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rain across the south forcing evacuations while others start the long road back following these deadly storms. tornadoes where we don't usually see them. then today's holiday around the world of the pope offeringg his christmas blessing before his message to the masses and the rather unusual christmas tradition being enjoyed in japan right now. is a crackdown coming against hundredsf immigrara families who have had their requests for asylum rejected? how much longer could they have in this country? something of a surprising admission from chipotle about an e. coli outbreak linked to some of its restaurants. what the company is saying coming up. and we do say good morning to you on this christmas morning. this is anything but a white christmas for most of the country. heavy rain, of course, unseasonable temperatures and
not exactly something for bing crosby song. >> not quite especially not in the south where christmas was ruined for many americans. abc's kenneth moton has the latest. >> reporter: holiday weather for the record books. this christmas morning the weather threat continues for parts of the south with heavy rain causing flood watches. >> we woke up to civiv defense pounding on our door telling us we had 20 minutes to leave our homes. >> reporter: people evacuat their homes to escape floodwaters from the s sth thehe weather turned deadly. more than a dozen killed when 24 tornadoes. and one stretched 150 miles destroying homes and lives. >> if you look at the damage here, it is as bad as any tornado that we've had and i've been through a lot of them. >> reporter: in wisconsin, crews are working overtime to restoto power after strong winds wreaked havoc in other parts of the
a heavy downfall in omaha, nebraska, caused a traffic nightmare before christmas.s. >> it's impossible for me to get there. it's insane. >> reporter: along the east coast it's not a white christmas but it's definitely a warm one. record highs from florida t t vermont. in new york city, 70-degree weather had people in shorts and t-shirts. >> i'm loving it. everyone should have a hot holiday. i don't have to go to florida or california. i'm fine right herere >> reporter: those residents should enjoy the warm christmas because temperatures are expected to drop next week. kenneth moton, abc news, washington. there were several tornadoes in northern california eastt of sacramento. >> some roofs were damaged. trees and fences torn down. but there were no reports of injuries. one traffic accident is plamed on the tornadoes though the driver was distracted by the storm. holiday travel could be a nightmare in other parts of the country. here's accuweather's cam tran,
>> well, happy christmas. good morning. it'll remain balmy out in the east so if you're looking for a white christmas you have t/ head t west. pressure will bring widespread snow utah and western colorado and will shift and brings it into the northern plains. could see poor visibility a well as drifting snow making travel a bit dangerous. the systemm will move into minneapolis by saturday morning but the big storm system we're talking about will be over the weekend. we have a major storm saling across the south that will bring blizzard-like conditions into new mexico, even into the texas panhandle and could see upwards of ten inches of snow in el paso, as well looking at heavy rain in east texas and severe weather possible in the lower mississippi so heading back home for the holidays could be a bit dangerous. back to you, kendis and marci. breaking news from africa where more than 100 hav died in a gas explosion.
ignited an inferno at a gat plant in nigeria. hundreds of people were lined up to refill their cking gas cylinders in time for christmas. witnesses described the horrible scene with many of the victims burned beyond recognition. and from the vatican, the pope sending a somber message during his christmas eve mass. >> noting the simplicity of jesus christ's birth pope francis condemned what he called society's intoxication with consumerism, pleasure and abundance and wealth and said jesus calls on christians to act in a way that is a little more simple, balanced, consistent and capable of doing what is esseseial and delelers his christmas message and blessing and he'll do that in 50 languages. fewer pilgrims in the holy land put off by a surge of violence between israelis and palestinians. the palestinian president joined christian faithful for midnight
yesterday was quiet. inn north carolina chaos at a mall after gunfire erupted between two groups of feuding teenagers. police in charlotte say an off-duty officer shot and killed one of the gunmen. panic shoppers scrammed for cover and the officer was placed on administrative leave until an investigation is complete. there were black liveses matttt protests on christmas eve including in chicago. investigators released recordings of chicago police radio calls from the night teenager laquan mcdonald was shot and killed. the radio traffic shows only five minutes pass between a request for a taser and when jason van dyke opened fire. >> shots fired b b the police. shots firir by the police. >> you guys okay? >> everything is fine. roll an ambulance over here. >> reporter: the protest about
marched along chicago's busiest shopping district but this protest appeared to have less impact o merchants and a bigger one held on black friday. the obama administration is getting gting to launch a new salvo. >> the department of homeland security is going to sent thousands of immigrants living here illegally. pierre thomas has the latest. >> reporter: they came from the southern border by the thousands. children and families, in some cases fleeing violence and persecution in central america. many bussed beyond the border inside the u.s. some facing angry crowds while the government determined 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 house. >> i think what they're trying to do is send a message saying dodot come and in order to do that, i think they believe their
offloaded in planes in central america that it's going to deter people from coming. >> reporter: the familieie targeted had their requests denied but their removal is sparking controversy because the obama administration has typically focused on deporting criminals, not families. >> a very tough day forhis news to break on christmas eve. >> reporter: some said the plan is symbolic window dressing that will do nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration. in many cases these families will have to be tracked down but immigration and customs enforcement agents are confident they can be located. it's tooifficult for@ families to hide, they say. opposition to this plan is already fierce. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> well, straight ahead, 2015 is so over when it comeso your money. what wall street is looking forward . fedex n n makakg any friends this morning thanks to some deliveries that still need to be made.
