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happy new year once again happy new year once again from "world news now." >> here are some of the headlines we're following on "world news now." a million people cram into times square under ultra tight security after the shooting death of two officers. but that included the famous ball drop that we want on without a hitch. and should the search for wreckage from airasia flight 8501. more bodies are brought to shore as investigators are eager to find the black boxes from the
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airbus. and this morning we're getting some new information about the deadly shooting at a walmart in idaho. >> police say a 2-year-old boy took his mother's loaded gun out of her purse and shot and killed her. matt gutman reports, police first thought it was a suicide. >> reporter: then, unimaginable her toddler killed her. >> he accessed a weapon inside the woman's purse and thus discharged hitting the victim. >> reporter: the bullet hit the woman in the head. she was a nuclear scientist visiting family from out of town. her facebook profile a portrait of her and her beloved toddler.
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>> the child was, it looked like to be sitting in the shopping cart with the purse while the female victim was shopping. >> reporter: rutledge's father-in-law raced to the scene to console and collect the children. police officially combed in action similar to this shooting in arizona where a 9-year-old girl shot and killed an instructor teaching her how to fire a machine gun. nearly 600 americans were killed by accidental charges in 2011 the most recent year for data available. matt gutman abc news miami. lawyers for dzhokhar tsarnaev are denying a motion to delay his trial nine months. jury selection is set for
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monday december 5th. it will be impossible to pick a fair jury in boston. a brand new set of laws go into effect on this new year's day. a number of states are raising their minimum wages in california. illegal immigrants can apply for driver's licenses. and in new york a ban on tiger selfie's takes effect next month. it will be illegal to pose for a photo with a lion tiger or any other big cat. oh boy. well coming up a big name to help ring in the new year right here in new york's times square. and why taylor swift has one more reason to smile as she rings in the new year. that's all ahead in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news ♪ america's service members and veterans are strong. forged out of bravery, sacrifice, and duty. from all corners of the country, a family for life.
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♪ let it go let it go ♪ ♪ i am one with the wind and sky ♪ >> and elton john performed at the barclay center in brooklyn. taylor swift rang in the new year right in the thick of it in times square. >> what was she wearing? >> not a lot. >> poor thing. ryan seacrest actually gave her a tuxedo at one point. taylor swift has an extra reason to shine on this new year's day. >> she managed to unseat "froze up" as the top selling album. she has already sold 3.6 million copies since october. >> and that's compared to 3.5 million copies of "frozen"
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soundtrack. no other album has sold 2 million copies. >> if i have downloaded it, i can't say that i have. i can't admit that. >> i'm going to let that go. fantastic, i'm sure. next up a very sensitive subject for another major recording artist. >> it sure is. nicki minaj opened up about the abortion she had as a teenager. the star tells the magazine at the time she thought she was going to die and it has haunted her ever since. >> minaj says it was the hardest thing she ever had to go through after becoming pregnant while dating her first love an older man from queens new york. still she says she stands behind her decision saying at the time she had nothing to offer a child. and finally, we have some celebrity split-ups to kickoff the new year. >> what better way to kickoff
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the new year. after just ten months of marriage the wife of actor jeremy renner wants out. tmz reports that they are citing irreconcilable differences and their prenup will be torn up because the marriage was based on a fraud. no further details on what she means by fraud. and former guns n roses guitarist slash divorces from his wife of 13 years also citing irreconcilable differences. >> we always hear about the celebrities getting married for the new year. it is good to have some folks saying you know what? i've had enough. >> i'm looking for someone, is that what you're saying? >> yes. and we are blowing out the birthday candles on this new year's day. >> actor frank langella. >> and hip-hop master grandmaster flash is 57. >> no that can't be.
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heartburn medicine for 9 straight years. one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. ♪ thank you robert burns for that. now that the champagne has been drunk and the caviar consumed, it's time to get serious about that new year's resolution to get back into shape. >> just in time for 2015 is the latest popular diet promising a new you for the new year. here's abc's sara haines with the dash diet. >> reporter: christine ambrose weighed 274 pounds at her heaviest. >> i was very conscious about how overweight i was. and the impact it was having on my blood pressure. >> reporter: she managed to drop 40 pounds but still didn't feel healthy. her doctor then recommended going on the dash diet.
