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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." tenants of a mission district building vout to do whatever it takes to return to their homes after a fire pushed them out. owners refused to cooperate with the city until now. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. leanne melendez joins us live with the new developments. >> reporter: as you can see behind me, the building is still boarded up, an eye sore to this community. now for tenants it's been a long one year, but a little hope they may turn. building in the mission, these tenants came to get reassurances that they have first priority
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once the owner rebuilds. >> it states clearly that in a fire, tenants in a rent controlled building have a right to return at the same rent and with the same terms of their lease. >> reporter: the only exception is if the owner obtained a permit for a full rebuild. but this week, the department of building inspection granted the owner only a partial rebuild. this report states the foundation and parts of the ground floor were not comprom e compromised and are in good shape. one person was taken to the hospital the night of the fire. >> of course i would like to come back. we live here for 43 years. >> reporter: the fire, which occurred more than a year ago, was cause bid outdated wiring. the owner has refused to work with the city ever since. inspectors have been trying to
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enter the building. it was only two weeks ago that inspectors went through the building. we tried unsuccessfully to reach the owner at his house. >> we ask that the city step up and take action, show what it means to be the city of st. francis. >> reporter: the community is now asking that city hall force the owner to start rebuilding. in san francisco, leanne melendez, "abc7 news." firefighters in san jose responded quickly to a four-alarm fire that broke out in a home located across the street from a firestation. this happened near downtown san jose in the 101-87 interchange. firefighters called for more help when the flames jumped two other homes. a combination of lumber, plastics and other materials in the backyard of the house where the fire originated made this firefighting effort more difficult. a long-time san francisco pub damaged by fire last year will close for good.
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the land lord isn't renewing the lease. the english pub opened in 1973. a man is in custody on suspicion of drunk driving. paramedics took seven passengers to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries. >> we did put at least four people into what we call precaution, that meant they were experiencing some sort of neck or back pain. >> this accident happened as passengers were getting off the bus. a dog aboard that bus also received medical attention. turning now to our weather. let's take a live look from our east bay hills camera. that's pretty cool with the clouds kind of coming in. there is a chance of sprinkles, larry. >> you're say thing's a chance. spencer christian here now with our accuweather update. >> we've got clouds more
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prominent than yesterday, quite a bit cooler. we've not seen rainfall yet, but let's go to live doppler 7 hd. up to the north is an area of rain, mostly light rain. it has left 0.06 of an inch in ukiah. it looks like cloverdale may be getting sprinkles right now. for the most part, we're looking at this system remaining well to the north. here's the forecast starting at 5:00 this afternoon. notice into the evening and late-night hours, just a chance of a few raindrops, a few sprinkles are possible. we still have hazardous conditions along our beaches. a beach hazard, high surf advisory is in effect. wave heights are high. swell heights 11 to 14 feet. dangerous sneaker waves are
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possible. i'll give you a look at the weekend forecast and what lies ahead for the next seven days in just a moment. >> thank you, spencer. nasa scientists are keeping a close u on how el nino conditions are playing out on the west coast. this year's system has produced less snow and rain than previous el ninos. nasa researcher say this year is taking later in the season, so there's still time for more wet weather to develop. >> as this el nino shrinks, we may see a return of these storms in march and april. that's what we're really hoping for. >> southern california has seen the greatest deficit of rain and snow. a lawsuit has involved a land lord who is trying to evict her 96-year-old tenant. there's a trust that requires him to sell it this year forcing
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him to evict the two. members of the peninsula law firm claim the two have every legal right to stay in the cottage, because her friend, vivian close, told her she never had to leave. she wants to own the cottage. >> everybody knew about vivian's promise and her contract and her agreement with marie. and everybody upheld it until christmastime in december. >> the community has rallied around them. a go fund me page has raised more than $44,000 for marie. police arrested two men accused of stealing copper wire. sky 7 hd was over ben rogers park where the suspects cut the wires out of several light poles. this is a photo showing some of the wires they removed. officers found the two hiding in a bush after getting a tip about them. both are now in jail.
