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votes. >> now at 5:00, president trump asking georgia election officials to recalculate the vote. the call that is raising a lot of questions this morning. a serious covid-19 outbreak among staff at a south bay hospital, an inflatable christmas costume may be to blame. new details about one person working that day. and the astrazeneca covid-19 vaccine now being used in the uk. we will hear from the very first person to get that shot. and a look at live doppler 7. mike is looking at increasing rain this morning. where it's hitting the hardest. >> good morning, everyone. >> happy new year! can we still say it. >> we can still say it. >> this is the first time i've seen all of you in 2021 and it makes me happy. >> and i know people are happy about the rain, but it's so
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limiting. there's nothing we can do right now. >> now we can't go outside, at least during the morning hours. by the latter parts of the hours we can. it's not going to rain every day this week. it's kind of an every-other pattern which i will show you coming up in the seven-day forecast. first off this morning, we have showers heaviest across the north bay. lightning possible across the north bay. wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour. this is on the stronger side of a light storm. up in the north bay, it could be a 2, moderate, for most of us a light storm. you can see the heaviest of the rain is up in the north bay, it's all green right now. things may be getting slick, but hopefully no ponding on the roadways. our chance of thunderstorms, well up into the north bay today. from about santa rosa northward. here's the way the day plans out. as we head through the morning commute, expect it to get wetter and wetter and slicker and slicker. by 4:00, we're transitioning over to sunshine and just
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leftover scattered showers. by 7:00, they should be gone. >> thank you. new this morning, an 82-year-old dialysis patient in the uk is the first person to receive the vaccine. >> the vaccine means everything to me. in my mind it's the only way i'm getting back to a bit of normal life. this virus is terrible, isn't it? >> the uk authorized the oxford-astrazeneca vaccine last week making it the second to be authorized in that country. hundreds of new vaccination sites will open later this week on top of the 700 they have in operation. this morning we're learning more about an emergency room employee who died from covid-19 in the south bay. the person worked at kaiser's san jose medical center. that's where amy hollyfield is joining us live this morning with what we know. good morning, amy.
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>> good morning. kaiser released a statement saying the employee was working on december 25th here at san jose medical center, that is the day that a staff member showed up in an inflatable air-powered christmas costume to boost the morale of the staff. now, they are not releasing the name of the employee who died. kaiser released a statement saying they couldn't release more information out of respect for patient privacy and the family. we have no additional information to provide. our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this terrible loss. we are providing support to our employees during this difficult time. the hospital is investigating whether the costume is to blame for 44 covid cases among kaiser employees. they tested positive between december 27th and january 1st. after that informal gathering on december 25th that involved the costume. they are testing patients who were exposed to those employees
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but they do not know of patients who have tested positive because of that exposure. kaiser says the costume and the gathering were not kaiser-sponsored or approved and kaiser says this is an unusual situation and they will be reinforcing that kaiser does not allow inflatable costumes. they are deep cleaning the er after this incident and those who have symptom also ns will n returning to work until they're cleared of covid. reporting live in san jose, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thank you. happening today, governor newsom set to give another update on the state's response to covid-19. last week the governor shared his plan to reopen schools in stages and the criteria that counties have to meet for schools to apply. he will speak at noon today. you can watch his update here on abc7 and streaming on our app and abc7news.com. san francisco business
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owners are sounding the alarm about an extended stay-at-home ord order. they're saying the closures are bringing on an increase in burglaries. as luz the only effect. >> reporter: it's a foggy night and the only lights shining bright on this side of the embarcadero are coming from inside epic state and water bar restaurants. the managing partner says those >> a whole bunch of outdoor heaters that were attached to umbrellas that all got vandalized and some of them stolen. at epic, we actual will had a break-in. >> reporter: graffiti on this wall marks the night they realized this burglary will cost them close to $10,000 in damages. another setback to add to the bill. this was a month ago when they were open. >> we're losing about $50,000
