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want to see my sabre? demonstrators say he was handcuffed when officers opened fire. authorities denied that, the police union saying clark was reaching for an officer's gun. several protesters were removed by police but they say the
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till the officers involved are charged. those officers are on paid leave pending an independent state investigation. here an the airport the roadways are back open and the heavy lice presence as authorities try to get things back to normal. alex perez, minneapolis. >> and black lives matter protesters shut down a major freeway in the los angeles area. the action started mid afternoon. this is on the 405 in englewood. demonstrators spray painted the names of black suspects killed by police in recent months. nine people were arrested. six service members killed in afghanistan by a bomber are back in the u.s. defense secretary ash carter was at dover air force base in delaware for the return of the bodies. among them was a a new york city police detective and air force major believed to be the first openly gay active dy service woman to die in combat. across iraq a wave o o anti-isis attacks killed at least 15 people after government
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to tak back a major city. isis is putting up a tough fight. roadad are mined and homeses are rigged with bombs. snipers are also slowing the advance of the government forces. >> and isis is also causing concerns at the vatican. so get this. the new york police department is on patrol there to protect visitors during the roman catholic church's year long jubilee. it's an unprecedented move as abc's elizabeth hur explains. >> good to see you. enjoy. >> reporter: it's a first for the nypd and the italian police, but this joint international security operation at the ran can is a sign of the times. >> in light of recent events in europe and in the united states, you know, we continue to learn and we continued to adapt. >> reporter: police from new york, spain and poland are in rome assisting with security for the catholic church's year long jubilee ef mercy. it is only the 27th time in the history of the church that there
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year,, italianan officials say there will be increased police patrols for a good reason. explaining they cannot underestimate or ignore the ongoing threat posed by isis, especially following the recent attacks in paris. authorities say they deployed thousands of officers and soldiers from across italy and asked for help from around the world. anan for securury reasons, italian authorities are not revealing the exact number of officers taking part in this operation but we are told there will be visible policeresence at the v vican at all times. reena and kendis. >> impressive endeavor. it's one of the holiest times of the year on the christian calendar. these are proof in nagz reth the birth of jesus christ was celebrated with the re-enactment of the nativity with special details re-creating what jesus hometown may have looked like in biblicaltimes. acacrs dressed a a maryy and
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others took visitors on a trip through time. it looks like a little time capsule there. >> it really does. and speaking of chchstmas, wee all know that santa claus is gearing up for his annual be round the world trip. we're going to presume hisinal preparations got done somewhat early this year. >> we s thatt because thehe was santa. seen there carrying his paddle board to the ni agrag river in balmy buffalo, new york. he got in the river and paddled away. >> so all kidding aside that's john fulton the so-called surfing santa. he's taking his yearly three-mile trip down the ni agrag river. he does it to raise awareness about homelessness. >> i'm troubled there's no bag of toys following him. >> yeah, and also missing from that picture right there, the icebergs that usually gather on the ni agrag river about now. he wears a bodysuit to warm him up. this year he didn't quite need
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temperatures up in buffalo. hang ten, man. coming up, the school lunch lady fired for being generous. there's a breaking development "the mix." >> the political cartoon taking aim aim at ted cruz's children. how the insulted presidential hopeful is fighting back. >> and theittle girl who panicked after knocking an elf off the shelf. what she did to stay off of santa's naughty list. >> look for our pictures on instagram, abcwnn. merry christmas, everyone, from "world news now." hey buddy, let's get these dayquil liquid gels and go. but these liquid gels are new. mucinex fast max. it's the same difference. these are multi-symptom. well so are ththe. this one is max strengng and fights mucus. that one doesn't. uh...think fast! you dropped something. oh...i'll t it back on the shelf... new from mucinex fast max. the onlylyold and flu liquid gel that's max-strength and fights mucus. start the relief. ditch the misery.
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the man who pleaded guilty to a felony after flying a vi joe copter onto the grounds of the u.s. capitol says he's going to run against one of the most powerful democrats in congress. douglas hughes wants to take on debbie wasserman-schultz, the chair of thth democratic national committee. his attorneys say that does not make him ineligible to run. what do you think? >> interesting race. to presidential politicss now and some of dr. ben carson's staffers are denying a possible shake-up is about to take pce inside his campaign. >> ted cruz has drawn something of a line in the political sand when it comes to his children. >> in ted cruz turns an alleged insult into ammunition. "the washingtopost" took down
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depicted cruz's two daughters as trained monkeys but not before cruz forwarded to supporters in a fund-raising appeal. >> folks want to attack me, that's part of the process. i signed up for that, that's fine. but my girls didn. >> cruz calls the cartoon proof of the liberal media's desperation to attack him. an editor at the post says he doesn't agree with the cartoonist that is cruz's children are fair media for scrutiny because cruz featured them in this christmas themed campaign ad. also defending against a controversial attack, hillary clinton after donald trump used aid sexually drogry term to describe her loss i i 2008. despite controversy, a new national poll shows trump maintains his commanding lead in the republican race. >> i think right now the odds favor him. >> the last time a republican was this had dominant right
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george w. bush went on to win the nomination. reena, kendis? >> wow. every night we talk about how donald trump is -- >> is surging and continues to surge. his poll numbers nationally around 38% now and the next closest ted cruz about 18%. we still have about 38 days till the iowa caucuses. you have to think. >> he used a fund-raising opportunity, he even had a picture of hillary clinton lap dogs in the "new york times" and "washington post" as the dogs. do you think this helps his supporters rally even stronger behind him? >> for donald trump? >> sorry, for ted cruz. >> no, this is actually the sort of gravy he needs. the good thing for donald trump, this is what his supporters need for him to take on hillary clinton at this point, that will help his numbers i would imagine. >> okay. see what happens. >> coming up in our next half hour, gift card grinches. the most popular of gifts
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worthless before you can buy them. >> first a desperate 911 call made by a little girl she'll end up on santa's badside after an incident with an elf on a shelf. you're watching "world news
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>> announcer: "world news n >> okay, people, tomorrow morning, 10:00 a.m. santa's coming to town. >> santa! oh, my god! santa here? i know him. i know him. >> oh, everyone's excited for santa. >> santa.
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but when one elf fell off the shelf, a new jersey girl jumped into action. >> so she was trying to stay off of and that's naughty list. so of course, she had to call 911. abc's ron claiborne with her story. >> reporter: twas the week before christmas, and 7-year-old izzy was playing in her family's living room. >> i was doing this and then it hit the elf. >> reporter: one of the two elves on their shelf, his name is buddy jingles, was knocked out of his stocking and onto the floor. >> ah! >> reporter: from a popular book based on an old tradition that has become a viral phenomenon. an elf is supposed to be left alone, to observe who is naughty or nice and report back to santa. an adult can touch an elf but a child, absolutely not. so when izzy's elf plopped out, she called 911. >> 911. >> 911. where is your emergency? >> don't come to my house, no, i don't! >> reporter: a few minutes later. >> hello?