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democrats are pouring into san jose right now for their california party convention. >> with a presidential nomination and a big senate seat becoming vacant, lots of big names are jostling for attention. >> kristen sze has the details. >> reporter: state party rules don't allow delegates to endorse a candidate in the presidential race, but expect supporters of hillary clinton and bernie sanders to do lots of shmoozing here. delegates snapped lots of selfies at the convention sernlsernl center. biden, a very popular figure, will be giving the keynote. >> i think he's going to be talking about looking ahead to the next presidential election to the supreme court justice, to the -- how to keep -- win back the senate. >> party endorsement battles
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will be fierce tomorrow. the highest profile one, between the state attorney general and southern california congresswoman loretta sanchez, vying to replace senator barbara boxer. congressman mike honda is expected to get the party nod over his challenger. the big names in state politics will all be there except the lieutenant governor gavin newsom. >> yes, it's another baby. four kids. it's a lot. >> it's a lot of democrats. >> newsom is the only declared candidate for governor in 2018, by which time none of his kid also be old enough to vote. larry, ama? politicians wearing logos on their suits like nascar racers? the measure would require state lawmakers to wear patches of their top ten campaign contributors.
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it still needs more than 300,000 signatures before it can make it on the ballot. you might want to fill up your car before the weekend begins, because the price of gas is expected to make the biggest jump in months. >> janet has a look at how much more we could be paying. >> reporter: as with all things, change is inevitable. but some drivers say the prices at the pump are just plain unpredictable. >> how can it be $5 a gallon three years ago and $2.39 today? oil comes out of the same hole, the same people are pumping it. >> reporter: drivers say they have given up trying to make sense of it all. meantime, they have been enduring to get around. >> right now the prices are good. >> reporter: gas prices typically go up this time of year, as refineries make the
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switch from went tore a summer blend. it's not only more expensive to produce, but better for the environment and mandated by the state of california. a consumer watch dog group, however, is blasting the refinery for charging more than they need to. prices usually go up to a dime this time of the year, not a whopping 30 cents per gallon. >> for me, ten gallons today, that's $3. and every $3 makes a difference. >> reporter: as gas remains one of the most valuable commodities, drivers are resigned to pay without a fight. >> you don't have much choice. >> you've got to drive and got to pay it. >> reporter: we may not see the full effect until the next couple of weeks. gas prices are expected to peak first in southern california. right now, gas prices are averaging $1.78 nationwide. we pay more in california where the average is $2.34, up just
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four cents from yesterday and the bay area average is $2.50. the adult base fare will jump by 50 cents on caltrans. the agency says it needs to raise fares because of the rising costs of keeping the training running. still ahead, some heavy hitters throwing their support behind apple in their battle against the federal government. live in hollywood, where security is tight around the doll bi theater, as they get ready for the oscars telecast on monday. but the big star of the night gets special treatment. that's coming up in a live report. and new at 4:30, tim robbins says a little time right here in
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santa clara, san francisco, east bay, and all the bay area, this is "abc7 news." apple's ceo says the company is committed to maintaining customer privacy. that announcement came as the cupertino company was at its shareholders meeting today. >> eric thomas was there and is live in palo alto with more. >> reporter: tim cook says apple is not afraid of that commitment, even though maintaining it is going to be hard. and the shareholders who spoke today backed him up on that. there were no cameras allowed inside the shareholder's meeting today. but the folks who came out said the company's struggle with the justice department was a major
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subject of discussion. >> we think the fbi's attempt to force apple to attack its own security is bad for all of us, bad for all of us who rely on the safety and trust in our devices. >> reporter: the fight is over the iphone carried by san bernardino terrorist syed farook. the fbi wants apple to write software allowing agents to unlock the phone and find out what information is inside. apple's ceo tim cook told abc's david muir this week that isn't going to happen. >> we would never write it and have never written it. >> reporter: today, the reverend jesse jackson stood firmly in cook's corner. >> we deserve better. and those companies that want to protect the sbintegrity of the company must stand up. >> reporter: apple filed a motion to block the fbi request yesterday, saying it violated the company's first amendment rights. and the privacy rights organization, the electronic frontier foundation, will file a
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supporting brief next week. >> apples a the constitution on their side, they have the law on their side, and the fbi is wrong about this. >> reporter: with both sides having nearly unlimited resources, this could shape up to be one epic battle. eric thomas, "abc7 news." a u.s. appeals court sided with samsung in its battle with apple. they will not have to pay $120 million in patent infringement. the two have been facing off in court for years now, each claiming the other stole its technology. and the oscar goes to -- those five words keep viewers on the edge of their seats every year. but how do they determine who wins an academy award? >> matt keller joins us live from hollywood with a special behind the scenes look at the process. matt? >> reporter: this is no easy task. the vote counting is highly involved and it's surrounded by some intense security.
