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world, a measure of justice. the 53 americans seized by an angry mob that stormed the u.s. embassy in tehran in 1979. >> they will spend at least another night imprisoned in the american embassy. >> they became international pawns. their ordeal dragging on more than a year. rodney was one of them, a 22-year-old marine south serving as a security guard at the embassy. >> being held hostage was 444 days of a bad nightmare where each day we woke up and thought we were dead. >> reporter: finally on the day ronald reagan was sworn in -- >> day one of freedom for 52 americans. >> reporter: in all the years since, the former hostages fought for compensation. now it's finally come buried in signed last friday. they will each receive up to $4.4 million. that's $10,000 for every one of the 444 days they spent in captivity. he calls it justice. >> tom llamas, abc news, new york. the pope sounding a somber
mass, noting the simplicity of jesus christ's birir. pope francis condemned what he called society's intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth. he says jesus calls on christians to act in a way thaha is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential. the upsurge of violence in the holy land brought more tension to christmas celebratioio. palestinian president mahmoud abbas joined christian faithful in bethlehem for midnight mass. bethlehem has been at the center of violence, but as molly hunter reports, the celebrations have returned. >> reporter: mixed feeling between the celebration and the sad feeling. >> reporter: that sad feeling shared widely this year. after months of violenen in the occupied palestinian territories and israel left 19 israelis and more than 130 palestinians dead, israel says more than half of those palestinians were
in manger square, the birthplace of jesus, the crowd's smaller. tourism suffering. people say they've never seen it like this. >> but at the same time, there is a certain f fling of resilience. people insist to celebrate christmas to send a message of hope that we, the christians and muslims, the palestinians are here. we were here. and we'll stay here forever. >> reporter: resillence and happiness says natalie. >> are you going to celebrate more this year because of the tension, because of the violence? >> because the only way you fight war is by happiness and by peace. peace by happiness, by music. >> merry christmas. >> molly hunter, abc news, bethlehem. >> back here, state environmentalists are delivering a bit of a buzz kill over america's christmas lights. whwhe holiday light displays are
electricity we consume annually, a new study finds that the lights we turn on burn up more energy than some nations in a year. >> wow. >> el salvador, cambodia and tanzania are some of the countries that use less power than the u.s. over the holidays. so your big christmas is bad news to the environment. >> yeah. well, thereris something else burning in denver on christmas eve. a non-profit group gave free marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. the group cannabis can says it wants to use pot for good and to bring people together. >> that's kind of them. that group says it's high time, high time, that the homeless had access to restrooms and showers. so it's raising money. it's illegal to smoke marijuana in public in colorado but giving it as a gift is okay. the group wishes everyone "a
>> exactly. that's -- so there are a bunch of hungry homeless people right now in denver. >> munchies with candy canes. >> medical use. they have arthritis, too. >> is that it? >> uh-huh. coming up "in the mix" if your gift wrapping technique is less than artful, we'll make you feel a little better. >> also ahead, who is behind the bombshell plan to crack down and port immigrants? we'll tell you who is speaking out. later the government's popular santa tracking program following st. nick's big night of deliveries after six decades. we're revealing how it actually all started. >> remember to find us on facebookoknnfans.com and twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now."@abcwnn.
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so check out this wise guy in miami. a brazen burglar captured on surveillance camama, he enters a home as the couple sleeps upstairs. the man spots the cameras at one point but is unable to disable them but his face clearly seen. he stole more than $100,000 worth of items. the homeowner says the burglar was just feet away from his bedroom but never tried to enter. >> wow. >> but with $100,000 worth of items nearby, i would have -- i mean, i can undedetand why he didn't enter the bedroom. he was busy. >> i guess so. the obama administration has launched a new salvo in the polarizing debate over i iegal immigratatn. the department of homeland security is set to deport thousands of central american immigrants living here illegally since last year. abc's pierre thomas has the latest. >> reporter: they came over the southern border by the thousands. children and f filies, in some cases, fleeing violence and persecution in central america.
