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year. gas prices diping below $2 a gallon in 13 states. >> dropping, even more documents in that hack attack on sony. >> the latest leak involves the movie said to have triggered the scandal in the first place. the one that takes aim at the leader of north korea. the hackers warn the worst is yet to come. cecilia vega has the latest. >> hello, north korea! >> reporter: it's the move ie a the center of sony's cyberscandal. now the stars of the movie are speaking out for the first time. seth rogan and james franco telling george stephanopoulos they have no regretss makeing a comedy about north korea. >> did you ever imagine you'd stir up a storm like this. >> i don't know if the hacking is because of our movie or not. the movie itself is very silly and wasn't meant to be controversial in any way.
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>> reporter: the group claiming to be the hackers calling themselves guardians of peace reportedly threatening to deliver an ominous christmas gift. even more stolen files that promise to put sony in its worst state yet. >> it's an unprecedented attack. >> reporter: sony now firing back asking news organizations, including abc news, to delete and not publish the hacked data. and sony's ceo held a town hall with employees to address concerns. >> bond. james bond. >> reporter: on the list of highly sensitive material reportedly stolen, an early script of the newest 007 movie. the breach worthy of a movie plot complete with the fbi investigating. they are wondering how vulnerable they, too, may be. sony does not appear to be backing don. "the interview" is still set for release an christmas day. cecilia vvega, abc news, los
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angeles. >> sony was willing to give more control of the spider-man series back to marvel. >> among the details, stuff we're never supposed to know about. some of it is embarrassing. is it that damaging, if you will? can you imagine some of the stuff? every office we've ever worked in, if some of our private e-mails got out. >> nobody wants that. you hope you have some private conversations you sent. it's like writing in a journal. you never know who is going to read it. >> they make me want to see that movie more than i ever might have. it's a big day for chocolate lovers. who knew there was a chocolate covered anything day. chocoholics dream come true. see what we're cooking up in the "insomniac kitchen." there's a surge of companies promisingior packages will make it rnd the tree before santa comes down the chimney. can they really deliver on those promises? you're watching "world news
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pillsbury grands biscuits. make dinner pop. yesterday, right here on "world news now" was national cupcake day. those were good, weren't they? >> they were good. weren't they? >> they were good. that was some of the best we've had. >> just when you thought it couldn't get any better it just did. >> we found another day for you. national chocolate covered anything day. had you heard of this before? >> never. >> we're not kidding. abc's genevieve shaw brown with this morning's insomniac kitchen. >> i'm here with the famous chef jacque torres. so famous. i guess it's national dip anything in chocolate day. >> anything dipped in chocolate is good. you have to know that. so what i did, i take some dried
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papaya and dried guava. when you dip that in chocolate, you can do that on the surface of the chocolate. or what i like to do is take my -- >> how pretty. >> then you drizzle a little bit of chocolate on top of them. >> jazzed up for the holidays. spoons? >> you need your weapons. take two of them. take two. >> take two of them. >> i'm ready. >> now i have some cornflakes. we're going to cover them in chocolate. a little bit of chocolate. you just put enough chocolate to make them -- to cover them. >> this is the breakfast of champions. >> that's what it is. all you need is one spoon. you take a little bit of it. and with the other spoon you just make some -- >> little clusters? >> little mound or clusters. >> how about something a little more advanced? >> you walk on the streets and
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you see people doing peanut into the caramel. we're going to do something like that, and then we need to cover it with chocolate. so let me show you how to do that. >> let's do that. this is going to be good. >> a little bit of water. when it boils, the water is going to evaporate. now you can add the almonds. you don't have to stir until it starts boiling again. then we're going to caramelize it. >> don't stop stirring. now we're good. now we need to put them on to a tray. this is okay. i'm going to put them in the freezer for a few minutes. >> i can't wait to get the chocolate on this. >> chocolate. a little bit of chocolate like that on top of the almonds.
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then what you do, you stir that. so they are cold so they're going to set pretty fast. okay. >> how is that? >> that's good. >> oh, that looks beautiful. >> voila. >> that is so good. i could eat the whole -- i won't. all right, guys. in the next half hour, chef will take us on a tour of the chocolate. >> we look forward to that. these are chocolate espresso beans. there are lots of different flavors they do. >> do you feel a kick coming in yet? >> that's straight coffee. they do raw onions, pickles, mashed potatoes, slim jims, roses, peppers. >> i'm not the biggest chocolate fan out there. >> you're not? >> but people -- my goodness, people get into this. >> i love chocolate. i'm going to go for the orange peel. >> the corn flakes.
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that's a weird one. >> i recommend the orange peel. .
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for our best protection and fit and all the freedom to play pampers got a jolt of that chocolate espresso. ready to go for "the mix." >> what would you do if you are a turtle and your friend is a turtle and turned over and hands are up in the air. can't get over? >> that is a heck of a hypothetical you gave me. >> take a look at the this. this is what one he actually flipped the turtle over. take a listen. >> hear the kids cheering as he managed to get the turtle over. this happened at the taipei zoo. the turtle used his own legs to get his friend on his feet.
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the children cheering in the background. an animal helping the earth. this is video of an elephant and some safari lodge. we don't know exactly where. this was posted online. this african elephant is picking up trash and putting it where it's supposed to go. a lot of people are saying, what in the world. it just looks odd and questioned whether this is authentic video. either way, it's got people's attention. >> you don't think elephants can be environmentalists, too? this is a case of the tidy elephant. thank you. thank you, sir. houston texan defensive lineman j.j. watt, pretty good. >> top five players in the league. >> wow. that good? >> that good. >> he got a letter from a 7-year-old fan saying i'm your biggest fan. he sent the wide receiver, the 7-year-old, this kid's jersey. the kid said i want you to have
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this jersey so when i become famous you'll have it. and he tweeted that to j.j. watt. and j.j. watt posted the photo and said this kid has guts. i like it. >> the kid is planning ahead. >> he said i wore the number 99 like you and was most feared rusher. i'm sending you my autographed game jersey. >> that's cool. >> j.j. is supposed to be sending out autographed jerseys. >> 7 years old. finally here, my next pair of shoes i have identified. here they are. christmas is coming up. take a look now. >> red label, too. >> this is a pair of oliver sweeney designed shoes teamed up with johnny walker, the whiskey maker. they're beautiful oxfords here, but the back has a compartment for a little bottle of whiskey. >> that is your pair of shoes. >> that is my pair. only 460 bucks. >> okay. >> only 460. >> does that include the bottle of walker? >> it does.
