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battle. the now dominant uk strain spreading in the u.s., fueling rising hospitalizations and more than a dozen states. can we avoid a fourth surge? the on current vaccine just found to curb the california variant according to a new study. delivering doses. needs to be done if california wants to reopen by june 15. one bay area county that is helping meet the mission. the san francisco giants showing us their all new safety procedures ahead of opening day. good morning. it is thursday, april 8. let's get started with mike nicco. >> a few changes here in the weather department. i want to start up in the north bay where we have some fog around santa rosa. the picture you see on the right is san rafael where we do have some marine layer clouds
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but no fog. put the winds over this and the fog will drift south along 101 and could spill across the san pablo bay and into the san francisco bay through the morning. that is something we will keep an eye on. here is a look at today's temperatures. more sunshine, still breezy. it will be milder away from the coast. 55 at half moon bay. 60 in san francisco. we will dip down again tomorrow before the warm surges through the weekend forecast. back to you. it is now one week away from the state opening backs ineligibility to everyone 16 and up this morning there are major questions about how to get shots to underserved communities. this morning, abc 7 reporter matt boone is live in alameda county . >> reporter: good morning. this county is now going to
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open up vaccinations to those who are 16 and older but not the entire county. they have selected just a few zip codes of people. if you are 16 and older and live there, you can get vaccinated. the county has decided 12 zip codes that have been hard-hit by would. all californians will be eligible in a week. there is no time to wait in these zip codes so they are taking action now. we have a list of all of them so take a look and see if yours is on this list. it includes area in oakland, hayward, san leandro and san lorenzo. this is where many front-line workers live, people who have not been able to work from home and it is essential to get those people vaccinated. contra costa county is the of the county in the area that has opened up vaccinations to everyone who is 16 and up . that county did not select zip codes, they just opened it up
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to the entire county. in alameda here they are targeting zip codes. everyone 16 and up in california will be eligible in a week. live in berkeley, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. the european union and the united kingdom will both still allow the use of the astrazeneca vaccine despite a possible link to a rare blood clotting disorder. most of the clotting cases occurred in women under 60 within two weeks of vaccination but the uk's advising adults under 30 to get another vaccine. both health groups say the blood clot disorder is extremely rare and the astrazeneca vaccine benefits still far outweigh the risks. it has not yet been authorized for use in the united states. the giants return to san francisco for their home opener tomorrow. the team shared a video showing what you can expect as you get to the ballpark this season. today, fans with tickets can
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get tested at no charge at the public house from 9:00 until 5:00. results are expected to be available in less than 30 minutes. negative test or if you have a vaccine card will be for entry into games this season. for vaccinations, fans must have all doses at least two weeks before the game. the giants will have the capacity of 22%. that is just under 9000 fans. first pitch between the giants and the rockies is set for 1:35 tomorrow. there are concerns about the covid-19 variant first discovered in the uk. the cdc says it is now the most dominant strain of the virus here in the u.s. jobina fortson is at the live desk with more. >> the uk variant is believed to be more contagious than previous strains and is likely more deadly. health expert spirit is fueling a new surge. covid hospitalizations are on the rise in at least 16 states. nearly half of the nation's new cases are in five states.
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health officials say relaxed restrictions and increased travel could be responsible for the surge. brown university doctor tells gma vaccines alone will not stop the spread. >> this was predicted. we expected the uk variant to become dominant. we are doing a great job on vaccinations but vaccinations alone will be the difficult to manage his pandemic. it would be helpful to have some public health restrictions still for a few more weeks. >> the country will be in much better shape as we head into may. despite the rise in cases, the cdc says covid-19 deaths are down 20%. that is likely due to the vaccine. a newly released study is giving us a better idea about the effectiveness of these vaccines against the newest variants. duke university just released its findings. and found moderna's vaccine works against what is known as the california variant. the novavax vaccine also did well but that vaccine has not been authorized in the u.s.. researchers did not test pfizer
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's vaccine. california's top epidemiologists are cautiously optimistic that there will avoid a fourth wave but they say the next two weeks are critical in stopping the slow rise in cases. every bay area county is showing a small increase in cases over the past week. in most regions, that is a rise of a fraction of a percent. only napa and solano counties maxalt transmission rates over 2%. >> there is 2500 cases a day in california. we want it to be at zero. >> the next two weeks are critical as the state is between vaccine shipments. they are hopeful more vaccines and the easing of eligibility restrictions can stop a fourth wave. we've got a broken deck of clouds over most of our neighborhoods and that is the same on the peninsula where 51 in san bruno is the warm spot. 38 in menlo park. redwood city, 41.