inside the u.s. >> turn around and go back. >> reporter: some facing angry crcrds, while the governrnnt deteteined their fate. now, with illegal border crossings spiking again, hundreds of those families are being targeted for deportation in a series of sweeps that could begin as early as next month, if approved by the white hous >> i think what they're trying to do here is send a message to central america, saying, don't come. and in order to do that, i think they believe that images of families being offloaded on planes in central america, that it's going to deter people from coming. >> reporter: the families targeted for deportation had their requests for asylum rejected by immigration judges. but the removal is sparking controversy, because the obama administration has typically focused on deporting criminals, not families. >> very tough day, frankly, for this news to break, on christmas eve. >> reporter: some administration critics said the plan is symbolicicindow dressing that will do nothing to stetethe tide of illegal immigration. in many cases these families will have to be tracked down. our sources say immigration and
confident they can be located. they say it's simply too difficult for families to hide. we'll have to see what happens. opposition to this plan is already fierce. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. might be a little bit too lala advice. medical researchers have advice for parents about what not to give your children for christmas. before you buy a flashy electronic device, consider a book or a simpler toto researchers at the northern arizona university have found that playing with toys and books that don't require a power source promoted momo meaningful interactions between children and parents. they say playtime with electronic toys fostered less meaningful interactions. >> and the kids will be thrilled. >> i'm sure they'll be thrilled. >> for grownwnps who can't resist those electronic devices we have got an after christmas deal for you. best buy is selling the apple iphone 6s for just $1. >> a buck? >> yeah.
$200 but it applies only to the 16 gig version and it's only for verizon and sprint customers. the deal is onlyy good through sundnd in stores or onlinene but a whole lot of fine print, as well. so, yeah, we've got to investigate this a little further. >> sounds flashy and good. coming up in our next half hour, donald trump turns up the heat. he is now taking aim at not just hillary but bill clinton's scandals, as well. and what he called hillary clinton in his latest tweet. >> first for those of us who have been ni this year, santa has taken flight. the team at norad is tracking his every move. but do you know why the government launched this mission in the first place? >> you're watching "wowod news now.w. >> he's in mexico.
continues after this from our nice and cozy. so as we fire up, you know, the yule log, santa claus has been flying around the glgle for hours. he's just finishing up his deliveries here in america. look at him go. >> busy, busy man. worldwide, children have been followowg his travels thanks to norad's santnttracker which this year turned 60 years old. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: santa claus is under the watchful eyes of norad. >> so, on the screen, you'll see the last place t tt we've seen santa claus, which, in this case, was russia.
number of gifts delivered, which is just over 2 billion. >> reporter: usually on alert for things like missile attacks, norad takes this very seriously. how important is this mission? >> oh, this is a no fail mission. >> reporter: a mission that goes back to the cold war, as the story goes, back in 1955, a sears newspaper ad gave kids a number to call santa. but that number was off by one, so, instead of reaching the man in red, kids were calling colonel harry shoup on his red phone. >> that red phone was top secret. >> reporter: the colonel ordered his men to play along. >> he was military through and through, but he loved kids. and he lovov christmas. >> reporter: and a tradition was born. norad has been playing along now for 60 years. >> santa loves cookies and milk. >> reporter: 1,500 volunteers
excited kids in 235 countries. >> he's headed for bangalor, india, right now. >> reporter: you might just reach terry, taking calls today for the first time ever. >> have you got cookies for him? >> reporter: colonel shoup was her dad. so, your first call, what does it feel like? >> oh,h,t's great. better than i even thought. it's wonderful. >> reporter: she says that went for her dad, too. a simple mistake he helped turn into 60 years of magic. clayton sandndl, abc news, colorado springs. that is so cool. always a tradition in my family, put out the cookies and the milk and then check to see where santa is. >> still to this day. >> we're checking to see where kendis is. because he might be breaking into your home. >> i think i'm stuck. >> yeah. >> just trapped up there. >> i have to anchor by myself the rest of the show b bause he's stutu. >> we'll be back.yself