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come to check it out. >> mommy, there's a man at the door. >> so, i said, can i help you? and he said, your daughter called 911. >> reporter: it all worked out for the best. with little izzy learning a valuable lesson. >> don't call 911 -- for only emergencies. that's what you do. and don't call it for nonemergencies. merry christmas, everyone! merry christmas, kids. >> reporter: the end. ron claiborne, abc news, old bridge, new jersey. >> hey, to her it was an emergency. >> absolutely. she's still talking right now, isabela. it was an emergency. that's right. that's what the police -- the police lieutenant there was saying that it was an emergency to her when she touched the elf and she thought she was going to ruin christmas. so. >> that's got to be very traumatic at that age. >> absolutely. she's on the good list still. >> coming up, little beds in odd places. christmas accommodations for guests this weekend. >> and the reason a little boy
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okay. it's time for "the mix." >> and we're going to start this with the you've got to be kidding me. take a look at this woman here. this is dalene bowden, a lunch lady in idaho. she seems nice enough but recently got fired because she gave a 12-year-old girl who -- meal from the cafeteria. she's a lunch lady there at the cafeteria at the middle school and apparently the young girl was hungry and didn't have any money for the meal. this is a termination letter. but instead of praising her, the middle school fired her. they say for stealing. >> oh, no. come on. >> yeah. can you believe that? the supervisor actually refused to allow her to even pay for the lunch for this young lady. >> what? >> after a little bit of blow
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offered her job back. not sure if miss bowden plans to take it. >> also because my cafeteria ladies in tampa, florida, always gave me extra tater tots. i was a pathetic little child. >> sthoutout to lewis elementary. >> you like that. >> yes. >> a lot of people coming over whether it's grandma's house, friends house for the season. take a look at the weird places people are staying. childhood beds where adults are required to sleep in. this is hello kitty. this is like my daughter's dream bed right here. probably not an older adult's dream bed. a few years ago, he had to stay in that small little twin bed and shared his bed on social media and wants others to share their beds, as well. >> when you go back home to your parents bed, all of a sudden you're in your spider-man pajamas and once again on the bed.
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>> that's kind of awkward. >> okay. >> but it's cozy. if you get cold, you just turn on the dryer. >> exactly. >> folks, don't do that. >> lull you to sleep. i want to show you this wonderful wedding ceremony taking place down under. beautiful setting. a beautiful couple. you know, this is hannah and ben. they're getting married. and you know, it's just a beautiful setting for their wedding and then their 3-year-old son steps in. take a listen quickly. >> the real values in life and come back to decide what really matters. >> he says i got to poop. >> nothing about timing. but anyways, a guest swooped him up and took him off. there's actually video of what happens next to young hudson.
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>> come back to dec this morning on "world news now," holiday heartache. tornadoes blast their way across several southern states. the twisters caught on camera. the human toll andndoday's threat from accuweather. >> fighting back. the controversial political cartoon taking aim at ted cruz and his children. how this candidate is turning an insult into an opportunity. >new this half hour, banned from the u.s. one family's outrage. >> the british man and family members planning to visit disneyland. was their flight canceled because of their religion? and later in "the skinny," madonna's legal battle has nothing to do with her music. this is an international family dispute on this christmas eve. it is thursday, december 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this christmas eve. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. of course, we're going to get
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because of those deadly storms that are crossing the south. >> we're talking at least seven people who have been killed in the violent weather that stretched from arkansas to mississippi. there have been at least 21 reports of tornadoes confirmed and twisters, as well, including this monster wedge toado in holly springs, mississippi, that killed at least two people inclulung a 7-year-old boy. >> we're just getting a look at some of the devastation in tennessee where at least two people were killed there. look at that. that car just tossed around. our coverage begins with phillip mena in memphis. >> oh, man. >> reporter: this massive tornado touching down in mississippi. but the storm dumping half a footf rain on mobile, alabama. this neighborhood underwater, the street looking more like a river. pied spread damage across the south as storms moved through. in arkansas60-mile-an-hour winds uprooting winds. an 18-year-old woman died after a tree crashed into this home. an 18-moh-old baby pulled fr the wreckage. >> the toddler was transported
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the 18-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene. >> on the other side of that storm system, heavy snow causing spinouts in wisconsin. meanwhile in the west, snow-covered roads snarlinin traffic in utata while gusts over 80 miles an hour in mojave, california, toppled 15 to 20 tractor-trailers. watch as the roof of this building is ripped clean off. those big rigs banned from the highway till the winds die down. >> scary. i don't like this truck rocking. >> reporter: and these storms are still not over.. the mayor of clarkesville, mississippi, calls the damagag there horrific. and officials here in memphis are worried that christmas decorations could become projectiles as these storms continue to fire up. phillip mena, abc news, memphis, tennessee. >> thank you. it's been a busy christmas eve for law enforcement and emergency management in the south after those deadly storms. >> as video comes in showing how
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tornadoes can be, the strong winds knocked over a truck on a busy interstate in mississippi. meteorologist justin povick continues our coverere right now from accuweather. good morning. >> reena, kendis. thanks and good morning to you, as well. thankfully good news. the severe threat that hammered the tennessee valley with all the tornadoes and the damaging winds, that is a thing of the past. there will be some s swers along the eastern seaboard. out west, we're concerned about some wet and wintry weather creating some big-time travel delays from san francisco on southbound. then as we kick out east, showers on the move, but temperatures will be record-breaking warm. reena and kendis, back to you. >> our thanks to justin there at accuweather. as you mentioned, the big story is the snow in the west. avalanche warnings are posted in 11 states, in telluride, colorado it was a sea of white at the airport where a private plane collided with a snow plow. that was trying to land the
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injured. nor were the seven people on board that plane. there's no word, wever, on whwh thatatlane tried to land on a closed runway. it was an emergency landing for a southwest airlines flight in oakland, california. the pilots reported landing gear problems shortly after takeoff ananhad to remain in a h hding pattern for four hours burning fuel over california's central valley. many passengers were deeply shaken by this. the ride was turbulent as the pilots tried unsuccessfully to get the plane back up. the plane eventually landed safely. a walmart truck driver facing charges in connection with last year's crash that seriously injured tracy morgan. a grand jury indicted kevin roper. the charges include first degree aggravated manslaughter. investigators found roper hadn't slt for 28 hours befororthe crash along the new jersey turnpike. morgan's friend was killed in the crash. the man accused of a deadly shooting at a colorado planned parenthood clinic wants to act
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robert d dr also told a judge that he won't cooperate in a competency hearing as is in previous court appearances, dear talked over his own attorney andflectct interrupted the judge. he faces nearly 200 charges for the shooting which left three people dead. britain's prime minister is getting involved after a family's trip to the u.s. that included disneyland was spoiled allegedly by homeland security. the british family, two brothers and their nine children, were stopped at the airport's departure gate. they say they were the only muslim-looking people online for the flight from the uk to los angeles. >> we actually felt humiliated, alienated because the way they were dealt with was just out of the ordinary. >> the family will not get a refund of their more than $13,000 in airfare and other bookings. u.s. officials say they were not denied entry into this country because they are muslim. the british government is demanding an explanation. the race for presidency, a controversial political cartoon
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republican ted cruz. take a look at the cartoon. cruz is depicted as an organ grinder dressed as santa, and his daughters as dancing monkeys. cruz saying yesterday "don't mess with my kids, don't mess with anybody's kids." abc's jonathan karl reports. >> please read this one, daddy. >> reporter: in an "snl" style parody produced by his campaign, senator ted cruz reads conservative christmas stories with his family. his young daughters, catherine and cacaline, join in. >> the whole family will enjoying reading stories like "the grinch who lost her e-mails." >> i know just what i'll do, she said with a snicker, i will use my own server and no one will be the wisese >> reporter: the ad prompted "the washington post" to run a political cartoon depicting cruz's daughters as trained monkeys. >> n much ticks me off. but making fun of my girls, that will do it. it's not complicated, don't make fun of a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl.
