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the trump administration declares an energy war on california and the attorney general says bring it on. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. kristen sze is on assignment. the war on cars in california is heating up. >> the white house wants to evoke california's authority to set its own strict emissions rules, part of a bigger fight over federal standards. >> abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez is live with more. >> reporter: we're talking about how it was years ago. the standards will go into effect after 2021 will be frozen. this sets the stage for a legal clash between the federal government and at least 13 other states, including california. if president trump has his way automakers would no longer have to increase fuel economy to 54 miles per gallon for cars and light trucks by the year 2025. the trump administration has now set the standard at 37 miles per
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gallon. this is expected to reduce the sale of hybrid and electric cars. governor jerry brown reacted saying under his reckless scheme motorists will pay more at the pump, get worse gas mileage and breathe dirtier air. california will fight the stupidity in every conceivable way possible. >> california will join a lawsuit led by the state of washington that seeks to block this reckless new trump administration policy. >> reporter: republicans have argued that under the obama plan consumers have less of a choice and pay significantly higher prices for more fuel efficient cars. in addition, they maintain that electric cars are not as g o e and a lot of that is dependent on natural gas and coal and that pollutes the air. >> reporter: the president's plan would challenge california's right to set its own more rigorous tail pipe
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pollution rules. >> all these fires we're seeing up north and around the state, they're a direct cause of climate change. every scientist knows it. >> reporter: phil ting has introduced a bill to ban all sales of new gas powered cars in the state by 2040. that bill has been put on hold. but assemblyman ting says he will reintroduce it next year. >> thanks very much. new evacuation orders issued today for people living in western lake county. their homes are now threatened by the mendocino fire complex. the two fires that make up the disaster both grew in size overnight once again. the ranch fire is now 33% contained. the river fire is 50% contained. abc 7 news reporter cornell barnard is live in lake county with the latest for you there. cornell? >> reporter: dan, i can't tell you the northwestern shores of clear lake remain off limits to many residents, the national
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guard and police enforcing this evacuation zone behind me. this is the reason why. take a look at this, this is a huge plume of smoke that became visible in the last hour, dramatic and very scary coming from the other side of the ridge, not far from highway 20. clearly, this fire fight is far from over. >> you know what, i've got to stay here until the flames are at my door. i've got nowhere else. >> reporter: she's staying at her home where she's hosing down her property. >> the kids have left, the grand kids have left. >> reporter: michael veiera is staying at his home. more communities in western lake county are now under new mandatory evacuation orders and more could follow. >> the idea is really to keep the fire from advancing down into the more populated areas. it wouldn't be uncommon to see additional communities
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potentially go into a mandatory evacuation like in bartlett springs. >> reporter: 3,000 firefighter are on the front lines. extra resources arrived earlier this week, crews needed help. >> it's been a lot of fire alerts, and staying up and watching it, and like i say now with the firefighters here, thank god we're in the safe zone. >> it's been hell. i mean, you wake up in the morning and you can't breathe, your eyes are running, your nose is running. >> jesse geist had to leave his home, staying in a motor home parked on the side of highway 20 taking care of his mom maggie who is disabled. all they want to do is go back home. >> doing what we can do to keep doing. >> reporter: teresa pena has been doing a lot of praying lately that the nightmare will end. >> you've got to have faith in god, all that matters. >> reporter: just got off the phone with cal fire, they say fire activity has really increased just in the last two
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hours, as is evident from that huge smoke plume off of highway 20. we did get word that evacuation orders have been lifted for areas near southeast lakeport, north of highway 29 at highland springs road. as for everyone else, it's still unclear when they can return home. live in the town of nice in lake county. cornell barnard, abc 7 news. red flag conditions could be a problem. spencer christian is here with that. red flag warning first of all that goes into effect 11:00 a.m. tomorrow and remains in effect until 11:00 p.m. saturday and that covers the areas of the carr fire and the mendocino complex fires. gusts could reach 30 miles per hour at times over the ridges with very low relative humidity. in the area of the ranch fire, 86 degrees, gusts to 13 miles per hour, and 91 degrees in the area of the river fire, 17% relative humidity, gusts to 23 miles per hour, and looking at