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warmer? >> it really does. loving this, so festive. >> can we turn the air up? all right. >> time now for "the mix" and a lot of people are probably pulling g all nighter right now trying to get the last minute gifts wrapped. i still have a few. take it easy on yourself. as bad as your gifts may look, they cannot possibly be as terrible as these we're about to show you. >> really? mine are pretty bad. >> this person forgot to buy christmas wrapping. >> what is that? >> happy birthday paper. under the christmas tree. >> happy birthday baby jesus. >> that must be the birthday. at might be your gift. that's why you're making excucus. this person wraps a chair. >> i think i know what it is. >> i think the real gift is an iphone on the chair. so a little clever. this next one someone decided trash bags are the best way to wrap gifts. don't bother with the wrapping
show you thihiwoman in kentucky wanted to include her dogs in on the whole holiday tradition. and look at that. they were there. >> at the kids tablele >> at the dodoy table. this is the time we polka. >> hey, holiday shopping got you down? come on, let's polka with the westside sounds. politics and foreign wars, all the weather all the scores that's the world news polka business news from tokyo, stuff you saw on koppel's show that's the world news polka it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants so grab your "world news now" mug and everybody dance hey have some fun be e pal every anchor guy and gal do the world
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after deadlyy tornadoes take a heartbreaking toll, the holiday clean-up and the snowstorm that could delay travelers. >> shopping center gunfire. the second shooting incident this week scaring holiday shoppers at busy american malls. how police responded this time. and new this half hour, an unforgettable way to raise a stink about taxes. >> seven chickens left at a department of revenue office, what happened to the birds and what police have to say. and later on in "the skin," disappointment for janet jackson fans. her concert tour called off and the personal reason lined it. it is friday, it is christmas day, december 25th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, and very merry christmas to you. i'm marci gonzales in for reena ninan. >> and merry christmas. nice to be spending the holiday
we want to get to our top story because it is tragic. deadly tornadoes in the south and mist that killed at least 14 people. >> among the hardest hit areas northwesesrn mississsspi where seven people have died. dozens more have been injured some seriously. abc's phillip mena has the story. >> reporter: severe wewether still on the momo. with blinding rain in alabama and flooded roads south of atlanta. this after a devastating christmas week tornado outbreak. >> oh! i think that's a tornado brewing up! >> reporter: over 24 tornadoes reported. >> i looked up, the roof was blowing off the house. >> reporter: watch as these two tornadoes merge into one massive twister. swirling winds lifting this tractor trailer and sending it careening onto itside. in holly springs, mississippi -- >> monster tornado. >> reporter: the national weather service says this tornado was at least an ef-3 and may have tracked over 100 miles across two states. >> it was like a war zone. >> reporter: first responders rushing to help the injured,
keel. she was on her way home from last-minute christmas shopping. >> there's a lady face down in the ditch. she kept asking about t r child. >> reporter: that child, just 7 years old, didn't survive. >> i can't imagine -- i just can't imagine what that mom is going to feel when she's told that her child didn't make it. >> reporter: gwendolyn jones had no storm shelter. she and her family took celter in the safest place they could find. >> and we laid here on the floor and holding hands and praying all the while. >> reporter: the room her daughter and granddaughter live in, now destroyed. the community here coming together. donations pouring g to this shelter, hoping to salvage some kind of christmas. this motor home was parked 100 yards away. and the only thing that stopped it was a two-story building, now obliterated. and the trailer attached to that rv, they found it a quarter mile away. phillip mena, abc news, holly springs, mississippi.
