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>> a major lawsuit making headlines has struck straight out of the heart of the banking industry. >> after hundreds of nonstop robocalls from bill collectors, a judge sided with a family from florida ordering bank of america to pay them more than $1 million. abc's brian ross with the story. >> reporter: saturday, 7:41 a.m. this is michael with bank of america. >> reporter: the automated robocalls of the coniglio family about their overdue mortgage payments. >> please call bank of america home loans. >> reporter: came morning, noon and night. >> please give us a call. >> reporter: 700 times in all
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over a four-year period. >> this is michael with bank of america. >> reporter: unrelenting, long after the family begged the bank to stop as they told wtsp. >> if i did what bank of america did, i'd probably be behind bars. >> thank you for your time and have a nice day. >> reporter: they sued the giant bank and now a federal judge has ordered bank of america to pay them more than $1 million. $1500 per call. >> it's the law. $1500 for every single unwanted call. >> reporter: it's a problem across the country. an elderly couple in california claims they got 2,000 calls from bank of america. 350 to a woman in arkansas. and more than 600 to the phones of naran vali of indiana. >> i would describe as harassment. it was constant. repetitive calls daily. >> reporter: it's not the first time bank of america has been accused of going over the line. four years ago, abc news found they hired a collection agency
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in texas that used profane racist pressure tactics. >> i have you scared. you don't want to pick up the phone now? is it because you're in bed your sister? >> reporter: bank of america did not stop using the firm until we confronted the firm's president. is that language acceptable to you? >> that would not be acceptable to me. i'll find out. >> reporter: the calls with the abusive language may have stopped, but the robocall repetitive calls are a separate kind of abuse. as for the 700 calls to that couple in tampa, bank of america says they made the calls only to help them. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> fight back, they say. contact the consumer financial protection bureau if you have issues. >> and you can win. coming up in our next half hour, new accusations against bill cosby. the highest profile accuser yet. supermodel beverly johnson accusing the comedian of drugging her back in the '80s. her story in a television exclusive. but first is taylor swift really turning cray-cray? our own barbara walters couldn't resist asking her response next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. walters couldn't
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"1989," swift broke records as the first woman to produce three albums that sold a million copies, each in their first week. in the new music video for "blank space." ♪ tay-tay seems a little cray-cray playing a jilted lover pushed to the edge of insanity. ♪ they'll tell you i'm insane ♪ you know i love the players and you love the game ♪ >> reporter: barbara walters chose swift as one of the most fascinating people of the year and wasted no time beating around the bush. >> you seem very sane. >> thank you. >> are you sane? >> yeah, definitely. >> not that fashionable all the time. you seem very centered. where does it come from? >> i think all the time about big concepts in my life. all the things you've asked me, they are incredible questions and the issues i think about all the time.
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i don't have answers for everything. and that doesn't scare me. i think the reason i'm sane is because i have a really good family who are all very sane in the midst of all of this kind of insanity surrounding my life. that really helps. it really helps. because i can talk to them about it and they'll be very honest with me about it. but always -- always really supportive. >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> here's why i love barbara walters. by the way, she'll be doing the "ten most fascinating people of 2014" on sunday night. 10:00 p.m. here on abc. don't forget to tune in. she asks these crazy questions. you see that moment she asked her, are you sane? and taylor is like, what? she gets into this great moment. >> it's the obvious question because she seems to have her stuff together. >> yes. >> and that's the question. is this authentic is what she was essentially asking. taylor seems to -- i'm a huge taylor swift fan. don't know about any of her music. i like her. love her. o -- i'm a huge
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>> he's retired now. but 20 years later you get a letter in the mail from this guy that you wrote in high school. >> what a cool moment. an exclusive look at santa claus' flight path. the red part is his sleigh going around. he just barely makes it. from the north pole down to europe. time now for the polka. ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- mammoth storm barreling all the way down the west coast at this hour. the flood, snowfall, extensive damage and today's evacuations. accuweather tracking it all. campus scandal. the sex assault scandal involving the university of virginia and rolling stone. what really happened? three friends of the accuser speaking out in an abc news exclusive. and another exclusive. the supermodel accusing bill cosby of sexual assault. fashion icon beverly johnson reveals her secrets kept for decades in a television exclusive. later -- celebrity snub. brad pitt and angelina jolie snubbed by the golden globes. will they be a no-show at one of the biggest award shows of the year. that's in "the skinny" on this friday, december 12th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. we start with this storm, this powerful pacific storm pulling into southern california this morning after drenching the bay area and pacific northwest. >> east of l.a., people in the foothills of the san gabriel mountains are under mandatory evacuation orders bracing for up to an inch of rain and damaging winds. abc's ted rowlands has more on the storm already blame forward two deaths in oregon. >> reporter: this massive winter storm pummeled northern california throughout the day. the bay area getting not only rain but wind as well. more than california under water, highways and neighborhoods flooded soaking homes and stranding drivers. >> how am i going to get to my car. >> reporter: wind bringing down dozens of trees. >> that tree has been there probably for a few hundred years.
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>> reporter: this one hitting a student who suffered a broken arm at a school in santa cruz. along the coast, waves crashing into the shoreline. surfers took advantage of the rare swells on lake tahoe and in washaway beach, washington state, two homes washed away. and a third homeowner fleeing fearing his house might be next. >> i knew it was going to happen sooner or later but hoped it wasn't this soon. >> reporter: at one point more than 100,000 customers were without power in san francisco, including the macy's in union square which was forced to close. >> this is arguably the lowest point in the city. and so it gets flooded a lot. >> reporter: in wine country, kayakers paddling through the town of healdsburg. and the rain is expected to continue throughout the night in northern california before this storm moves down south towards los angeles. more storms are expected next week. reena, t.j.?
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>> ted, thanks. the storm system one for the record books. >> take a look at this. surfers taking advantage of seven-foot waves. that's on lake tahoe, though, folks. that lake, 6,000 feet above sea level is usually calm. it's serene, a peaceful place. after the storm is over, another one will be heading in. justin povick has the latest. >> t.j. and reena, thanks. some of the worst of the weather throughout the u.s. located in the west on friday. huge storm system here with tremendous amounts of rainfall and also some very heavy snow in the sierra nevada. some of the worst impacts from san francisco to los angeles and san diego where there will be
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the potential for additional flash flooding. keep in mind this san area in a drought for a long time. and we are estimating rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, locally up to 8 inches out toward the coastline with howling winds and more rain coming into the picture next week. not a lot of sunshine inside here really any time soon. the northeast not as bad. low pressure weakening. light snow showers. still chilly temperatures. t.j. and reena, back to you. now that the house passed a trillion-dollar spending bill it's the senate's turn to take up the measure. president obama made last-minute calls in order to secure enough support for that bill which keeps most of the government operating through next september. it passed by 13 votes despite democratic opposition to changes in wall street and campaign finance reforms. conservative republicans were against it because it doesn't challenge the president on immigration. the head of the cia is taking unprecedented steps to defend his agency from changes torture. john brennan was at a live news conference, the first ever by a cia chief. he says the harsh interrogation techniques detailed in a senate report were justified in the days after the 9/11 attacks. >> when i look at what went on at the time, there are clearly the questions about why certain techniques were used.