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better because the warmer than expected temperatures has put a crimp in wininr cloloing sales. onenalyst says the best deals will be at department stores which are struggling the most this year. two-thirds of us plan to shop the post-christmas sales. and when it comes to the monene you have invested, those who manage it are already looking ahead to 2016. some mutual fund managers and analysts say you should expect lower returns from stocks many could the new year a a a few economists are predicting a recession with one week of trading left this year the dow is in negative territory, nasdaq is up for the year. we may never know exactly whatat caused the e. coli outbreak at two chipotle restaurants. that's the word from chipotle which says it no longer has any of the ingredients that might have been contaminated. health officials also acknowledge the problem, chipotle's emphasis on fresh, locally produced ingredients may work againstt here. chipotle's sales have taken a
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the 6 inches ornow of fell that fell weren't in the forecast. not only caught the meteorogists by surprise but the ro crews, as well leading to accidents and traffic jams, but no major injuries. >> snowy roads likely in many more places this morning from the rockies across to the twin cities in the south flooding is the main problem with wet road as cross the ohio valley and possibib into the mid-atlantiti states. if you're flying airport delays are likeliest in houston, memphis, washington and denver. 36 years after their capture the americans taken hostage in tehran in 197979 are s s to receive millions of dollars in compensation. >> it's news that brought tears to the eyes of the former hostages. tom llamas has the details. >> reporter: more than 30 years after those american hostages were paraded before the world, a measure of justice. the 53 americans seized by an angry mob that stormed the u.s. embassy in tehran in 1979.. > will spend at least another
international pawns. their ordeal dragging on for more than a year, rodney sickman was one of them, a 22-year-oldd marine serving as a a security guard at the embassy. >> being held hostage was 444 days of a bad nightmare where each day we woke@ up, we thought we were dead. >> reporr: finally on the d ronald reagan was sworn in -- >> they won freedom for 52 americans. >> reporter: in all the years since the former hostages fought for compensation and now it's finally come. buried in a budget bill president oboba 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 cap difficulty.. sickmannnn c cls it justice. tom llamas, abc news, new york. some personals in the news this christmas morning. bristol palin gave birth to sailor grace.
sailor grace's father but dakota meyer posted best christmas present ever. troubling news about pop star janet jackson. she posted on instagram that she is postponing her unbreakable world tour until the spring because of an undiscsed upcoming s sgery but told fans to hang on to their tickets until her concerts are rescheduled. california governor jerry brown has given actor robert downey jr. an official pardon for that 1996 drug convictioio that landed him in prison. brown's office says he has since lived an honest and upright life. the ironman's conviction will remain on his recoror but voting rights to him will be restored. five games on the nba christmas schedule including a rematch of last season's finals between the warriors an cavaliers. >> as for the christmas eve football action, hihilights now from espn. good morning, america. and especially those watching in utica who like john buccigross.
