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got some got some positive economic news that sent wall street into record territory. the dow jones industrial average this morning opens above 18,000 for the very first time ever. the index has gained nearly 1,000 points in just five days. the running of the bulls seems to be more than the annual santa claus rally. investors are reacting to encouraging news about the job market and low gas prices. there's been a surge in sign-ups for obamacare before christmas. the latest numbers show nearly 6.5 million signed up for health insurance plans through healthcare.gov. nearly 2 million new customers with coverage in the new year. another sergeant in sign-ups is expected by mid-february. that's the deadline for open
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enrollment. the new era in relations between the united states and cuba is just about a week old now. hardly enough time to make any judgments about any aspect of it. >> one part of life that this new era directly impacts is the possibility of more u.s. tourists going to cuba. serena marshall has more from havana. >> reporter: cuba, an island frozen in time, just 90 miles south of the florida keys. memorialized in movies like "the godfather." this forbidden fruit of the caribbean was a vacationer's paradise. world class beaches, colonial architecture, even detroit iron. >> totally different than anywhere we've been around the world before. just so different. very unique. >> reporter: roaming the streets, americans look bill and marjorie springer of naples, florida.
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while some americans might take an alternate route to this embargoed nation, the springers came legally as part of a cultural people to people program. started in 2011 by president obama to increase interactions with everyday cubans. those wishing to go experience the island must go with a tour group who have special licenses. the springers' $6,000-week long tour meant they joined the more than 80,000 americans who visited so far this year. >> you really are not on vacation. an expedition and learning experience. >> reporter: you can visit the island if you are part of a dozen preapproved groups. but that could expand under president obama's recent announcement and you can experience the country once thought to be forbidden. >> did you ever think that you standing here in havana would be possible? >> not back then, no. not for many years. into the '70s and '80s. maybe the way we felt about
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china. it would never get there. >> reporter: a neighbor closer to being reopened for business a half century later. serena marshall, abc news, havana, cuba. >> it's interesting because so many people want to go because it's a place statistic in time. but that will change as more tourist dollars flow through the country. it's interesting. >> it's necessary change. i was there just in september as a tourist. it's a beautiful country. a lot of broken down buildings that need help there. we'll see how it develops in the next year or so. coming up, all the rage. and you might be wearing a pair of them right now. >> we're talking about socks. always a popular holiday gift. and probably a bigger part of the fashion industry than you might think. later, we take flight with this year's hot seller, drones. plenty of buyers, but plenty of serious concerns. that's in our next half hour. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. our next half hour. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ okay. i'll admit it. i didn't purcha ♪ okay. i'll admit it. i didn't purchase socks for anyone on my shopping list. they asked me if they thought i would have, though. i was a little insulted by that. >> why? it's the gift. even though you didn't, plenty of others are putting socks under the tree for someone. a lot of socks have plenty of style. and we're "up all nightline" with dan kloeffler on this. >> reporter: rarely on a wish list, but always under the tree. socks. >> it was the butt of the jokes. i got socks. thank you issue grandma. >> reporter: that once dreaded holiday gift now a nearly $6 billion industry. >> socks are look a good intro for a guy just deciding, i want to be more stylish. >> reporter: known for his style
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and his slam dunk, miami heat's dwyane wade is on his third direction for socks. >> some have my socks on and don't know it. i met people who talked about socks and looked down. those are some nice socks. you luke these? yeah, i designed them. >> reporter: from snoop dogg to rob kardashian, stars are jumping in. sock sales skyrocketing in the last two years. for wade, stylish socks are more than about making bank. >> my mom told me when i was young, your life is bigger than basketball. you are capable of a lot more. >> reporter: small business sockpreneurs. this man quit his job on wall street and is following suit. >> the 4 1/2 years you've been here, you've seen the trend pick up and gain momentum? >> the sock industry is blowing up. it's not the more subdued and argyles. >> reporter: these shelves are
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stocked with nothing but high-style hosiery. >> your high ticket item here? >> 100% cashmere socks and retail for $100. >> reporter: whatever the price point, whatever the pattern, pinterest and sidewalks alike are showing we're amid a revolution. a once loathed gift may be on your wish list. we certainly know what lebron james is getting this year. >> shopping done for you. >> he's done. >> reporter: for nightline, i'm dan kloeffler in new york. >> where do we get dan's sweater? guaranteed to be the gift that you lose by boxing day or by the day after. do you have some fancy socks on? >> no. >> oh, look at that. apparently i do and some fancy new red hair. >> pippi longstocking. >> i hope we can get some of those. >> i hope they are giving you equal play here. >> where is kendis in his socks? >> we're out of time. >> we'll check them out after
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the break what you're really wearing. coming up, the christmas eve "mix." time for "the mix." up, the christmas eve "mix."
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time time for "the mix." >> fascinating. >> i'm going to kick it off this morning with a homeless man who is going to be the subject of a prank by a prankster who thought let me give money to this guy and see what he does with it. he gives him $100 and you can see the man shocked. he was going to expose what this man might do with $100. he saw him go into a liquor store and thought, this is what he does with the money. he purchased food at that liquor store and took it over to a group of homeless people he didn't even know and gave them some food. >> isn't that incredible? >> now the prankster is raising some money to help this guy out. he did such an incredible turn of kindness.
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>> i know a lot of you probably missed the '80s. and you both know who you are. you were getting ready for play time. there's going to be an '80s-themed cruise. it's going to have the likes of huey lewis and the news and tiffany. all the '80s artists that you didn't miss. they'll be on the cruise and take passengers back in time to experience the music, movies, tv, fashion, the celebrities. every night they'll feature one of the headline entertainers with guaranteed seating for all. it's going to take you to san juan, st. thomas, but more importantly, back to the heaven that was the '80s. it's going to take place in 2016. let's hope huey lewis can make it until then. >> they have video game competitions. how good was your pacman? >> break out my commodore 64.
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moving along, a story about drinking on the job. >> too late. >> a lot of people -- i know this is true. it can improve your creativity on the job. researchers say that not being drunk but being a little tipsy can help you out. there's a beer coming out to corner this market called the problem solver. it wants to help you find that creative pique. if you drank this much, if you are up to that line, you are a little creative going, dipping down. that's the theory behind this new beer. fascinating video in china where an ostrich went for a run on a highway there. this is in one of the busiest highways in china. it was recovered moments later by the authorities. this ostrich just went for a run. i found the reason why. he's kept in a pen with a female ostrich alone. that will have you running on the highway any day. >> was she nagging him? >> i understand, brother. i would have run, too.
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this morning on "world news now" -- extreme weather. this morning on "world news now" -- extreme weather. deadly tornadoes slam the south while snow and rain threaten the midwest and northeast. the holiday travel hassles and accuweather's forecast. defiant congressman michael grim, why he's refusing to leave his office even though he could go to prison. >> a popular gift this christmas, drones. big concerns about more remote controlled flying machines taking off. and later, he is number one. funny guy adam sandler tops a new list in hollywood. but this is no compliment. that's in "the skinny" on this christmas eve, wednesday, december 24th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we say good morning to you on this christmas eve. i'm kendis gibson. >> so good to have you here. >> it is good to be here. >> you hail from? >> the washington, d.c., abc affiliate. still have the new car smell after two days of being here. all good. >> good to have you. we'll begin with the deadly storms in the south and the christmas travel nightmare shaping up. >> a major storm is brewing from the midwest and east and that may mean some travel delays. our coverage begins with abc's josh haskell. >> that's a tornado. >> reporter: that massive dark cloud is a tornado in ellisville, mississippi. severe weather killed four in the deep south tuesday night. just look what the storms did to this ambulance and this home. >> oh, man! >> reporter: wind so strong they left buildings without roofs and towns without electricity. >> we had a lot of fog. a lot of light rain around the storm.