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>> brennan admits the cia was not prepared for handling detention and interrogation after 9/11 and tells abc news some of the intelligence officers may have gone too far. new questions about that uva rape story in rolling stone. three of the alleged victims' friends mentioned in the article have now come forward telling abc news what they say really took place that night. abc's ryan smith with the exclusive details. >> reporter: they were the first three people to see jackie after she says she was assaulted in this university of virginia fraternity. ryan, alex and kathryn. ryan says jackie called him after midnight and asked him to come meet her. all three students went. >> first thing i saw was her sitting on a picnic table outside of this dorm and she was shaking and crying and it really looked like she had just gone through something really traumatic. the first thing that came to mind was rape. but i wasn't just going to say it. >> reporter: they say she told them she'd been sexually assaulted by five men. but there are differences between that account and the "rolling stone" story.
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while "rolling stone" describes judiciary committee -- describes jackie as barefoot, dishevelled, her face beaten, dress spattered with blood, her friends say they didn't see that. >> i don't recall any injuries at all. >> reporter: listen to how ryan describes what happened next. >> the first thing i said was, we need to go to the police. and the reason we didn't go to the police was because jackie didn't want to. >> jackie said to you, i don't want to go to police? she said those words to you? >> yes. >> and that's the sole reason we didn't. >> reporter: but "rolling stone" reported that jackie's friends tried to convince her not to go to police saying her reputation would be shot and worse. >> they attribute to you in this article as saying she's going to be the girl who cried rape and we'll never be allowed into any frat party again. did you ever say that? >> no. >> so this is not true? >> no. >> the whole conversation that's described in the article absolutely never happened.
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>> reporter: jackie's friends say they have real questions about exactly what happened that night. the students say they were never contacted by "rolling stone" which changed their names in the article. no comment from the magazine, the university of virginia or jackie's lawyer. ryan smith, abc news, charlottesville, virginia. sony is scrambling to contain the fallout from the hacking scandal. it rocked the movie giant to its core. oscar-winning producer scott rudin is apologizing for bashing celebrities in some embarrassing e-mail exchanges with the sony co-chair. that includes calling angelina jolie a spoiled brat and making racially offensive remarks about president obama. critics say apologies, they won't do much to repair the damage. >> it's a public relations disaster the likes of which hollywood has really never seen. >>y in buzz in hollywood is this is only the beginning of information and documents the hackers plan to release. topping health headlines, most teenagers are severely sleep deprived. researchers now say in order to get in all that texting and
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tablet time and school and homework, teens need to cut back on that sleep. some admit to getting less than five hours a night, far below the recommended nine hours. that could put their long-term health in jeopardy. we've always known this about needing more sleep but less than five hours a night? that's not great. >> teenagers, it makes sense, right? they have so many gadgets. they want to talk, type, text. wow. >> maybe congress should pass a rule if you are under age 18 your social media shuts off at 10:00 p.m. >> they have other things to do, right? >> yeah, passing things and legislation that people don't agree with. just saying. native americans have the green light to grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands. the tribes just have to follow the same rules as the four states that legalized pot. the tribes' marijuana will not be subject to state and local taxes which could give them a huge advantage.
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only a few tribes have shown interest so far. a billion anything is a lot. a billion people, billions of whatever. if it's with a "b," that's a lot. this is a big deal, right? >> taco bell hit the billion mark having sold more than 1 billion doritos locos tacos which came on to the menu in 2012. >> the company is hinting at what's next. a hard taco made of fritos corn chips. the idea unveiled to investors yesterday. no word on when it could unveil. >> a taco is just not a taco anymore. >> yum brands, the company behind taco bell, has been pushing for all kinds of innovation. they have a beefy fritos burrito. >> okay. [ belch ] >> right on cue. good job today, guys. >> well, coming up in "the skinny," a real-life legal drama involving a hollywood star and the paparazzi. the lawsuit going into the millions. also the fashion trail blazer speaking out now saying she, too, was a sexual assault victim of bill cosby. the secret she's kept for decades shared exclusively with abc news.
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another woman has now joined the growing list of women who are squaring off against bill cosby. >> this time one of america's most iconic and trail blazing black models. now beverly johnson is speaking out. >> reporter: a fashion icon adds her voice to the chorus of women accusing bill cosby of drugging them. >> the drug was very powerful. i mean, i was woozy. my speech was slurred. i knew that i was in danger. >> reporter: much like cosby, beverly johnson has long been viewed as a transformative figure. the first black model to grace the cover of american "vogue." and she comes forward with damning allegations. back in 1986, she says she was invited to rehearse at cosby's
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new york home when he insisted on making her his special coffee. >> the second sip, i knew i had been drugged. and i had been drugged really good. at which time he placed his hands on my waist. >> reporter: the supermodel says she started yelling and cursing. >> he was getting angry. and he, you know, grabbed me by my arm and dragged me down the brownstone stairs. he threw me in the taxi. >> reporter: since last month, more than a dozen women have come forward claiming they were drugged, sexually assaulted or raped by cosby. in most cases, decades ago. cosby's lawyers have dismissed the previous allegations saying accusers are coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories. >> these women gave me the courage to come forward. >> does it make it different for a black woman to come out accusing a black man? >> this is the most difficult
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decision that i've ever made. i am, you know, calling out a black man, a revered black man, and sometimes it's really hard to do the right thing. but this is the right thing to do. >> reporter: johnson says when she told friends she realized this had been one of hollywood's best-kept secrets she tells me she has no plans to take any legal action against cosby. we reached out to his attorneys. so far, no response. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> her account will also be in "vanity fair's" latest issue. one thing she says, she realized at one point in the end, i had too much to lose if i went after bill cosby. such a huge legend. >> you heard that steady drum beat. that's bill cosby. people ask, why didn't you say something? that's bill cosby. he's an icon even before we remember him as dr. huxtable, he was a big deal in entertainment. just like -- we can probably expect the same response to this as he has the others.
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just not going to have much of a response. it keeps going. >> also they are -- she's saying she had his phone number to the bedroom he shared with his wife. she was saying pretty bold and brazen. we'll have to see more coming out. next, stunning news out of hollywood. where there may be no brangelina at this year's golden globes. also, photographers should expect to get punched in the face. that's all ahead in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. skinny." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny so ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ time for "the skinny." a bombshell for red carpet watchers everywhere. >> this year's golden globe
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awards may be brangelina-free. they did not score nominations. no "fury" nominations for brad or "unbroken" for angelina. was it her directing debut? still, these were two big films that were expected to do well. >> they are an incontrollable power couple of hollywood. i've seen the trailers for "unbreakable" and i think it's really moving. kind of surprised by this. >> it's considered a major, major snub. that was considered a sure thing. she's involved. but, no, nothing. >> there may be some hope, however, that one or the other or both will end up on stage after as presenters, right? >> you can't get away from them. the actor who said the paparazzi should expect to get slugged. >> what? >> yes.
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>> that's unbelievable. that's a really unbelievable defense by avatar star sam worthington in response to a $10 million lawsuit filed against him and his model in which he allegedly punched a photographer sheng li. >> this happened in february in new york. through his lawyer worthington said that getting assaulted is a normal risk associated with li's line of work, being in the paparazzi. he was charged with assaulting li but got no jail time. >> yeah. that's kind of pretty remarkable. really? to say that it's in the line of duty to be punched by someone? >> they get punched fairly often so maybe so. >> it happens quite a bit. for happy hollywood news. actress keira knightley reportedly with child. >> page six broke this story. multiple sources confirm to "us weekly" that knightly and her husband are expecting their first child. >> i didn't realize she was married but the british actor is riding high right now. just this week it was announced she'd be nominated for the s.a.g. award for code breaker in the "imitation games."
