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their reason for the new one. two newspapers that published the nsa secrets that edward snowden had revealed say he should be given clemency. editorials in "the new york times" and britain's "the guardi guardian" say that snowden's disclosures about the united states' sweeping espionage program did more good than harm. a judge ruled the program was program unconstitutional. another major secret has been revealed. in harrisburg, sapennsylvania. >> the much anticipated unveiling of the pennsylvania farm show's butter sculpture. >> yeah. the 1,000-pound sculpture celebrates 60 years of the farm show. farm show milkshake. this year's theme -- "shake, rattle, and roll." hit song from 1954. coincidentally the same year the pennsylvania farm show unveiled its now-famous milkshake. >> pretty complex. >> that's butter? >> it's butter. i'm told you don't eat it. >> well what do you do? >> you probably wouldn't want
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to. somebody made the point in the meeting today that probably lots of people sneezed on this. i can only imagine. it's on display, right? >> i can imagine little kids -- >> my son would never go near it, he would destroy it. >> what if it gets hot? the. >> i guess they don't let it get hot. coming up, we return to our top story -- winter whiteout and state of messaemergency in the northeast. and new chef nigella lawson is moving on and talking about her lawsuit. you're watching "world news now." ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought it you by united health care.
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it looks so incredibly cold. welcome back. as we continue our coverage of the big storm hitting the northeast this morning, this is a live picture you're looking at of the george washington bridge from ft. lee, new jersey. the snow is still coming down. new jersey and new york city are expected to get six to ten inches of snow before it's all done. >> welcome back, everyone. with the rush hour just a few hours away, road crews are busy this morning trying to keep up with all of the snow. >> joining us by phone is j jodine, spokesman for the new
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jersey department of transportation. thanks for joining us. great to hear from you. first, how are the crews making out this morning? >> well, they've been going since roughly dinnertime yesterday. and they've been going nonstop. so the roads are snow covered but still passable. it's been -- it's just been a nonstop operation for the last nine hours. and we're expecting the snow to continue for at least another five. >> joe, tell us about all the prep that went interest the storm. what were crews on the ground at the department of transportation doing to get ready for this? >> reporter: we started immediately having conference calls on tuesday, where we were meeting, speaking with our sister agencies, the turnpike authority, the south jersey transportation authority, as well as state police and office of emergency management, as well as multiple weather forecasters.
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so we talk about the storm, we try to get an idea. we compare notes. then once the forecast got firmed up, we start working backwards from that point where we think the snow is going to hit. then we make the decisions in terms of our plan as to when do we call in the crews. that's how it works. >> gotcha. did motorists take advice and stay off the roads? >> yeah, traffic is quite light now. that really helps our crews a lot. the snow is falling everywhere in new jersey. we've got about five inches in the central part of the state. they're plowing and spreading salt everywhere. >> joe dee joining us from the department of transportation in new jersey. thank you for joining us. we'll be right back with more. right back about more.
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♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ we ♪ well, it's been a tough p.r. jeer for nigella lawson. she's now moving on. >> the celebrity show is getting on with her show and trying to put the past behind her. here's more. >> reporter: famed chef nigella lawson is tuning out all of the drama of 2013 and kicking off the new year with reality tv instead. >> think cooking for family is hard? try cooking for these guys. >> i need a paramedic. >> reporter: the new season of her show, "the taste," on abc. she's trying to put the fraud
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trial involving her two former assistant behind her. >> to be honest, to have not only your private life but disportions of your private life -- disportions of your private life on dismay have mortifying. you know -- display is mortifying. to goal any of it would be self-pity. >> reporter: lawson's assistants were the ones on trial for stealing. it was the chef who found herself under attack. forced to testify about her unhappy marriage and dispute charges that she had a drug problem. on "good morning america," she said she had just one goal -- >> my only desire really was to protect my children as much as possible, which i wasn't alas always -- i couldn't do. but that's what i wanted to do. >> reporter: lawson's assistants were acquitted, and the chef says she was maliciously vilified without the right to respond. britain, like the u.s., does not allow witnesses to have their lawyers raise objections in court. did you feel like you were on trial? >> well, i did. but it's -- you know, it's one of the niceties of the english legal system that you're not
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allowed any counsel if you're a witness. since then i've eaten a lot of chocolate, had a christmas and look forward to a new year. >> reporter: as always, when you're a chef, when life gives you lemons, you make lemon meringue. >> you're a big nigella lawson fan. >> i did. what i didn't tell you is today i made her banana bread before coming. it's so good. i left it at home for the family. but she really has great recipes. i've got all of her books. she's -- >> were you following the court case and all that? >> yes, i was. it's just fascinating. i mean, she really -- i saw her show this evening. i think she's really gifted at what she does which is cooking. >> do you think she'll make a full comeback from the controversy? >> you know, it's hard to tell. i always believe in second chances for everyone. politicians and celebrity chefs alike. >> speaking of second chances,
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are you going bring in bread tomorrow? >> i doubt there will be any leftover. doubt there will be any left. but the chocolate puffs are also good. chocolate in a cup.
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edition of "the mix." we want to take a minute to wish a fond farewell, as you can see, very fond farewell to one of the most cherished members of the "world news now" family. >> right here, amanda vaughn allen, has been a digital news associate here for nearly three years. she is the face of our "insomniac kitchen" sessionments which we love. amanda's done an amazing job on air and behind the scenes and done it all with a smile. >> if you ask people here, they'll tell you she's one of the most cheerful people on the overnights. one of the most genuinely nice people we've ever met. you see -- right there -- [ laughter ] >> highlight reel. >> let's let her tell everybody where you are going next. >> yes, i am making a huge leap. i am becoming a reporter now.
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i'm going to fios one in long island. i'm not going very far. i'm super, super excited. i've done lots of on-air stuff here, but now it's time for me to go out and do reporting. so i'm excited. >> we are so excited for you, amanda a. [ applause ] >> thank you guys, so much. to all of you guys and to all of the fans, i really appreciate all the support. everybody's been so great and so sweet and so kind. and yeah, thank you guys so much. >> if you're going to be a reporter, get used to it. >> you might need snow boots. >> just a couple pairs. >> to cover the big story in the area. >> all right. everyone, time for the polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ tapes that roll in way too slow stuff you saw on koppel's show ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake
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this morning on this morning on "world news now," 2014 opens with a monster storm. tens of millions could wake up to nearly two feet of snow and blizzard-like conditions today. if you were thinking ofriveding out the storm with a few -- of riding out the storm with a few glasses of wine, you might want to consider conserving. why weather conditions on the west coast could cost you. pump it up, pump it up. the music that's scientifically proven to help you slim down at the gym. crank it up and work up a sweat. and more exposure. lady gaga proves once again she is not camera shy. her latest wardrobe selection or lack thereof getting her more attention in "the skinny" on this friday, january 3rd. ♪
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from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i love lady gaga at any time of the day. >> any time of the day or night. >> yeah. that's right. sorry. it is night. i keep forgetting. >> we're in this morning for john and diana. diana, of course, a few days away for her big delivery. john taking the right time to take some downtime and missing the major storm. >> yeah. more than 100 million people feeling the wrath of the new year's storm. it's reaching its peak from philly to boston at this very hour after burying the midwest in snow. here's the george washington bridge between new york and new jersey. both under states of emergency this morning. government offices in new jersey will be closed today. >> dangerous high tides threatening the coast in suburban boston. some communities calling for voluntary evacuation. parts of the state expecting as much as two feet of snow. abc's ron claiborne is in massachusetts with the story.