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dash with stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension was a plan initially conceived to lower but proved to help with weight loss, too. >> the key foods are the fruits and vegetables with nonfat and low fat dairy and nuts. we're trying to avoid a lot of the processed foods. >> reporter: marla heller says it's more about focusing on what you are eating, not how much. >> you don't have to worry so much about counting calories. this way is more natural and you just naturally start eating the right amount. >> reporter: heller's newly-released diet "the dash diet younger you" aims not only to help lose the pounds but claims to turn your internal clock back 20 years. >> by strengthening the plant-based component of the dash diet, it strengthens its ability to make you younger from the inside out. >> reporter: ambrose was sprinting towards success. >> i never really felt deprived on the diet where every other diet i felt i was sacrificing to
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follow the diet. >> reporter: but some nutritionists say it's not just a dash to the finish. >> it's not a one-size-fits-all finish. it's important to consult with a registered dietitian or physician, someone who really understands how to shape that plan to fit your particular health needs. >> reporter: since 2009, ambrose has lost a total of 90 pounds. >> i just felt healthier. i wanted to move more. i'm no longer hypertensive. >> reporter: sara haines, abc news, new york. >> interesting concept. we asked a little earlier, what are your resolutions for 2015? log on to wnnfans.com and let us know. >> do you have any resolutions? >> not yet. yours? >> my resolution is to make it to the next commercial break and return back in time. >> we'll see how that works out. ♪
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good morning. i'm kendis gibson in for t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now." security in new york's times square was even tighter than usual after the recent police shootings and protests. but there weren't any major problems. as many as a million people showed up in person. details coming up. much better weather today should aid the search for victims and wreckage from airasia flight 8501. investigators are eager to find the black boxes from the airbus a320. stay tuned for our update. a hiker is dead after he and two companions cut across an area labeled suspicion on an area west of denver. the snowshoer was buried by an avalanche for 15 to 20 minutes. and a delta flight had to be
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diverted to salt lake city after a woman went into labor midflight. the passenger was rushed to a hospital where she gave birth. those are some of our top stories on this new year's day, january 1st, 2015. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> all right. hey, everybody. happy new year to you. thank you for joining us on this wonderful new year's day. we're going to get started with the huge new year's eve party in times square. >> what a party it is every year. security in new york was extra tight after the murder of two police officers less than two weeks ago and threats of more anti-police protests. >> elizabeth hur reports many cities were keeping their fingers crossed. >> reporter: more than a million people packing times square cheered as the crystal ball descended. police calling times square the safest place in new york city.
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revelers protected by thousands of nypd's best. in the city of brotherly love, fireworks, while down south, atlanta's peach drop went off without a hitch. in the windy city, down in the teens. fireworks over chicago's navy pier. celebrations kicking off 2015 on the other side of the world. over sydney harbor, the sky ablaze with a breathtaking light show. more than a million gathered there. seven tons of fireworks illuminating the sky. in south korea, the traditional ringing of the bells struck 108 times. iconic cities, one after another, ringing in the new year. kisses at midnight in manila to dubai. a spectacular show centered on the world's tallest building. over 70,000 l.e.d. towers
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reaching into the sky. in moscow, fireworks lighting up red square. at berlin's brandenburg gate, a dizzying display. in the city of lights, a light show of its own from the arc de triomphe. and along the thames, the world watching as the new year rolls in with all its possibilities. >> we pause. we think about the things in life that are good, the people we love, the bright lights in our lives and think next year maybe we'll do a bit better. >> with so many people out and about, you could imagine a lot could go wrong. police across the country were out in force, especially with the fbi warning them to be vigilant. >> we were looking at the pictures from -- the video from oakland this morning. >> absolutely. we actually have video monitoring the live situation there. we checked in about a half hour ago. from what i understand there the crowd there has grown but the good news is that the protesters are remaining peaceful for the
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most part which fortunately has been the case not only there in oakland but also in boston and here in new york city. >> the protests peaceful so far. also peaceful celebrations in new york. crowd control was a major factor here. >> picture this. more than a million people in one spot. but thousands of police officers were out with strict guidelines. some of the highlights i read, these protesters had to stay on the sidewalk. if they got off the sidewalk, they'd be arrested for disorderly conduct. you can carry signs but no backpacks. people who showed up with backpacks were turned away. >> people lined up there for hours. >> on behalf of t.j. and i, we thank you. kendis, of course. >> my mom gets confused, too. >> thank you. from new york to california, wind-whipped waves off the catalina island are blamed for two deaths. one of them a harbor policeman. several boats broke loose in the
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high waves and were beached. >> the policeman was swept off a boat and pinned between a boat and a rock. the other fatality was a man who lived on a boat moored in the harbor. the cause of his death is not known. no snow in vegas but more than enough for the people outside the city. numerous accidents involving drivers unfamiliar with snow including a camper that overturned and several major highways were closed for a while yesterday. the storms are moving east this morning. let's get more from accuweather's justin povick. justin? >> thank you, reena and kendis. the southwest looking at some very unpleasant traveling conditions here for the first day of 2015. snow is pulling out of arizona and into new mexico. significant accumulations along interstate 40 along with gusty winds. as this pushes into texas, thursday into thursday afternoon, some icy travel around lubbock, amarillo and eventually working into the sooner state of oklahoma. reena and kendis, back to you. weather is also a factor in the search for airasia flight
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that crashed last weekend. more bodies from airasia flight 8501 are being brought to indonesia this morning. the sea is finally calm and the sky clear in the search area today. that's good because time is running out to find bodies, debris and the all-important black boxes that may provide answers to what happened. >> we have bodies that need to be recovered on the surface of the ocean that have been pushed around for days now. >> because of those currents. the search area has now been expanded. singapore brought in an unmanned submarine equipped with sonar to help with the search. north korea's reclusive leader may be softening his stance, possibly ready to sit down with his neighbor to the south. in his televised new year's day speech, kim jong-un said he's open to a high level summit with the south korean president if seoul sincerely wants better ties. kim also announced plans to strengthen his military and economy. jeb bush is severing more business ties as he actively
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explores a run for the white house. the former florida governor has stepped down from all of the boards he was serving on. both businesses and non-profits. an aide to bush says he will be reviewing remaining business relationships in the coming weeks. we'll stay in the sunshine state. america's southern most island has gone to the dogs. >> about 175 of them kicking off key west's annual new year's eve dash and walk. man and his best friend strutted their stuff across the historic old town. >> the walk was a casual family friendly prelude to the more wild events that kicked in just before midnight. i believe that's when they lower a drag queen. >> oh, boy. coming up, the unforgettable headlines that go down in history from the past year. which event will you remember the most? and ahead, today's bowl games. a new year's tradition. insight on the football that you cannot miss.
