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we have gotten a lot more information about what happened there. >> this incident involved this truck holding oxygen. highway oking at a sky 7 101 now. and also old redwood highway alongside, also open in both directions. i should tell you one person is injured. that is new information. it is not clear the extent of their injuries though. just a few minutes ago we spoke with paulnt of an explosion and fire in the vegetation. the fire was quickly extinguished. the focus was on getting the liquid oxygen secure itself. >> the type of liquid oxygen as you just heard, cryogenic oxygen released is no longer a danger. officials were afraid a cloud could blow away and onto the surrounding highway.
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fortunately that did not happen. >> buildings on the north campus of kaiser permanente remain closed. officials are trying to work to get employees back to their cars. now, once again, this incident is no longer a danger to the surrounding community. but one person is injured. highway 101 reopened. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. thanks for joining us. a fiery situation on interstate 80. traffic backed up for miles. a big rig ignited at cherry glen road. flames spread causing a small grass fire. the right lane and exit rafrm are still closed right now. drivers are being urjd to avoid the area. the ferguson fire burning west of yosemite national park is 5% contained tonight. burned more than 17,000 acres since friday. no structures destroyed, but hundreds are threatened. firefighters say the area hasn't burned in years, and is full of dense and dry fuel. today, clearer skies allowed helicopters to take off and
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directly attack the fire. >> the visibility has increased for us earlier in the day. so as soon as we are able to get aircraft up in the air, as you can see behind you, we've been able to do so, utilizing as much as we can. >> one firefighters was killed over the weekend. two others have been hurt. yosemite is open and fully operational. air quality is poor. gusty winds could be a problem for battling the fire. for more on that, let's bring in sandhya patel. it is gusty right now. take a look, out of the west, 16 miles an hour, a hot 97 degrees, relative humidity is low, 20%. the winds will remain on the gusty side. but the biggest thing here is the wind is going to switch direction from northwest, eventually going south as we head towards tomorrow. that's going to make it tough for the firefighters. air quality alert for smokey and unhealthful air conditions due to the ferguson fire, the alert expanding to cover a wider area
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from yosemite's half dome, very tough to see in that area. because of the smoke. dan? >> sandhya, thanks very much. there has been a remarkable outpouring of moral and financial support for surfers and friends of a santa cruz man seriously injured while riding the waves on saturday. they're boosting his morale and helping financial. the well-known santa cruz surf spot where this happened, david louie is. >> reporter: the accident happened here on saturday afternoon when conditions were a lot different than right now. brian hart is paralyzed, a condition everyone is hoping is temporary. yet the -- unlike the conditions you see here there were swells running. when brian hart was surfing, as he's done his entire adult life. this is video his wife posted on instagram. he crashed into the cliff
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apparently head first. it opened a gash in his head and rendered him unconscious. >> i heard he was pitched into the white water and the white water pushed him into the cliff unfortunately. it's really sad. >> reporter: you have no control at that point. >> you have no control at that point. >> witnesses are calling for help. >> numerous calls from the public, we have him out of the water at this time. they have cpr in progress. 45-year-old male, not conscious, not breathing. >> hart was really 53, and is in serious condition at valley medical center where his wife recalled what happened. >> i didn't recognize him when they were bringing him in because he literally looked gray, black almost. so i didn't recognize him. >> their 15-year-old son santiago administered cpr and revived him. however, hart sustained damage to his cervical spine, arms and legs paralyzed. friends set up a gofundme page, that's raised close to $40,000 to help the family.
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hart has a hardwood floor business. >> it's moments like this you realize how extremely tight our community is, not just our immediate surfing community and close friends here in santa cruz, but globally. >> the family is constantly at his side. hart's son created a charlie brown face to help brian pinpoint with his eyes where he's itching so someone can scratch for him. >> that is true devotion. veronica hart says she appreciates every message that's posted on the gofundme page and she's also very appreciative of the prayers being said. live in santa cruz, daift louie, abc 7 news. berkeley police want your help identifying the people who assaulted a senior citizen. a warning, this video may be really hard to watch. it happened july 6th around 3:30 a.m. on martin luther king jr. way near university avenue. the 72-year-old man was hospitalized. but he's since been released.