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>> she's on a good streak. congrats to her. women in movies. could be another entry in paul feig's upcoming all-female "ghostbusters." >> she has taken a meeting over her potential involvement in the movie. >> she worked with the same producer on the 2011 comedy "bridesmaids." cringe-worthy roommate. she also starred in the musical comedy "pitch perfect" earning her several award nominations for her role as fat amy. >> i think she's incredible. fun to watch. time to check out who is bloeg blowing out the birthday candles. >> longtime "price is right" host bob barker is 91. >> come on down! singing legend dionne warwick turns 74. >> jennifer conley, 44. >> and blossom, mayim bialik, "being bang theory." turns 39 years old today.
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big happy birthday to one and all. a look back on the week that was ending december 12th. >> that's all ahead in the "friday rewind." you're watching "world news now." you're watching "world news now." t icleanest.he that's why you need lysol. because when you use bleach, some stains are left behind. as this dye reveals. lysol toilet bowl cleaner does more. it removes the tough stains that bleach doesn't, and it also disinfects. so why just bleach? with lysol you can do more. that's healthing. and get max cleaning and freshness with every flush. try lysol no mess max.
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♪ ♪ terrorists, football players, legendary comedian and a princess. >> they all made news headlines this week and all made it into our "friday rewind." >> the interrogations of cia detainees were absolutely brutal. far worse than the cia represented them to policymakers and others. >> this particular release, in my judgment, serves no purpose whatsoever other than to endanger americans around the world. >> there's never a perfect time to release a report like this, but it was important for us, i think, to recognize that part of
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what sets us apart is when we do something wrong, we acknowledge it. >> these are patriots. and whatever the report says if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base. i'm looking for a conviction for both of the officers. >> why is it so rare for an officer to be charged? >> two reasons. the law gives the officer the benefit of the doubt. and prosecutors work very closely with police officers. it is apparent these militants were planning to kill mr. somers on saturday. that's why this raid was executed on very short notice on friday night. the policy is comprehensive. it is strong. it is tough. definitely can bounce back from this. it's going to take time. it's not going to just take months. it may take years. >> i heard a baby cry. i'm like, there's no babies on this flight. the lady stood up and said she just had a baby. if my mother was here she'd not only be grateful and proud,
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she'd be beyond herself. she'd be sitting at the table beaming while very discreetly shoving croissants and silverware into her purse. do you know who is coming to visit you today? >> princess. >> that's right. >> they think you're out of "frozen." >> if you liked our look back at the week, there's more where that all came from. log on to our facebook fan page wnnfans.com and check out in case you missed it. >> is that offbeat moments? >> that's one way to play it. >> commercial break video that we don't know is rolling. >> they don't tell me. they just put it up. >> it's fine. >> sometimes we do things to help the control room have a little breather, a little laugh. we'll see you back in just a
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. here are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now." the house has narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill which funds nearly the entire federal government through next september. the measure now moves to the senate. full details straight ahead. in the cia's first ever live television news conference, they are defending harsh interrogation techniques and say though days after 9/11 required stern measures. uva exclusive. three friends of the alleged rape victim at the center of the explosive "rolling stone" article revealing themselves to the magazine. some of the story they say is false, pointing out inconsistencies with what they actually says. and another woman speaking out against bill cosby. trail blazing supermodel beverly johnson is telling her story about how the comedian drugged
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and dragged her back in the '80s. those are some of our top stories on this friday, december 12th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we begin this year's final battle over funding the federal government. it took a step towards completion last night on capitol hill. >> just enough members of the house supported a massive spending bill sending it along to the senate. abc's karen travers reports. even though it was passed, plenty of representatives didn't like it. >> reporter: it wouldn't be the holiday season if congress didn't face a major deadline. with little time to spare, the house passed a $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government. averting a shutdown. house speaker john boehner promised to get it done but it wasn't without drama and controversy. >> remember, this bill was put together in a bicameral, bipartisan way. there's no members should have objections to it. >> reporter: there was something
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in this 1,600-page bill for both republicans and democrats to dislike. >> the president certainly didn't get everything that he wanted. if the president were writing this bill himself, this bill would look a lot different. >> reporter: lawmakers crammed in pet projects including chopping away at the national lunch school standards advocated by the first lady. blocking washington, d.c.'s new initiative legalizing the use of marijuana. making changes to campaign finance laws. and the most controversial of all for many democrats, weaken something wall street regulations. >> and the american people didn't elect us to stand up for citigroup. >> reporter: speaker boehner acknowledged this was not his game plan. >> there's not one of you in this room that doesn't understand this is exactly the way i don't want to do business. >> reporter: karen travers, abc news, washington. turning to the wild weather bearing down on southern california. people living in the vulnerable
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foothills of the san gabriel mountains have been told to evacuate. all that heavy rain threatening to trigger deadly mud slides and widespread flooding. the storm blew in from the pacific northwest where winds were gusting at 70 miles an hour. here's a look at what it looked like in western washington overnight. those dangerous winds knocking out power to more than 100,000 people across the state. those winds stirring up high surf along the washington coast. stunned homeowners watched another house falling into the pacific. toppling over as the eroding shoreline crumbled beneath it. accuweather's justin povick has the latest on this storm already blamed on two deaths in oregon. >> out west, major storminess continues hoar late week. huge travel delays along the heavily traveled interstate 5 corridor from san francisco to los angeles. flash flooding a big concern. l.a.x., likely experiencing huge
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backups. heavy snows continue throughout the sierra nevada, and that wet weather will expand into the desert southwest. meanwhile, the northeast, not so bad on friday. still chilly. lighter winds and lighter snows. back to you. >> justin, thank you. showers around oklahoma city, dallas, little rock. the central plains and upper midwest, a taste of springtime in minneapolis and chicago with temperatures 20 degrees above normal. >> 60s in los angeles, albuquerque and dallas. 50s in seattle, kansas city and atlanta. 40s in washington, d.c., and boston. 30s, detroit and new york. young couple in florida is free on bond this morning after illegally living in an expensive home. justin and jenna dean were squatters in a mansion valued at more than a million dollars near jacksonville. it was foreclosed in 2011. it sold to another couple in september. their story started to unravel and they had to change the locks and to prove they owned the place with fake documents. authorities weren't having any of it. they were arrested. doctors from cuba are being praised by their country and even the u.s. for their hard
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work in africa's ebola zone. cuba's government sent hundreds of doctors there and they're getting worldwide attention as jim avila reports. >> reporter: these doctors make less than $75 a month but are still cuba's most valuable export. >> this is my team. >> reporter: and on this day, they're in liberia risking their lives entering the ebola hot zone with a thumbs up from beneath their protective suits. >> this time, we can't say no. >> reporter: dr. juan carlos is one of 250 cuban doctors in africa to treat ebola. >> sanitation and hygiene. >> reporter: more than 20,000 volunteered. >> totally voluntary. >> reporter: cuba uses its medical system to raise good will and cash.
