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these reunions continue while families from seven targeted countries deal with an uncertain future. >> he says he's going to fight with the iranian government, not the iranian people. if you have a problem with the government, go deal with the government, not with the people. >> all of this comes as california joins the legal challenge to president trump's travel ban. good evening, i'll dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. thanks for joining us. california's attorney general is joining 14 other states and the district of columbia in filing a brief at the ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals. >> the legal action has been fast and furious. last friday a judge in seattle blocked the travel ban. early sunday the administration filed an appeal. >> late sunday tech companies including apple, google and facebook filed a brief condemning the immigration ban. two hours ago the government met the deadline to file additional briefs in san francisco. >> and tomorrow oral arguments will be held by phone. kate larson is live outside the ninth circuit court of appeals in san francisco with the very
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latest on this. kate. >> reporter: dan, kristen, this is the latest legal brief that just came down this afternoon from the trump administration. the question has been whether to enforce or suspend president trump's immigration ban, and that's what the ninth circuit court of appeals right here across the street will be deciding. on friday when james robart, a federal judge in seattle, issued a broad order blocking key parts of president trump's immigration order, he set into motion a chain of judicial decisions for the ninth circuit court of appeals in san francisco. >> and right now the state of washington has made a pretty good showing of inrep rabble harm. >> reporter: he says the trump administration is facing an uphill battle to convince the judges they should allow the
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travel ban to continue. on saturday the ninth circuit judges, who are in san francisco, phoenix and honolulu, denied the trump administration's original request to vacate the stay. the trump administration's final appeal was released right at today's 3:00 p.m. deadline. >> they're saying trust us. congress gave us the power. no court can review it, end of story. >> reporter: steve mayer is a constitutional attorney in san francisco and says the trump administration argues that congress gave them the power to exclude people from the u.s. in the interest of national interest, but he says the constitution provides a counter argument. >> i mean no congress could give the president authority to violate the constitution. so the issue there is can a court look behind the plain language of the order and say even though it doesn't single out muslims, it is a muslim ban and, therefore, violates the establishment clause. >> reporter: the ninth circuit judges have scheduled their oral arguments for tomorrow at 3:00. we expect it to last about an
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hour, so we may have a final decision on all of this by tomorrow evening's shows. live in san francisco, i'm kate larson, abc 7 news. >> kate, thank you. as we mentioned, the most powerful voices in silicon valley have joined up in the fight against president trump's immigration ban. >> nearly 100 tech companies filed a court brief claiming the ban would hurt their business and is unconstitutional. abc 7 news reporter david louie has more. >> reporter: it's a virtual who's who of high-tech giants that signed this brief, arguing that the president's immigration order hurts them. they get top talent of engineering students who come to the u.s. for advanced degrees. >> they're being funneled into the m.i.t.s, the harvards, the stanfords, the berkeleys, the engineering schools. they finish their degree there and we have a chance to tap into them. >> reporter: one of them is rocket fuel, a company. joanne covington is the general
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counsel. >> everyone wants a secure and safe america, but at the same time it's very important to us that the american dream endure. and our country and our economy and indeed rocket fuel itself is built upon the work and creativity and energy of immigrants. >> reporter: not all of the 97 companies connected to the brief are tech firms. notable exceptions include levi strauss and chobani. they argue that immigrants have drive, energy, determination and just plain guts. anne skeed said the leaders are also indicating they believe there's an ethical issue at state. >> the core ethical issue is one of fairness. what can people expect in terms of predictability from their government and how that affects both individuals and organizations who are trying to make decisions and plan. >> reporter: the challenge could reach the supreme court. david louie, abc 7 news.