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everybody else in the upper 40s. there is a touch of a breeze and a wind chill. temperatures mainly in the mid- 40s to around 50. without the cloud cover, look what happened in napa and santa rosa. 34 and 35. look at that fog getting thicker and spreading throughout the northbay. that will definitely become more of a concern. it has not spread to the golden gate bridge. here is a look at your plan. not much of a change in the temperatures but notice we are a bit brighter today and a little bit milder at least away from the coast where we will hang out in the 50s. we are in the low 60s and noon. mid to upper 60s at 4:00. if you are heading out at 7:00, near 60 at the coast. let's take a look at our roof camera. you can see the flags on the ferry building unfurled thanks
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to that 15 miles per hour wind blowing west to east across in san francisco the heater may run less today if you are at home due to the milder temperatures. there will be plenty of mild there if you are out exercising. moderate this weekend. of the weekend, take a look at the forecast coming up. let's turn it over to jobina to see if we are off to a good start this morning. we are in good shape so far this morning. we are beginning here with a live look showing the bay bridge. we have a high wind advisory from chp but traffic is moving nicely. you can see into san francisco showing off 101 here. i was checking to see if the fog was popping up. look at the map.
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travel this morning, please be careful. mike and i will be keeping an eye on that. today, secretary phil nonsecurity alejandro mayorkas will head to the u.s./mexico border in texas. he will be in el paso to meet with organizations and local law enforcement working along the border. he will meet with front-line dhs employees in mcallen. this is his third trip to the border since taking office and it comes as the biden administration works on plans to handle the surge at the border. it will increase humanitarian assistance to central american countries and passed the citizenship. covid testing could be key in getting kids back to school but now a new research just revealed what could be the most effective. where were you in the last fire? >> here. had to be evacuated. >> freebies for fire season. the new tools
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there are still unanswered questions this morning after an officer shot and killed a man in daly city. yesterday afternoon, the officer approached people in a car on niantic avenue. at some point, the officer shot the man and he died. another officer was hurt but he will be okay. police have not said how that officer was hurt or what led up to the shooting. san mateo county district attorney's office is now investigating. in the east bay, oakland police announce a new community trust police officer. the goal is to help bridge the gap between the police and the community. chief laurent armstrong introduced officer daniel mullins on social media. officer mullins will work with chinatown and fruitville officers to bring community concerns to the chief's office. opd says they hope this new trust officer will help build stronger relationships with the community. to the northbay. a potentially life-saving tool in the fight against wildfires.
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the city of santa rosa handed out 12,000 emergency weather radios. these battery-operated devices will warn people of dangerous conditions like high winds and fast-moving flames. it is a much-needed tool in santa rosa where wildfires have destroyed nearly 4000 homes since 2017. >> we lost our house in the grass fire. >> is there a need for this? >> absolutely. >> they are preprogrammed. you got to put the batteries in, plug them in and they are ready to run. >> emergency weather radios are used in other parts of the country for tornado alerts. for the first time ever, fema is funding them on the west coast for wildfire protection. anything to help. >> we want to make sure you have everything charged. aps ps may be issued and you
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may not have electricity if a fire is coming your way. here is the reason why we are so concerned. our rainfall only 41% of averages since the beginning of the rain season. our drought, which is supposed to go away during the rainy season has remained the same. it has gotten worse across the southern half of the state. we are not in fire season yet but we are inching closer and there is no rain in the forecast. we repeat last night and this morning's weather last night and tomorrow morning. bay and inland neighborhoods will be warmer than average. we still have the same two players on the map. that is why we have those breezy conditions. there is slightly milder air being pumped our way. that is why we have mid-60s tenure 70 degrees across the south bay.
