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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. ♪ >> just hours from now governor schwarzenegger will tour the neighborhood devastated by explosion and fire. >> incredible heroics. six women rescued close to the site when their caretakers abandoned them.
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>> right here in that brown house behind me is where six women in their 80s and 90s lived. when the fireball shot into the sky and the fire started heading towards their home, burning into their backward, one caretaker made a dash for it. another was immobilized by fear. help came in the form of total strangers. >> sounded like the world was ending above the tree line up there while my dad and i were in our backyard. and it was just natural instinct to run up there and see what happened. >> so bobby and his dad bob and a man they've never seen before named frank descended on vermont way to see who needed help. quite literally they stumbled into the home. >> i got one lady. we kind of walked down the hallway and saw another and another. and one by one we just grabbed them and brought them out. >> but there was one woman still in the house, mary sweeney. her son ken found out about the
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heroism later, hours later. >> those a few hours not knowing whether she was alive or dead. >> my dad said let's go back and check one last time and make sure we got everybody in this row of houses. he went in and found her and then came and yelled for me to help him because she was -- she was probably the most immobile of all of the six that we got. we lifted her up and all three of us, my dad, frank and i, out of her bed and put her in a wheelchair, wheeled her out as far as we could and the heat was so hot we lifted her up and threw her into our car. >> the three heroes didn't know mary sweeney has a great deal of trouble breathing and it wasn't just fire that could have killed her. >> smoke inhalation could have likely killed my mom. >> so there is the positive story for the day. but, of course, we have the tragic stories as well and here comes some of them. take a look now at the pictures from a short time ago, people being allowed back into their red-tagged homes because they
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have been deemed to be uninhabitable. people allowed to go back in and see what had been home sweet home just six days ago. meantime the ntsb is expanding its investigation, continuing today into gas control station in the bay area. they were in milpitas yesterday making sure that people in these gas control stations are trained and the equipment is working properly. >> we want to get excruciating detail how the system works, how well the people are trained to work it, their background and experience, all aspects what happened day. we'll be doing an exhaustive look at the details regarding that station. >> also the piece of pipe that ruptured is in washington d.c. now. and that is where inspectors are going over with a fine toothed comb trying to figure out if it gave way gradually over the years or if something sudden and traumatic hit it all at once causing that blast. they're also looking into reports from people out here that they had smelled gas for days or even weeks leading up to
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that blast. well, we are hearing from the ntsb that they have checked the e-mails going into pg&e. there was actually one report weeks before the blast, someone smelling gas out here and pg&e did respond to that. as far as phone calls to pg&e, that is going to be part of the investigation and ntsb investigators say they're going to be out here for probably another week. live in san bruno, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thanks a lot for that incredible rescue story but not everybody was so fortunate. in decision to the four killed in the blast eight others are still in two bay area hospitals being treated for burns. four of the patients are listed as critical, three serious and one is in fair condition. they're at least all stable and showing signs of recovering. >> the obama administration is now seeking tighter oversight of the nation's pipelines as stronger penalties for violations of the pipeline safety rules. transportation secretary ray la hood submitted the legislation
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to congress following the san bruno blast and several other pipeline accidents. meantime east bay congressman requested congress hold a hearing on the disaster in san bruno. >> we need to sort out the relationship, the role of the federal government in this, the relationship with the state governments and the utilities. and urbanization over and around existing pipelines. these things need to be sorted out. we need to have the appropriate regulations in place. >> he says one of the most at risk pipelines is in livermore which is in part of his district. >> craigslist officials are finally breaking their silence this morning on why they suddenly decided to remove their adult services section after spending months defending themselves against accusations that their website contributes to child prostitution worldwide. as they're breaking the silence in a very public forum. jenelle wang joins us now with the latest on a capitol hill hearing going on right now. >> this hearing on sex
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trafficking is going into its second hour. a house judiciary committee wants to know if online services play a role in the slavery of miners. they're listening to congressional leaders. they're listening to testimony from human rights organizations and of course craigslist. they accused the website of allowing ads that could lead to sex violence. earlier this month the san francisco based website company shut down the section but posted the word sensored over the link after feeling the pressure. today more criticism is coming. >> today perpetrators hide behind their personal computers and have a child at their doorstep with the click of a button. between 2004 and 2008, child sex trafficking complaints originating from the internet actually grew by 1,000%.