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lawmakers and religious leaders from the east bay are the latest to take a stand against the white house. >> they held a news conference today on their efforts. san leandro plans to take a vote on becoming a sanctuary city. alameda did so last month and tomorrow it will consider funding for those caught up in immigration actions. >> alameda's vice mayor says that city will fight back despite threats over losing federal funding. >> what's the point of getting funds if you lose your community? and that's really the choice that we looked at and we stand by. >> now, alameda county is also joining the battle. tomorrow the supervisors are expected to accept and match a $750,000 grant to help immigrants. now, to stop on top of all of the latest developments with the abc 7 news app, download it for free and enable push alerts. get ready for more wind and rain. we've already had quite a bit. a live look now from our
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emeryville camera shows heavy storm clouds over the bay. let's get to sandhya patel for what's happening right now in your neighborhood. >> it's pretty much wet across the entire bay area. take a look at live doppler 7. we have a light system right now, level 1. also seeing moderate pockets of rain right around san francisco, the mission street area, bayview district heading into the east bay. 7th street, lincoln street. you're looking at alameda, emeryvil emeryville, oakland, wet for the evening commute. lighter showers from santa clara to san jose and it's steady light rain in the north bay. get ready for a bigger storm. we are tracking a strong storm with live doppler 7. this one has the atmospheric river connection and that moisture is aimed right at the bay area which means a level 3 storm. it's a strong storm coming in for tuesday. highest impacts in the north bay, santa cruz mountains. strong winds and power outages likely. hydroplaning, stream and creek
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flooding and trees down are very likely. watch out for power outages as well. right now the rivers are looking just fine. hour-by-hour look, unfortunately it coincides with one part of your commute. details on that coming up. breaking news. just announced, the 49ers have a new head coach. former falcons offensive coordinator, kyle shanahan, has officially semd taccepted the position. shanahan was with the falcons the past two seasons and led the league's offense. he now joins forces with former stanford player, john lynch. a sheriff's deputy is now back to work following the off-duty shooting death of a man. the sheriff's office revealed the deputy's identity. he's vetter lee and was fired last year. alameda police say lee was off duty when he shot a man during a home invasion robbery at the deputy's home last wednesday. the coroner today identified the man who was shot as 19-year-old
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marques warren of vallejo. the trial began today for a former police officer facing a number of charges in connection with the sex scandal that rocked several law enforcement agencies. former livermore police officer daniel black is accused of participating in prostitution, lewd conduct and providing alcohol to a minor. those charged involve a young woman named jasmine who said black is just one of the many officers she had sex with when she was underage. a richmond police officer will keep his job despite involvement in this case. tonight for the first time since this law enforcement sex scandal made headlines, richmond's police chief is speaking on camera. abc 7 news reporter melanie woodrow is live with a story you'll see only on abc 7 news. >> reporter: well, chief brown tells abc 7 news that the department has taken these allegations very seriously from the beginning. today abc 7 news also sat down with the city manager who explained why he recently changed his mind about one of the officers who will now keep
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his job. richmond police department investigated 11 officers in connection with jasmine, who said she had sex with more than 30 officers around the bay area, some while she was under age. for the first time richmond's police chief is speaking about the department's investigation. >> we got wind of stuff and we started digging right away. >> reporter: investigators examined thousands of text messages, phone records and social media pages in addition to the girl's testimony. >> and if a member is doing something they shouldn't be doing, then we want to find out about it so we can step in and correct it. >> reporter: in september chief brown recommended one officer be terminated. the following month city manager bill lindsay overrode that recommendation and called for a total of four officers to be terminated. the officers were entitled to hearings. recently richmond's fire chief, adrian sheppard, the hearing officer, recommended two of the four officers retain their jobs, lindsay partially agreed. >> in one case there were some
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compelling reasons why i could do something different and in another case i didn't find those reasons to be compelling. >> reporter: the attorney for the officer who will now keep his job tells abc 7 news that officer received a one-month unpaid suspension instead. >> in essence the process worked the way it should work. >> reporter: a sentiment chief brown says he shares. he also says the allegations have provided an opportunity for the department to revisit its core values. >> to reinforce the idea that there's no compromise on the highest standard of professionalism here at the richmond police department. >> reporter: richmond's police officers are not facing criminal charges. melanie woodrow. a fixture in the east bay is closing its doors. the owner says protests like this one have become too much. plus a helping hand comes from a surprising source for people forced out by a fire in san francisco's chinatown. 14 miles across an ice shelf. why a research base was forced
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download the xfinity tv app today. tomorrow morning the senate is expected to vote on confirming betsy devos as secretary of education. right now to protest the pick and build support against her, democrats are holdings the senate floor. they plan to be there overnight. you're looking at senator kamala harris who joined the fight just minutes ago on the senate floor. right now devos will win the nomination if democrats don't convince one more republican to vote against her. devos is a major republican donor with no public education experience. let's listen -- sorry, we moved on. she also had a rough confirmation hearing last month in which she was tripped up on the basic education questions and even appeared to advocate for guns in schools. it got a lot of publicity.
