill last week that sets wage requirements for visa holders. a much different scene today at san francisco international airport after a weekend of noisy protests over president trump's executive order. another traveler from one of the seven targeted countries came home to the bay area. abc 7 news reporter sergio quintana has the story from sfo. ♪ this land is your land ♪ this land is my land >> reporter: a small group of demonstrators greeted international passengers as they came out of customs aboard this flight from dubai, a mother who cut short a trip in iraq. >> her dad has cancer and she went to meet him and she hasn't been there in so long.
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>> reporter: president donald trump's executive order barring entry into the u.s. bypass port holders from seven primarily muslim countries triggered chaos for many travelers and panic for some families. >> we're afraid. we don't know the details of the order. >> reporter: he nervously held a string of beads as he waited for his wife to come through customs. large weekend crowds have dwindled down to a few demonstrators today. >> i think it's important for people to see continuing solidarity. >> reporter: volunteer immigration attorneys have set up a mobile legal clinic for anyone who might have trouble getting through passport control and customs and a staff member from senator kamala harris' office is here to help get information from immigration security agents, but that has not been easy. >> it's been tough to get information over the weekend. we're hoping that the information flow picks up here over the coming days. >> reporter: even though a federal judge temporarily struck down portions of the president's
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executive order, it's not clear how many travelers may still be affected. for this family, a nerve-racking weekend finally ended with a happy reunion. at san francisco international, sergio quintana, abc 7 news. now president trump signed this executive order friday. it affects immigration from seven countries, as we've said. iraq, iran, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen for the next 90 days. the order includes a blanket ban on all refugees entering the country for 120 days. it also ends the syrian refugee program indefinitely and it gives leeway to prioritize refugee claims on the basis of religious-based persecution, making it easier for christians and other religious minorities in muslim countries to enter the united states. california senator dianne feinstein is taking action against the president's executive order. feinstein is introducing two bills. the first would rescind the executive order.
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the second would amend the immigration and nationality act to ensure additional congressional oversight of the president's authority to bar classes of people from entering the united states. feinstein says the order is contrary to the principles on which america was founded and will not make us any safer. not everyone in the bay area is protesting president trump's targeted immigration ban. supporters say he is fulfilling a campaign promise. carolyn tyler joins us live from the newsroom with that reaction. carolyn. >> reporter: kristen, as you know, california is a blue state and the bay area is the bluest of blue, but that doesn't mean there aren't trump supporters here, and they want their perspective known. corrine rankin calls the protests taking place at the nation's airports disheartening. she believes president trump's executive order temporarily tightening our borders is necessary to keep america safe. >> we need to be -- instill a
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deeper vetting process to make sure that the people who are coming into this country don't mean us any harm. it only takes one person. >> reporter: the redwood city woman attended the presidential inauguration as the california chair of african-americans for trump. she sees the immigration ban as a campaign promise fulfilled. >> he has promised to put america first and that is what he's doing. >> reporter: in the bay area, the loudest voices belong to the protesters, but marin county trump supporters rick altman believes a majority of americans endorses blocking some immigration. >> nobody is talking about keeping everybody out, but we do have the right to choose and pick who we want to allow to come in and share our country with us. >> reporter: altman believes the demonstrators are, in his words, spoiled by the safety of this nation and are upset that president trump took action so quickly. >> he didn't give 90-day warning which allows our enemies to try
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to sneak in as many people who hate this country masquerading as refugees. >> reporter: though the dissent is loud, there appears to be no softening of support among donald trump's backers. carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. >> and of course you can stay on top of every development from the white house with the abc 7 news app. download it for free and enable push alerts to get news updates as they happen. stay with us. in pacifica it is demolition day. that's the sound of progress. what happens now? after crews dismantle an apartment building teetering on the edge for a year. rescue interrupted. how a drone operator gets in trouble when authorities are trying to save a man who fell off a pacifica cliff. and coffee with a taste of american culture. why people working here have a new fear about families divided and loyalties tested. and the new exhibit connecting our past
