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we begin in the contra costa county city of brentwood where somebody is poisoning pets. >> animal control is investigating the deaths of at least seven dogs and cats all in the same neighborhood. amy hollyfield joins us from brentwood. amy, neighbors sus speblth one of their -- suspect one of their own might be guilty? >> they say all the homes where the animals died are clustered around the home behind me. the man that lives there tell me he did not poison any animals. animal control did not make any arrest. but investigators say they have never seen anything like this before.
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>> the first one to go was cookie. >> enrique dominquez says one of the chihuahua died before they could get her to the hospital. when he got home, the other one was having seizures and died at the emergency clinic. >> we lost tammy and cookie. you know, our family is devastated. why would some sick person do that? >> the diot home appeared to be the next target. daisy, cinnamon and happy all died. a cat ran off to hide and hasn't been seen since. >> i'm sorry the way they died. it was violent. nothing should have to suffer the way they served. >> a dog at another neighbor's house also died. that family has small children. and decided to pack up and leave the area. all the pet owners say they found food in their backyard. they don't normally feed their pets. >> we found food. we found a mix of weanie and hamburger meat.
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it must have been laced with something. >> those who lost their pets say all of the backyard backed up to one man home. >> all the signs are leading to one person. and it's all around one house. all the animals around one certain house is gone. >> their concern led animal control investigator to dave aikenson's home. he took away a few small bowls from the yard and a can. he said he was out of town working yesterday and doesn't know why the neighbors would blame him. >> i don't know where it came from. >> i don't know where the accusation came from. >> animal control says is there have been no prior complaint in the area and they have made no arrests. aiken says he did not have anything to do with this. the investigator took away all the evidence he could find. now they will process it until the investigation continues. >> thank you very much. a murder investigation is under way in upscale
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sfravens neighborhood. police say a man's body was found in the water near fort mason in marina district. trail of blood was left behind. abc7's karina rusk is live at the scene. karina? >> there is a lot of activity here. police are looking in the possibility that the crime started at the post office a half a block from here. there is a trail of blood that goes through the intersection at buchanan and marina bvmd and ends in the fort mason parking lot. the person who discovered the body called police at 6:36 this morning. three hours later they confirmed that the victim was a young man. >>. a 19-year-old white male, fully clothed and found in the water. identification has not been made. it's being investigated as a homicide. >> police say at 10:30 last night, they did get a call about a fresh trail of blood. state-of-the-arted in front of the post office at
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bucannon and beach and made its way to the pier area. at that time, the officers from the northern nation responded. >> the marina green area is a big parking lot area. they searched from one end to the other looking in vehicles and looking for people. they did not find any victims. >> a team from the medical examiner's office has been on scene much of the morning. hundreds of joggers, bikers and tourists are diverted around a destination point for many. >> the plan is to go over the golden gate bridge to saucelito. maybe to veron because my daughter is here for the first time. >> police are canvassing the area looking for witnesses to what happened last night. they are defending the initial search and decision not to come back to the area before this morning's discovery of a body. >> there was a sufficient amount of officers last night to look. and they searched the vehicles. they have if equipment to do that. they used a light and they did not find the victim. what more do you want them
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to do? >> that was abc7's karina rusk reporting. >> you can see all the sunshine outside. the bay area all over the bay area, people are looking for places to cool off i think. >> the hottest day of the year so far. eclipsing yesterday the hottest day of the year. this is the first day of summer, by the way. the first spare the air day. people are walking and running along the embarcadero in san francisco earlier in morning before the temperatures get really hot. >> check in with meteorologist meteorologist mike nicco. >> this is just in from the national weather service. from the north bay valley to big sur, this area that you see in red. that is a heat advisory. until 8:00. for temperatures that could reach 104 degrees. everywhere, except for along the immediate coast. so that is where you need to head if you want relief from the heat. already, we are in the low to mid-80s in the inland valley. upper 70s around san rafael and santa rosa. mid-70s in oakland and redwood city. half moon bay and free
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organizati -- air conditioning. close to a record high in concord with 100. be there at fairfield, antioch and livermore. close in south bay. mid-to-upper 90s there. low to mid-90s in north bay with the mid-to-upper 80s in richmond and san mateo. it's spare the air. the air quality will be in the east bay valleys. we will talk about the relief from the heat and cleaner air in a minute with full forecast. cheryl has more news. >> thank you. see you later on. in san jose right now people are reaching out the more than two dozen san jose state university students who lost almost everything in an overnight inferno. at the fraternity house. these pictures are from the fire department showing a 45-minute battle they had inside that frat house. sky7 shows the aftermath. nick smith is at the scene. smoke alarms might have helped save the kids.