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>> reporter: it started with a light powder and coating the northeast. and then it came roaring in. a powerful nor'easter that pounded the northeast. all the way up to maine and far inland. in the boston area, traffic ground almost to a halt on many major highways. and everywhere roads were littered with accidents and spinouts. a pickup truck flipped on to its side in maine. a semi beached on a highway median in this photo tweeted by the massachusetts state police. and in massachusetts apolice car a victim of a fender-bender. emergency parking in effect, schools closed, government workers sent home early. it was a tale of two cities and two mayors. boston's tom menino, four days from leaving office after 20 years. >> i guess mother nature wanted to give me one more gift. the snowstorm. >> reporter: and new york city's
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bill deblahs yo in office for just his second day. >> it would have been nice to have a nice, calm first day, but we have snow on our mind. we are focused like a laser. >> reporter: also on the mind of new york officials, avoiding a repeat of last year's stheerm left motorists stranded on the highways. with more than 20 inches of snow in massachusetts and up to a foot in parts of new york, there's no question this is a memorable storm. >> our coverage continues live at accu-weather with meteorologist jim dickie. what's the latest? >> we're in the meat of the storm, the heart of the storm. boston to new york city, snow coming down heavily. the area at the east coast is moving east. many spots have improved. certainly across central and western p.a., back toward pittsburgh, the snow coming to an end. interior sections across new york, the snow coming to an end. for the i-95 corridor, still a couple hours of heavy snow.
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and also, it is brutally cold out there this hour. it's minus nine in burlington. minus two in syracuse. only one in boston with the heavy snow. so as it's that cold and dry, this is a powdery, light snow. easy to brush off the car, easy to shovel your driveway. but also as it's going to be windy through the day, going to blow back, the blowing and drifting an issue going forward. we improve into the morning. by 7:00 a.m., we start to see things improve. boston, new york city, around noon by the time things improve in and around cape cod. >> let's put you on the spot, jim. and in terms of the storm with ten being the worst type of storm, one being the easiest. how would you rate this? >> i'd probably give this storm around an eight just because the path it took, it's moving more offshore. if this were to be, say, a ten out of ten, what we'd look for with these nor'easters is for it to move up the coast, talking 30 to 40 inches in the city. not quite there, but big impacts all the same. >> jim dickey, thank you for
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joining us live from accu-weather. in new york city, we're watching the snow pile up outside. you can see it live. look at the upper west side. folks are still getting around on. long island, residents are dealing with an added problem. a main thoroughfare, the long island expressway is shutting down. wabc has more from long island as they started shutting down this very busy thoroughfare. >> reporter: at times the mighty long island expressway looked like a back road in fargo, north dakota. the storm intensified at 8:00, and drivers struggled in the blowing, drifting snow that kept on coming. >> it's a mess. they're doing not too bad with the roads on the main roads. but the side roads are horrible. >> i'm headed to work. i work overnight. i tried to leave a little early so i can get there on time. i made sure i took my time. they're out cleaning the roads. it's just -- just take your time and leave early. >> reporter: the largest plows in the state's arsenal cut a
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path across long island. but the snow continued to pile up. and visibility continued to drop. as the last of the rush hour commuter trains rolled into their stations, the long island railroad announced that friday's rush hour would run on a weekend schedule. people we spoke with were just hoping to make it back to new york. >> not bad actually. i'm impressed. the trains are running. hopefully it stays that way tomorrow, as well. >> my plan is to wake up early tomorrow, look out the window. see what it looks like, get the snowblower out. try to get to work. >> reporter: the snow will not blanket the metropolitan area in snow, but the blizzard-like conditions will leave snow drift that could wreak havoc on the highways and the commuter rail lines. abc news, suffolk county, new york. our blizzard coverage does not end here. later this hour, more live reporting from the snowy streets of new york on this state of emergency impacting tens of millions.
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keep it on abc news. we're learning details about the georgia bank director who stopped by police this week more than a year after faking his own suicide. aubrey lee price was wanted by the fbi in a $20 million wire fraud scheme. that's when he disappeared. it turn out the 47-year-old was homeless and worked odd jobs before police stopped him for driving with illegally tinted car windows. he could now face 30 years in prison. a grisly discovery for crews investigating an apartment explosion in minneapolis where they found a body. one person is still missing, and at least 14 people injured, six critically. natural gas is suspected but other disagree. the fire destroyed apartments in the somali community. california's in a drought, raising the risk of wildfires. it's always raising fears about a poor grave harvest. and higher wine prices. one estimate is 5% to 10% more. the average rainfall in california's napa valley during
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a growing season is 25 inches. this year, there have been four. >> we concerned. this is my 35th vintage coming up. this is about the driest i've ever seen it. >> the reason is a change in weather patterns, and it affects most crops, not just wine. the next few months are the key. that's when most of the rain falls in the napa valley. you might say there's a contact high for marijuana stocks. the shares of companies involved in supporting the pot industry are booming after colorado this week launched the first legal recreational sales. one study predict it could be a $10 billion-a-year industry within anniversaries. most of the companies involve -- within five years. most of the companies are small and trade on over-the-counter markets. okay. speaking of getting high, here's something you certainly don't see very often. >> we're all familiar with crazy basketball shots. this one might just be the craziest you have ever seen. these guys on the top of the dallas reunion tower, 500 feet
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into the sky, tossing a basketball into a moving hoop in the parking lot below. wait for it. >> oh, no -- no! >> wow! >> unbelievable. is that real? after fancy footwork, as you see, yep, they did make it. this is one long three-point basket. >> you know who these guys are? these are dude perfect. they have a channel on youtube. these are the guys that did the video of kayaking down the escalator. do you remember that? >> yes -- yeah. that's the same group. they just posted it three days ago. apparently there's nearly half a million views already. >> all right. coming up, lady gaga and 62-year-old jane seymour have something sexy in common. you're going to see why. you don't want to miss that. in "the skinny." that's right. later, music that's sure to get you moving at the gym if you're looking for motivation to slim down. pump up the volume. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now"
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welcome back to "world news welcome back to "world news now." as we continue to follow a strong storm that's hitting the northeast this morning. >> here's a live picture of the george washington bridge in ft. lee, new jersey. six to ten inches are expected in parts of new york and new jersey. north of boston, nearly two feet of snow has already fallen. >> the snow, as you mentioned, is piling up quickly out there.
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luckily for us and hopefully for you at home, we're all inside. >> but one person who isn't, abc's taman bradley, live on the upper west side, here in new york city. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you both. mother nature certainly gave most of the country a bit of a pass on new year's day. she came roaring back to let everybody know who the boss is. the midwest got the brunt of the storm first. in chicago, up to 18 inches of snow in some areas. boston, this morning it looks like a winter wonderland. schools are closed there. city workers were sent home early. here in new york city, just as forecast, the snow and freezing temperatures came in around 8:00 last night. and the snow started to pick up around midnight. now it is extremely cold, and the wind is gusting. >> i just got to say, it's nice in the studio. nice and warm. we got coffee. just saying.
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>> reporter: yeah, okay. hard-working folks out here, man. >> listen, you're probably the hardest working person in television now. kudos to you. >> reporter: thank you. >> are you seeing crews on the roads? >> reporter: yeah. i have seen people out here trying to pick this up. what's interesting, it's a powdery snow. so it could potentially be easier for the plows to be able to pick it up. sometimes -- that's because it's so cold. sometimes you get more of a wet snow. that's a little bit harder to pick up. but right now, the streets just don't seem passable. earlier last night, it seemed like you could move about. but right now, there's a lot of snow and a lot of cleanup to do. three major intersections or three major highways coming in to new york have travel bans. city officials don't want people out to get stuck like a lot of people got stuck last february out on roads. it's a new mayor. he wants to make sure that the streets are cleaned up. people expect that in new york
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city. people want to be abling to to see work tomorrow or -- to be able to go to work tomorrow and shop or do what they need to do. >> come on in. we've got coffee waiting for you. >> reporter: thank you. >> all right. thanks. coming up, a bittersweet personal chapter in singer ricky martin's life story. and we're also about to learn much more about lady gaga, see it in the flesh, and jane seymour, "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" is continues
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♪ i can never get enough of the royals. >> really? >> yeah. i'm really into them. i love this story. prince william gets in on the selfy action. >> selfy? >> selfy. a 12-year-old girl on christmas day really wanted a photo with the family. so this girl you see right here. prince william steps in and takes a selfy. believe it -- there you go. look at the shot. >> wow. >> this wasn't a first royal choice. she really wanted a photo with queen elizabeth. william is number two. what is up with the royal family and selfies? prince william beat out by his father who earlier this month took a selfy with a school boy.