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in the wake of president trump's travel ban, starbucks coffee chain announced they will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years. it's something one small coffee chain in berkeley is already doing. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony is live from the 1951 coffee company on channing way. laura? >> reporter: hi, kristen. this cafe has been in the works now for a couple of years. it just happened to open at this time, which is timely, given the orders coming from the new president. a refugee from syria is doing her best to keep her mind on her work as a barista at the newly opened 1951 coffee company in berkeley. the 18-year-old student is keenly aware that president trump's travel ban on people from predominantly muslim countries, including syria,
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could deeply affect others like her. >> it's really hard to be focused on my homework or studies because i'm thinking all the time like what's going to happen for the other refugees or even for me. >> reporter: opened just last week, the cafe is run by a nonprofit that exclusively hires refugees as employees. >> we have eight employees right now from seven different countries. >> reporter: doug hewitt is one of the founders of 1951 coffee. >> we really hope that people will look and see what we're doing and see the refugees that are working here. it gives an opportunity for people to see the positive things that we have seen. >> i think this is one of the best ideas. >> reporter: uc berkeley freshman is a regular at the 1951. he sees the cafe's opening as especially timely and significant, given the executive orders coming out of washington, d.c. >> when you can go get coffee but also contribute to a cause that's so relevant in the news today, such as helping out refugees and making a difference, you really essentially kill two birds with one stone. >> reporter: 1951 not only hires
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refugees, the proceeds from its coffee sales also go to the refugee community here in the bay area. in berkeley, laura anthony, abc 7 news. well, a lot of viewers are using social media, maybe you, to weigh in on the travel ban and the new administration. abc 7 news viewer brandon says the world needs love to be passed down from one generation to the next. george says he saw this man praying early this morning and it reminds him to keep hope alive. share your pictures using #abc7now. you may see it on our newscast or online at abc7news.com. three major u.s. airlines are offering refunds to passengers impacted by president trump's executive order on immigration. >> so what to do? 7 on your side's michael finney is here with that. >> let me tell you, american, united and delta all say they understand the confusion and uncertainty these days for citizens of the affected countries which are, as you just
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listed, iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen. unless they have green cards granting them permanent resident status, citizens of those countries are prohibited from entering the country for the next 90 days. all three airlines have decided they will be refunding those ticket prices. british airways and emirates airlines will also refund tickets. lufthansa will assist in free rebook bing rebooking. if you don't have health insurance, you have a little over 30 hours to sign up through the affordable care act. the penalties for not having insurance are still in effect at this time. so it's best to go with the current law. those who do have coverage are urged to not delay medical care. the bold print may say one thing but it's what's in the fine print you often have to keep track of. this ad from walgreens says
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customers earn points from all prescriptions, but the fine points says restrictions apply. mail order prescriptions don't qualify for points. consumer world pointed this out. walgreens says it is up front with its program. >> interesting. >> thanks, michael. well, sonoma county, two men were rescued after they got stuck on a cliff. this is video from the sheriff's office showing its helicopter responding at about 5:40 last night after the men were spotted. a crew member was attached to a 100-foot line and brought both victims up to safety one at a time we are glad to tell you as you look at this dramatic image. they were not hurt. a drone operator is facing charges for allegedly interfering with this rescue operation friday night in pacifica. police arrested a 55-year-old pacifica resident over the weekend. investigators say the drone he was operating flew too close to the highway patrol helicopter assisting on the rescue of a man who had fallen off the cliff at esplanade avenue. the helicopter had to pull away
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to avoid a collision, according to police. the man who fell is now recovering. sky 7 flew over pacifica when giant machines knocked down a condemned apartment complex earlier today. and now you can see why it had to be demolished. the bluff beneath that building just keeps vanishing. residents had to move out of their homes a yore ago because of the dangerous conditions. abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez joins us live from pacifica with more. >> reporter: well, can i say it was just a gorgeous day for a demolition. now, they moved very quickly here. behind me you see truck number 11 and behind it truck number 12 moving very quickly to get all of that debris out of here. now, the city said it would take between two and three days to remove everything, but i think they'll be done by tomorrow morning. the demolition of this 20-unit apartment building on esplanade avenue began early this morning. it was a moment many in this pacifica neighborhood wanted to remember.