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challengers agree on this one. >his is off-limits, a a ted cruz w w absolutely right to be outraged. >> reporter: donald trump called the cartoon "bad," marco rubio called it "disgusting." the cartoonist was unapologetic, tweeting, "ted cruz has put his children in a political ad. don't start screaming when the editorial cartoonists draw them, as well." >> dear jesus, thank you for the food -- >> reporter: long before the christmas ad, the cruz campaign posted extensiveveideo of the kids for future campaign ads. >> i'm ted cruz -- >> and we approve this message. >> reporter: and kids are often featured in campaigns. for example, this obama campaign video from 2012, which prompted no such political cartoon. "the post" eventually took the cruz cartoon down. the editorial page editor explaining, "post policy is usually to leave the children out of it," acknowledging they should have done that this time. cruz is now using the cartoon to raise money. "i'm sickened," he writes to supporters. "this shows you exactly how
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famimi." cruz has also offered up his own political cartoon, featuring what he calls hillary clinton and her lap dogs, "the washington post" and " "w york times.s. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> got to love presidential politics. don't you? well, the twin birth rate hit an all-time high last year in the u.s. one ininbout 29 babies was a a twin last year. in 1980, only one in 53 babies was a twin. the increase may be due to women waiting longer to start families. in the meantime, the birir rates for teenagers dropped 9% from that's interesting, the the museum today. my mother-in-law was saying how they noticed so many sets of twins, brothers and sisters or sisters and sisters. >> we all lovevewins. >> we do. speaking of twins, voters in one east texas county may do a double take in the race for sheriff. >> people say all politicians look alike. that's literally the case here. identical twins harry and barry
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office. barry started as a teacher and a coach, then became a texas ranger. he was joioid in law enforcementnt a few years lateteby his brother. >> and despite their differences, barry says we're going to be biological brothers to the end of the world and we're going to be spiritual brothers forever. >> yeah, that's interesting they are running against each other but they do have others that are in the race, two others that are running. a total of four candidates. >> i just vote for them because they have nice cowboy hats. >> wonder who mom would vote for. >> i bet mom stays home. i bet mom stays home. coming up in "the skinny," a big moment for beatles fans. they've been waiting for this for years. >> also ahead, waiting till the very last minute for holiday bargains. we're taking you into an iconic new york department store to show you the early morning procrastinnaters. >> but first, a consumer alert about gift cards. how thieves could make the next gift card you buy absolutely worthless.
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germs. more than 50 customers came down with e. coli in the chipotle near boston college will reopen today after passing an inspection. two dozen patrons became ill with norovirus. >> with limited options for last minute christmas presents, gift cards are an easy option. >> although you can't give your son that. >> no, no, struggling with my son. we need to find a sasaage rescue bot. >> throw it out to the university. >> let me know where i can find one, folks. >> you can now buy many gift cards mostly anywhere. that can be a problem since thieves are targeting the cards, robbing their value. abc's mara schiavocampo with more. >> reporter: gift cards at the top of many a wish list. shoppers expected to spend almost $26 billion on these cash cards. >> i think they're a great clutch gift to give anybody. >> the easier choice. so you don't disappoint anybody. >> reporter: but experts warn these holiday favorites could come with a risk. >> gift cards are absolutely vulnerabab to scammers. there are lots of different ways that nefarious people can get their hands on the cards and
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>> reporter: part of the problem? cards can be as easy to use as cash. requiring no i.d., pin number, or signature making them very alluring targets for scammers. here's how it works. before you buy the card, thieves can copy its information, sometimes using handheld skimmers, later stealing the card's value. so, experts say, look for tampered packaging, especially at the scratchoff area in the back. use the card right away. register your card. and be sure to use a reputable site if you're thinking of trading in unwanted gift cards on an online exchange. >> the safest way to buy cards is online or from m locked drawer in the store. >> reporter: ensuring a holiday scam doesn't leave you saying bah humbug. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> all right. coming up, the singing superstar trying to get her son to come home for christmas. >> and sir paul's message to fans as the beatle music goes
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"the skinny" up next.
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skinny, so skinny the big mystery on january 4th will be answered on "gma." can't wait. leading "the skinny," the material girl like many parents having some trouble withlele teenage child. >> madonna was in a manhattan court yesterday and won a court order forcing her 15-year-old son to return home to the u.s. from london. according to numerous reports, madonna is in a custody bat with her ex-husband, british filmmaker guy richie and their son rocco apparently wants to live with daddy. >> the judge told richie's lawyer if the child wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother first. >> look at him. he's all grown up. >> he's now 15 years old. >> where did the time go? >> i know, we're old. >> i wouldn't mess with madonna. not because she's madonna but because she's mama. she's working that gown there. all righty. there has been an answer. let it stream. a huge musical milestone, the beatles music now available for
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>> for many, the biggest musical stars on the planet like taylor swift and adele, the issue has been contentious. now arguably the biggest band ever is on board. >> no argument there. >> thrhrgh services like spotify, apple music, rhapsody, title and others fans can listen to 17 beatles albums on demand. to celebrate last night sir paul here tweeting out this message wishing everyone a very happy crimbo and a peaceful new year. >> the new song is going to released we're streaming, yeah, yeah, yeah. we're streaming move on, next story. in music news, hip-hop star kendrick lamar is spreading holiday cheer this season, as well. thrapper who just received more grammy nominations than any other artist for his album "to pimp a butterfly," what does that mean? to pimp a butterfly? break that down for me. what did you say, it's to kill a mockingbird?