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in africa, the doctors are on a humanitarian mission. but cuba also exports its medical personnel to venezuela in exchange for oil. >> we have well trained human power, human resources, and that's our main capital. >> reporter: dr. carlos and all his cuban colleagues were trained here in havana at the country's massive bio lab where a tent hospital has been built. abc news is the only american media allowed to see the training program. >> your doctors are ambassadors around the world, right? >> yes, we are almost like ambassadors. >> and most physicians in this country, they make less than the cab driver, right? >> maybe. >> reporter: and this time, these humanitarian volunteers have made an international impression. noticed even by the united states. >> cuba, a country of just 11 million people, has sent 165 health professionals and it plans to send nearly 300 more. >> reporter: perhaps the nicest thing an american official has
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said about the island neighbor since the cuban missile crisis. jim avila, abc news, havana. >> jim has a point there. tensions between the two countries are not always the best, right? the relationship, i should say. but, jim, the -- one of the doctors jim met with contracted ebola, came back to cuba, recovered fully and said i'm going back to finish what i started and went back to help the folks out there. >> that's fantastic. maybe this is a thing we should focus more on. the things we have in common. that's a heck of a thing to hear him say. maybe the nicest thing a u.s. official has said since the cuban missile crisis. >> great report from jim. passengers on a flight from australia finally arrived at their destination after an agonizing ordeal. their united flight from san francisco was about to land in sydney it was diverted because of a problem with the runway. the pilots hit their flight time limit. so the passengers had to wait for a new crew. they arrived in sydney about nine hours late. delta airlines has gone
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upscale with on-board beer selection. they've added seven new craft beers on domestic flights. some of those brands now being offered, stone beer, don't know it. blue point, brooklyn brewery beer. know it well. those join products from the sweetwater brewery and were expanded over the summer. the craft brews are free on east coast shuttle flights. $7 on the others. >> what did you say? free beer? did you read that right? >> you know, you never know if it's written right, but -- >> t.j. hopes or you're getting free beer. >> no, no, no just on the shuttle flights. >> shuttle. construction crews in massachusetts uncovered a time capsule placed in the statehouse cornerstone more than two centuries ago. >> it won't be opened until it's x-rayed. they believe it was placed in the cornerstone by then governor sam adams, speaking of beer, and paul revere in 1795. most likely filled with items like old coins and maybe even newspapers. >> i'd love to see what's inside of that.
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>> they're going to check it, though, that's good. coming up in "insomniac theater," a trip back to 1970 and a comedian trying to make it as an actor. two big movies and the reviews coming in. also ahead, can sony pictures ever recover from one of the biggest hacking scandals ever? the private information about some of the biggest stars revealed and the public relations disaster. families exploited by a company they say ripped him off. their hard-earned money and their cries for help. >> you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by delsym. cries for help. >> you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by delsym. coughing can really be disruptive. with a record breaking fifty million votes, your superstar is... that's why there's delsym. delsym helps silence coughs for a full 12 hours with an advanced time release formula for all day or all night relief. up to twice as long as other cough liquids. so the only sounds you'll hear are the ones you want to hear.
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>> this morning, several families say they're being attacked by scammers. here now brian ross. >> reporter: in its commercials and online ads, the vivint alarm company says it's proud to be protecting those who are protecting us. but the actions of some of its sales people have left some across the country furious. including marine jason plummer injured in iraq who wrote to the abc news fixer to say he was lied to. >> dear abc news fixer. when we contacted them we asked if i had military orders if we could terminate our contract. the sales person on the phone said it would not be a problem. >> reporter: but plummer and his wife said when he had to retire because of his injuries, vivint refused to let them out of the contract. >> if we cancel with vivint right now, we'll get one lump sum of a bill, close to about $2,000. >> being a veteran and everything and then the company
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tells you that you'll be able to get out of a contract and then feels like they're -- you are getting stabbed in the back. >> reporter: kristen chambers had the same problem when her husband was ordered to a new base across the country. >> i have now found out we cannot cancel our contract with vivint. i felt like they just said, sorry. sucks to be you. we're not helping you. >> reporter: and from ft. bliss, texas, christina conger angry at a brush-off from vivint headquarters when she tried to cancel after moving on to the base. >> i've never seen a company give so much trouble and so many run-arounds. i thought i can just cancel whenever i wanted to, like they told me to. >> reporter: the vivint company in provo, utah, has been investigated by seven state attorneys general and has an "f"
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grade from the better business bureau. >> consumers are telling us the sales people are saying one thing and the contract says another. >> reporter: executives would not agree to be interviewed for our report. >> we'll have to ask you to leave since you don't have an appointment. >> no one will answer our questions. >> reporter: when we showed up, a team of security guards escorted us off the property. >> you don't have to touch anybody. we're leaving. >> there's the door. >> reporter: their security system seemed to be working just fine. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> good line, brian. well said. you know, abc, we did contact the security company vivint and they agreed to do away with the contracts of those folks. >> that's the good news. >> the better business bureau says they think they're doing it for good pr purposes. >> uh-huh. >> that it's hard to get out of
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these contracts for the vast majority of people. >> they still give this company an "f." i love brian. >> brian does it -- >> don't you just love brian? >> nobody does those ambushes better than brian. >> he's so cool and polite. it's hard to call them an ambush. hi, how are you? if anybody here will speak -- >> ambush is the wrong word. the best brian ross one was when he went and found the ipads that some airport security workers had stolen. >> he found them himself? >> he found them and set off the alarm and it was beeping in the person's home. brian ross. got to love him. things seem to be getting worse for sony. >> why some of the top executives are apologizing to some of the biggest stars as well as president obama. you're watching abc's "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after t
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one of the world's largest entertainment giants is facing new fallout from the massive attack by hackers. >> sony is doing major damage control after the release of scathing internal e-mails that pull no punches directed at some of the biggest stars, even president obama. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: at the premiere of "the interview" there will be no interviews. >> want us to kill the leader of north korea? >> yes. >> what? >> reporter: sony blocking press at the red carpet for its controversial comedy about north
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korea. even trying to shut down our camera. some of the biggest names in hollywood humiliated in this all-out cyberwar. newly leaked stolen e-mails show a studio executive bashing star comedian kevin hart for demanding more money in exchange for tweeting about a movie. and famous producers considering matthew mcconaughey, tom cruise and leonardo dicaprio to play steve jobs, questioning whether some might be too old. >> can it recover from the damage it's done to those relationships? >> relationships are everything. and talent is king. you can imagine how problematic these e-mails are. >> reporter: at the center of some of the nastiest exchanges, scott rudin and sony pictures chair amy pascal reportedly e-mailing about angelina jolie's lack of talent and ego. even making racial jokes about president obama. suggesting he might like the slave movie "django unchained." those two calling the exchanges private. rudin telling abc news, i'm deeply sorry and apologize for
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any injury they might have caused. and pascal saying, i accept full responsibility for what i wrote. sony not commenting but kevin hart for one firing back online saying i protect my brand. i refuse to be broken, people. this is being called the biggest corporate hacking of our time. as for that red carpet, it's very deep inside this building, far away from our cameras. cecilia vega, abc news. >> if you don't want mama to read it, don't write it down in an e-mail. so hard to have that discipline. >> you think it's going to be private. we say -- send e-mail all the time back and forth and send each other. think we can be honest about stuff going on. i checked myself today before i sent a few e-mails. it makes you stop and think. >> what were you going to say? >> i don't want it to get back to you later. some stuff. i just don't -- >> i had no problem sending those e-mails today. it's friday. >> when we get hacked, when abc gets hacked. >> don't bring it on. 's friday.