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this morning on "world news now" -- paying respects to the this morning on "world news now" -- paying respects to the victims of the siege in sydney. the grief and tough questions about the suspect killed in that standoff. pennsylvania rampage. six people killed in several locations near philadelphia. the intensifying manhunt and communities in disbelief. political hints from jeb bush. the big question, of course, will he run for president in 2016? his latest public event and why insiders say he's sounding like a candidate. the director of the disney movie "frozen" has an apology for parents and it has to do with the song "let it go." that's in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 16th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning to you. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. we begin with the deadly hostage standoff in australia, a country that prided itself on peace. >> hundreds of grief stricken australians have laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in sydney's business district. a lone gunman took 17 people hostage. prime minister tony abbott also visiting the site leaving a note. here's more from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: flags across the sydney area lowered to half staff after monday's terrible tragedy. >> we have lost some of our own in an attack we would never thought we would see here in our city. >> reporter: the incident began about 9:30 in the heart of sydney. 50-year-old man monis taking over this cafe holding 17 people hostage. authorities say monis was a
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self-proclaimed islamic sheikh and alleged sexual predator who was well known to them. he pleaded guilty to sending angry, hateful letters to the families of fallen australian service members. during the standoff, two hostages seen through a window holding up a black flag showing a muslim profession of faith. several women uploaded videos. they said monis was demanding a flag and conversation with the prime minister. >> he's only asking for a flag and a phone call, and that's it. >> reporter: some hostages were able to escape. just after 2:00 a.m. local time, more than 16 hours after it began, the standoff ended. >> i believe at that time if they didn't enter, there would have been many more lives lost. >> reporter: three people dead, including monis. australian authorities say this was an isolated incident, the act of one individual. t.j., reena? like so many others in australia, the ceo of lindt
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chocolate cafe is expressing condolences. tori johnson was the manager of the cafe. the 34-year-old is being called a hero, reportedly kills while trying to take away the gunman's weapon. also killed was 38-year-old katrina dawson, a mother of three, a lawyer in the cafe with two colleagues. stone killed his ex-wife and five of their relatives. they describe the ex-marine as extremely dangerous but a friend says it's not the man she knows. >> i couldn't believe it. i just couldn't believe it because this isn't the brad that i know. >> police say a man believed to be stone tried unsuccessfully to carjack a driver late last night. schools in the area are closed today as a precaution. another day of unrest in oakland over the fatal police shootings in new york and ferguson. more than a dozen protesters were arrested after they chained the doors of police headquarters shut.
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they then chained themselves to the door. demonstrators also linked arms and blocked downtown roads surrounding the building. it seems to always rain in southern california these days. that has many property owners worried as they dig out from the latest landslide. roads are blocked. garages and other structures crushed by falling rocks. geologists warn that the mountain slopes above those communities are hanging on by a thread and new storms could send them crashing down. the problem in north dakota is rain, not ice. it's been one automobile account after another on the slippery roads. more than 70 reported. a lot of drivers were caught off guard by freezing rain but nine pedestrians slipped and fell as well suffering broken arms and legs. here's a look at your weather. no more freezing rain in the upper plains states. rain along the west coast. heaviest downpours in central california and san francisco. showers in the great lakes region and in most of the east. >> 40s from chicago to new york.
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60s and 70s in the southeast. cool temperatures in the midwest all the way down to dallas and cooler in california as well. political headlines now. donald trump appears ready to run for the white house again. speaking in washington, d.c., last night, trump says he's strongly considering it. he said the national debt was his primary motivation for higher office. he expressed similar interest back in 2012 but then decided against it. much more serious contender for the job is former florida governor jeb bush. he's throwing out plenty of hints as devon dwyer explains. congratulations, dr. jeb bush. >> reporter: he hasn't made it official but jeb bush sure sounds like he's running for the white house. >> this is your life. these are your goals. if they matter to you, you'll do everything possible to achieve them. >> reporter: the former florida governor told college graduates in the early primary state of south carolina what he also
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seems to be telling himself. >> you can do big things if you set the stage in a campaign and then move forward. >> reporter: first, bush plans to do what no potential presidential candidate has done before. he told our abc affiliate in miami of plans to publish an ebook on his plan for the country and on the release of emails from his eight years as governor. >> there's some funny ones, sad ones, serious ones. >> reporter: there could also be potential bombshells. it appears aimed at getting ahead of critics. he generated buzz on social media with much of it positive. he's near the top of the pack in several gop polls, but he's far from a front-runner. >> if jeb has all the money and the whole bush network which is massively powerful, it's going to take one conservative to challenge him. >> reporter: a challenge he'll face first within his party and then from democrats, possibly even a clinton. but only if he decides to run. devin dwyer, abc news, washington.
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for the first time in 17 months, we have a doctor. the u.s. has a full-time surgeon general. it's dr. vivek murthy who was approved yesterday despite some of his positions about gun control. the 37-year-old is a physician at brigham & women's hospital and an instructor at harvard medical school. he helped create a group that's pushed for affordable health care. the first lady was carrying an a christmas tradition in washington that goes back to the truman administration. she went to the children's national medical center along with the family dogs bo and sunny and santa was there as well. mrs. obama sat down and read the night before christmas to the children and their caregivers. >> this is always fun. we've seen a few of these. any time you have a roomful of kids and an open mike. they started asking questions. they wanted to know what was on her christmas list. >> that's a fair question. >> we have the same thing at the top of our christmas list. she says she wanted to sleep late. >> you and the first lady have
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something in common. >> we want to sleep. >> do you also have the second request it seems she has? >> christmas pjs. >> maybe you and the first lady should coordinate your christmas pjs. >> you are always trying to dress me. >> i am always trying to dress you. now pjs. let's turn to another winter holiday, hanukkah. celebrates the victory of jews against oppressors and the rededication of the temple in jerusalem. they mark it with jelly doughnuts and spinning a top. happy holidays is why we say that. a unique view of a christmas lights display. a tradition for this family since 1999ment they've been setting this up. >> it looks outstanding from the drone camera. the display includes more than 170,000 lights and nearly 800 homemade decorations.
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now i feel bad for not putting my one strand of solar lights outside. >> it only took 537 hours to set this up. uses 100 outlets to power the whole thing. congrats to them for all their work. >> that is a lot of work. >> i always wonder about how neighbors feel about this having this lit up next to you. >> i always worry about the electricity bell. >> good question. >> who is paying that. >> that's gorgeous, though. brings joy to a lot of people. "the skinny" coming up. some joy coming your way. or joy taken from you. "frozen." why is the director of the movie apologizing to parents? on this national chocolate covered anything day, a rare look inside a gourmet candy operation. you have to see these sweet sights. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by olay total effects moisturizer. ing "world news now."
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it's a built-in excuse. there's been an accident and there it is. a fedex truck flipped on the company's busiest delivery day of the year. hundreds of boxes scattered on the new jersey highway. the driver was trying to avoid a tire when one his tandem trailers overturned. so if -- if you forget somebody on your list just say, hey, i sent it fedex. i think it was on the truck. >> don't give people excuses. >> you are good. you are good. >> that's so wrong on so many levels. >> fedex said they got everything back on and stuff is on its way. you are good to go with a built-in excuse. >> some of those packages didn't look fully intact. >> once they get there, the driver is going to toss them over the fence. no, i'm kidding. i know you take good care. built-in excuse.