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so i guess the royal family is into selfys and embracing it? >> that reminds me of president obama at nelson mandela's family. good for prince william for keeping it real. this is keeping it real for lady gaga. like you haven't seen her before. oh, you have seen her like this before. just another occasion -- >> holy moley. >> get this. lady gaga tweets out a new year's message for all of her fans saying, happy new year from house of gaga and versace. she is a spokesperson for versace. her blonde hair strategically placed over parts of her body. you can see. maybe it is a good pr move for versace as well. >> did you see her on "saturday night live"? really good. and also ricky martin, unfortunately sad news. he's splitting with his
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boyfriend who when he came out -- in 2010. he said -- his boyfriend at the time, they have 5-year-old twins together. he says they continue to be united by friendship and shared experiences but it seems like the couple, according to a statement, sort of drifted apart. they were spending very little time together, according to a source. so unfortunately, they have broken up. i hate when couples like that break up. >> you know, i've been looking forward to this part of "the skinny" for such a long time -- >> really? >> i saw this photo, and listen, do you remember "dr. quinn medicine woman," from back in the day? >> of course, jane seymour. >> yes. jane seymour is now 62 years old. >> really? >> this is her, in a bikini, 62 years old. she's on the cover of "closer weekly," she talks about how she is in better shape now than when she was doing her bond films. she was actually a bond girl, way back into the '70s. she exercises three times a day.
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>> is that really her body? wow. >> there's no indication this has been photo-shopped. >> what is her secret again? >> exercises for an hour a day, only three times a week. so not even one of those people in the gym everyday. watching what she's eating. she lifts light weights. she does something called gyro tronics. it is a machine that blends stretching and exercising. look at those results. 62 years old. that's an inspiration, i think. >> oh, it drives me nuts when celebrities say, i do yoga and eat clean. >> i do yoga. >> i don't -- i cannot lose weight. yoga -- how do people lose weight? >> i'm a man, and i admit it -- i do yoga. >> i'm not dissing yoga, i'm just saying, how do you lose weight? it is not calorie burning to me. maybe i'm doing it wrong. coming up, getting pumped up, speaking of workouts, for
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we are talking about workouts. workouts. getting to the gym is only half the battle. the other half is pushing yourself while you're actually there. >> we all know music can help. what you play on your ipod is just as important as playing it. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: she may look mild-mannered. but rocking in maria diaz's ears -- ♪ >> music. >> reporter: music, the ultimate motivator, to force you to stick with that perennial chart topper of new year's resolution, getting fit. >> is that metallica?
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>> miley cyrus. >> reporter: one study shows it can boost your athletic performance by up to 15%. a survey in one magazine found acdc's "back in black" is a top workout song of all time. but science finds 20 songs that have between 120 and 140 beats per minute that most ignite the inner rocky in you. ♪ that means the best workout songs are like blurred lines at 120 beats per minute. "gangnam style," 132 beats her minute. ♪ >> reporter: but rocky's "eye of the tiger" -- ♪ >> reporter: a wimpy 109. but if rocking beats aren't enough to get you working out, how about a few bucks? apps like gym pack discovered a new way to get knew the gym. you sign one your credit card. your money goes into a pot. the app tracks when you sign in at the gym and stay for at least 30 minutes. if you go, you pay as little as
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$5 fine, but you can pay up to $50. but if you do, you get your money back and more. >> motivation, right? >> reporter: today, the best motivator was that music. hitting the treadmill and trying to rock in the new year. abc news, miami. >> who knew that that "rocky" song is not the best song to listen to when you're working out. that's like the ultimate guy work out song. ♪ >> but i would say, anything amy winehouse. >> really? >> yeah. yeah. oh, is that me? are my thighs really that big? do i need to go to the gym right now? you're on your own. i'm going to the gym. i -- i have got to get out of here. >> amy winehouse. >> yeah. "back to black," is that the name of the song? >> are you working out? don't miss our updates on miss
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good morning. good morning, in for diana per perez. >> i'm in for john muller. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." >> 2014 is getting off to a ferocious start across the midwest and northeast. a monster storm is now moving up the east coast with heavy snow and high winds bringing the region to a virtual standstill this morning. stay tuned as our extensive coverage continues. passengers from the cruise ship caught in the ice off the antarctic are on their way back it australia. it'll be a couple weeks before their new ship will be get there. the russian crew is staying with the stuck ship. >> the new year's murder after priest in fresno.
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the suspect had several run-ins with police hours before the priest's body was found. and california's drought could affect how much you pay for a bottle of wine. it all depends on the rainfall in the next two months. it has been a very dry year. these are some of the top stories on this friday, january 3rd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." this is one of my least favorite shots of the show. because i can never get in my chair. i have to expose that i sit on multiple cushions because i'm so short. >> i'm just worried about tripping as we fall. >> you can youtube that and see how many hits we get. we begin this half-hour with the first major snowstorm of the new year. more than a hundred million people feeling the effects. blizzard conditions are hammering boston and suburbs. powerful winds and upwards two of feet of snow. >> temperatures there are bo
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bone-chilling with temperatures dipping about low 25 below. the national guard, some 400 guard members will conduct well-being checks and possible evacuations. >> drivers across the region are told to stay off the roads. like here in new jersey, vict -- visibility is limited. as soon as the plows clear the streets, they are covered again. governor chris christie declared a state of emergency for all of new jersey. road crews are working through the night, ahead of the morning commute. but here is what they're up against. you can hardly see the toll booths on the george washington bridge. in fort lee, new jersey, that's a vital link on interstate 95 that travels up the east coast. >> a short time ago, we spoke a about how crews are holding up through this ferocious winter blast. >> going since roughly dinner
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t and they've been going nonstop. so the roads are snow-covered, but still passable. >> joe, tell us about all the prep that went into the storm. what are the crews on the ground on the department of transportation doing to get ready for this? >> caller: we try to ge storm. we get an idea. compare notes. once the forecast got up, we start working backwards from that point when we think the snow will hit. then we make decisions in terms of our plan, in terms of when do we call into crews. >> did motorists take advice and actually stay off the road? >> caller: yeah, traffic is quite light right now. that helps a lot. snow is falling everywhere in new jersey. we've got about five inches in the central part of the state. that's about the most right now. and they're plowing and spreading salt everywhere. >> that was joe dee on the phone from new jersey's department of
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transportation. tens of millions impacted by the storm. let's get the very latest right now, live on the streets of new york with kenny from "south park." >> abc's tahman bradley. he has been watching the conditions worsening. we love you. it looks great. now tell us, what are you closing in the region? >> reporter: it is an important point. three major interstates t connect around new york city, people hn wa to o c now the snow really started to pick up after midnight. a light snow that started around 8:00 last night. but it now is on the ground and the plows and trucks are just now starting to get out in the streets. so you've got to imagine that those highways are going to continue to be shut down. people were warned to stay indoors because the temperatures really started to fall overnight. it is extremely cold and the
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real newyk. >> atahm, it not just the streetgett bac. there is also aor delays. what t >> reporter: well, the d are 10,000 dela we expect to see mosnd cancellations. keep in mind that a hundred million people were affected by this system across the midwest and northeast. >> and the new mayors of new york and boston, are they read >> reporter: that's right. ma stayed on. this is hietch he leaves. new york's mayor hasof he was italow c last year and he doesn't want to see a repeat of last year, when people were ordered stuck on road. that's why he ordered interstates to be shut down and officials urge people to stay indoors. >> nbc's tahman bradley. you have our gratitude out there all night reporting on the latest storm conditions.