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elizabeth warren said today, quote, it's difficult to imagine a worse choice. well, there is a store that is in danger of closing down in oakland due to a lot of protests. in fact the hat guys near 19th and broadway, exactly where there was a large protest over the presidential election just last november. more now from abc 7 news reporter carolyn tyler. >> reporter: the hat guys are a mainstay in downtown oakland along this stretch of broadway at 19th street. >> the summer ones are on that rack. >> reporter: ken's dad started the business in 1988, but it looks like it might be going under. the hat guys just received an eviction notice because they're several months behind on the rent. he tells us the long slide into financial problems has been partly due to years of protests. from occupy to the recent women's march. >> i totally agree with protests and everything, but they didn't -- they don't realize what they have been doing to
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these little businesses down here whenever they do it, because they block the streets and everything. so we've really paid a big price. >> reporter: also to blame, he says, changing trends. there are thousands of hats on the shelves, but the younger generation is not buying the quantity or quality like the older guys do. >> i've been looking at different spots. this one seems to have a little bit more what i like. >> reporter: the hat guys are now having a sale, trying to raise enough money to stop the eviction. >> certainly like to see that small business can survive in oakland because this is one of the few businesses that caters to fashion. >> reporter: the owner says he has not reached out to city hall. we called the mayor's office, which is going to look into the situation. this customer hopes that will help. >> he's proven that he's a local player. >> reporter: and he's hoping to stay in the game. in oakland, carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. senior citizens and businesses displaced by a fire
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last friday in san francisco could be back in their building faster than expected. the fire started in the basement of the two-story building on stockton street damaging several businesses and apartments for 19 low i income seniors. fire inspectors say the building won't have to be demolished, only repaired. we also learned today that the academy of art has agreed to supply residents with temporary homes. >> we now have 15 rooms for the midterm to take care of these folks. the units are very close to the community. all of these folks will be able to stay together, so we've got good news. >> local leaders say the response to help the victims of the fire has been overwhelming and highlights the spirit of generosity in san francisco. we have some breaking news now out of hayward. we're going to show you sky 7 picture over the hayward b.a.r.t. station right there. we're following breaking news. you can see the station is closed at this hour. no trains moving through it because police are investigating a suspicious package there. now, b.a.r.t. says trains are
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not running through at all, they're being stopped at bay fair station in san leandro and at the south hayward station and being turned around. an ac transit bus bridge is being set up to get riders between the stations. but as we pull out, you can definitely see nothing happening there. all of this happening at the height of the evening commute, of course. this incident is causing delays to service on the fremont line. we'll keep you posted. just get the abc 7 news app and enable push alerts. let's move now to consumer news and the gift cards that you need to use right now. >> 7 on your side's michael finney is here with more on that. >> pull them out and get going. the clothing store wet seal filed for bankruptcy last week, the second time in two years. now, we spot checked the bay area today and found four stores still open and taking gift cards. the national customer service department says gift cards will be good until the stores close. so my advice is to use the cards right now tonight, because we
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don't know when the stores are going to close. one of the world's largest manufacturers of smart televisions has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle charges that it basically spied on its customers. vizio is also now required to prominently disclose and get consumers' permission before collecting and selling data connected to the viewer and their viewing hakbits. many people think they are just watching tv when the tvs are actually gathering information about them. 2016 was a great year for identity thieves. more than 15 million of us were victims. that's up 2 million from the year before. the shift to chip-enabled cards slowed down in-person credit card fraud but online fraud picked up. online fraud rose 40% last year. >> they crack down in stores, then they -- >> the bad guys go to another place. >> thanks, michael. well, imagine what would
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happen if nearly half of america's workforce went on a one-day strike. that's the goal of one women's rights groups. the group behind the women's march on washington called on all women to go on a one-day strike. the women's march was held the day after president trump's inauguration. the group says it will not rest until women have equity at all levels of society. hi there, everyone. it is a soggy start to your monday, but you haven't seen rain yet. wait until you see what's coming. right now pretty much everyone dealing with wiper weather. let me take you into the east bay where we're seeing light to moderate rain. yellows indicating moderate rain near oakland, alameda. also right around the san mateo coastline. as we take you down to the south barracks it bay, it's just light showers. in the north bay it is steady, also out towards the cordelia
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junction, fairfield, so if your travels take you across 80, it is going to be a slow going ride. in the sierra, chain controls leading up to tahoe, so all roads heading up there requiring chains. a winter storm warning is in effect until 10:00 tomorrow night. 1 to 2 feet of additional snow is expected above 6,000 feet with those gusty winds. it's going to be rough driving conditions with low visibility. now, the snow level is going to be rising to about 8,000 feet tomorrow. we're expecting an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow, so the powder that you're seeing here from our lake tahoe camera just pretty. we're going to be seeing a lot more added to it, but it is going to be at the highest elevations as we head into tomorrow. we're panning around so you can get a nice view. temperatures mid to upper 50s from san francisco to half moon bay. it is a rainy picture from our mt. tam cam. a little breezy as well. temperatures right now in the mid to upper 50s. slick on the roadways, take it easy out there. golden gate bridge camera, a storm strong arrives overnight. wet pattern for friday. it's milder over the weekend. we have a strong storm, a level
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3 coming in for your tuesday. highest impacts expected to be in the santa cruz mountains and the north bay. heavy rain, strong winds, flooding, power outages, and you'll see as we take a closer look, shaded in red are the areas we expect the potential for strong winds. rock and mudslides. flash flood watches in effect 10:00 tonight until tuesday at 4:00 p.m. watch out for ponding on the roadways and rapid rises of creeks and streams. wind advisory 9:00 tonight for most of the bay area until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. gusts 40 to 50 miles an hour out of the south will make for rough driving conditions, especially over those bridges. hour-by-hour look. 8:00 tonight just scattered showers. this is just getting you into what's to come. at midnight the intensity of the rain picks up. as we head into your morning commute at 4:00 ma.m., heaviest rain in the north bay. it shifts and there might be a slight possibility of thunder as well.