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>> absolutely. i have to tell you one thing that the guy talked about this morning was how quickly the fire spread. the pictures you show, show how intense flames were. the damage shows you destruction. behind me, you see a share of the building that remains. kappa sigma is destroyed. i want to show you how it started. >> flames tore through the roof of the fraternity house, seconds after the last occupant walked out sleepily and confused. the firefighters from the multiple agencies sent to the predawn blaze after 3:30 a.m. when a resident called 9/11 and reported smelling smoke and seeing flames. >> we are safe. the firefighters are here. we're fine. the smoke turned in to huge fire. >> the firefighters initially began with a defensive approach. attacking the fire inside.
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at the second floor laundry room. once it was clear that the fire was increasing in intensity, an order was given to evacuate the building where all 28 students made it out safely and could only watch in stunned amazement. >> once a hole was torn through the roof to attack from above, the call to four alarms was made. defensive operation began. attacking the building from outside. in all directions. including this massive stream from fire ladders. there was a great deal of manpower on display. more than three hours later, the fire was officially contained. yet, as effective as the operation was today, captain brown knows that things could be very different tomorrow. >> with the staffing and companies opening, they are looking at the brown out. >> they're looking through
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water logged memorabilia and dripping photographs to mark an episode none of them will forget. right now, students are still retrieving some of the items from inside the building. the take-away this afternoon, the only injury reported was that of a firefighter who is one of the first responders. we also know that the community immediately reached out. not only did they receive word from san jose state offering housing to've of them, the fraternity brothers and sisters up and down the street offered shelter, food and clothing. in san jose, nick smith, abc7 news. >> that is great to hear. thank you very much. >> in oakland, they are looking for families to find homes after a fire gutted a victorian building where they were living. it happened after 2:00 in 23rd block. and electrical problem they believe started the fire. smoke detectors alerted all the residents. they were able to evacuate quigley and safely. a firefighter had a minor injury. less than an hour, it
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may be hard to hail a cab in san francisco. cabbies will stage a strike from noon to 2:00. they plan to circle city hall for two hours protesting new regulations including up with that allows cab companies to charge drivers 5% fee on rides paid for by credit card. the municipal transportation agency is considering tracking cabs electronically and putting more on the street. >> new details released today about president obama exit strategy for afghanistan. >> incredible twisters caught on tape. in the midwest, a scare they saw at college baseball game. >> the unexpected visit that first lady michelle obama and her two daughters made in south africa. >> two big announcements from gabrielle giffords and her astronaut husband mark kelly.
