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announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. >> i know i join all oaklanders in decrying the recent spate of gun violence in our city. >> oakland mayor libby schaaf announces plans to address shortages in the city amid a string of violent crime. >> tonight, a family is in mourning after a young man was shot and killed in oakland over the weekend. he was trying to stop a car burglary on grand avenue near the lake merritt pergola. his death is the city's 127th homicide this year. abc7 news anchor spoke exclusively with eric davis'
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mother and aunt and has this report. >> he was always, always looking out for people. he gave out turkeys this past thanksgiving. >> it was good intentions and that caring nature which tragically led to 28-year-old eric davis' death sunday evening days after thanksgiving. >> we hadn't seen him since june. a bit surprised, we were happy to have him home. >> eric, from l.a., had been living near lake merritt the past several years. his aunt describes him as a young man of faith and and character, surrounded by love. >> very popular. he had a lot of fends. -- friends. from oakland to l.a. >> and seven, eric noticed his car parked in the area of grand had been broken into. oakland police say when eric noticed the suspects break into
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another car, things took a turn. >> the victim interrupted an auto robbery in progress and was shot by the passenger in the suspect vehicle. we know the suspect vehicle is a toyota rav-4, black in color, and we'll push out a photo of the vehicle within the next day or so. >> i spoke with eric's mother, karina hooker, who flew back to l.a. this afternoon. she said she was devastated. and she and her sister try to put the pieces of their lives back together, they implore the public with this message. >> i would like to ask for the public's health locating the suspect who murdered a kind, loving son, brother, nephew, hard working young man. >> crime stoppers and oakland police are offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. >> he doesn't deserve to lose
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his life. the violence has to stop. >> in oakland, dion lynn, abc7 news. >> oakland police are also searching for a car believed to be used in last week's shooting that took the life of a tv news security guard, a white 2000 ford 2008 acura. they say it's believed to be the car used during the attempted robbery last wednesday near 14th and harrison streets. retired police officer kevin nishita was shot while guarding a kron-4 news reporter. there is a $32,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. >> oakland's police union is blaming the crime spike in part on a critical shortage of officers. the union also called out city council members who it says voted to freeze 55 police
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officer positions. the police station says these decisions have helped fuel the violence in oakland. >> and oakland's vice mayor said the violent spree is devastating communities. rebecca kaplan tweeted that it requires a comprehensive response and stopping sources of illegal guns and gun crimes. she says city council has called a special meeting about safety for december 7. >> oakland's mayor says a lack of officers is a serious concern and the city will take action. >> we must address police staffing shortages and that is what we will do. we will be bringing to the city council a revised hiring plan to show voters we will keep that promise, that we will not only budget a police department, over 678 officers, but, in fact,
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maintain those minimal staffing goals. >> the mayor says she wants to reverse planned cuts to the department. she says the city is making historic investments in violence prevention and non-police response options. >> to the omicron variant spreading rapidly, raising fears of another covid surge. dozens of cases have been reported around the world and the variant was detected in canada over the weekend. experts say it is likely already in the united states. president biden is urging people to remain calm and get vaccinated or a booster shot. pres. biden: this variant is a cause for concern, not panic. you have to get your vaccine. you have to get the shot. you have to get the booster. sooner or later, we'll see cases of this new variant here in the united states. >> the c.d.c. upped its advice and said all adults should get a booster shot, six months after
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the second shot of the pfizer or moderna vaccine or two months of the johnson & johnson. a source tells abc news the f.d.a. is asked to authorize booster shots for children. the omicron variant is leading to understandable concern locally despite no confirmed cases in the bay area. dustin dorsey explains how santa clara county officials are handling their early response and why one doctor believes we may be better off than most. >> dominating the headlines across the world is the latest variant of concern, the omicron. there are confirmed cases in more than a dozen countries but not in the u.s. santa clara health officials say it's too early to sound the alarms locally. >> with every new twist and turn in the pandemic, including with the omicron variant, we'll do what we always do which is that we learn about it, we follow the science and we adjust as needed. >> despite the havoc the delta
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variant has caused in the u.s., some fear the omicron could be worse because of the high transmissions rates of the virus and the number of mutations. south africa facing more than 2,000 cases a day. dr. peter chin hong says the bay area may be better off. >> i think in the bay area we may be more protected than most but i worry about some regions that are going to continue to see a run on hospitalizations, calling out the national guard to help. and over and over again we will see this pattern emerge. >> despite a worrisome outlook, the doctor believes the fast response the world is having to omicron could make this more of a false alarm. there was a quick response when the pandemic first began and the same approach should benefit us now. >> we've learned about what works and we'll continue to apply what works, including vaccinations and boosting and testing and ventilation and
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masking and all the things that this community in particular has done an excellent job at and i'm sure will continue to. >> dustin dorsey, abc7 news. >> a protest today against the west contra costas unified school district vaccine my58 that goes into effect next year. parents and children gathered outside the district office displaying pairs of shoes designed to signify the number of children ready to walk out of school when the my58 goes into - mandate goes into effect next january. >> most of our kids have all of their regular vaccines but this is just not enough research, not enough time and there was no discussion with us parents. >> the mandate includes all students ages 12 to 18.