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>> it was representative jackie spear. most of the ads placed on craigslist but the adult adds cost $10 apiece. last year a boston medical student killed a masseuse he contacted through the website. police say he patrolled craigslist hiring hookers and then robbing them. even though craigslist has removed the adult section on its domestic sites, the erotic sections remain open on craigslist sites in 250 other cities around the world. people will just post illegal ads on other venues. craigslist is expected to speak in the nest hour. the company says it has tens of millions of users and only a tiny number use it for illegal activity and there's no way to prevent that completely. >> american hiker sarah shourd is scheduled to get a physical exam of what may be a
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precancerous condition. she was released partially because of her health after spending more than a year in an iranian prison for illegally entering the country. the mothers of her two companions hope their sons will be freed soon as well. >> sarah shourd is free but insists part of her heart remains back in iran behind bars with her two companions. >> all of my efforts starting today are going to go into helping procure the same freedom for my fiancee shane bauer and for my friend josh patal because i can't enjoy my freedom without you. >> it was a joyous reunion between short and her family. after more than a year of solitary consignment in iran's most notorious prison. for josh and other families it was mixed emotions. >> i was very happy for sarah and her mom. it's become a great family. but very sad that shane wasn't
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going to be coming with her. the thing that struck me is shane and sarah are engaged to be married. how hard must it have been for them to separate. >> tehran's prosecutor announced the two men would be charged for espionage. sarah knows what she says and does could affect their fate. >> my commitment to truth will not change and i will never say anything but truth to media and i will not succumb to any pressure. >> a news week reporter held last year knows all too well the pressure sarah is under. >> you can see the fear in her eyes. you can see that people are forced to lie in order to survive. >> u.s. state department has challenged iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad to bring the hikers to new york when he addresses the united nations next week. >> new details are coming out about the half million dollars bail paid to iran for sarah
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shourd's release. tehran's chief prosecutor says the amount will arrive later next week after the end of ramadan. he's calling for all three hikers to be put on trial soon. a foreign individual paid the bail. >> san francisco police have two suspects in custody following a fatal shooting at a bayview district home. it happened late last night. a man who answered the front door of the house near rangen street was shot and killed and another person inside was assaulted. >> coming up, it's a party for the tea party. we'll have a look at some surprising upsets in last night's primaries. >> later "good morning america"
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. this morning tea party supporters are celebrating upset victories in several states that held primary elections yesterday. they knocked back candidates by the mainstream republican parties and that's partly why they're smiling. >> the tea party is boiling over. in delaware where christine o'donnell breezed past long-time congressman mike castle with the backing of a tea party favorite. >> thank you, governor palin, for your endorsement. >> crushed former congressman rick lazio on a campaign fueled large by anger. >> if we learned anything
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tonight is that new yorkers are mad as hell. >> in key racers the full backing of the republican party. >> most of the uprising that we've seen thus far we've seen in primaries. >> a party that in o'donnell's race and others finds itself backing candidates today that it opposed just yesterday. >> if they were by some miracle to be our nominee, we would lose the seat and lose by unprecedented numbers. >> it's all left the gop very much divided. >> i was ahead in the general election before this republican ballism started. so they were serious about winning, we could repair the damage done and moved forward. >> it was a rough year to be an incumbent in any party. just ask washington d.c. mayor defeated by vincent gray. it wasn't all bad news for the establishment. picked ehrlich over his tea party rival and charlie rangel was easily renominated despite a
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cloud of ethics charges. even with a surge in republican voter turnout, also celebrating their candidates are likely to fair much better against tea party rival. john hendron, washington. >> late this morning another candidate backed by sarah palin and the tea party appears to have won her primary. kellie iyote has been certified the winner of the new hampshire senate race although a recount is possible. >> a warm cup of tea sounds pretty good. >> some areas cloudy, cool but the sunshine is out. i'll show you where it's going to be hot her today. still flight arrival delays into sfo, also, and one last item, the rain this weekend. i'll have an update. >> mike, thank you very much. and decoding the dna of chocolate. why the candy maker behind the why the candy maker behind the project thinks
