alisyn. >> the day after christmas and i'm here with poppy harlow. begin with the heartbreaking news that george michael has passed away. he died outside his home in london on christmas day, poppy. >> celebrity and fans around the world mourning the star's sudden death. being remembered for his indelible voice and ian lee is live outside of his home in london. good morning, what is the reaction there? >> good morning, poppy. yeah, there are people here coming in, streaming in with their tributes. a lot of people remembering the late singer george michael. i'll show you some of the tributes down here that we have. what the people are saying. here we have dear, george, one of the world's sensitive souls. the world has yet to embrace those who feel deeply and hold the flame of love for all. over here, we have another one that says, you have been loved. you were loved. you will be loved.
we grew up with you and you spoke for us. the one thing that really stood out to me talking to people here is that the personal connection that he had with this community. this wasn't just a legendary singer. this was a man who was a part of it. he knew people here. he went into their businesses. so, this community really right now feeling this loss. but, of course, we all know him as the music icon. take a look. ♪ wake me up before you go-go >> reporter: global super star george michael launched into pop culture history in 1984 as half of the british band wham!. singing "careless whisper." ♪ time can never mend the careless whisper ♪ >> reporter: by 18986, michael launched an incredible solo
career. his number one album "faith" raising eyebrows with the first single. the risque lyrics and video drawing sharp criticism of those wanting to bring awareness to the growing aids epidemic and need for safe sex. ♪ i gotta have faith "faith" producing four number one singles. including "father figure." ♪ i will be your father figure >> reporter: "one more try." ♪ you >> reporter: and "monkey." ♪ why can't you set your monkey free ♪ >> reporter: michael became a more serious artist celebrating the independence from the pop machine. ♪ freedom, freedom >> reporter: refusing to appear in the video which featured cameos from top models lip syncing his lyrics.
but the late '90s were rough for the pop icon, he was arrested by an undercover police officer and charged with engaging in a lewd act in a park in beverly hills. leading him to an interview with cnn saying he was gay in 1988. >> i don't feel any shame and neither do i think i should. >> reporter: in later years drug-related arrests and a nasty car accident in 2010. he served a month in jail for driving under the influence of marijuana. but his career continued to flourish thanks to his powerful vocals. at nearly 50, michael once again found critical success with his sixth and final album "symphonica." backed by a full orchestra. ♪ first time ever i saw your face ♪ >> i've been so lucky. amazing, amazing life. ♪ i will be the one who loves you until the end of time ♪
>> poppy, george michael was expected to get back in the studio to record another album. sadly, that's not going to happen now. he is really going to be known for more than his music. a strong advocate for the lgbt community as well as raising awareness about aids. elton john had this to say, i'm in deep shock. i have lost a beloved friend and a brilliant artist my heart goes out to his family and all of his friends. so, the world's really mourning today. poppy, don. >> absolutely. ian, thank you so much. >> what a voice, what a man. >> he and elton very similar for their fight in lgbt rights and they were aciconic and good friends. i hadn't seen george michael in a long, long time. i saw george michael last year during the, john during the oscars and i mean two iconic
men. no doubt that he's mourning. >> and his music lives on. what he did, he came out later in life and he said in that cnn interview when he came out to the world and then he became a huge advocate and did so much more than just leaving us with his music. >> i was a senior in high school in 1984, in 1984 when he came out with the album "faith" i loved that guy. i loved ever stitch of music he ever made. >> all right, joining us now to discuss the life, the career of george michael. senior editorial director rich farley and host of "entertainment tonight" nischelle turner. >> hi, good morning. >> let me begin with you if you are in los angeles, it's about 3:00 in the morning. what is it that the world will be left with as we talk about
his legacy? >> oh, gosh. i mean, number one, a laundry list but we're just talking about the music. i mean, we will be left with some of the most heart wrenching, beautiful -- playing his music there from wham which started and introduced us all to george michael. but then his solo career was really where we started to see where the man was shaped. it was interesting, we talk often about blue eyed soul in the music industry. well, there's something about these british-born fellows that have this soul that is just embedded in them and, for me and for a lot of, number one, the african-american community and the people who just love soul music, elton john and george michael were one and two. our soul brother from another mother and that is so true. you talked about his album
"faith" it went number one on billboard r&b charts. everyone had this kind of personal connection to his music. two-time grammy winner, as well. i mean, just such a great artist. yesterday i was going back and forth with people on twitter and we were talking about our favorite songs and this and that and i finally said every single one of his songs, i used a different words, every single one of them was just a hit. i mean, all of them were so, so great when you think about it. >> christopher, he was very influenced by r&b and huge influence on his sound. >> influenced by the sounds coming from america, repackaged in his sewn way and at first he was following in lock step with u.s. trends. one of the first songs that wham put out was a song that was a
pa parody of u.s. rap. he took in it another direction and helped clear the way for a lot of british soul artists we all know today. people like amy winehouse and adele and sam smith. i'm not certain they would have had the clear path to global pop stardom if george michael hadn't inspired them and cleared the way for them beforehand. >> but he was also one of the first people, like, sort of modern artists to take on fashion with the supermodels and back in the '90s with nioaoma campbell and followed up with "too funky" same idea supermodels, again, and went on to do a duet with aretha franklin and mary j. blige. >> he was a style leader with the earrings and the way he dressed and that is part of the reason why he was so portrait about his image.