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. oh, my god. that is incredible! >> yeah. wow! is it incredible. look at this monster. tornado swept across the midwest. all caught on video. last night, 43 tornadoes and funnel clouds were spotted across five states. the worst damage was done in west central nebraska. and kansas. in omaha, thousands of fans ran out of a college world series baseball game. the dark clouds and heavy rain surrounded the ballpark. storms knocked down power
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lines and flipped freight cars. inspite of that, nobody was seriously injured. >> president obama will address the nation tomorrow night on his exit strategy for afghanistan. defense department source says the president is expected to withdrawal some 5,000 u.s. troops this summer and another 5,000 by theed of the year. the official says mr. obama is weighing a timetable for bringing home the 20,000 troops he ordered to afghanistan. in december of 2009. aides say the president wants to ensure the draw down to put u.s. on a path toward giving afghan control of their own security by 2014. first lady official obama and her daughters are on a week-long visit to africa. they paid respects to nelson mandella today in a private visit at the home of the former south african president in johannesburg. the 92-year-old asked to meet them. mrs. obama, her mother and the girls were shown some of
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mandelll's personal papers. the first meeting between the african-american first lady and the political prisoner who became the country first elected black president. >> 99. 100. 101. pick your number there. >> once you get in triple digits, it's psychological near 100 anyway or monetary. [ laughter ] depending how you want to stay cool. look outside. we have flight departure delays out of lax. nothing is going slow at sfo this morning. we will talk about areas where we may set record highs today. we will show you when the cooler weather gets here. >> thank you. increasing the fear factor. new and frightening label put on every cigarette tax to date. >> why jet blue is dropping the popular promotion that allows people unlimited travel for a month. ♪
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♪ ♪ wounded arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords and the astronaut husband mark kelly are working on a memoir together. the couple's book will be an intimate chronicle of their career and relationship leading up to the january shooting when a gunman shot
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giffords in the head at a political event. six people were killed in attack. kelly announced today he is retiring from nasa and from the u.s. navy. he was commanderer of "endeavor" mission. to facebook page he said gabrielle giffords is working hard at the mission of recovery and i want to be by her side. she was released from the hospital last week. >> wow. let's look outside. father's day, is it going to end after today? do we want it to end? >> i don't know. some people don't. some people went through brownout yesterday. >> we didn't have my neighborhood for two hours in the hottest part of the day. not that i'm complaining. >> just an observation. look outside to show what is going on. thankfully for most areas, today is the last day. still hot inland tomorrow. good morning. looking back at the ever
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browning marrin headlands in the north bay hill. looking up to east bay and berkeley. you can see, it's sunny. doesn't the water look inviting. i'm sure it's 60 degrees. you know, 100 out, maybe it's not too bad. close up satellite. look at the visible picture. see marine layer cloud lurking offshore. otherwise, everybody is hot again today. look at the temperatures. 87 in san jose. 91 in los gatos. not bad around redwood city, san francisco, mid-70s. half moon bay is up to 68 degrees. monterey at 72. the clouds creeping toward you. inland, 90 in gilroy. sunshine will dominate the weather. hottest afternoon like yesterday was the hottest afternoon this year. the poor air quality, we find it in east bay valley. it's cooler across the board.
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everybody by saturday. for today, look at this. livermore, napa, san jose, oakland, and san francisco. what else is astonishing is most of these aren't records. we start in the east bay valley. poor air quality to find the hottest temperatures. upper 90s in dublin and pleasanton. everybody else in low 90s. concord, 100. it's one degree shy of a record. concord is a newer reporting stations with hayward where the 93 could be record high. mid-to-upper 80s in millbrae and san mateo. low to mid-90s for the peninsula. low to mid-70s along the coast and mid-80s in south san francisco again. mid-to-upper 90s in the north bay valley. 20 to 25 degrees cooler with low to mid-at beaches.
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look at the upper 90s. heading to the game. warm at at&t park. 74 degrees. 7:15. the first pitch. dropping down to 66. if you are heading around the state today, look at the wealth of 100s through central valley. palm springs and 83 in tahoe. tonight, we will be back in the 60s in most areas. a few 50s along the coast to san francisco. now, the cooling really hits the coast tomorrow. we are still warm around the bay and inland. the cooling moves inland thursday. it reaches all the way, we should say the bay thursday, friday. saturday we are 12 to 20 draes cooler than today -- degrees cooler than today. >> spencer: thank you. . the food and drug administration is taking new steps to make cigarette smoking less enticing and less attractive. today it released new and graphic warning labels on the front and back of the cigarette packages. they hope the images showing negative health effect of smoking will get the current smokers to quit and prevent
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others taking up the habit. >> we want to make a difference. help people who are smoking to stop smoking. discourage those who haven't taken up the habit. >> 46 million americans, one in five are smokers. the number had been dropping in 40 years, but not anymore. the number of people kicking habit stalled. that's a reason for the new campaign by the fda. jet blue airlines is dropping a promotion to allow customers to fly as often as they want in a one-month period. they pay $599 for all the flights they could take from mid-september to mid-october. all you could jet promotion offered in 2009 and 2010. jet blue won't bring it back this year. instead, select customers will get 30% off of future flight. spokesman says the promotion served the purpose of getting people talking about the airline and attracting new customers. still ahead, a young penguin takes a wrong turn.
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