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it was almost impossible to see anything unless you were directly hit by it. >> reporter: in tallahassee, florida, the problem is rain. the national weather service declared a flash flood emergency with over six inches. no white christmas in the south. but in the midwest, snow plows out in force. and in the rockies, ski resorts now have two feet of fresh snow. with millions of people on the move to make it home by christmas eve, airports are crowded and things moving slow. >> still waiting for our douglas. >> reporter: at charlotte douglas airport, 84 flights arriving or departing were canceled. >> about an hour and a half. they told us it was raining here. >> reporter: according to the flight tracking service flight aware, the u.s. saw over 5,000 delays on tuesday and 582 cancellations. disruptions due to the poor weather expected to continue today.
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josh haskell, abc news, new york. with that rain in the northeast and snow around chicago, it's going to be a challenge for travelers today. >> our coverage continues with accuweather where meteorologist justin povick is tracking it all. good morning, justin. >> thanks. while the northeast deals with rain, we're sharing the wealth with more wet weather in the northwest. busy travel day looks like it's going to be a little busier around seattle and portland with heavy soaking showers and gusty winds. snow into the cascades. traveling along 90 or 94, watch out for slippery travel. poor traveling conditions in the northwest and all throughout the eastern seaboard. kendis and tai, back to you. turning to the protests in new york resuming despite calls for a cooling off period after the deadly attack on two police officers. hundreds of demonstrators marched across manhattan calling for an end to police brutality. the mayor and others asked for a pause in the rallies until the officers are buried. protesters say their cause has nothing to do with the ambush.
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more tributes for those two slain nypd officers. lights were dimmed for five minutes at the empire state building, one world trade center and other landmarks. earlier mayor bill de blasio led the city in a moment of silence for the officers. the mayor laid flowers at the memorial in brooklyn where the men were killed. to a developing story in houston where former president george h.w. bush is spending the night in the hospital. an ambulance took him there after he experienced shortness of breath. his office is calling the hospitalization a precaution. he spent seven weeks at the same hospital last year after complications from bronchitis. mr. bush is 90 years old. a new york congressman who once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony may soon get thrown himself behind bars. republican michael grimm is now a convicted criminal. but he's refusing to give up his job on capitol hill. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: after vowing to
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fight the charges against him tooth and nail, congressman michael grimm plead guilty to one count of lying on his taxes. that confrontation with the reporter was about this investigation. but the congressman admitted as the owner of the new york city restaurant healthalicious, he cooked the books. he'll pay three years worth of state and federal taxes he owes. congressman grimm is now a convicted felon. under the house rules, he is allowed to keep his seat but may not be able to vote on the house floor. he now faces some serious questions. >> i am certainly truly sorry for it. but i also accept full responsibility. >> congressman, will you resign? >> reporter: at first he ignored that question but finally admitted he plans to stay. >> i can close this chapter on my life. >> doesn't accepting responsibility mean resigning? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: the fbi said not only did grimm fail to pay his fair share of taxes. he also lied under oath to conceal his criminal activity.
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next month he'll be sworn in as a member of the 114th congress. six months later, he may be headed to prison. david wright, abc news, brooklyn. actor james franco is celebrating a victory adding the people and the president have spoken. that is his reaction after sony pictures reversed course and decided to release the movie "the interview." it will be shown at a select number of theaters. fans have already started buying tickets for the christmas day showing. >> now we can begin saying how bad of a movie it is. reviews can come in. a consumer alert to anyone with a keurig k10 machine. about seven million of the single cup mini brewer are being recalled. they can overheat and spray hot water. dozens of injuries have been reported. keurig is offering a free repair kit. they can still use the machines, but don't stand too close and don't brew more than two cups in a row.
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starbucks is making a major shift of its food policy to kinder and gentler treatment of animals. the coffee chain is promising to phase out eggs from caged chickens housed in gestation crates. the company will also urge suppliers to stop using hormones on livestock. new regulation in california could cause egg prices to go up. starting january 1st, chickens must have more space to move around. regulations call for chickens to have nearly twice as much space as they have now. consumers will likely end up paying for that space and prices could increase by 20%. there may be such a thing as too much holiday cheer in one place at least. >> you'll have to prove it. but let's see. >> a woman in wisconsin might have gotten a little carried away decorating this year. judy hall selected 52 christmas trees. that's twice as many as the white house, by the way. she somehow managed to cram them all into her tiny one-bedroom
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apartment. >> man. as you can see, the trees come in all colors. and they range in size from one inch to 7 feet tall. >> why not? you know, this year i don't even have one because we have a baby crawling around and we were nervous about it. i should go to judy's house. >> how do you decorate 52 trees? >> i don't know. full-time job. poor husband. >> i think she's single. >> maybe. >> i'm assuming she is. coming up, what adam sandler, johnny depp and ben stiller have in common in "the skinny." and important advice at this hour. how to look rested. and even when you are run down, how to perk up your appearance and hide your exhaustion. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by delsym. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by delsym.
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♪ ♪ there has been a surge in sign-ups for obamacare before christmas. the latest numbers show nearly 6.5 million people signed up for health insurance plans through
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healthcare.gov. there are nearly 2 million new customers with coverage in the new year. another surge in sign-ups is expected in mid-february. positive economic news sent wall street into record territory. the dow jones industrial average opens up this morning above 18,000 for the first time ever. the index has gained nearly 1,000 points in just about five days. the running of the bulls seems to be more than the annual santa claus rally. investors are reacting to encouraging news about the job market and low gas prices. it's the final push by retailers before christmas. some major chains, including toys "r" us and kohl's are open right now for shoppers looking for deals. retailers expect sales for the holiday season to be up by more than 4%. yesterday the government reported that consumer spending last month rose at its fastest pace in three months. >> let's hope you've done all of
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your christmas shopping and found everything you wanted to give your loved ones. >> plenty of gadgets and gizmos will be unwrapped and some of them will be in the air shortly thereafter. gio benitez reports that drones as gifts have taken off, for better or worse. >> reporter: forget simple gifts like sleds or snow globes. the christmas gifts flying off shelves this holiday season, drones. some stores reporting demand soaring. as more and more states try to figure out how to deal with private drone use, aviation officials are not only sounding the alarm but launching a new campaign. know before you fly. >> how do you make sure you stay off the naughty list? we want you to know before you fly. >> reporter: posting online safety videos easy for kids to understand. >> do fly your unmanned aircraft below 400 feet. don't fly your unmanned aircraft
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beyond your line of sight. >> reporter: they range from 50 bucks to thousands and are sold in stores like walmart, best buy and even toys "r" us. sites like amazon which has created a safety website of its own urging customers to fly responsibly. more like this guy. >> santa! >> reporter: and less like this one. some are feeling more holiday fear than cheer over the new high-tech trend. aviation powerhouses, including the faa and association for unmanned vehicle systems international now warning that drones in the wrong hands could equal disaster. >> the problem is that people don't have the warnings necessary to know if they get too high or in the wrong place they can interfere with air traffic with people aboard. >> reporter: those small drones creating real dangers in the air. listen to this jetblue pilot on final approach in new york just last month. >> about two miles out on the final, maybe around 400 to 300 feet looked like one of those unmanned drones was flying right
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on the final. >> reporter: in just the past two years, more than a dozen close calls between planes and drones. even out of the sky, a small drone plummeting on to a busy manhattan street, just feet from a person on the ground. >> we've got people out there using these things innocently and they don't realize they could be dangerous. >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> absolutely dangerous but some of the video you get from some of those drones fascinating. i saw one in a fireworks display during the fourth of july. absolutely beautiful. but be careful about where you fly that. >> it seems like kind of a guy thing. >> why is which i love it. music to my ears. >> your christmas gift is flying around somewhere here. pretty cool. you can't carry anything heavier than 50 pounds with your drone. surprises me you can put something even that heavy on it. >> amazon will be doing deliveries soon using drones, so can't be a heavy package. >> interesting stuff.