great plains making travel dangerous. the omaharea got about half a foot of snow. the combination made driving a nightmare with a lot of accidents. meteorologist cam tran tells us snowstorms could make travel dangerous across an even wider area. good morning, cam. >> happy christmas morning, kendis and marci. if you're looking for a white christmas, head out west. an area of low pressure forming on the lee side of the rockies. we could pick up about a foot of snow there. and then that system will shift off to the north and east bringing widespread snow across the northern plains. we could see major travel delays in this area due to poor visibility and drifting snow and then the system will move off to the north and east into minnesota bringing upwards of 6 inches of snow into minneapolis. the big storm sysysm developing over the weekend. we could see blizzard like conditions across new mexico into the texas panhandle and heavy rain into east texas as well as severe weather in the
heading back home from the holidays could be treacherous. back to you. >> thanks, cam. other news, there were black lives matter protests on christmas eve including in chicago. investigatats r reased recordings of chicago police radio calls from the night teenager laquan mcdonald was shot and killed. the traffic shows only five minutes pass between a request for a taser andnd when officer jason van dyke opened fire. >> fired by the police. gunfire by the police. >> you guys okay? >> everything's fine. >> to protest that shooting, about 100 protesters marched along chicago's busiest shopping district but the this protest appeared to have less impact on merchants than a a bigger one on black friday. and an off-duty police officer shot and killed a teenager at a north carolina mall following a dispute between two groups. last minute s sppers scramamed
here's abc's ron claiborne. >> reporter: it happened again. this time, a shooting in a north carolina shopping mall, packed with last-minute christmas shoppers. gunfire seseing many in the crowd fleeing in panic. inside, this man finding safety, huddling behind a clothing rack. >> we were just walking and people just started running, yelling, screaming. so, i i st -- my first thingngo do is get safe. >> reporter: images from the northlake mall in charlotte captured the chaos and confusion. >> he starteshooting. >> reporter: authorities say the shooting occurred after two groups of peoplelenside the mall t into an argument.. an off-duty police officer intervened and fatally shot one person who they say was armed. >> this is not a random act of violence. this is something that happened between two parties o were beefing back and forth. >> reporter: this incident comes just two days after a shooting at one of the country's biggest malls on new york's long island. there, too, scenes of panic when a would-be robber allegedly fired a gun in a struggle with a
in north carolina tonight, the at least four peoe gone to the hospital and yet another community on edge. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. the federal government is making plans for mass deportations that could start as early as next month. the tararts would be thousands of central americans who have come here fleeing gang violence in honduras and el salvador. their request for asylum in the u.s. were denied but thehe haven'n' leftft >> i think what they're trying to do is send a message saying don't come and in order to do that, i think they believe if there are images o families being off loaded in planes in central amamica, that it's going to deter people from coming. > the plan has to be approved by the white house and opposition is fierce from both left and right and even within homeland security itself. 36 years after their capture, the americans taken hostage in 1979 are set to receive millions of dollars in compensation. that's after a provision in the
eaea of the 53 hostages and their estates are set to receive up to $4.4 million. spouses and children eligible for a $600,000 payment, the captivity. we got a somber message from the pope during his c`ristmas eve mass. pope francis condemned what he calledsociety's intoxicationing abundance and wealth. while noting the simplicity of jesus' birth he said jesus calls on christians to act in way that is simple, balanced, consistent and capable of seeing and doing what is essential. in japan, the christmas tradition is to line up for kentuckyky fried chicken. >> what's wrong with that? >> yeah, it's a little different. eating the colonel's chicken is so popular kfc starts taking reservations in october. the wait timee can be ass long as six hours if you don't have a reservation.
feast on kfc today? >> japan? >> in japan. > don't blame em. good f f them. i wonder if they prefer extra crispy or the original. >> or the original. >> i was always an original person back when i ate the bird. it was good stuff. >> love it. >> good yard birir there at kfc. >> this is something of a christmas tradition, as well. water skiing on the potomac near the nation's capital. >> this is the 30th year saint nickckas made the splash. he was joined this year by mrs. clause, elves, reindeer, frosty the snowman. surprised he didn't melt in this weather and even the grinch was there. we didn't spot a any membebe of congress out there, but who knows. >> so there was a grinch you mentioned. so i'm sorry, kidding. kids, if santa doesn't bring youou what you w w this had morninin now you know what he was doing instead. the temperatures in d.c., yeah, upper 70s yesterday. >> can't resist.