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per restaurant per month. >> reporter: epic steak is not alone. just a day ago, a wine bar on polk street woke up to this. thieves tried to break in. the owner says the noise woke up neighbors, who called police. >> that's one of the consequences of the shutdown in the city is that nobody's around. >> reporter: the latest data from the san francisco police department shows that burglaries have gone up 47% from 2019 to 2020. but it's still unclear how many of those cases have been businesses. >> now people are starting to see their insurance premiums go up. >> reporter: the president of san francisco's business commission is urging city officials to take notice and respond before it's too late. >> small businesses are being asked to shoulder the burden of protecting the public health, and they're incurring all of the cost of that burden. >> reporter: business owners are asking for city officials and
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the federal government to increase aid especially under the current indefinite stay-at-home order, some telling me they don't know how much longer they can survive this. in the newsroom, luz pena, abc7 news. some east bay businesses are getting financial help to stay afloat. the lafayette business program starts again today. it ran for five months at the beginning of the pandemic. nearly 100 businesses and non-profits received $1,500 in business assistance. president trump and president-elect biden will be in georgia today campaigning for two races which will decide which party controls the senate. the visit comes as president trump continues his assault on the u.s. election. a leaked tape reveals that he pressured the georgia election official over the weekend. he was heard to ask "find the votes" to null biden's win. >> that request is one part of the hour-long recording first obtained by the "washington
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post" and then by abc news. >> look, all i want to do is this -- i just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state. >> the president went on to demand a recount and he cited debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud in the state. the georgia secretary of state is speaking to gma this morning about the phone call. >> the data he what is just plain wrong. he had hundreds and hundreds of people he said were dead that voted. >> this comes as 140 house republicans and a dozen senators plan to object the electoral college results in congress on
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wednesday. there are questions now about whether what the president has done is legal. abc news legal analyst dan abrams will address those concerns at 7:00 a.m. lawmakers have narrowly re-electe nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. the 216-209 win gives her control. pelosi who represents san francisco has led her party in the house since 2003. she is the only woman who be speaker. the win comes with another difficult year ahead. president-elect joe biden is expected to produce legislation to tackle the pandemic and revive the economy. pelosi recently suggested that these would be her final two years as speaker. new details on how fle president-elect joe biden's inauguration will look in two and a half weeks. the swearing-in ceremony is the only thing that may look traditional. after the president-elect takes the oath of office there will be
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a socially distanced pass and review, a military tradition reflecting the peaceful transition of power and then he will be escorted to the white house. the inaugural parade is not going away completely. they'll do a virtual parade televised featuring performances from communities across the country. while you're grabbing that umbrella, let's see how heavy a coat you need this morning. it's pretty mild out there. here's the east bay. inland neighborhoods about 47 to 50 degrees. you will find it's that way everywhere because us muggy this morning by january standards. here's where the best radar returns are right now. looking foreground trut ground just mainly sprinkles, many areas not reporting rain. but you can see yellows and oranges upstream for us, that's why things will increase as we head throughout the morning commute. the sooner you can get out there, the more likely you will
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drive on drive pavement. you can see yellows starting to develop at 6:00. that's moderate rain up in the north bay and oranges. we could have brief heavier rain there. by 9:00, there's a chance of showers just about everywhere. the bulk of it is up in the north bay. the front moves through heading into the noon hour pushing the north bay out of the heavier rain but pushing it into the rest of the neighborhoods. by 2:00 in the afternoon, the bulk of it is over other than leftover showers and the possibility of thunderstorms up in the north bay. rainfall amounts, very impressive up across the north bay. the green is more than an inch. that's in the higher elevations. most of us from 0.15 in the north bay to two-thirds of an inch in the south bay. >> happy monday to you. we'll look at the san mateo bridge. we have a fog advisory issued here by the chp.