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the wind gust animations, the wind will taper off early tomorrow morning and intensify late tomorrow. the fire danger continues, dan and ama? >> spencer, thank you. hours ago the national guard was deployed to the fire zones, here are members of the 146's air wing leaving the national guard station in oxnard on their way to the disaster areas. shasta county fire officials are making progress getting those evacuated by the carr fire back into their homes. a short time ago officials announced only five neighborhoods in redding remain evacuated. no word as to when those residents will be allowed to go home. the carr fire has burned nearly 126,000 acres and is 35% contained, unchanged from yesterday. the fire has destroyed more than 1,500 structures, and at least six people have been killed. tonight, the ferguson fire has officially breached yosemite national park. late this afternoon park officials confirmed to us a part of the fire is now inside the park near the community of
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wowona. the blaze broke out three weeks ago and is 39% contained. the park is not expected to reopen until sunday at the earliest. the fire tornado caught on camera by firefighters on the front lines of the carr fire on the evening of july 27th packed 143 mile an hour winds, equivalent to an ef 3 tornado, according to the national weather service which is investigating the so-called fire whirl in redding. the fire tornado caused high-tension power line towers to collapse and trees to uproot. tree bark was blown off by the powerful winds. the viewing for the young woman fatally stabbed at the mcarthur bart station are posted. melanie woodrow is live at the station with those details. >> reporter: well, the memorial
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here for nia wilson continues to grow. bart says arrests on the system surged last year, but nia wilson's attorneys say that criminals are freely entering the system, they are evading fares and committing crimes, they say, that could have been prevented. calls for safety improvements to bart are getting louder. attorneys for nia wilson's family are preparing to file a claim alleging bart failed to meet the duty of common carriers with the highest standard of care. john cowell is charged with murder and attempted murder for stabbing nia wilson and her sister he bart station july 22nd. >> she didn't do nothing to nobody, i didn't do nothing to nobody. and for this to happen is just outright crazy. >> cowell has been cited for fare evasion four days before he allegedly killed wilson. the family's attorney says "because of the lack of security at the turnstiles the suit will claim criminals freely enter the
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system and preventable crimes occur in stations on a daily basis." in an e-mailed statement bart says in the last several years it launched a multiprong approach, a new proof of payment ordinance, inspection teams and infrastructure changes to make it harder to by pass fare gates. arrests surged last year by nearly 40% due to the fact officers were in the right place at the right time. >> a lot of folks complain about what's transpired, we picked up our cross and did something different. >> reporter: he and his friends have been offering escorts to their cars. abc news legal analyst gill sofer says the case will hinge on the following. >> is there something that should have been done that they didn't do? some duty of care they failed to exercise. >> reporter: nia wilson's funeral is tomorrow in oakland. live in oakland, melanie
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woodrow, abc 7 news. nia's memorial service is open to the public. you can also watch it tomorrow on our website,, or through our mobile app. we will stream it live. stay with us, apple hits the jackpot, the company's recipe to become a trillion dollar company ahead. plus -- ♪ >> animals, food and fun, plus a little social awareness to round it out, a brand new county fair. also here, putting the finishing touches on a new park in downtown san francisco. and a bit of a warmup, spencer will be right back with our forecast. you know when you're at ross shopping for backpacks... ...and mom also gets a back-to-school bag? that's yes for less. ross has the brands you want for back to school. and it feels even better when you find them for less. at ross. yes for less.
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tech industry to an economic power hous less than 20 years a apple was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. david louie is live at apple's visitor center in cupertino. david? >> reporter: well, ama, it has not always been a smooth journey, but the rise to the top reflects what silicon valley has had to do to be a major driver of the u.s. economy, innovation, research and risk taking. it really has to focus on the future. apple keeps pushing harder to come up with products and services and that makes it different from other silicon valley companies that don't make devices. >> every time apple brings out a new phone it sets new records. even if the next generation is only incremental, it still sets new records. >> reporter: price doesn't seem to deter consumers. the new iphone ten cost over $1,000, and yet it's been a strong seller. outside the palo alto apple
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store on university avenue consumers tell us apple does it all for them. >> the phones work with the computers, work with the music, licensing systems and everything. so because they think in this way there's really no end of problems they can solve with that type of approach. >> reporter: ceo tim cook was the brains behind apple's overseas manufacturing, that could be the next challenge with the trade war with china escalates. they're always working on next generation technology. >> the next big thing will be a set of glasses tied to this so you and i will be able to walk around wearing normal glasses that will have intelligence coming to it from the iphone. >> reporter: over its 42-year history it's had ups and downs, came close to bankruptcy years ago, but the success has strong sales. >> so much cash, unbelievable amount of cash, more cash than a lot of countries. the questin is, what are they investing in next?