in newework because there was an ice cream truck outside my apartment. ice cream truck on christmas eve. >> first time ever that has been the cause of a sleepless nht in new york city. love it. >> coming up in "thehekinny," christmas treasure coming to the palin family and california's governor sends a gift to hollywood "a" listers. >> also ahead a fowl protest at the r renue department. why did a taxpayer dump seven chickens and take off? oo and no immediate holiday truce between donald trump and hillary clinton. the war of words on social media takes a new tone.. you're watchinin"world news now." so how ya doing? enough pressure in here for ya? ugh. my sinuses are killing me. yeah...just wait 'til we hit ten thousand feet. i'm gonna take mucinex sinus-max. too late, we're about to take off. these dissolve fast. they're new liquid gels. and you're coming with me... wait, what?! you realize i have gold status? do i still get theheiles?
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this is at the state revenue office in eugene, oregon. those guys showed up, seven chickens left by an angry 66-year-old taxpayer. the motive? well, it's unclear. animal control was called in to remove the flock. >> it's not often that we take inineven chickens at oncncand certainly not under this circumstance. >> not often or ever. >> you think? >> the chicken dropper is now banned from returning to the building. >> the chickenenropper? i guess what else do you call him? >> yeah, i mean, yeah. >> so we don't know the why. >> the delivivy man. >> we don't know the why he did it. i guess he got his point across somewhat because we're talking about it. >> absolutely. if he took those to japan on christmas day, man. >> kfc, done. >> turning now to the race for the white house and the rhetoric is apparently not letting up for christmas. >> not in the christmas spirit at all.
hillary clinton and donald trump running in a dead heat, donald trump's campaign is turning up the heat and it's not just hillary clininn herself who he is targeting. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: no christmas eve quiet on donald trump's twitter feed. retweeting this -- "why is hilllly even allowed to run? she's a crimimal." his campaign spokeswoman even summoning the ghost of her husband's scandals. >> hillary clinton has some nerve to talk about ththwar on women n d the bigotry towardrd women when she has a serious problem in her husband. >> reporter: trump's campaign upping the rhetoric after he described clinton's loss to president obama by using offcolor slang of the male anatomy. >> she was favored to win and she got [ bleep ]. she lost, i mean, she lost. >> reporter: trump insists his use of the term was neither vulgar nor misogynistic. >> to me, that's really a reference to getting beaten and really pretty decisively. and when i said it, nobody in
they clapped, they didn't view that as s ing a horrible thingng >> reporter: but clinton's campaign calls trump's language degrading and disgusting. >> i really deplore the tone of his campaign and the inflammatory rhetoric. it's not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism. >> reporter: and that brought this veiled threat from trump, "hillary, when you complain about a penchant for sexism, who are you referring to? i i ve great respect fororomen. be careful." hours later, his spokeswoman dropping this bomb. >> i can think of quite a few women that have been bullied by hillary clinton to hide her husband's misogynist sexist secrets. >> reporter: no comment from the clinton campaign, but tonight, trump and his family go to church near his palm beach home, so, perhaps there will be a momentary truce.