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when we come back, we've got not just any "skinny," the christmas eve "skinny." >> a list no actor wants to be on and a gift from folks working on the "entourage" movie. stick around. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome back, everybody. and it is my first "skinny." you always remember your first. so let's get to it, okay? >> make this one count. >> the list no hollywood actor wants to be on. >> the "forbes" list of the most overpaid actors. and it's got a familiar face. >> isn't that redundant? >> overpaid actors. >> they do make a lot of money. adam sandler tops the list for the second year in a row.
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"forbes" looks at an actor's last three movies, calculates what they were paid and what the movie made. it's not subjective. they use numbers for this. sandler once again offering the least return and earning the most. >> second place, johnny depp. who? he's had some blockbuster hits but also recent flops. can you name five good johnny depp movies? >> well, not from the past year. >> no. >> i'm a fan. i like johnny depp. and ben stiller. >> ben stiller was third. this is like the watch and tower heist get him included on that list. >> i think they are laughing all the way to the bank. next up, the confirmation of the breakup of a long time hollywood couple. helena bonham carter and director tim burton called it quits. >> technically, they were never married but were together 13 years during which they had two children.
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they say they plan on co-parenting their son and younger daughter. >> burton and bonham carter met while working on "planet of the apes" and teamed up for "charlie and the chocolate factor" and the 2010 blockbuster "alice in wonderland." tough to work together in hollywood. >> tougher to live together. they actually did nine movies together. >> there you go. on a brighter note, the boys of "entourage" are coming back. the trailer for their upcoming movie dropped yesterday. it's an early christmas present for the fans of the former hbo series. >> good to see the guys back. all the regulars from vince to e to turtle and johnny drama. ari, too. looks like some money issues involved. >> you're upset. >> upset? >> i gave you $100 million. >> you're $15 million over. >> you agreed to not go over. >> because you said i couldn't direct unless we agreed. >> okay. so trailer seems to indicate that ari hasn't mellowed one bit
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despite now being a studio head. the "entourage" movie hits theaters june 5th. >> so good to see ari back. >> let's hope there's no plot dealing with north korea. we will see this movie after all. >> paramount pictures has built what's going to be the biggest opening directing job out there. >> the studio has picked justin lin to direct "star trek 3." he's given credit for reviving the "fast & furious" action series. >> the first two installments of the coordinate star trek were directed by j.j. abrams. huge shoes to fill. really good movies in my opinion. he's now directing the upcoming "star wars" movie, j.j. abrams is. so the star trek films have grossed more than $840 million worldwide. >> nice reboot. >> to have someone like me really love those star trek movies, that's no small feat by j.j. abrams. >> take it you aren't a sci-fi. >> it's got to be really good. definitely fit the bill.
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♪ ♪ so finally this half hour, even though this is my first time an the show, i know that sleep is important to everyone around here. >> no doubt about that. that's true. but what you -- like if you are getting enough or not enough like some of us, you still need to look well rested no matter how much sleep you've gotten. >> good question. we've got answers from abc's sara haines. >> reporter: it's the three little words no one wants to hear. >> you look tired means you look old. >> reporter: you look tired.
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who can blame you with work, the gym, child care and that endless holiday shopping list. who has time for shut eye? >> not so wonderful when you wake up feeling exhausted and drained of color. >> reporter: of course, there's nothing a good night's sleep can't fix. if you are one of the one-third americans who aren't getting the >> the cold and caffeine will bring down the redness, and there are great plant compounds that naturally take the puffiness out as well. >> reporter: another trick right in your fridge. >> pull out your whole milk. soak a wash cloth in it and gently lay it on your face for a few minutes. >> reporter: skin care professionals say the lactic acid in the milk has a natural exfoliating effect.
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>> and it feels good, right? >> reporter: when it comes to makeup use white eyeliner underneath the lid. a bright lipstick to make the focus the lips. and there's nothing a good brush of blush can't freshen up. >> if you only have time to do one thing? make it a pop of blush. >> reporter: simple solutions to keep an eye an the prize, no sleep required. sara haines, abc news, new york. >> i've got a really good trick. >> what? >> avoid the mirror. that's what i do when i wake up in the morning. >> white eyeliner it is. >> i like that one, too. they are all good tips. except the milk. too messy. >> create a mess. don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> we'll be back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm tai hernandez. good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm tai hernandez. here are some of the top stories we're following. hundreds of protesters returned to the streets of new york city ignoring pleas to stay calm until two murdered police officers are laid to rest. all the developments in a moment. rain, snow, fog, you name it. it's coming to the midwest and the east as millions of people travel for the holidays. the severe weather has brought tragedy to the deep south. going to check in with accuweather just ahead. despite pleading guilty to federal tax evasion, new york republican michael grimm says he intends to hold on to his congressional seat but this pressure from democrats for grimm to step down before he's sentenced in june. and movie fans will be able to see "the interview" at select theaters starting tomorrow. sony reversed course and decided
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to release the movie, despite threats from hackers. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday, december 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we're going to begin this half hour with rising tensions in new york city. angry protesters resuming despite pleas to temporarily bring them to a halt after the brutal double murder two of police officers. >> demonstrators turned out by the hundreds last night making their way across manhattan as the nypd and city struggle to come to grips with tragic loss. we get the latest from wabc's carolina leid. >> reporter: dozens of landmarks along the new york city skyline dim their lights to honor the memories of officers rafael ramos and wenjian liu. mayor bill de blasio and his wife paid their respects at a large memorial where the officers were executed saturday afternoon. and at city hall, city leaders
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participated in a moment of silence. >> i want everyone to focus on these families, on their pain. put yourself in their shoes. be there for them and be there for the extended family of the nypd. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to piece together a timeline, trying to understand why ismaaiyl brinsley shot the officers at point-blank range as they sat in their marked police car and then later committed suicide. police say the shooter posted online threats referring to recent high-profile cases of white officers killing unarmed black men. brinsley watched a protest earlier this month at union square but did not participate. >> we're attempting to identify where he lived, see if we can get additional information that might have been in his possession that would give us more definitive clarity as to
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what was the actual motivation. >> reporter: an answer we may never know. a tragedy the city won't soon forget. the memorial here has easily doubled in size showing you just how many have come here to pay their respects to these two officers. vice president joe biden will be here saturday for the ramos funeral. the liu family is still working out the details for those funeral arrangements. i'm carolina leid, abc news, brooklyn, new york. now to the deadly storm impacting the eastern half of the country. at least four people are dead in the deep south after what may have been a tornado ripped through southeast mississippi. the storm flipped cars and even an ambulance. damaged homes and businesses and cut power for thousands. there are warnings overnight for parts of alabama and georgia. from the great lakes to the rockies, those dreams of a white christmas are coming true. snow is already on the ground in the rockies and more is in the forecast for the upper midwest. interstate 70 in western kansas had to be closed yesterday
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because of white-out conditions. >> all that severe weather could mean a travel nightmare for the millions of u.s. people traveling on christmas eve. and for some, the problems have already begun. hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed yesterday because of the weather. abc's david kerley reports there was an accident at a new york city airport. >> reporter: talk about a delay. hard to fly when part off your jet's wing has just been broken off. the southwest pilot may not have even realized it. >> looks like you might have touched that american. >> okay. >> more than a touch of that southwest wing and the tail of an american jet. it happened on the ground at new york's laguardia. denver-bound passengers stuck at least for a while. long lines were the problem. >> i'm looking at the lines going, oh, boy. >> reporter: that heavy christmas eve storm could cause delays. not just on the east coast. >> a trickle effect. delay the flight coming back. >> reporter: the highways could be treacherous. states up and down the east coast keeping an eye on it.
