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here trying to perhaps overload the jet ski and the train approached heading towards oakland and started honking its horn. the driver tried to move it and was not able to do that, was hit by the train. he was ejected and his vehicle hit a woman floating in the water way. let's hear from a witness. >> train hit the truck and the truck spit the guy out and the truck hit some pedestrians on the beach right there. >> reporter: now, let's take a live look from sky 7 hd. you can see this tow truck pulling what remains of the pickup truck out of the water way. miraculously there were only two people hurt and as far as we know from the chp post officers they were both conscious when taken away, one by air flight. let's come back live here on the ground. we can show you the picture of
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the jet ski as it sits on the side of the railroad track here apparently did not have that video but again a freak accident fortunately two people hurt but doesn't appear they are life threatening injuries. back to you guys. >> thanks so much. some residents expressed relief after firefighters saved their homes in livermore. cal fire reporting crews made progress against the tesla fire. containment at 25%. sky 7 hd checked out remaining hot spots a little more than two hours ago. flames charred 2,500 acres of dry brush. >> my backyard, my front yard, my house is seriously -- >> they were able to save it. came right up to the house. they at one point had to take refuge in the house to get away from the heat and were able to
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get back out there and save my house and my lovely oak tree. >> the fire did destroy one unoccupied home. investigators are trying to figure out what started the fire. wildfire managers are starting to let some burn themselves out because there are not enough resources to fight them. nearly 100 fires across the western u.s. right now. resources are stretched so thin that civilians are jumping on to the fire lines in northern idaho to help overwhelmed firefighters. in idaho this image of destruction. a family of dogs stand guard over the body of a fawn. resident armstrong said they stayed until dark. fires in northern idaho have destroyed 42 homes. the issue of cell phones and possible radiation dangers back in court. the industry is suing the city of berkeley over the ordinance requiring customers to be told about possible health warnings.
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>> it's interesting because san francisco had one. it was then challenged and then the board of supervisors said we can't afford all of the legal cost and then it was dropped. berkeley's ordinance is called right to know. it is the watered down version of san francisco's and it, too, may not survive. when buying a cell phone customers must be told about radiation exposure. the ordinance was passed by the berkeley city council and is now being challenged by the cell phone industry. >> there may be circumstances when the government can provide a warning label with something but the government's got to show a justification for it and berkeley is not able to do that. >> reporter: supporters say the health implications when holding a cell phone too close are not what customers are toldi. >> there is in your phone information that the fcc requires that says keep it a
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defined distance from your body or you may exceed the exposure limits. >> reporter: the california brain tumor association says that information regarding radio frequency exposure provided by the fcc is on your phone but many don't know it is there. >> you go to settings, general, then about and then scroll all the way down to legal and then you go to the exposure and there it is. >> reporter: the cell phone industry takes issue with the ordinance because it warns of a greater potential risk for children even though it's not backed by a scientific study. other cities are closely watching this case before deciding to move forward with similar measures, a decision expected in a few months. in san francisco lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. oakland lost a court fight aimed at blocking the federal government from shutting down one of the largest medical
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marijuana dispensaries ruling it lacks the authority to block prosecutors from seizing health center's property. the city argued closing harbor side would trigger health and safety. authorities are removing what is left of a large marijuana bust last week. this is video showing sheriff's deputy and park rangers using a helicopter to haul off hazardous materials and trash. it is in a remote area near lake necasio. the growers left behind fertilizer and pesticide that is being taken away, too. investigators are still looking for the suspects who set up this grow operation. friends and family members of a man who died after a foot chase are accusing the department of excessive force. theyeralied accusing police of causing the death of richard
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lynnyard last month. authorities say he ran from officers and then wedged himself between a tight space and then died of asphyxiation. >> they say he killed himself by suffocating. all of that is a lie. >> he was in good health, though. >> he was in good health. >> police are calling the death tragic. yesterday the department showed members of the media including laura anthony body camera video which appeared to show police discovering his body wedged between two buildings. police say his family has declined the offer to view the video. san francisco police are looking for two men who robbed two people at gun point after crashing into the victim's car. it happened in the south of market neighborhood at the intersection of sixth and harrison. police say the man pointed a gun and took the victim's cell phone and california's driver's license and got back into the car and drove off. thousands of california high school seniors held back from
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graduating after the state's exit exam was terminated might get diplomas after all. today the state assembly giving the affected students a reprieve from the phased out test. if it passes it will go to the governor's desk for his signature. students who tried to take the test could not because the state contract to administer the test had expired. school started in a lot of bay area counties and today is move in day at san francisco state university. melanie woodrow explains this year's freshman class is bigger. >> there is just something about firsts that is unforgettable. >> reporter: first day of college. >> i'm so excited to be here. >> reporter: first room mate. >> what are you most excited about? >> meeting new people cht. >> reporter: first one in the family to attend. >> we are so proud of him.