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6:00 a.m. it's across the central bay. as we head into 7:00 a.m. shifting into the south bay. 8:00 a.m. when you're taking the kids to school or heading to work it continues and noon time. even parts of the central bay going into the afternoon. so the rainfall totals will be picking up. the winds increasing. 5:00 a.m. tomorrow, gusty at times. rainfall with the system expected to be topping 6 inches in the santa cruz mountains, 1 to 2 inches for the rest of you. tomorrow morning it's a wet ride, a rough ride. 50s for you. highs tomorrow 50s, 60s. still a stormy day. and the accuweather seven-day forecast, level 3, strong storm for tomorrow, a 1 on wednesday. another storm weaker, a 2 on thursday bringing us some showers on friday and then we dry out for the weekend. you can always download the abc 7 news app to help you keep track of this storm. >> especially now that the storm is going to be a 3. >> absolutely, especially on soggy ground when you add any heavy rain, there's potential for trees and power lines to go
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success in antarctica. a research station was dragged 14 miles across the british antarctic survey released this video of their research station being dragged 14 miles across an ice shelf to avoid a dangerous crack in the ice. it took 13 weeks to complete this move and it was made possible because the shelter is built as a series of modules resting on giant skis really. now crews will abandon the shelter until the fall amid fears that a second crack is growing. >> what a great shot. well, we know about self-driving cars. now uber wants to bring flying cars to the world's most congested cities, and they have hired one of the brightest minds in the field to make it happen. talented nasa aircraft engineer mark moore has joined uber to make a commercially available
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flying car. moore says it will take one to three years before concept car takes flight. uber has called their flying car plan uber elevate. they say summoning a car with the capability of a helicopter will cut travel times and absolutely revolutionize commuting. there is a new longest flight in the world, longest time anyway, and it belongs to qatar airways. ov over they weekend they launched their flight. at 9,032 miles it takes just over 16 hours to reach new zealand and 17 hours on the return. but air india's flight from del hi to san francisco is longest in terms of distance at 94,000 miles but that trip can be done in 14 and a half hours thanks to headwinds over the pacific. so a huge debate over what defies long, the time or the distance. >> can i have another packet of
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peanuts please? well, there is no morning after for tom brady fans. >> next at 5:00, we
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coming up new on abc 7 news at 6:00, we're live with a look at the millions of dollars in damage this year's stormy weather has done to the bay area, even as we're tracking more storms on the way. and free college becomes a reality in san francisco. we'll explain who's picking up the tab for your kids' tuition. plus, 7 on your side's michael finney explains what you get with trust fund cats. that's all coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. dan, kristen. >> thanks, ama. the greatest player in the history of the oakland a's is about to get another big honor. >> the a's sent this tweet announcing that the field at the coliseum will be named after ricky henderson. >> and the hall of fame outfielder grew up in oakland and is major league baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases and runs scored. he was so fast. the a's also announced henderson
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will also serve as a special assistant to the new team president. from baseball to football, the patriots' comeback win has everyone asking is tom brady the greatest quarterback of all time? >> well, there's only one answer at san mateo's high school where brady went to school. abc 7 news was on campus where students and faculty are just ecstatic about the patriots' win. >> the numbers speak for themselves. you know, i think tom has kind of cemented his legacy as the best ever wih the fifth super bowl and the fourth mvp. >> if i say, oh, that guy went to my school. >> there is a lot of brady pride there. the trophy case has a commemorative super bowl football. one that needs to be updated now that another mvp award for the school's favorite son is coming out. >> in fact they named the football stadium brady family stadium. you should check out my facebook page, some cuties for tom brady. world news with david muir is coming up next. >> for all of us, we appreciate
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your time. we will see you again in half an hour. >> have a good one. tonight -- breaking news. president trump and his appeal in court after the temporary halt of his immigration ban. but could this take days before an answer? families already reuniting at airports across this country. defending vladimir putin. after bill o'reilly said putin is a killer, president trump asks, you think our country is so innocent? tonight, outrage from both parties. breaking now, the reward growing. the man wanted for murder in two states. authorities say, quote,we have a killer in our midst. we're watching severe weather right now. the storm hitting during tomorrow's commute. 22 million affected. after our reporting on battery concerns, tonight, the laptop bursting into flames. what every parent should know. and the champs have just arrived home, but where is tom brady's jersey? >> it's unfortunate. because that's a nice piece of memorabilia.


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