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good morning, america. this morning -- dangerous mix. snow, flooding, even killer tornadoes. thick ice sending cars off the road and taking down branches where the storm is right now and is more extreme weather ahead? what it means for your holiday travel problems and a white christmas. digital death spiller. before boarding a plane, a pr bigwig sends out a tweet about african and aids. while she's in the air it goes global. with the hashtag has justine landed yet. how her bosses reacted. mission delayed. its next space walk until
christmas eve, the problems now facing the astronauts and how nasa is handling them. ♪ and double dynamite. justin and jimmy teaming up again on "saturday night live." hilarity ensues. the best gags, the best celebrity came owes, we got it all for you this morning. good morning, everybody. also coming up this morning -- the nfl cheerleader who is tougher any of the guys out on the field, she has come back from a tour of duty in afghanistan where she served in a dangerous area, even engaging in combat, how the philadelphia eagles are going to honor her
tonight. >> we'll get to that story a little bit later in the show. we're going to begin with that deadly mix of weather. across a large of chunk. abc's alex perez has the story from chicago's o'hare airport. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, beeianian that. it has been headache after headache. here at o'hare and many airports they're still playing catch-up with delays. this winter storm has been relentless. wreck after wreck, the massive storm creating a nightmare during the busy holiday travel weekend. rain leading to a dangerous glaze of ice across the central part of the country. and airports along this storm's path, crews working nonstop to deice planes and in oklahoma, look closely the rain even freezing on this bird's feathers. the ice buildup so thick, trees
snap and crumb under its weight. >> those trees are coming down pretty quick. >> reporter: and threatening homes. in kansas, many cars ended up upside-down, some even stranded. this pickup truck, slid off the highway, killing the driver. in amarillo and in other parts of texas, first responders struggled just to keep up with the crashes. treacherous road conditions in vermont caused this rollover and ice in michigan, thick enough to cover this car window. and it's not just snow and ice, overnight, this storm causing possible tornadoes causing this 18-wheeler to overturn in memphis. and flooding entire neighborhoods.
and this storm is not over yet, that ice, snow and rain now moving east and here in the midwest, temperatures are expected to plunge tonight. dan? >> something to look forward to. alex. 2--minus three days until christmas, what are the odds of a white christmas. let's check in with damon lane from oklahoma city. good morning, once again. >> great to be here. that's the big question, who will have a white christmas this year? we'll talk about that in just a little bit but let's talk about what's happening right now. severe weather watch. that until 10:00 a.m. as we look later into the afternoon here, by noon, a few snow showers around the chicago. snow ongoing in milwaukee. we'll see a few showers around philadelphia into new york city, this afternoon, but early tomorrow morning, if you're traveling around 8:00 a.m.,
right down i-95 from boston down to the nation's capital, it looks like arounother round of w is in the forecast. from milwaukee to green bay, 1 to 2 inches, up to 4 inches of snow there. who will have a white christmas? 42% of the united states covered in the snow. almost half of america will have snow on the ground this december 25th. dan and bianna, back to you. >> still warm out here in new york city. damon, great to have you. let's go to ron claiborne with the other top stories. president obama is warning that violence in south sudan could cost the newest country the support of united states. the escalating violence in the area is causing tens of thousands of south sudanese to
seek shelter. happening right now -- in kentucky, s.w.a.t. teams have entered the house of a decorated military. they're in communication with the man. earlier there are other people in the house and they're concerned about their safety. our local affiliate which is at the scene said gunfire was heard coming from the house. more fallout this morning from that massive credit card security breach at target, chase bank is putting temporarily restrictions on its debit cards. chase card holders can only withdraw $100 and limit debit purchases to $300. and in colorado, claire davis, the teenager shot inside of arapahoe high school, has
died. she was shot at point-blank range by her fellow classmate karl pierson, she was not pierson's intended target. edgar bronfman has died, he was the longtime president of the world jewish council and champion for rights around the world. in 1999 he was award the presidential medal of freedom. he was 84 years of age. and finally a gift of flowers from pope francis for pope francis, the pontiff visiting a children's hospital in rome on saturday, during the three-hour visit, the pope thanked the children for sharing their christmas dreams and wishes with him. no gifts for them yet. >> that was gift enough.