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>> those packages may be on their way, but are yours? nine days away. i haven't started by christmas shopping. >> seriously? >> there's a surge of retailers promising to get them delivered in time. >> can they really deliver? last year many did not. here now rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: it's the busiest for fedex. shoppers placing last-minute orders. last year an estimated 2 million packages guaranteed for delivery by christmas eve arrived long after santa did. this year u.p.s. and fedex already announced they can no longer offer money-back guarantees that your packages sent with ground shipping will arrive by christmas. now retailers hoping to win your business are pushing delivery dates to the brink. more than a quarter guaranteeing on-time deliveries as long as you order just three days before christmas. >> they want our dollars and they'll do anything to make us spend. >> reporter: shipping companies are stepping up their game, too. u.p.s. hiring 95,000 seasonal workers. fedex expecting to move 290
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million shipments and the postal service delivering seven days a week through the holiday. >> to be 100% certain that your tree will be full of gifts around it, do click and collect. >> click and collect? >> correct. >> reporter: find it on line, pick it up in the store. the other option is to pay for rush or air shipping which costs more but is still guaranteed by christmas. but procrastinators are going to feel it this year for christmas. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> you heard her. procrast -- she was talking to you. >> we make fun of all these delivery services but i want to be in your shoes. i want to work at u.p.s. for a day and see what it's really like. >> these guys have a very tough job, and -- >> yeah. >> -- this is their season. >> i think if you didn't work as a delivery driver and you slept
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instead of doing this to make a little extra christmas money, it would be better for you. >> which is the -- this is my extra money is the abc. u.p.s. is my main job. >> unless "world news now" is your seasonal job. >> that's what it is. this is my side gig. it -- when we come back, we'll tell you about the disneyy in hit "frozen," and why there are apologies to parents. >> and why jennifer aniston is feeling pressured and why it's so unfair. that's straight ahead in "the skinny." you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ topping the headlines, director of "frozen" is apologizing to all parents out there. >> jennifer lee, the woman behind the most successful animated film of all issuing a mea culpa for the signature song. times, is ♪ the past is in the past ♪ let it go let it go >> after a year of kids not being able to let it go, lee tells the "hollywood reporter" she's gone from saying thank you to parents gushing about the movies to i'm so sorry. to "frozen" fatigued moms and dads. >> don't apologize for this song. love it. "let it go" won for best original song making robert lopez only the 21st ever to win
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an oscar, grammy, tony in their career. it's wonderful. >> i found it refreshing she apologized because a lot of us parents -- >> what? >> yes. we've heard it over and over. time for the next new series. it's not her fault but interesting she acknowledged that parents are ready for the next big thing. another illustrious hollywood career. >> jennifer aniston is appearing on the cover of the january issue of "allure" and is feeling pressured about one thing she has yet to accomplish. having a child. >> she doesn't think it's fair to women that they have failed as a female because they haven't procreated. she goes on to say that childless people mother all the time, including dogs and friends. that is so true. >> we'll keep with the motherhood theme. carrie underwood has gone pregnancy chic. another level here. >> on the red carpet last night, she looked like a vision in white in a form-fitting gown for the american country countdown awards, embracing her baby bump. >> then put on a belted ruffle
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blue dress. performed a medley of hits. they are expecting their first child and it's a boy. notorious hollywood bad girl lindsay lohan ready to make a permanent move across the pond. >> don't go, lindsay. the 28-year-old actress moved to london nine months ago where she's been performing on stage. she's been doing this three months, not missing a single performance. >> she's crediting london with helping her grow up because of the freedom it's given her away from her partying friends, paparazzi and celebrity driven media. she even loves the bbc. because the beeb hasn't mentioned her yet. let's turn to birthdays. >> topping our list, "scandal" actor jon tenney is 53. >> benjamin bratt, 51. >> miranda otto, 47. >> kristen ritter of "breaking bad" turns 43 years old. coming up, celebrating one of the most important dates on the calendar.
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>> really? national chocolate covered anything day? >> so important. we'll explain. yeah, we were nervous to try it. there's an amazing sensation for her. amazing. this one feels fantastic for me. and combined... ohh, it's a completely new sensation for us both. it's opened a whole new door for us. i've come to clean your pool. but we don't have a pool. i'll come in anyway. next week i'm going to be a maid. [ female announcer ] k-y yours & mine. his excites. hers delights. together feel them ignite. keep life sexy. together feel them ignite. she loves to shop online with her debit card. and so does bill, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts, and stole her hard earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you learn all it may take is a little misplaced information to wreak havoc on your life. this is identity theft, and no one helps stop it better than lifelock.
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well, in case you haven't well, in case you haven't checked the calendar yet, today is the day honoring one of our all-time favorite indulgence. national chocolate covered anything day. >> does any calendar have this marked on it? >> mine did. >> if you ever wondered where those bars of pure delight come from, now is your chance. genevieve shaw brown gives us a tour of a real-life chocolate factory. [ speaking french ] >> say it again. this is a swimming pool. this is where we come in the morning and you dip -- no, this is a melter. a five-ton melter. you put your hand here. you're going to feel it's hot.
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it's not that hot. we melt the chocolate very gently. >> this is where all the magic begins. >> this will be chocolate everywhere. >> there's chocolate running through the pipes? >> yes. >> here is where we work by hand. that's where we paint the molds. you can see here, this is the little snow man. then chocolate and we close and the mold moves. >> wow. >> we put the resins in there. and the resin starts moving. chocolate comes from the pipe and drizzles on top of the resin. >> wow. >> this is where they do the cornflakes. this is how we do it. faster than you and i. there's seven stores in manhattan and one in brooklyn.
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>> this is where everything -- >> everything is made here. everything is real. you can see we use real chocolate. real orange. real almonds. >> how big is this facility? >> this place is 40,000-square-foot. >> how many chocolates will you make? >> we buy about 120 ton and sell about 200 ton. it's a lot of chocolate. >> this is the busiest time of year for you? >> definitely the busiest time of the year, yes. >> thank you. it's been wonderful. >> genevieve. >> my pleasure. >> bye-bye. >> they say that chocolate, it releases beta waves in your brain which leads to relaxation. >> it's beneficial without even eating it. i'm just going to sit here and inhale. >> we need to pipe this smell in. you would have loved that assignment, wouldn't you? this is chocolate covered orange peel, cornflakes, macadamia nuts. they cover everything in chocolate. >> today is the day.
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. here are some of the top 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." an intense manhunt is under way near philadelphia for an ex-marine suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives. police say the couple was involved in a battle over custody of their two children. shock and grief across australia. the prime minister and hundreds of others flocking to a memorial to pay tribute to the two hostages killed at a standoff at a cafe in sydney. much more coming up. the stars of the movie at the center of sony's embarrassing hack attack, seth rogan and james franco speaking out saying they have no regrets about making a comedy about north korea. donald trump says he's strongly considering a run for the white house in 2016.
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he says the national debt is encouraging him to run for political office. those are some offer top stories on this tuesday, december 16th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we begin with that manhunt for suspected killer not far from philadelphia. police say bradley william stone killed his ex-wife and five members of her family, including a 14-year-old niece. >> they think he may have been spotted late last night while trying to steal a car. abc's marci gonzalez is tracking the search. >> reporter: police say this former marine sergeant and iraq war veteran is on the run accused in a killing spree that spanned three pennsylvania towns. the victims, his ex-wife and five members of her family. police found nicole hill stone shot to death in an apartment in montgomery county just after 5:00 monday morning. neighbors telling wpvi the gunfire woke them up. >> heard three or four gunshots and the kids saying, no, mommy, no.
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no. he just said, "we've got to go." he said, "she's hurt pretty bad. we've got to leave." >> reporter: the suspect's two daughters were not hurt. he dropped them off with a neighbor and disappeared. police claimed bradley stone had already finished his deadly rampage by then. investigators claim the first victims were killed around 3:30 in the morning. finding nicole hill's stone sister, brother-in-law and 14-year-old niece shot to death. her 17-year-old nephew injured. the next stop was here in lansdale where they claim he killed his ex-wife's mother and grandmother. >> i couldn't believe it. i just couldn't believe it because this isn't the brad that i know. >> reporter: the crime sparking a massive manhunt with officers surrounding this home in pennsburg uncertain if stone was inside. >> we do not know where he is. we do not have vehicle information. we recovered his vehicle and his personal cell phone.
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so we do not have information about how he might be traveling. >> reporter: police still have not revealed a possible motive. t.j. and reena? >> marci, thank you. australians are still reeling from the 16-hour siege on a cafe in sydney ending in the middle of the night in a hail of bullets. cafe owner tori johnson was one of those killed. he apparently died trying to wrestle the weapon away from the gunman. and katrina dawson leaves behind a husband and three children. a makeshift memorial near the lindt chocolate cafe is growing by the minute. hundreds of australians flocking to the sight leaving flowers in honor of the two victims. prime minister tony abbott and his wife adding a bouquet to the mountain of flowers. the gunman was killed as the s.w.a.t. men stormed the cafe. they described him as deeply disturbed and other troubling details about his violent past. more from brian ross. >> reporter: almost immediately, police recognized the man inside the cafe.