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it specifically is issued for the eastern part of the bridge. as you make your way into hayward, that's where you will run into some of that. it's also looking a little slow making your way westbound. no problems coming in on the board. live picture showing you the bay bridge toll plaza, we're going to focus on this this morning because we have not been seeing the metering lights on in the past week due to the holiday. i know a lot of people will be coming back to work today. i'll make sure to check in on that. lastly i want to look at the overall map. we have some fog in the north bay here and a brand-new crash coming in in san rafael. this is on northbound 101 at luck cass valley. it looks like multiple vehicles are involved in this crash. i will keep continuing to follow that and see if there are any injuries involved. >> thank you. the final new episodes of "jeopardy!" hosted by alex trebek will start airing on abc7 today. tonight's episode contains a powerful message from trebek about the season of giving. the last episode will air
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friday. six of the contestants this week are from the bay area. you can watch "jeopardy!" weeknights at 7:00 on abc7. still ahead on abc7 news mornings, a shark attack in hawaii. the lifeguard who heard the woman yelling for help. >> she lives on in all of us. >> family and friends heart broken over the loss of this young woman. she was killed in a hit-and-run crash new year's eve. this morning we're learning more about the suspects. and the shocking move that got two men banne
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today san francisco's district attorney plans to meet with the mother of a young woman hit and killed in a crosswalk on new year's eve. police say the suspect was a parolee in a stolen car. j.r. stone spoke to friends and family of the victim as others raised questions about why the suspect was even on the streets.
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>> reporter: a grieving mother wiping away her tears from her home in japan as she talks about the memory of her daughter, hanako, one of two people killed as she walked in a crosswalk in the soma district of san francisco on new year's eve. >> i'm actually shaking right now, still talking about and thinking about what happened. >> reporter: that from hana's close friend in tokyo. currently as the memorial for hana grows in san francisco, this man, 45-year-old troy mcallister, is behind bars in connection with hana and another woman's death. police believe mcallister, who is on parole for robbery, was trying to make a getaway after committing a burglary and crashed into another car, and that car hit and killed hana and another woman. there are questions as to why mcallister wasn't behind bars due to his past crimes, but family and friends are focused on hana's memory. >> the main thing that she wants
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to tell everyone about hanako is that even when she came across some adversities in her life or on some difficult days, she would still always smile. >> it's very hard to come to terms that something like this could have happen to such a wonderful person. she's always made time for her friends and she did not deserve this. and no one deserves to have died like this. >> reporter: san francisco's district attorney, chesa boudin, says sfpd did not notify parole in mcallister's most recent arrest, and daly city police did not arrest mcallister after receiving a report that he may have stolen a ca. they also didn't contact parole according to the d.a. the state says they followed procedures and that no criminal charges were filed by the district attorney. hana's mom gave her thoughts on the suspect. >> well, even if she hates him, this won't bring her back anymore, and also hana was a person to always wished for everyone to be happy, and if it was her, she would like this person -- this person
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who did this to become happy as well, to lead a happy life. >> reporter: friends are hopeful that people can continue leaving flowers at the site where this accident happened on 2nd and mission in san francisco. they have already raised more than $60,000 so that hana's family can come to the u.s. to bring her body back to japan, where she will be laid to rest. j.r. stone, abc7 news. this story is getting a strong reaction on our abc7 news facebook page with a lot of people calling for a recall of san francisco d.a. chase boudin, and now there's a petition to do just that. boudin spoke with abc7 news claiming mcallister was on the streets because of a systemic failure. >> we need to work with the police and with all other law enforcement agencies that we partner with to do a better job keeping the city safe. i can't do it without the police. they can't do it without me. parole can't do it if nobody
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even tells them somebody they supervised was arrested. that's exactly what happened here on december 20th and again with a different agency on december 29th. >> boudin believes that the suspect could be arraigned in court as soon as tomorrow. you can watch his full interview with dion lim on our app and at abc7news.com. a nashville hotel banned two men after they apparently did a base jump from the hotel's roof. >> oh, my god! oh, my god! oh, my gosh! >> the two took a flying leap new year's day from the rooftop bar of the grand hyatt hotel. they landed across the street near a parked car and then drove away. security say they were guests at the hotel. >> in other news, friend, i love your tie. >> thank you. >> it looks good. >> i appreciate it.