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six to eight men left the scene in a newer model silver or white mini van, possibly a nissan quest. anyone with information should contact berkeley police. a blocked ballot measure to divide the state into three. the court today ruled prop 9 should not be on the november 6th ballot because the potential harm of permitting the vote in a few months outweighs the potential harm of delaying it. the planning and conservation league filed a lawsuit last month arguing the state constitution requires a two-thirds vote of both chambers before a proposal this significant can be put to voters. even if voters had approved prop 9, it still would have needed approval from the state legislature and the u.s. congress as well. mgm resorts international is feeling the heat following an announcement that the company has taken legal action against some of the victims of the route 91 harvest festival shooting in las vegas. some are calling for a boycott of their resorts.
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58 people were killed, and more than 500 wounded that horrible night. abc 7 news reporter >> reporter: kim sugar cuubube rooms was used to commit the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. mgm announced it was trying to shield itself from anyone trying to sue them. >> i literally felt sick to my stomach. i don't -- i'm not a lawyer, obviously. soleilly i don't know what ways they can do to try and defend themselves. >> reporter: here's how. mgm wants the federal court to rule it can't be held liable for what happened last october 1st based on the homeland safety act of 2002. after 9/11, congress passed a law sate stating that private security companies are protected even if they fail to prevent a terrorist attack. >> mgm was not a certified security provider.
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but i understand that their outsourced security vendor was. >> that security vendor was hired by live nation entertainment and mgm. here's part of mgm's statement. congress provided that the federal courts were the correct place for such litigation relating to incidents of mass violence like the one where security services approved by the department of homeland security were provided. mgm also claims this was an act of terrorism. therefore the company is also protected under the security act. >> to me, it triggered that night again. it triggered ptsd again. it triggered lack of respect. >> reporter: this is the first time the company uses the homeland security act claiming immunity. legal experts say mgm faces an uphill battle. in the newsroom, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. authorities are releasing new information today on a deadly crash between a car and a light rail train earlier this
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month. investigators now believe the car drove through the crossing arms, not around them as previously reported. two men were killed in the accident. that took place on lincoln avenue near ozuray avenue on july 8th. new information on the man san francisco police arrested last week nicknamed the ride share rapist. he drove for lyft. tonight you may be wondering how he passed the background checks. abc 7 news reporter vic lee has answers for us. >> reporter: san francisco police arrested 37-year-old orlando vilchez lazo. he posed as a ridesharing driver who picked up women outside bars and clubs, then raping them. ride share says he's a former driver and it's investigating how he passed security checks. there's a driving record check.
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the background check looks for criminal record including sexual offenses. you have to have a valid driver's license and insurance on a car that's registered. lyft says its drivers must be eligible to work in the u.s. that means being a citizen, having a green card, work visa, or a student visa, and a social security number, which means you have to be a legal u.s. resident and provide documents. but lazo fraudulently represented himself. there's another reason why he passed the background checks. >> this defendant, as far as i can tell, has no criminal history. >> one footnote, neither lyft nor uber requires drivers to get fingerprinted. they cited in a ruling last fall it was unnecessary. vic lee, abc 7 news. a different kind of chop shop for ebay, a mass layoff happening at a critical time for theo recalls to tell you about.
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>> reporter: the espys are a night of fun and glamour. but there will be a serious tone tonight and it involves one of the
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an update on the breaking news in santa rosa we've been following, sky 7 is live over the scene, the hazmat incident involving cryogenic hospital -- or i should say an oxygen tank, cryogenic oxygen, that spill due to that tanker crashing into a kaiser permanente north campus area, both buildings there you see are still evacuated. officials tell us one person was hurt. it is not clear the extent of their injuries. you can see how closes the to 101 there. it had been closed for more than an hour and a half. it's now open again in both directions. you may still run into some traffic leading up to the area, although it is clear er t all
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started around 3:00 p.m. with the report of an explosion outside of one of the hospital's offices. that building and a surrounding one were both evacuated. employees have not yet been allowed to go back in. they are being permitted to get their cars though. moving on now, ebay is laying off nearly 300 workers, many of them at the company's global headquarters here in the bay area in san jose. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen is live with the story. chris? >> reporter: dan, the company says this is all part of a long-term strategy, and it comes at a really crucial time for ebay as it seeks to try to stay relevant and improve its business across the board. >> come on, ebay, lets see your hands. >> reporter: just two years ago ebay was celebrating the expansion of its global headquarters in san jose. >> this is the global hehea headquarters in the number 32 brand in the world. >> reporter: changes are ahead. according to filings with the employment development department by the end of the