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50-year-old man monis was out on bail awaiting trial for alleged sexual assaults and as an accessory with his mistress in the murder of his wife. the iranian refugee was best known for writing offensive letters to the families of australian soldiers killed in afghanistan. >> this pen is my gun. and these words are my bullets. >> reporter: long before he took to violence, mainstream muslims had condemned him as a phony, a fake cleric. >> basically thugs that do it in the name of jihad. >> reporter: once monis ordered the hostages to hold up a black flag, he went from hoodlum to a terrorist. >> this is a person with a mental problem who tried to gain attention and succeeded.
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>> reporter: a troubling trend as seen earlier this year in the attack on the parliament in canada and a group of police officers on the streets of new york city. in each case, including in australia, the attacker was killed. in what some call suicide by police. less about isis and more about mental illness. brian ross, abc news, new york. the maker and sellers of the bushmaster rifle used two years ago in the sandy hook massacre are being taken to court. the families have filed suit. lawyers say the gun should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower. >> there's something wrong with taking this very well-functioning weapon that was designed for the military and knowingly putting into civilians who don't appreciate the lethality of them. >> the lawsuit is expected to test the limits of a federal law designed to protect gun companies by using an exemption normally applied to car accident cases. a new york commuter railroad is taking a step toward screening engineers for sleep apnea.
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it follows a horrific accident that killed four passengers when a speeding train derailed. he admitted he'd nodded off. he was later diagnosed with sleep apnea. the metropolitan transportation authority votes on this tomorrow. they are putting all of their 400-plus engineers and employees through this screening. this is serious. you need to be sharp and alert. >> might go on to the new york subway system as well. they might begin screening. the ntsb recommended sleep apnea screening. it will cost $200,000 and it will be run by a new jersey company that starts next month. >> $200,000. save some lives. that's money well spent. a daring rescue of a driver in massachusetts. the woman used her car's on-star system to call for help as her car floated down the river. a rock stopped it from going
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further. the first firefighter to reach it said it was already taking on water. the driver told cops she swerved off the road to avoid an incoming car. here's a look at your weather. showers expected for most of the east from the carolinas up to new england. the latest storm system has mostly moved on from the midwest. some flurries are possible. a new system has moved on to the west coast with the heaviest rain in central and northern california. >> mild temperatures in the east. colder in the midwest following that storm and cooler tomorrow. southern california will only reach the lower 60s. northwest, upper 40s. smokers need not apply. that could soon be the rule in the county that includes tucson, arizona. the board of supervisors will vote on no longer hiring smokers. that includes tobacco chewers, those who smoke e-cigarettes. it would also raise health insurance premiums by 30% for current employers who use tobacco. they estimate one-third of workers do. hundreds of people end up in
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emergency rooms each year with more immediate problems like eye burns, skin burns, even fainting, probably from overheating. the centers for disease control estimates about 200,000 such injuries a year. but the tanning industry says with the million people using tanning beds each day, that's just a tiny percentage. stocks have been falling overnight pushed down by fears about falling oil prices. wall street extends its losses into a second week yesterday. the dow and s&p 500 both slipping more than 0.5%. nasdaq losing 1%. russia made a move overnight hiking a key interest rate 60% in an effort to -- off the ruble which has plunged to a record low against the dollar. just in case that you will doesn't make you too concerned, how about a diamond apple watch? yeah, you can preorder one from diamond importers for just over $30,000. eight rows of diamonds. totalling more than 15 carats. the company says the expected delivery date is by the middle of next year.
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people always wondered if you should get the insurance for the iphone? i'd suggest it if you get this watch. >> do you like it? is it good looking? >> it's not my style. i could see why some love it. totally blinged out. >> totally me, though, right? >> totally you. >> stop. congratulations to a couple of college professors. they just ended their record-setting stay under water. >> bruce cantrell and jessica fay lived under water in the florida keys for 73 days, two hours and 34 minutes. the previous record was 69 days in 1992. during their underwater stay they hosted online classes via youtube. had a couple of visitors including former astronaut buzz aldrin. >> their seminar was a nine-course seminar called classroom under the sea. and their school, they are from rowan state community college in tennessee. they made a splash in the
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industry. >> and they got a record. coming up, you probably know his voice and name. soon you'll know his face. radio host elvis rand, how he came to the top without being a shock jock. in earthquake-prone california, a new warning system that was put to the test that can save lives. see how it works. the big goals of a little boy with a rare health challenge and his best friend. how their bond and their mission is paying off. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to by delsym. ews now" weather brought to by delsym. you by delsym 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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well, earthquake weary california residents have been given an early holiday gift from
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the federal government. >> as part of the recently approved spending bill, congress has begin the green light to $5 million for an early earthquake warning system that advocates call a major step toward saving lives. carlos granda has the story. >> earthquake, light shaking expected in 60 seconds. >> reporter: when an earthquake hits a message like this would be sent out warning people to get ready for the shock. >> we've demonstrated the system works. that the technology is solid. but we need to complete the system. >> earthquake. >> reporter: it's an early earthquake warning system that officials want to build in california, oregon and washington. congressman adam schiff fought to get $5 million in the new federal budget to start expanding it. >> are we going to have this ready in time? the federal government is saying this is a priority. >> reporter: with this system, sensors would be installed in the ground to detect when an earthquake begins. they'd send an instant notification that travels faster
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than the earthquake waves. it would give a few precious seconds, up to a minute warning. this system is being tested in the bay area and during the napa quake it gave a ten-second warning. >> slowing and stopping trains. that's a pretty obvious one. in port areas, container onloading and offloading may be another way to make things safer. and construction sites. tower cranes could be put into a safe position. >> reporter: it would take hundreds of reporting stations spread out to monitor all earthquakes. >> this gives us a chance to get out ahead of the curve. do something before the big earthquake strikes. save lives. save property. >> reporter: carlos granda reporting for abc news. >> able to do it for your devices, mobile devices. weather radio to send out an early warning system so people are aware. >> seconds matter. a chance to get up from where you are sitting and get into a safe spot. we'll see. also coming up here, we'll tell you about one of the biggest names in radio that you have never heard of.
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>> his name is elvis duran. he's enjoyed phenomenal success, mostly for what he is not doing. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ well, the world of morning radio has become ♪ well, the world of morning radio has become so cut throat these days that morning jocks have been forced to go to extremes to boost their numbers. >> one man is successfully bucking that trend. his name is elvis duran. for millions of listeners, he's considered the anti-shock jock. we're "up all nightline" with abc's dan harris. >> reporter: in a morning radio universe where many of the biggest players are obnoxious shock jocks -- >> the real mariah was there. >> reporter: elvis duran shot to fame while breaking that mold
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entirely. >> you think about morning zoo radio, you think of a couple of guys urging women to take their shirts off. >> yes. >> your show is helmed by an openly gay man. your top two lieutenants are strong women and you are pretty nice to each other. >> one of our rules for the show, the filter we try to pass everything through is, it's a safe place for women to be. when kim kardashian's rear end pictures came out, i came on the air and said this is a great time to celebrate the booty. >> reporter: it's that's blend of naughty and nice that has for years proved irresistible to listens are in more than 80 markets. off air elvis is decidedly down to earth. his longtime boyfriend alex carr is a zookeeper and on most nights he's more comfortable at home on the couch than at the
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club. you are surrounded by all these glamorous celebrities but in your personal life are you hobnobbing with a-listers? >> no, not at all. i'm not a glamorous person at all. when we are invited to these glamorous events, i just don't fit in. i feel really weird. it's uncomfortable. welcome to the show. tell us about your experience. >> reporter: despite his insistence on authenticity on the air, it wasn't until 2010 that he decided to reveal one of the most personal aspects of his life. >> i never was closeted but i never wanted it to be the elvis duran is gay show. then i realized if i want to be honest, i need to be talking about my life and my dating life and what it's like for me. i just came out and said, here i am. there was no big fanfare. no hate mail. there was no anything. it was like, oh, you're gay. great. what else?