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♪ ♪ a lot of those folks are still around today. okay. so ringing out an old year and ringing in a new one is often a bittersweet time to reflect back on the previous year. >> what a year it was for news from wars and attacks to severe weather and domestic threats. >> there was also quite a bit of good news. changing lives for the better and reaching for the stars. >> major cities falling under a
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black flag fueled by ruthlessness and religious zeal. >> we'll degrade and ultimately destroy isil. >> u.s. fighter jets and drones launching air strikes. >> kassig, the third american to be murdered by isis since august. >> israeli air strikes on gaza light up the night sky soon after hamas launched the most rockets yet on tel aviv. >> there are dozens of bodies in the streets. >> we hope this cease-fire will prove to be durable and sustainable. >> unthinkable horror. more than 130 students killed during a siege at this army-run school in pakistan. >> the malaysia airlines flight was bound from kuala lumpur to beijing when all contact was lost. >> heartbreak for hundreds of families. >> another day in a frustrating search for clues. >> tonight, kiev is burning. >> russian president vladimir putin signed a document to
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formally annex crimea. >> malaysia airlines flight 17 down. >> strong evidence a russian-made missile brought down the plane. >> there has never been a time in the history of ebola when it's spread so fast. these countries do not have the capacity to contain it. >> it was the news america had been dreading. >> an individual has been diagnosed with ebola in the united states. >> it is not news that should bring about panic. >> it's an eerily familiar scene. at least four dead. >> we're heartbroken. >> premeditated mass murder. >> rodger carried out his day of retribution. >> when will this insanity stop. >> a possible shooting at the high school, the cafeteria. >> no probable cause exists to file any charges. >> a grand jury says daniel pantaleo did nothing illegal. >> i can't breathe. >> i can't breathe. >> protests growing nationwide. >> if they don't see this and make a change, then i don't know
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what we got to do. >> it's coming right at us, jim. >> i don't know how anyone can live through that. >> i just saw the darkness. >> 484 football fields all mud. >> this is a firestorm beyond all human imagination. >> entire neighborhoods now reduced to ash. >> it's a dangerous situation. >> imagine living like this for six days and counting. >> the most cars recalled by a single car company in a year ever. >> she didn't need to die. >> the complicating air bag recall. >> exploding with too much force. >> i was foggy. >> the next thing i remember is waking up in bed. >> the man once known as america's dad is under fire. >> cosby's lawyers called the women's claims old and discredited.
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>> sony canceling the release of its controversial comedy "the interview." an unprecedented response to a major cyberattack and threats against moviegoers. >> there was a problem of humanitarian proportions. >> president obama says he must fix a broken immigration system. >> you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. >> they have no business to treat them like animals and delay their care. >> 40 veterans died at this v.a. hospital. >> shinseki offered me his own resignation. >> you've done a disservice to the president of the united states. >> julia pierson today put in her resignation. >> today's decision will change the lives of thousands of loving couples. >> it was a momentous and historic moment for all of us. >> history in the making. >> there's your marijuana, sir. >> the shelves stocked. >> one of the first sales of recreational marijuana in the country. >> smells good in here. that's for sure. now you don't have to worry about getting in trouble for it. >> we're ready to accomplish much, much more. >> airborne for only seconds before it erupted.
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>> the aircraft meant to fly tourists into space exploded in midair. dreams of flight in pieces in the sand. >> we must push on. >> we confirmed the lander is on the surface. >> and liftoff. the dawn of orion and a new era of american space exploration. >> which news event of 2014 had the most impact on you? log on to our facebook page at wnnfans.com and let us know. eventful year. >> i forget about all the things that happened that really were just in the past 12 months. >> absolutely. coming up, ringing in the new year with kickoff. stay with us. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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michigan state against baylor. first up, oregon, featuring heisman trophy winner marcus mariota. oregon, 12-1. their only loss to the university of arizona back in october. kendis, you could say they exacted their revenge in the pac-12 title game. this game against arizona again ended up 51-13. what i'm saying is it was close right up until they kicked off. then it was who knows what. in the other corner, out in pasadena, jameis winston, former heisman trophy winner and the florida state seminoles. last time we saw jameis and the seminoles, they were playing a tough georgia tech team in the acc title game. we should say that florida state, for all their tough games, all they did was win every one of them.