he knew he was a fashion icon, but he wanted to be known for something more than that. people sort of forget, he lived the boy band dream. i mean, people in boy bands always think that somehow they're deeper and smarter and if people could just hear them for themselves and didn't respect at the time he went out to show that he had more to give and finally when he came out in the late '90s became iconic and became known for something more than music. >> and, pushing boundaries, right? i want your sex perhaps not so controversial today but in its time, i mean, banned from some radio stations. he, himself, became the sex symbol. >> the caveat by saying on the video saying, this is not, i'm not promoting casual sex in this video and in this song. >> absolutely. and then even got in a legal battle with sony over how he was portrayed as this sex symbol.
>> he did. there's definitely a lot there. i got several side eyes when i was a kid singing that song and my mother was looking like what are you saying. he was making a statement with that song and a lot of legal battles when he released volume one with sony and, subsequently, did not release volume two because of all the legal batuals the record label. and it's interesting, you guys. we're talking about freedom and how iconic that video was. the fact that "vogue" just redid it with today's supermodels. that was born out of disagreement with the record label. him not wanting to take a role in the video. he brought the supermodels in to do that video and now embedded in our memory of one of the most beautiful and well-known videos of all time. he did so many things and some of them were subtle and some of them weren't and he also had struggles.
he didn't live an easy life. this wasn't an easy path for him because of the things he had to hide through his life. and we did see him in the '90s struggle with drugs at times and with battling some of the things internally that he was doing. and it did seem like maybe he was going to come out on the other side and start making some music, again. to hear now that he died in his sleep and presumably from heart failure. it breaks my heart. you know, it really does because somebody who was so iconic to just pass away so peacefully. you know, you wanted more. you just left wanting more. >> the '90s was the era of george michael and calvin klein. >> i think what makes it so tough is known how many great iconic stars we lost this year. prince, david bowie, george michael. people had devoted followings
and lost them all within a span of a year. >> he's a legend. thank you. nice to have you both. >> thank you very much. want to turn now to politics and talking israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu lashing out at the obama administration for refusing to veto a u.n. security resolution condemning israeli settlements in the west bank. netanyahu meeting with the u.s. ambassador overnight. >> hey, don. if you want an idea of how angry prime minister benjamin netanyahu is realize this on christmas day here in jerusalem here in the holy land he summoned the ambassadors of ten countries who voted for this resolution and the u.s. ambassador. the other ten leaders met with the foreign ministry. the u.s. abdomen basder met privately with benjamin netanyahu so he could express his anger about this resolution. here is netanyahu in the israeli
cabinet meeting. >> over decades, the american administration and israeli governments have disagreed about settlements, but we have agreed that the security council was not the place to resolve this issue. as i told john kerry on thursday, friends don't take friends to the security council. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu has made it clear. netanyahu has made it clear he's done working with obama and very much ready to work with president-elect trump. he has said it. this story may not be over just yet. israel is concerned about another resolution at the security council trying to set parameters for peace negotiations. that is the concern now. poppy? >> thank you so much live for us in israel this morning. meantime, president-elect donald trump announcing this week that he will dissolve his charitable foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest or any perception of them. it's unclear, though, how he
will do that before he takes office in just 25 days. ryan nobles is live in washington with more. good morning. >> poppy, good morning to you. donald trump himself has not donated to his foundation since 2008 and scrutiny over his charitable work led to an investigation by new york's attorney general, which is currently ongoing. now, in a statement, trump said that he's instructed his attorneys to dissolve the foundation, which at this point has no employees and has not actively raised funds in some time. he wrote ", "to avoid any conflicts with my role as president, i will continue to pursue my strong interest in philan philanthopy in other ways." it may not be enough. a spokesperson for eric schneiderman who was a hillary clinton supporter said the foundation cannot legally dissolve until the investigation is complete. trump has said that he will also remove himself from his global business empire, but he's yet to explain how. this news comes at the same time