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>> i had to see it and my son loves construction trucks, so, yeah, we weren't going to miss this. >> reporter: from sky 7 you can see how crews carefully dealt with the unstable structure and bluff to avoid any pieces falling below. it was the last of three buildings on esplanade that had started collapsing due to the continued bluff erosion. some residents fear their apartments may be next. >> because i think it's coming in. the ocean is taking back what it wants. >> reporter: the city helped residents relocate earlier this year. taxpayers will have to foot the cost of the demolition, about $330,000. the owner of the property declared bankruptcy in 2015. >> and it's really his responsibility, but he was not in a position to do so and essentially time ran out. we are where we are and the buildings, both of them, needed to come down so we're stepping in to protect the public safety. >> reporter: hazmat crews had already removed the lead and
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asbestos from its interior. the air quality was still being monitored for any dangerous particles. >> in terms of those just being on site, they're already taken away. but as a precaution, we added that as a precautionary measure. >> reporter: pacifica will now get an influx of federal grants to help shore up the bluff and secure the road. built in the 1960s, what was home to a few is now an open space with a view for all. in pacifica, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. hi there, everyone. check out this beautiful sunset from our santa cruz camera. it was a good day to be out at the beach. temperature in santa cruz today, 74 degrees. well above average. hard to believe. a spectaular shot from our east bay hills camera. right now we have haze and high clouds contributing to the color there. gilroy 62 degrees. it got up into the upper 60s in gilroy today. look at this picture.
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it's like someone took a paint brush and painted the sky. 59 in santa rosa, 55 in novato, 59 in concord. one other picture, a stunning view of the setting sun. increasing clouds tomorrow. wet pattern begins late wednesday and it is going to rainy and windy on thursday. first thing tomorrow morning it starts out in the low 30s to low 40s. we'll have patchy fog around the delta and some high clouds around. tomorrow afternoon you will see the sun, temperatures will start to come down a little bit in some areas and the cloud cover will increase. so you're looking at low to mid-60s for your tuesday afternoon. we bring in the storm impact scale for wednesday, late afternoon into the evening. it's a light system, a 1 on our storm impact scale. scattered light showers turning breezy. most spots less than 0.2 of an inch of rain but that's just the beginning. here's the hour-by-hour forecast. 4:00 wednesday afternoon you see some wet roadways. 5:00 p.m., light-to-moderate scattered shower activity. 8:00 p.m. still spotty at best, but late wednesday night going into thursday we do have more
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widespread rain. that's going to be on thursday, a level 2 system. this will bring widespread rain, gusty winds, 40 to 50 miles an hour, and the slight chance of thunder. this is where it's going to impact your morning commute. thursday morning at 2:00 a.m. you'll see pockets of moderate to heavy rain. the morning commute will be sloppy as we're expecting the wind and the rain. 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. pretty widespread. 8:00 a.m. as you're taking the kids off to school, plan accordingly. it is going to be a slow-going ride. wind gusts hour by hour showing you at midnight the winds begin to increase on thursday. 43 miles an hour not out of the question while you're sleeping thursday morning. so if you have any loose objects, you'll want to secure them before going to bed. thursday morning still pretty gusty around the region, could see gusts over 40 around discovery bay as well. 9:00 a.m. thursday the winds begin to ease up but it will still be wet out there. in terms of rainfall totals, santa cruz mountains up to 3 inches. this is wednesday through
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friday. the central bay is looking at three-quarters to an inch and a half of rain. turns to snow in the mountains. winter storm watch wednesday evening through friday evening. 2 to 4 feet expected over the passes, snow down to 5,000 feet so carry chains if you're going. you can always download the abc 7 news app. find out when the rain is coming through your neighborhood, track live doppler 7. the accuweather seven-day will show you when the rain is coming and that is not tomorrow, it's dry, but we have a 1 late wednesday afternoon. another 1 on friday with scattered showers during that time period. a 2 on thursday. rainy, windy, moderate strength storm and then the weekend right now we're going with a dry forecast, but sunday i've put in a slight chance because one model does want to bring in the possibility of rain. the other one is dry so we'll wait and see. >> i'll be inside watching the super bowl either way. >> so it doesn't matter. >> let it rain. >> all right. new images identify a galaxy far, far away. the light that began its journey two billion years ago, next.