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they are 13-0. the only undefeated team of the final four. oregon 7 1/2-point favorites according to the experts in the desert. the night cap, ohio state, or should we say, the ohio state university buckeyes. last time we saw the bucks was in the big ten title game against wisconsin. once again, this game wasn't even close. 59-0. yeah. i'll tell you what. you can say they ran away with the game. kind of like that guy. ohio state quarterback cardell jones. their third quarterback of the season. doesn't seem to really matter. they had their work cut out for them because opposing the buckeyes is the number one ranked alabama crimson tide, champions of the s.e.c. last time out, the tide took on missouri in the s.e.c. title
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game. this game was close, kendis. this game was close for three quarters. unfortunately, that night it was a four-quarter game. and alabama flexed a little muscle as they may very well do there in the sugar bowl. alabama minus nine. oregon/florida state 5:00 on espn, eastern time, i should say. followed by alabama/ohio state, 8:30. we want some predictions from the commish. i'll go with oregon and alabama. alabama wins the national championship. >> alabama for the national championship. >> and just because it's nfl playoff time, we'll put that on. we've got all my teams. we're set and ready to go. >> you are used to just a series of losers. >> i'm geared up. >> the irish against florida state. great game. >> it was a great game until the final play. they played very well against lsu.
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go irish. go steelers. >> we'll see how it works out. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> we'll be right back. ♪
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the "true detective" star. here's abc's sara haines. >> it's not about hugging trees. it's not about being wasteful either. >> all right, all right, all right. matthew mcconaughey is back. bearded and deeper than ever. >> taking care of yourself takes care of more than just yourself. >> his latest adds for lincoln's mkz hybrid coming to a home near you during the college football games on new year's day. >> that's the sweet spot. >> say what? and there he is again taking cover from the rain at a diner, until -- >> there we go. >> destination viral, if his first set of pensive ads for the struggling car company are any indication racking up more than 5 million views since september. >> sometimes you have to go back to move forward. >> his wisdom parodied on "saturday night live." >> take a big step back, like go from winning an oscar to doing a car commercial.
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>> ellen. >> what are you doing with your fingers? >> and even "south park." >> i just like how it feels. >> but lincoln was laughing all the way to the bank with overall sales rising 25% since the commercials debuted. >> trying to find that balance. >> reporter: with the new year and new ads, lincoln is hoping for a new rev up in sales for 2015. sara haines, abc news, new york. >> just a brilliant concept there. marketing genius. >> i wish we could get -- there you go. you to do a hokey commercial for "world news now." >> can we get some more bling in that? >> you like your couch. i mean, suit. >> you have to coordinate. can't just have the mushroom belt. you have to coordinate. that's the news for this half hour. >> remember to follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com.
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this morning on "world news now" -- holiday heartbreak. major developments this morning in the airasia crash. the latest discoveries in the past few hours as recovery crews have been fighting bad weather. >> on alert. police in new york and nationwide as protesters threaten to disrupt new year's celebrations. >> we have no specific threats directed against times square. >> the tension, crowd control, fireworks and hoopla to welcome 2015. and new year's gift for a 5-year-old boy who has never heard a thing before. the life-changing moments and challenges for this boy with autism. it's thursday, new year's day,
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january 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> do i look good at this point? >> you do look good. let's see them. it's a first day, yes, 2015. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. in case the hangover hasn't kicked in yet, this is sure to make it kick in. it's the new year already. >> i should have known the crew would do this up right. i went out to buy a couple of things from duane reed because i was worried. all i got were the 50% off christmas section. >> that's awesome. >> and this lights up. >> and it also plays -- wait for it. it's "happy hanukkah" on my head. >> multitask. >> isn't that great? >> that really is --
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i didn't have anything to drink but that's seriously killing my buzz right about now. >> killing your buzz. the buzz killer hat. >> yeah. i'll do my carlton. >> anywhere. and this is happy hanukkah. i've got all of this for $9.26. >> not bad. >> the finance department who will be watching. >> is that off? >> it's off now. we'll have to put this away. we're going to do a very hard turn. >> it's going to be a hard turn. as beautiful as it is to celebrate the new year, there are some suffering today. >> you think about the heavy hearts in asia. we're going to begin with the developments in the airasia crash. the crew recovering bodies this morning on borneo island. >> much better weather is allowing the search for other victims and debris to speed up. we get more now from abc easterry moran. >> reporter: two coffins garlanded with flowers carrying
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the bodies of two victims of the airasia crash. the first to arrive here in surabaya back where the doomed flight began. as bodies are recovered, the painstaking identification process begins. >> this young woman was on the plane and this will help you identify her? >> yes. >> reporter: at the crisis center here at the surabaya airport, we saw firsthand how the dead will be identified. indonesian red cross workers sorting through info on the passengers. >> reporter: teams spotted more bits and pieces in the water, including the evacuation slide of the plane being recovered here that may have deployed on impact but no sign of those black boxes. one key asset in this search, the "uss sampson." the commander smoke with armed forces network. >> we've set up a search box in a specified area and we've been searching with the ship and the helicopter. >> reporter: as the search
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continued for many family members, a day of prayer and bottomless grief. this massive recovery effort is a race against time and nature. those heavy seas and strong currents are scattering debris and bodies for miles while the batteries on those black boxes are gradually dying out. terry moran, surabaya indonesia. a tragic start to the new year in china as a stampede claims the lives of 35 people. they were crashed to death during new year's celebrations in shanghai's waterfront area. more than 40 others were injured. chinese officials haven't said what led up to the stampede but there are reports people were scrambling for coupons that looked like money being thrown from a window. stormy weather in the adriatic sea is slowing down efforts to tow a ferry to italy. days after the fire raged through the ship. the death toll is now at 11 after sunday's disaster. that said 98 people are still unaccounted for. it's still not clear if those
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people boarded the ferry or were rescued or died in the fire. no new details were released after the captain was questioned yesterday for five hours. we're getting a new look from on board the ship as rescue helicopters rescued those passengers. it was taken by two men who spent two days on the upper deck waiting to be rescued as the fire raged on below. you can see the dark smoke rising as frightened passengers lined up to be air lifted. for many big city police departments, 2015 probably couldn't arrive soon enough. there were worries protests at several public new year's eve celebrations. abc's lana zak has more. >> reporter: more than a million packed into new york's times square ready for the ball to drop. police there out in force. >> we have no specific threats directed against times square. >> reporter: still, security no easy task. nypd reeling from the recent assassination of two officers.