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aaa predicting a record number on the road. nearly 90 million. if t a record-breaker, experts believe that part of the reason may be that surprise christmas present, consumers got, those low gas prices. >> $2.40 a gallon. the lowest level in five years. 27 states now with gas under 2 bucks a gallon. in des moines, it usually costs this driver 61 bucks to fill up. >> today it was $31. real good deal. >> reporter: there is no end in sight to these low gas prices so drivers will save on their way back home as well, and hopefully the weather will be better after this christmas eve storm. david kerley, abc news, washington. let's get the latest on this huge storm system covering just about every state east of the mississippi. >> take a look at the size of it. accuweather's justin povick is tracking it all. good morning, justin. >> kendis and tai, thanks. a busy, busy travel day. we have our hands full with a couple of big storm systems here across the lower 48. the pacific northwest is where
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we'll start things out. low pressure diving south and east. seattle, portland, interstate 5 heavily traveled interstate. there will be soaking downpours along with some snows over the higher terrain in the cascades. a little bit of snow with our storm system in the northeast. not as much as we'd normally see this time of the year. a couple of inches around chicago, eastbound into western and central michigan. heavy soaking rains up and down interstate 95 corridor which will produce poor traveling conditions. that's the case in the northwest as well and a whole lot of cold in the north on christmas day. kendis and tai, back to you. to texas now and a developing story from houston. former president george h.w. bush is spending the night in the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. an ambulance took him there last night. his office says it's just a precaution for the 90-year-old. last year mr. bush was hospitalized there for seven weeks because of bronchitis. new details about an elaborate gun smuggling operation using commercial flights from atlanta to new
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york. five men are under arrest. more than 150 handguns and assault rifles have been confiscated. investigators say a former delta airlines employee seen on surveillance video was able to sneak the guns on to at least 20 flights. the weapons were passed to him by a delta baggage handler in a bathroom, bypassing airport security. >> they put guns on the plane this time. they could easily have put a bomb on one of those planes. >> some of the guns were loaded. the men were caught when they tried to sell the weapons to an undercover police officer. we're learning more about the violent road rage incident in northern california. it's not good. the incident caught on cell phone video this past weekend was the second one involving that suspect in less than a week. police say the woman had a hit and run a week ago and then threw rocks at a relative's window. she's being held on half a million dollars bail. also in california, the highway patrol is being credited
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with an amazing rescue. a police helicopter pulled two people from their aluminum boat which got stuck on a diversion dam in the sacramento river. they had gone fishing but could not restart the boat's motor. firefighters were not able to get to them, but this chopper could. wow. let's get to another amazing rescue. this is in suburban chicago. ed suarez managed to help an elderly driver from her car after it got stuck on the train tracks. he says as he got to the woman, he looked up to see an oncoming commuter train bearing down on them. >> put her arm around my neck. we went to the back of the vehicle and got over one set of tracks. by the time i got her to this set of tracks, i was pretty exhausted. i think i fell. >> wow. as suarez and another passerby dragged the woman to safety. a commuter train heading out of chicago struck her car door. the spirit of giving is on full display in raleigh, north carolina, making this a merry christmas for a mom and her two kids.
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>> sherry carter was homeless. last week she moved into a new apartment thanks to her new job at chick-fil-a. her boss and co-workers wanted to do even more for the family. >> they all chipped in and bought furniture, a washer and dryer, dishes, even christmas presents for the kids. as you see, she was overwhelmed and extremely grateful. we've been doing a lot of those stories this week. people helping out their co-workers. it's really heartwarming. >> the only problem, now she's found long lost relatives she didn't know existed. >> has a washer and dryer. a rare look inside the most notorious terrorists in the world and a western journalist with the scoop. also ahead, warnings to people who like to post their every move on social media. you could be a crime target. the amazing talent of a 13-year-old athlete who is injured. her remarkable skills on the basketball court are sure to get your attention. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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injured during the boston marathon bombing. now to a man with quite a story to tell. and it's a true story about what he's recently witnessed. >> he's a reporter used to finding himself in dangerous situations. he's just back from a trip with isis. of course, the group that's proven its brutality time and time again. abc's hamish macdonald reports. >> reporter: he's the first western journalist to gain unfettered access to isis. jurgen todenhofer spent ten days in syria and iraq alongside isis fighters. from that experience, he says the west is vastly underestimating the group's strengths. >> i have seen many wars. i was in iraq, afghanistan. that's the strongest group i ever met. >> reporter: traveling through syria and iraq to the city of mosul, he says he met countless foreign fighters. among them, americans. >> maybe i met 12, 14 americans.
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i met american fighters from new jersey. you wouldn't imagine people from new jersey. >> reporter: the german journalist now believes it will be difficult to defeat isis. but he has some clear advice for the u.s. government. >> i.s. is a child of the invasion of iraq in 2003. if i could give advice to the american government i would say do anything you can in iraq to integrate the sunnis and you will have partners in your fight against i.s. and stop your bombardments. it will not work. you can defeat an enemy only if you know him. >> reporter: hamish macdonald, abc news, london. >> as journalists we're supposed to go after the big get. that's one interview that i'd rather not get the interview with isis. >> you never know what's going to happen. this journalist is 74 years old. certainly has a lot of energy and a lot of experience. this came about after months of
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talks with the group's leaders to get him in and -- safety. it's an incredibly dangerous mission. >> glad he made it out all right. when does offering too much information on social media result in danger? >> probably when it results in your home being the target of thieves. a precautionary tale ahead. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ ♪ not only are plenty of people making last-minute christmas arrangements today. lots of us are getting ready for a holiday trip as well. >> while you might be tempted to mention that on social media that you're going to aruba or some place great -- >> aunt mimi. >> yeah, even aunt mimi's. experts say that's not a great idea as aditi roy explains. >> back in the day you'd have to peer in someone's window to know if they were home alone. these days all it takes to know if someone's home is empty is to rummage through their social media. >> you think posting wherever you go is fun, but you are actually letting people know, hey, i'm gone. go over there and take what you want. >> reporter: laverne should
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know. her home was cleaned out after her daughter posted their family's vegas vacation on her facebook page tipping off the burglars monitoring the page that the family was out of town. >> most people are checking in constantly. we're telling everybody else where we are and what we're doing and the fact we're not home. we're out somewhere else. >> reporter: one survey out of the uk says more than 78% of burglars are using social media to find their targets. how do you protect yourself from winter break break-ins? don't overshare on social media. and check your privacy settings and location services on your phone. >> go to settings and then scroll down to privacy. and then location services. and then all the apps down there are all the apps that use the location services. your camera. change it to never use location
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services. click that. or you can scroll back up to location services and just turn it off. >> just like that. >> just like that. >> also don't check in on facebook from airports or hotels. that tells would-be thieves that you're leaving town. while it may be attempting, don't post photos while away. wait until you're back home to share them. >> make it a later-gram. >> a later-gram, yes. >> if you just can't help yourself, choose your friends and followers carefully. keeping your home safe by securing your home page. aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. >> make those later-grams. >> you think like you want to share it with your friends and family but you don't know who is really watching. or who is really your friend for that matter. >> that said, what are you doing for the holidays? now we can't talk about it, because it's dangerous. a teen playing hurt and making shots when it matters. >> her wild night on the court and the big prize she won for the crowd.