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i took a little red risk today, i'm glad i did. you're wearing red, jobina is wearing red and mike is wearing gray. it makes sense for the weather, though. it's a very eeyore kind of morning. >> i did. i dressed for the weather, either that or you guys didn't tell me and i don't want to think that way, so i'll just say i dressed for the weather. here's a look at what's going on at 5:20 this morning. you can see on live doppler 7, we light rain so far, a couple hundredths of an inch of rain. that means it's slippery outside. there's some ponding on the roadways later as this rain will get heavier heading through the morning and early afternoon hours. my biggest concern is ponding on the roadways under some heavier showers out there. downed trees, power lines, debris flows, mud slides, small stream flooding, none of that will happen. i'm not expecting power outages this afternoon, that's why this is a 1 on the storm impact
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scale. we'll have clouds open and fog forming tonight, and then the sun, clouds and showers, we'll have those mainly late sunday, so we're trying to trend the weekend drier than what we just lived through. mid to upper 50s today. colder tonight, mid 30s to mid 40s. we have a high surf advisory through 11:00 tomorrow tonight. watch out for large breakers, dangerous sneaker waves, strong rip currents. so here's my accuweather 7-day forecast. we kind of go off and on. a 1 monday, nothing tuesday. 1 wednesday, nothing thursday. 1, friday, nothing saturday, 1 on sunday. not a lot of rain but enough to keep things green. that's good. not enough to flood or cause damage. that's also good. i like that forecast. back to you. >> thank you. coming up next, the 7 things to know this morning. and heroic rescue in
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. if you're just joining us, here's the 7 things to know this morning. number one, kaiser is investigating a 44-person coronavirus outbreak including one person who died at its san
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jose hospital. it happened in the emergency department. kaiser is now trying to figure out if an air-powered christmas costume that a staff member wore on christmas day is responsible for the outbreak. number two, no more eating in the company break room. that's the latest coronavirus restriction coming out of santa clara county. it's asking all businesses to close indoor workplace cafeterias and break rooms to slow the spread of covid-19. number three, this morning the uk has started administered oxford-astrazeneca's vaccine. this is the second vaccine authorized in the company. astrazeneca is in phase three trials here in the u.s. number four, president trump and president-elect joe biden campaigning in georgia today ahead of tomorrow's runoff election. th visit comes as a leaked tape revealed the president pressured georgia's election chief over the weekend. number five, a slow start to our storm this morning. so far just some drizzle and light rain. it will pick up and downpours across the north bay with
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lightning possible. winds gusting 30 to 40 miles per hour. number six, we have a crash in san rafael right now. it appears to involve multiple cars on northbound 101 at luck cass v lucas valley road. number seven, alex trebek's final episode of "jeopardy!" begin airing today on abc7. the final episode on friday includes a special tribute. you can watch "jeopardy!" weeknights at: 7:00 on abc7. this morning we're hearing from a lifeguard who saved a woman from a shark attack in hawaii. here is will reeve. >> reporter: in this morning "gma first look," heroic rescue in hawaii. >> someone was yelling help, help, help. >> reporter: a normal day at sea turned into a harrowing rescue mission. a woman in her 60s swam 500 yards offshore when the tiger
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shark attacked her. nearby a crew on board an ocean sports vessel heard the woman yelling for help. among those on board, lifeguard mark romano. >> we looked behind us, there's a lady at sea probably 100 feet away screaming for help. >> reporter: he jumped in the water and swam out to the woman. >> as fast as i can, i swim to her. i have no idea what the situation is. i get to her, i see a pool of blood around her. she tells me she's been bitten by a shark. >> reporter: at 7:00, we'll have more on this dramatic rescue. >> thank goodness he was there. >> for so many reasons. all right. we are coming back with another full 90 minutes of news including the short-lived streaming service that may be selling its content to another popular platform. and airports still seeing a big jump in passengers, what sfo looked like over the weekend. and two local ladies will be looking for love on the brand-new season of "the
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thank you very much, kumasi and reggie. thanks for joining us on this first monday of 2021. we're looking up as far as the wet weather goes. we're so far behind in 2020, we were at 28 to 35% of average. this will help. today showers heaviest across the north bay where lightning is possible and winds gusting 30 to 40 miles per hour. this will be on the higher side of a light storm. you can see out there right now everything is pretty much green. there is some yellow up in mndocino county and that and lake county. that will move north away from us. we're focused on 80 right now. vacaville down to vallejo into san francisco is our leading line of lighter rain which you can see in san rafael. it let about 0.04 inches of rain. that's enough to make things slick. rain will increase in intensity and coverage from 7:00 to noon and it will start to decrease heading into the afternoon hours. this is a front-loaded morning to early afternoon storm. we'll have more on it coming up. here is reggie. an er employee in the south