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>> happy birthday, elvis. how old is he? ♪ happy birthday >> happy birthday. >> you're 50? >> now that he's 50, what's next for the man the huffington post called the most important radio deejay in the country? for now -- elvis is comfortable doing what he's always done sitting in studio lead ing sing-alongs. ♪ supercalifragilistic- expialidocious ♪ >> and cracking up with his friends. >> in radio, we have no script. we have things, we have ideas written down. >> reporter: you guys have no idea what you're doing. >> we really don't. if we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't be the same show. for "nightline," this is dan harris in new york. >> you know he's pretty tough. katy perry showed up late one day and he told his people to tell her to not bother coming. she showed up the next day and he did the interview. >> when you have that many listeners, you can tell katy to show up on time. >> usher was always in a good
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♪ okay. all right. 8-year-old boy has reached a mega milestone that most grown-ups can only dream of achieving. >> his love of chocolate and deep concern for his ailing best friend. here's david muir. >> reporter: 3:00 a.m. in california. 9-year-old jonah's mother up in the middle of the night to feed him. he needs these precisely measured bottles of water and cornstarch every few hours through a tube in his stomach. >> this will be good for three hours while he's in school.
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>> reporter: he's one of 500 children who suffers from glycogen storage disease. type 1b, a rare liver disorder that means he's always fighting dangerously low blood sugar. >> we hope we don't miss an alarm clock because he could die. >> reporter: help soon came from an unexpected place. that's jonah on the right and on the left his best friend dylan. dylan who once said his friendship with jonah was as awesome as a chocolate bar wrote a book of the same name. $20 a copy. every cent going to the florida lab where they are close to a cure for his best friend. >> i like to help my friends. that is the biggest chocolate bar. >> reporter: customers everywhere lining up to buy the book. all 50 states and 60 countries as far away as brazil where the book is translated in portuguese. and right here in the u.s., these children from texas buying the book and our cameras right there.
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just listen. >> dylan raised a million dollars. >> reporter: selling enough books to raise a million dollars. >> thank you, everybody. >> reporter: and he called up that doctor, david weinstein leading the research team. >> guess what? >> what? >> we're at a million dollars. >> reporter: the doctors saying when they get that breakthrough, they want dylan and jonah right there. until then, dylan will be right next to his best friend, just like he was when we first met them. now two years older and a million dollars closer to a cure. >> i hope it will mean he'll be all better for the rest of his life and not have to deal with this anymore. >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >> how long have i been -- we are on a great streak here. we go through sitting here an hour, hour and a half telling stories and you think the world is falling apart, and then that kid comes and saves it for you. >> this will be my go-to gift this christmas for kids everywhere. this is the book everyone should have it. >> chocolate bar. more information on the book on our abcnews.com website. an our abcnews.com website.
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this morning on "world news now" -- grief in sydney. new details about the hostages killed in a horrifying ordeal this morning on "world news now" -- grief in sydney. new details about the hostages killed in a horrifying ordeal in australia. what we've learned about the suspect. >> he's really a jihoodlum. a thug who wants to do it in the name of jihad. >> the unforgettable scenes as police brought the 16-hour siege to an end. nfl bombshell. did league executives try to make a deal with adrian peterson? and legal threats from sony pictures to the news media. more secrets are leaked as a monumental cybercrisis grows. >> i don't know of the acting because of our movie definitively or not. >> what's next from a security breach so big it sounds like a
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movie plot. it's tuesday, december 16th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan. we begin with the end to the 16-hour siege in australia. heavily armed police storming the downtown cafe in the middle of the night. >> when it was over, the gunman and two of his hostages were dead. the two hostages, katrina dawson, 38-year-old lawyer and mother of three, and 34-year-old tori johnson, the cafe manager who reportedly died trying to wrestle the gun away from the attacker. abc's david wright at the scene. >> reporter: after the 16-hour standoff, the dramatic rescue took less than a minute. australian police tossing flash grenades and storming the cafe. fiery end to a crisis that began at 9:45, just blocks from the
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american consulate and the world famous sydney opera house at the lindt chocolate cafe. the gunman known as mon har mon haronmonis, taking 17 hostages. their hands pressed against the window of the cafe. live tv broadcasting this chilling image. hostages raising a black islamic flag. police descend. buildings evacuated. the downtown area on lockdown. while inside the cafe, the gunman in plain sight. then nearly five hours into the standoff, three men burst from the cafe sprinting to safety. later, two women running for their lives. and then the hostage videos began. the gunman demanding an isis flag and a chance to speak with the australian prime minister. >> only asking for a flight and a phone call, and that's it. >> reporter: just after 2:00 a.m., another
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hostage running to safety dropping to the ground. then five more. 15 minutes later, the raid. >> they're going in as we speak now. >> reporter: the hostages finally free. some of them carried to safety. two killed in the melee and the gunman himself also dead. behind me here you can see the street still blocked off. all of these buildings evacuated. australia's largest city brought to a standstill. the australian prime minister said it is tragic beyond words that people going about their daily business should have been caught up in such an horrific incident. david wright, abc news, sydney. new details about the gunman described as a lone wolf with a long history of violent crimes. 50-year-old man monis was an iranian refugee out on a string of charges. he's accused of been an assessry
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in the murder of his wife. monis was best known for sending offensive letters to families of troops killed in afghanistan. he was condemned by mainstream muslims as a fake cleric. >> he's really a jihoodlum. a thug who wants to do it in the name of jihad. >> this was a person with a mental problem who tried to gain attention and succeeded. >> officials still don't know what motivated monis, but he was infatuated with extremism. >> interesting comments there. a lone wolf that i've never heard that term before, a jihoodlum, is a way to describe him. not officially affiliated by anyone. he's inspired. and he got worldwide attention and caused governments really to start talking to each other and coordinating and being on alert because of what he pulled. >> six people were taken to the hospital. those two victims that passed away, one was shielding her pregnant friend. both of them parents. it's heartbreaking. you think about the other people who become inspired by watching the media attention and the
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demands. and you wonder what else could be going through the minds of other extremists and how other governments across the country -- the world are looking to see how to prevent something like this from happening in the future. >> still, much more to learn about that incident. we'll bring it to you here at abc news. the other major story is the hunt for a dangerous gunman outside philadelphia. police say bradley williams stone killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives, including a 14-year-old girl. the couple had been arguing over custody of their two children. he's a former marine reservist. classes are canceled in the area today and residents are being told to stay inside. the maker and sellers of the bushmaster ar-15 used two years ago in the school massacre are now being taken to court. the family has filed suit alleging wrongful death and negligence. the suit says the gun should not
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have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming power. bill cosby's wife of 50 years is speaking out in defense of her husband over drugging and sex allegations. camille cosby say willing, "the man i met and fell in love with and whom i continue to love is the man you all knew through his work." she says, "he is the man you thought you knew." she criticized the media saying there appears to be no vetting of my husband's accusers before stories are published. and the pittsburgh penguins expect their star, sidney crosby, to return today after being out with the mumps. at the practice yesterday, one player wore a mask on the ice as a precaution. they are waiting for a diagnosis on a second player. 23-year-old bowe bennett. he was among the players who visited pittsburgh children's hospital last week before the mumps cases started. an abc news exclusive. a bombshell recording from the adrian peterson case. he's suspended from the nfl without pay for disciplining his son with a switch. the recording centers on a discussion he had with an nfl
