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morning america." and have a great monday. good morning. i'm amy hollyfield. live in the newsroom. the u.s. supreme court is expected to make a ruling today that will impact a multi-billion dollar industry and possibly your children. the story coming up. city police investigate a shooting that left a 23-year-old man in critical condition. they say it happened at the same location where there has been two murders in ten months. >> the big story weather wise. what is going to happen tomorrow. today, pretty typical summer day. rain is in the forecast tomorrow. and to a lesser extent on wednesday. i'll show you who has a better chance to receive the rain. >> a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. the metering lights are off. smooth ride making your way to san francisco. >> sorry, danielle, my bad.
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cable car service on the san francisco line will be back in service today after being closed for major repairs since january. i was raring to go since you know who got back from vacation. welcome back. >> thank you so much. >> no problem. >> yeah. i thought you were -- >> welcome back. >> thank you much. nice to be back. today is the day that the u.s. supreme court is set to rule on the california law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to children. in closely watched case pitting protection of children against free speech. abc7's amy hollyfield is live in the newsroom to break down the controversy. amy? >> reporter: many are ready to hear the ruling. the law has spent six years caught up in the courts. it was passed in 2005. state senator leland yee authored the bill and scheduled a news conference to react to the decision. he says he is cautiously optimistic the justices will "help protect our children from the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games." federal judges struck down the law, declaring it
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violates first amendment free speech rights. lawyers for gaming industry says it's similar to the past misguided efforts to protect children from comic books, music and movies. attorney for the state of california, however, argued they should be able to ban video games like they restrict sale of pornography. the supreme court justices seemed closely split when they heard the argument in november. some argue that parents need help to protect children from violent games. others seem reluctant to carve out an exception to the first amendment. they waited to the last minute to decide this is the last day of their session. more than 46 million american households have at least one video game system. the industry pulled down around $18 billion last year. so a lot at stake today. what do you think? weigh in on the abc7 facebook page, from the twitter account. i'd love to hear your thoughts. live in the newsroom, amy hollyfield, abc7 news.
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>> thank you very much. it's just about 4:33. union city police hope witnesses will come forward and tell them more about the shooting of a 22-year-old man. a man walked up to the victim, a man walked up to the victim and started shooting at him in front of a home on whiffle road around 8:30 last night. the victim underwent surgery for his wounds. two murders took place at the same location. one last month and one in september of last year. police made an arrest in the september case, but they don't know if the three crimes are related. >> amtrak says five people are still unaccounted for, from last friday's deadly crash, caused by a big rig truck running into an amtrak train in nevada. it killed six people, one a veteran train conductor whose family lives in concord. abc7's lilian kim has more. >> reporter: lee died in the amtrak crash in nevada. she was the conductor on the train and her children say it was a job he loved. >> she was comfortable being a conductor.
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she liked that position and she was good at it. >> it left chicago and on its way to emeryville when a tractor-trailer smashed through the crossing gate and into two amtrak cars. truck driver died and so did five people on board the train. >> we're still expecting to be able to say no, that wasn't my mom's train. this time it was. it's hard. it's not something you wish on anybody. >> investigators with the national transportation safety board were back at the crash site. they are looking for evidence to help them figure out why the driver slammed in the train. they say visibility on the day was excellent. the crossing gates and warning lights were working and should have been seen from a half mile away. >> at this point, the team is still working on the vehicle. and that was part of the tires and brakes are focus. >> investigators will also be visiting john davis
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trucking. the company that employed the driver. the ntsb says since september the company has had seven violations from 19 random roadside inspections. in one case, tires on a tractor trailer were so bald it was immediately taken off the road. but lee's children say they haven't been focussing much on the investigation. their thoughts are with their mother. >> she was a very big person, a very big voice. and a heart about three times bigger than her voice. she looked out for everyone. >> investigators are looking at a number of other factors that may have played a role in the crash, including fatigue, driver inattention and drugs and alcohol. in the newsroom, lilian kim, abc7 news. >> let's look at amtrak recent records. in the first three months of this year, it has had 36 accidents at crossings. 11 of those, fatal. according to the federal railroad administration. in a period between 2005 and
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2010, 309 people were killed in amtrak crashes. with an average of 62 people killed each year. union pacific track that the amtrak train was on reopened. trade shifts opened on the pacific railroad line across nevada to northern california. it connects lines to central and southern california. union pacific rerouted its freight line through a different northern route while crews cleared the track. 4:36 now. this morning one of san francisco's most important landmarks moving land marks will be back on the street. ribbon cut willing be held at 10:00 to mark completion of the california cable car line improvement project. that line that runs along california street from drum to van ness avenue has been out of service since january for repairs and system upgrades. during the work, crews also repaved 17 blocks of california street. the party lasted late in the night after thousands enjoyed san francisco's annual gay pride parade.