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the department monitoring it all. hundreds of cameras in times square and beyond from inside this command center. watching as the new year rolls in with all its possibilities. >> we pause. we think about the things in life that are good. the people we love. the bright lights in our lives and say maybe next year we'll do a little bit better. >> reporter: over sydney harbor, the sky ablaze with a breathtaking new year's light show. more than a million gathered there with fireworks illuminating the sky. in south korea, the traditional ringing of the bell struck 108 times. a buddhist representation of our sins and desires. iconic cities one after another ringing in the new year. from kisses at midnight in manila to dubai where a spectacular show was centered on the world's tallest building. over 70,000 led candles reaching nearly a half mile into the sky.
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in moscow, fireworks lighting up red square. and at berlin's brandenberg gate, a dizzying display. in the city of lights, a light show from the arc de triomphe. all along the thames in london. lana zak, abc news, new york. >> beautiful pictures from around the world. dubai knows how to do new year's. a man snowshoeing in the mountains just west of denver is dead after an avalanche. he and two other people were about 12,000 feet up when they cut across what's called a suspicious area. one of the climbers activated her avalanche beacon but the man who died was buried by snow for too long. here's some news you may not expect. to the south there's snow just 100 miles north of phoenix, arizona. the rare snowfall is slowing and snarling traffic and what passes for plows in arizona are out. that is earth-moving equipment there. abc's ginger zee reports a deep freeze is gripping much of the country this morning.
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>> reporter: snow smothering palm trees in southern california. spinouts and abandoned cars littering this stretch of the ortega highway. leaving a dangerous and frozen mark across the west. >> this is not something we wake up to every morning here in california. >> reporter: more than 130 drivers rescued in san bernardino county. up to a half foot of snow and gusting winds to 50 miles an hour forcing firefighters to use snow trucks to get them out. the cold winds battering catalina island sending boats onshore killing two people. and in pasadena at least four people injured after winds gusting, destroying booths at the rose bowl. in nevada, a dusting of snow at the las vegas airport. only the second time ever on new year's eve. and back in california -- >> this is what temecula looks like right now. >> reporter: their heaviest snow in a decade in temecula. so many enjoying this rare winter blast. those winter weather advisories
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and warnings stretch from the southwest into texas. still going to be a rough day going into the 1st for dallas and others. after that, chilly night, yes, the new year's day forecast has a little mess in the deep south and cold. parts of southern california now have had more snow this season than new york city. ginger zee, abc news, right here in times square. >> come on, ginge. we paid our dues last season. california can pay it up this season they can afford it. their frigid temperatures didn't stop more than 100 people in maine from doing something many of us wouldn't consider doing on new year's eve. >> they stripped down to their bathing suits and jumped into the atlantic. but it was all for a good cause. >> this year's polar dip raised more than $18,000 for the natural resources council of maine and its work to fight global warming. coming up in "the mix," the green comet you might be able to spot in the sky right now. it's not a drunken
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this year's flu outbreak has already reached an epidemic level in the u.s. and we still have five more months of flu season ahead. it has a growing number of people afraid to be around other sick people at the doctor's
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office. turning to a new app now for help it is called telemedicine. you can log into a virtual waiting room and you're face to face from the comfort of your own home. doctors warn they can't diagnose everything via video chat. there's another medical innovation that's given new ears to a 5-year-old boy who has never heard a single sound his entire life. >> but it's far from a regular hearing aid. it's called a cochlear implant and it was a challenging procedure for a boy with autism. brandon mclaughlin has the story from our tampa station. >> reporter: it's a piercing squeal that 5-year-old david can scarcely hear himself. that's why he's at children's hospital having his recently implanted cochlear device turned on. getting him to leave it on is the hard part. because david is not only profoundly deaf but autistic. >> it is a little harder to get a child with autism to accept something new.