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we are very, very proud of him. >> reporter: michael gets to have all three. >> i had to push like a lot to get here. now i'm here. it feels good. >> reporter: he is one of more than 4,000 students beginning his journey at sf state. >> there are lots of people across california who want to come to san francisco state. >> reporter: she says not only is this the biggest freshman class yet but there are also lots of students from southern california. >> i chose because it was not too far out of state. it was just far enough. >> reporter: some want that perfect blend of freedom and security while others are motivated by the proximity to tech companies and startups. >> hoping for an internship? >> yes. >> reporter: with smiles and those new experiences, tears may also come. more likely than not from mom. >> i think i will let the water works come out when we leave
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today. >> reporter: along with letting go. perhaps for the first time. classes begin here on monday. reporting in san francisco, melanie woodrow abc 7 news. a major break through for wildfire conservation in california. a camera captures a family of gray wolves. plus fixer upper in san francisco. the new effort to keep one strike at a time. how a bay area teenager is making history. and from blenders to coffee makers, the best appliances for an apartment. a live look over breaking news. you can see the truck that was hit by an amtrak train just towed out of the water. abc 7 news
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the chp arrested one woman after she led them on a high speed chase through at least three bay area cities. it started at about 3:00 a.m. they tried to pull her over but she took off driving up to 120 miles per hour through richmond, berkeley and into san francisco where she crashed into that fire hydrant and caused that mess. there is a new effort to keep pedestrians safe in san francisco. the focus is in the upper market area. this morning workers finished painting safety zones. no right turn on red signs have gone up. the six way intersection is really among the most dangerous in the city. >> these intersections are confusing for drivers who don't know how they are supposed to make a turn or when they are supposed to make a turn.
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>> the painted area creates a safety zone for pedestrians. the project is part of the city's plan to end traffic deaths in san francisco by 2024. a state legislator wants to take a program statewide to improve safety conditions at nail salons. this afternoon announced he is forming a task force to look at ways to reduce exposure of toxic chemicals requires salon owners to improve ventilation. >> they have to train their staff on how to safely use the products and make sure that they are wearing protective equipment, gloves and masks and eye protection. >> the so-called healthy nails salons use products that do not cause cancer. turns out the lone gray wolf cited wasn't as lonesome as
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appeared. photos were released showing a pack of wolves. the photos taken by motion activated trail cameras. officials believe the wolf is a member of this group which is now being called the shasta pack. it was spotted in 2011. before that the last wolf sighting in california was 1924. scientists blamed california's drought on global warmer. now some think global warming is making it worst. they estimate ground water levels fallen between 8% and 27% from 2012 to 2014. the study also warns future droughts will effect california by reducing ground water reserves. new information also out today shows july was earth's hottest month in recorded history. global temperatures averaged 61.86 degrees fahrenheit last
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month. the first seven months of this year are the hottest january to july span on record. the federal government began keeping weather records in 1880. a coupteenager is graduatin from one of the most prestigious ballet academies in the world. we have more on a young man who is turning heads one great leap at a time. >> reporter: he is a young man who dreams of becoming the next ballet superstar. >> ballet is probably one of the only arts where it is readable in all languages. >> reporter: the story starts where he was born. he took his first dance class at a local studio when he was 5. he has transformed into an artist and spent the past three years attending the academy where he recently graduated. >> i loved it and then hated
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skpd then loved it again. after a few months i got used to the language and learned because the slang that my parents know isn't the slang it is now. >> reporter: while he was busy learning dance technique, theory and history he pulled double duty. reuben is the son of two russian immigrants. never did they think they would be sending their son to school in russia. they say more so the hard part is missing out on a part of his life. the decision to support him was never in doubt. >> i am very proud but i'm grateful he is able to follow his dream. >> reporter: he accepted a position with the ballet, russia's leading contemporary ballet company. reuben says he is ready to show them what he is capable of. >> you can tell your own story? >> not necessarily. i don't know how many turns you can do or how high you can jump.