meeting him. >> back to you guys. >> thank you, ron. to space now, and the wardrobe malfunction that's jeopardizing the mission to make crucial repairs to the international space station, yesterday's walk wempbt well but it's been postpone because of space suit problems. it turns out they're decades olds. mike botecher. >> this was a problem, yet another issue with the 35-year-old space suits used by the astronauts that were designed during the era of the space shuttle. american astronauts raced through time and space. removing ahead of schedule a broken cooling pipe that jeopardized operations aboard the international space station. but there was a glitch.
astronaut, the senior of the two space walkers, complained about freezing feet and at times had to readjust temperature controls within the suit. when mission control asked him to extend the space walk, he balked. >> it's up to you guys if you really want to go out there. >> reporter: one of his problems was revealed by mission control a few hours after the walk ended, water in his space suit. >> we want to dry that suit out overnight. >> reporter: they'll spend christmas eve trying to finish the work. after they canceled the latest space walk. it's different from an emergency encountered last july by an italian space walker. when a glob of water collected in his helmet.
it's working the aging space suits. >> the suits are 35 years old. we review the hazards. >> reporter: they will switch space suits for tuesday's mission. they hope to be dressed for success. bianna. >> that will be indeed a christmas present. we'll turn now to the latest on the arrest of four men. this morning, police are now saying the accused cold-blooded killers want the man's luxury suv, is this part of a frightening new trend? abc's reena ninan has more. >> reporter: they credit good old-fashioned police work, technology to help crack the case. the suspect picked up just five days after the horrible attack.
these four men arrested late friday night for their alleged role of the shopping mall carjack zblg we believe that the individuals immediately involved in this incident have been charged and now taken into custody. >> reporter: saturday police revealed new details of the night freeland was murdered. the four suspects arrived in a chevy suburban. they discovered dustin and his wife leaving the mall. that's when the carjackers struck. jamie watching as her husband was fatally shot. >> the crime itself seems to be motivated for that desire of particular vehicle. >> they're targeting luxury vehicles. like their suv. carjacks, with so many cases it's been a focus of the fbi's
new jersey office. >> there is a black market for stolen vehicles. >> reporter: some stolen vehicles are quickly moved to africa as part of an international ring. investigators are looking into whether this incident is linked to others in the region. his widow expressed her thanks to police. we are very grateful to the essex county police and all of the local authorities for pursuing so quickly. the men could potentially face the death penalty. 90% of cars from carjackings are usually recovered. >> as was this one. what a terrible case. this morning, the woman at the center of a digital uproar, of all people, justine sacco, should have known better. but friday, before boarding a flight to south africa, she sent out an incredibly offensive tweet about aids and race. by the time she landed
yesterday, that tweet had gone global and she had been fired. abc's gio benitez is on the story. >> reporter: good morning. up to a few days she was representing big websites. now she's unemployed. so many watching her demise online. while she offline was on a plane. this morning, justine is without a job, firing after sparking an internags n internation international. it started with going to africa. hope i don't get aids. just kidding. i'm white. her former employee, iac, qui quickquic quickly issued a statement saying it's offensive. she's an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core. sacco apparently oblivious of the backlash without wi-fi from
london to cape town, south africa. her reputation imploding. the hashtag has justine landed yet. anxiously waiting the moment she got online. >> this is one of the fastest responses in crash and burns that i have seen from a tweet. >> reporter: the offending tweet was deleted then her entire tweet. but still no apology. match.com, okcupid. >> present things to the public but the other is to read the mood of public and to be sensitive to that and this was shockingly insensitive. >> her family tells abc news this is not indicative of the type of person she is. she's known for her loud laugh.