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we have low to mid 60s. still kind of cool along the coast. near 60 in downtown san francisco with about 68 to 72 through the northbay valleys. here we look around the east bay, one of our more homogenized areas. as you move inland, we will have around 68 in san ramon to 74 in pittsburgh and brentwood. as far as the fog, you can see how quickly it is going away today but we still have that persistent onshore breeze. that is why the coast will remain cool while the rest of us warm up a little bit. you can see the broken deck of cloud cover with a little bit of fog in the northbay valleys. the rest of us are in the mid to upper 40s. here is my accuweather 7-day forecast. we drop back down. monday, down. tuesday, up. when say, down. thursday, down. everybody is up for the weekend
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. how about that forecast? researchers at usc seven have found an effective way to test kids for covid-19 as they return to in-person learning. a new study focused on rapid antigen testing. researchers found the rapid tests were 90% effective in detecting high viral loads in asymptomatic kids. the kids were also tested using the more sensitive pcr test. a study found half of the kids who tested positive with the pcr did not test positive on the antigen test. by using the antigen test every day despite being less effective could affect more cases. >> four days later, when your viral load rises, you can do another test. then the test will catch the kid as being infected. that is likely when the kid is most infectious. >> essentially, the 15 minute rapid test is less sensitive but it will be the fastest way to find the most contagious students. the rides are back in
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action for a bay area institution. children's fairyland in oakland. the jolly trolley carrying its very first passengers at the lake merrick landmark yesterday. fairyland reopened last month to just 1000 guests a day limited to just slides and animal visits but yesterday, staff fire back at the carousel, ferris wheel, and the beloved trolley for some igor and very important guests. >> madison never went here before so we are going to go here. our moms may have a surprise. >> another surprise is in store for later this month when the live puppet show musical performances come back. that is a good surprise. a good friend too. coming up, the seven things to know this morning. the l.a.
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police department caught up with a disturbing incident, catching the wrong suspect. with the bodycam video shows us this morning. plus, shaq with an all-time assist but this time to a tota it's okay that you don't want to be first: you aren't. second covid vaccine. it's okay to have questions: everyone deserves answers. i'm wary that there isn't enough information. it's okay to be excited, or worried, or both. it's alright for it to take whatever it takes for you to be ready. hi mom, ready for your shot? yes, i've been waiting for this day. we just got what? vaccinated. we just got vaccinated! let's get you there. let's get to immunity.
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it is 5:19. here are seven things to know this morning. number one, california is expecting about 90% fewer johnson & johnson vaccine doses next week. it comes at the same time that the state is expected to expand eligibility. this could cause a shortage. >> two, back salability has been expanded to everyone 16 and up in the hardest hit zip codes of alameda county. in just a week, all adults will be eligible statewide. >> three, addressing gun violence today using his executive power. biden is expected to announce six actions including asking the department of justice to issue a proposed rule to help stop the rise of so-called ghost guns. >> four, giants fans with tickets to tomorrow's home opener can get a covid-19 test for free at the public house from 9:00 to 5:00 today. negative test robaxin card is required into games this season. >> five, brighter and milder.
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that is what our forecast is for today. we are warmer in san francisco in santa rosa. >> six, i am tracking fog for your morning commute in and around the northbay. if you are traveling through vallejo or novato, please be aware of potential low visibility. >> seven, an explosion rocked a paint and vectoring plant in columbus, ohio overnight. at least eight people were hurt, two of them critically. rescue crews are still searching for victims. the lapd is facing new questions after the release of bodycam video. it shows the arrest of a black man, even though police were looking for a white suspect. abc news reporter trevor ault has that. >> reporter: and this morning's gma first look, newly released body camera footage showing part of a disturbing incident from may 2019 involving two los angeles police officers and a
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42-year-old black man, anton austin, appearing to be caught off guard when officers approached him outside of his home. >> we got a call. i don't know who i am looking for yet. >> turnaround, man. >> what was your reaction once he went back and saw it all play out and you got to hear the officers in the car before they got out? >> in your mind, you want to say to yourself, this did not happen because i was black. >> coming up, austin speaks out alongside his girlfriend about the lawsuit he has filed alleging racial profiling and civil rights violations. in a gma first look, i'm trevor ault, abc news, new york....... we have new details in the tiger woods crash investigation. the l.a. sheriff says excessive speed was a main factor. woods was driving nearly twice the speed limit when he crashed over a small cliff south of los
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angeles last month. the black box of woods' suv reported speeds of 84 to 87 miles per hour. sheriff's officials say the posted speed limit was warty five. the suv slammed into a tree and then it rolled over. woods suffered serious injuries that now threatens to end his golf career. >> it is speculative and believe that tiger woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, causing the 99% rating on the accelerator pedal. >> although he was speeding, the los angeles sheriff's office says that woods will not be cited. he is currently back home in florida recovering. the warriors are teaming up with jp morgan chase to deliver 2000 hot meals as part of their home court assist program. this is the fifth meal distribution event. today, meals from brenda's french soul food and san francisco will be delivered to the castro lgbtq cultural district and the tenderloin neighborhood development corporation. la lakers legend shaquille o'neal can be larger-than-life.
