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♪ >> good morning. the u.c. berkeley graduate is finally free after a lot of political turmoil in iran and will reunite with her mother soon. >> jenelle wang has been following the story all morning. she joins us with the latest on sarah shourd release. just took off from the airport in tehran. on her way to the neighboring country where her mother is already waiting for her. shourd is in good condition
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despite being in an iran prison 14 months. >> iran released one of the three american citizens detained in 2009. >> 410 days of solitary confinement over for california native sarah shourd. >> i want to offer my thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments, all of the people of that been involved and especially particularly want to degrees mahmoud ahmadinejad and all the iran officials for their gesture. i'm very humbled. >> officials say a $500,000 bail was paid. some papers were signed and the 32-year-old was officially free from an iranian prison. >> the money was there and the judge issued the release order and ms. shourd was simply set free and can leave iran if she wants to.
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>> travel companion shane bauer and josh fattal are still in prison. all the families are relieved and overjoyed sarah has been released. we're heartbroken shane and josh have been denied their freedom for no just cause. they were captured in july 2009 after crossing the border in northern iraq and iran. iran accused them of spying and illegally entering the country. fair families insist they were just hiking and crossed the border accident thereby. her mother says shourd has a precancerous condition. no word when she will be back on american soil but soon. >> the white house released a statement. while she has been released the
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two remain prisoners. we main hopeful iran will demonstrate the new compassion by insuring shane, josh and all other detained americans in iran. iran said that the half a million bail had to be paid in cash. no word who made that payment. >> jenelle, thanks very much. dozens of list and firefighters remain on the scene today after last thursday's deadly explosion and fire in san bruno. they're looking for a cause and police are providing security. terry mcsweeney joins us from that devastated area. terry, the coroner's office confirmed yet another victim today. >> that's right. the official announcement came within the past hour that the fourth deceit result of this fire is 81-year-old elizabeth torres. her family confided that information to abc 7 news last week. as you can see behind me, you have a lot of emergency crews on the scene. fire trucks are here, a police department all over san mateo
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county. pg&e crews and progress in some area is being made. all but 14 of the homes have gas and electricity. that's excluding the 59 red-tagged homes, homes unfit to live in. why that pipe blew up creating a fireball and bursting the water main, the investigation continues. pg&e has made $100 million available to the people out here to be used for insurance deductibles or for those who had no insurance and that is going to be available tomorrow or the next day. pg&e answering questions about the health of california's infrastructure, people wondering what happened here could happen where they live. pg&e is trying to keep up with the demand but it's quite a demand. >> we constantly reevaluate our system. we spend tens to millions to replace as needed the various facets and continue to do that as we look at our system, look at the age, look at the changing territory that we serve from the oregon border down to bakersfield. >> and more help is on the way.
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state senator leland yee who represents this area is proposing legislation that includes tax breaks for affected families, property tax loss, reimbursement for the county and other considerations. dennis hague said it is possible that the red-tagged homes will be released back to the homeowners. those folks did receive a bus tour of the area recently but today they may be allowed to get back to whatever it is that remains of their home. one last note. this was a mutual aid situation, and a number of people have commented to me how many police departments are still on the scene out here. all over san mateo county, pacifica, daly city, san carlos. the bay area all pulling together to try to get through this tragedy. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> thanks, terry. and if there's another massive disaster like the one in san bruno, should pg&e customers have to pay for any costs not
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covered by the utility's insurance? a question state regulators are taking an initially look at right now. theresa garcia is live at the public utilities commission meeting in san francisco. theresa? >> well, the proposed plan is to require customers to pay any of the costs not recoupable by those utility companies. but this morning a pg&e spokesperson confirmed the utility company will not put the san bruno explosion and fire into this category that would require the cost to be paid by the customers. so this morning here in san francisco the state public utilities commission began its first hearing into a proposal that would require customers to pay all costs of wildfire damages that exceed a utility's insurance coverage. the proposal was introduced last year by the state's three major utility companies, southern california edison, pg&e and the san diego gas and electric company. it was submitted in response to the massive wild fires in san
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diego county in 2007. the utilities say it needs to be able to recoup costs from consumers because disaster insurance has become more expensive. premiums increased 300% after those 2007 fires. insurance companies are not willing to insure for as much as ideally needed. >> there's a number of reasons. one is that the cost of insurance has risen significantly. and this is -- so it basically is be prepared in case there is a catastrophic wildfire anywhere in california. so that we have the mechanism to keep our business going. >> it's a futile effort to try and have all the rate payers to become a ji began nick insurance company to cover risk that the insurance companies aren't willing to cover. if they're not insurable why