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music video or pushing a new single but by showing kids the key to success. hard work. in a new video on utube, you see kendrick with a young boy who witnesses all the love the rapper has shown but where other stars might let it go to their head, he keeps it in perspective for his young friend. >> anything you want is on me. >> please, i insist. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you're most certainly welcome. >> man, anytime. >> you know who that is? kendrick lamar. >> i should have got two. >> i know. hard work. >> you need to work for that. >> come on, man, take the ice cream? >> i got to. >> my favorite flavor. >> i don't care. >> unique musical arrangements on "to pimp a butterfly," have set him apart from his peers making him a huge hit with critics and fans and anearning
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>> i think "to pimp a butterfly," sting like a bee, swing like a butterfly. >> the famous quote by mike tyson you're referring to. >> you don't even know the quote either. and finally, a holiday gift the cast of the beloved netflix series "orange is the new black" in character for the classic retelling of a christmas tale. >> the story of santa coming to their prison. >> we sprang to our bunks as the guards gave a shout, our christmas was over, our secret was out. >> santa fled from the scene as the lockdown began. >> not the first time i've taken the rap for a man. >> i heard him exclaim as we ran to our could thes. >> happy holidays, ladies, you're all getting shots. >> oh, that's hilarious. season 4 coming sometime next year. >> merry christmas. >> i remember now. float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. >> brian getting in her ear. >> no, he didn't get in my ear. it came to me naturally.
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here comes santa claus, here comes santa claus right down santa claus lane >> this is time less. >> it is time less. listen to it in march of next year. if you haven't finished your christmas shopping, you've got plenty of time. but at least you're in good company. >> there are plenty of people out there who have yet to wrap their presents and place them under the tree. abc's trina trinh is at macy's here in new york with last minute shoppers. >> hey, guys, that's right. >> i'm here at macy's herald square the iconic store here in new york city where i'm learning when it comes to christmas shopping, there are a lot of procrastinators among us. take a look here. people still out shopping on christmas eve. we've just got a couple of hours to go before the official day. and it's crunch time. and people are out trying to
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maybe they were undecided about at to get for people this year. every shopper here. hi, can i talk to you? >> hi. >> what are you in the market for? >> for shirts. >> okay. and who are you shopping for tonight? >> i'm shopping for my wife, my son, my mother, my father, my grandfather, my grandmother, my other grandfather and grandmother and aunts and uncles. >> you waited till the 11th hour to come here tonight. >> i just came back from jersey, yes. >> why did it take you till now? you could have been a ttle bit more prepared. >> yes, you're right. what's on the list for everyone? >> i have no idea. i'm so confused. i have no idea. >> good luck. good luck. >> thank you. >> how about you? what are you here shopopng for tonight? >> some cologne. >> some cloninging?
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now is this really for yourself or somebody else? >> it's really for me, no, for my dad. >> i thought so. all right. so a lot of shopping still going on here at macy's. wishing these guys a lot of luck. we'll see what happens on christmas day. back to you. >> thank you, tina. good to know. there's nothing wrong with buying a little merry merry christmas gift for yourself. >> i do it all the time. i did shopping yesterday and ended up buying a lot of stuff for myself along the way. the good thing is a lot of these stores are open overnight, toys "r" us being one of them and open till late on christmas eve. >> still got to find the rescue bot salvage. got the wrong size. let me know, folks. >> your poor kid is not going to have a happy christmas. >> he wrote a letr to santa. the one thing he wanted this christmama >> updates wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's
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insomniacs for two decades.canandate in the race for the g-o-p presidential nomination. that's according to a c-n-n / o-r-c poll released wednesday. trump tops the field with 39 percent support nationwide. texas senator ted cruz is a clear second with 18 percent support. the next two - ben carson and florida senator marco rubio - are tied at 10 percent. on the democratic side, hillary clinton maintained her lead over vermont senator bernieanders - 50 to 34 percent.
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good morning on this christmas eve. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. taking a look at some of our top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." at least seven people are dead across parts of the south where nearly two dozen tornadoes cut a wide path of destruction across mississippi, tennessee and arkansas. more details and our accuweather forecast in a moment. the bodies of the six service members killed in afghanistan are back in the u.s. defense secretary ash carter honored them at a memorial ceremony at delaware's air force base. >> douglas hughes awaiting sentencing for flying a gyrocopter onto the grounds of the u.s. capitol says he's going to challenge representative debbie wasserman-schultz for her seat in congress. she's the chair of the democratic national committee. and christian pill grips in israel celebrating christmas by visiting a nativity re-enactment in nazareth and church services later in bethlehem. those are some of our top
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is christmas eve, december 24th.ories on this thursday and it is christmas eve, december 24 >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> well, merry christmas. partner. >> merry christmas to you. >> hope you finished all your christmas shopping. >> completely done, i've got to wrap them all. clearly you got completely wrapped there in christmas. >> i wrapped up in your wrapping paper. figured you didn't need any. >> like a hot red. >> i'll take that as a compliment. not so hot down south. violent weather, the images remarkable. some people not having a merry christmas down there. tremendous. striking parts of the south. at least seveneneople dead. >> not the sort of story we want to talk about going into christmas eve and christmas, as well. at least seven people are dead but at least 21 tornadoes raked across three southern states. including this monster. look at that. this is in the town of holly springs, mississippi and this is what's left behind. two people including a
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the twister picked up and tossed the car the boy was riding in by -- with relatives. by nightfall, parts of holly springs reduced to piles of rubble. some people were caught on the side of the road trying to decide where to turn. >> back it up. >> no. you ain't got time to turn around. >> there's a tornado in front of us. >> settle down. >> it's not over yet. tornado watches remain in effect across parts of at least four southern states. >> this violent weather couldn't have hit at a worse time as tens of millions of americans set out on their holiday travels. highways and airports have been packed. getting home to family has been a bit of a nightmare. abc's brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: let the holiday travel rush begin. >> this is the worst time to travel. >> reporter: airports are packed across the country. long lines forming in chicago before 6:00 a.m. >> madness. this is crazy. >> i'm hoping i'm going catch my flight. >> reporter: one to three-hour
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>> we're delayed. >> it looks like we're on time. no, delayed. >> reporter: this southwest airlines flight was forced to return to oakland for an emergency landing after the plane suffering a mechanical problem circled for nearly four hours. >> the plane was thumping a going very slow because they were trying to get the landing gear up and it wouldn't go up. >> reporter: across much of the country, severe weather is impacting the roads. with snow falling at an inch per hour in parts of oregon. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: 80-mile-per-hour winds leaving damage in southern california and this tornado touching down destroying several homes in mississippi. >> if you haven't finalized your travel plans just yet, be aware the second worst travel day is expected to be sunday. reena and kendis? >> our thanks to brandi there. the usual weather pattern could cause more travel delays in the hours ahead. >> snow in the west and
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here's accuweather's justin povick. good morning, justin. >> thanks and good morning to you, as well. the severe threat has diminished. good news after a very, very busy day yesterday with all the tornado reports and unfortunately, all the damage, as well. there will be some rain continuing for today out east. but this is the big story. temperature departures 25 to 30 degrees above normal. we're talking about record amounts of warmth. out east, we're concerned about heavy snow in the higher terrain and soaking showers at the coast. reena and kendis, back to you. >> thank you so much. lawyers for the woman accuses of driving on a las vegas strip sidewalk says she's distraught and overwhelmed. lakeisha holloway made her first court appearance yesterday she's charged with murder, child abuse and hit and run. she's currently on a suicide watch. one person was killed in the incident. the coroner says jessica valenzuela died of blunt force trauma. >> there's an uproar in florida over a woman who died after she
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her family blames the police and the medical center. they say the cause of her death is did i have to detect and treat. more from abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: angela donar says she watched her niece, 57-year-old barbara dawson, collapse as police hauled her out of a hospital in handcuffs. >> they didn't do what they could. >> reporter: relatives say it all started around 10:30 sunday night. dawson was rushed by ambulance to this small florida hospital, complaining of stomach pain. she was evaluated by doctors and discharged just before 5:00 a.m., but her family says dawson still didn't feel well and wanted to stay. that's when lawyers for the family say hospital staff called the police. families say nurses took her off the hospital's oxygen, and dawson complained of trouble breathing in the parking lot. this photo, taken by a family member, shows dawson where she collapsed, still in handcuffs near the police car.