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we already know that but apparently he has a hard to match. shaq was recently at an atlanta area jewelry store looking for some earrings when he spotted a man asking an employee how much it would cost to pay off an engagement ring. the nba hall of famer stepped in, broke out his credit card. shaq says he has done things like this before. where will he be next? >> you are just going to happen to be there? >> yeah. oh, shaq? just discussing paying off this car loan. one bay area county is still in the red tier and we are looking into why that is. johnson & johnson dose is on the decline. what we can expect when california expands eligibility again next week. president biden taking aim. with the commander in chief is unveiling today to go after gun violence. taking a live look outside
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right now at 5:24. we will be right back.
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building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. a dose decrease threatening california's vaccination goals. good a shortness of supply from
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johnson & johnson keep you from getting the shot? the one reason why one bay area county can't seem to climb out to the orange reopening tier. president biden is setting his sights on gun control today. we are not going out there to hurt anybody. we don't understand why people are trying to hurt us. >> the growing volunteer group helping protect our neighbors and their message this morning. welcome to thursday, april 8. >> let's check with our forecast with meteorologist mike nicco. >> thank you for joining us on this thursday morning or friday even. i hope you are having a nice morning wherever you are. we have a little bit of fog across the northbay. let's see exactly where it is and who it is affecting. 101 definitely from santa rosa. look at san rafael across 37. 29 and 12 down to american canyon. the visibility is less than one mile in a lot of those areas.
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that is pretty dangerous especially when you are driving highway speeds. this will sink to the south and to the east and spread through the morning commute. now, as far as the afternoon goes, we are looking at sunny conditions. still breezy. san francisco and the bay, 6266. inland, 68 to 73 degrees. i will show you that coming up. at the very moment, we need more vaccines. california is about to see a major drop in doses from johnson & johnson. a few hundred or even a few thousand doses, we are talking about a nearly 90% drop. abc 7 reporter amy hollyfield is live in berkeley this morning. >> reporter: what timing. just as sites like this will be
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needing to serve more people, there will be a drop in the supply. we will see about an 85% drop 8 across the country in johnson & johnson vaccine doses next week. instead of the nearly 5 million doses of j&j that the government shipped to the country this week, next week they will only send out 785,500 doses, less than 1 million. j&j said last week in a statement that one of their batches did not meet their standards. the new york times reported that workers at the facility mixed up ingredients and ruined 15 millioruined 15 mu if you do try to get appointments next week when eligibility opens up for all californians over the age of 16 . if you have trouble, this could explain why. now at least you will know what is going on. this will settle itself out. the governor did say when he was managing eligibility would be opening up that getting the
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vaccine could take several weeks with an expectation that more doses will be arriving in may. live in berkeley, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. nationwide, the country is close to a major vaccine milestone. the white house says by the end of this weekend, nearly half of all adults will have received their first shot. the cdc says as of this morning, more than 40% of the adult population has gotten at least one dose. santa clara county will host a covid-19 vaccine clinic for special olympic athletes. special olympic athletes, their families, and volunteers will be able to get the vaccine at the by stadium. this is an effort between the county and 49ers to get the most vulnerable vaccinated. people with intellectual disabilities are 2.5 times more likely to be affected with covid-19 then numbers of the general population and six times more likely to die. you can keep track of california's progress on our
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website. you will find our interactive vaccine tracker with the differences between each vaccine and a form where you can send us questions so we can get you answers. just go to /vaccine. as of this morning, every bay area county is in the orange tier but there is one red spot and that is solano county. solano was in danger of going back to the purple tier easter. we talked to help leaders to find out why. county officials say the issue is hyper regional. solano county is sandwiched between the bay area and the sacramento valley where most of the neighboring counties are still in the red tier. >> the bay area region has demonstrated a higher degree of willingness to comply with social distancing and with masking. they have a higher degree of desire for vaccination, for example. spent the majority of solano county's cases are among younger people. they have lower hospitalizations and death