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bay has died after an outbreak inside a kaiser hospital. it could be linked to a christmas costume. abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live for us in san jose this morning. amy? >> that is the big question here right now, what they're looking into, whether the inflatable air powered costume that a staff member wore on christmas day caused this outbreak. they did confirm kaiser has released a statement confirming that the employee who died was working on christmas day, that is the day that that costume was worn. they did release a statement saying they won't be releasing the name of the person who died saying out of respect for patient privacy and the family we have no additional information to provide. our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this terrible loss. we are providing support to our employees during this difficult time. the hospital is investigating whether that costume is to blame for 44 covid cases among kaiser employees. they tested positive between
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december 27th and january 1st. after the informal gathering on christmas day. they are also testing patients who were exposed to these employees but do not know of any patients who have tested positive from that exposure. kaiser says the costume and the gathering were not kaiser sponsored or approved. kaiser says this is obviously a very unusual situation. they will be reinforcing that kaiser does knnot allow inflatae costumes and they are deep cleaning the er. reporting live in san jose, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thank you. the pandemic is causing massive wait times at santa clara county hospitals. the santa clara county public health department says that ambulances have waited up to seven hours to get a patient into the emergency department. while ambulances wait, emts are unable to respond to other emergencies so the fire department has served as a backup six times. on saturday, 689 people in the
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county were taken to the hospital. if you are back at the office this morning your company break room might be off limits. santa clara county is adding new covid-19 restrictions. businesses have to now close indoor employee break rooms. now it's okay to make coffee or to use the mike wave but you can't eat and drink inside the break room. health officials say a lot of the transmission happening in the workplace is happening in the break room because that's when people usually take off their mask and let their guard down. one recommendation, eat in your car. covid vaccinations are expected to ramp up this week but some doctors are calling for a new strategy including possibly cutting these doses in half. this comes as doctors prepare for more cases after the holidays. al alex a a >> reporter: this morning doctors are bracing for an onslaught of new covid cases. >> we're averaging 2,000 to
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$3,0 3,000 deaths a day. between holidays you usually have a couple week lag before you see an additional uptick in cases which is always followed by hospitalizations and deaths. >> it's like treading water from 100 feet below the surface. you're already drowning but you have to keep trying. >> reporter: covid hospitalizations topping 100,000 for more than a month. california seeing the worst of it. >> what's happening in los angeles can and will be coming to many communities across america. >> reporter: in l.a. the army core of engineers now helping hospitals running low on oxygen. overwhelmed funeral homes turning away families. in boston a second field hospital is opening today. this is going to be exclusively a covid positive place. >> reporter: this morning a new vaccine is bringing home. new doses of oxford's vaccine are being distributed in the uk. back here in the u.s., the rollout of the pfizer and
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moderna vaccines remains on a slower than expected pace. >> there's been a couple of glitches. >> reporter: some of the vaccine public events were held this weekend in houston, where 250,000 people called the health department for only 750 appointments. >> i just want to get back to normal. i want to see my kids. i want to go back to work. >> reporter: operation warp speed officials are considering drastic measures, possibly giving out half doses of the moderna vaccine to in effect double their supply of shots. >> we know it induces identical immune response. >> reporter: but dr. anthony fauci warned against stretching the doses. supply is not the only issue with the rollout. shipping problems, funding issues at the state level and even bad weather have been blamed for delays. this morning secretary of health and human services alex azar is talking about the vaccine rollout. jobina is at the live desk with what he's say being this delay. jobina? >> thank you.
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13 million doses of the vaccine have been administered so far in the u.s. secretary azar says the timing of the vaccine plus the holiday are partly to blame for the delay. >> there's a lag between doses available and being ordered by the providers in the states, shipping and vaccination, especially when you have christmas and new year's in the middle. >> he also talked about the new strategy of giving one of the two doses to vaccinate more people faster. >> that's not on the label. that's not what the data supports to go out and vaccinate a lot of people with the first dose knowing you won't have a second dose for them. the data isn't there to support that. we're not going to do that. we're holding in reserve that second dose we believe we need to go according to what the fda said is the safe and effective way to use the vaccines. >> reporter: the secretary says we could see data from the johnson & johnson and astrazeneca vaccines any time now. novavax is also working on a trial of its vaccine. >> thank you.