as a staff shakeup his presumed white house jason miller decided not to take that powerful job because it will be too demanding for his young family. >> thank you, i appreciate that. benjamin netanyahu lsaying e is ready to work with friends at the trump administration. how unusual is this? our panel discusses next. no matter how the markets change... at t. rowe price... our disciplined approach remains. global markets may be uncertain... but you can feel confident in our investment experience around the world. call us or your advisor... t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
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welcome back to "new day" everyone. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu sending a strong message to the obama administration. it is a two-state solution possible and how will things change under president-elect donald trump? let's discuss now with our political panel. senior congressional correspondent from the "washington examine" darucker ad matt lewis and "washington examiner" selena zito. up early for this panel. how are you guys doing this morning? >> i'm good. >> i want to talk to matt. i want to start with you because israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu launched a scathing attack sunday on the white house after it refused to veto a u.n. security resolution that condemned israeli settlements in the west bank. let's talk about this.
this is between barack obama and benjamin netanyahu is this a long-standing fight? >> it is a long-standing fight and interesting on his way out the door president obama would break not just precedent a hit with our history, but even with his own administration in the past. he has instructed his ambassador to the u.n. to veto such resolutions. now on the way out, he is the one who has broken precedent and i do think it is an opportunity for donald trump, who is sort of lucked into so many things. this is, obviously, very serious thing. but if you're donald trump now coming into the white house and you're immediately going to have this strengthened relationship with the leader of an ally, someone who has been -- you know, having a very difficult relationship with an american president for eight years, this is probably good news for donald trump coming in and inheriting this situation. >> selena, to you, let me read
you what benjamin netanyahu said just yesterday. "from the information we have, we have no doubt that the obama administration initiated it, stood behind it and coordinated on the wording and demanding that it be passed. he went on to say we will do whatever is necessary so israel will not be damaged by this shameful resolution." this is the first time that the obama administration in nearly eight years has allowed a u.n. security council resolution that is critical of israel to pass the first time. that same thing happened six times under president george w. bush, nine times under george h.w. bush, but this is the first for the obama administration and netanyahu is saying there is collusion between the united states and the united nations. >> i think the big difference is that the the relationship that obama and netanyahu had between each other. it has always been frostily to brickly and never seen eye to
eye on a number of things. i'm not surprised that netanyahu took such a strong stance and, yeah, i think it was really interesting that he then lept over obama and went right to the administration and sort of taukd about going forward. he is looking forward to this great relationship with america. one we had since israel was founded. >> before we get into the one president at the time, what is the concrete proof that the obama administration? >> i mean, clearly, this is unusual for the obama administration. it is unusual, generally speaking, for the united states. so, the idea that we just decided, what the heck, let's throw in and let the resolution pass. >> it happened under these other republican presidents. >> it's not relevant to this particular point because the obama administration in particular has been critical of
settlements and no other u.s. government. in fact, the palestinians never made a decision until the obama add m-- you can understand the frustration that obama has with netanyahu. they haven't gotten along. obama felt as if netanyahu poked him in the eye and broke protocol. under aerial sharon they vacated the gaza strip and got nothing for it. they dismantled settlements and all they got was terrorists and missiles. >> in 2011 this same administration vetoed to the united nations and the argument made by ben rhodes you've seen settlement building and we believe this is going to be a road block to a two-state solution. which netanyahu still publicly supports. >> right, rhodes is wrong,
though. not distinguishing between settlements in the west bank and settlements that we know are going to be part of israel if we ever get to a two-state solution. we're dealing with so-called settlements in east jerusalem and so-called settlements between the barrier. israel does not consider these settlements they consider them home building and the palestinians look at it differently. this is happening less than 30 days before obama leaves office. not as if the president now gets to affect a change in policy. it looks like a parting shot. and that is part of, i think, what really rubbed israel the wrong way. >> according to the obama administration, saying it's not a parting shot. basically what they're saying if i read what happens with the accords, this is a land grab by israel and that israel is not abiding by the resolutions that have already been there. >> right, i understand how the administration looks at it. i think that -- >> also members of the united