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would we have the rate payers cover the risk. why wouldn't we change the way we operate to reduce the risk. >> proponentses are concerned it would increase the risk of fires by reducing utilities incentive to maintain safe conditions. they say the financial burden should fall on utility shareholders, not the rate payers. again, this morning pg&e confirmed with me they believe it's $1 billion worth of fire insurance coverage will cover the san bruno-related disaster costs. i said well what if it doesn't? they said in that case, they, they could apply to the cpuc for a temporary rate increase to recoup those costs but it wouldn't fall under this fire proposal. theresa garcia, abc 7 news. >> experts warn the pipeline explosion may be the latest example of a growing risk created by ailing infrastructure. failing infrastructure nationwide utilities have been under increasing pressure to better inspect and replace aging
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pipes. many laid down years before the sprawling communities were built right on top of them. the pipe in san bruno is more than 50 years old. critics are long warned the possibility of catastrophic failures. they have 2,840 significant gas pipeline accidents since 1990. more than a third caused death or serious injury. in 2002 congress passed the first law requiring utilities to inspect pipelines running through heavily populated areas. since then more than 3,000 problems were identified. >> the san francisco giants are expecting a capacity crowd at tonight's game against the los angeles dodgers and it will help benefit the victims of the san bruno fire. the team is donating $3 of every ticket sold at at&t park to a victims fund. the giants are in a first-place
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tie with the padres after beating them in san diego sunday. the giants will honor the fire victims in a special pre-game ceremony tonight and help collect donations from fans attending the game. >> coming up, a coast guard rescue in richmond. one man in the hospital after a boat hits the rocks. >> did apple's ceo see jobs ♪ [ fema announcer ] introducing tv... you can ke with you."ñ u-verse now lets you download, watch hit tv shows and schedule recordings on your mobile phone. order u-verse tv today. plans starting at just $29 a month for six months,
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as governor, he cut waste got rid of the mansion and the limo budgets were balanced. $4 billion in tax cuts. world class schools and universities. clean energy promoted. 1.9 million new jobs created. california was working. i'm jerry brown. california needs major changes. we have to live within our means; we have to return power and decision making to the local level-closer to the people and no new taxes without voter approval. jerry brown the knowledge and know-how to get california working again. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld
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. >> a scary morning for fisherman on a boat that crashed in the richmond marina. the boat obviously upside down, one man was hurt after being thrown into the water. a nearby tugboat rescued him and he was taken to the hospital. the other three okay, a little cold. they went albacore fishing when they hit the rotten jetty and the boat started taking on water. >> the port of richmond they're celebrating the return of american honda motor company. they import cars at the port. it creates 200 jobs and is projected to bring some $85 million in new revenue to the city. the first shipment of cars arrive in april. officials with honda and the city of richmond will highlight the port of entry project today which is designed to generate as
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we mentioned $85 million to the economy over the next 15 years. >> president obama told school children they are the only ones who direct their destiny. the message in philadelphia. he told students their future is in their own hands and nothing is beyond their reach. >> keep it up. all of you i know are going to do great things in the future, and maybe sometime in the 21 century it's going to be one of you standing up here speaking to a group of kids as president of the united states. >> the president was raised by a single mother and often woke up before dawn to do homework together. he told school kids their job is show up to school on time, pay attention in class, do their homework, study for tests and stay out of trouble. >> kids in school today getting a little time on the playground. >> this helps with our airport delays. we had delays at sfo. the ceilings looking nice out there. warm up a little coming our way but you want to stay tuned for a
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rainy weekend forecast. i have the details. >> all right, lisa. the northern california county ready to wait for a new battle over pg&e's smart meters. over pg&e's smart meters. the fee san frfrfrfrfrfrfrfrfrfr man: we need a sofa. something i can stretch out on! woman: ooh... that will go with those lamps my mother gave us. or we could get some new lamps. or we could get no sofa. negotiating, eh? you got it! how about a nice home for our tv? how about doors to hide that drive-in theater?
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how about a cowhide rug? yee-haw! and the snacks? get their own place. let the marathon begin!
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county supervisors are deciding whether to put a hold on the installation of anymore pg&e smart meters. they'll vote on a resolution for a moratorium through the end of the year. only the unincorporated areas of the county. the community has questions about the radiation emitted by smart meters. they want a team to study the data and have pg&e pay for it. watsonville and fairfax and marin county have had similar moratoriums. >> the council will propose whether the high-speed rail should be built aboveground or underground. the san jose mercury news says city staff is recommending an aerial track for the rail. it could be built in three to five years but it would be noisier than an underground tunnel.