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>> thanks, tahman. we are getting details about the storm as it blows across the northeast. >> jim dicky has a live update. good morning, jim. >> good morning. snow coming down heavily from new york into boston. in the past half-hour, really seeing progress of that surface low. off shore, making its way further off to the east, even as it strengthens, and winds turning now due north. that will bring an end to the heavy snow through the next couple of hours. again, it is brutally cold out there right now. minus 8 in burlington at this hour. at 2 in boston. pretty rare to see temperatures this low with this intense snowfall. with that, this snow is very light, almost pure fluff. so easy to get off the cars. easy to shovel off your driveway. also with gusty winds, those roadways will stay dangerous, even as snow comes to an end. and the snow pulls out to sea as the low moves out by 7:00 a.m. see big-time improvements?
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weather conditions in boston, new york city. take until noon for the conditions to improve in around cape code. >> that's good news. jim dickey, live at accu weather. thanks so much, jim. the midwest is digging out from the storm, and now the midwest is dealing with frigid temperatures. it hasn't been nearly this cold in two decades. >> reporter: from blaring sirens in evanston, illinois, alerting residents to a snow emergency, to a chicago whiteout, up to 18 inches of fresh snow in places, the midwest is a blowing, snowing deep freeze. officials, too, sounding a warning. >> we asked that residents check on the well-being of residents, friends and neighbors. >> reporter: the city's full fleet of 287 snowplows and salt spreaders dominate the streets. snowplows in rosemont out in force too, looking like a choreographed valet, drivers operating on little sleep.
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a grueling job. >> reporter: we found out. >> you just got to keep going and going and going. >> and that's what we do. if it piles up, we'll never move it. >> reporter: lyle richmond knows that. clearing the snow from his house over and over again. snowy mess causing chaos in the air. cancelations across the u.s. as travelers try to get home. plane de-icers working overtime, more than 500 accidents reported in michigan. icy conditions in tennessee and north carolina. this car flipped on its side on roads that look like glass. >> reporter: and you know that chemical salt used to melt snow and ice, turns out if temperatures below 20 degrees, it is pretty useless. abc news, chicago. >> stay with abc news all morning long as we cover this dangerous storm. we will take you live to hard-hit boston on "america this morning," and our entire team will cover the storm on "good
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morning america." shifting gears now overseas to the middle east, john kerry is making his 10th visit there to make a peace deal. kerry told reporters their piece was quote, not mission impossible. tomorrow he visits the west bank for talks with palestinian president. meanwhile, edward snowden got a big shout-out from two papers that published the nsa secrets that he revealed. editorials in the "new york times" and britain's "the guardi guardian" said that snowden should be offered clemency and that his exposure did more good than harm. it was ruled the nsa program was probably unconstitutional. >> reporter: in los angeles today, a judge is expected to decide whether the michael jackson's family can sue concert promotor again. the family lost their first lawsuit against the company in october. they blamed agriculture for hiring dr. conrad murray to treat michael
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who died under his care. the jackson claim that jury misconduct on the first trial warrants a second. martha stewart and macy's have settled their legal dispute. her company and the department store chain have settled their breach of contract lawsuit. the issue was weather jcpenneys could sell products with the martha stewart brand. while macy's had an exclusive contract for different items. macy's says it is still pursuing its suit against the retailer. the man some call the cocaine congressman is coming back next week. aides say he will be there when congress reconvenes tuesday. he pleaded guilty monday to drug possession. he completed his rehab sentence two weeks ago. and radel said he will not resign despite demands from fellow republicans in florida. meanwhile, canada's bad boy politics is also unrepentant. toronto mayor rob ford filed papers to run for reelection despite all of the
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antics that have annoyed and embarrassed some canadians. he admitted to smoking crack cocaine and buying drugs while in office. ford said he cleaned up his act and the best mayor that toronto has ever had. another political spectacle playing out on streets of minneapolis. >> vegan activists braved the sub-zero temperatures and donned nothing other than boots and lettuce bikinis. passing out pamphlets, encouraging shoppers to turn away from their carnivorous ways. >> they were activists from people for ethical treatment of animals. encouraging people to take on a vegan diet. even handing out vegan hot chocolate. >> you know within 1 degree below 0 there. >> i'm hungry all of a sudden. >> are you serious? one degree above zero. apparently the girls were saying vegans tend to be 20% thinner than their meat-eating counterparts. that a weight loss tip for you there. >> there's a history of stunts
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like this, right? it does make me want lettuce all of a sudden. >> really? yea well, coming up, getting close and personal to a southern california holid also ahead, a landmark legal dispute involving a father and his 3-year-old boy that he never mt an adoption case in a tailspin. and later as colorado stokes up with legal recreational pot, the rules about getting high are going into effect. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" weather brought to you by no-no hair removal. >> "world news now" weather broughght to you by no-no hair removal. brought to you by no-no hair removal.
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welcome back to "world news now" as we continue to follow a powerful snowstorm hitting the northeast
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this morning. >> here's a live shot of the george washington golden gate bridge connects new york and new jersey, hard to see anything, visibility so low. six to ten inches expected in parts of new york and new jersey and north of boston nearly two feet of snow has already hit the ground. and there is an unusual case making it through court in utah. making it through the courts in utah. a man is suing his ex for $130 million because she gave their baby up for adoption. >> he says he didn't know until it was too late. we have the story. my son doesn't deserve to go through this. i don't deserve to go through this. this has been very heart wrenching for everyone involved. >> reporter: jay strickland says his child was put up for adoption at birth without his knowledge or consent. he is fighting for custody of the child he never knew about.
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he is filing a $130 million lawsuit. he claims she lied to him. >> she had my son and put him up for adoption the next day. >> reporter: she was pregnant before they broke up, and they continued to be friends. >> gave her money whenever she needed it. >> reporter: strickland says she even named the baby jack. but one day after the birth, she put the baby up for adoption and didn't tell him for a week later. >> the moment i found out, i filed for paternity, which was already too late. i know i should have filed earlier, but i trusted her. >> one legal barrier, he thought peterson was divorced but she was actually still married to her estranged husband, who under utah law was the presumed father and had the right to give away custody. >> under current utah law, if you are a biological father and you have not filed every paper required, then can you permanently lose your child. >> strickland says peterson confessed to him she had been planning on putting him up for adoption from the beginning.
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abc news reached out to peterson and co-defendant lds family services which facilitated the services and has been called back. meanwhile, strickland continues to send messages to his son. >> hi, jackson, it's me, your dad. >> reporter: hoping someday he will deliver them in person. abc news, los angeles. >> compelling story. coming up, it may now be legal to light up a joint in colorado, but there are still some rules. >> what law enforcement is doing to make sure everyone smokes safely. you're watching, "world news now." ing sure everyone smokes safely. you're watching, "world news now."
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welcome back to "world news now." you can see in the live shot, new york's times square, snow still coming down fast and
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ferocious. just a handful of yellow cabs on the streets. normally it would be full of yellow cabs. as we told you earlier, it is now legal to buy pot in chicago. but there are common sense strings attached. >> there are still some concerns. >> reporter: for the new colorado retail pot market, lines are long and sales brisk. >> it has been so busy. we haven't stopped from the minute we opened the doors. >> reporter: at this shop in denver, plenty of customers and pot. and from this bakery, edible. >> we take the marijuana plant and infuse it with regular butter. >> reporter: the pot boom is creating thousands of jobs and big growth. >> basically in the next six months, we will look at >> reporter: the pot boom is creating thousands of jobs and big growth. >> basically in the next six months, we will look at increasing production by five times. >> reporter: state expected to haul in $67 million in weed taxes a year. >> denver is posting pot rules just as critics are warning. that for teens, marijuana is more dangerous than other.