sacco is expected to make a statement very soon. she hasn't said a thing publicly since sending out that tweet, dan and bianna, clearly a lot of people want to hear from her. >> gio, our thanks to her. president obama who's enjoying the sun, sand and surf of hawaii on his annual winter vacation with his family there. >> before leaving the white house, the president was grilled by reporters about his fifth year in office which he insisted wasn't the worst of his presidency. let's bring in george stephanopoulos. so, was it the worst year of his presidency and what does he do to make 2014 less horrible? >> i think it's safe to say it was his worst year ever. they had the least productive congress in memory. the president has to do a few things to start to turn this
around. number one, get back to basic. fix the health care website. make sure people are signing up. big deadline tomorrow for people who want to have their health insurance by january 1st. the good news is the economy is getting stronger. they want to avoid government shutdowns to harm the economy. on top of that, have to try to find some way to work with congress and at least one of his big-ticket items that was stalled, immigration. of course, he'll be working on this potential nuclear deal with iran. >> he needs some wins. >> no question about it. >> george, thank you. >> thank you. that's coming up later on "this week," right here, on abc. now to the incredible story of an nfl cheerleader who went from the football field to the battle field as part of a special ops combat unit in afghanistan.
the team that that she cheered before her service, philadelphia eagles will honor her service. abc's linzie janis has her story. >> reporter: this amazing young woman was leading a platoon of 22 in afghanistan just weeks ago and in an exclusive interview she tells why she decided to ditch her pom poms for a pistol. just back from a second tour in afghanistan, this 25-year-old will be named hometown hero in a ceremony during tonight's philadelphia eagles game. in 2009, washburn gave up her career as a cheerleader for the team to become an officer in the u.s. army. >> i was always going to join the military. they're not exactly the same. but both jobs require you to handle stress. >> reporter: in college, she juggled both identities.
>> when she came back, she didn't miss a beat. she knew all of the dances. she was doing everything. >> reporter: but after graduation, her love of country won out. washburn deployed to afghanistan in 2011 as part of a cultural support team, her mission -- winning the hearts and minds of women in afghanistan. >> trying to create a bond with them was always our main objective. we talked a lot about head scarves and makeup sxwlr washburn and another female officer were attached to a special forces unit. she fought in a remote and dangerous mountain area, where two other female officers died. >> their sacrifice just means so much to me and to other women. >> reporter: washburn said that she's following in her dad's foot steps, a retired air force fighter pilot. >> what she was doing was not
safe. you don't want your own kid to go. >> reporter: washburn has a year left on her current military contract. perhaps law school after that and a career as a human rights lawyer. >> what an inspiration. >> she has a boyfriend, dan. i know that you're married. >> that's not dangerous, given that i'm married. not to worry, honey. not to worry. >> she's remarkable. thanks, linzie. now to a moment of honesty followed by a moment of greed, involves a waitress who found 100 bucks and tried to returned it. a waitress at the crab house, realized one of his
customers forgot something. >> i just saw a wad of hundreds. i didn't count it. >> reporter: security cameras were rolling as knight caught up to this man and handed him the misplaced $1,000. >> one small problem, this is not the man who lost the money. fast forward the tape, we could see the rightful owner leave with his wife before this dishonest customer. >> i thought it i i was giving it to the right guy. >> reporter: he was visiting from chicago and said police told him, unfortunately, no actual crime had been committed. if the cash does come back, he'll give it to the waitress who's expecting a baby, the possibility this good deed could be rewarded after all. for "good morning america," tai hernandez, abc news, new york.