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[ cheering ] as you can see, colorful floats and costumes of all sorts provided the sights and sounds along market street yesterday. crowds not only cheered for marchers and performers but for new york's decision last friday to legalize same-sex marriage. >> it's about time. it's time to end discrimination, no matter where it may be. >> i support it 100%. >> i support it 100%, too. >> tell me why. >> because i'm one of -- [inaudible ] >> i think people should be open to new ideals not just judge people by the way they look or how they act. >> celebrity grand marshal chaz bono won over the crowd. ed lee and other politicians joined in the party. you can see the weather was nice for it. >> i know! >> look at what you've done. >> no, no, no, no. i arrived this past weekend when it was sunny and warm, so you can't say it's me who is bringing back the rain. >> i'm just going by what
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the meteorologist had to say. he's blaming you. mike? >> two weeks of picking on you to get out of this. >> i know. got to get back into it. i see you guys are ready. >> exactly. are you? no, nice to see you back. hope you had a great trip. let's talk about the rain. i know it's tomorrow but it's a big deal when we get rain this time of the year. start out by showing you the satellite and storm system. digging through the pacific northwest. a blocking area of high pressure to keep us dry today. temperatures are close to average. with the trough digging in the pacific northwest, the winds on shore. you can see how fast they are. fairfield, gusting to 25 miles per hour. everywhere else, they are slow down the lower elevations. if you climb through some of the passes up in some of the higher elevations, you will feel the sea breeze. temperatures 60 right now in antioch. the rest of us in the 50s. our destination this afternoon, see a few high clouds mix in with the sunshine. low to mid-60s in half moon bay and san francisco. 67 in richmond. you can see the mid-70s
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throughout the bay shore. even the upper 70s in the south bay. a lot of low to mid-80s in north bay and east bay valleys. around the monterey bay, mid-to-upper 60s. head inland, upper 70s to mid-80s. the rain comes in tomorrow. lingering showers on wednesday. look at the heat for friday, saturday, and sunday. good morning, danielle. >> good morning, mike. let's take a live look at san jose. 101 is slowing freely -- is flowing freely in both directions. east bay, we have an accident on the port chicago highway onramp to eastbound 4. this is not affecting the commute direction. caltrain reporting some delays. train number 271 is about 24 minutes late. eric, kristen? >> all right, thanks a lot. danielle is in for frances. 4:39 is our time. >> still ahead. ready to run. tea party favorite michele bachmann is expected to begin her presidential campaign this morning. >> find out what voters think of her in iowa. that is where the nation's first republican
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presidential contest is held. >> the president, the current president latest strategy to find common ground in the contentious debate over the nation's ú ú ú p
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4:42 monday. in iowa, republican congresswoman michele bachmann is expected to kick off her presidential campaign today. the iowa caucus poll shows bachmann and former massachusetts governor mitt romney statistically tied among voters in the nation's first republican contest. in an appearance on "fox news sunday," host chris wallace asked her a surprisingly blunt question. >> are you a flake? >> i think that would be insulting to say something like that, because i'm a serious person. >> you understand when i say that, that's what the rap is on you. >> wallace later apologized. bachmann is a tea party favorite and will make an official announce in the her
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hometown of waterloo, iowa. >> president obama will meet separately with democratic and republican senate leaders to find common ground in a contentious debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling. the goal is to jumpstart talks that broke down last week when republicans walked away from a bargaining table in impasse over new taxes. democrats want to increase money government can borrow to pay bills. republicans favor less government spending and insist there will be no deal that includes new taxes. the current u.s. debt creeling is $14. -- debt ceiling is $14.3 billion. the obama administration is considering requiring u.s. auto makers to nearly double fuel economy of the cars they make. the "wall street journal" reports that the proposal would require companies that make cars that get 55 miles per gallon by 2025. u.s. auto makers say it would raise the price of a new car by thousands of dollars. the obama administration passed legislation that requires all new cars to
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average 35 miles a gallon by 2016. 4:43. coming up, a new study reveals the biggest energy user in your home. the results might surprise you. >> also, the next generation helmet for fighter pilots. a south bay company's new technology that helps pilots quickly find and process information without nearly -- >> nearly two dozen states are coping with rising
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welcome back. if you are leaving us today, it looks like it will be warm in lot of areas. seattle, 74. portland, 81. 80 in boston. look at the 90-degree temperatures from new york all the way from st. louis to dallas. 115 today in phoenix. good news, though, nothing is going on at our major airports. everybody is running on time. check out our flight tracker anytime you travel. here is kristen. >> all right, mike. thanks a lot.