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>> if we don't keep teens from smoking, there will be a brain drain. >> just a couple of hits could impact you. >> if you are impaired by a substance, you can't drive. end of story. >> reporter: federal government still considered marijuana illegal but for now is allowing colorado's experiment but the justice department says it won't look the other way if more teens start using pot. if drug cartels become bigger players or if weed starts crossing state lines. that's one of the reasons at denver's airport only the planes can get high. getting busted means a $1,000 fine. get willing busted means $1,000 fine. abc news, denver. >> you know, i could see a lot of people going there just to experiment. >> absolutely. oh, completely. but the tourism industry in colorado is not going to use this as a method to promote tourism. >> right. because they don't need to. i mean -- --
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here's something you don't see everyday. giant parade floats lining the streets. >> and pasadena, california, one day just wasn't enough to see the floats from the rose parade. organizers give people a chance to check them out up close and personal. >> reporter: it is one thing to see the floats on television in a tournament of roses parade. but quite another to see them up close. >> we watch the parade on tv yesterday. and just thought we would give it a try. and it's been amazing. oh, my gosh. to see it up close. i mean, you would never know what these floats are even made of. >> it is beautiful colors. and the arrangements of flowers and how they put it in very detailed, is beautiful. >> we are just fulfilling all of our bucket list right now and
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this is one of the best parts. >> i can't get over the flowers and workmanship put into it. it is very beautiful. >> reporter: the floats are parked along a stretch of sierra madre boulevard on a stretch for viewing pleasure for all around the country, shows the art decorating that went into each float. >> the intricate designs of the designs are wonderful. the floats make me step back in awe. >> reporter: longest in history in tournament of roses parade just goes on and on. the dole foods float won the top sweepstakes prize for beauty, presentation and design. >> it is absolutely gorgeous. absolutely gorgeous. i love all the animals and especially the camels and peacocks. those are my favorite on there. >> reporter: people we talked to could not settle on one as their favorite. >> spectacular. >> stupendous. >> and my father said he came years ago and couldn't get over
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the smell of the flowers. we noticed that, as well. >> reporter: are you smelling the roses. >> yes. >> each of those floats cost $100,000 a piece. you name it, these are the real deal. >> and apparently you get a good workout. it would take about 2 1/2 miles to walk and see the floats. and about two hours and i love how that lady said you can really smell it and it is amazing. never thought of that. >> so the top float this year is called "sunrise at the oasis." it's a desert vision of animals roaming around, waterfalls. that's a float. >> beautiful. sure is. >> thank you, everyone, for sticking with us. hopefully you are warm wherever you are and avoiding the storm. that's the news for this half hour. >> look at that white house. wintery white house. the president is in hawaii. we have more coming up. ite house. the president is in hawaii. we have more coming up.
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this mornin this morning on "world news now, winter whiteout." dangerous storms and conditions making life miserable for millions of people. >> we ask that residents check on the well-being of residents, friends, and neighbors. >> from the heart of the midwest to the coast of massachusetts. we're covering the winter blast live. big apple, big storm. we venture out into the city that never sleeps, or does it, during the worst storm so far this season. and later, chef controversy. celebrity food diva nigella lawson responds to her real life legal embarrassment. >> we stood up to have not only your private life but distortion of your private life put on the stage is mortifying. >> has lawson cooked up a new chapter in her career? it's friday, january 3rd.
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good morning. i'm so cold. >> do you want to know how cold she is -- >> the secret's out. i've got this horrible orange blanket on my lap because i'm so cold and coffee from the downstairs coffee machine. >> you came prepared. i got nothing. >> well, we can remedy that. >> you have room under there? >> yeah. well, we do begin this half-hour with a serious snowstorm. let's take a live look at times square. a million party-goers packed into times square, this morning a ghost town. >> heavy snow and powerful winds are expected to leave the city with as much as eight inches of snow and big drifts. 450 salt spreaders were out yesterday. 1,700 sanitation trucks have
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been fitted with snowplows. look at the live shot. incredible. >> here's another live look. this time at downtown boston. upwards of two feet of snow have already fallen on the state of massachusetts. drivers are urged to stay home there as the governor has asked the national guard for help in addressing this emergency. the midwest is still digging out from this new year's storm. they're feeling part two of the storm, the bitter cold. >> boston is getting hit particularly hard with travel virtually impossible. our coverage begins live with abc on the blustery streets of new york. you sure do look cold out there, my friend. >> reporter: yeah, i'm not in a warm studio this morning. >> ouch. >> reporter: mother nature basically gave the entire country a break on new year's day. but she came roaring back to let everybody know who's the boss. it was the midwest's turn first. now the northeast is getting the brunt of the storm. blizzard-like conditions just about everywhere.
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a massive winter storm unleashed its fury. snow roared in. winds blew and temperatures plunged. some places in the continental u.s. were colder than the north pole. >> a couple of fire logs to make sure the fire gets started right. and a little macaroni and cheese. >> reporter: in new york, a traffic ban on three major interstates near new york city as crews try to stay ahead of the ice. >> it's going to get real cold tomorrow. if you don't get salt on the snow, you'll end one an ice skating rink. >> reporter: boston looks like a winter wonderland. as much as 14 inches of snow is possible before bearing down on the northeast. the storm crushed the midwest. in evanstown, illinois, alerted residents to a snow emergency. >> we ask that residents check on the well-being of residents, friends, and neighbors. >> reporter: chicago got buried. while some skied, the full fleet of snowplow and salt spreaders went to work. for millions trying to get home after the holidays, it's been a
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nightmare. icy roads made driving conditions treacherous. airports weren't much better. more than 2,300 flight were canceled across the u.s. on thursday. just as forecast, the snow and frigid temperatures arrived early last night. parts of new york could get ten inches of snow or more. there's a state of emergency this morning in new york and neighboring new jersey. >> you have our sympathies for being out in the cold. we were talking earlier, we almost thought you were like that guy in -- in "south park," kenny. you're so bundled up. >> reporter: no. no. when i pull up this part, looks like kenny. >> there you go. you got it. >> that's it! >> the spitting image. >> that's it! >> i got to get you a serious question. what are emergency officials
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telling you in northeast for people who are already here, people planning to come here, about the storm? >> reporter: yeah, they're being very aggressive about warning people about this cold. folks don't realize just how cold it is and how they can get frostbite being out here. they're saying that just emergency crews should be out here. the plows, and people dumping snow, maybe tv reporters doing live shots. they're also warning people at their homes to be careful about space heaters and electric blankets and plugging in too many things and the possibility of fires because it's a very cold night. and a lot of people are not used to this type of cold. >> that's a very good reminder. reporting live from new york, thank you, taman. >> reporter: you bet. tens of millions are in the snowstorm's path. >> 24 hours ago, meteorologist jim dickey was warning us about it. he joins us from accu-weather. the question everybody wants to know -- is the worst of the storm gone through? is it over? >> we're in the worst of it now, but headed through the morning, we will see conditions steadily improve. you see the heavy snow stretching from boston, across new york city, into d.c. anywhere you see the darker
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blues, that's the heaviest of the snow about to move out of philadelphia. more or less done for you with the significant snow. new york city, boston, through the morning, going to be coming down heavily. with this storm, it is downright cold out there. rare to see temperatures this low when it's snowing this heavily. it's minus 9 in burlington. only 1 this hour in boston. snow coming down heavily this hour. we're in the worst of it. we improve as we head through the morning. the storm moving its way out to the east/northeast. hold on to snow through the morning, cape cod, the coast of maine. outside of that, we improve headed forward. >> thank you. meteorologist jim dickey, live accu-weather. thanks again. with all the flight cancelations and businesses closing, this morning in new york, i ventured into the snowy streets of manhattan a while ago basically into that -- what you're seeing now. tourists who were stranded and locals hunkering down. still seem to be in good spirits. do you want to see the difference?