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♪ ♪ write these down. really studying those. finally this half hour, some college hoops. >> it was a great night for the rams of virginia commonwealth university on monday night. they beat east tennessee state. >> but the fans at the game will likely remember the free pizza they got thanks to an eighth grader. >> reporter: all eyes were on veronica dance as she set out to complete an almost impossible shootout. sink four shots in just 35 seconds. she made the layup, no problem.
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and hit the free throw on her first try. but the three-pointer didn't want to drop. >> i kept missing the threes. i was like, all right. this is the end. when i finally made it i was like, now this is the end because i knew i wasn't going to make the half court shot. >> i was not expecting her to pull off the half-court shot. >> nothing but net from a 13-year-old girl who wasn't even wearing tennis shoes. and did i mention she has a torn acl? >> i was so -- like i couldn't believe it. i was so lost. i was like, what's happening? is anyone shooting behind me that made it? i just didn't believe it was me. >> just disbelief. i went to catch the ball to throw it back to her and when it just went through the net i just caught the ball and slammed it down.
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i didn't know what to think or do. >> i got really excited for veronica and ran and gave her a hug. i was just really happy for her. >> reporter: the feat captured everyone a attention, even the vcu coaches and players couldn't take their eyes off of the amazing young lady. >> good start to your holiday? >> yeah. it was a good start. it was a good little present. >> how awesome is that? >> do you think you could do that? >> no. carmelo can't even do that. he hasn't hit four shots since the nuggets. >> fighting words. >> just saying. >> fighting on the set. amazing young lady. look at that. >> look at my guns. >> do we have tickets for the gunn show. >> they have not been smuggled an a delta flight. >> that is fantastic. >> but anyway -- we do thank you for joining us. >> it's been great getting to know you. follow us on facebook, everybody. follow us on facebook, everybody.
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this morning on this morning on "world news now" -- deadly storms. the human toll after tornadoes slammed the south and snow and rain threaten the midwest and the east coast. the travel headaches on christmas eve. the feds say a gun smuggling operation involving delta airlines flights. a wake-up call for airport security after ak-47s were smuggled on board. >> this gun could shoot through a car door, can shoot through an apartment door, can shoot through a bulletproof vest. >> how did so many guns make it on board for years undetected? fashionable feet. trendy socks making their way into your christmas stockings. >> socks are like a very good intro for a guy just deciding, i want to be more stylish.
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>> how an nba star is cashing in on the stylish trend. it's wednesday, christmas eve, december 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we say good morning to you on this christmas eve. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm tai hernandez. kendis is new. i've only known him a couple of hours. i feel like we're fast friends. i know nothing about you. tell us about yourself. >> i'm kendis. i like long walks on the beach. >> whoa! >> this is not my tinder profile? no. i'm from the d.c. affiliate and now a correspondent. >> it all works for this show because we like to mix things up. really good to have you here. >> great to be here. our top story this half hour -- millions of americans are on the road for holiday vacations, but the weather is not cooperating. >> the worst is in the south where severe storms are more than just troublesome.
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they are actually deadly. abc's rob marciano has more. >> reporter: the deep south under a dangerous threat. severe damage in amite, louisiana. up to 2 0 houses hit hard by a possible twister, and at least four dead in mississippi where the governor declared a state of emergency. winds there so strong they flipped cars on the highway, including this ambulance. at least seven tornado reports, plus hail and wind damage as the storm steamrolled across the gulf coast. >> today was even worse. a lot of fog. a lot of light rain around the storm. it was almost impossible to see anything unless you were directly hit by it. >> oh, man! it is storming. >> reporter: near baton rouge, rain rates up to four inches an hour. definitely white in the midwest. snow plows out in full force. in rapid city, south dakota, visibility down to a quarter mile. in minnesota, rain turned to
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snow snarling the evening commute. the rocky mountains buried in snow. over two feet of it. a boon for ski resorts but getting to the slopes is a problem. interstate 70 shut down for more than 100 miles leaving drivers in colorado and kansas stranded. the entire system pushes to the east on wednesday. the core moves off to the northeast where wind and rain will be a problem for your christmas eve. an the back side, cold air into chicago could see snow. that accumulates for a white christmas there. rob marciano, abc news, new york. some holiday travelers got their wings clipped, literally. two planes had a fender bender on the ground at laguardia airport. an outbound southwest airlines jet and incoming american airlines jet collided. there were no injuries but the top of the southwest jet's wing was torn off. there were 143 passengers on each of the jets. more than 4 million passengers are expected to pass through chicago's two airports during this holiday period. and it may seem like all of them were there yesterday. long lines. but pushing through the crowds was a chore.
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today's winter storm watches and warnings may cause delays and cancellations and make travel today more frustrating. serious concerns about airport security as new details emerge about a brazen gun smuggling ring. loaded weapons carried on to at least 20 commercial flights between atlanta and new york. investigators call it an inside job that bypassed even tsa screeners. more from abc's stacey sager. >> reporter: the timing of the indictment couldn't be worse. as thousands are about to get on airplanes for holiday travel all over the country, the news of a major gun-running operation on commercial flights. five men now charged. at the center of it, two, a former delta employee, mark henry and a current one, eugene harvey, who allegedly smuggled 153 guns on delta flights over the past eight months. what kind? >> this is an ak-47. this gun can shoot through a car door, can shoot through an
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apartment door, can shoot through a bulletproof vest. >> reporter: prosecutors say henry had a lifetime of free companion flights because his mother was also a longstanding delta employee. he used them to transport the weapons. but cops say henry was at it for years in brooklyn. >> we know his gun-smuggling went back to 1991. this person literally has facilitated genocide on the brooklyn streets. >> reporter: authorities pored over surveillance video showing henry allegedly carrying a full backpack after eugene harvey, the delta baggage handler, passed him the guns in an airport bathroom in atlanta. harvey, an employee and not subject to tsa screening which the d.a. says should be a major wake-up call. >> this was an egregious breach in our nation's airport security.
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these guys wanted to make money off of these guns but there are groups out there that want to kill us. >> reporter: stacey sager, abc news, new york. we're following a developing story this morning from texas where former president george h.w. bush is spending the night in a houston hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. his office says the hospital stay is a precaution only. last year, mr. bush spent seven weeks at the same hospital when he was treated for bronchitis and other health issues. authorities are on alert about a possible terrorist attack on the memphis-arkansas bridge. the fbi received an anonymous muss tip that islamic militants wanted somebody to blow up the bridge. that was passed on to local authorities. the bridge connects tennessee and arkansas. the navy s.e.a.l. who claims he shot osama bin laden is now under investigation for possibly revealing classified information.
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he spoke to several journalists last month about the bin laden raid. another navy s.e.a.l. had been under investigation after he wrote a book. congressman michael grimm is insisting he'll hold on to his seat even though he's a convicted felon. the republican plead guilty in federal court yesterday to a single count of tax evasion. after his court appearance, grimm apologized for his action saying what he did was wrong. democrats in the house are calling for grimm to be forced out. and in an about-face, sony pictures now says a limited number of theaters will show "the interview" on christmas day. the movie, of course, sparked outrage in north korea and threats from hackers. but that hasn't stopped some fans from already buying their tickets. here's abc's emmett miller. >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea? >> reporter: the show will go on. independent theaters in atlanta, dallas and cleveland will be airing the controversial film "the interview" on christmas day. and the list is growing. moviegoers are already buying tickets. >> kim jong-un is not going to
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tell us what we are going to watch. >> i'm not the least bit worried about my own safety. >> reporter: seth rogan and james franco responded. victory, the people and the president have spoken. >> reporter: last week, sony announced they'd not release the film in part because theater owners were worried about violent threats from the guardians of peace, the group that hacked sony's computers. north korea has been struggling to stay online. internet to the communist country was knocked offline for ten hours on monday. cybersecurity experts call north korea an easy target for skilled hackers with a primitive infrastructure and only a fraction of the ip addresses found here in the u.s. the fbi has been in close contact with all the theaters planning to screen it. they are warning the public to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. the fda wants to limit a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. those men who are sexually active are not allowed to donate blood.