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>> when we get hacked, when abc gets hacked. >> don't brng it on. hd-5 hd-5
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♪ time for our favorite segment of the week, our "insomniac theater" with a sneak peek at two movies opening this weekend. >> "inherent vice" is a zany mystery story set in 1970 in southern california. joaquin phoenix, hippie private eye doc, is hired by an ex-girlfriend to find her rich boyfriend. but he runs a file of an abusive cop played by josh brolin. >> this will never make it to trial. >> i think we could probably take this all the way to trial. the injury pool would be 99% hippie. >> unless you change the venue to orange county. not as many hippies there. >> clients pay me for work, doc. >> surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers.
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a surf noir rock. aye 72% approval rating on rotten tomatoes. critics mostly approved. anthony lane writing, "inherent vice" is the best and most exasperating pynchon film we'll ever have." but kyle smith describes it as meandering. a 2 1/2 hour endurance test. up next, top five from chris rock. rock's top five stars, of course, himself as a comedian trying to make it as a serious actor. as he tries to overcome the comedy career and the past that he's left behind. >> what's up? this is andre allen. when i listen to satellite radio, i listen to sirius hits one. >> that's good. just make it a little funnier. >> funnier? put a little stank on it. >> stank? >> what's up [ bleep ]. this is [ bleep ] andre allen.
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>> oh, boy. "top five," a radically new kind of american comedy. scored 89%. "entertainment weekly" says you come away with it from a thrilling sensation that you're seeing an artist you thought you knew reinventing himself. and josh bell says even when it falls flat "top five" has ambition, which is more than you can say about the majority of rock's previous film work. >> so that was a compliment, right? >> supposedly. >> can't wait to see that. kevin hart makes an appearance. cedric the entertainer. some of your favorites get together. they're having a good time. that's the news for you this half hour. >> follow us on our facebook page, wnnfans.com. have a great weekend. facebook page, wnnfans.com. have a great weekend.
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this morning on "world news now" -- spy agency fight. the head of the cia going on the defensive after an explosive report on torture tactics is released. >> never again, we vowed, never again. >> the tough talk and unprecedented secrets revealed. killer storm working its way down the west coast. terrible floods, powerful winds and rough surf sending homes into the sea. today snowfall and more downpours. fighting back. the bank that robocalled a florida couple over and over again. >> if i did what bank of america did, i'd probably be behind bars. >> the couple's battle paying off big time in court. it's friday, december 12th. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." good friday morning. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan. it's friday. >> we made it. >> what if we did a broadcast without any negative stories. no torture. no fact the congress -- congressional folks are trying to push through this bill that includes all sorts of pork. they think that we're idiots and not paying attention to what's going on. >> a lot of folks aren't paying attention. that's why they get away with this stuff. members of congress aren't paying attention. 1600-pag bill. they didn't read it. the things going through the very things a lot of people are upset about that we bailed these banks over are getting put back in, some of the criticism. i don't know.
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i think we should vote them off the island. is it too late? >> you got a couple more years. we should do that one friday. >> vote them all off -- >> let's do an all no negative story. >> it's only positive stories, good stories, feel-good stories. >> greg, we good? we're good with that? >> he said yes. he said yes. we are going to go to a not so happy story. it's right, our lead story. the first time ever the head of the cia hosted a live news conference to defend the agency from the scathing senate report. >> this was something. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz was there. >> reporter: inside the lobby of the cia, where 111 stars memorialize those killed in the line of duty, john brennan reminded everyone how this all began. >> it was 8:46 a.m. on the morning of september 11th, 2001. >> reporter: and the extraordinary responsibility his agency took on in the aftermath. >> never again we vowed. never again. >> reporter: brennan readily admitted the cia was unprepared to handle a detention program, and unauthorized interrogation techniques were used that were abhorrent. he said there were clear successes through the use of
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eit, the enhanced interrogation techniques, including finding osama bin laden. >> there was information obtained subsequent to the application of the eits from detainees from the was useful in the bin laden operation. >> reporter: while brennan now says it is unknowable whether information could have been gained another way, i asked whether interrogators ever told cia officials at the time. >> i cannot say with certainty whether or not individuals acted with complete honesty. when i look at what went on at the time, there are clearly the questions about why certain techniques were used. >> reporter: brennan said he'd leave it to others to decide whether the eits, such as waterboarding, demonstrated here, constituted torture, but he did tell me there is a line that should not be crossed. >> the individuals that were given the responsibility to
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carry out this work early on were ones that were trying to do their best. and i think at times came up short. >> reporter: the director did admit mistakes were made but said the majority of the people at the cia did an exemplary job under extraordinary circumstances. he says this will be a chapter in the agency's history, but they will get through it and move forward. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. demonstrations over recent police shootings have reached capitol hill. more than 150 congressional staffers walked out briefly in protest. they were joined by several black members of the house and senate chaplain. after a prayer, the protesters held their hands up in the don't shoot pose used by protesters in ferguson. a larger protest is planned for tomorrow at the capitol. hours after that scene, the house did its final duty of the year passing a massive trillion-dollar spending bill.
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that vote was close but good enough to send the measure to the senate where it's expected to pass and head to the president's desk. jeff zeleny has more from capitol hill. >> reporter: after hours of drama, a day-long series of fights ended as the house of representatives voted to pass the $1.1 trillion government spending bill. that keeps the government functioning through most of next year and averts a government shutdown. president obama made calls across capitol hill. vice president biden did as well. they were trying to get democrats to go along with this proposal. around dinner time, denis mcdonough dispatched himself to capitol hill. i'm heard he told a lot of venting from democrats. republicans weren't all that pleased with it as well. tea party conservatives believe it did not do enough to stop president obama's immigration order. in the end, a vote of 219-206 in the house passed this bill to the senate. just hours before that government shutdown could potentially happen, the senate passed a quick bill to fund the government for a couple more days. the senate will return to capitol hill on friday to begin debating this bill anew. at the end of the day it looks
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like this bill will be passed in the senate and that will put a finishing touch on the 113th session of congress. one of the least productive sessions of congress in memory. so a very rocky ride up here on capitol hill. republicans are preparing to take over full control of the senate next year. jeff zeleny, abc news, the capitol. maintenance workers are dead after a fire in a dallas office skyscraper. the flames broke out in an underground tank. they'd been working on the heating and ventilation. all 2,800 office workers were evacuated safely. the cause of the fehr is not known. three workers killed in a fire on a cruise ship in the caribbean. the "oceana insignia" was at the dock in st. lucia. all passengers were evacuated safely. two crew members had to be taken to the hospital. they are putting all passengers
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up in st. lucia before they board flights to miami. a monster storm moving in. another house fell into the pacific ocean in washington state. incredible. look at that. 100,000 homes remain without power this morning. two people in oregon kills by falling trees. the storm also brought three feet of snow and whiteout conditions to the sierra nevada area. abc's rob marciano is in the storm zone. >> reporter: the biggest storm in years is nailing northern california. on the golden gate bridge, high winds rocking the massive span. officials considering shutting it down. traffic at a standstill. those that can actually drive. >> how am i going to get to my car? >> reporter: hundreds of california schools closed. along the coast near pacifica, monster waves across the bay area, high winds downing massive trees. in santa cruz, the fire department rushing to free a trapped student. transformers blowing. watch these power lines arc spewing sparks. more than 150,000 without power and wine country looking more like waterworld. healdsburg engulfed. the famous russian river raging. forecast to rise to 32 feet, threatening homes. rock slides already covering
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area roads. winds whipping up seven-foot waves on 7,000-foot high lake tahoe. the mountains, like mt. shasta, bracing for up to three feet of snow. the rain refusing to let up here in san francisco as the center of this storm moves into portland and seattle and a good chunk of energy going into socal with damaging winds expected throughout the day on friday and some of this flooding as well. rob marciano, abc news, san francisco. this is a hard wrenching story out of wisconsin. this happened on the highway after a couple was pulled over for speeding. they were headed to the hospital. the driver can be heard on this dash cam crying, pleading with the officer that her boyfriend is having an asthma attack. she asked the officer, pleads
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with him to drive them to the hospital which is just three miles away from where they are. the officer, though, calls an ambulance instead. it arrived nine minutes later. it was too late. her boyfriend was unresponsive. >> he's going to die from this. can't we just bring him? >> they're not going to be able to bring him soon enough. can we just go? i would have made it there. >> too late. 29-year-old casey cressen was pronounced dead at the hospital. police insist the officer did the right thing by not allowing the driver to continue and waiting for the ambulance. >> that was hard to watch. a three-day search for a missing family ended with a dramatic standoff on a suburban san diego freeway. s.w.a.t. teams swarmed this car driven by daniel perez. they took him down and led his four young sons to safety. he's accused of killing his wife erica and abducting the boys. police found her body on wednesday in the trunk of another family car.