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>> l.a.'s covid vaccine mandate for indoor businesses started today, one of the strictest in the country. everyone eligible for vaccine must show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms and entertainment buildings. >> still ahead, tracking cyber monday, a look at the deals offered and how this year's online shopping trends compared to last year. >> one of the most emotional days so far in the theranos fraud case. why elizabeth holmes broke your eyes. beautiful on the outside, but if you have diabetes, there can be some not-so-pretty stuff going on inside. it's true, with diabetic retinopathy, excess sugar can damage blood vessels,
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more than 90 people stormed the nordstrom department store in walnut creek november 20 using three separate entrances, many arrives in cars with no license placed or temporary placed. there were 25 cars strategically parked in front of the department store preventing emergency crews from access. several were armed with crow bars and hammers. a criminal complaint named three of the individuals. the district attorney says robinson pleaded not guilty today and is still in custody. dawson and underwood are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow but the d.a. believes they may be out of custody. according to the d.a., dawson is a previously convicted felon charged with using a glock handgun. >> where do you say to people who don't understand why a suspect like this is no longer in custody? >> once those charges were filed, what happened in terms. status of her custody is not
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within the jurisdiction of the district attorney's office, but solely in the discretion of the sheriff's department as to whether she was held in custody. >> abc7 news has reached out to the contra costa county sheriff's office. i spoke with underwood's mother by phone earlier today whose son conveyed he did not know of any upcoming court appearance. at least four nordstrom employees were injured, one pepper sprayed, another kicked and punched, another assaulted with a knife, another struck in the head. the group allegedly stole more than $100,000 worth of merchandise in the store in approximately one minute. a spokesperson says, 87 recent incidents at our stores and across the industry, we're heightening our security presence and implementing additional protective measures to keep everyone safe. >> it's possible that additional suspects will be apprehended by the walnut creek police department and if that happens and those cases come into our office, again, we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the
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law. dan: in emotional testimony, elizabeth holmes returned to the stand revealing a new layer of her defense. she was raped. the former theranos c.e.o. is accused of swindling investors out of millions of dollars. abc7 news reporter has the latest from federal court. >> for the first time we saw elizabeth holmes get visibly choked up on the stand, describing how her former boyfriend and c.o.o. repeatedly raped her throughout the course of their 11-year relationship. experts saying this emotional testimony could complicate the prosecution's case. former theranos c.e.o. elizabeth holmes gripped on to family as she walked into federal court monday. the disgraced founder continued her fourth day of testimony, honing a two-pronged defense, a true belief in her product and severe abuse and coercion from her boyfriend and c.o.o. >> it goes to her defense that
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she was abused and not able to commit fraud. >> former prosecutor michelle hagan is following the trial and says today's testimony could complicate the prosecution's case but pointed to one detail that may raise questions. >> she documented the abuse, which corroborates what she's saying but i'm sure the prosecution will point out she only documented a few and since they'd been dating and together 11 years. >> she choked up on the stand and said she stopped going to class after she was raped. she testified it happened again but her boyfriend forced her to have sex with him throughout their relationship. >> it's compelling testimony to figure out whether or not she formed the intent to engage in fraud or was doing what she was told. >> holmes pointed her finger at her colleagues, like modifying test demo results where she
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denied direct involvement. >> it puts her in a corner because her testimony was basically trying to explain away or give reasons why, which may be truthful but the thing is, now it's her credibility versus all the other witnesses. >> the prosecution's cross examination could resume as early as tomorrow with the potential for additional witnesses called to the stand. in san jose, stephanie sierra, abc7 news. dan: moving on now, cyber monday is here but what does that really mean for consumers? ama: michael finney is here with the online shopping trends and the hottest items. >> items. michael: consumers are shopping big-time today in what will be the biggest online shopping day of the year. it could be less than what we spent last year, part of a trend. we're also shopping less on both black friday and thanksgiving
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day. adobe keeps track of these things and says there are two reasons. one, stores have been offering up deals since october so some shoppers are shopped out. and two, the deals are just not there like they were last year. today was the best day of the year to buy a tv, even though discounts this year are 16% compared to 19% last year. clothing has been marked down on average 15%. last year it was 20. adobe says computers are being discounted at 14% today compared with 28% last year. the housing market is showing no signs of slowing down in the last days of the year even as mortgage rates are moving higher. the national association of realtors reports that pending home sales jumped 7.5% in october. pending is when there is a signed contract expected to close within two months. this fast pace is not expected to let up. the national association of