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this sidewalk has been freshly shoveled. look at the street. the umbrella making a difference? >> not too windy up here. not that bad. yeah. it's fine. >> reporter: scale of one to ten, how bad is it? >> i grew up upstate in the snowbelt, so like a three. >> reporter: this is how you know it's really bad -- new york city and the starbucks is closed. >> it's winter. it's supposed to be cold, supposed to snow beautifully. finally looks like winter. >> reporter: how do you stay warm on a night like this? >> love. >> or you drink. >> we drink, yes. >> reporter: i notice you're holding hands. that keeping you warm? >> yes -- yes. you want us to hold your hand? >> reporter: you'll hold my hand, too? >> you're warmer now. >> that was awesome. >> you know, they say either be in love to stay warm or have a little wine -- i think they'd had a lot of wine were and in a lot of love. they seemed --
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>> best of both worlds. >> indeed. did you see the fur hats? i loved those -- >> i did. i think i need to get me one of those. i'm from florida, so i'm not used to the cold weather. >> i grew up in toronto, i got no sympathy for anybody upset over the weather. >> our coverage does not end here. later this hour, a live update from new jersey's department of transportation as the snow keeps falling. keep it here all morning long. a man in chicago is in critical condition this morning after a dramatic rescue by police and firefighters from the city's lakefront. the man identified as being only in his 40s somehow got himself stuck in the ice. rescuers don't know how long he was out there or even why he was out there along lake michigan in the first place. another dramatic rescue played out on california's mt. shasta. all three hikers, 20 years old, needed help. they called 911 on new year's day. all were injured after falling, one of them seriously. the sheriff's office says the lack of snowfall and the freezing temperatures are making
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hiking in the area particularly dangerous. avalanche warnings are posted in parts of the west. there's been an arrest in the murder of a popular priest in northern california. eric freed was found in his church rectory on new year's day after he failed to show up for morning mass. police say there were signs of a forced entry and a struggle. the motive isn't known, but it's not believed to be robbery. the suspect was found in his parents' house yesterday. they were the ones that turned him in. meanwhile, in houston, the estranged husband of a missing woman has been arrested for her murder. just hours after divers found a woman's body in a lake. the pregnant melissa sauders disappeared the day after christmas after going to a mcdonald's to meet her husband and pick up their children. the couple had four other children but filed for divorcee few months ago. a judge is expected to decide today whether michael jackson's family can sue his concert promoter again. the family lost their first lawsuit against aeg in october. they had blamed the company for hiring dr. conrad murray to treat michael, who died under his care. the jacksons give jury misconduct on the first trial as their reason for the new one.
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two newspapers that published the nsa secrets that edward snowden had revealed say he should be given clemency. editorials in "the new york times" and britain's "the guardian" say that snowden's disclosures about the united states' sweeping espionage program did more good than harm. a judge ruled the program was program unconstitutional. another major secret has been revealed in harrisburg, pennsylvania. >> the much anticipated unveiling of the pennsylvania farm show's butter sculpture. >> yeah. the 1,000-pound sculpture celebrates 60 years of the farm show. farm show milkshake. this year's theme -- "shake, rattle, and roll." hit song from 1954. coincidentally the same year the pennsylvania farm show unveiled its now-famous milkshake. >> pretty complex. >> that's butter? >> it's butter. i'm told you don't eat it. >> well what do you do? >> you probably wouldn't want
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to. somebody made the point in the meeting today that probably lots of people sneezed on this. i can only imagine. it's on display, right? >> i can imagine little kids -- >> my son would never go near it, he would destroy it. >> what if it gets hot? the. >> i guess they don't let it get hot. coming up, we return to our top story -- winter whiteout and state of emergency in the northeast. and new chef nigella lawson is moving on and talking about her lawsuit. you're watching "world news now." ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. now." ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought it you by united health care.
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it looks so incredibly cold. welcome back. as we continue our coverage of the big storm hitting the northeast this morning, this is a live picture you're looking at of the george washington bridge from ft. lee, new jersey. the snow is still coming down. new jersey and new york city are expected to get six to ten inches of snow before it's all done. >> welcome back, everyone. with the rush hour just a few hours away, road crews are busy this morning trying to keep up with all of the snow. >> joining us by phone is joe dine, spokesman for the new jersey department of transportation.
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thanks for joining us. great to hear from you. first, how are the crews making out this morning? >> well, they've been going since roughly dinnertime yesterday. and they've been going nonstop. so the roads are snow covered but still passable. it's been -- it's just been a nonstop operation for the last nine hours. and we're expecting the snow to continue for at least another five. >> joe, tell us about all the prep that went interest the storm. what were crews on the ground at the department of transportation doing to get ready for this? >> reporter: we started immediately having conference calls on tuesday, where we were meeting, speaking with our sister agencies, the turnpike authority, the south jersey transportation authority, as well as state police and office of emergency management, as well as multiple weather forecasters. so we talk about the storm, we try to get an idea. we compare notes. then once the forecast got
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firmed up, we start working backwards from that point where we think the snow is going to hit. then we make the decisions in terms of our plan as to when do we call in the crews. that's how it works. >> gotcha. did motorists take advice and stay off the roads? >> yeah, traffic is quite light now. that really helps our crews a lot. the snow is falling everywhere in new jersey. we've got about five inches in the central part of the state. they're plowing and spreading salt everywhere. >> joe dee joining us from the department of transportation in new jersey. thank you for joining us. we'll be right back with more. ♪ well, it's been a tough p.r. year for nigella lawson. ey. thank you for joining us. we'll be right back with more. right back about more.
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♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ well, it's been a tough p.r. year for nigella lawson. she's now moving on. >> the celebrity show is getting on with her show and trying to put the past behind her. here's more. >> reporter: famed chef nigella lawson is tuning out all of the drama of 2013 and kicking off the new year with reality tv instead. >> think cooking for family is hard? try cooking for these guys. >> i need a paramedic. >> reporter: the new season of her show, "the taste," on abc. she's trying to put the fraud trial involving her two former assistant behind her.
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>> to be honest, to have not only your private life but distortions of your private life on display is mortifying. there are people going through an awful lot worse. to dwell on any of it would be self-pity. >> reporter: lawson's assistants were the ones on trial for stealing. it was the chef who found herself under attack. forced to testify about her unhappy marriage and dispute charges that she had a drug problem. on "good morning america," she said she had just one goal -- >> my only desire really was to protect my children as much as possible, which i wasn't alas always -- i couldn't do. but that's what i wanted to do. >> reporter: lawson's assistants were acquitted, and the chef says she was maliciously vilified without the right to respond. britain, like the u.s., does not allow witnesses to have their lawyers raise objections in court. did you feel like you were on trial? >> well, i did. but it's -- you know, it's one of the niceties of the english legal system that you're not allowed any counsel if you're a witness.
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since then i've eaten a lot of chocolate, had a christmas and look forward to a new year. >> reporter: as always, when you're a chef, when life gives you lemons, you make lemon meringue. >> you're a big nigella lawson fan. >> i did. what i didn't tell you is today i made her banana bread before coming. it's so good. i left it at home for the family. but she really has great recipes. i've got all of her books. she's -- >> were you following the court case and all that? >> yes, i was. it's just fascinating. i mean, she really -- i saw her show this evening. i think she's really gifted at what she does which is cooking. >> do you think she'll make a full comeback from the controversy? >> you know, it's hard to tell. i always believe in second chances for everyone. politicians and celebrity chefs alike. >> speaking of second chances, are you going bring in bread tomorrow? >> i doubt there will be any leftover. bread
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tomorrow? >> i doubt there will be any leftover. doubt there will be any left. but the chocolate puffs are also good. chocolate in a cup.
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welcome back, a special edition of "the mix." we want to take a minute to wish a fond farewell, as you can see, very fond farewell to one of the most cherished members of the "world news now" family. >> right here, amanda vaughn allen, has been a digital news associate here for nearly three years. she is the face of our "insomniac kitchen" sessionments which we love. amanda's done an amazing job on air and behind the scenes and done it all with a smile. >> if you ask people here, they'll tell you she's one of the most cheerful people on the overnights. one of the most genuinely nice people we've ever met. you see -- right there -- [ laughter ] >> highlight reel. >> let's let her tell everybody where you are going next. >> yes, i am making a huge leap.