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they are the best secret keepers in hollywood. martha ruiz and brian will carry those famous briefcases again. >> and the oscar goes to -- >> reporter: inside the names of this year's oscar winners. for 82 years, price water house cooper has counted the oscar ballots. 6,261 sent out to voting members this year, on paper and online. >> we control everything from the time they go out, indicated with security codes and those come back to us. we then have those in an undisclosed location. >> reporter: inside that secret, undisclosed location, security is tight. there's a specialized alarm system, biometric locks and no internet access, where a small team counts all 24 categories by hand. >> it's up to us to then consolidate everything, make sure we're counting that and recounting that. we will stuff the envelope, close it, seal it with the red. >> reporter: those 24 winning
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envelopes are then loaded into two briefcases like this one. both locked in a safe until oscar sunday when they enter their safe code and take their briefcase. they each travel a different route to the oscars with a police escort. that way no matter what happens at least one will get there. backstage they only hand the envelope to the presenter, seconds before the announcement. all the acts nominees and film nominees are scrawling above the red carpet right now to make sure the company that prints the winning cards and envelopes doesn't know who the winners are. they print one for every single nominee, then puts the correct card inside the envelope. matt keller, "abc7 news." >> thank you, matt. lots of excitement. everyone is wondering how chris rock will go. this tweet has the #blackout.
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natasha spoke with david bloustein. >> what can we expect from chris sflok >> i think the academy is going to let chris rock have free reign. you know, they kind of know that they have it coming, and this is the proper punishment. this is their medicine, and they're going to take it like adults. >> he adds while there is some academy collaboration when it comes to the monologue, he expects nothing will be off-limits. you can watch it as it unfolds on abc 7. live coverage starts sunday at 2:00 p.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 4:00, the oscars itself starts at 5:30. >> all right. predictions? we've got a man here who makes predictions for a living.
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>> not necessarily oscars but weather related. i can tell you this, it's much cooler right now than it was at this hour yesterday. and clouds are getting thicker. looks like we might get a sprinkle or two. an area of light rain to the north. now reaching into northern sonoma county. we don't expect much in the way of measurable rain, but as i mentioned, it's 14 degrees cooler in san francisco than yesterday and 14 degrees cooler in palo alto. 8 degrees cooler in oakland. so the clouds have produced their cooling effect. now we need them to produce rainfall. here is a look out over the bay. 58 degrees right now in san francisco, only 58 i should say. 63 in oakland. mountain view 69. 69 in san jose and morgan hill. 55 at half moon bay. we had a view here from the east
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bay hills camera just a few minutes ago, but now it's socked in. 61 degrees right now in san to rosa. 67 in fairfield and livermore. concord measured 68 degrees right now. here's a view from above the low clouds. spotty sprinkles during the evening. partly cloudy this weekend and warmer days next week. 8:00 tomorrow morning, a few clouds around, and then we'll clear out in the afternoon, so that will be our pattern tomorrow. sunday, 8:00 in the morning, we'll see a good measure of cloud cover. that's going to thin out as well, similar to the pattern we'll see tomorrow. of the weekend, partly cloudy to most lly sunny days. overnight, low temperatures mainly in the mid to upper 40s. probably low 50s in san
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francisco and oakland. tomorrow, highs in the mid to upper 60s around the bay and inland, low 60s on the coast. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. next week, sunnier skies, monday, tuesday, and a milder pattern with highs in the mid to upper 70s tuesday and wednesday. a slight chance of raindrops wednesday. better chance on thursday from a system that will rank one on our storm impact scale. a storm of light impact. let's hope it gets juicier as we get into next week. >> thank you, spencer. up next, what makes this one so special. at 4:22, a look at the afternoon commute and the fog that spencer was talking about there, socked in at the golden gate nissan leaf... what will you do?