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have his voting rights restored. next. >> jerry brown gets another voter right there. >> exactly. coming up next, troubling news from rock star janet jackson. >> she posted this on instagram. she's postponing her unbreakable world tour till the spring because she must have surgery soon. jackson did not reveal what kind of surgery she would be undergoing but asked onlnlthat fans pray for her, for her family and for their entire company during this difficult time. >> jackson told fans to hang on to those tickets that they would be honored in a special way when her new concert schedule is announced. >> i was looking forward to it. she was going to be in new york in february. >> did you get tickets? >> no, but was going to try to get some. >> last second stubhub. >> yeah, exactly. next to an early christmas present for the palin family. >> bristol palin who launched an abstinence campaign after giving birth as an unwed teenage mother seven years ago o s given birth
sailor grace. lin instagrammed this photo saying our family couldn't be more complete. >> okay, so here's t t issue. palin n sn't publicly identitied the father of sailor grace but announced she was pregnant shortly after her engagement to marine war h ho dakota meyer was broken off this spring, last spring. meyer also posted "best christmas present ever." >> about the baby, not the broken engagement. okok. to be clear. >> so o ah, so maybe he's the baby daddy? maybe there's an episode of "maury" coming up on? >> tune in. finally the spirit of christmas comes alivivin the locker room. . >> this is really cool. something you just don't see very often or frankly ever. carolina panthers running ck fozzy whittaker dressed up as rudolph the red nosed reindeer singing the temptations version of silent -- let's have him sing
peace merry christmas to all of you, all of you we mean it merry christmas to all of you >> merry christmas, everybody. >> the temptations. >> do you know that? it's probably i'm showing my age here. that's a really classic and great christmas song the. >> i appreciated your attempt singing it. i'd like for you to continue that please. >> a l l of people do not appreciate it. that's what happens if you're 14-0, you can sing anything you want. >> in a reindeer costume, shirtless like that guy.
>> you know how h!rd it is to find red shoes? >> i think you're festive enough. the best costume change ever. >> festive is one word to call it. >> yeah. all right, well it is now time for "insomniac theater" if you can even listen to what we're saying with this distraction here. >> i'm trying to not get it close to the fire. >> definitely flammable. >> checking out two films opening this weekend. >> this week, we're going to start with quintin tarantino's latest aenture "the hateful eight," stars kirk russell and samuel l. jackson. they're trying to find shelter in a blizzard but end up getting involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. >> one of them fellows is not what he says he is. >> what is he? >> in cahoots with this one, that's what he is. one of them, maybe even two of them is here to see she goes free. >> "hateful eight" is getting a
love it. mike scott writes it's get 100% tarantino pleasure entertainment and andy crump calls it a towfring work as profound as it is profane. >> next up, an appropriate title for christmas "joy," starring jennifer lawrence, robert de niro, bradley cooper and david o. russell. it tells the story of a family across four r nerations and the woman at the center of it all who rises to become the founder animatetory arc of a powerful family businessdy nasty. but along that road t t success is betrayal, treasury and more than a few surprises. >> hi. >> what are you doing here? >> i'm returning him to you. i don't want him anymore. >> what? >> he's damaged. he has no place else to go. he's been living in my house for two years. >> dad, i'm so sorry. but you know, tony's living in the basement. >> your ex-husband shouldn't be living in your basement. that's not the p pper way to be
>> okay. >> critics are saying that is no way to make a movie giving it a 58% on rotten tomatoes. i'm disappointed. pete h hmond writes jenniferer lawrence proves a mop can be just as empowering as a bow and arrow. wow. >> why so angry. >> joshua sarns writes the film does little to live up to its title or aspirations. that is such a bummer. what a great cast. >> j.. law is getting a lot of buzz for that film and a lot of oscar buzz for it. >> maybe the critics are wrong. >> i'm going to put this near the fire and see if it will just catch fire. >> festive little elf. >> might be a little bit too much. >> nice and toasty.
>> this is fantastic.it's christmas eve and our low temperatures are expected to be well above normal, dropping into the upper 20s. a few snowflakes will be likely hrough the evening hours with partly cloudy skies. christmas morning we keep partly cloudy skies around before starting to see some sunshine throughout the afternoon. temperatures o ochristmas will again be above normal l with highs in the low 40s. travel conditions into saturday morning will generally be ok. we bring in a ew showers and even a few snowflakes s. >> merry christmas. making news in america this