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i don't know how to get the audience to yell but you can share a part of your soul. >> reporter: an opportunity 14 years in the making. >> good for him. daniel is like many students about to leave home and move into a new apartment. >> when it comes to looking for good appliances -- that was a transition. michael finney is here. >> i think we were given a heat plate. good luck. if we are lucky. if you have a college student on campus or a recent grad settling into your first apartment chances are you need to stock it. consumer reports sums up must-have appliances. >> reporter: just moved into her first apartment and coming to terms with everything she needs to buy for her new place. >> never really know how much it
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is. >> reporter: consumer reports test all sorts of small appliances and help with hand picked recommendations. first essential a decent coffee maker. pods are convenient but have drawbacks. >> pods can be pricey. in our test of popular brands none were as good as ground coffee. >> reporter: consumer reports recommends this for $60. it is easy to use and brews a good cup of coffee. a toaster oven is perfect for cooking frozen meals. this panasonic is a great stand in for a regular toaster. and for $110 it cost half as much as other recommended toaster ovens. no kitchen is complete without a blender. you can chop, puree and make a smoothie. >> you may have to shell out more than you expect. our top rated models can cost a few hundred dollars.
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>> reporter: the $90 ninja pro. you can whip up a smoothie and then take it to class. to keep your place tidy a stick vac comes in handy. this is a powerful cordless vacuum but it is $300. this corded shark rocket gets the job done, too. it's excellent on carpet and very good on bare floors. if you are looking for a smaller sized microwave you may have trouble finding a great one. consumer supports test larger capacity microwaves outperformed. when you are making popcorn it doesn't matter. >> thank you. let's go outside and take a look at the gorgeous bay area weather. >> hi there. it is absolutely beautiful out here. pleasantly cool. low clouds have already pushed towards the bay. we have a deep marine layer in place. temperatures flipped a few
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degrees. about the same for tomorrow. we will keep it steady for your friday. live doppler 7 hd showing you the coast is pretty much socked in by the clouds and the wind is a little bit on the breezy side at sfo 20 miles per hour. gusts to 28 as we look at a live picture this is what your morning will look like. 64 in san francisco. oakland at 69 degrees. mountain view low 70s. highs so far in the low 60s to mid 80s. bright and sunny in san jose where the high was 75 today. low 70s from santa rosa to napa. upper 70s concord. 81 in livermore. definitely not the hot summer weather we are used to here. i don't hear complaints yet. from our south beach camera towards berkeley with a very overcast sky. low clouds and fog. mild afternoon into next week and a steady pattern with very little change is in store as we head towards the next week time period. it's a quiet pattern we are in,
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not much going on and we will basically go with minor fl fluctuations in the temperatures. a little below average in terms of temperatures inland. the deep marine layer and strong sea breeze is contributing to it which is nice especially for the firefighters dealing with all of the fires in california. do want to carry attention to the atlantic where we have a new hurricane, hurricane danny. it's the first one of the atlantic season for this year packing winds of 80 miles per hour tracking west northwest. it's a minimal hurricane expected to weaken to a tropical storm and by tuesday morning we are expecting it to head towards the virgin islands. if you have travel plans to that area you will want to keep that in mind. mid 50s to low 60s with gray skies and spotty drizzle like we saw this morning. tomorrow afternoon looking at 79 in the south bay. 83 gilroy. 77 in sunnyvale.