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if you want to know when it will be your turn to be vaccinated, we have a calculator on abc7news.com. if you go there and answer a few questions, you can see where you fall in line. airports seeing a jump in passengers as people are coming home from the holidays. here's a live look at sfo. the airport had one of its busiest weekends since the start of the pandemic. anser hassan found out the warnings to stay home don't seem to be deterring travelers. >> reporter: emanuel peres arrived home to the bay area after visiting his kids in florida. >> i have two kids on the east coast. i have to see them. i traveled over there so they don't have to come over here. >> reporter: peres says this is the first time he flew since the start of the pandemic and the first time he was able to see his kids. he admits he was worried. he had a full flight and faced large crowds at the airport. >> i knew what i was doing. unfortunately i just had to do it. i couldn't keep on going without seeing my family. that's just the downside.
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two kids and it's not fair to them. >> reporter: peres will get a covid test tomorrow and quarantine for the next ten days. travelers returning to santa clara county and san francisco must quarantine for ten days. san francisco supervisor matt haney says it's one way to keep the new strain of the virus out of the city. >> you know, there's not a whole lot of ways for it to be enforced. so i think really what we're saying that this is the best practice. if you're coming into san francisco, stay home for ten days. >> reporter: despite pleas from lawmakers to stay home, the tsa says on saturday, it screened nearly 1.2 million people, a record high since the pandemic began, and close to 2 million people will travel this holiday weekend. noah lund and his friends just got back from a beach vacation in mexico. >> i'm not necessarily too afraid for my sake. if i was older, maybe. but i'm young. we need to realize there's another problems other than just covid. >> reporter: it's important to note that the quarantine measures apply to everyone traveling into the bay area, not
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just those traveling by air. at sfo, anser hassan, abc7 news. coming up, protesters are demanding action after seeing a vacaville police officer punching his k-9 partner. what the city is saying about this investigation. and if you're feeling lucky this new year, there's some growing jackpots in two lottery games. but first, going to roll the dice with meteorologist mike nicco. >> yeah. if you're not prepared for the rain this morning, definitely will be rolling the dice. right now from vacaville, 80 getting wet along with 680 and 780. the richmond-san rafael bridge, 101 in marin county, the golden gate bridge and now pushing into the bay bridge, some light rain here. that's also going to make things slick. this is slowly moving down to the south. not seeing it intensify yet, but it will as we head throughout the day. what you saw in that power cam was walnut creek where it is
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still cry quequiet. the storm will get more vigorous as you can see with the yellow and orange by 9:00. there's still parts of the east bay and the south bay that may not get wet during the morning commute, after that you can see we're firmly entrenched in those areas by noon while we turn over to scattered showers up in the thunderstorms, even some snow at the highest elevations in lake county, not expecting a lot. as we head into the evening hours, that's just about it. rainfall totals will be around 0.15 in the sbai outh bay up to third of the inch for the rest of us. my concerns moving forward may be some ponding on the roadways with the heavier showers and hydroplaning. speaking of that, let's go over to jobina and check the morning commute. >> hi, mike. thank you. yes. we have a couple of crashes to get to right now starting with a serious one in pleasanton involving two semis right now
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and another car. as we bring in the map here, want to point out the area, this will be westbound 580 before the 680 connector. so as you look on the map, speeds are down to 14 miles per hour at least three lanes are blocked. injuries have been reported as well. the chp has not given us an estimated time as to when lanes will reopen. moving over to san rafael, it's foggy in the area on northbound 101 at lucas valley road. we have a crash as well where a couple lanes are blocked here. you can expect delays in the area. bringing in a live camera right now, our 880 at the coliseum camera there, it's pretty clear in this area in the east bay. so i have not seen too many problems. then also i want to check out the south bay right now. this is a live picture we're bringing in of san jose and our 101 camera there. you can see it's also clear at that spot. we have two large issues on our
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welcome back. wikileaks founder julian assange will not be extradited to the united states. jobina is joining us from the live desk with more on the judge's decision overnight. >> thank you. so this morning a british judge rejected the united states request to extradite assange on espionage charges because of mental health issues. she said assange was likely to commit suicide if indicted to the u.s. assange leaked military and diplomatic documents more than a decade ago as part of the wikileaks publication. lawyers for the 49-year-old argue he is entitled to first amendment freedom of speech rights as a journalist. said it will appeal the decision. >> thanks. authorities in the north bay working to recover two children who may have been swept out to sea. their father died trying to rescue them. this happened around 2:00 yesterday afternoon at blind beach in sonoma county.