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>> reporter: his audologist explained how much he has to learn and how difficult it will be. >> he doesn't even realize the difference between the noise maker shaking and the sound of his mother's voice. until he can learn to discriminate those things, it's a pretty scary experience. >> reporter: unlike a traditional hearing aid, the cochlear implant sends coded sound waves into the hearing nerves. back in the testing room mom finally sees david's fleeting but unmistakable reaction. >> david. david. you hear me. >> it's going to change his life completely. i already see it. >> reporter: david's younger brother joseph with similar hearing and behavioral problems will be evaluated for an implant next giving this whole family the promise of a future full of speech, laughter and music. they'll all be able to hear together. >> what a sweet story. >> very cool. the reaction amazing.
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coming up after the new year's eve champagne and christmas cookies, it's now time for the bowl game parties. t.j. will check in with america's chief entertaining officer who is putting out a scrumptious spread for new year's day 2015. and speaking of food for those of us who have had too much of it the latest diet that promotes dropping 20 years and
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♪ ♪ depending on whether you are starting your day or ending your night we hope you get time to enjoy the big football games on this new year's day. and to get the full effect you'll need some food and you'll
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need some drink. to help us out with that is america's chief entertaining officer. you helped us make it through new year's night. >> now it is daytime. >> we have to recover a little bit from what we did last night. as you and i talked about, one of our favorite drinks is the bloody mary. >> it's the perfect drink to ease into the day as you are watching football games and having fun. what i like to do to make it easy on me the host i set up a self-serve bloody mary station. i put out the mixes there, all the garnishes, hot sauces. let your guests build it like they want it. some like it kicked up. some don't. set out your favorite bloody mary mix. i found this one called bloody kentucky. they made this to mix with bourbon as well as vodka. i'm going to kick mine up. new year's day. i'm taking a little old forester which was america's first bottled bourbon. a little old forester a little good kentucky bourbon. to that i'm going to add my
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bloody kentucky. >> this is going to sound strange, bourbon in a bloody mary. >> vodka is a great tradition in a bloody mary but bourbon already has some flavors. it's going to enhance that bloody mary mix. i've got a little pickle spear, maybe asparagus and i made yours with just the bloody kentucky sauce. no bourbon in that. blue but cheers. i know you have to work. >> you know the rules, good stuff. >> that's good. >> is there really evidence a bloody mary helps you with a hangover the next day? people assume it does. they want to believe that. >> what helps you, i put a little bit of the spirit in. and all that mix and everything settles the stomach. it works for me. i keep trying it. another thing for new year's day. the good luck foods to bring good luck for the entire year. one of those are black eyed peas. instead of just serving like
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they are, i put in a little chopped pepper, chopped red and green pepper. little cilantro, some italian dressing and it's great. i use this as a side dish or a dip. that's my black eyed pea dip to bring in good luck. >> nobody wants to sit up and eat black eyed peas. >> even though it brings good luck. good luck and a nice dip as well. eating pork and beef is a sign of prosperity. so if you have that for your new year's day, prosperity is coming your way. i had some pork tenderloin sandwiches over here and then i had leftover roast beef actually beef tenderloin from my new year's eve party. set out some buns and make sandwiches out of that. >> you were thinking ahead. >> that's right. and then finally for dessert you're supposed to have something round to signify going full circle from 2014 coming into 2015. so i set out some truffles.
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a little sweet treat to end your new year's day as you're watching football and all the other activities happening. >> and you spoke about the symbolism of some of this food. but the symbolism also leafy greens. >> exactly. leafy greens represent money. so you want to eat spinach, other leafy greens. whatever you have. and that signifies, eat your leafy greens and it will make you green. extra green money in the new year. so that's one of the other ones. >> all right, folks. you need bourbon, prosperity and a big bucket of black eyed peas and you're going to be all right. >> now that's a new year's party. that's what it is. t.j., good to see you. >> new year's eve and new year's day. make sure it's not another you year before we see you again. this is america's chief entertaining guy. for these recipes and more partying tips go to our facebook page, wnnfans.com. we will be right back.
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get out of the pocket! hut! duracell quantum. lasts up to 35% longer than the competition. okay. okay. right about now, at this hour, a lot of people on new year's day are probably seeing things and thinking, maybe it was that last shot of vodka i shouldn't have done. if you are looking up in the northern sky and see this guy, you are actually not seeing things. you are seeing comet lovejoy. it's visible through february of this year until late february. it was discovered by a guy whose last name is lovejoy. in australia. it's visible by the human eye. you don't need a telescope. it's pretty cool. it's green. a green comet. comet lovejoy. >> it's the real deal it's the real thing. >> it's the real deal but you're probably seeing things because that last bit of tequila --
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that was ill-advised. >> if you haven't had that last shot of tequila, there's a bus based on, how do you cure a hangover? remember that movie "the hangover"? this is the hangover club. there's the bus. and inside they have promised to hook up clients to these cocktails of vitamin infused solutions that they promise will cure your hangover. a company started with three nurses. they now have like a dozen nurses. a lot of traders come in in the morning and ask for the buses to show up to their home and they swear this cures their hangover. and it starts, there's a discount. 40 minutes will be offered for $129 or there's a steal. a $79 option but that's only half. >> very cool. i wonder what happens if you get car sick. >> oh, i never thought. but it's still. it's parked. >> it doesn't move.