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the head of instagram is sharing an epic photo. this is him with pope francis. h co-founder and ceo of instagram said it was by far one of the most memorable experiences of his life. they spoke about the power of the images to unite people across different cultures and languages. and yes, you can follow it on instagram. the public had a unique chance to see one of the rarest collections in the country. the bancroft library held an open house of its collection. original writings from mark twain, even an american cook book from the 1700s. >> bancroft collected everything. he collected what he himself wanted, he collected menus and other things. >> he's talking about bookstore owner hubert bancroft. the university acquired his collection in 1905. there's even an ad from a
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hardware store on items that gold speculators needed at the time. it's usually stored in climate control containers. one of the rarest of all the beatle records is being auctioned off next year. it contains the song "till there was you" on one side and "hello little girl" on the other. many describe it as the holy grail of beatles records. it was found in the home of an english pianist. it's expected to sell for more than $14,000. >> it seems like it would go more than that. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. just ahead, the man being called a hero after the mass shooting in kansas. a bombshell today in the race for the white house. the former candidate who is coming out in support of donald trump. a controversial catalog that is hitting
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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> here are your headlines as we approach 4:30. police arrested a driver whose suv slammed into a muni bus. this happened this morning just east of the 101-280 interchange. seven people were taken to the hospital, three with moderate injuries. the driver is suspected of dui. "abc7 news" reporter melanie woodrow is tweeting updates on
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the murder of san jose woman stacey -- her boyfriend has been charged with the murder. coming up at 5:00, new details on how she died and what led to the arrest. and wayne freedman tweeted this picture of a tent city in san francisco. the homeless have been ordered to leave by 5:00 this afternoon. coming up, wayne talks to some of the homeless who plan to stay and stand their ground. and in kansas, investigators are trying to understand why a 38-year-old went on a shooting rampage at a factory, killing four people. police said 38-year-old cedric ford had an extensive criminal record. >> reporter: one day after the mass shooting left three dead and 14 injured, the sheriff says there's one reason why the gunman did not claim more victims. >> the only reason he stopped shooting is because that officer stopped the shooter. >> reporter: as many as 300 people were inside the excel
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industry factory when investigators say cedric larry ford, armed with an assault rifle and a hand gun, began firing. >> the gun was strapped to him. he was ready to go. >> reporter: ford had already shot and wounded three people before he entered the plant. the officer shot and killed ford. >> that particular officer is the hero. >> reporter: the shooting rampage ranged across some six miles and three locations, believed to be motivated afford was served with a restraining order at work just 90 minutes before the first shooting. >> really quiet. he didn't say much. he just -- he didn't look happy. >> reporter: police say their investigation is continuing, this as president obama saying enough is enough. >> these sort of mass shootings that are taking place, we cannot become numb to this. >> reporter: as for the restraining order, it was ford's ex-girlfriend seek progress tech
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shun, claiming ford once choked her until she couldn't breathe, adding he was an alcoholic, violent and depressed. now to developing news. a gunman killed four family members before turning the gun on himself today west of seattle. investigators say the father called a deputy to report the shooting. officers arrived and negotiated with him for about three hours before they entered the home and found all five bodies. a 12-year-old girl who survived is now in the hospital. neighbors say the couple had two teenage sons adopted from russia and a daughter adopted from china. an inmate injured in a fire has died. 22-year-old shauna lynn jones suffered severe head injuries after being hit by a bolder that rolled down a hill. jones was a los angeles county jail inmate who joined the state corrections firefighting program last august. big news today in the race for the white house, as the campaigning continues in south carolina for democrats. marci gonzalez has been update.