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the sheriff's office says a man was trying to rescue the kids, they were just 4 and 6 years old. he reached one of them but then got into trouble and drowned. a friend and his wife got his body out of the water. the sheriff's office says the children are presumed dead. protests are calling for the vacaville police to fire the officer who was seen punching his k-9 partner. the video shows the officer sitting on and then punching the police dog. vacaville police say the k-9 was not returning a toy and got aggressive which prompted the officer's violent response. >> police dogs are police officers, that's one cop beating up another cop. should be fired. >> any other time an officer would have been put on leave right away. >> the city says the investigation is still in progress. >> the city of vacaville is not making any excuses. we're not justifying any behavior but we are investigating the incident thoroughly to make sure that
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whatever changes are necessary, we'll make those changes to make sure nothing like this happens again. >> vacaville police say the k-9 has been taken away from the officer but the officer is still working. people are having their accounts suspended as california's unemployment department cracks down on suspected fraud. the edd tweeted yesterday morning saying that it is halting payments on claims it considers high-risk. account holders will be notified and will need to verify their identity to have their accounts unfrozen. our 7 on your side team has been investigating the numerous problems that has plagued the edd during this pandemic. you can watch our continuing coverage at abc7news.com/7 on your side. all right. if you're looking to start the new year off right by winning the lottery, there is more than 8$800 million up for grabs righ now. wednesday night's powerball jackpot stands at 4$410 million. if that's not enough for you, tomorrow night's meg a millions
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prize is worth 432 million. if you were lucky enough to be the next winner you can take your winnings in a lump sum or stretched out over 30 years. however the winner has to keep in mind does end up paying up to 45% in taxes. >> that's fine. >> that's fine. >> that's what i'm saying. >> that's okay. mm-hmm. take it. >> i can live with 180 million. >> we'll be okay. >> 400 million. i might even share. >> no, mike, tell no one. tell no one. >> what happened to mike? where did he go? >> just leave. >> haven't seen him in months. >> leave. >> all my friends will be coming at me. let's take a look at what's going on. i wanted to show you up around napa, yountville, we have some
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light rain falling. moderate rain for richmond. that could be more intense on the richmond-san rafael bridge right now. definitely getting wet at the golden gate bridge and the bay bridge. this entire line will slide from northwest to southeast. the usual trajectory of storms for us. increasing rain this morning from north to south. it will be breezy as that rain starts to move in also. winds up to 30 miles per hour to 40 m 40 miles per hour. it will be cooler tonight. we have sun and clouds, most of the weekend is much drier than this past weekend. rain moves back in late sunday night. i'll get to that in the accuweather 7-day forecast. first starting off in the mid to upper 40s this morning. we'll warm into the mid to upper 50s this afternoon. tonight will be significantly cooler with mid to upper 30s in the inland valleys. low to mid 40s. look for a lot of fog during tomorrow's morning commute. we have a high surf advisory until 11:00 tomorrow evening. dangerous rip currents and big sneaker waves.