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the boys are all okay. injured carolina panthers quarterback cam newton says he feels great other than a little stiffness following tuesday's car accident. newton was back with his team yesterday. he's just starting his rehab on the small fractures in his back from that accident. you see him there laid out. he was asked, everybody wants to know is he going to play again? when is he going to play again? his response is, who cares. he's lucky to be alive. he knows he's on a lot of people's fantasy league teams and people are depending on him to get out there. he says, i know i'm on somebody's fantasy league team, and that's the man upstairs. he appears to have some perspective right now. as for last night's game, you missed a classic last night. the cardinals and rams. the score was 6-3 in the third quarter.
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don't know if that was good defense or bad offense. arizona lost a quarterback, drew stanton, to a knee injury. when this was finally over, 12-6. what a game, reena. >> very interesting. >> what a game. a guy in north carolina is showing no signs of stopping when it comes to his christmas spirit. it's the way he's showing that spirit that's pretty special. >> rodney gore is his name. he's a collector of nativity scenes. okay. you see some of these pictures? this doesn't really put it in the best perspective. he owns 600 of these. he's turned his house into somewhat of a nativity scene museum so others can stop by and check it out. >> gore started the collection 30 years ago, saying there are still thousands and thousands of them he'd like to have so his collection still guaranteed to keep on growing. coming up in "the mix," 13 days until christmas eve. a sneak peek at santa's flight path. also, what a year it's been for -- >> your favorite. >> -- taylor swift. the best selling album, grammy
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nominations. reportedly dating or exchanged numbers. she's a big deal. what keeps her grounded? she reveals that to our barbara walters. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol. this is the time of the year when the flu starts to spread. before the first sneeze, help protect with a spray. before the first tissue, help defend with a wipe. and help prevent with lysol. to get ten times more protection and kill 99.9% of germs around the house. this season, help protect your family with lysol. start healthing.
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a major lawsuit making headlines has struck straight out of the heart of the banking industry. >> after hundreds of nonstop robocalls from bill collectors, a judge sided with a family from florida ordering bank of america to pay them more than $1 million. abc's brian ross with the story. >> reporter: saturday, 7:41 a.m. this is michael with bank of america. >> reporter: the automated robocalls of the coniglio family about their overdue mortgage payments. >> please call bank of america home loans. >> reporter: came morning, noon and night. >> please give us a call. >> reporter: 700 times in all over a for-year period.
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>> this is michael with bank of america. >> reporter: unrelenting, long after the family begged the bank to stop as they told wtsp. >> if i did what bank of america did, i'd probably be behind bars. >> thank you for your time and have a nice day. >> reporter: they sued the giant bank and now a federal judge has ordered bank of america to pay them more than $1 million. $1500 per call. >> it's the law. $1500 for every single unwanted call. >> reporter: it's a problem across the country. an elderly couple in california claims they got 2,000 calls from bank of america. 350 to a woman in arkansas. and more than 600 to the phones of naran vali of indiana. >> i will describe it as constant. repetitive calls daily. >> reporter: it's not the first time bank of america has been accused of going over the line. four years ago, abc news found
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they hired a collection agency in texas that used profane racist pressure tactics. >> i have you scared. you don't want to pick up the phone now? >> reporter: bank of america did not stop using the firm until we confronted the firm's president. >> is that language acceptable? >> that would not be acceptable to me. i'll find out. >> reporter: consumer groups say the calls with the abusive language may have stopped, but the robocall repetitive calls are a separate kind of abuse. as for the 700 calls to that couple in tampa, bank of america says they made the calls only to help them. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> fight back, they say. contact the consumer financial protection bureau if you have issues. >> and you can win. coming up in our next half hour, new accusations against bill cosby. the highest profile accuser yet. supermodel beverly johnson accusing the comedian of drugging her back in the '80s. but first is taylor swift really turning cray-cray? our own barbara walters couldn't resist asking her response next on "world news now."
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crazy, the new currency in the music industry. taylor swift is pretty convincing the crazy in her new music video. >> is she really? >> oh, yes. >> was this all just for show? our own barbara walters who has chosen the pop star as one of the most fascinating p >> reporter: 2014 was a banner year for taylor swift making the transition from country singer to pop star. she talked about moving to the big apple in "welcome to new york," and was dubbed the city's ambassador.
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when she released "1989" she broke records as the first woman to produce three albums that sold a million copies, each in their first week. in the new music video for "blank space." ♪ tay-tay seems a little cray-cray playing a jilted lover pushed to the edge of insanity. ♪ you know i love the players and you love the game ♪ >> reporter: barbara walters chose swift as one of the most fascinating people of the year and wasted no time beating around the bush. >> you seem very sane. >> thank you. >> are you sane? >> yeah, definitely. >> not that fashionable all the time. you seem very centered. where does it come from? >> i think all the time about big concepts in my life. all the things you've asked me, they are incredible questions and the issues i think about all the time.
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i don't have answers for everything. and that doesn't scare me. i think the reason i'm sane is because i have a really good family who are all very sane in the midst of all of this kind of insanity surrounding my life. that really helps. it really helps. because i can talk to them about it and they'll be very honest with me about it. but always -- always really supportive. >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> here's why i love barbara walters. by the way, she'll be doing the "ten most fascinating people of 2014" on sunday night. 10:00 p.m. here on abc. don't forget to tune in. she asks these crazy questions. you see that moment she asked her, are you sane? and taylor is like, what? she gets into this great moment. >> it's the obvious question because she seems to have her stuff together. >> yes. >> and that's the question. is this authentic is what she was essentially asking. taylor seems to -- i'm a huge
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in "the mix," let's show y in "the mix," let's show you an ad. this is from a canadian airline called west jet. they put this ad together. a guy reading a letter here. taking a look at a letter. the ad is about above and beyond and features people who go above and beyond. they are featuring a guy named bruce, a retired high school teacher. he has his students, he has them fill out or write a letter and 20 years later, he sends it to them as adults. take a quick listen. >> he's done something like this for you. >> i can't tell you how special it is to me to be able to go back and read something i wrote to myself when i was that age.