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rates but of course they still spread the virus. we expect to find out more information about a mass shooting that left five people dead in south carolina. two children are among the victims. the shooting happened at the home and victims identified as a local doctor, his 69-year69 wife and their two grandkids. also, a 39-year-old man who was working at the house. authorities say a sixth person was also shot. that suspect is in custody found at a nearby house. no word yet on what the motive is. after three mass shootings in three weeks, president biden is taking aim at gun violence. the president is unveiling a series of actions. jobina fortson is at the live desk . >> reporter: president biden
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will be following through on his promise to take on gun violence. he is expected to announce six executive orders on guns. úthey include asking the justic department to crackdown on so- called ghost guns. those are firearms assembled with a 3-d printer from parts purchased online. >> i don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour to take common sense steps that will save the lives future. >> reporter: the president will also ask for investments in community violence intervention programs. a new annual report on firearms tracking, which hadn't been compiled since 2000, will encourage states to adopt red flag laws that allow police and family members to petition forward to temporarily remove guns to people in crisis. there will be no legislative proposal from biden today. gun-control advocates and some democrats pushing for more regulations will join the president. racism against the aapi community is
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buses. this is an issue we are committed to solving as we work to build a better bay area. transportation officials say targeted attacks against asian american riders has increased at an alarming rate over the last year. assaults against asian bus drivers jumped more than 50% in two years. officials say pandemic related issues are partially to blame but that the violence began well before covid-19. san francisco police are adding more security to high risk bus lines. volunteers have been showing up to help protect the asian community in san francisco's chinatown. a group called united piece collaborative has been patrolling the streets for the past year but since the recent violence, more people are signing up. the volunteers are trained by professional security guards to de-escalate potentially violent situations, watch for suspicious activity, and quickly contact authorities. >> asians are stressed out. they are in despair. they are wondering why the country that they love does not love them back. >> we are all minding our own business. we are not going out there to hurt anybody. we don't understand why people
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are trying to hurt us. >> the collaborative says it's volunteers include military veterans and civilians. we don't have all the issues surrounding race and social justice but we do have a lot of vetted resources. to find out more about how you can take action and be an ally, visit . a new travel scam alert this morning for people starting to fly again. how some are trying to steal your identity and what you need to know to stay safe. the beloved animal expert jack hanna diagnosed with dementia. an expert answering common questions about the disease. let's check in with meteorologist mike nicco. >> that is a long and difficult road ahead for him and his family. it is going to be sad. i can tell you having gone through it with a relative. we wish them the best. let's take a look at the south bay on the northbay. let's head up there and take a look at temperatures. upper 30s for the rest of the
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101 corridor. 35 in napa. don't forget about that thick fog that will be around for the better part of the morning commute. mid to upper 40s until you get around places like redwood city. here is a look at walnut creek where it is 47. we are south on 680. keep going to the san ramon valley. as we head to noon, more sunshine. temperatures will remain because of the breeze. it will still be out there. low 60s for the rest of us. 65 to 66 in the inland area. let's take a look at what is going on with the commute as we look at 880 near the colosseum. we've got a small craft advisory. a small craft advisory is for the afternoon hours and it will be those north south bridges that will be dealing with gusty
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crosswinds once again. the uv index will be high to very high so protect yourself in both of those things. we will talk more about the weekend forecast coming up. just on that note, we have a new crash in one of our foggy spots in san rafael. this will be on northbound 101. at least one lane is blocked not cleared on any injuries or anything like that but as we expand the map, you can see this foggy commute will impact anyone traveling along 101 novato, san rafael. also in vallejo on 80 and 29 through american canyon going up even further here on 101 through santa rosa. it does taper off once you get to the golden gate bridge. it is looking nice and clear here. traffic is beginning to
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welcome back. day nine of the derek chauvin trial couple of hours and more witnesses are expected to take the stand in the murder trial of the former minneapolis police offer. attorney questioning has returned to the topic of george floyd's drug use. jobina fortson is at the live desk with more. >> the defense attorney raised questions about what floyd is her to saying about drugs and body camera footage. eric nelson suggested floyd is said the word, quote, i ate too many drugs during his struggle with police last memorial day. he laid several seconds of the unintelligible police bodycam audio to chief investigator james ramis and but then the prosecution showed what happened earlier in that same footage. >> was there a discussion about drug use by the officers