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then at 6:00 -- >> it's the cautionary tale. you don't want to end up like joe. >> the tragic death of cal quarterback joe roth. how his passing four decades ago is influencing the way stanford protects its athletes today. protects its athletes today. that story and protects its athletes today. that story and afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine. all seems beautiful to me.
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nasa released a new animation today showing a recently discovered rare galaxy. the distant galaxy was captured by the agency's gamma ray telescope powered by monster plaque hol black holes. a black hole is where gravity pulls so much even light cannot get out. scientists believe light left that part of the galaxy over 11 billion years ago but is just now visible to us. okay, you're looking here at the earliest known human ancestor. not joking. researchers found evidence of this 540 million-year-old microscopic sea animal in
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central china. it lived between grains of sand on the sea bed. researchers believe this creature started the evolutionary path that led to the fish and eventually to humans. >> kind of looks like my uncle jim actually. a unique project is trying to connect today's events to our history. the history now exhibit is at the oakland museum of california and it looks at the struggle by native americans to keep their land. the showdown going on now over the dakota access pipeline, for example, has been widely reported and the exhibit includes a california state bond issued long ago to raise money to force native americans off their lands here. many were killed. >> in the decades after the gold rush, the native population in california was reduced from 150,000 to about 30,000. this is something that i don't know about you, but i was just not taught in my elementary school classroom. >> that exhibit allows those who take a look to leave their thoughts behind for others.
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okay, what happens when you mix a cafe with a vending machine? >> it probably looks something like this. coming up, coffee gets the robot treatment. >> where you can s
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i'm ama daetz. coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00 -- >> they're terrorized. this is terrorism. >> a bay area doctor has been thrust into the middle of the president's immigration ban. at 6:00, what she discovered when she treated a detainee in need of medical care. also 7 on your side's michael finney delivers for a 96-year-old east bay man having trouble with his morning paper. and girl scout cookie time is almost here and there's a new addition to the old tradition. that's all coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. kristen, dan. >> my mouth is watering now. >> see you then. before we go, we wanted to introduce you to san francisco's
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newest barista. this one will never take a coffee break of its own. >> abc 7 news was there for the opening of cafe x, the first automated coffee shop. the founder believes the robot can do more than just serve your favorite blend, it can also save you some cash. >> the pricing here is pretty much less than anywhere else for this level of quality. so locally roasted specialty coffee that's sort of fresh from the week it was roasted and our prices are all less than $3. >> and you can order your coffee using one of the cafex touch screen terminals or even before you arrive through cafex's app. what do you think? >> i like it. the problem with all of this stuff, kristen, is every time they make this kind of an advance, it's one step closer to an automated news anchor. i'm just saying. >> i wouldn't worry about that just yet, dan. you've got special qualities about you. world news with david muir is next. i'm kristen sze.
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>> i'm dan ashley. we appreciate your time and will see you again at 6:00. tonight, the backlash. president trump stands by his executive order. blocking refugees and visitors from seven predominately muslim countries. new protests tonight coast to coast. the president clashing with top republicans. and tonight, in a rare move. former president obama, just ten days after leaving office, breaking his silence. also this evening, the reality check. seven countries on that list, and we ask, where do the terrorists from 9/11 come from? the boston bombers? san bernardino? why aren't those countries on the list? the deadly terror attack. the gunman opening fire inside a mosque in quebec. tonight, the suspect just charged. and now new reporting on a possible motive. airline chaos in this country. computers forcing delta to cancel nearly 300 flights. thousands stranded. and the deadly pileup

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