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strongly concerned that a person who is seeking medical help would end up in cuffs and end up dead. >> reporter: according to police, medical staff observed dawson had a pulse and appeared to be breathing. she was taken back into the hospital, where she died. the medical examiner telling police, dawson suffered a blood clot in her lungs. the calhoun liberty hospital saying, it can't comomnt on why dawson was removed but saying, "in such cases, the safety and comfort of all patients is considered." the florida department of law enforcement says it will investigate. linzie janis, abc news, new york. at least 15 civilians are dead in a wave of attacks across iraq, most of them bombings. they progress by government forces in taking back the city of ramadi from isis. but it's tough going. many roads and houses are booby-trapped. ramadi fell in may. the army chief of staff claims it will be back in government hands within days. british officials want answers from the u.s. why a
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vacation was spoiled. the two brothersnd their 11 children were stopped right at the boarding ramp and told they could not get on their flight to los angeles on orders from washington, d.c. they say it was humiliating and traumatic. homeland security agents say their religion had nothing to do with their decision but they wouldn't elaborate. >> a black lives matter activist says the mall of america was used as a decoy to start a protest that quickly moved to the minneapolis airport. a dozen people were arrested in the two demonstrations. protesters are angry over the killing of a black man by police. they claim jamar clark was shot while handcuffed and police deny that. >> the walmart truck driver who slammed into tracey morgan's limo has been indicted. kevin rope ser charged with first degree aggravated manslaughter. investigators found that he hadn't slept for 28 hours before the crash along the new jersey turnpike. morgan was seriously injured and
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>> former penn state assistant football coach jerry sandusky will be receiving a rather large pension payment next week. he's serving a prison sentence for child molestation. the pennsylvania pension system stopped his monthly payments the day he was convicted. that was three years ago. a court has ruled that was illegal because he retired in 1999. he will be mailed a check for $211,000 next monday and his monthly benefits nearly $5,000 will resume next month. and steph curry of the golden state warriors among the big nba stars who appear in a new public service ad against gun violence. the spot also features survivors of gun violence and families of shooting victims. it will debut tomorrow during the nba's popular christmas day schedule of games. >> the chipotle restaurant near boston college is reopening today. after passing a food safety inspection. about two dozen pronz came down with norovirus after eating there. the mexican style chain has been
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and taking steps nationally to improve food safety including new ways of preparing fresh vegetables. sales have plummeted since midsummer. >> in milwaukee, it is being called astounding feat of sweets. the house from the disney pixar movie "up" has been re-created into a fantastical confectionery conglomeration. this genius gingerbread house was created by an 18-year-old. as part of the milwaukee area technical college baking and pastry arts student gingerbread house competition. >> it took her more than 100 hours to create but sadly, can you believe it, didn't take the prize. how is that possible? >> what would take the prize above that? >> i like the little gum drops supposed to be the balloon out of the chimney there. is that gum drops or jelly breens? >> i think they're jelly beans. that's cool. >> disney is the parent company of abc news. >> really?
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>> okay. we should know that. coming up, the social media trend that is not in the christmas spirit. how it can be harmful to kids. >> also ahead, shopping for bargains even at this hour. the early morning mad dash for christmas gifts at a new york iconic retailer. check out the scene. >> and safety on the football field. nfl players and their injuries on the field, pro athletes react to the new movie called "concussion," after our forecast map. it will be warmer in new york city than los angeles on christmas eve. >> that's pretty cool. >> it's about time. >> great falls, you're stuck at 24. >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by gerber life insurance.
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once inside heading for designer jeans valued at $600 a pair. they even stole two mannequins. at another store they grabbed the hottest gift of the season. >> what was it? >> hover boards. they can be seen on camera using a cart to carry out boxes of them. wouldn't it be ironic if it exploded when they used it? >> how did they not use a hoverboard to get out of there? >> yeah. maybe they were worried about the explosion. >> okay. so you can add hyatt hotels to the growing list of companies hit by hackers. it's investigating malware found on computers used to process customers' payments. guests are advised to review credit card statements. the data breach only affected hotels managed by hyatt and not franchise locations. the new york giants will be without o'dell beckham for sunday night's must win game against the vikings. beckham's appeal of the one-game suspension he received for violent conduct sunday against carolina was heard at the nfl's office here in new york yesterday.