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realtors says, in san jose, for example, the average number of days on the market for a home has been as low as 11 days. triple-a says more than half of us will vacation for at least one day away from home before the end of the year. americans, it seems, are ready for time away. what will it cost you? says the average nightly cost of a double occupancy hotel room in the united states is now $204. the average cost of food per person, per day in the u.s., is $45. throw in transportation, entry fees and the like and the average cost of a one-week vacation for two people is $3,116. dan: that's not cheap. ama: thank you, michael. dan: an alarming new report from scientists in berkley gives a
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dan: the weather word today, redundant. eric: we liked it. we know we need the rain but it's nice to have beautiful weather, too. >> temperatures well into the 60's and 70's, 10 to 15 degrees above where we should be this time of year and that warm pattern continues tomorrow, as well. outside this evening, we'll take you to our east bay hills camera. lovely sunset, about 30 minutes ago. the sun setting at 4:51 in the evening. good news, in about three weeks, our days will start getting longer as we pass the winter solstice. we welcome december later this week. the forecast features mostly clear tonight with areas of fog and i think those areas will be along the coast and in parts of the north bay. sunny and mild the next few days. by the weekend, we'll find increasing clouds and cooler temperatures, where we should
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be, back to average by saturday and sunday. after days in the 60's and 70's, today was warmer than the weekend. this evening we're slowly falling through the 60's. 60 right now in the city, 60 in oakland. 64 in napa. live doppler 7 along with satellite, high pressure, you do not want to see this in sitting right over us, bringing that sunshine, warm temperatures. the storm track well to the north and remains in the pacific northwest at least the next seven days. overnight tonight, again we'll track fog along the coast and bayshore line. numbers mainly dropping into the 40's first thing tomorrow morning so you'll need a jacket but warm by afternoon. 11:00 a.m., warming through the 50's and low 60's. pockets of fog moving out by the afternoon and nothing but sunshine with temperatures in the 60's and 70's. highs on tuesday, lots of sunshine, mild temperatures, 73 in santa rosa, 70 in concord, 72
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in san jose. 67 in the city, 69 in oakland. along the coast, warm in mid 60's to low 70's. future tracker temperatures by wednesday, wednesday looks to be the warmest day this week, upper 60's to mid 70's, could come close to some record heat numbers here by wednesday afternoon, even on thursday, slightly cooler but still above average for this time of the year. air quality, tuesday and wednesday, moderate. haze in the atmosphere. we need rain to cleanse our atmosphere. we won't find rain the next seven days. we will find rain -- portland and seattle, la nina pattern setting up the next seven days with rainy weather in washington and oregon. the accuweather forecast, tomorrow, sunny and mild. wednesday is the warmest day and cooling off heading into the weekend but again, we do remain dry the next seven days. hopefully by the middle part of next week, we'll hope to find wet weather coming our way.
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ama: thank you so much. dan: the sierra snow pack where a third of california's gets its water supply could disappear in 25 years. that's according to a new study by researchers at lawrence berkley national laboratory. scientists say warmer temperatures will bring more rain than snow to the sierra and that by the late 2040's, half the area typically covered by snow will have low or no snow for five years. ama: a female college athlete
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dan: the man who broke down racial barriers in professional golf nearly 50 years ago has died. lee elder made history, becoming the first black golfer to play in the masters. one of his last public appearances came last april when he joined jack nicklaus and gary player for the ceremonial opening tee shots at the masters. he died yesterday in san diego county at 87. ama: one of the top players in women's college basketball is cashing in. university of connecticut star
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paige buickers became the first ever student athlete to sign an endorsement deal with gatorade. she will work with the company to draw more attention to the women's game. her signing comes four months after the ncaa adopted a policy allowing athletes to cash in on their name, image and likeness. dan: tickets are about to go on sale for the annual bottle rock music festival in napa valley. ama: tickets go on sale a week from today with the holiday presale beginning a day later. here's the thing, at this point, we don't know who's going to be performing. tickets for the three-day event will cost $369 according to the "chronicle." the festival is scheduled to return to its traditional spot on the calendar for memorial day. dan: it's weird to buy a ticket when you don't know who's playing. "world news tonight" is next.
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you can test, know, and go. available in stores and online. tonight, breaking news. what we know so far on this new variant. the president and dr. anthony fauci and what they said today from the white house. the omicron variant, the world health organization labeling it a variant of concern. president biden today telling americans the new variant is a, quote, cause for concern, not a cause for panic. tonight here, the latest on confirmed cases now, including canada. dr. anthony fauci and dr. jha, you'll hear from them both here tonight. and the key questions -- this is variant more transmissible, could it be more dangerous, and most importantly, will the vaccines and the boosters work? tonight, your questions answered right here. also tonight, for the first time, we're seeing evidence made public in the investigation of former new york governor andrew


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