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warmer weather and roses! this midday, the iowa hawkeyes are heading to pasadena, california for the rose bowl. in just 8 days, the number 5 ranked football team will take on stanford. tv-9's chris earl is at the eastern iowa airport today covering the hawkeyes departure. the team is scheduled to depart the eastern iowa airport around noon. they'll be practicing all week leading up to the rose bowl on new year's day. tv-9's chris earl is at the eastern iowa airport today covering the hawkeyes exciting departure. we'll have coverage of the team's departure this afternoon on the kcrg-tv9 news at 5 and
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don't miss a special hour- long edition of t-v nine's "countdown to kick-off" on new year's day. the t-v nine sports team will preview the rose bowl starting at 9 a-m right before the tournament of roses parade. you can see
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kcrg t-v nine. tickets are selling fast for the rose bowl game, but officials are warning hawkeye fans about online ticket scams. cedar rapids and marion police say you should be careful when buying tickets through craigslist. they've received several reports of counterfeit tickets on the website. police say some sales involved the seller meeting buyers at a cedar rapids movie theater. then those sold tickets turn out to be fake. police are advising fans to only buy tickets from trusted businesses or individuals. last night, the uni panthers pulled off a win over washington state in the consolation semifinals of the diamond head classic. the final score of the game which was played in honolulu, hawaii was 63 to 59. u-n-i will now take on b-y-u in the fifth place game at 2-30, iowa time, tomorrow. you can watch that on espn-u. survey crews are checking out damage just across the state line in illinois today. they're figuring out if a tornado touched down in the area last night.
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storm damage for the holidays. the storm didn't last long, but this is some of the destruction along tower terrace. the owner of a luxury camper showed us the wreckage as his camper was spread out across about 500 feet. one woman, who was hosting her family for christmas, said she acted fast. " 50:50 things started to fly and i said 'we gotta go the basement' i could hear glass as we were going down. within 30 seconds you could tell it had stopped." fire crews and utility workers spent hours on two major roads. tower terrace was covered with trees and branches. and bent power lines fell on milburn road. not as crazy for your christmas eve, but we could see a few flakes out there, kaj? a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the
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should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and
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winter isn't bringing snow in many places across the country - instead, severe thunderstorm s! the dangerous weather slammed parts of the country, including iowa. abc's elizabeth hur takes us to the south where storms killed several people last night. "still coming right at us destruction and devastation across seven states.. including mississippi.. arkansas and tennesse... lutts, tn: post office destroyed. source: wtvf/cbsmale resident: "your heart just sinks. it makes you feel terrible.- and you want to run and help and do the best you can" at least 24 reported tornadoes touching down.. ripping homes apart.. and flipping tractor trailers onto their side.. nats - "oh wow looks like it's two." leaving drivers terrified.. watching these two twisters become one huge tornado right before their eyes.. nats - "monster tornado heading towards holly springs" holly springs mississipi.. hit especially hard.. sot kelvin buck, mayor of holly springs, mississippi
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parts of the town.. destroyed.. two people killed.. including a 7- year-old boy. sot - mayor "whether it's a death like the case of this young person or the devastation to the homes of all these people on christmas eve it's very very hard to deal with but we will pull though." and with that vow to rebuild.. a promising sign.. in the town of clarksdale.. homes reduced to rubble.. but this christmas tree.. still standing. liz tag: their home was torn to pieces.. but the homeowner was grateful they survived. the damages are still being assesed and right now.. officials say.. all they can ask for.. are prayers. eh, abc news, ny. an appeals court says wellmark blue cross and blue shield denied millions of dollars in claims for drugs to treat the
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the court ruled on tuesday that the insurer searched for reasons to deny the claims. hemophilia is an inherited condition in which patients suffer excessive bleeding. patients inject the drug to avoid bleeding to death. a judge is set to calculate how much wellmark owes an iowa city pharmacist-michael stein. he dispenses drugs to 24 patients around the country. stein sued after the company refused to reimburse him for 7 million dollars in claims. wellmark is set to appeal. a health care coverage company is planning to fight in court to be part of the newly privatized medicaid program in iowa. the department of human services tossed out wellcare's contract to help oversee the program. this week, wellcare of iowa filed a lawsuit against d-h-s. the state says it terminated the contract because the company didn't disclose some information during the bidding process. new years eve could be one of the busiest donations days for goodwill of the heartland. that's because the last day of the year is the last opportunity to count