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hair. so beckham can't even attend team meetings, much less play in minnesota. josh norman of the panthers by the way was also fined about $26,000 for his ugliness on the field. >> the new look, the blonde look was pretty nice. >> it's an interesting look. nfl's week 16 begins tonight with the chargers taking on the raiders. tomorrow a movie called "concussion" premieres in theaters. >> the film centered on a doctor who uncovered the truth about brain damage in football players. what is the nfl saying about it right now? here's abc's ryan smith. >> you're going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week. >> reporter: the national football league speaking out exclusively to abc news just days before the premiere of "concussion." >> do you want fans to see this movie? >> i think that there's a benefit to this movie, it's that we're going to elevate the conversation around the health and safety of our game. >> reporter: the film's trailer suggesting back then the league
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concerning head trauma. >> the nfl does not want to talk to you. >> when a movie like this comes out and fans or maybe others say this is a sign that the nfl tried to cover things up before, how do we know they're not giving us all the information now? >> take a look at what we've done. >> reporter: the league saying a lot has changed since 2005. updates to 39 rules related to health and safety in the last decade, implementing new concussion protocols and investing millions to improve equipment like special straps that aim to regulate head movement in the helmet. is this enough? the doctor telling robin roberts no matter how protective the helmet, it won't stop injuries. >> look what happens to your brain when you have impact. the brain bounces around the skull. you take padding, the padding will simulate the helmet. no matter how thick it is. look at what happens. >> what difference does improving the equipment make when a head to head impact or
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could traumatize the brain no matter how thick the outer protection layers are? >> you can improve the rules and the safety of the equipment. >> reporter: do you think we can ever stop head injuries in football? >> probably not, but i think we can minimize them to make the game as safe as possible. >> ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> i thought that the interview was incredible with the nfl officials. really interesting. >> just learning a little bit about what's happening there in the nfl. coming up, teens suffering from fomo, the fear of missing out. >> the proliferation of bling on social media and how it's affecting kids that don't have their parents' money to spend. next on "world news now."
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>> i've been getting it since i was 14. >> these snot nosed kids have it and boy do they want the world to know it. >> it became addictive. i kept posting photos of my life. >> so-called rich kids of instagram or rkoi are sharing photos and videos of everything from private jets to parisian hotel suites. >> some people would take up to 30 a day and try and post them. we wanted to find out what it was that was driving them to do this. >> reporter: so director oscar humphries made a documentary called "rich kids of instagram." >> there's a fascination with what goes on in the worlds of the top 1%. instagram is kind of like a portal into people's lives. instagram is my canvas if i was an artist i would like to paint the picture of my life. >> reporter: some of these kids have hundreds of thousands of online followers. >> when you get a lot of attention, it can be intoxicating. >> reporter: i've no doubt santa
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this naughty or nice? what are the cars, the cash doing to their followers making them feel a little disappointed in their own reality and rkoi induced fomo, that's the fear of missing out in teen speak. >> they're showing an extreme version of their lives. for children that are impressionable, this kind of information coming at them constantly can lead to an increased risk of depression and loneliness. >> if i'm showing up, what are you going to do about it? are you going to come and stop me? >> i'd like to. i think i'd like to. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> it is quite interesting actually looking at the photos. rkoi. >> unfollow. there is an unfollow button on instagram. >> there is an unfollow button but it's so interesting. a lot of scantily dressed kids there. on rkoi. let me say. coming up, last minute shopping. >> tina trinh is at macy's to
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when santa claus gets your letters i really do believe, you'll head his list you won't be missed >> christmas comes once a year. fortunately for planning processes, it's always on the same day. so that on christmas eve, there are people who still need to shop. >> i always get the date wrong. some people do their best work under pressure. tina trinh is in macy's in new york's herald square to see what the last minute scene is like right now. hey, tina, what's up? >> that's right. it's christmas eve and there are still shoppers out and about. it's crunch time. and i am so surprised at how many procrastinators there are among us. we're going to try and talk to a few and see what they got. here are some guys who i found earlier. introduce yourselves. >> i'm abraham. >> i'm jen. >> hey, guys. be honest here. why are you out shopping at the
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you had all year. >> it's a family tradition. we wait up until the last 24 hours to shop for people. >> okay. >> and you want to know what i have. you want to know what santa's got in the bag. >> what did you get? >> we've got, look at this. beautiful eskimo hat. >> that looks like you got that for yourself. >> it fits me perfectly but i've got a very, you know, my head fits a lot of people's heads. there is going to be for many people. it could even be for you and some jeans. 34/32. i'm obviously not a 34. i'm a lot thinner than that. >> who are the jeans for? >> they're for my grandpa. >> he's going to be a stylish grandpa. >> buddy. he's going to love them. his favorite brand, levi's. >> okay, guys, thanks. good luck. >> merry christmas. >> there you have it. they braved the crowds. there's still time if you want
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and yeah, everybody's out trying to finish, cross off their christmas lists. back to you guys. >> thank you, tina. >> i think they're out photobombing tina. so about 10% of people actually wait till after december 23rd. >> i remember when the clintons were at the white house, bill clinton it seemed always waited till christmas eve to go to the shopping mall. it was pentagon city. you're familiar with that one. that one. but you never wait. you don't take the clinton approach. >> this is really what my shopping experience looked like on wednesday. >> you're always so thoughtful. >> my god, you should see. >> you're not a grinch. you're not a grinch, kendis gibson. merry christmas to you. >> you're expensive. >> i am expensive. that's the news for this half hour. >> merry christmas, everybody.
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hour merry christmas, everybody. this morning on "world news now," deadly storms tearing a path across the south. >> the tornadoes caught on video sending trucks flying and leaving behind death and destruction. the heartbreak, and the next storm threat for holiday travelers from accuweather. angry protests causing problems at the largest mall in the country. the demonstrations taking over an airport, the frustrations and the arrests. protecting the pope. new york police officers on patrol at the vatican. why these cops were sent overseas in an unprecedented move. and cartoon controversy. republican ted cruz and his kids portrayed in a political cartoon. the insulted candidate and how he's fighting back. it's thursday, christmas eve, december 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we do say good morning to everyone on this christmas eve. i'm kendis gibson.
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>> we begin with those deadly storms in the south. violent weather has cut a wide path of destruction from arkansas to mississippi up through central indiana killing at least seven people. >> there are 21 reports of tornadoes and twisters including this one. this is a monster you're looking at in holly springs, mississippi that killed at least two people including a 7-year-old boy. when the twister picked up and tossed the car that he was riding in with relatives. and we're just now getting a look at the damage from another richard cantu starts off our coverage. oh, i think that's a tornado brewing up! >> reporter: severe storms take aim at the south. >> monster tornado heading towards holly springs. their cameras in mississippi. >> i can't stick around here. i'm going to find cover. >> reporter: as a massive funnel cloud tore across the state. some people caught on the side
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where to turn. >> back it up. >> no, you ain't got time to turn around. >> there's a tornado in front of us. >> settle down. >> this couple capturing the scary moment. >> it looks like there's two. >> when one twister became two. >> oh, wow. >> reporter: in the town of clarksdale, the storm hit so fast, one family evacuating their home had to shelter with neighbors. >> we in it but we made it. >> reporter: that family's house torn to pieces, the roof gone. but the tree and presents survived. >> thank you, jesus. >> reporter: the system sweeping the south spawning tornadoes and dumping heavy rains. >> geez louise, it's blowing. >> reporter: it's already turned deadly. >> man, a real-life tornado. >> they've got emergency folks out here videoing the damage. there's 18-wheelers blowing over. an old cotton gin. >> reporter: by nightfall, parts of holly springs, mississippi, reduced to piles of bricks. families planning to spend the holidays at home left figuring out what's left.