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4:46. a second patient has died after a car crashed into a san jose nursing home. 100-year-old susan ifante died yesterday. five other patients were hurt. and police believe a 90-year-old driver hit the accelerator instead of the break before she crashed in the amber wood gardens nursing home saturday morning. tonight, a mayor vigil will be -- prayger vigil will be held for teenager in critical condition after sand tunnel collapsed on him. it happened saturday at sunset state beach in watsonville. 17-year-old ryan buchanan was buried head first in six feet of sand for 15 minutes before lifeguards could dig him out. air -- people in minot are thinking of rebuilding now
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that cresting persisted. flooding continues in other part of the southwest. john hendren explains. >> reporter: two dozen states are coping with rising floodwaters. in minot, floodwaters driven 11,000 people from the homes. >> it's easy to close your doors and say i'm going home tonight. i have thought about it last night. well, we'll go home tonight but i don't have a home anymore. >> peak two feet lower than expected but 13 feet above flood stage and will stay near that level for days. >> when you see your house and you know it's not just your basement, it's your whole house. i'm sorry. >> the river hit its peak on sunday. flooding more than 4,000 homes. >> basically, i got back from year deployment from afghanistan. and coming back to this, this is honestly, to me this is worst than being over there. >> why is that? >> you have no control.
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>> reporter: in nebraska, nuclear power plant is surrounded by water from the flooded missouri river, but officials say there is no immediate danger. of the thousands in the flooded region, fema says few, about 375 homes have flood insurance. stores here are rationing bottled water, but hope is not in short supply. >> failure is not an option. remember? we go on. we stay strong. we stay -- we stay lions and we go on. >> john hendren, abc news. it's 4:49 now. >> and we do have some rain headed our way. nothing like that, but it's june. we just don't expect it. >> we really don't. especially when we had so many at the beginning of the month. now we get more to end the month. >> stay on your toes. >> job security. >> good monday morning. what a gorgeous weekend we had. another nice day. the rain rolls in tomorrow with scattered showers possible as we head to
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wednesday. we are looking from our roof cam to the southeast. port of oakland in the distance underneath the beautiful bay bridge this morning. we talk about the 24-hour change. our temperatures are warmer, just about everywhere. except for oakland and san francisco. we're 1 degree cooler. half moon bay in santa rosa. we are exactly the same as yesterday. starting off warmer, we may end up a little bit warmer this afternoon also. especially away from the coast. antioch, 60. our other temperatures start at 50 at santa rosa and move up to 58 in mountain view. around the monterey bay, inland, we have the temperatures in the low to mid-50s. so mostly sunny. and mild today. not going to be hotter than average. too much cooler than average. seasonal if you will. rain tomorrow, showers wednesday. that is the biggest hiccup in the forecast. it looks like we have some heat for the weekend. temperatures are well above average, as we head to july. for today, 81 in los gatos. we have mid-to-upper 70s for the rest of the south bay under a sunny sky.
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we'll see a few more clouds on the peninsula. low to mid-70s in millbrae, san mateo. upper 70s to low 80s for everybody else. on the coast, you can see the low clouds hanging out here. half moon bay, 60. same with sunset. warmer downtown in south san francisco. more sunshine. mid-to-upper 60s for you. 73 in saucelito. 77 in san rafael. upper 70s to low 80s through the north bay valleys. 20 degrees cooler at your beaches. over on the east bay shore. richmond to berkeley, upper 60s for you. low to mid-70s for everybody else. under the mostly sunny sky. we have mostly sunny conditions in the east bay valley. low to mid-80s here with dublin around 80 degrees. we have 79 at hollister. low to mid-80s for morgan hill, gilroy. closer to monterey bay, the cooler it will be. mid-to-upper 60s. we will see a lot of sunshine here today. around the state, light rain around eureka. 61. that is our weather system for tomorrow. in the central valley, 90 in chico and sacramento. near 100 in fresno.