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>> reporter: on the debate stage in houston, marco rubio and ted cruz pouncing on republican front-runner donald trump. >> you're the only person on this stage ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally. >> i'm the only one on the stage that's hired people. you haven't hired anyone. >> marco is right, that a federal court found donald guilty of being part of a conspiracy to hire people illegally. >> reporter: today, the jabs continuing. rubio on "good morning america." >> he's a conartist. he's telling people he's going to fight on their behalf, but he's spent 40 years sticking it to the people he claims to be fighting for. >> reporter: trump calling rubio "mr. meltdown," and getting a surprise endorsement today from his former opponent in the gop race, new jersey governor chris christie. >> there's no question this is the person who will go to washington, d.c. and be able to absolutely turn the place
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around. >> reporter: hillary clinton on msnbc's "morning joe" today says it appears trump will be the republican nominee, but she is focused on her own message. >> break down the barriers so america and americans live up to their potential. that is what i care about. >> reporter: clinton leading in the polls in south carolina, as bernie sanders travels here today trying to rally last-minute support ahead of tomorrow's democratic primary. and in minnesota, looking ahead to super tuesday. marci gonzalez, "abc7 news," columbia, south carolina. there's now a new leader of international soccer. johnny infantino of switzerland is the new president of fifa after receiving 115 in 207 votes. this is seen as a big upset. he replaces sepp blatter, who was forced out following an ongoing corruption scandal that has rocked the soccer organization.
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after 11:00 last night. officials say the missile hit its target in the marshall islands. the minuteman ii is a land based missile that can carry nuclear missiles. nasa released this of the north pole. the area is covered in frozen f canyons. they're the yellow part of the image. the canyons run vertically across the vertical area. the widest is about 45 miles wide. still to come, the search for a unicorn. but this has nothing to do with the silicon valley unicorns. i'm michael finney. "ask finney" is just ahead. i'll answer your questions here live lately.
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>> i'm spencer christian. clouds have arrived. i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up. >> and at 4:36, that skyway barely creeping along on the right hand side. 101 south on the left hand side, and over to the east bay, you're not moving anywhere quickly. stay with us.
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we have some good news here. sequoia the bald eagle is back
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home. "abc7 news" was at the palo alto museum and zoo a few hours after volunteers returned her to her perch. the 27-year-old eagle went missing during a flight demonstration on monday and zoo employees spent the last several days trying to track the signal. they finally located sequoia this morning at the rancho san antonio open space preserve. back home and healthy. >> he's spectacular. a little girl in the central valley has her prized pony back after a scare earlier this week. [ indiscernible ] >> oh, wow. they're both super cute. the pony doubles as a unicorn. but something spooked her at a gathering and she ran off. almost immediately, 911 calls
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started pouring in of a unicorn running down a country road. juliette proved very elusive, hiding in an orchard for more than three hours. it was a fairy tale ending, but not without consequences. >> she got in a time-out, because she was being a bad pony. >> you have to learn your lesson. no hard feelings. she said she still loves her pony. >> just adorable. she runned away. ed a to get a time-out. spencer christian, often in time-outs. >> i deserve it. time-out for some of the light rain coming down. let's take a look at some time lapse video we have for you, low clouds rolling in and roaring in through the golden gate, followed by high clouds as well. and right now as we look at live doppler 7 hd, we see an area of
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light rain and sprinkles moving through sonoma county. looks like we may have something hitting the ground around santa rosa right now, but so far no reports of measurable rain yet. tomorrow statewide, sunny down south and really warm. highs in the 70s in l.a. and san diego. 91 the high in palm springs tomorrow. here in the bay area, partly cloudy skies, certainly in the early part of the day. highs reaching into the mid to upper 60s. chances of rain, not so great. it will be dry through tuesday. wednesday looks like the best chance of some much-needed rainfall. 60% chance of rain next thursday. >> spencer, thank you. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, controversy over the latest lands end catalog. the contempt that is blowing up on social media. and i'm 7 on your side's michael finney. more of the controversial
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hoverboards. we heard about the dangers. what can you do if you already own one and want to get rid of it? i'll have some help coming up next. in honor of black history month, we're using our bay area instagram feed to celebrate the people making a difference. today we honor engineer warren s. miller who served as president obama's assistant secretary of energy until 2010.