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>> those storms are striking just as tens of millions of americans head out for the holidays. yesterday was the busiest travel day this holiday season. for many it's been a nightmare. airports packed with hundreds of cancellations and nearly 6,000 delays. this southwest airlines flight you're about to see was forced to return to oakland for an emergency landing. you see it there. the plane had a mechanical problem. it had to circle for nearly four hours. >> the plane was thumping and it was going very slow because they were trying to get the landing gear up and it wouldn't go up. >> if you haven't finalized travel plans yet, be aware the second worst travel day is expected to be this sunday. >> so the hours ahead could be very critical and challenging for travelers. >> after that powerful storm system that hit the south and dumped rain on the northeast, justin povick updates us from accuweather. morning to you. >> good morning. we're looking at some more storminess out west. all the tornadoes, all the damage we saw yesterday, thankfully, will not repeat
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seaboard. threat for tornadoes has diminished. but the threat for heavy rain and mountain snow is increasing out west. we're looking at big travel delays around san francisco with heavy snow over the higher terrain. big-time warmth on the way for the eastern seaboard. temperatures approaching 30 degrees above normal make it feel like it's in the 60s and 70s. down the road, a major storm coming up over the weekend. heavy snow also some flooding rains and more severe weather. reena and kendis, back to you. >> just a little bit west of where justin was talking about, the big concern is snow and lots of it. the danger was caught on camera yesterday. a dramatic avalanche on the cascade mountains western face in utah. no injuries have been reported but the utah avalanche center has extended its back country avalanche warning.
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colorado, a twin engine plane crashed into a snow plow. the plow was clearing a closed runway when the plane hit it. the plow operator estimated the plane was going about 100 miles an hour when it struck him. he was uninjured. amazingly. none of the seven people on board the plane were injured, as well. lawyers for the woman accused of driving in a las vegas strip sidewalk says she's distraught and overwhelmed. lakeisha holloway is charged with murder, child abuse and hit and run. she's currently on suicide watch. one person was killed in the incident. the coroner says jessica valenzuela died of blunt force trauma. a dozen protesters arrested after two black lives matter demonstrations in minneapolis. they are angry about the police shooting of jamar clark. the rally started at the mall of america and moved to the airport.
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>> black lives matter. >> reporter: protesters in minneapolis disrupting one of the biggest shopping days of the year at the biggest mall in the country, mall of america. demonstrators vowed to bring mall traffic to a standstill. about 80 worried stores closing their doors. protesters shut down by police. those protesters then moving to minneapolis/st. paul airport blacking a main entrance on one of the busiest ravel days of the year. traffic snarled. many missing flights. >> it would have been upsetting to not get to see my family. >> reporter: the black lives matter protesters have been taking to the streets in minneapolis since a young black man, jamar clark, died november 15th after he was shot by white police officers. demonstrators say he was handcuffed when officers opened fire. authorities denied that, the police union saying clark was reaching for an officer's gun. several protesters were removed by police but they say the demonstrations will not stop
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charged. those officers are on paid leave pending an independent state investigation. here at the airport, the roadways are back open and the heavy police presence as authorities try to get things back to normal. alex perez, minneapolis. >> and black lives matter protesters shut down a major freeway in the los angeles area. the action started mid afternoon. this is on the 405 in englewood. demonstrators spray painted the names of black suspects killed by police in recent months. nine people were arrested. six service members killed in afghanistan by a bomber are back in the u.s. defense secretary ash carter was at dover air force base in delaware for the return of the bodies. among them was a new york city police detective and air force major believed to be the first openly gay active duty service woman to die in combat. across iraq a wave of anti-isis attacks killed at least 15 people after government offenses launched an offensive to take back a major city.
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fight. roads are mined and homes are rigged with bombs. snipers are also slowing the advance of the government forces. >> and isis is also causing concerns at the vatican. so get this. the new york police department is on patrol there to protect visitors during the roman catholic church's year long jubilee. it's an unprecedented move as abc's elizabeth hur explains. >> good to see you. enjoy. >> reporter: it's a first for the nypd and the italian police, but this joint international security operation at the vatican is a sign of the times. >> in light of recent events in europe and in the united states, you know, we continue to learn and we continued to adapt. >> reporter: police from new york, spain and poland are in rome assisting with security for the catholic church's year long jubilee of mercy. it is only the 27th time in the history of the church that there
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there will be increased police patrols for a good reason. explaining they cannot underestimate or ignore the ongoing threat posed by isis, especially following the recent attacks in paris. authorities say they deployed thousands of officers and soldiers from across italy and asked for help from around the world. and for security reasons, italian authorities are not revealing the exact number of officers taking part in this operation but we are told there will be visible police presence at the vatican at all times. reena and kendis. >> impressive endeavor. it's one of the holiest times of the year on the christian calendar. in nazareth the birth of jesus christ was celebrated with the re-enactment of the nativity with special details re-creating what jesus hometown may have looked like in biblical times. actors dressed as mary and joseph, roman soldiers and
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through time. it looks like a little time capsule there. >> it really does. and speaking of christmas, we all know that santa claus is gearing up for his annual be round the world trip. we're going to presume his final preparations got done somewhat early this year. >> we say that because there was santa. seen there carrying his paddle board to the niagara river in balmy buffalo, new york. he got in the river and paddled away. >> so all kidding aside that's john fulton the so-called surfing santa. he's taking his yearly three-mile trip down the niagara river. he does it to raise awareness about homelessness. >> i'm troubled there's no bag of toys following him. >> yeah, and also missing from that picture right there, the icebergs that usually gather on the niagara river about now. he usually wears a body suit to warm him up. this year he didn't quite need it.
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hang ten, man. coming up, the school lunch lady fired for being generous. there's a breaking development "the mix." also ahead, the political cartoon taking aim at ted cruz's children. how the insulted presidential hopeful is fighting back. and the little girl who panicked after knocking an elf off the shelf. what she did to stay off of santa's naughty list. and remember, look for our pictures on instagram, abcwnn. merry christmas, everyone, from "world news now." abcwnn. merry christmas, everyone, from "world news now." hey buddy, let's get these dayquil liquid gels and go. but these liquid gels are new. mucinex fast max. it's the same difference. these are multi-symptom. well so are these. this one is max strength and fights mucus. that one doesn't. uh...think fast! you dropped something. oh...i'll put it back on the shelf... new from mucinex fast max. the only cold and flu liquid gel that's max-strength and fights mucus. start the relief. ditch the misery.