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week ebay will have cut nearly 300 bay area employees with the majority of those layoffs coming in san jose. industry analysts say although the loss of jobs can be sobering the silicon valley economy is strong isser than it's ever bee >> the hope is that those employees affected will be able to be reabsorbed back into the silicon valley ecosystem that has a record unemployment rate of 2.8%. >> reporter: a spokesperson told abc 7 news that all affected employees were notified the end of june. it's trying to align its workforce with new initiatives, a recent push to rebrand the platform as a place for shoppers to discover new products. according to fortune, while the company success revenue is up to $9.6 billion last year from 9 billion the prior year, it took a loss of 1 billion. >> the competition has gone up. now you have lots of places online you can get stuff. so part of, i think, the challenge for ebay, if it does not evolve to what the next
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generation for ecommerce should be. >> reporter: in addition to san jose, the layoffs also affected dozens of other employees in san francisco and brisbane. hundreds of other employees from throughout the world were also laid off as part of this reorganization. we're live in san jose, tonight, i'm chris nguyen, abc 7 news. celebrities and athletes are coming together in los angeles for the 2018 espy awards. this event is bigger and better every year. >> that's why larry beil is live there at the microsoft theater in l.a. the show just got under way, right? >> reporter: thank you, ama and dan. the red carpet is about cleared out because the show has begun inside. the espys are a night of fun with all the athletes getting together to salute each other's accomplishments. the courage award will be given to the many women who came out and testified against the
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disgraced michigan state doctor larry nassar who was convicted of sex crimes. female courage and empowerment, very much a theme this afternoon on the red carpet. >> with all the gymnasts and them being honored, i just think it's taken so much courage to do that. and i'm really, really proud of them. and it's just an exciting year for women. i'm very, very thankful to be in sports right now. >> i feel like it's a trend all over the world and to know that we play a small part in that, so many women doing such big things, we're uniting, and you can feel it even here at the espys. >> reporter: the espys often provides moments that are very, very powerful. tonight promises to be very much in that vein when you see all those women taking the stage at once. the espys under way now, live on the east coast. it will be broadcast on abc 7 tape delay starting at 8:00 tonight. another report is coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00. live in l.a., larry beil, abc 7
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sports. >> great work down there. fun to be where he is for this big evening. catch it tonight at 8:00 on abc 7. don't miss larry back on the red carpet on abc 7 news at 11:00. now to consumer news and a couple of really important recalls to talk about. >> yes, "7 on your side's" michael finney is here with that. keeping tabs on the recalls. >> calzones, thousands of stefano's calzones are under recall tonight. pieces of plastic have been found in the food. one person cutting their mouth while eating a calzone. if you have one, return it for a full refund. now, i have more information about the recall. it's on our website at abc7news.com. a second recall, ford is recalling more than half a million cars and suvs that can roll away unexpectedly. now, there's a problem in the gear shift that affects certain
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2013 through 2016 fusion sedans, and 2013 and '14's escape suvs. now, ford does not have any reports of crashes or injuries. the company says drivers should simply use their parking brake. owners will be notified by the end of the month. the necessary parts will be ordered, and they will be replaced at no cost. one more note about vehicles. experts are warning about the impact the tariffs may have on the price of cars. the trump administration is considering a 25% tariff on cars built outside the u.s. the alliance of automobile manufacturers say tariffs would raise the average price of an imported vehicle by almost $6,000. now, some dealers say they are stockpiling cars now in case the tariffs go through. either way, you would be paying for it though, i'll tell you. >> thanks, michael. >> onto the weather. >> announcer: now your accuweather forecast with sandhya patel. >> you won't be paying for the
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weather, for sure. live doppler 7, right now, foggy along the coastline. but we're also watching the monsoon flow, seeing it in the form of high clouds, which has been resulting in thunderstorms in the central sierra and showers in southern california, some of those becoming heavy at times. here's a closer look at those thunderstorms. we're watching them carefully. they are, including some rain, which obviously is a good thing, especially since we don't want any dry lightning out of this. emeryville camera showing you blue skies right now, and 80 in the background. 64 in san francisco, 67 in oakland. 81 in san jose. another live picture, and you see the high clouds and the fog from our sutro camera. testimonies, mid to upper 70s from napa to santa rosa, low 90s fairfield and concord. the hottest spots are mid-90s. brentwood, even triple digits showing up. here's what's ahead hour by hour for the livermore area. temperatures -- well, i guess it's not working.