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>> and if he could only see -- >> he's retired now. but 20 years later you get a letter in the mail from this guy that you wrote in high school. >> what a cool moment. an exclusive look at santa claus' flight path. the red part is his sleigh going around. he just barely makes it. from the north pole down to europe. time now for the polka. ♪ ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- mammoth storm barreling all the way down the west coast at this hour. the flood, snowfall, extensive damage and today's evacuations. accuweather tracking it all. campus scandal. the sex assault scandal involving the university of virginia and "rolling stone." what really happened? three friends of the accuser speaking out in an abc news exclusive. and another exclusive. the supermodel accusing bill cosby of sexual assault. fashion icon beverly johnson reveals her secrets kept for decades in a television exclusive. later -- celebrity snub. brad pitt and angelina jolie snubbed by the golden globes. will they be a no-show at one of the biggest award shows of the year. that's in "the skinny" on this friday, december 12th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. we start with this storm, this powerful pacific storm pulling into southern california this morning after drenching the bay area and pacific northwest. >> east of l.a., people in the foothills of the san gabriel mountains are under mandatory evacuation orders bracing for up to an inch of rain and damaging winds. abc's ted rowlands has more on the storm already blame forward two deaths in oregon. >> reporter: this massive winter storm pummeled northern california throughout the day. the bay area getting not only rain but wind as well. more than california under water, highways and neighborhoods flooded soaking homes and stranding drivers. >> how am i going to get to my car. >> reporter: wind bringing down dozens of trees. >> that tree has been there probably for a few hundred years. >> reporter: this one hitting a
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student who suffered a broken arm at a school in santa cruz. along the coast, waves crashing into the shoreline. surfers took advantage of the rare swells on lake tahoe and in washaway beach, washington state, two homes washed away. and a third homeowner fleeing fearing his house might be next. >> i knew it was going to happen sooner or later but hoped it wasn't this soon. >> reporter: at one point more than 100,000 customers were without power in san francisco, including the macy's in union square which was forced to close. >> this is arguably the lowest point in the city. and so it gets flooded a lot. >> reporter: in wine country, kayakers paddling through the town of healdsburg. and the rain is expected to continue throughout the night in northern california before this storm moves down south towards los angeles. more storms are expected next week. reena, t.j.? >> ted, thanks. the storm system one for the record books. >> take a look at this.
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surfers taking advantage of seven-foot waves. that's on lake tahoe, though, folks. that lake, 6,000 feet above sea level is usually calm. it's serene, a peaceful place. after the storm is over, another one will be heading in. justin povick has the latest. >> t.j. and reena, thanks. some of the worst of the weather throughout the u.s. located in the west on friday. huge storm system here with tremendous amounts of rainfall and also some very heavy snow in the sierra nevada. some of the worst impacts from san francisco to los angeles and san diego where there will be the potential for additional flash flooding. keep in mind this san area in a drought for a long time. and we are estimating rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, locally up to 8 inches out toward the coastline with howling winds and more rain coming into the picture next week. not a lot of sunshine inside here really any time soon. the northeast not as bad. low pressure weakening. light snow showers. still chilly temperatures.
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t.j. and reena, back to you. now that the house passed a trillion-dollar spending bill it's the senate's turn to take up the measure. president obama made last-minute calls in order to secure enough support for that bill which keeps most of the government operating through next september. it passed by 13 votes despite democratic opposition to changes in wall street and campaign finance reforms. conservative republicans were against it because it doesn't challenge the president on immigration. the head of the cia is taking unprecedented steps to defend his agency from changes torture. john brennan was at a live news conference, the first ever by a cia chief. he says the harsh interrogation techniques detailed in a senate report were justified in the days after the 9/11 attacks. >> when i look at what went on at the time, there are clearly the questions about why certain techniques were used. >> brennan admits the cia was not prepared for handling detention and interrogation after 9/11 and tells abc news some of the intelligence officers may have gone too far.
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new questions about that uva rape story in rolling stone. three of the alleged victims' friends mentioned in the article have now come forward telling abc news what they say really took place that night. abc's ryan smith with the exclusive details. >> reporter: they were the first three people to see jackie after she says she was assaulted in this university of virginia fraternity. ryan, alex and kathryn. ryan says jackie called him after midnight and asked him to come meet her. all three students went. >> first thing i saw was her sitting on a picnic table outside of this dorm and she was shaking and crying and it really looked like she had just gone through something really traumatic. the first thing that came to mind was rape. but i wasn't just going to say it. >> reporter: they say she told them she'd been sexually assaulted by five men. but there are differences between that account and the "rolling stone" story.
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while "rolling stone" describes jackie as barefoot, dishevelled, her face beaten, dress spattered with blood, her friends say they didn't see that. >> i don't recall any injuries at all. >> reporter: listen to how ryan describes what happened next. >> the first thing i said was, we need to go to the police. and the reason we didn't go to the police was because jackie didn't want to. >> jackie said to you, i don't want to go to police? she said those words to you? >> yes. >> and that's the sole reason we didn't. >> reporter: but "rolling stone" reported that jackie's friends tried to convince her not to go to police saying her reputation would be shot and worse. >> they attribute to you in this article as saying she's going to be the girl who cried rape and we'll never be allowed into any frat party again. did you ever say that? >> no. >> so this is not true? >> no. >> the whole conversation that's described in the article absolutely never happened. >> reporter: jackie's friends say they have real questions
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about exactly what happened that night. the students say they were never contacted by "rolling stone" which changed their names in the article. no comment from the magazine, the university of virginia or jackie's lawyer. ryan smith, abc news, charlottesville, virginia. sony is scrambling to contain the fallout from the hacking scandal. it rocked the movie giant to its core. oscar-winning producer scott rudin is apologizing for bashing celebrities in some embarrassing e-mail exchanges with the sony co-chair. that includes calling angelina jolie a spoiled brat and making racially offensive remarks about president obama. critics say apologies, they won't do much to repair the damage. >> it's a public relations disaster the likes of which hollywood has really never seen. >>y in buzz in hollywood is this is only the beginning of information and documents the hackers plan to release. topping health headlines, most teenagers are severely sleep deprived. researchers now say in order to get in all that texting and tablet time and school and homework, teens need to cut back
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on that sleep. some admit to getting less than five hours a night, far below the recommended nine hours. that could put their long-term health in jeopardy. we've always known this about needing more sleep but less than five hours a night? that's not great. >> teenagers, it makes sense, right? they have so many gadgets. they want to talk, type, text. wow. >> maybe congress should pass a rule if you are under age 18 your social media shuts off at 10:00 p.m. >> they have other things to do, right? >> yeah, passing things and legislation that people don't agree with. just saying. native americans have the green light to grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands. the tribes just have to follow the same rules as the four states that legalized pot.