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okay. that's cool. a lot of people in central park they have this midnight run. you want to bring in the new year healthy. >> why would you do that? >> i don't know. some people go to church. some go to yoga studios. it's a new trend. they go there. do the downward dog thing until midnight and then feel more holistic. this is part of a new trend bringing in the new year with meditation and then some. >> downward dog always makes you want to vomit or have indigestion. >> not my thing. there is a blogger from "the huffington post" who decided to do an anti-new year's resolution. he posted this on facebook asking what's your anti-new year's resolution? what do you say is bad for you or you probably change or want to try and just say i'm not going to do it. naomi says i'm not going to give up chocolate.
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this morning on "world news now" -- tense holiday. the swarms of police keeping the peace on new year's eve nationwide. the threats of protests, the cops action and celebrations worldwide. >> extreme weather. the brutal conditions from california and into the desert southwest. why this is the first of two storms to sweep the country. legal action. the consumer outrage over store products shrinking in size. who is fighting back and who is responding. and star-studded new year's rockin' eve at new york's times square. a chilly night for revelers and the lead singer from disney's "frozen." all the fun in "the skinny" on this thursday, january 1st.
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♪ >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> knock yourself out. happy 2015. >> time sure flies fast. >> there you go. thanks for joining us. i'm reena ninan. >> and i'm -- >> excuse me. >> technical difficulty there with that hat. the mary christmas aisle at duane reade. >> i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. we did say happy new year to you. what a beautiful start to the new year all across the country so far. we'll begin this half hour with that huge new year's eve party in times square. >> security in new york was extra tight after the murders of two police officers less than two weeks ago. elizabeth hur reports police in many cities were on high alert.
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>> reporter: more than a million people packing times square cheered as that crystal ball descended. police calling times square the safest place in new york city. revelers protected by thousands of nypd's best. in the city of brotherly love, fireworks while down south, atlanta's peach drop went off without a hitch. in the windy city, down in the teens. fireworks over chicago's navy pier. celebrations kicking off 2015 on the other side of the world. over sydney harbor, the sky ablaze with a breathtaking light show. more than a million gathered there. seven tons of fireworks illuminating the sky. in south korea, the traditional ringing of the bells struck 108 times. a buddhist representation of our sins and desires. iconic cities one after another ringing in the new year.
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midnight in manila. dubai ringing in a spectacular show centered on the world's tallest building. over 70,000 l.e.d. towers reaching high into the sky. in moscow, fireworks lighting up red square. at berlin's brandenberg gate. the arch de triomphe. and all along the thames in london. the world watching as the new year rolls in with all its possibilities. >> we pause. we think about the things in life that are good. the people we love. the bright lights in our lives and then think, maybe next year we'll do a bit better. >> reporter: with so many people out and about, a lot could go wrong. police across the country were out in force with the fbi warning them to be vigilant. >> and we know they were expecting a lot of protests in new york city. at this hour there's a protest on the other side of the country right now. >> right now i understand there's protests going on in oakland, california, as they've been for several weeks and
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months now. these are protests against police brutality. this has been happening all across the country, not only there in oakland but also in boston and here in new york city. and so protesters out, some of them telling reporters they are doing this because this is the perfect night to get their message heard. but for the most part i understand police were ready. especially here in new york city. they even set up guidelines. >> tell us about that. 1 million plus in new york city. packed in. everyone watching the city so closely. how did it go? >> as we noted in the package, thousands of police officers were out. some in uniform. others not so much, in plain clothes. mixed in with the crowd. also guard troops, national guard troops sent to guard not only on the ground but also from rooftops. helicopters watching from above. >> a lot of security. elizabeth hur, thank you.