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75 in tahoe. 111 in palm spring. go into tonight. we can see the temperatures in the 50s. light showers for the morning commute. but the bulk of the wet weather will come in during the morning hours and hang around the bay right around lunchtime. as the system slides south, look how quickly it falls apart by 5:00. we have scattered showers after that for wednesday. the accuweather seven-day forecast -- the temperatures will drop 10 degrees. we gain the ten back thursday. we gain ten back with 80s and 90s away from the coast over the weekend. have a great day. danielle has traffic. >> thank you. take a live look outside at walnut creek. 680 where the taillights are moving in southbound direction. traffic moves well in both directions. let's check in with mass transit. caltrain reporting some delays. train 271 is running 24 minutes late. 373 about 8 minutes late. 275 seven minutes late. bart, ace, muni, checking in
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problem-free. for the latest traffic go to click on the bay area traffic link. eric? >> all right, thank you. 4:53. nearly every week you hear about a drone missile attack somewhere in the world. well, despite the success of missile carrying drone aircrafts, the next generation of fighter plane will still need a pilot. the pilot will still need to be able to quickly find and process information. so south bay company is helping them do that. just by putting on their helmet. ♪ ♪ >> 25 years ago when the f-14 fighter and tom cruise's haircut was state-of-the-art, everything maverick needed to know was projected on the cockpit, dash-mounted heads-up display. it was very useful, but you had to be looking straight ahead. flash forward to today. when for the first time in decades, the pentagon's
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newest fighter won't even have a heads-up display. >> today's pilot has an information center. within the cockpit. and what we do is we now make that information flow directly to the pilot's eyes, so never has to look inside. >> san jose-based vision systems international has made helmet-mounted information centers for 15 years. the one i'm wearing is for the navy current f-18 hornet fighter. looking through it, you can turn your head in any direction with key information like altitude, air speed and radar tracking projected right on the visor. but this helmet for the f-35 fighter is a quantum leap ahead. >> he can pull up his radar image, he can pull up the electric optical information and freeze it in different point in space. >> translated to english, do you remember the computer in the "minority report," where cops could grab images with
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their hands, move them around, freeze them and come back to them? with the helmet, the pilot can do much the same with his eyes, including watching on to the enemy fighter and firing a missile. he can data link with other aircraft to see what they are looking at. >> you would have loved to have one of these? >> yeah, i would have. i'm quite envious of guys flying today. >> the system costs $140,000. since the air force, navy and marine corps are all buying the airplane, that could mean significant numbers sold. but the success of unmanned drone aircraft point to a future with few and maybe no manned fighters. >> everybody says i have to revive, going to be the last manned fighter aircraft, for the foreseeable future. we have applications for helmets for even drone use. >> so a helmet for drone operators would still operate much in the same manner. the operator would be able to scan the skies for hundreds of miles around, just by looking at the visor. since the drones, remote
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control, the operator wearing that helmet won't especially have to be on the same continent. that's how far technology has come. >> wow! do you know what is the single biggest energy hog in your home? a new report by the natural resources defense council finds set-top cable boxes consume more power than a new refrigerator even. the study found the boxes consumed $3 billion in electricity per year. and 66% of that power is wasted when nobody is watching. or shows are not being recorded. the bigger problem is the boxes are perpetually powered on and no u.s. company has developed a stand-by mode to reduce electricity consumption. now to a shark caught on tape by accident. the photographer standing in the waters of new smyrna beach north of orlando, videotaping surfers when another surfer said dude, did you see that? the photographer had no idea what he was talking about. when he got back to the office, though, look at
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that? a shark jumps right over a surfer. he saw that when he got back to the office and had the reaction we did. holy cow! >> you don't see that a lot. >> you don't see the jump and miss. >> yeah. >> they wanted dipper. next on abc7 news at 5:00 -- thousands celebrate gay pride in san francisco. >> search for clues, trying to determine why an amtrak train collided with a truck on friday. >> should the government restrict who should buy video games? i'm amy hollyfield live in the newsroom. a big decision is coming today from the u.s. supreme court. i'll tell you all about it up next.
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