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moving right along. temperatures hour by hour will be going up very quickly. trust me on this one, up into the mid-90s. live picture right now from the south beach camera, showing the sutro tower surrounded by fog. there's a slight chance of thunder and a typical summer pattern returns for the weekend. getting rid of some humidity. but overnight, there will be changes, 5:00 a.m., fog for the commute, and then we start to see that monsoon moisture increasing, best chance of thunderstorms tomorrow will be in the sierra nevada as you will notice. but there is a slight possibility that between tomorrow afternoon and friday evening we may see a little bit of that moisture creeping into our area. so this is just one of the weather computer models. we'll put in a slight chance of thunderstorms with some showers here locally. if there is dry lightning, could trigger fires spreading rapidly. fog first in the morning, temperatures in the 50s around the coast and bay.
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inland areas, upper 50s to the mid-60s. mild there for the inland spots. and for the afternoon, it is going to feel sticky out there, especially with the humidity coming up. mid-90s inland, along the coastline, temperatures in the low to upper 60s, breezy along the coast with fog lingering heading into the accuweather seven-daytime period. the seven-day forecast will include muggy to humid conditions the next two days, slight chance of thunder, cooler for the weekend and you will notice it's drier air. we'll go mid-60s to low 90s for saturday and sunday. seasonal weather going into next week, warming back up tuesday and wednesday. you can download the accuweather app for free. and track live doppler 7 should any thunderstorms develop. also track those temperatures anytime you want. dan and kristen? >> thanks very much, sandhya. when the highway patrol pulls you over, you might want to make sure your excuse makes sense. that story is next. >> think about that ahead of time. new at 6:00, pg&e unveils
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the new three-step approach to address fire danger in califo
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california voters in counties where they had to pay for postage for their mail-in ballot won't have to anymore starting next year. the governor is requiring them to provide pre-paid ballots. it doesn't cover the november election. for the second year in a row, fremont is named the least stressed city in the u.s. that's according to wall let hub. four criteria, stress at work, with finances, family and health and safety. sa santa rosa are only a few steps behind. the most stressed city on the survey was detroit. >> well, a bit of stress for a resident in berkeley's elmwood neighborhood, his cleaning crew called him on vacation telling him a stranger answered the door
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who said he was working at the house, and the crew could have the day off. well, police showed up and busted the stranger as he stepped out of the shower. that squatter had also taken the owner's tesla model x to go shopping, very strange. the oakland chp pulled over a driver for going 99 miles an hour in a 65 mile an hour zone. the driver said i wasn't driving that fast. that's when the officer showed him the speedometer reeding of 99 miles an hour. the guy responded the display must be the current temperature. well, it was warm out, but not that warm. after an awkward silence the driver signed the citation. he got the ticket. what tends to work better is to say thank you, officer, for pointing that out, i was going too fast. nelson mandela's legacy, five years after his death,
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berkeley pays tribute in song. >> and here's a picture. share your pictures with us #abc7now.
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at the marine mammal center, the environment is everything. we want to do our very best for each and every animal, and we want to operate a sustainable facility. and pg&e has been a partner helping us to achieve that. we've helped the marine mammal center go solar, install electric vehicle charging stations, and become more energy efficient. pg&e has allowed us to be the most
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sustainable organization we can be. any time you help a customer, it's a really good feeling. it's especially so when it's a customer that's doing such good and important work for the environment. together, we're building a better california. up at 6:00. >> no child never should have to go through what our daughter went through. >> a mother's outrage tonight,
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what she says happened to her 5-year-old daughter at a travis air force base day care, not once, but twice. and the i team's dan noyes a major development on a bay area terror case, all that coming up in a half hour at 6:00. >> finally tonight, one of the bay area's most beloved sb symbolled joined in a worldwide tribute today to nelson mandela. ♪ >> a student played the bells uc berkeley in honor of mandela who would have turned 100 today. >> it's a global call to play south african songs in tribute. >> today is the nelson mandela international day, a call to us to make the world a better place. >> world news tonight with david muir is next.
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i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. see you again at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump explaining himself again. after what he said today, a question from our cecilia vega. asking, is russia still targeting the u.s.? the president saying no. even though his director of national intelligence said otherwise, just saying the warning lights are blinking red. tonight, the white house now saying that's not what the president meant this morning. also tonight, new reporting. the young russian woman here in the u.s. now charged, accused of being an agent of the kremlin. what she said in court late today. prosecutors now saying she was offering sex for influence. and these images tonight from investigators. at the trump inauguration, and at this dinner. and what they say it shows. the shark scare on the east coast.

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