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the tunnel takes seven years or more to build and would cost five times more at $2.5 billion. >> san francisco supervisors will vote on a measure today that could drive up the price of alcohol. distributors, wholesalers and brew pubs will be required to pay an extra 35 cents for gallon of beer. a dollar for a gallon of wine and $3.20 for a gallon of hard liquor. to would raise $16 million a year to reimburse the city for medical care, drunk driving arrests, treatment programs and other alcohol-related services. newsom has threatened a veto. the restaurant served about 600 people a day. thanks to publicity on the travel channel and various magazines. but neighbors complained about the long lines, the noise and the trash and even muchly ike's was evicted. a new shop just opened on the
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stanford campus. long lines, i heard. >> and planning to open other locations as well so not the end of ike's. we see sunshine early on in the morning. >> yes. but this is the last weekend of summer. fall starts next week. and rain, can you believe it. it wasn't a summer so nothing would surprise us, right? does look nice out there. we have sunny conditions from our south beach camera but temperatures are still a little on the cool side. and where we've had the clouds, it's really chilly in the north bay. elsewhere around the bay, clouds are scattering out so it's looking better and better throughout the afternoon. the next several days do look actually pretty nice. 68 antioch, 61 oakland, 59 san francisco. here's where it's cloudy, napa, santa rosa, only mid-50s in novato but you too will enjoy a sunny and mild afternoon. some areas in the south bay where you brightened up earlier, mountain view, fremont. san francisco oar you're even a little warmer. around the bay generally 3 to 5
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degrees warmer, continued mild days through thursday. rain chances in the north bay friday spreading southward all the way to santa cruz and monterey through sunday. here's the way it looks now. the southern clouds from watson vil to monterey, also in the north bay but also looking pretty good. temperatures a little below average but with this ridge of high pressure, we'll gain 2 to 3 degrees each day starting tomorrow. so today maybe 4 or 5 degree jump and then settling into the mid-80s in our inland valleys. but look at this. it really is developing offshore, gathering strength. and it will be several areas of low pressure, pieces of energy that wanna rotate around this low. and they are headed towards california. here's the way it looks friday into saturday. now, looks like the best chance of showers in the north bay begins late friday but by overnight saturday looks like the east bay could see a few light showers. late saturday into sunday looks
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like san francisco points south could see a chance of showers. so watch the forecast. looking at light rain, nothing big. but still enough to pay attention for mid-september. 75 san jose, 68 menlo park and redwood city. with that sunshine a little cool in the city but it will brighten up into the mid-60s downtown at south city. 77 in sonoma near east bay. upper 60s to mid-70s for newark and fremont today. the warmest numbers here, upper 70s to low 80s. looks like we hold on to some mild afternoons throughout the week. 65 watsonville with the clouds clearing the next hour or so. here's the seven-day forecast. the next several days look pretty nice. and then you notice friday, saturday and sunday i've got a chance of showers in there. after five months of below normal temperatures, i don't think anybody is really surprised. >> all right, lisa, thank you.
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>> well, apple is working on an updated version of the i-pad that will have a video camera and a way to host video conferences. a feature that's already on the i-phone 4. apple insider said the new models could come out by the holiday shopping season. more apple news ahead. what it the company saying after a report claims steve jobs trying to carry >> an exclusive. oprah: your husband is accused of sexual battery with a minor. in her first television interview -- wynonna judd. in her first television interview -- wynonna judd. then, momma naomi's here.
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barbara boxer. she fought to get our veterans the first full combat care center in california. her after school law's keeping a million kids off the street and out of gangs. and she's fighting every day to create new jobs. boxer: i'm working to make california the leader in clean energy, to jump-start our small businesses with tax credits and loans, to create thousands more california jobs.
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i'm barbara boxer and i approve this message because i want to see the words "made in america" again. >> today on oprah at 4:00, wynona judd shows how she survived the ultimate betrayal. u.s. berkeley graduate sarah shourd has land free from iran after 14 months in prison. she will reunite with her mother. we'll show you that reunion at 5:00. one of the country's best chefs and an east bay chef makes the cut. what makes his restaurant so unique. >> finally apple is denying reports that its co-founder steve jobs was stopped at the airport for trying to take ninja weapons on to his plane. >> his own plane. in july security at an airport detected ninja throwing stars inside jobs' carry on luggage.
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>> according to the report jobs told officials it wouldn't make sense for a person to try to hijack his own plane, as you mentioned. >> and vowed he'd come back to japan. >> they came back this morning
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