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the ban was imposed in 1983 during the early days of fear and panic sorry rounding the aids epidemic. easing the ban could ease the blood supply by 4% a year. a utah man is fully recovered from health problems caused by chugging eggnog. he downed a quart of eggnog in 12 seconds without taking a breath at an office party. he soon began coughing and gasping. doctors told him he'd gotten some of the eggnog in his lungs. he was put on oxygen and antibiotics and released from the hospital after three days. the eggnog was nonalcoholic. what's the point? >> he takes the last sip and is down on the table. poor guy. >> i think he won a gift certificate to a steak house for all his trouble. >> exactly. ruth's chris. an ohio man has earned a place on his town's naughty list for giving neighbors a nightmare before christmas.
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>> jason dixon has been ordered to take down his unconventional nativity scene. it features a life-size zombies and frightening baby jesus with glowing eyes. he admits he has his critics but says many people love it and dozens of them stop by to take pictures every night. >> officials, however, are not amused. they say it violates town ordinances because of its size and location and they want it gone asap. >> that's where they draw the line. because of the size and location, not because of the psycho baby jesus or -- >> exactly. right. you have to find that right code to get what you want in the law, i suppose. >> and that's the theme music playing. coming up -- could it be true, drinking on the job makes you perform better? stay tuned for cocktails in "the mix." first, the historic accord between the u.s. and cuba and hopes for our tourism industry in havana. we're going to take you there. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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got some positive economic news that sent wall street into record territory. the dow jones industrial average this morning opens above 18,000 for the very first time ever. the index has gained nearly 1,000 points in just five days. the running of the bulls seems to be more than the annual santa claus rally. investors are reacting to encouraging news about the job market and low gas prices. there's been a surge in sign-ups for obamacare before christmas. the latest numbers show nearly 6.5 million signed up for health insurance plans through healthcare.gov. nearly 2 million new customers with coverage in the new year. another sergeant in sign-ups is
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expected by mid-february. that's the deadline for open enrollment. the new era in relations between the united states and cuba is just about a week old now. hardly enough time to make any judgments about any aspect of it. >> one part of life that this new era directly impacts is the possibility of more u.s. tourists going to cuba. serena marshall has more from havana. >> reporter: cuba, an island frozen in time, just 90 miles south of the florida keys. memorialized in movies like "the godfather." this forbidden fruit of the caribbean was a vacationer's paradise. world class beaches, colonial architecture, even detroit iron. >> totally different than anywhere we've been around the world before. just so different. very unique. >> reporter: roaming the
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streets, americans look bill and marjorie springer of naples, florida. while some americans might take an alternate route to this embargoed nation, the springers came legally as part of a cultural people to people program. started in 2011 by president obama to increase interactions with everyday cubans. those wishing to go experience the island must go with a tour group who have special licenses. the springers' $6,000-week long tour meant they joined the more than 80,000 americans who visited so far this year. >> you really are not on vacation. an expedition and learning experience. >> reporter: you can visit the island if you are part of a dozen preapproved groups. but that could expand under president obama's recent announcement and you can experience the country once thought to be forbidden. >> did you ever think that you
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standing here in havana would be possible? >> not back then, no. not for many years. into the '70s and '80s. maybe the way we felt about china. it would never get there. >> reporter: a neighbor closer to being reopened for business a half century later. serena marshall, abc news, havana, cuba. >> it's interesting because so many people want to go because it's a place statistic in time. but that will change as more tourist dollars flow through the country. it's interesting. >> it's necessary change. i was there just in september as a tourist. it's a beautiful country. a lot of broken down buildings that need help there. we'll see how it develops in the next year or so. coming up, all the rage. and you might be wearing a pair of them right now. >> we're talking about socks. always a popular holiday gift. and probably a bigger part of the fashion industry than you might think. later, we take flight with this year's hot seller, drones. plenty of buyers, but plenty of serious concerns. that's in our next half hour. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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♪ okay. i'll admit it. i didn't purchase socks for anyone on my shopping list. they asked me if they thought i would have, though. i was a little insulted by that. >> why? it's the gift. even though you didn't, plenty of others are putting socks under the tree for someone. a lot of socks have plenty of style. and we're "up all nightline" with dan kloeffler on this. >> reporter: rarely on a wish list, but always under the tree. socks. >> it was the butt of the jokes. i got socks. thank you issue grandma. >> reporter: that once dreaded holiday gift now a nearly $6 billion industry. >> socks are look a good intro
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for a guy just deciding, i want to be more stylish. >> reporter: known for his style and his slam dunk, miami heat's dwyane wade is on his third direction for socks. >> some have my socks on and don't know it. i met people who talked about socks and looked down. those are some nice socks. you luke these? yeah, i designed them. >> reporter: from snoop dogg to rob kardashian, stars are jumping in. sock sales skyrocketing in the last two years. for wade, stylish socks are more than about making bank. >> my mom told me when i was young, your life is bigger than basketball. you are capable of a lot more. >> reporter: small business sockpreneurs. this man quit his job on wall street and is following suit. >> the 4 1/2 years you've been here, you've seen the trend pick up and gain momentum? >> the sock industry is blowing up. it's not the more subdued and
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argyles. >> reporter: these shelves are stocked with nothing but high-style hosiery. >> your high ticket item here? >> 100% cashmere socks and retail for $100. >> reporter: whatever the price point, whatever the pattern, pinterest and sidewalks alike are showing we're amid a revolution. a once loathed gift may be on your wish list. we certainly know what lebron james is getting this year. >> shopping done for you. >> he's done. >> reporter: for nightline, i'm dan kloeffler in new york. >> where do we get dan's sweater? guaranteed to be the gift that you lose by boxing day or by the day after. do you have some fancy socks on? >> no. >> oh, look at that. apparently i do and some fancy new red hair. >> pippi longstocking. >> i hope we can get some of those. >> i hope they are giving you equal play here. >> where is kendis in his socks? >> we're out of time. >> we'll check them out after the break what you're really
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wearing. coming up, the christmas eve "mix." up, the christmas eve "mix."