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attempting to speak to mr. ford? >> yes. >> having heard it in context -- >> i believe mr. floyd was saying i hate doing all drugs. >> different. >> earlier on, a use of force expert testified that the actions were on deadly unnecessary because floyd did not appear to be a threat. the man who was in the car with george floyd when the incident started will testify. he has said he would want to invoke his fifth amendment rights on grounds that testifying could incriminate him. >> thank you. taking a live look now from our sfo cam where authorities are monitoring a travel scam as more americans take to the skies. the better business bureau says there is cybercriminals creating phony websites making travel programs like tsa pre- check and global entry. these fake sites are taking people's private information and promising to promise the
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troubled location but they don't follow through. >> the information that you have to share in order to get a global entry pass is everything that a scammer needs for identity theft. your name, your address, your birthdate, your social security number, even your passport number. >> the better business bureau says to avoid the scam, double check that you are visiting the correct website. look for signs that the link is secure and and is in .gov. don't click on a link. type it in yourself. that is the other thing to do. >> i am glad we tell people about these things. every day we turn around, someone is trying to take something from us. >> or a robot is being invented. >> i am constantly getting texts now that are clearly scams like
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your ups shipment is blah blah blah. were, your postal service thing is -- do you get those too? >> i just get a lot of calls. leave me alone. let me live my life. >> i don't need that added stress. i don't want that here is a look at what is going on at sfo. mostly cloudy on the peninsula but also, look at the wind shooting through the san bruno gap. it is moving 28 miles per hour. watch out as you head northbound on the peninsula. it is going to get breezy all through san francisco. we are looking at the exploratory him where it is only 50 miles per hour. you can see that broken deck of clouds. the beautiful salesforce tower right there. milder afternoon today away from the coast. a summer cloud pattern which
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means morning clouds, afternoon sunshine. april showers still lacking in the forecast. we have an extended period of dry weather and above average highs away from the coast. let's start down in the south bay. mid to upper 60s for most of us. we could reach 70 in morgan hill and gilroy. 61 along the coast. we will try to squeeze a 60 out of downtown. 62 out of sausalito. 68 to 73 through the northbay valley. along the east bay shore, 64. as you move inland, about 68 to 74 from san ramon to brentwood. look around the state. mid to upper 70s to the central valley. a little more sunshine than yesterday. definitely breezy from fresno southward. that breeze is bringing 96 tabriz to palm springs. that is warm. here is a look at some of the 30s and the northbay valley. a little bit of font tomorrow morning. the rest of us partly to mostly
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cloudy. we drop back. a little cooler l air mass. the breezes continue to be an issue everywhere. the rest of us will start to hit the 60s and 70s and possibly try to reach the 70s and 80s across the bay a couple of times. national geographic hosting an earth day eve virtual celebration. it will feature performances by willie nelson, yo-yo ma, and ziggy marley. earth day eve will stream on the nat geo youtube channel wednesday, april 21 at 5:30. disney is a parent company of nat geo and abc 7. jack hanna, the animal and wildlife expert who became famous after his many tv appearances has been diagnosed with dementia. his family said in a statement that his dementia is believed to be caused by alzheimer's disease. they went on to say that his
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condition has progressed faster than anticipated and he will not be retiring to focus on his home. dr. john ashton about this on gma. >> most cases of alzheimer's actually progress more gradually and more slowly. of course, there are always exceptions and individual differences. >> jungle jack and his animals became a staple on late night and daytime tv including multiple appearances on good morning america. figure out what is going on. >> i cannot stand this sound. it is driving me absolutely crazy. >> really? >> you need to stop stealing
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this bird's joy. it is his birthday. >> that one note. >> i enjoyed that. i did. i am going to wish a happy 39th birthday to brock. this is him singing ever so beautifully with some musicians at the oakland zoo. he is a yellow parrot and he is a victim of illegal wildlife trafficking but then he found a home at the zoo thanks to u.s. fish and wildlife. he is middle-aged. he is hitting his prime now singing. they can live up to 80 years old. i cannot believe you're hating on this bird on its birthday. >> is it over? can i put my earpiece back in? is it over? >> i enjoyed that. i enjoyed brock. really? you can't have anything. not even on your birthday.
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that is reportedly in talks to acquire the popular app clubhouse. she started married with children, then sons of anarchy but her new role hits close to home. katie stegall previewing the series premiere of i'm not sure if there's anything i can say to my family members to convince them to take the covid-19 vaccine. i'm not even sure if i'm convinced.