nations. >> look, you can find members of the israeli left. but there is a reason why netanyahu has been in power this long. his first stint didn't go so well and last so long. he has been in power this long because the israeli left has politically not been as successful as they used to be because israel is concerned about their security and that's why netanyahu's policies have worked so well politically inside his own country. >> so, obviously, president-elect trump, matt, as you know, came out and tweeted about this and he's talk about this and said things will be different at the u.n. after i take over. questions whether the united states will pull funding from the u.n. the u.s. is one-fifth of the total funding. senator lindsey graham is now pushing legislation for that he said unless this resolution is overturned. is that a reality? is that going to happen? >> i don't know about that. donald trump has basically run on a premise that america needs to be, you know, making
unilateral and bilateral deals. and not these multi-lateral organizations. so, this really just buttresses part of what donald trump has been saying about these sort of multi-governmental organizations. i also think david made a couple of really important points there. there is a jewish quarter in the city that according to this resolution, you know, is deemed illegal. and israel won this land in a war in the six-day war. so, granted, the obama administration believes that this is the key to world peace or to at least peace in the middle east. i think that's very naive a anyway. but from benjamin netanyahu's standpoint, this is a provocation, a very serious thing and this is president obama thumbing his nose at one of his allies on his way out the door. >> stick with us. we'll have you back in just a minute.
thank you, all, very much. a lot coming up on "new day." we will speak with the israeli ambassador to the united states ron dermer in the 8:00 hour. some people trying to get home from christmas against. the latest information, next. i became curious where in africa she was from. so i took the ancestry dna test to find out more about my african roots. ancestry really helped me fill in a lot of details.
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it is hard enough to get out of that airport on time, especially on a holiday. now what are folks in store for? >> well, you know, a lot of people would fight back on that one. they had such a wonderful thanksgiving year. the lines are moving fast over the last few periods of the holidays. i want to show you something. look at the cancellation boards here that we have been looking at all day. only two cancellations on this board even though across the nation there have been about 120 cancellations so far. but as you talk about this busy airport and the security lines that people sometimes dread, look at the lines here. this is one of the longest lines we've seen so far. yes, it's early in the morning and people are getting over their christmas hangover, so to speak. so far the lines are moving pretty fast. we talked to one family on the way in and they were worried about the idea of the lines being packed here. but when they arrived they all started smiling because the lines weren't as long. one thing we do talk about is the fact that the roadways will be packed. over 93 million americans will be hitting the roadways.
here in chicago where it is normally cold during this time of year. it's actually 50 degrees outside. more rain on the road than snow and ice. and that's because it's so warm here. a lot of people, though, are surprised about the security lines that we see right here. they're hoping this sticks throughout the entire day and those cancellations start going away. don? >> all right, ryan. thank you very much. stay warm. you're inside. you'll be fine for now. thank you very much. >> absolutely. this post-christmas storm already wreaking havoc on the upper midwest. we turn to meteorologist chad myers and merry after christmas, chad. >> happy boxing day to some of you out there. hey, don, how are you? the big snow is the dakotas and northern minnesota. that is the area of major impact. not a huge airport travel hub in that area. in the new york city area, it's warm, in the 40s. could be some freezing rain upstate in the valleys. watch this morning. temperatures around 31 or 32 and a little bit of mist. that is nothing like what
they're seeing out here in the blizzard conditions of the upper midwest. that is no way to run a railroad. let me tell you that wind is blowing 40, 60 miles per hour at times and drifts are everywhere. there are advisories to stay off the roads in parts of the dakotas. but everywhere else it's green or blue depending on your color. it is not snow, it is warm enough to be rain. that's the good news. rain temperatures all the way across the northeast. 41 for new york city. no major snows for the rest of this travel up and down the east coast. >> the hardy folks of the good state of minnesota. >> you are one. >> i am one. can handle this as can my friends in the dakotas. thank you, chad. merry, merry. let's turn to business. businesses have billions of reasons to be happy as 2016 comes to a close. americans shelling out big bucks for holiday gifts. now, the big after christmas sale and, of course, all the returns are getting under way.