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>> reporter: we shouldbe able to get answers as to where apple is headed when it unveils new products and services come fall. the company itself is sutting on a lot of cash, as we mentioned, how much? nearly $244 billion. apple park, cupertino, david louie, abc 7 news. the santa clara county fair has been rebooted, organizers are trying to be more inclusive to attract new visitors. chris nguyen is >> reporter: agriculture is typically the focus, but this year organizers have added several new exhibits, events, attractions, all with the goal of making it more inclusive, as you said, dan, and showing off the diversity of silicon val say hello to a county fair going through somewhat of a renaissance. ♪ >> reporter: at the santa clara fairgrounds you'll find the typical stands as well as the opportunity to connect with
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agriculture. but tonight marks the debut of out at the fair, an lgbtq themem family friendly event. >> it's in everyone's backyard and it's something that should be a highlight of everyone's summer. >> reporter: in the hall, there's a new focus on social justice, this interactive display from the bay area anti trafficking coalition aims to educate. >> before our very eyes exhibit is a way to bring awareness to the public where they're at and give them ways to think about getting involved. >> reporter: the fair attracted half a million people on an annual basis, last year, only 24,000 came. officials hope to double the number this weekend. however, as much as the fair tries to move forward, it's also about paying homage to the past. the famous pepper steak sandwich is back after being gone for 30 years. >> one guy came from his work and said he was like a teenager whene had the first sandwich and he was our first customer
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today. it's pretty fun, i have to say. >> reporter: country music star shelly wright takes the stage tonight. tomorrow there's going to be a silent disco party. eddy money takes the stage on saturday. there's an indian independence day celebration happening the same night. a lot to look forward to here at the county fair. live in san jose, chris nguyen, abc 7 news. well, drone view 7 shows you the newly completed rooftop park at the new transbay transit center. preparations are under way for a block party in san francisco to mark the opening. >> that will happen saturday night on august 11th. but today, abc 7 news got a sneak peek. >> and so the plaza, the children's play area. >> reporter: for a lucky group of neighbors and commuters walking through the sales force transit center's rooftop park was like taking a stroll around california, passing trees and plants from every corner of the
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state and beyond. >> these are the mexican fan plants. >> reporter: it hits on roughly five acres, 70 feet above the sidewalks below. designers staggered the trees and plants to create shifting focus. >> we wanted to highlight the climate and the kind of conditions we have in san francisco. >> reporter: the landscape stretches not just in front of you, but above and below as well. connected in the reflection of the surrounding skyscrapers, and energized by fountains that splash when buses pass you aren't neath them. >> that's the thing that's interesting and nice about it, is that no one thinks even though it might be naturally looking and a it occurred naturally. >> reporter: construction has been under way for nearly a decade. the result is awe-inspiring. >> the open forum with the light coming through and just standing here and seeing all of the
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buildings all around you. >> reporter: a new sky bridge will carry transbay buses into the terminal without ever touching city streets as riders and visitors alike hover above the urban fray in the closest thing to a commuter nirvana. >> that's cool. >> wow, it is. >> visitors will be able to tour the center during that block party on august 11st. we have information on >> announcer: now your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. we have a nice sunny day across much of the bay area right now. fog is forming along parts of the coastline. closer look at live doppler 7 and see how bright and sunny the skies are, live view from sutro tower looking at san francisco, blue skies, haze in the distance, we're seeing a buildup of the haze because of smoke from the wildfires to our north and east. it is 61 degrees in san francisco right now. oakland 65, 66 at mountain view.