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20-15 taxes. goodwill is calling in all employees on the 31st to make sure it's ready. tax returns aren't the only reason this time of year is so busy for them. "i think what happens is after christmas people clean their house because they're like oh my gosh we've got all of these christmas goods now where are we going to put them so they just start doing a clean up and then they're thinking 'oh yea it's the end of the year i need my tax write-up from goodwill so i'm going to load up my car, van, suv with what they have and bring it in... and we're ready for them." goodwill encourages people to stop by earlier than the 31st to avoid the long lines. though today is christmas eve, bell ringers for salvation army are out asking last minute shoppers for help. the charity is trying to meet their red kettle campaign goal. right now, the linn county salvation army is about 70 percent to its goal of 790-thousand dollars. the waterloo- cedar falls salvation army has raised 476- thousand dollars. that's about 65 percent of its goal. at last check, johnson
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thousand dollars. you'll be able to see and hear bells until four this afternoon at most stores across eastern iowa. once you've finished your holiday shopping tonight, make sure to join kcrg for our top nine stories of the year! we'll take a look at the stories that shocked us, made us cry, and put a smile on our faces. you can catch the top 9 of 2015 right here on tv-9 at 10 o'clock. two iowa soldiers were recognized as heros for their extraordinary acts of bravery in battle. former specialist brian swedberg led a six-man team through an ambush, eventually forcing the enemy to retreat. in a separate incident, former sergeant justin schmitt led fellow soldiers through heavy gunfire, also forcing the enemy to retreat three times. those stories earned both men the army commendation medal of valor. army officials awarded the medal to the men in front of family and friends at a ceremony in waterloo. members of the patriot guard were also there, holding
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support. schmitt says the award represents actions that are just part of wearing the uniform. 06:15:31 "honestly, i still get questions today about why i enlisted, but to this day i'm not sure why i enlisted, i think i just wanted to serve my country the most." army officials say this medal is only awarded for actions during combat. grab a tissue, winter is here! the cold season is a breeding ground for germs. but you can avoid getting sick, with just a few simple steps! meteorologist kaj o'mara updates our temperatures coming up in your first alert forecast. stay with tv9.
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across iowa today. it may generate a few hours
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us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system
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weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures
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on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! thanks kaj. winter is here and so are the
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this season you can take extra steps to keep yourself healthy and strong. carl azuz shows us how we can prevent getting the cold or flu. it's a season for ickiness. germs, colds, and viruses like the flu are getting ready to descend on your family and you need to be prepared. what are some of the best ways to avoid getting sick this winter? here are a few tips. -beware of close contact - try to give people their space. a lot of germs can be transferred from person to person just by breathing on each other. -stay at home when you fall ill. goes without saying. you may feel ok, but you can pass germs to others at school and work if you are still contagious. -when you cough,
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your mouth and nose. some health experts say the best way to avoid transferring germs is to sneeze or cough into your elbow. that way you won't spread anything with your hands. -avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. germs are often spread when someone touches something that is contaminated and then touches these areas of the face which are traditionally moist. -and, clean your hands. this is the number one way to protect against nasty germs. soap and water does the trick, but if you have and alcohol-based hand sanitizer that can work in a pinch. for today's health minute, i'm carl azuz changing the farm bill... an iowa senator is trying to cut down federal payments to farmers to save millions of dollars. breaks down the proposal in today's agribusiness report. good morning this is the
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david geiger.---- since u-s country of origin labeling or cool was repealed in the budget deal.. the u-s- d-a's food safety and inspection service will no longer enforce cool requirements for beef and pork.. however.. it looks like they could also be developing guidance for companies that want to make geographic claims.. in a u-s-d-a memo to inspection personnel... guidance for companies that want a location placed for its beef and pork products are in the works.. u-s-d-a secretary tom vilsack did not say anything about the voluntary geographic claims standards as part of his statements about cool last week.. and it's unclear how that would fit into the w-t-o case. ---- earlier in the year there was an attempt to change part of the farm bill.. a move opposed by iowa senator chuck grassley... but now it's been reopened.. and