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santa rosa, beshgy -- berkeley, san jose and all the bay area, this is "abc7 news." a big backlash involving lands end. >> they're back pedaling after customers complained about their catalog featured gloria steinem. >> reporter: lands emat its whits end. the retailer known for catalogs like this one apologizing for an interview with feminist, journalist, and political activist gloria steinem. overnight, they released this
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statement -- it was never our intention to raise a divisive political or religious issue. so when our customers saw the promotion that way, we hurt them. we sincerely apologize for any offense. >> it's very clear that whatever lands end was trying to do backfired because they had to pull it. this is not a stance that they really wanted associated with their brand. >> reporter: customers writing on facebook, you are not family friendly. i feel betrayed. after pulling the interview, lands end now facing new backlash on social media. a spokesperson for gloria steinem declined to comment. >> she represents more women's rights and feminism. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. some changes coming for macy's shoppers. the retailer will no longer accept coupons for clearance items. macy's says the coupons will
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still apply to full price and sale items. and group-on hit the 1 billion mark. the company today announced it told 1 billion coupons. the billionth was a promotion for a restaurant in st. louis. group-on says that restaurant will receive $10,000 for selling the landmark group-on. time now for "ask finney." michael finney is answering your questions. the first is jamie who says, is there a place that will buy back my grand kid's hoverboards? >> the pressure is on. attorneys are telling them to buy them back. most of the major stores will buy them back. so grab the receipt and head back. i don't think anybody wants the liability. nobody know what's going on right now. a >> shipping back is a little dicey. >> i agree. >> robert says, a furnace
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repairman never gave me a written quote but gave me a cost on the phone. the company sent billed me for more than he said. >> what a mess. if you didn't sign any papers, they'll have to take you to court unless you can come to an agreement. the way it works in california is they have to give you an estimate. if it's more than $500 and it's work in your home, they need to be licensed. they should have given you a signed statement at the end of it. so just call and say you spoke to me and you need to back fill the paperwork. >> this from twitter -- what do you do when there is mold on your house and the land lord doesn't want to fix it? >> okay. look, in the state of california, a land lord has to make sure that your unit is habitable. now, in order to do that, there can't be any nuisances. by law very specifically, mold is considered a nuisance in the state of california.
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okay, the problem is with mold, a single dot on a piece of bread, that's mold. so what you need to do is document everything that's going on and then contact your land lord. and by the way, the health depth, if your land lord didn't get on it, the health department can condemn the hold building. let them know you know that. >> thank you, michael. the flu vaccine is apparently more effective this year. >> thissese're vaccine is on pace is on pace to be more efficient. vaccine recipients were 59% less likely to contract the flu compared to those who did not receive the vaccine. as a comparison, last year's vaccine was only 23% effective. there's a super lice outbreak that's struck 25 states. these lice are resistant to most over the counter treatments and they have been detected in about half of the u.s. the resistant chases can be
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treated by an fda approved treatment using heated air and dehydrates the lice. farmer's markets have a reputation of being only for wealthy people. but a new study disputes that. researchers found not only is overall revenue for the farmer's market way up, but the market has also seen an increase in shoppers from neighborhoods that are distressed. researchers chalk this up to incentive programs and easier access which gives people using food stamps extra money. and this will turn the menu upside down on february 29 by replacing all the meat in sandwiches with veggies, cheese, and other meatless components. lit be the same cost as the meaty counterparts. i'm jane king. here's to your health. evenflo is recalling more
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than 56,000 child safety seats. it covers transition three in one combination booster seats made from december 18, 2014 through january 29, 2016. the company will notify owners and send a kit with a new seat pad and front adjuster assembly. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. up next, a hollywood heavyweight and oscar winner lends a hand to some kids right here in the bay area. and kristen has a look at what's coming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00. coming up, a young boy who tumbled off a 200 foot cliff, and survived. we check in on his amazing recovery. a story you'll see only on "abc7 news." plus -- >> have a good day. >> wait until you see the rest of this. these stories and more when we join you at 5:00.