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time for "the mix." >> fascinating. >> i'm going to kick it off this morning with a homeless man who is going to be the subject of a prank by a prankster who thought let me give money to this guy and see what he does with it. he gives him $100 and you can see the man shocked. he was going to expose what this man might do with $100. he saw him go into a liquor store and thought, this is what he does with the money. he purchased food at that liquor store and took it over to a group of homeless people he didn't even know and gave them some food. >> isn't that incredible? >> now the prankster is raising some money to help this guy out. he did such an incredible turn of kindness. >> i know a lot of you probably
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missed the '80s. and you both know who you are. you were getting ready for play time. there's going to be an '80s-themed cruise. it's going to have the likes of huey lewis and the news and tiffany. all the '80s artists that you didn't miss. they'll be on the cruise and take passengers back in time to experience the music, movies, tv, fashion, the celebrities. every night they'll feature one of the headline entertainers with guaranteed seating for all. it's going to take you to san juan, st. thomas, but more importantly, back to the heaven that was the '80s. it's going to take place in 2016. let's hope huey lewis can make
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it until then. >> they have video game competitions. how good was your pacman? >> break out my commodore 64. moving along, a story about drinking on the job. >> too late. >> a lot of people -- i know this is true. it can improve your creativity on the job. researchers say that not being drunk but being a little tipsy can help you out. there's a beer coming out to corner this market called the problem solver. it wants to help you find that creative pique. if you drank this much, if you are up to that line, you are a little creative going, dipping down. that's the theory behind this new beer. fascinating video in china where an ostrich went for a run on a highway there. this is in one of the busiest highways in china. it was recovered moments later by the authorities. this ostrich just went for a run. i found the reason why. he's kept in a pen with a female ostrich alone. that will have you running on
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this morning on "world news now" -- extreme weather. this morning on "world news now" -- extreme weather. deadly tornadoes slam the south while snow and rain threaten the midwest and northeast. the holiday travel hassles and accuweather's forecast. defiant congressman michael grim, why he's refusing to leave his office even though he could go to prison. >> a popular gift this christmas, drones. big concerns about more remote controlled flying machines taking off. and later, he is number one. funny guy adam sandler tops a new list in hollywood. but this is no compliment. that's in "the skinny" on this christmas eve, wednesday, december 24th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> we say good morning to you on this christmas eve. i'm kendis gibson. >> so good to have you here. >> it is good to be here. >> you hail from? >> the washington, d.c., abc affiliate. still have the new car smell after two days of being here. all good. >> good to have you. we'll begin with the deadly storms in the south and the christmas travel nightmare shaping up. >> a major storm is brewing from the midwest and east and that may mean some travel delays. our coverage begins with abc's josh haskell. >> that's a tornado. >> reporter: that massive dark cloud is a tornado in ellisville, mississippi. severe weather killed four in the deep south tuesday night. just look what the storms did to this ambulance and this home. >> oh, man! >> reporter: wind so strong they left buildings without roofs and towns without electricity. >> we had a lot of fog. a lot of light rain around the storm. it was almost impossible to see
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anything unless you were directly hit by it. >> reporter: in tallahassee, florida, the problem is rain. the national weather service declared a flash flood emergency with over six inches. no white christmas in the south. but in the midwest, snow plows out in force. and in the rockies, ski resorts now have two feet of fresh snow. with millions of people on the move to make it home by christmas eve, airports are crowded and things moving slow. >> still waiting for our douglas. >> reporter: at charlotte douglas airport, 84 flights arriving or departing were canceled. 24 is -- 241 delayed. >> about an hour and a half. they told us it was raining here. >> reporter: according to the flight tracking service flight aware, the u.s. saw over 5,000 delays on tuesday and 582 cancellations. disruptions due to the poor weather expected to continue today. josh haskell, abc news, new york. with that rain in the northeast and snow around
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chicago, it's going to be a challenge for travelers today. >> our coverage continues with accuweather where meteorologist justin povick is tracking it all. good morning, justin. >> thanks. while the northeast deals with rain, we're sharing the wealth with more wet weather in the northwest. busy travel day looks like it's going to be a little busier around seattle and portland with heavy soaking showers and gusty winds. snow into the cascades. traveling along 90 or 94, watch out for slippery travel. poor traveling conditions in the northwest and all throughout the eastern seaboard. kendis and tai, back to you. turning to the protests in new york resuming despite calls for a cooling off period after the deadly attack on two police officers. hundreds of demonstrators marched across manhattan calling for an end to police brutality. the mayor and others asked for a pause in the rallies until the officers are buried. protesters say their cause has nothing to do with the ambush. more tributes for those two
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slain nypd officers. lights were dimmed for five minutes at the empire state building, one world trade center and other landmarks. earlier mayor bill de blasio led the city in a moment of silence for the officers. the mayor laid flowers at the memorial in brooklyn where the men were killed. to a developing story in houston where former president george h.w. bush is spending the night in the hospital. an ambulance took him there after he experienced shortness of breath. his office is calling the hospitalization a precaution. he spent seven weeks at the same hospital last year after complications from bronchitis. mr. bush is 90 years old. a new york congressman who once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony may soon get thrown himself behind bars. republican michael grimm is now a convicted criminal. but he's refusing to give up his job on capitol hill. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: after vowing to
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fight the charges against him tooth and nail, congressman michael grimm plead guilty to one count of lying on his taxes. that confrontation with the reporter was about this investigation. but the congressman admitted as the owner of the new york city restaurant healthalicious, he cooked the books. he'll pay three years worth of state and federal taxes he owes. congressman grimm is now a convicted felon. under the house rules, he is allowed to keep his seat but may not be able to vote on the house floor. he now faces some serious questions. >> i am certainly truly sorry for it. but i also accept full responsibility. >> congressman, will you resign? >> reporter: at first he ignored that question but finally admitted he plans to stay. >> i can close this chapter on my life. >> doesn't accepting responsibility mean resigning? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: the fbi said not only did grimm fail to pay his
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fair share of taxes. he also lied under oath to conceal his criminal activity. next month he'll be sworn in as a member of the 114th congress. six months later, he may be headed to prison. david wright, abc news, brooklyn. actor james franco is celebrating a victory adding the people and the president have spoken. that is his reaction after sony pictures reversed course and decided to release the movie "the interview." it will be shown at a select number of theaters. fans have already started buying tickets for the christmas day showing. >> now we can begin saying how bad of a movie it is. reviews can come in. a consumer alert to anyone with a keurig k10 machine. about seven million of the single cup mini brewer are being recalled. they can overheat and spray hot water. dozens of injuries have been reported. keurig is offering a free repair kit.
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they can still use the machines, but don't stand too close and don't brew more than two cups in a row. starbucks is making a major shift of its food policy to kinder and gentler treatment of animals. the coffee chain is promising to phase out eggs from caged chickens housed in gestation crates. the company will also urge suppliers to stop using hormones on livestock. new regulation in california could cause egg prices to go up. starting january 1st, chickens must have more space to move around. regulations call for chickens to have nearly twice as much space as they have now. consumers will likely end up paying for that space and prices could increase by 20%. there may be such a thing as too much holiday cheer in one place at least. >> you'll have to prove it. but let's see. >> a woman in wisconsin might have gotten a little carried away decorating this year. judy hall selected 52 christmas trees. that's twice as many as the white house, by the way. she somehow managed to cram them all into her tiny one-bedroom
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apartment. >> man. as you can see, the trees come in all colors. and they range in size from one inch to 7 feet tall. >> why not? you know, this year i don't even have one because we have a baby crawling around and we were nervous about it. i should go to judy's house. >> how do you decorate 52 trees? >> i don't know. full-time job. poor husband. >> i think she's single. >> maybe. >> i'm assuming she is. coming up, what adam sandler, johnny depp and ben stiller have in common in "the skinny." and important advice at this hour. how to look rested. and even when you are run down, how to perk up your appearance and hide your exhaustion. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by delsym. orld news now" weather brought to you by delsym.
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♪ ♪ there has been a surge in sign-ups for obamacare before christmas.