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also on the peninsula in red wood city. clouds linger near the coast keeping temperatures about the same as today. downtown san francisco 66. daly city cloudy 63 degrees. in the north bay low to mid 60s coast side. 80 in santa rosa. 78 in napa. east bay 71 in oakland. 70 in berkeley. head inland and you will have nice mild weather. 81 in pleasanton. a look at the accuweather seven day forecast. it's a little warmer for the first half of your weekend. mid 60s to upper 80s. and then as we head into sunday temperatures will be very close to saturday slightly lower bay and inland numbers rebound for the start of the work week and then fluctuating very little. a lot of kids and students back to school. it is nice to not have hot
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weather around as they head back to school. >> really nice. thanks so much. the road to the white house once again runs through the bay area. at 5:30 on world news. >> the breaking news first official hurricane now of the 2015 season to track it this hour. the news conference there in the west. seven firefighters trapped. their vehicle burning in the middle of a wildfire. three a new sea chance to tryew look. something different. this summer, challenge your preconceptions and experience a cadillac for yourself. ♪
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an ugly finish on wall street today. stocks lower the worst performance and deepening worries over the pace of global growth. the dow dropped nearly 360 points. that's two percent of the value to 16,990. the nasdaq fell more than 140 points and the s&p 500 fell 43
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points to finish at 2,035. the biggest decline since february of last year. shares of san francisco based twitter dropped sinking below the initial public offering price for the first time. twitter debuted in november 2013 at $26. today the low dropped to $25.94. shares of the company had been sliding after news of slow user growth and uncertainty about the leadership. democratic presidential hopeful was in the bay area today. martin o'malley took part if a panel discussion at brigade. he is far behind in the polls to hillary clinton and bernie sanders. he says presidents bill clinton and barack obama had low poll numbers at the start. >> usually an art party a candidate emerges that none of
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6:00. >> thanks very much. see you then. lightning struck a delta airline plane waiting to take off from jackson airport on tuesday. >> the las vegas bound 737 was waiting for departure when a rain storm struck stopping all takeoffs. >> passengers recorded the moment the lightning strike hit with a cell phone camera. wow. nobody was hurt. amazing. >> how would you like to be waiting to take off and see that. now to what could be the most exciting swimming pool experience. >> an 82 foot long swimming pool suspended ten stories in the air. look at this thing. >> the world's first sky pool has eight inch thick glass designed to make swimmers think they are swimming in the air. >> residents can swim between roof top bar, spa and greenhouse. >> and a view. wow. world news tonight is next.
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i'm cheryl jennings. >> and i'm dan ashley. for sandhya patel, michael finney, we appreciate your time. we'll see you again in half an hour the developing headline tonight. the first official hurricane of the 2015 season here in the east. also, a short time ago, the new details. the seven firefighters trapped. three killed when their vehicle goes up in flames in a wildfire. and our team with firefighters just as the planes sweep through. former president jimmy carter tonight, for the first time, revealing where his cancer has spread to and what next. donald trump on the crowd listening to jeb bush, saying "they're sleeping." bush fighting back tonight. and trump on sending 11 million undocumented immigrants home. >> we're going to get them out so fast and so quick and it's going to be tough. it's not going to be like, oh, please, would you come with us please? the gunfire erupting in st. louis. tonight, police say the teenager shot and killed pulled out a gun first. tonight here, the video ta


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