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hi darius, i think that people respond more to what we do than what we say. so after looking at all the data and the science about these vaccines, i got the vaccine. and i made sure my mom and dad got the vaccine. because these vaccines are safe. ♪ ♪ this unplugged device is protecting our beautiful coastlines and more. put off chores and use less energy from 4 to 9 pm to help keep our state golden. we love our new home. there's so much space. we have a guestroom now. but we have aunts. you're slouching again, ted. expired. expired. expired. thanks, aunt bonnie. it's a lot of house. i hope you can keep it clean. at least geico makes bundling our home and car insurance easy. which helps us save a lot of money. oh, teddy. did you get my friend request?
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oh. i'll have to check. aunt joni's here! for bundling made easy, go to hello?! i'm 53, but in my mind i'm still 35. that's why i take oste bi-flex to keep me moving the way i was made to, it nourishes and strengthens my joints for the long term. osteo bi-flex, plus vitamin d for immune support. san francisco police on cis scene of a possible domestic incident near fisherman's wharf . officers say a 32-year-old man locked himself in a building near bay and mason streets just after 1:00 this morning. police have not released any details about potential victims in this incident. governor gavin newsom will receive a critical show of support as he faces a possible recall election.
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this morning, the california latino caucus is expected to denounce the recall effort and i could be crucial for the newsom campaign. latinos are the largest racial group in the state and the voter turnout is rising. in recent weeks, newsom has shown his support for latinos, pledging equal vaccine access to their community. as talk of the recall takes center stage, we are looking back to the 2003 recall of gray davis, the only successful one in california history. our abc 7 original documentary total recalled looks at everything from those surprise candidates to the rise of the govern aider, arnold schwarzenegger. you can watch it on our abc 7 connected app . an obama cafeteria manager got a surprise celebration after passing her citizenship test. >> students and staff at deer creek prairie rio
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school line the hallways to cheer on janet lopez. the kids started chanting usa as she walked the halls. a school official posted on facebook that lopez walks in every day with a smile, a laugh, and a positive message. >> that is so cute. >> isn't that great? let's take a look at what is going on. i've got to bring you down once again to talk about our deficit in rainfall. lacking 39% of average. that is why the drought deepened as we headed through the rainy season. it is for sure across the southern half of the state. on the left is where we started and on the right is where we are. you can see an expansion of the colors. while we shrink just a little
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bit, here is what we will look at moving forward. the rain season is pretty much over. we have got to see what these reservoir levels are going to do. they will go up temporarily because of the snowmelt. as we head deeper into the summer, they will start falling rather rapidly. in marin county, looking at some serious issues and some serious resolutions to try to get that deficit to stop. it is not going to be good. a few moments ago, the us labor department released the latest weekly unemployment report. jobina fortson has those numbers. >> we are seeing disappointing figures for the second straight week. 740,000 new claims were filed last week. that is an increase of 16,000 from revised numbers from the week before. economists forecasted 680,000 continuing claims, decreased slightly to more than 3.73 million. about 16,000 lower than the week
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before but economists are expecting 50,000 fewer claims this week. we will see how wall street reacts when the markets open at 6:30. a new series inspired by the life of social justice advocate erin brockovich appears tonight on abc. actress katie stegall stars and rebel. rebel is a legal fighting for the working class. i got a chance to talk to her about her new role. >> rebel is relentless, someone rude. does not take no for an answer. she believes in what she believes in and is also trying to juggle her very complicated family life. >> you can watch the full conversation coming up today on midday live. watch the series premiere of rebel tonight on abc 7 at 10:00. we talked about this in the interview so i am not like being rude. she is in her 60s now and so is erin brockovich. she says she wanted to make 60 sexy.
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>> and she did. coming up, coca-cola boycott. why some gop lawmakers are pulling coke products from their office. house speaker nancy pelosi makes an experience in san francisco's chinatown. another county opens vaccine eligibil
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>> now at 6:00, vaccine eligibility expanding in alameda county, people ages 16 and up can i get a shot, depending on where they live, the zip codes that qualify. we want to make sure that the rescue packagerescue package successful and what is set out to do. >> that is how speaker nancy pelosi in san francisco, talking about the american rescue plan. she explains how people can take advantage of federal aid. covid precautions at oracle park, the free testing for giant fans at the first home game of the season. for good morning, everyone cricket is thursday, april 8th. we will start this morning with a check of the weather and meteorologist mike nicco >> we've got a little bit of fog, and it's mainly up in the north bay and it's patchy. but where it is, it is very thick around in places like napa, american canyon, bleeding possibly into vallejo. and is also we see it's around santa rosa and


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