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the tribes' marijuana will not be subject to state and local taxes which could give them a huge advantage. only a few tribes have shown interest so far. a billion anything is a lot. a billion people, billions of whatever. if it's with a "b," that's a lot. this is a big deal, right? >> taco bell hit the billion mark having sold more than 1 billion doritos locos tacos which came on to the menu in 2012. >> the company is hinting at what's next. a hard taco made of fritos corn chips. the idea unveiled to investors yesterday. no word whether it could debut. >> a taco is just not a taco anymore. >> yum brands, the company behind taco bell, has been pushing for all kinds of innovation. the breakfast menu. they have a beefy fritos burrito. >> okay. [ belch ] >> right on cue. good job today, guys. >> well, coming up in "the skinny," a real-life legal drama involving a hollywood star and the paparazzi. the lawsuit going into the millions. also the fashion trail blazer speaking out now saying she, too, was a sexual assault victim of bill cosby. the secret she's kept for decades shared exclusively with
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another woman has now joined the growing list of wo another woman has now joined the growing list of women who are squaring off against bill cosby. >> this time one of america's most iconic and trail blazing black models. now beverly johnson is speaking out. >> reporter: a fashion icon adds her voice to the chorus of women accusing bill cosby of drugging them. >> the drug was very powerful. i mean, i was woozy. my speech was slurred. i knew that i was in danger. >> reporter: much like cosby, beverly johnson has long been viewed as a transformative figure. the first black model to grace the cover of american "vogue." and she comes forward with damning allegations. back in 1986, she says she was invited to rehearse at cosby's new york home when he insisted on making her his special
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coffee. >> the second sip, i knew i had been drugged. and i had been drugged really good. at which time he placed his hands on my waist. >> reporter: the supermodel says she started yelling and cursing. >> he was getting angry. and he, you know, grabbed me by my arm and dragged me down the brownstone stairs. he threw me in the taxi. >> reporter: since last month, more than a dozen women have come forward claiming they were drugged, sexually assaulted or raped by cosby. in most cases, decades ago. cosby's lawyers have dismissed the previous allegations saying accusers are coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories. >> these women gave me the courage to come forward. >> does it make it different for a black woman to come out accusing a black man? >> this is the most difficult decision that i've ever made. i am, you know, calling out a black man, a revered black man, and sometimes it's really hard
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to do the right thing. but this is the right thing to do. >> reporter: johnson says when she told friends she realized this had been one of hollywood's best-kept secrets she tells me she has no plans to take any legal action against cosby. we reached out to his attorneys. so far, no response. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> her account will also be in "vanity fair's" latest issue. one thing she says, she realized at one point in the end, i had too much to lose if i went after bill cosby. such a huge legend. >> you heard that steady drum beat. that's bill cosby. people ask, why didn't you say something? that's bill cosby. he's an icon even before we remember him as dr. huxtable, he was a big deal in entertainment. just like -- we can probably expect the same response to this as he has the others. just not going to have much of a
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response. it keeps going. >> also they are -- she's saying she had his phone number to the bedroom he shared with his wife. she was saying pretty bold and brazen. we'll have to see more coming out. next, stunning news out of hollywood. where there may be no brangelina at this year's golden globes. also, photographers should expect to get punched in the face. that's all ahead in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ann
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ time for "the skinny." a bombshell for red carpet watchers everywhere. >> this year's golden globe awards may be brangelina-free.
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they did not score nominations. no "fury" nominations for brad or "unbroken" for angelina. was it her directing debut? still, these were two big films that were expected to do well. >> they are an incontrollable power couple of hollywood. i've seen the trailers for "unbreakable" and i think it's really moving. kind of surprised by this. >> it's considered a major, major snub. that was considered a sure thing. she's involved. but, no, nothing. >> there may be some hope, however, that one or the other or both will end up on stage after as presenters, right? >> you can't get away from them. the actor who said the paparazzi should expect to get slugged. >> what? >> yes. >> that's unbelievable.
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that's a really unbelievable defense by avatar star sam worthington in response to a $10 million lawsuit filed against him and his model in which he allegedly punched a photographer sheng li. >> this happened in february in new york. through his lawyer worthington said that getting assaulted is a normal risk associated with li's line of work, being in the paparazzi. he was charged with assaulting li but got no jail time. >> yeah. that's kind of pretty remarkable. really? to say that it's in the line of duty to be punched by someone? >> they get punched fairly often so maybe so. >> it happens quite a bit. for happy hollywood news. actress keira knightley reportedly with child. >> page six broke this story. multiple sources confirm to "us weekly" that knightly and her husband are expecting their first child. >> i didn't realize she was married but the british actor is riding high right now. just this week it was announced she'd be nominated for the s.a.g. award for code breaker in the "imitation games." >> she's on a good streak. congrats to her. women in movies.
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could be another entry in paul feig's upcoming all-female "ghostbusters." >> she has taken a meeting over her potential involvement in the movie. >> she worked with the same producer on the 2011 comedy "bridesmaids." cringe-worthy roommate. she also starred in the musical comedy "pitch perfect" earning her several award nominations for her role as fat amy. >> i think she's incredible. fun to watch. time to check out who is blowing out the birthday candles. >> longtime "price is right" host bob barker is 91. >> come on down! singing legend dionne warwick turns 74. >> jennifer conley, 44. >> and blossom, mayim bialik, "being bang theory." turns 39 years old today. big happy birthday to one and all. a look back on the week that was ending december 12th. >> that's all ahead in the "friday rewind." you're watching "world news now." ♪ back on the week that
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♪ ♪ terrorists, football players, legendary comedian and a princess. >> they all made news headlines this week and all made it into our "friday rewind." >> the interrogations of cia detainees were absolutely brutal. far worse than the cia represented them to policymakers and others. >> this particular release, in my judgment, serves no purpose whatsoever other than to endanger americans around the world. >> there's never a perfect time to release a report like this,
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but it was important for us, i think, to recognize that part of what sets us apart is when we do something wrong, we acknowledge it. >> these are patriots. and whatever the report says if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base. i'm looking for a conviction for both of the officers. >> why is it so rare for an officer to be charged? >> two reasons. the law gives the officer the benefit of the doubt. and prosecutors work very closely with police officers. it is apparent these militants were planning to kill mr. somers on saturday. that's why this raid was executed on very short notice on friday night. the policy is comprehensive. it is strong. it is tough. definitely can bounce back from this. it's going to take time. it's not going to just take months. it may take years. >> i heard a baby cry. i'm like, there's no babies on this flight. the lady stood up and said she just had a baby. if my mother was here she'd
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not only be grateful and proud, she'd be beyond herself. she'd be sitting at the table beaming while very discreetly shoving croissants and silverware into her purse. do you know who is coming to visit you today? >> princess. >> that's right. >> they think you're out of "frozen." >> if you liked our look back at the week, there's more where that all came from. log on to our facebook fan page wnnfans.com and check out in case you missed it. >> is that offbeat moments? >> that's one way to play it. >> commercial break video that we don't know is rolling. >> they don't tell me. they just put it up. >> it's fine. >> sometimes we do things to help the control room have a little breather, a little laugh. we'll see you back in just a minute. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. making news in america this
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morning -- extreme weather, and the relentless rain and wind pounding the west coast. houses crashing into the ocean. people evacuated overnight. a parking lot so flooded, kayakers making the best of a bad situation. we are tracking this severe storm. new this morning, passengers furious, wandering the tarmac, stranded at the wrong airport after a 15-hour journey. what grounded the american airlines flight. new accuser. beverly johnson coming forward claiming bill cosby drugged her. we have the exclusive interview. and the fascinating find just uncovered, buried by paul revere. good morning to you.

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