cnn business correspondent alison kosik with the details. >> tally up how the holiday shopping season went. would you believe that americans unloaded hundreds of billions of dollars on gifts. the national retail federation forecasts a 3.6% jump in sales from last year. that total amount spent an incredible $655 billion. now, it was estimated that americans had planned to spend an average of $935 on gifts. that's second to last year. now, i'm thinking that some of what was spent on you for things that you really don't want. let me give you a cheat sheet in return. let's begin with gift cards. if you got a gift card you don't want, meaning you got a gift card to a story you don't shop at, you have some options. nerve wallet has outlined these options to trade in some of these gift cards. giftcardgranny and cardpool are two websites that let you sell your gift cards for around 90% of their value. you can buy cards from other
stores on the site. many coinstar machines you can trade in gift cards there, as well. at target locations, they'll make you an offer on your gift cards from other retailers and load the amount on to a target gift card. your options are endless. get out and return your gifts today, but watch out for the lines. >> alison, thank you very much. i don't think i got anything to return. my hubby did great. >> i thought you were going to say, i didn't get anything. >> the baby did get more than me. >> i saw the baby sitting on top of presents. did she let you open them? >> she sat on presents and ate wrapping paper and i fished it out of her mouth. turning to much more serious news, president-elect donald trump making it clear that he wants to dissolve his foundation before he is sworn into office next month. will that be enough, though, to avoid all of these other conflicts of interest? also a big road block for him just dissolving the foundation. we'll talk about all of it with
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welcome back to "new day." president-elect promising to dissolve his foundation before he's sworn into office next month. he released a statement saying to avoid the appearance of any conflict with my role as president, i continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways. let's talk about it, our panel david drucker and selena zito. the issue here is new york's attorney general who is investigating the foundation said, not so fast. >> right. i believe it was in october that he put the foundation under investigation. infou the foundation has been in
existence since 1988 and run by donald junior, ivanka since 2006. he has not donated to the foundation since 2008 but it has raised tens of millions of dollars. it's in this holding pattern right now. but to the larger issue, trump is going to -- i think we'll see a series of him divesting himself of different business dealings as he leads up to the big announcement that he's going to give about the future of his company and his children's involvement. i mean, trump ran on this breaking all the rules kind of presidency and i think he's continuing to do that with how he handles, how he's dealing with his business dealings. so, i think that this is -- well, unusual for anybody else. this is pretty routine for mr. trump. >> matt, you know me, always a skeptic. do you know donald trump with all these advisors and lawyers around him, don't you think he knew that he couldn't dissolve this foundation and that he
said, hey, i tried, but the new york attorney general won't let me. i think there's a strategy behind this. do you think i'm right or wrong? >> i think you're being a little cynical on this one. >> no skeptical, not cynical. >> christmas. >> i don't know that -- i think that, in a way, that this is actually a hang up. he would probably like, he's got a lot going on. he doesn't need this foundation for him to be donald trump and for him to be significant. so, i think that he would probably like to be able to shutter this thing. he just, frankly, can't. they're going to begin trying to unwind it and it may -- the problem, it may actually end up hurting him if this thing lingers. he wants to put this behind him. the fact that it can't actually be officially closed is probably more of a problem for donald trump than anything. >> david, something that struck me on friday night as everyone started going into the holiday weekend is the president-elect tweeted. that did not surprise me. he likes twitter. what surprised me is what he tweeted. vladimir putin said today about
hillary and the dems in my opinion it's humiliating. he is agreeing with vladimir putin on anything given the relations and he is talking still about winning the election, the election he won at a time -- how many geopolitical issues were there in the last week that he could be tweeting about. what do you think the strategy is? >> donald trump never tires of making sure that we all remember he won the election. two things about that that i thought were interesting. not that he was agreeing with vladimir putin. his bromanse continues. they're, donald trump is a nationalist and trying to affect -- >> within the last 24 hours said, let it bring it on. let there be an arms race. >> trump is going to be the third president in a row to try to charm vladimir putin.