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executive seeming to make promises about getting peterson back on the field. abc's ryan smith reports. >> reporter: adrian peterson, the football star suspended indefinitely for punishing his 4-year-old son with a switch. >> i truly, you know, regret this incident. >> reporter: and troy vincent, the nfl executive, who choked up telling congress the league cares about the issue. >> we believe that wearing the uniform of an nfl player is a privilege. it is not a right. >> reporter: but now in this taped conversation in november obtained exclusively by abc news, vincent seems to promise peterson he'd only be suspended for two games. >> two games? >> that is if you -- but you cannot -- you have to just go through the process. >> that process, attending a meeting with league officials. vincent saying that the nfl
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wants to help him. >> i'm praying that we can just get your family restored and get you back on the field. >> reporter: peterson didn't go to that meeting and his lawyer hopes this indefinite suspension was unfair and inconsistent. troy vincent says he never promised adrian peterson anything. peterson appealed his suspension and lost. the players association filed a federal lawsuit asking peterson be allowed to play. ryan smith, abc news, new york. let's go on the field for "monday night football." the saints visiting the chicago bears. drew brees took this game over in the second quarter. two td passes made it three in the third quarter. the bears not very good. jay cutler, my goodness gracious. another rough night for the bears quarterback. the saints took over for first place in the nfc south. an easy 31-15 victory tonight. you think of monster trucks,
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you don't think of speed. you think of crushing cars. >> that may be about to change. the raminator set a new world record for speed at the circuit of the americas racetrack in texas. it did 99 miles an hour. >> the previous record was 96.8 miles an hour. the monster truck event is sponsored by ram trucks which is a division of chrysler. another ram-sponsored monster truck is ramunition. >> you like the names. >> have you ever been to one of those big truck shows? >> no, but my son would just lose his marbles. he's so into trucks. every little boy loves that. a friend helping a friend. sounds like an act of humanity. but this is all about turtles. that's in "the mix." later from insomniac kitchen, we're celebrating national chocolate covered anything day. you'll see why this candy is created. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by olay total effects moisturizer.
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year. gas prices dipping below $2 a gallon in 13 states. dropping also, even more documents in that hack attack on sony. >> the latest leak involves the -- >> reporter: on the list of highly sensitive material reportedly stolen, an early script of the newest 007 movie. the breach worthy of a movie the breach complete with a movie plot complete with the fbi investigating. they are wondering how vulnerable they, too, may be. sony does not appear to be backing don. "the interview" is still set for release on christmas day. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> lots of interesting information. sony apparently was will to give more control of the spider-man series back to marvel. >> among the details, stuff we're never supposed to know about. some of it is embarrassing. is it that damaging, if you will? can you imagine some of the stuff -- every office we've ever worked in -- if some of our private e-mails got out. >> nobody wants that. you hope you have some private conversations you sent. it's like writing in a journal.
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you never know who is going to read it. >> sony's ceo health a town hall with employees to address concerns. >> bond. james bond. >> on the list of highly sensitive material reportedly stolen, an early script of the newest 007 movie. the breach worthy of a movie plot complete with the fbi investigating. studio executives all over hollywood now wondering just how vulnerable they, too, might be. sony does not appear to be backing down. "the interview" is still set for release on christmas day. abc, los angeles.
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>> lots of interesting information. sony apparently was will to give more control of the spider-man series back to marvel. >> among the details, stuff we're never supposed to know about. some of it is embarrassing. is it that damaging, if you will? can you imagine some of the stuff -- every office we've ever worked in -- if some of our private e-mails got out. >> nobody wants that. you hope you have some private conversations you sent. it's like writing in a journal. you never know who is going to read it. >> they make me want to see that movie more than i ever might have. >> i can't wait to see that movie now. it's a big day for chocolate lovers. who knew there was a chocolate covered anything day. chocoholics dream come true. see what we're cooking up in the "insomniac kitchen." in our next half hour -- there's a surge of companies promising your packages will make it under the tree before santa comes down the chimney. can they really deliver on those promises? you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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yesterday, right here on "world news now" was national cupcake day. those were good, weren't they? >> they were good. weren't they? >> they were good. that was some of the best we've had. >> just when you thought it couldn't get any better it just did. >> we found another day for you. national chocolate covered anything day. had you heard of this before? >> never. >> we're not kidding. abc's genevieve shaw brown with this morning's insomniac kitchen. >> i'm here with the famous chef jacque torres. so famous. i guess it's national dip anything in chocolate day. >> anything dipped in chocolate is good. you have to know that. so what i did, i take some dried
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papaya and dried guava. when you dip that in chocolate, you can do that on the surface of the chocolate. or what i like to do is take my -- >> how pretty. >> then you drizzle a little bit of chocolate on top of them. >> jazzed up for the holidays. spoons? >> you need your weapons. take two of them. take two. >> take two of them. >> i'm ready. >> now i have some cornflakes. we're going to cover them in chocolate. a little bit of chocolate. you just put enough chocolate to make them -- to cover them. >> this is the breakfast of champions. >> that's what it is. all you need is one spoon. you take a little bit of it. and with the other spoon you
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just make some -- >> little clusters? >> little mound or clusters. >> how about something a little more advanced? >> you walk on the streets and you see people doing peanut into the caramel. we're going to do something like that, and then we need to cover it with chocolate. so let me show you how to do that. >> let's do that. this is going to be good. >> a little bit of water. when it boils, the water is going to evaporate. now you can add the almonds. you don't have to stir until it starts boiling again. then we're going to caramelize it. >> don't stop stirring. now we're good. now we need to put them on to a tray. this is okay. i'm going to put them in the freezer for a few minutes. >> i can't wait to get the chocolate on this. >> chocolate. a little bit of chocolate like that on top of the almonds. then what you do, you stir that. so they are cold so they're
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going to set pretty fast. okay. >> how is that? >> that's good. >> oh, that looks beautiful. >> voila. >> that is so good. i could eat the whole -- i won't. all right, guys. in the next half hour, chef will take us on a tour of the chocolate. >> we look forward to that. these are chocolate espresso beans. there are lots of different flavors they do. >> do you feel a kick coming in yet? >> that's straight coffee. they do raw onions, pickles, mashed potatoes, slim jims, roses, peppers. >> i'd like to try the hot peppers, actually. >> i'm not the biggest chocolate fan out there. >> you're not? >> but people -- my goodness,
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people get into this. >> i love chocolate. i'm going to go for the orange peel. >> the corn flakes. that's a weird one.
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for our best protection and fit and all the freedom to play pampers got a jolt of that chocolate espresso. got a jolt of that chocolate espresso. ready to go for "the mix." >> what would you do if you are a turtle and your friend is a turtle and turned over and hands are up in the air. can't get over? >> that is a heck of a hypothetical you gave me. >> take a look at the this. this is what one turtle did. he actually flipped the turtle over. take a listen. >> hear the kids cheering as he managed to get the turtle over. this happened at the taipei zoo. the turtle used his own legs to get his friend on his feet. the children cheering in the background. an animal helping the earth.