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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. ♪ right, yes, my dear. >> glanced over my shoulder and saw clouds out is there. >> and you say it was going to take a while to clear. >> most of the valleys are clear but that finger fog moving
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through the golden gate. that's where the fog is. coolest weather south beach northbound through downtown san francisco. one of the areas still pretty socked in with clouds. any other place we wanna show ya? yeah, there you go, sausalito, tiburon, all those areas are now clear. all right. let's take a look at a different perspective. you can see where the clouds are on our visible satellite still punching through san francisco towards oakland through hercules. a little hanging around san pablo bay and half moon bay. the temperatures, look at antioch, 73 degrees. sunny there. seeing sunshine around redwood city and fremont southward with low to mid-60s. sunshine santa rosa, 60. where the clouds are, mid to upper 50s. same thing monterey, watsonville, salinas. i think we'll see afternoon sunshine everywhere except the coast. going to be a lot harder. it will be slightly warmer today. also more clouds will start to
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roll in friday. that will begin our cooling process that will last through the weekend and the cold front will bring us a chance of rain. the most likely area of measurable rain will be along the coast and into the north bay on saturday. for today on this wednesday, let's have mid to upper 70s with sunshine the south bay, 76 san jose. on the peninsula a mostly sunny sky and clouds more likely north towards millbrae, 70 there. low to mid-70s everywhere else. sliver of sunshine here and there along the coast, near 60. downtown south san francisco, pockets of sunshine, mid-60. 80 santa rosa. beaches upper 50s. cloud cover lingering longer richmond, berkeley and oakland, mid to upper 60s there. low to mid-70s with sunshine san leandro eastward into castro valley. sunshine will dominate the east valleys with low 80s. morgan hill, gilroy the same thing. see sunshine and low 70s, still pretty cloudy monterey and
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carmel. got a game tonight. those dodgers. what are they doing to us? we need to win tonight, keep pace with the padres. patchy fog, a little breezy. kind of a raw game. 62 degrees dropping to 59. clouds will overspread most of our neighborhoods again tonight with the coolest weather in the north bay, low 50s there, mid to upper 50s for the rest of us. a look upstairs. still tracking our area of low pressure. our weekend weather maker hanging out to the west as this warmer, drier ridge holds on today and tomorrow. as we head to friday, the clouds start to roll in, the sea breeze returns. the cooler weather arrives and the cold front itself will start to roll in friday night and into saturday. in fact, here we are for thursday. friday morning into friday evening, dry. by saturday morning some light rain developing in the north bay. that's where it will stay for the most part saturday and also along the coast. could have measurable rain at the higher elevations, quarter to a half inch. notice the temperatures across the board saturday and sunday
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will be about 2 degrees cooler at the coast to about 8 to 10 degrees cooler around the bay and inland. once that system passes, we'll see more sunshine and a warming trend for monday and tuesday. >> thanks, mike. >> you bet. >> parents won't want to miss "good morning america" tomorrow morning. senior medical correspondent dr. bester has tips how to keep your kids healthy as they go back to school. tomorrow he will walk through a gym where germs can hide from athletes thought to staph infection called mersa. >> i think there are really important things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of mersa. important one is don't share towels. the school needs to have a policy where skin is being inspected. it's common for athletes to get turf burns for playing on astro turf. even on grass you can get abrasions of the skin. that allows bacteria to get in. >> bester says parents should be on the lookout for clinical depression in their teens. the symptoms include major changes in sleeping habits,
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eating habits and overwhelming sadness even when doing things they formerly enjoyed. >> some sweet science news. researchers have released a nearly complete dna map of the tree that produces chocolate. the map was funded by candy maker mars. the company says it hopes the results could lead to future generations of trees that are morrow bust, higher yielding and resistant to drug and disease. mars will have spent $10 million on the project by the time it's complete. and if that's true, get better trees, hopefully the prices will come downer chocolate. >> if they need tasters, are you willing to do that? >> totally volunteering. >> a twist for tweeters. the ma >> all new. oprah: in 1987, aids hit this small town. >> i'm repulsed by him. >> now, oprah returns to williamson, west virginia. oprah: do you feel in any way, that you owe that family an apology? >> next "oprah." %
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