george w. bush failed and barack obama failed. donald trump is going to try a reset of his own. vladimir putin basically a quasi dictator and he's busy lecturing an american candidate about how to lose with dignity when the man doesn't actually win or doesn't actually lose. he just runs the show. he's the last person. i think you can make an argument here in the u.s. we can all talk about whether clinton and her team post-election can handle their loss properly. some believe they have and some believe they haven't. vladimir putin is the last person on earth that can lecture any of our candidates on how to lose with dignity. >> president barack obama weighing in on the election and how they thought of the democrats. take a listen to this. >> i think that hillary clinton performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances. the problem is that we're not there on the ground
communicating, not only the dry policy aspects of this, but that we care about these communities. that we're bleeding for these communities. >> right. >> that we understand why they're frustrated. >> so, he's talking to david axelrod's podcast and talking about how the democrats and especially hillary clinton did not reach out to people in the midwest and rust belt and they essentially lost. matt lewis, weigh in on that. what do you think? is the president right? >> everybody should be listening to pod casts because you'll get that conversation that i like. so, check that out. but, no, i think he is right. i mean, clearly, i think the big secret of this election and the turning point is that the democratic party used to be the party of working class americans. and, you know, and at least the perception was the republican party was the party of the rich and the democratic party was the party of the working man. and that, you know, if you're working class white guy, certainly, in the rust belt or
in aplatcha the democratic party is not your party. so, if the democratic party wants to regain their status, they're going to have to make some changes. >> the problem now, it's a little late. >> it's late. look, a lot of what is our party, who leads our party, those comments clinton made. people in the midwest told me to never forget when she said i'll put a lot of coal miners out of work. they never forgot that. guys, thank you very much. up next, a trick play with a big twist. how a kansas city chiefs lineman made a little history with a little toss. we'll tell you, next in the bleacher report. irement may not always be clear. but at t. rowe price, we can help guide your retirement savings. so wherever your retirement journey takes you, we can help you reach your goals. call us or your advisor t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
let's talk some sports. well, i'm going to let coy wire do it because i don't know that much about sports. but i do know that the chiefs punched their ticket to the playoffs and knocked out the broncos. i know a little bit, coy. coy wire has more in this morning's "bleacher report." >> don lemon, everyone. it's a good monday. the chiefs have played second fiddle and watched the broncos own the afc west the last five seasons but this season the broncos don't have some guy named peyton manning any more. the chief fans knew this was the year. they were even willing to weather the rain and the wind and it was blustery and cold,
but that wasn't going to keep the die-hand fans away. santa wasn't the only big jollo fellow delivering gifts. 346-pound with a touchdown throw. i've seen it all. the chiefs defensive tackle because the heaviest player to ever throw a touchdown pass. that big belly is a whole big -- my goodness, a bowl full of jelly. the chiefs win 33-10 and the defending super bowl champs, broncos, will watch the playoffs from the couch. one of the most heated rivalries steelers/ravens. the steelers have the ball down by three with under ten seconds to go. ben roethlisberger finds antonio brown from four yards out. watch this. stretches out like spandex on santa claus delivering that christmas day gift in front of the hometown crowd. complete that comeback. they win 31-27 and earn their first division title since 2014.
the sweetest part of all, they beat their heated foes, the ravens and knock them clear out of playoff contention. let's look at the nba where basketball fans were expecting a great game. a rematch of the nba finals and they were not disappointed. the cavs would not quit against the warriors. lebron flushing that one down the chimney and kirie irving. and the turn around fade away jumper with 3.4 seconds left to win the game. that one looks like that shot from the finals back in june. cleveland pulls off that 14-point comeback in the last ten minutes of the game. final score 109-108. poppy, for the sports fan, some college football today. you have mississippi state playing in the st. petersburg bowl. that is at 11:00 eastern. should be good stuff coming your way. >> i'm going to pretend that i didn't watch my vikings this weekend. that didn't happen.