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this is video of an elephant and some safari lodge. we don't know exactly where. this was posted online. this african elephant is picking up trash and putting it where it's supposed to go. a lot of people are saying, what in the world. it just looks odd and questioned whether this is authentic video. either way, it's got people's attention. >> you don't think elephants can be environmentalists, too? this is a case of the tidy elephant. thank you. thank you, sir. houston texan defensive lineman j.j. watt, pretty good. >> top five players in the league. >> wow. that good? >> that good. >> he got a letter from a 7-year-old fan saying i'm your biggest fan. he sent the wide receiver, the 7-year-old, this kid's jersey. the kid said i want you to have
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this jersey so when i become famous you'll have it. and he tweeted that to j.j. watt. and j.j. watt posted the photo and said this kid has guts. i like it. >> the kid is planning ahead. >> he said i wore the number 99 like you and was most feared rusher. i'm sending you my autographed game jersey. >> that's cool. >> j.j. is supposed to be sending out autographed jerseys. >> 7 years old. finally here, my next pair of shoes i have identified. here they are. christmas is coming up. take a look now. >> red label, too. >> this is a pair of oliver sweeney designed shoes teamed up with johnny walker, the whiskey maker. they're beautiful oxfords here, but the back has a compartment for a little bottle of whiskey. >> that is your pair of shoes.
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>> this morning on "world news now" -- paying respects to the victims of the siege in sydney. the grief and tough questions about the suspect killed in that standoff. pennsylvania rampage. six people killed in several locations near philadelphia. the intensifying manhunt and communities in disbelief. political hints from jeb bush. the big question, of course, will he run for president in 2016? his latest public event and why insiders say he's sounding like a candidate. the director of the disney movie "frozen" has an apology for parents and it has to do with the song "let it go." that's in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 16th. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." >> good morning to you. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. we begin with the deadly hostage standoff in australia, a country that prided itself on peace. >> hundreds of grief stricken australians have laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in sydney's business district. a lone gunman took 17 people hostage. prime minister tony abbott also visiting the site leaving a note. here's more from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: flags across the sydney area lowered to half staff after monday's terrible tragedy. >> we have lost some of our own in an attack we would never thought we would see here in our city. >> reporter: the incident began about 9:30 in the heart of sydney. 50-year-old mon monis taking
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over this cafe holding 17 people hostage. authorities say monis was a self-proclaimed islamic sheikh and alleged sexual predator who was well known to them. he pleaded guilty to sending angry, hateful letters to the families of fallen australian service members. during the standoff, two hostages seen through a window holding up a black flag showing a muslim profession of faith. several women uploaded videos. they said monis was demanding a flag and conversation with the prime minister. >> he's only asking for a flag and a phone call, and that's it. >> reporter: some hostages were able to escape. just after 2:00 a.m. local time, more than 16 hours after it began, the standoff ended. >> i believe at that time if they didn't enter, there would have been many more lives lost. >> reporter: three people dead, including monis. australian authorities say this was an isolated incident, the act of one individual. t.j., reena? like so many others in australia, the ceo of lindt chocolate cafe is expressing
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condolences. tori johnson was the manager of the cafe. the 34-year-old is being called a hero, reportedly kills while trying to take away the gunman's weapon. also killed was 38-year-old katrina dawson, a mother of three, a lawyer in the cafe with two colleagues. stone killed his ex-wife and five of their relatives. they describe the ex-marine as extremely dangerous but a friend says it's not the man she knows. >> i couldn't believe it. i just couldn't believe it because this isn't the brad that i know. >> police say a man believed to be stone tried unsuccessfully to carjack a driver late last night. schools in the area are closed today as a precaution. another day of unrest in oakland over the fatal police
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shootings in new york and ferguson. more than a dozen protesters were arrested after they chained the doors of police headquarters shut. they then chained themselves to the door. demonstrators also linked arms and blocked downtown roads surrounding the building. it seems to always rain in southern california these days. that has many property owners worried as they dig out from the latest landslide. roads are blocked. garages and other structures crushed by falling rocks. geologists warn that the mountain slopes above those communities are hanging on by a thread and new storms could send them crashing down. the problem in north dakota is rain, not ice. it's been one automobile account after another on the slippery roads. more than 70 reported. a lot of drivers were caught off guard by freezing rain but nine pedestrians slipped and fell as well suffering broken arms and legs. here's a look at your weather. no more freezing rain in the upper plains states. rain along the west coast. heaviest downpours in central california and san francisco. showers in the great lakes region and in most of the east. >> 40s from chicago to new york. 60s and 70s in the southeast.
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cool temperatures in the midwest all the way down to dallas and cooler in california as well. political headlines now. donald trump appears ready to run for the white house again. speaking in washington, d.c., last night, trump says he's strongly considering it. he said the national debt was his primary motivation for higher office. he expressed similar interest back in 2012 but then decided against it. much more serious contender for the job is former florida governor jeb bush. he's throwing out plenty of hints as devon dwyer explains. congratulations, dr. jeb bush. >> reporter: he hasn't made it official but jeb bush sure sounds like he's running for the white house. >> this is your life. these are your goals. if they matter to you, you'll do everything possible to achieve them. >> reporter: the former florida governor told college graduates in the early primary state of south carolina what he also seems to be telling himself.
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>> you can do big things if you set the stage in a campaign and then move forward. >> reporter: first, bush plans to do what no potential presidential candidate has done before. he told our abc affiliate in miami of plans to publish an ebook on his plan for the country and on the release of emails from his eight years as governor. >> there's some funny ones, sad ones, serious ones. >> reporter: there could also be potential bombshells. it appears aimed at getting ahead of critics. he generated buzz on social media with much of it positive. he's near the top of the pack in several gop polls, but he's far from a front-runner. >> if jeb has all the money and the whole bush network which is massively powerful, it's going to take one conservative to challenge him. >> reporter: a challenge he'll face first within his party and then from democrats, possibly even a clinton. but only if he decides to run. devin dwyer, abc news,
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washington. for the first time in 17 months, we have a doctor. the u.s. has a full-time surgeon general. it's dr. vivek murthy who was approved yesterday despite some of his positions about gun control. the 37-year-old is a physician at brigham & women's hospital and an instructor at harvard medical school. he helped create a group that's pushed for affordable health care. the first lady was carrying an a christmas tradition in washington that goes back to the truman administration. she went to the children's national medical center along with the family dogs bo and sunny and santa was there as well. mrs. obama sat down and read the night before christmas to the children and their caregivers. >> this is always fun. we've seen a few of these. any time you have a roomful of kids and an open mike. they started asking questions. they wanted to know what was on her christmas list. >> that's a fair question. >> we have the same thing at the top of our christmas list.
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she says she wanted to sleep late. >> you and the first lady have something in common. >> we want to sleep. >> do you also have the second request it seems she has? >> christmas pjs. >> maybe you and the first lady should coordinate your christmas pjs. >> you are always trying to dress me. >> i am always trying to dress you. now pjs. let's turn to another winter holiday, hanukkah. celebrates the victory of jews against oppressors and the rededication of the temple in jerusalem. they mark it with jelly doughnuts and spinning a top. happy holidays is why we say that. a unique view of a christmas lights display. a tradition for this family since 1999ment they've been setting this up. >> it looks outstanding from the drone camera. the display includes more than 170,000 lights and nearly 800 homemade decorations. now i feel bad for not putting
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my one strand of solar lights outside. >> it only took 537 hours to set this up. uses 100 outlets to power the whole thing. congrats to them for all their work. >> that is a lot of work. >> i always wonder about how neighbors feel about this having this lit up next to you. >> i always worry about the electricity bell. >> good question. >> who is paying that. >> that's gorgeous, though. brings joy to a lot of people. "the skinny" coming up. some joy coming your way. or joy taken from you. "frozen." why is the director of the movie apologizing to parents? on this national chocolate covered anything day, a rare look inside a gourmet candy operation. you have to see these sweet sights. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by olay total effects moisturizer. ing "world news now."