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advantage of it. for years he's tried to fight to tighten farm payment limits.. capping them at two hundred fifty thousand dollars per farm.. which he says would save nearly four hundred million dollars. that ended up in both house and senate versions of the 2014 farm bill.. but was taken out in committee.. an action grassley calls illegal.. but with the just enacted spending bill.. commodity certificates were brought back.. without payment limits.. grassley says this is a new chance to curb that. "the principle that a farm bill should be opened up in the middle of the five years that it's supposed to be operational and the way we argued successfully so we didn't take $3 billion out of crop insurance has been violated now and it gives me an opportunity to go back and try and accomplish some of the things i want to accomplish." ---- the u-s pork inventory increased a percent from last year.. to 68 point three million head according to the usda.. that's the highest inventory of all hogs and pigs
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hogs and pigs report began in 1988.. breeding inventory was at six million head.. up a percent.. and market hog inventory was 62 point three million head up a percent. ---- cattle markets are still rallying.. and over in the grain market.. the trade is in a range.. "i think the downside is limited, the upside is limited. profits going into the christmas holiday. very little news to dictate short term price action." "so i'm neutral this market at the current time. but it certainly is weak many of the commodities are sharply higher today but corn is down another penny. soybeans are the same, i was recommending a short position in soy meal, which i offset in today's trade. because the volatility is relatively low. soy meal's down another three dollars. today soybeans are down about three cents. i'm not involved in the soybean complex now. i also think that's limited." "this volatility is really crazy i'm sitting on the sidelines, not going to be involved in this market
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are headed. we could be limit up tomorrow or limit down. i would avoid this market. however, if you are a producer and it keeps going higher i would still recommend selling some of your production. you know, hedge a little bit because this is a gift that was given to you. i'm not convinced that we're starting another bull market. this was the shorts running for cover as the open interests have drop tremendously. " ---- and that wraps up the show for today.. i hope you have a very merry christmas.. i'll see you monday. ---- we'll post a video every day in the agribusiness section of kcrg.com. you'll find it under the news tab. i'm david geiger with the agribusiness report. trt oc toxic shock syndrome. it's a dangerous illness and one doctor is noticing an increase in local cases. but as one cedar rapids teenager learned, pin- pointing this sickness is very hard and often mis-
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condition which is more common than you might think. that's according to one professor at the university of iowa, who's been studying tss for decades. you probably remember learning about it in high school health class. the mayo clinic says common symptoms include... a sudden high fever... low blood pressure... vomiting or diarrhea... and soles... and others like headaches and seizures. menstrual toxic shock syndrome
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commonly attributed to feminine hygiene products. tv-9's forrest saunders met one teenager who had a scary run-in with this medical complication. kailee becker came down with something that made her miserably sick. she likely had toxic shock syndrome. but at first, she thought it were similar. "shaky and cold. dry heaving nonstop. my doctors thought flu too. they gave her some meds and better at first, then much worse. the chills came back. her fever rose to around 103. she was weak, could barely move. her mom took her back to the hospital where a doctor discovered kailee had a rash. he forgot the flu and started looking at tss. "people should go in and say, look i've got a 103 degree fever. that's a bacterial infection." professor patrick schlievert, chair of microbiology at iowa, says misdiagnoses of menstrual tss happens all the time. his
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10,000 women get it each year. if left untreated, it can shut down a persons vital organs, even kill them. "this disease is extremely severe. it's important that you recognize it." schlievert says menstrual tss is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that a percentage of women have in their bodies. when those women have their period, the bacteria grows. schlievert says the bacteria will create a poison if it's given oxygen. and that oxygen can come from absorbent tampons. the more absorbent, the more oxygen, the more poison. "if you think about how big a grain of salt is, the amount to cause toxic shock syndrome is a tenth of a grain of salt." schlievert says that manufacturers are making less absorbent products these days. tss severity has decreased over the years. but, prevalence is still a problem. he wants more awareness to be brought to the illness. kailee, who's still recovering, does too. "i spent seven days in the hospital, dry heaving, not feeling good. i don't want any other person to ever go
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tv9's forrest saunders with that story. kailee is doing much better. her hands and feet are peeling, which is a common side effect. she also has some memory loss from when she was sick. but doctors expect she'll make a full recovery. a lot of december rain could create a big problem later this winter. freezing temperatures mixed with high lake levels are a dangerous combination. and protestors shut down america's largest mall and part of a major airport. meteorologist kaj o'mara updates our temperatures coming up in your first alert forecast.