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energetic atmosphere along with that rain coming in. here's my accuweather 7-day forecast, we're on and off. on today, off tomorrow. another 1 on wednesday. off thursday, another 1 on friday. off saturday, most of sunday, sunday night another 1 in the forecast. so nothing too extreme which means good news it will keep soaking in, keep taking away the fire threat and keep us on course to not have such a dry beginning to 2021 as we did to 2020. new at 6:00, thousands of people who took part in the vaccine trials are not actually immune yet because they got the placebo. that is about to change. why the fda is concerned. first, it was a short-lived streaming platform, now another company may be close to buying the rights to quibi's content. where the shows could pop up. and a new season of "the bachelor" kicking off tonight. the two local
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recology will start collecting hundreds of christmas trees from households today. they can place the trees in front of recycling bins starting today through the 15th. they will haul them off to the chipper as a service to their san francisco customers. last year the unwanted trees were turned into 500 tons of mulch. roku is in talks to acquire quibi's library. if quibi sells the rights to its library content to roku the popular streaming service could get brand-new content. some of quibi's shows became popular but they could gain a following with the larger platform. a potential price for this acquisition has not been listed. samsung set a date to unveil its new galaxy phones.
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the galaxy s-21 lineup will include three new smartphones. the ultra model will have a curved display and a stylus pen. some other features include a bluetooth tracker called a smart tag to track down missing items. another league suggests that galaxy buds pro may provide competition for apple's airpods. the event is set for a week from thursday, that's january 14th. this is fun. the tiktok ratatouille musical is raking in the cheddar. the new year's night online show known as ratatuzical sold more than $1 million in tickets. fans, composers and actorers like wayne brady put the show together. it was inspired by the original film ratatouille produced by pixar. disney is the parent company of abc7 news. did anyone see this? >> i did not see this. they did the whole musical on tiktok?
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>> they did. these were just normal regular people at home, it started with a teacher who put one little song on. then all these other people on tiktok started composing the rest of the musical until they had an entire thing to present and they put actual actors online and did it. >> i love ratatouille so i feel like i would love that. >> and we can see that on disney plus possibly? >> you better get on tiktok. >> oh. >> only on tiktok, huh? >> sorry. >> you know, me and tiktok. all right. me and disney plus, though -- all right. good morning. welcome to monday. it's going to be a wet monday. you can see on live doppler 7 i've animated the last couple of hours to show you how the rain is increasing, it's spreading. so far it's just mainly light. jobina is already following a sigalert, that's how slippery it's become.
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as we look at future radar along with our storm impact scale, which is 1, light, it will be on the stronger side of a light storm. even heavy downpours in the north bay, a thunderstorm possible there. outside of the north bay, it's a 1 with winds gusting 30 to 40 miles per hour. the yellows and oranges become less and less as the storm moves out of the north bay in the morning hours. >> all right. thank you. happening tonight, it's the new season of "the bachelor" and two bay area women are vying for his love. ♪ >> hello. >> delicious man. ♪ what a man, what a man >> all right. so 28-year-old matt james says that he has never been in love. he's hoping to change that. among the 32 women hoping to be the one for matt are two ladies from san francisco. the first one is serena, a 24-year-old flight attendant and bree who is a communications
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worker in the city. >> i've seen it work out for people in the past. i reached out to those people because as someone who has never been a part of something like that, there's going to be skepticism. >> you in love, my man? >> put me on blast already. thanks. >> the answer to that question coming up on "gma" at 7:00. you can also watch the new season of "the bachelor" tonight at 8:00 right here on abc7. i did see that girl almost fall. >> you have one job, that's to what? walk normally. >> that is a lot of pressure. you have to be like -- it's like first impression. you have to be like so many things. >> if i were him, i would cut her immediately. you have like 30 people, you have to get rid of them. come up with criteria. the first criteria is you need to be able to walk. >> friend. >> i'm sorry. this is a game. love is a game. >> un-huh. you're playing games. let that woman be. she got back up. >> she's going to win.
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now at 6:00, a kaiser employee has died following an outbreak at the er. we're live in san jose with what the hospital is saying about this incident. >> there's nothing wrong with saying, you know,ing y inyou recalculated. >> mr. president, the challenge you have is the data you have is wrong. >> problems of election integrity after this leaked audio recording. and be careful this morning, a live look at doppler 7. rain is steadily moving across the bay area. mike is tracking a storm that ranks as a 1 on our storm impact scale. good morning. it is monday, january 4th. the first monday of 2021. we want to start by checking in with mike. >> thank you very much. hi, everybody.

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