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list, this story is for you. it's a built-in excuse. there's been an accident and there it is. a fedex truck flipped on the company's busiest delivery day of the year. hundreds of boxes scattered on the new jersey highway. the driver was trying to avoid a tire when one his tandem trailers overturned. so if -- if you forget somebody on your list just say, hey, i sent it fedex. i think it was on the truck. >> don't give people excuses. >> you are good. you are good. >> that's so wrong on so many levels. >> fedex said they got everything back on and stuff is on its way. you are good to go with a built-in excuse. >> some of those packages didn't look fully intact. >> once they get there, the driver is going to toss them over the fence. no, i'm kidding. i know you take good care. built-in excuse. >> those packages may be on their way, but are yours?
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nine days away. i haven't started by christmas shopping. >> seriously? >> there's a surge of retailers promising to get them delivered in time. >> can they really deliver? last year many did not. here now rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: it's the busiest for fedex. shoppers placing last-minute orders. last year an estimated 2 million packages guaranteed for delivery by christmas eve arrived long after santa did. this year u.p.s. and fedex already announced they can no longer offer money-back guarantees that your packages sent with ground shipping will arrive by christmas. now retailers hoping to win your business are pushing delivery dates to the brink. more than a quarter guaranteeing on-time deliveries as long as you order just three days before christmas. >> they want our dollars and they'll do anything to make us spend. >> reporter: shipping companies are stepping up their game, too. u.p.s. hiring 95,000 seasonal workers. fedex expecting to move 290 million shipments and the postal service delivering seven days a week through the holiday.
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>> to be 100% certain that your tree will be full of gifts around it, do click and collect. >> click and collect? >> correct. >> reporter: find it on line, pick it up in the store. the other option is to pay for rush or air shipping which costs more but is still guaranteed by christmas. but procrastinators are going to feel it this year for christmas. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> you heard her. procrast -- she was talking to you. >> we make fun of all these delivery services but i want to be in your shoes. i want to work at u.p.s. for a day and see what it's really like. >> these guys have a very tough job, and -- >> yeah. >> -- this is their season. >> i think if you didn't work as a delivery driver and you slept instead of doing this to make a little extra christmas money, it would be better for you. >> which is the -- this is my extra money is the abc. u.p.s. is my main job. >> unless "world news now" is
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your seasonal job. >> that's what it is. this is my side gig. when we come back, we'll tell you about the big hit, "frozen," and why there are apologies to parents. >> and why jennifer aniston is feeling pressured and why it's so unfair. that's straight ahead in "the skinny." you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. w." >> annou
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ topping the headlines, director of "frozen" is apologizing to all parents out there. >> jennifer lee, the woman behind the most successful animated film of all issuing a mea culpa for the signature song. times, is ♪ the past is in the past ♪ let it go let it go >> after a year of kids not being able to let it go, lee tells the "hollywood reporter" she's gone from saying thank you to parents gushing about the movies to i'm so sorry. to "frozen" fatigued moms and dads. >> don't apologize for this song. love it. "let it go" won for best original song making robert
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lopez only the 12th person ever to win an oscar, grammy, tony in their career. it's wonderful. >> i found it refreshing she apologized because a lot of us parents -- >> what? >> yes. we've heard it over and over. time for the next new series. it's not her fault but interesting she acknowledged that parents are ready for the next big thing. another illustrious hollywood career. >> jennifer aniston is appearing on the cover of the january issue of "allure" and is feeling pressured about one thing she has yet to accomplish. having a child. >> she doesn't think it's fair to women that they have failed as a female because they haven't procreated. she goes on to say that childless people mother all the time, including dogs and friends. that is so true. >> we'll keep with the motherhood theme. carrie underwood has gone pregnancy chic. another level here. >> on the red carpet last night, she looked like a vision in white in a form-fitting gown for the american country countdown awards, embracing her baby bump.
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>> then put on a belted ruffle blue dress. performed a medley of hits. they are expecting their first child and it's a boy. notorious hollywood bad girl lindsay lohan ready to make a permanent move across the pond. >> don't go, lindsay. the 28-year-old actress moved to london nine months ago where she's been performing on stage. she's been doing this three months, not missing a single performance. >> she's crediting london with helping her grow up because of the freedom it's given her away from her partying friends, paparazzi and celebrity driven media. she even loves the bbc. because the beeb hasn't mentioned her yet. let's turn to birthdays. >> topping our list, "scandal" actor jon tenney is 53. >> benjamin bratt, 51. >> miranda otto, 47. >> kristen ritter of "breaking bad" turns 43 years old. coming up, celebrating one of the most important dates on
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the calendar. >> really? national chocolate covered anything day? >> so important. we'll explain. anything day? >> so important. we'll explain. yeah, we were nervous to try it. there's an amazing sensation for her. amazing. this one feels fantastic for me. and combined... ohh, it's a completely new sensation for us both. it's opened a whole new door for us. i've come to clean your pool. but we don't have a pool. i'll come in anyway. next week i'm going to be a maid. [ female announcer ] k-y yours & mine. his excites. hers delights. together feel them ignite. keep life sexy. together feel them ignite. she loves to shop online with her debit card. and so does bill, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts, and stole her hard earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you learn all it may take is a little misplaced information to wreak havoc on your life. this is identity theft, and no one helps stop it better than lifelock.
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well, in case you haven't well, in case you haven't well, in case you haven't checked the calendar yet, today is the day honoring one of our all-time favorite indulgence. national chocolate covered anything day. >> does any calendar have this marked on it? >> mine did. >> if you ever wondered where those bars of pure delight come from, now is your chance. genevieve shaw brown gives us a tour of a real-life chocolate factory. [ speaking french ] >> say it again. this is a swimming pool. this is where we come in the morning and you dip -- no, this is a melter. a five-ton melter. you put your hand here. you're going to feel it's hot. it's not that hot. we melt the chocolate very gently. >> this is where all the magic begins. >> this will be chocolate
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everywhere. >> there's chocolate running through the pipes? >> yes. >> here is where we work by hand. that's where we paint the molds. you can see here, this is the little snow man. then chocolate and we close and the mold moves. >> wow. >> we put the resins in there. and the resin starts moving. chocolate comes from the pipe and drizzles on top of the resin. >> wow. >> this is where they do the cornflakes. this is how we do it. faster than you and i. there's seven stores in manhattan and one in brooklyn. >> this is where everything -- >> everything is made here. everything is real. you can see we use real chocolate. real orange.
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real almonds. >> how big is this facility? >> this place is 40,000-square-foot. >> how many chocolates will you make? >> we buy about 120 ton and sell about 200 ton. it's a lot of chocolate. >> this is the busiest time of year for you? >> definitely the busiest time of the year, yes. >> thank you. it's been wonderful. >> genevieve. >> my pleasure. >> bye-bye. >> they say that chocolate, it releases beta waves in your brain which leads to relaxation. >> it's beneficial without even eating it. i'm just going to sit here and inhale. >> we need to pipe this smell in. you would have loved that assignment, wouldn't you? this is chocolate covered orange peel, cornflakes, macadamia nuts. they cover everything in chocolate. >> today is the day.
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