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the iowa hawkeyes are getting ready to smell the roses. the football team is about to take off to pasadena for the rose bowl. the presidential race, and g-o-p candidates are trying to put an end to
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gifts for the children! christmas just got a little brighter for kids spending the holidays in the hospital. you're watching kcrg-tv9. now, from your 24 hour news source, this is kcrg-tv9 news at midday. this midday, the iowa hawkeyes are about to leave for pasadena, california for the rose bowl. in just 8 days, the number 5 ranked football team will take on stanford. tv-9's chris earl is at the eastern iowa airport today covering the hawkeyes departure. the team is scheduled to depart the eastern iowa airport around noon. they'll be practicing all
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millions of people are flying today for christmas. right now, airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights and even adding dozens of red eyes. they're trying to avoid delays while transporting millions of passengers throughout the christmas weekend. the airlines expect about 38
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between now and new year's, an increase of about three percent from last year. the u-s, british, french and other embassies are warning westerners traveling to beijing about possible threats. this morning, beijing police issued a "yellow" security alert. chinese officials tightened security around a beijing shopping district which is usually full of tourists. police commonly issue "yellow" alerts during holidays. back here in the states, travel was messy because of the weather last night. the damage in eastern iowa is minor compared to other parts of the country. power outages, wind damage, and even tornadoes hit parts of the south and midwest. at least three people died in mississippi, including a boy who was in a car that was picked up and tossed. the mississippi highway patrol worked into the night, clearing streets and helping anyone trapped. " we're trying to clear each street, each county road, each highway. we're going door to door to make sure that we can eliminate all the possibilities that there's someone
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two deaths were reported in tennesse. and in arkansas, a tree blew into a house, killing a woman inside. thankfully, we're done with that here at home for the holidays. kaj joins us with our forecast... a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy
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this unusual december weather is creating another problem in eastern iowa-high lake levels. the coralville lake is 15 feet above its normal winter level and slowly rising. the army corps of engineers is worried about it freezing at this high level. if it does, it would create a shelf effect with a layer of ice, then air, then water. and that would make it easier for the ice to break if anyone walked across. so, the corps is opening the flood gates to try to lower the water. "down stream our constraints during the spring time is the growing season when we got things growing in the farm fields down below and it allows us to discharge up to 10,000 cfs, and we're going to continue to run that and hopefully it will quit raining
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having the gate so wide open is having an effect down the iowa river. much of lower city park is under water. and bike trails in both iowa city and coralville are closed. a meat processing plant in edgewood is recalling a beef product because of possible listeria contamination. edgewood locker has recalled more than 200 pounds of beef sticks with cheese. the plant packaged the product earlier this month - and customers may have purchased it at the plant or greenwood grocery in farley. if you have the beef sticks, the company says you should either return them or throw them out. a boston chipotle restaurant where 136 people got sick with the norovirus reopened today. the city's mayor says the restaurant passed inspection. the restaurant has been closed since december seventh after boston college students and other customers got sick. it's not related to the e-coli outbreak in the pacific northwest. republican presidential
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common ground on one thing-a cartoon. they say a major newspaper crossed the line with an editorial cartoon that depicted ted cruz's children as trained monkeys. cruz is using the controversial cartoon to rally his supporters. abc's bazi kanani is in washington with more. ted cruz now hitting back... after the washington post ran this editorial cartoon online depicting cruz's two daughters as trained monkeys. "not much ticks me off, but making fun of my girls, that will do it." the cartoonist was critizing cruz for this christmas-themed political ad. "the grinch who lost her emails" the candidate... enlisting his young girls in an attack on hillary clinton. "i know just what i'll do, she said with a snicker. i will use my own server and nobody will be the wiser." in kindergarten we learn you don't hit girls. it's not complicated. don't make fun of a five year old girl and seven year old girl.
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on twitter, marco rubio called the cartoon "disgusting." both donald trump and jeb bush defended cruz on fox news. it's one thing to talk about your children, but it's another the way they were depicted. this is absolutely off limits. and ted cruz is right to be outraged the washington post took down the controversial cartoon-- saying it is the post's policy "to leave the children out of it"--but not before cruz forwarded the offending graphic to supporters in a fundraising appeal: saying it "shows exactly how desperate the liberal media is to attack and destroy me "==baz on cam tag== the presidential candidates are taking a break from the campaign trail for the christmas holiday, but donald trump is not taking a break from twitter-- going after hillary clinton in a series of tweets. just days after fighting between hillary clinton and donald trump- bernie sanders is jumping in the conversation. the senator visited council bluffs this week and
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trump's rhetoric divisive. " "i think creating and playing off the anxiety and the fears that the american people have. the fears about terrorism. the fears about our economy. and becoming a demagogue about that and then trying to get us to hate mexicans or to hate muslims i think that is a strategy that is not what america is supposed to be about." " right now, sanders is in second place for most iowa democratic polls, just ahead of the february caucuses. today, demonstrator s are planning to march in downtown chicago to bring attention to the shooting death of a black teenager. in 2014, a chicago police officer shot 17-year-old laquan mcdonald 16 times-killing him. today, audio recordings of radio calls before the shooting, show an officer requesting a taser. the recording was between police and a dispatcher. last month, the chicago police department
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shooting. it showed mcdonald holding a knife and walking away when the officer shot him. police arrested 8 people during a black lives matter protest at the minneapolis-st.paul international airport. an activist says the group started the protest at the mall of america as a decoy before the group moved to the airport. hundreds of people gathered inside the mall before walking out. they say they want justice for jamar clark, a black man who minneapolis police shot and killed last month. the demonstrator s then headed for the airport, where they temporarily blocked access to a terminal. " i think it was successful we were able to shut down terminal 1, we shut down the mall on the inside and outside." " this morning, traffic at the airport is back to normal. about 80 stores in the mall closed for roughly an hour yesterday. demonstrators are calling their protest successful. today, children undergoing treatement at the university of iowa children's hospital will
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hospital employees decked the halls and brought carts full of presents to kids throughout the hospital yesterday. the father of a young patient with an extended stay at the hospital said all of the elves and hospital employees have been a big help during the holiday season. " he's had a lot of fun the last few weeks here with feeling better and trying to bet better and people being so supportive. " even santa claus made an early trip down from the north pole to visit. a famous rapper is breaking records... and it's an early christmas gift for many music fans! the beatles are selling their all-time hits in a new market! meteorologist kaj o'mara updates our temperatures coming up in your first alert forecast. stay
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meteorologist kaj o'mara joins us now. a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours
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us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may
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worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! thanks kaj.