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i am becoming a reporter now. i'm going to fios one in long island. i'm not going very far. i'm super, super excited. i've done lots of on-air stuff here, but now it's time for me to go out and do reporting. so i'm excited. >> we are so excited for you, amanda. [ applause ] >> thank you guys, so much. to all of you guys and to all of the fans, i really appreciate all the support. everybody's been so great and so sweet and so kind. and yeah, thank you guys so much. >> if you're going to be a reporter, get used to it. >> you might need snow boots. >> just a couple pairs. >> to cover the big story in the area. >> all right. everyone, time for the polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ tapes that roll in way too slow stuff you saw on koppel's show ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake
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and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ grab your "world news now" mug and everybody dance ♪ ♪ hey ♪ have some fun be a pal ♪ ♪ every anchor guy and gal do the world news polka ♪ ♪ who cares what the bosses think they're a goofy crew ♪ ♪ if the neighbors call the cops here is all you have to do ♪ ♪ when they yell it's half past three tell them hey it's news to me ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ they make us work the graveyard shift that's why we go for broke ♪ ♪ why not tune in abc and join in our little joke ♪ ♪ five whole days every week we're here with tongue-in-cheek and the world news polka ♪ ♪ it's the world news -- polka ♪ ♪ >> all right! [ applause ] you have heard the song before. [ applause ] >> you are a song and dance man. [ applause ] >> you are a song and dance man. song before. you are a song and dance man.
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this morning on "world news now," 2014 opens with a monster storm. tens of millions could wake up to nearly two feet of snow and blizzard-like conditions today. if you were thinking of riding out the storm few -- of riding out the storm with a few glasses of wine, you might want to consider conserving. why weather conditions on the west coast could cost you. pump it up, pump it up. the music that's scientifically proven to help you slim down at the gym. crank it up and work up a sweat. and more exposure. lady gaga proves once again she is not camera shy. her latest wardrobe selection or lack thereof getting her more attention in "the skinny" on this friday, january 3rd. ♪ from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> i love lady gaga at any time of the day. >> any time of the day or night. >> yeah. that's right. sorry. it is night. i keep forgetting. >> we're in this morning for john and diana. diana, of course, a few days away for her big delivery. john taking the right time to take some downtime and missing the major storm. >> yeah. more than 100 million people feeling the wrath of the new year's storm. it's reaching its peak from philly to boston at this very hour after burying the midwest in snow. here's the george washington bridge between new york and new jersey. both under states of emergency this morning. government offices in new jersey will be closed today. >> dangerous high tides threatening the coast in suburban boston. some communities calling for voluntary evacuation. parts of the state expecting as much as two feet of snow. abc's ron claiborne is in massachusetts with the story. >> reporter: it started with a light powder and coating the
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northeast. and then it came roaring in. a powerful nor'easter that pounded the northeast. all the way up to maine and far inland. in the boston area, traffic ground almost to a halt on many major highways. and everywhere roads were littered with accidents and spinouts. a pickup truck flipped on to its side in maine. a semi beached on a highway median in this photo tweeted by the massachusetts state police. and in massachusetts, a police car a victim of a fender-bender. emergency parking in effect, schools closed, government workers sent home early. it was a tale of two cities and two mayors. boston's tom menino, four days from leaving office after 20 years. >> i guess mother nature wanted to give me one more gift. the snowstorm. >> reporter: and new york city's bill deblasio in office for just his second day. >> it would have been nice to have a nice, calm first day, but we have snow on our mind. we are focused like a laser. >> reporter: also on the mind of new york officials, avoiding a repeat of last year's storm that left motorists stranded on the
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highways. with more than 20 inches of snow in massachusetts and up to a foot in parts of new york, there's no question this is a memorable storm. >> our coverage continues live at accu-weather with meteorologist jim dickey. what's the latest? >> we're in the meat of the storm, the heart of the storm. boston to new york city, snow coming down heavily. the area at the east coast is moving east. many spots have improved. certainly across central and western p.a., back toward pittsburgh, the snow coming to an end. interior sections across new york, the snow coming to an end. for the i-95 corridor, still a
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couple hours of heavy snow. and also, it is brutally cold out there this hour. it's minus nine in burlington. minus two in syracuse. only one in boston with the heavy snow. so as it's that cold and dry, this is a powdery, light snow. easy to brush off the car, easy to shovel your driveway. but also as it's going to be windy through the day, going to blow back, the blowing and drifting an issue going forward. we improve into the morning. by 7:00 a.m., we start to see things improve. boston, new york city, around noon by the time things improve in and around cape cod. >> let's put you on the spot, jim. and in terms of the storm with ten being the worst type of storm, one being the easiest. how would you rate this? >> i'd probably give this storm around an eight just because the path it took, it's moving more offshore. if this were to be, say, a ten out of ten, what we'd look for with these nor'easters is for it to move up the coast, talking 30 to 40 inches in the city. not quite there, but big impacts all the same. >> jim dickey, thank you for joining us live from accu-weather.
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in new york city, we're watching the snow pile up outside. you can see it live. look at the upper west side. folks are still getting around on. long island, residents are dealing with an added problem. a main thoroughfare, the long island expressway is shutting down. wabc has more from long island as they started shutting down this very busy thoroughfare. >> reporter: at times the mighty long island expressway looked like a back road in fargo, north dakota. the storm intensified at 8:00, and drivers struggled in the blowing, drifting snow that kept on coming. >> it's a mess. they're doing not too bad with the roads on the main roads. but the side roads are horrible. >> i'm headed to work. i work overnight. i tried to leave a little early so i can get there on time. i made sure i took my time. they're out cleaning the roads. it's just -- just take your time and leave early. >> reporter: the largest plows in the state's arsenal cut a
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path across long island. but the snow continued to pile up. and visibility continued to drop. as the last of the rush hour commuter trains rolled into their stations, the long island railroad announced that friday's rush hour would run on a weekend schedule. people we spoke with were just hoping to make it back to new york. >> not bad actually. i'm impressed. the trains are running. hopefully it stays that way tomorrow, as well. >> my plan is to wake up early tomorrow, look out the window. see what it looks like, get the snowblower out. try to get to work. >> reporter: the storm will not bury the metropolitan area in snow, but the blizzard-like conditions will leave snow drifts that could wreak havoc on the highways and the commuter rail lines. abc news, suffolk county, new york. our blizzard coverage does not end here. later this hour, more live reporting from the snowy streets of new york on this state of emergency impacting tens of millions. keep it on abc news. we're learning details about the georgia bank director who
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stopped by police this week more than a year after faking his own suicide. aubrey lee price was wanted by the fbi in a $20 million wire fraud scheme. that's when he disappeared. it turns out the 47-year-old was homeless and worked odd jobs before police stopped him for driving with illegally tinted car windows. he could now face 30 years in prison. a grisly discovery for crews investigating an apartment explosion in minneapolis where they found a body. one person is still missing, and at least 14 people injured, six critically. natural gas is suspected but the local utility disagrees. the fire destroyed apartments in the heart of minneapolis' somali community. california's in a drought, raising the risk of wildfires. it's always raising fears about a poor grave harvest. -- grape harvest. and higher wine prices. one estimate is 5% to 10% more. the average rainfall in
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california's napa valley during a growing season is 25 inches. this year, there have been four. >> we concerned. this is my 35th vintage coming up. this is about the driest i've ever seen it. >> the reason is a change in weather patterns, and it affects most crops, not just wine. the next few months are the key. that's when most of the rain falls in the napa valley. you might say there's a contact high for marijuana stocks. the shares of companies involved in supporting the pot industry are booming after colorado this week launched the first legal recreational sales. one study predicts it could be a $10 billion-a-year industry within five years. most of the companies are small and trade on over-the-counter markets. okay. speaking of getting high, here's something you certainly don't see very often. >> we're all familiar with crazy basketball shots. this one might just be the