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a quick wardrobe change as we're making our way to the fireplace here and christmas threw up on me on the way over here. a special christmas edition, of course, of "the pulse" and we're going to start with the traditional christmas meal in japan. >> christmas is not a natitial holiday ththe but having a meal of kfc fried chicken with the colonel is the way many celebrate the day there apparently. it is so popular that people start making reservations in tober. >> that's insane. wait time, by the way, can be as long as six hours without a reservation. the tradition dates back to 1974. >> but why? how did that get started? i have so many questions about this. >> i have no idea. >> but i like it.. >> it's a good i ia. >> delicious tradition. agreed. next up, the nfl team that is as hot as this fire burning behind us talking about the carolina panthers. >> as hot as t ts suit. they are undefeated, 14-0 right now with two games left in the regular season, and they can
win on sunday. >> these panthers aren't allll rough and tough, though. they have a seasonal musical side as we check them out right now. >> really? >> yeah. sleep in heaven heavenly peace merry chrisas to all of you all of you and we mean it merry christmas to all of u >> merry christmas, everybody. >> merry christmas. i love that they were hitting the notes while completely stark naked, the other guy there. >> i likikit as well and i likik when you sing along to it. >> i'll pass on that but that's panthers running back fozzy whittaker in his rudolph suit and his friend all nude hitting all the right notes in
simple suggestion, g gs, don't quit the day job. >> i'd give money to watch more of this. >> really? >> oh, yeah. also hitting a high note on the way in to christmas, a nonprofit group in denver that gave free marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. the group cannabis can says it's high time that the homeless had access to rest rooms and showers so the group is raising money. >> oh, by giving this to them. it's illegal to smoke marijuana in public in colorado, by the way, but giving it as a gift is okay. the group wishes evererody, quote here, a happy cannimas. >> very festive. >> so there are a lot of home guys with the munchies this morning in denver. >> all rht. stay with us. more n ns coming up. i'm going to burn this over there. just head around the corner to walgreens when you're searching for that perfect little something.
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the disaster unfolding when a tanker truck igngned an inferno at a gas industrial plant. at least 14 people are dead after tornadoes ripped through the south. there was also heavy rain, flooding and at least one mudslide. seven of the deaths were in mississippi. freaky weather also in michigan. a rare t tnado there in detroioi and several to northern california. the brief twisters east of sacramento damaged cars and property, but there were no serious injuries. and looking at totoy's weather, chilly in the west, a free watch for the bay area. snow across the upper plains. more rain moving into the ohio valley. and finally on this christmas morning let's take a visit, shall we, to what's being called california's miracle manor. it's an apartment complex for families with children who are critically ill. >> the miracle manor is near what is known as choc, the children's hospital of orange county. kabc reporter greg lee paid a visit. >> reporter: bridgette colby
ss are here. it may not seem like much but to theit's a miraclcl >> our f fily is whole and thaha we can be a fafaly and do what we need to do. >> reporter: when she was 1, doctors diagnosed sophia with hlh, an extremely rare disease that causes her immune system to attack her own tissues and organsns she began intensive treatment including chemotherapy and her family spending weeks at a time at children's hospital of orange county, all of it taking a serious toll? >> is it the meds, is if the foodod all those things add up exponential. >> reporter:he family nearly lost their home and the nonprofit asked them to be the first family to move into the miracle manor, an apartment complex less than a mile when choc built specifically for families with critically ill children. >> a place where they could feel safefend comforted and part of the community. >> reporter: doctors continue to
marrow transplant from her father and while the family doesn't know what to expect the 11-year-old's just enjoyininher new home and the friends dealing with the same things. >> i like it very much and i like how it's for families so that way there's more kids to play with around here. >> reporter: the colbys manage the property fororour other families with critical illnesses, and while they wait to open their presents, bridget said this new community is more than a gift, it's a miracle. >> this gives the ten years of what we've been doing a purpose and hopefully we can help them get through it a little easier than we did. >> reporter: construction is under way on seven more units. miracles for kids hope to have families moved in by the spring. reportrtg in orange, greg lee, abc 7, eyewitness news. >> our thanks to greg for that. and that's wtonight on the back side of this system a wintry mix is possible in the north of the tv 9 viewing area, no accumulation