>> who would do --? i can't imagine somebody being surprised, you dropped this. oh, yeah, i did, of course. >> when somebody comes up and hands you money, yeah, i'll come back with the money. time now for the weather and back over to damon lane. they don't do those things in oklahoma city? >> no, never. an interesting story, bianna, i would be waiting for the cameras rolling. we have been talking about the cold part of america, but there's a lot of warmth, look at orlando for today, 90 degrees. feeling a lot more like summer in florida than winter. record warmth stretching from orlando, charlotte, up to washington, d.c. temperatures in the 70s. we'll watch some heavy rainfall move in from atlanta up to raleigh, the nation's capital, inches of rain across the
southeast, there's a cold side to this, look at these temperatures this morning and north dakota area, south dakota, temperatures well below zero. seattle 50 degrees. we'll see quiet weather across the west coast for today. look at temperatures across the nation here. that's the weather around the nation. this is what you can expect where you live. >> 90s down to the southeast. 20s in kansas. >> wow. >> big difference. >> all right, thanks, damon. coming up on "good morning
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♪ check out the awesome christmas lights show set to music at this house in california. three days away from a merry and bright christmas all around the country. i grew up loving christmas lights and jake is in texas with my parents. he loved it, too. something so magical about it. it is sunday, december 22nd, three days away from christmas. this morning a lot of people talking about a particularly funny "snl" episode overnight, jimmy fallon and justin timberlake taking over. doing a talk show when a special guest shows up. we'll tell you who and you might be able to guess coming up in "pop news." but first seaworld, sefendi
off accusations that it's been mistreating animals. part of a documentary that explores of death of a trainer by a killer whale. abc's aditi roy is in our l.a. bureau this morning. good morning. >> good morning, dan. seaworld is fighting back against the chargers in the documentary, the company took out a full-page ad in several major newspapers and addressed what it causes dishonesty and misinformation about the seaworld. seaworld is lashing back. the company took out a full-page ad in eight major newspapers friday. to quote, set the record straight." the movie black fish chronicles the story of a killer whale associated with three deaths during 30 years in captivity,
including the death of dawn bran choe. this video taken at the seaworld shows the whale playing with the trainer before dragging her into the water. in the open letter, seaworld says we do not capture killer whales in the wild. seaworld said that tilikum did not attack her, that all evidence indicates that tilikum became interested in her ponytail. >> this documentary seems to have gained more momentum, not less momentum. >> reporter: the theme park chain also responded to the documentary's heartwrenching video of whale hunts. seaworld's ad said that we do not separate killer whale moms and cavs.
it cam after eight musical acts canceled upcoming performances at the orlando theme park. >> what this celebrity situation does, it makes it a bigger story and that's exactly what they don't want. >> reporter: abc news reached out to seaworld, officials said in a statement, the time came to address the many falsehood of our long history of marine display. the film director said that seaworld's response didn't focus on anything about the film. because the entire film is based on facts. the controversy continues. >> seaworld in damage control this morning. a final check of the morning's top stories with ron. >> hello, again, good morning, everyone. nasa has postponed tomorrow's second spacewalk following a malfunction of one of the astronaut's space suits. it pulled out a pump with a faulty valve ahead of the walk. in in the u.k. scotland yard
said they're reviewing evidence after celebrity chef nigella lawson admitted uses drugs, she said that she used cocaine with her late husband when he found out he had terminal cancer. a wild brawl at a women's olympic exhibition hockey game between the u.s. and canada, with eight seconds left in that match, tempers flared and fists started flying. team usa ended up winning, 4-1, and imagine this, the two teams will go at it again, play hockey, not necessarily brawl, this coming weekend. from brawling to dancing, 14-year-old blake linquist from new hampshire showing off his dance moves during mondz's celtics game. even the anchors got into it. this video has gone viral. and blake said that he's
becoming a local celebrity. >> it's a burden, celebrity hood. a warning blake. time now for weather and back to damon lane. >> good moves on that little kid, yeah. i wish i had moves like that. this weather moving across the united states, there's a winter side to it. look at this video come in from wichita, kansas, about 3 inches of snow, that certainly led to slick conditions along i-70 moving across kansas. then there was the springlike storm, monroe, louisiana, seeing some severe wind damage. certainly less -- some nasty damage on the first day of winter. so, where are those storms now? they're moving now along the east coast. good amount of rain from the southeast up to the mid-atlantic here, a little bit of snow around snow, towards milwaukee, the overall winter side of this storm system will probably stay in canada, you can see, here,
rain moving across pennsylvania this morning as we look at it as far as holiday travel, the grand tetons are likely to see some flooding rain. that's a look at the weather around the nation. this is what you can expect in your hometown. >> and that weather report brought to you by wahl greens. >> damon, thank you. still ahead on "good morning america" -- the dynamic duo, jimmy fallon and justin timberlake teaming up on snl. and she's beautiful, smart and talented. something that sofia vergara just can't do, we'll explain in "pop news." even well-planned holidays can wind up at the corner of "stockings are stuffed"
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>> good morning, everyone. i'm carolyn tyler whether he start with a quick first good look at the weather. we will lala in. we have the radar satellite. we are tracking patchy low clouds right along the toast. then we will be waking up to patchy fog for the most part of the bay area. we take a look at the emeryville camera. we see pretty clear conditions on the powell street exit there. it is going to be clear later on today. mostly sunshine with light winds and dry and mild week ahead. certainly very not winter-like, i'm