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the man who pleaded guilty to a felony after flying a vi -- a gyrocopter on to the grounds of the u.s. capitol says he's going to run against one of the most powerful democrats in congress. douglas hughes wants to take on debbie wasserman-schultz, the chair of the democratic national committee. his attorneys say that does not make him ineligible to run. what do you think? >> interesting race. to presidential politics now, and some of dr. ben carson's staffers are denying a possible shake-up is about to take place inside his campaign. >> ted cruz has drawn something of a line in the political sand when it comes to his children. >> reporter: ted cruz turns an alleged insult into ammunition. "the washington post" took down
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depicted cruz's two daughters as trained monkeys but not before cruz forwarded to supporters in a fund-raising appeal. >> folks want to attack me, knock yourself out. that's part of the process. i signed up for that, that's fine. but my girls didn't. >> reporter: cruz calls the cartoon proof of the liberal media's desperation to attack him. an editor at the "washington post" says he doesn't agree with the cartoonist that is cruz's children are fair media for scrutiny because cruz featured them in this christmas themed campaign ad. >> 'twas the night before the shutdown, and all through the house -- >> reporter: also defending against a controversial attack, hillary clinton after donald trump used a sexually derogatory term to describe her loss in 2008. despite controversy, a new national poll shows trump maintains his commanding lead in the republican race. >> i think right now the odds favor him. >> the last time a republican was this dominant right before christmas was 1999 when
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the nomination. reena, kendis? >> wow. every night we talk about how donald trump is -- >> is surging and continues to surge. his poll numbers nationally around 38% now and the next closest ted cruz about 18%. we still have about 38 days till the iowa caucuses. you have to think. >> he used a fund-raising opportunity, he even had a picture of hillary clinton with lap dogs in the "new york times" and "washington post" as the dogs. do you think this helps his supporters rally even stronger behind him? >> for donald trump? >> sorry, for ted cruz. >> no, this is actually the sort of gravy he needs. the good thing for donald trump, this is what his supporters need for him to take on hillary clinton at this point, that will help his numbers i would imagine. >> okay. see what happens. coming up in our next half-hour, gift card grinches. the most popular of gifts
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them. a consumer alert. but first, a desperate 911 call made by a little girl she'll end up on santa's bad side after an incident with an elf on a shelf. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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abc stations. >> okay, people. tomorrow morning, 10:00 a.m. santa's coming to town. >> santa! oh, my god! santa here? i know him. i know him. >> oh, everyone's excited for santa.
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>> especially the elves. but when one elf fell off the shelf, a new jersey girl jumped into action. >> so she was trying to stay off . -- stay off of santa's naughty list, so of course, she had to call 911. abc's ron claiborne with her story. >> reporter: 'twas the week before christmas, and 7-year-old izzy was playing in her family's living room. >> i was doing this and then it hit the elf. >> reporter: one of the two elves on their shelf, his name is buddy jingles, was knocked out of his stocking and onto the floor. >> ah! >> reporter: from a popular book based on an old tradition that has become a viral phenomenon. an elf is supposed to be left alone, to observe who is naughty or nice and report back to santa. an adult can touch an elf but a child, absolutely not. so when izzy's elf plopped out, she called 911. >> 911. >> 911. where is your emergency? >> don't come to my house -- no, don't. [ knocking ] >> reporter: a few minutes later.
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>> reporter: it was a policeman come to check it out. >> mommy, there's a man at the door. >> so, i said, can i help you? and he said, your daughter called 911. >> reporter: it all worked out for the best. with little izzy learning a valuable lesson. >> don't call 911 -- for only emergencies. that's what you do. and don't call it for nonemergencies. merry christmas, everyone! merry christmas, kids. >> reporter: the end. ron claiborne, abc news, old bridge, new jersey. >> hey, to her it was an emergency. >> absolutely. she's still talking right now, isabella. it was an emergency. that's right. that's what the police -- the police lieutenant there was saying that it was an emergency to her when she touched the elf and she thought she was going to ruin christmas. so -- >> that's got to be very traumatic at that age. >> absolutely. she's on the good list still. coming up, little beds in odd places. places. christmas accommodations for guests this weekend. and the reason a little boy interrupted a wedding, "the mix"
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okay. it's time for "the mix." >> and we're going to start this with the you've got to be kidding me. take a look at this woman here. this is dalene bowden, a lunch lady in idaho. she seems nice enough but recently got fired because she gave a 12-year-old girl who -- a meal from the cafeteria. she's a lunch lady there at the cafeteria at the middle school and apparently the young girl was hungry and didn't have any money for the meal. this is a termination letter. but instead of praising her, the middle school fired her. they say for stealing. >> oh, no. come on. >> yeah. can you believe that? the supervisor actually refused to allow her to even pay for the lunch for this young lady. >> what?
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back from that, she has been offered her job back. not sure if miss bowden plans to take it. >> also because my cafeteria ladies in tampa, florida, always gave me extra tater tots. i was a pathetic little child. >> shout out to lewis elementary. >> you like that? >> yes. well, want to show you -- a lot of people coming over. whether it's grandma's house, friends house for the season. take a look at the weird places people are staying. childhood beds where adults are required to sleep in. this is hello kitty. this is like my daughter's dream bed right here. probably not an older adult's dream bed. a few years ago, he had to stay in that small little twin bed and shared his bed on social media and wants others to share their beds, as well. >> when you go back home to your parents bed, all of a sudden you're in your spider-man pajamas and once again on the bed. >> or you have a mattress in the laundry room.
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>> okay. >> but it's cozy. if you get cold, you just turn on the dryer. >> exactly. >> folks, don't do that. >> lull you to sleep. i want to show you this wonderful wedding ceremony taking place down under. beautiful setting. a beautiful couple. you know, this is hannah and ben. they're getting married. and you know, it's just a beautiful setting for their wedding and then their 3-year-old son steps in. take a listen quickly. >> the real values in life and come back to decide what really matters. >> he says, "i got to poop!" >> nothing about timing. but anyways, a guest swooped him up and took him off. there's actually video of what happens next to young hudson. but we're out of time. can't show you that. >> come back to decide what really matters.
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>> come btonight on the back side of this system a wintry mix is possible in the north of the tv 9 viewing area, no accumulation is expected. if you are traveling this evening or christmas eve, locally the weather will hold for safe travels. however, if you must travel east conditions become more hazardous with moderate to heavy rain. temperatures will remain into the low 40s for tomorrow and christmas day. tonight: rain ending, cloudy
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