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here's a look at tonight's primetime lineup. tonight at 11:00, consumer advocates demand the makers of popular products come clean about what's in them. >> i don't see why they would not ever be labeled. don't you want to know -- you just want to know what's in some product you're using in your home. >> find out why many cleaning products don't list ingredients on their labels and the fight over whether that should be law.
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students at an east bay elementary school were treated to hollywood magic, thanks to a white house program that's made all the difference. >> chris nguyen has this story. >> reporter: at burbank elementary school in hayward, a hero's welcome for a man many of these kids have grown to love. >> he was really fun. >> reporter: she's talking about actor, artist tim robbins who spent the day mentoring students as part of a white house initiative. >> here they walk into a creative environment that art is on the walls, that part of them is being celebrated as something that's important and essential. >> reporter: burbank is one of 49 turn around art schools across the country. sense being selected for the program, the schools a has added an visual arts teacher. >> the arts has played an important role. >> reporter: officials say test
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scores and attendance numbers have improved greatly. in fact, the program has helped burbank become the highest performing public elementary school in hayward. students say their sense of confidence has gone up. >> i feel like i'm part of something big, bigger than what i am. >> it helps you just like relax and do whatever you want. >> reporter: this was his third visit to the school. he'll continue sevening around as the arts mentor through 2017. >> if you provide a robust arts education, you're giving them a leg up on life. why wouldn't we do that? >> awesome that tim robbins takes the time out to devote to this. the countdown to oscar sunday under way. we have exclusive content on the "abc7 news" app. if you download the app right now, you'll be set to receive notices on who wins on sunday. >> big night. thank you for joining us for "abc7 news" at 4:00.
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i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now with dan and kristen. the boyfriend of a san jose woman is charged as her killer. but did he act alone? that storey next. a deadline to move out is moments away. san francisco tries to clean up a neighborhood as some vow to stand and fight. a battle over the future of a fire damaged building, and a critical document just obtained by "abc7 news." plus, a boy and his ball and why these moments are a little bit of magic. i'm "abc7 news" meteorologist sandhya patel, live doppler 7 hd tracking sprinkles and showers tonight. i'll legal you know if there's more in store for the weekend. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." we are learning that not one but two men dumped the body of a young san jose woman down a fremont hillside. there's also word of a surveillance video. good evening.
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i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. authorities are saying tonight that a san jose woman was indeed killed by her boyfriend. new documents reveal the connection between stacey aguilar. melanie woodrow was the first to tweet this news. she's live with new information on how the victim died. melanie? >> reporter: these details are very gruesome. so much so that he's being held on that murder charge without bail. he also has an immigration hold and he did not act alone. he had a friend that was with him after the fact that was denato perez, being held on $500,000 bail, the judge agreed to raise that bail today because of what he's accused of helping pedran to do. this is our first look at the man charged with murdering
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stacey aguilar and his accomplice. according to charging documents, at 1:00 in the morning valentine's day, pedraza took aguilar outside and used a hand gun to shoot her. when perez, who heard the gunshots came outside, pedraza admitted he killed her. the two then drove her body to fremont and rolled her down a hillside. from there they allegedly got rid of her i.d., credit cards and cell phone. according to court documents, perez told investigators he helped pedraza clean the vehicle, taking it to a car wash where investigators obtained surveillance video. >> a lot of the family was surprised more than anything, just because they never seen it coming. >> reporter: aguilar's mother told "abc7 news" by phone from mexico she was suspicious of ped


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