that didn't happen. no. >> i'm with you. >> thank you, my friend. investigators scrambling to figure out what caused a russian military plane to crash. this as the entire country is observing a national day of mourning. a live report, next, from moscow. when heartburn hits, fight back fast with tums smoothies. it starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue. and neutralizes stomach acid at the source. ♪ tum -tum -tum -tum smoothies! only from tums nosy neighbor with a glad bag, full of trash. what happens next? nothing. only glad has febreze to neutralize odors for 5 days. guaranteed. even the most perceptive noses won't notice the trash. be happy. it's glad.
russia today observing a national day of mourning, remembering those lost. our senior international correspondent matthew chance is live for us now in moscow. matt, what else are we learning about what caused this and the victims onboard? >> we're not learning a lot at this point about what caused this sudden catastrophe in the air as this 154 aircraft which is an old aircraft built in about 1983 plunge under to the black sea shortly after taking off from the black sea town of sochi in southern russia. you're right, russian officials really from the few hours after the crash took place are saying that they didn't believe that terrorism was a version that they're considering, an option they're considering in this. that's because this was a military aircraft. it was operated by the russian defense ministry. onboard it had russian troops and it had 64 members of the russian army choir. and they were en route to syria
where russian troops are stationed to perform a new year's concert. but the investigation is still only just in its early stages. they're saying they're focusing on technical pilot error in the moment. but that could change in the hours ahead. >> matthew live in moscow. officials in southern germany defused a bomb buried at a construction site. the explosive from world war ii weighing nearly two tons. officials chose christmas day as a day to safely detonate it, forcing 50,000 people to leave their homes for most of the day. the explosive was traced back to britain, which dropped it during the war. u.s. security forces helping to keep hundreds of iraqis safe as they return home and celebrate christmas mass for the first time in years. their town of east of mosul was under isis control since 2014 before being liberated in october. mohammad live for us in istanbul with more. mohammed? >> john, you know there are no
shortage of horrific stories in this part of the world, but this story is something different. it has to do with a town called bartello which is just on the outskirts of mosul. overtaken in 2014. when that happened most of the people were christian fled and never dreamed they could go back so quickly and also go back to the same church where they could hold a christmas mass. take a look. you can see the images there. they are celebrating and observing it. of course, this wouldn't have been possible without u.s. troops helping to secure that compound. one little interesting side note, don, some american troops went into the church and participated in the mass. in order to do that, they had to disarm and leave their weapons at the door and some conflict zones that is violation of army protocol. in this case an important step towards building trust and showing them that america and american troops are part of this offensive to get isis out of every corner of the country. >> mohammad, thank you very much. pretty powerful images there.
a 7.7 earthquake rattles the southern coast of chile. you can see it really ripped up the road there. a tsunami issue alert was issued shortly after. that has since been pulled back. aspry cauti as a precaution more than 5,000 people living by the coast were evacuated. no deaths reported. following a lot of news this morning following the sudden death of george michael. let's get to it. >> when it comes to the u.n., the gloves are off. >> we agree that the security council was not a place to resolve the issue. >> bipartisan policy of the u.s. government for decades to oppose settlements. >> we have iron clad information, frankly, that the obama administration helped push this resolution. president-elect donald trump announcing that he will dissolve his charitable foundation. >> scrutiny over his charitable work led to an investigation, which is currently ongoing.
george michael being remembered for his chart-topping music. >> many people had profound feelings about. >> i remember loving human being with so much talent. ♪ don't let the sun go down on me ♪ >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. welcome to "new day. alisyn and chris are off this week. poppy harlow joins me. i can't believe this happened. so young. 53 years old. the world mourning the death of george michael. he died at his home outside london on christmas day. >> stunning all of us. many stunned celebrities and fans around the globe paying tribute to the british star this morning. he is being remembered for his unforgettable voice and his chart-topping hits. ian lee is outside his home in north london. what is the reaction been? i'm sure