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the latest numbers show nearly 6.5 million people signed up for health insurance plans through healthcare.gov. there are nearly 2 million new customers with coverage in the new year. another surge in sign-ups is expected in mid-february. positive economic news sent wall street into record territory. the dow jones industrial average opens up this morning above 18,000 for the first time ever. the index has gained nearly 1,000 points in just about five days. the running of the bulls seems to be more than the annual santa claus rally. investors are reacting to encouraging news about the job market and low gas prices. it's the final push by retailers before christmas. some major chains, including toys "r" us and kohl's are open right now for shoppers looking for deals. retailers expect sales for the holiday season to be up by more than 4%. yesterday the government reported that consumer spending last month rose at its fastest pace in three months. >> let's hope you've done all of your christmas shopping and found everything you wanted to
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give your loved ones. >> plenty of gadgets and gizmos will be unwrapped and some of them will be in the air shortly thereafter. gio benitez reports that drones as gifts have taken off, for better or worse. >> reporter: forget simple gifts like sleds or snow globes. the christmas gifts flying off shelves this holiday season, drones. some stores reporting demand soaring. as more and more states try to figure out how to deal with private drone use, aviation officials are not only sounding the alarm but launching a new campaign. know before you fly. >> how do you make sure you stay off the naughty list? we want you to know before you fly. >> reporter: posting online safety videos easy for kids to understand. >> do fly your unmanned aircraft below 400 feet. don't fly your unmanned aircraft
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beyond your line of sight. >> reporter: they range from 50 bucks to thousands and are sold in stores like walmart, best buy and even toys "r" us. sites like amazon which has created a safety website of its own urging customers to fly responsibly. more like this guy. >> santa! >> reporter: and less like this one. some are feeling more holiday fear than cheer over the new high-tech trend. aviation powerhouses, including the faa and association for unmanned vehicle systems international now warning that drones in the wrong hands could equal disaster. >> the problem is that people don't have the warnings necessary to know if they get too high or in the wrong place they can interfere with air traffic with people aboard. >> reporter: those small drones creating real dangers in the air. listen to this jetblue pilot on final approach in new york just last month. >> about two miles out on the final, maybe around 400 to 300 feet looked like one of those unmanned drones was flying right
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on the final. >> reporter: in just the past two years, more than a dozen close calls between planes and drones. even out of the sky, a small drone plummeting on to a busy manhattan street, just feet from a person on the ground. >> we've got people out there using these things innocently and they don't realize they could be dangerous. >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> absolutely dangerous but some of the video you get from some of those drones fascinating. i saw one in a fireworks display during the fourth of july. absolutely beautiful. but be careful about where you fly that. >> it seems like kind of a guy thing. >> why is which i love it. music to my ears. >> your christmas gift is flying around somewhere here. pretty cool. you can't carry anything heavier than 50 pounds with your drone. surprises me you can put something even that heavy on it. >> amazon will be doing deliveries soon using drones, so
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can't be a heavy package. >> interesting stuff. when we come back, we've got not just any "skinny," the christmas eve "skinny." >> a list no actor wants to be on and a gift from folks working on the "entourage" movie. stick around. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome back, everybody. and it is my first "skinny." you always remember your first. so let's get to it, okay? >> make this one count. >> the list no hollywood actor wants to be on. >> the "forbes" list of the most overpaid actors. and it's got a familiar face. >> isn't that redundant? >> overpaid actors. >> they do make a lot of money.
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adam sandler tops the list for the second year in a row. "forbes" looks at an actor's last three movies, calculates what they were paid and what the movie made. it's not subjective. they use numbers for this. sandler once again offering the least return and earning the most. >> second place, johnny depp. who? he's had some blockbuster hits but also recent flops. can you name five good johnny depp movies? >> well, not from the past year. >> no. >> i'm a fan. i like johnny depp. and ben stiller. >> ben stiller was third. this is like the watch and tower heist get him included on that list. >> i think they are laughing all the way to the bank. next up, the confirmation of the breakup of a long time hollywood couple. helena bonham carter and director tim burton called it quits. >> technically, they were never married but were together 13 years during which they had two
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children. they say they plan on co-parenting their son and younger daughter. >> burton and bonham carter met while working on "planet of the apes" and teamed up for "charlie and the chocolate factor" and the 2010 blockbuster "alice in wonderland." tough to work together in hollywood. >> tougher to live together. they actually did nine movies together. >> there you go. on a brighter note, the boys of "entourage" are coming back. the trailer for their upcoming movie dropped yesterday. it's an early christmas present for the fans of the former hbo series. >> good to see the guys back. all the regulars from vince to e to turtle and johnny drama. ari, too. looks like some money issues involved. >> you're upset. >> upset? >> i gave you $100 million. >> you're $15 million over. >> you agreed to not go over. >> because you said i couldn't direct unless we agreed. >> okay. so trailer seems to indicate
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that ari hasn't mellowed one bit despite now being a studio head. the "entourage" movie hits theaters june 5th. >> so good to see ari back. >> let's hope there's no plot dealing with north korea. we will see this movie after all. >> paramount pictures has built what's going to be the biggest opening directing job out there. >> the studio has picked justin lin to direct "star trek 3." he's given credit for reviving the "fast & furious" action series. >> the first two installments of the coordinate star trek were directed by j.j. abrams. huge shoes to fill. really good movies in my opinion. he's now directing the upcoming "star wars" movie, j.j. abrams is. so the star trek films have grossed more than $840 million worldwide. >> nice reboot. >> to have someone like me really love those star trek movies, that's no small feat by j.j. abrams. >> take it you aren't a sci-fi. >> it's got to be really good. definitely fit the bill. >> sci-fi is not supposed to be good.
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♪ ♪ ♪ so finally this half hour, even though this is my first time an the show, i know that sleep is important to everyone around here. >> no doubt about that. that's true. but what you -- like if you are getting enough or not enough like some of us, you still need to look well rested no matter how much sleep you've gotten. >> good question. we've got answers from abc's sara haines. >> reporter: it's the three little words no one wants to hear. >> you look tired means you look old. >> reporter: you look tired. who can blame you with work, the
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gym, child care and that endless holiday shopping list. who has time for shut eye? >> not so wonderful when you wake up feeling exhausted and drained of color. >> reporter: of course, there's nothing a good night's sleep can't fix. if you are one of the one-third americans who aren't getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours and still need to look fresh, the "good life" magazine gave us an inside look at some refreshing beauty tips. >> the combination of completely natural solutions and really easy makeup tricks that pretty much anybody can do. >> reporter: first that green tea isn't just for drinking. dermatologists say you can apply frozen boiled green tea bags to your eyes in the morning. >> the cold and caffeine will bring down the redness, and there are great plant compounds that naturally take the puffiness out as well. >> reporter: another trick right in your fridge. >> pull out your whole milk. soak a wash cloth in it and gently lay it on your face for a few minutes. >> reporter: skin care professionals say the lactic
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acid in the milk has a natural exfoliating effect. >> and it feels good, right? >> reporter: when it comes to makeup use white eyeliner underneath the lid. a bright lipstick to make the focus the lips. and there's nothing a good brush of blush can't freshen up. >> if you only have time to do one thing? make it a pop of blush. >> reporter: simple solutions to keep an eye an the prize, no sleep required. sara haines, abc news, new york. >> i've got a really good trick. >> what? >> avoid the mirror. that's what i do when i wake up in the morning. >> white eyeliner it is. >> i like that one, too. they are all good tips. except the milk. too messy. >> create a mess. don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> we'll be back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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. good morning, america. breaking overnight, christmas storm. >> wow. >> a wall of tornados slams the into a nightmare. not backing down. hundreds of demonstrators take to the streets, ignoring police for a break in protests until the two slain nypd officers are laid to rest. developing overnight, former president george h.w. bush sent to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. the 90-year-old admitted as a precaution. the details ahead. and an amazing rescue, two people lifted up by a helicopter and dropped back to safety. how they managed to hold on just in time before being lifted to shore.

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