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their longtime talents to the world of streaming. and intriguing or not? jason nathanson gives us a peek at people magazine's most intriguing folks of the year! ap-aptn-2100: file beatles for beatles fans, it's christmas on christmas eve! at 12:01 this morning, 17 beatles albums hit all the major streaming services, including apple music, spotify, slacker, and google play. that means on demand listening of over 200 songs. no official word why now all of the sudden an agreement has been reached, but fans of the fab four aren't complaining ap-aptn-1800:usspotify tr speaking of streaming - 2015 was the year drake dominated. the rapper is spotify's most
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spotify trends expert shannon cook has some insight as to why 4. soundbite shannon cook, spotify trends expert:ed sheeran was last year's top streamed artist ap-aptn-2100:usmostint ri what list has amy schumer and the pope? people's magazine's collection of the most intriguing people of 2015. pope francis gets a slot, along with caitlyn jenner of course, but amy schumer gets the most real estate on the cover. people writer patrick gomez says when 2015 started, schumer wasn't exactly a household name 20. soundbite patrick gomez/staff writer, people:also among the 25 most intriguing are adele, dancing with the stars champ bindi irwin, and tv mogul shonda rhimes. and that's what's happening in hollywood, i'm jason nathanson, abc news, los angeles.
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christians celebrate the birth of jesus in the holy land. but the holiday comes
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christmas recognizes the birth of jesus christ in the christian faith. but violence has put a damper on the holiday full with happiness and joy. abc's molly hunter takes us to bethlehem. nats up - parade, procession action sot mai awada, bethlehem: "it's a mixed feeling between the celebration and the sad feeling." that sad feeling - shared widely this year - after months of violence in the occupied palestinian territories and israel - leaving nearly 2 dozen israelis and more than 130 palestinians dead - israel says more than half of those were attackers. in manger square today, the
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- the crowds smaller, tourism suffering - people say they've never seen it like this - mh s/u: "as celebrations kick off in bethlehem - christmas arrives at a more somber time this year - here and across the middle east, christians are fleeing persecution across iraq and syria." sot barghouti: "but at the same time there is a certain feeling of resilience - people insist to celebrate christmas - sends a message a hope that we christians, muslims, palestinians are here - we'll stay here." chyron: dr. mustafa barghouti, palestinian mp resilience and optimism - says natalie sot natalie, jerusalem q: are you going to celebrate more this year because of the tension, because of the violence? a: true. the only way you fight war is by happiness. and by peace. and peace is created by happiness. and by music. and by everything." "merry christmas." mh, abc news, bethlehem we'll have one more check of our forecast
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the iowa hawkeyes are headed to pasadena, california for the rose bowl. this hour they are boarding a plane at the eastern iowa airport. the number five hawkeyes will take on number 6 stanford university on new years day. severe thunderstorm s on the first full day of winter caused extensive damage across parts of eastern iowa. in linn county, fire crews and utility workers spent hours on two major roads. tower terrace was covered with trees and branches. and bent power lines fell on milburn road. now, one last look at this morning's weather,
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a weak wave of low pressure will drift up and across iowa today. it may generate a few hours worth of rain or snow showers on us this afternoon, especially the farther north you go. highs should remain in the 30s. christmas day will be quiet across iowa with the potential for 40-degree highs. our next storm system arrives this weekend with temperatures generally in the 40s again on saturday, and a cold round of rain possible. we'll be cooler and drier for sunday. enjoy your day, and safe travels! that's all the time we have today on the kcrg-tv9 news at midday. be sure to watch kcrg- tv9 news at 5 and 6.
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