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craziest you have ever seen. these guys on the top of the dallas reunion tower, 500 feet into the sky, tossing a basketball into a moving hoop in the parking lot below. wait for it. >> oh, no -- no! >> wow! >> unbelievable. is that real? after fancy footwork, as you see, yep, they did make it. this is one long three-point basket. >> you know who these guys are? these are dude perfect. they have a channel on youtube. these are the guys that did the video of kayaking down the escalator. do you remember that? >> yes -- yeah. that's the same group. they just posted it three days ago. apparently there's nearly half a million views already. >> all right. coming up, lady gaga and 62-year-old jane seymour have something sexy in common. you're going to see why. you don't want to miss that. in "the skinny." that's right. later, music that's sure to get you moving at the gym if you're looking for motivation to slim down. pump up the volume. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by gerber life insurance. >> announcer: "world news now"
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welcome back to "world news now." as we continue to follow a strong storm that's hitting the northeast this morning. >> here's a live picture of the george washington bridge in ft. lee, new jersey. six to ten inches are expected in parts of new york and new jersey. north of boston, nearly two feet of snow has already fallen. >> the snow, as you mentioned, is piling up quickly out there. luckily for us and hopefully for
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you at home, we're all inside. >> but one person who isn't, abc's taman bradley, live on the upper west side, here in new york city. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you both. mother nature certainly gave most of the country a bit of a pass on new year's day. she came roaring back to let everybody know who the boss is. the midwest got the brunt of the storm first. in chicago, up to 18 inches of snow in some areas. boston, this morning it looks like a winter wonderland. schools are closed there. city workers were sent home early. here in new york city, just as forecast, the snow and freezing temperatures came in around 8:00 last night. and the snow started to pick up around midnight. now it is extremely cold, and the wind is gusting. >> i just got to say, it's nice in the studio. nice and warm. we got coffee. just saying. >> reporter: yeah, okay. hard-working folks out here, man. >> listen, you're probably the hardest working person in
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television now. kudos to you. >> reporter: thank you. >> are you seeing crews on the roads? >> reporter: yeah. i have seen people out here trying to pick this up. what's interesting, it's a powdery snow. so it could potentially be easier for the plows to be able to pick it up. sometimes -- that's because it's so cold. sometimes you get more of a wet snow. that's a little bit harder to pick up. but right now, the streets just don't seem passable. earlier last night, it seemed like you could move about. but right now, there's a lot of snow and a lot of cleanup to do. three major intersections or three major highways coming in to new york have travel bans. city officials don't want people out to get stuck like a lot of people got stuck last february out on roads. it's a new mayor. he wants to make sure that the streets are cleaned up. people expect that in new york city. people want to be able to go to work tomorrow and shop or do what they need to do. >> come on in. we've got coffee waiting for you. >> reporter: thank you. >> all right. thanks. coming up, a bittersweet
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personal chapter in singer ricky martin's life story. and we're also about to learn much more about lady gaga, see it in the flesh, and jane seymour, "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" is con
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♪ i can never get enough of the royals ♪ i can never get enough of the royals. >> really? >> yeah. i'm really into them. i love this story. prince william gets in on the selfy action. >> selfy? >> selfy. a 12-year-old girl on christmas day really wanted a photo with the royal family. so prince william steps in. so this girl you see right here. prince william steps in and takes a selfy. believe it -- there you go. look at the shot. >> wow. >> this wasn't a first royal choice. she really wanted a photo with queen elizabeth. william is number two. what is up with the royal family and selfies? prince william beat out by his father who earlier this month took a selfy with a school boy. so i guess the royal family is into selfies and embracing it?
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>> that reminds me of president obama at nelson mandela's family. controversy there, too. good for prince william for kicking back and keeping it real. this is keeping it real for lady gaga. like you haven't seen her before. oh, you have seen her like this before. just another occasion -- >> holy moley. >> get this. lady gaga tweets out a new year's message for all of her fans saying, happy new year from house of gaga and versace. she is a spokesperson for versace. she tweets out a sexy photo of her with her blonde hair strategically placed over parts of her body. gaga knows how to marion barke . this is something to twitter. maybe it is a good pr move for versace as well. >> did you see her on "saturday night live"? really good. and also ricky martin, unfortunately sad news.
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he's splitting with his boyfriend who when he came out -- in 2010. he said -- his boyfriend at the time, they have 5-year-old twins together. he says they continue to be united by friendship and shared experiences but it seems like the couple, according to a statement, sort of drifted apart. they were spending very little time together, according to a source. so unfortunately, they have broken up. i hate when couples like that break up. >> you know, i've been looking forward to this part of "the skinny" for such a long time -- >> really? >> i saw this photo, and listen, do you remember "dr. quinn medicine woman," from back in the day? >> of course, jane seymour. >> yes. jane seymour is now 62 years old. >> really? >> this is her, in a bikini, 62 years old. she's on the cover of "closer weekly," she talks about how she is in better shape now than when she was doing her bond films. she was actually a bond girl, way back into the '70s. she exercises three times a day. >> is that really her body? wow. >> there's no indication this
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has been photo-shopped. >> what is her secret again? >> exercises for an hour a day, only three times a week. so not even one of those people in the gym everyday. watching what she's eating. she lifts light weights. she does something called gyro tronics. it is a machine that blends stretching and exercising. look at those results. 62 years old. that's an inspiration, i think. >> oh, it drives me nuts when celebrities say, i do yoga and eat clean. >> i do yoga. >> i don't -- i cannot lose weight. yoga -- how do people lose weight? >> i'm a man, and i admit it -- i do yoga. >> i'm not dissing yoga, i'm just saying, how do you lose weight? it is not calorie burning to me. maybe i'm doing it wrong. coming up, getting pumped up, speaking of workouts, for
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we are talking about workouts. workouts. getting to the gym i we are talking about workouts. getting to the gym is only half the battle. the other half is pushing yourself while you're actually there. >> we all know music can help. what you play on your ipod is just as important as playing it. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: she may look mild-mannered. but rocking in maria diaz's ears -- ♪ >> music. >> reporter: music, the ultimate motivator, to force you to stick >> reporter: music, the ultimate motivator, to force you to stick with that perennial chart t
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year's resolution, gett >> is that metallica? >> miley cyrus. >> reporter: one study shows it can boost your athletic performance by up to 15%. a survey in one magazine found acdc's "back in black" is a top workout song of all time. but science finds 20 songs that have between 120 and 140 beats per minute that most ignite the inner rocky ♪ that means the best workout songs are like blurred lines at 120 beats per minute. "gangnam style," 132 beats her minute. ♪ >> reporter: but rocky's "eye of the tiger" -- ♪ >> reporter: a wimpy 109. but if rocking beats aren't enough to get you working out, how about a few bucks? apps like gym pack discovered a new way to get knew the gym. you sign one your credit card. your money goes into a pot. the app tracks when you sign in at the gym and stay for at least 30 minutes.
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if you go, you pay as little as $5 fine, but you can pay up to $50. but if you do, you get your money back and more. >> motivation, right? >> reporter: today, the best motivator was that music. hitting the treadmill and trying to rock in the new year. abc news, miami. >> who knew that that "rocky" song is not the best song to listen to when you're working out. that's like the ultimate guy work out song. ♪ >> but i would say, anything amy winehouse. >> really? >> yeah. yeah. oh, is that me? are my thighs really that big? do i need to go to the gym right now? you're on your own. i'm going to the gym. i -- i have got to get out of here. >> amy winehouse. >> yeah. "back to black," is that the name of the song? >> are you working out?
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making news in america this morning -- winter whiteout. paralyzing snowstorm, gripping parts of the country. >> you can't go over 20 miles per hour. i mean, it's so dangerous out here. >> 100 million people dealing with the triple-threat. blinding snow. blustery conditions. slippery roads. >> 18 to 24 inches of light, fluffy snow. it's still 18 to 24 inches of shoveling. >> and bitter cold. >> and with hours before it's over, some areas could see feet of snow. the first winter storm of 2014, already leaving its mark in a big way. good friday morning, everyone.

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