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86 at morgan hill. nice view of the golden gate bridge, hazy off in the distance to our north. 76 in santa rosa, napa novato, 89 at concord. northward, see a lot of smoke in mendocino county and lake county looking northward. these are our forecast features, slightly warmer in the bay area tomorrow and saturday. minor cooldown by a couple degrees on sunday, and warming up again early next week. in fact, triple digit highs by the middle of next week. quite windy across the bay area, gusts from about 16 miles per hour to about 29 miles per hour over fairfield and all around the bay. pretty windy as well. that pattern will stay with us overnight as we give you the forecast wind animation, the gusts will be near the coast, and breezy about everywhere tonight and tomorrow. speaking of tonight, we'll see a little fog push out over the bay tonight. may be spotty drizzle along the
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coastline. low temperatures will drop into the low to mid-50s, and inland, lows to the mid to upper 50s. tomorrow, much like today, but a bit warmer. 91 at antioch and livermore. 94 at cloverdale. 72 at oakland. south bay, high of 83 at san jose tomorrow. red flag warning once again will be in effect from 11:00 tomorrow morning and 11:00 saturday night. we'll see ridge gusts up to about 30 miles per hour. very low humidity. 15% to 20%. and air quality will continue to decline in the areas most severely affected by the fires. the bay area tomorrow, look for generally moderate to good air quality indicated by the yellow and green dots. to the east and north, you will see red and orange dots here, indicating poor or unhealthful air quality tomorrow.
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here's the accuweather seven-day forecast for the san francisco bay area. we'll see highs in the low 90s inland the next two days, upper 70s around the bay, 60 on the coast. see a two degree cooldown in most locations sunday, a major warmup begins monday. high temperatures tuesday, wednesday and thursday near 100 degrees inland. mid to upper 80s around the bay. a little toasty. well, ditching your dryer
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brookstone filing for bankruptcy, and closing all of its malstars. hone for carrying specialty items, massage chairs, eectronic gadgets. seven stores in the bay area, not including the one in san francisco airport. it does plan to keep airport stores open. now to consumer news, and a reason to ditch your dryer.
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>> really? "7 on your side's" michael finney here to explain. >> kids used it a lot. >> my grandmother. >> most people don't think twice about the way they do their laundry. experts say there are plenty of reasons to go old school and line dry your clothes. gale wind considers herself fairly progressive except when it comes to laundry. he's been line drying her laundry for 40 years. made her a neighborhood meteorologist. >> my neighbor across the street one morning, she goes, i always check to see if you have laundry out, then i know it will be a nice day. >> a bit old fashioned, maybe. but laundry experts and consumer reports say there are some very modern reasons to ditch the dryer. like the fact it's one of the top seven energy users in your home. >> they use a ton of electricity, 4% of most household electricity is used,
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and they break down the fibers of your clothes over time. >> ready to give it a shot? start by hanging a clothesline in a sunny spot away from the birds. and get some durable clothes pins that open easily. when you're ready to hang, shake items out first to lessen brinkles, and hang shirts from the bottom and pants and skirts from the waistband to make the marks less obvious. fold knits over the line to avoid puckering or stretching. line drying provides another bonus. >> the sun is actually pretty powerful. fights stains and breaches your whites and makes them brighter. >> turn things like dark jeans inside out to reduce fading. one of the many tricks gale wind already knows. >> were you guys paying attention? one more note, it may not be a good idea if your family has allergies. pollen can collect in your laundry when you hang it
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outside. now, tomorrow, i'll be at the santa clara fair. bring your questions and paperwork if you have a complicated consumerer issue. the "7 on your side" team will be there. "7 on your side" popup, between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. >> can i bring my laundry? >> hang it up, yeah. a giants legend ties the knot, that's next. thank willy for this picture from san francisco. share your pictures with
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coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00, could these studio
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apartments help solve the bay area's housing crisis? unique how they were made and how they were brought to berkeley. multiple upgrades are coming to several bay area airports thanks to the federal government, but not all of them are getting a grant. finding out how vineyards can spread of wildfires. finally here, take me out to the wedding. giants legend william mccubby just got married, 80 years old. >> judging by the picture, it looks like the clubhouse at to it park served as the chapel for the two to exchange nuptials. to the hall of famer and new wife, frequent visitors, he was married once before in the 1960s and has a daughter, congratulations to the happy couple. world news tonight with david muir is next. i'm ama daetz in more kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. see you again in half an hour.
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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump responding a short time ago after his daughter, ivanka, broke from her father today on more than one issue. and describing what she says was a, quote, low point in the administration. what her father is now saying tonight. also breaking at this hour, reports the president will now decide within days whether he'll sit down with robert mueller. also developing tonight, the mother and father, the boyfriend, all coming before the cameras today, their plea, and what do authorities kn missing? the extreme weather watch at this hour. concern over flash flooding up and down the east coast, just as millions head home from work. rob marciano standing by. for the first time, the cbs chairman under fire, now taking
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