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the holiday brought disaster to china where dozens of revelers were killed in a stampede. >> it happened just before midnight at the historic waterfront in shanghai. 35 people were crushed to death and more than 40 injured as thousands of people gathered to usher in 2015. eyewitnesses say the chaos started when faked money was thrown into the crowd from a window. and more bodies from airasia 8501 are being brought to indonesia. several days of bad weather have slowed the search but there are calm seas and clear skies in the search area. and that's good because time is running out to find bodies, debris and the all-important black boxes that may provide answers to what happened. >> we have bodies that need to be recovered on the surface of the ocean but they've been pushed around for days now. >> because of those currents, the search area has now been expanded. singapore today brought in an
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unmanned submarine equipped with soap for a to help with the search. across america the new year is being ushered in by brutally cold weather. not even california and the southwest are escaping it. abc's john ehrlichman reports it's catching people unaware. >> reporter: chaos across california. deadly winds and choppy waters tossing these boats off catalina island. motorists in the mountains caught off guard by icy conditions, sliding off the roads. trapped in their cars. >> we're kind of stuck. that's why we got the truck here for. >> reporter: local firefighters forced to use snowcats for the rescue. in pasadena, at least four injured. winds gusting at the rose bowl. and more winds up the coast in san francisco. near 50 miles an hour. train service stalled by trees on tracks has some ferry service canceled. >> yeah, it was rocky. >> reporter: in the northern sierra, falling trees killing two. >> one tree right after another. >> reporter: and more icy road conditions like these ones in lubbock, texas, leading to more than 100 crashes. in salt lake city, a car
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slamming into a tractor trailer carrying 8,000 gallons of crude oil. but back in california families and pets home for the holidays are at least able to enjoy a rare snowy new year's eve. in the l.a. area, more snow expected on the mountains and temperatures dropping into the 30s possibly meaning the coldest weather at the rose parade since 1952. >> another reason to watch it from home. >> absolutely. more snow there than the east coast. wow. >> that's okay. they can have it. we did our share, right? this is just the first round of bad weather to slow down holiday travelers. >> our coverage continues at accuweather with justin povick. good morning, justin. >> thank you. the southwest still digging out from snow. it's still snowing in fact, throughout portions of arizona. now moving into new mexico along interstate 40. southwestern colorado southbound to albuquerque looking at additional inches of
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snow and gusty winds. even more concern is into texas and oklahoma as the snow transitions to sleet and freezing rain here early thursday into thursday afternoon as far north and east as oklahoma city with icy travel. heading in toward the upcoming weekend, a bigger storm works into the great lakes and northeast with a mixed bag of sleet, snow, freezing rain and plain rain on its southern flanks. back to you. >> justin, thank you. the area on a colorado mountainside is marked suspicious but three snowshoers cut across an area marked suspicious and an avalanche covered one of them. they have moderate avalanche danger but humans often increase the chances of a slide. it could take weeks to clean up an avalanche of salt that poured into a luxury car dealership. the roof of the morton salt company needs to be stabilized.
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the wall collapsed burying nearly a dozen cars under tons of road salt. some of the cars that were damaged were being serviced. others were brand new. there was an unexpected stop for a delta airlines flight after a passenger went into labor mid-flight. the plane was going from san francisco to minneapolis when the woman started experiencing labor pains. the pilot diverted the flight to salt lake city while a pediatrician who happened to be on board assisted the passenger. she gave birth at a nearby hospital. consumers are finding another kind of surprise on store shelves. the same popular foods, same familiar packaging but a lot less inside. abc's rebecca jarvis now on the legal fight over incredible shrinking products. >> reporter: in the race for holiday party prep what you may not have noticed in that shopping cart, many of your favorite products shrinking right inside the packages. >> it's not something that would ever come on my radar. >> reporter: now this mom is spotting it in every aisle.
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>> hello there. >> reporter: edgar dwarsky has spent his career tracking oversized packaging and shrinking products. >> reporter: so this is the new and this is the old. from crackers to cookies to juice, the newer packages may look about the same but their weight labeled correctly. but what's inside -- >> we've lost one of those ten boxes in the new package. >> now some companies even facing lawsuits. cvs agreeing to redesign packaging on store brand beauty products to settle charges it misled consumers with oversized boxes. now johnson & johnson is agreeing to settle a change to some of its product packaging, too. johnson & johnson telling abc news they've already made changes to many of their packages and more changes will
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be on the way over the next two years. if you really want to know exactly what you are getting for your money, check the net weight label on every box. that will tell you what's inside, not just how big the package is. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. a popular toy company is making a change of its own after an outcry from parents. hasbro is replacing what can only be described as a plastic shaped cylinder shaped like a certain part of the male anatomy. angry parents, many of whom bought that play set for their kids for christmas have been burning up an social media asking hasbro, what were you thinking? >> the child learns a whole lot of things very early. >> hasbro is now offering a free replacement of the plastic part. for anyone who bought the play set. and speaking of free, here's a way to kick off the new year mexican style. taco bell is offering its own version of a new year's hangover cure free doritos locos tacos for the entire month of january but there is a catch. you have to place an order for something using their mobile app.
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they say it's a tradeoff. give up your privacy for yummy, greasy food. >> perfect hangover cure as well. customers will receive one free taco with every order placed. >> 1.4 million people have already downloaded this app. >> a lot of hungry people out there. in maine, free munchy season for goats. >> for a third year the smiling hill farm has been feeding old christmas trees to their two dozen goats and six sheep. so far they've taken in more than 120 trees after putting out the word about the benefits of these evergreens. >> the animals still get regular meals, feed and hay but the pine needles have vitamin c and are natural dewormers for sheep and goats. good to know. >> it's not a "baad" idea. high fiber maybe? many of the wreaths have wires woven in.
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you don't want the poor little guys to choke. >> you have to make sure everything is off all the lights. that's growing business by the way. >> happy, happy new year. >> we'll be back. ♪ happy new year once again from "world news now." i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." a million people crammed into times square under ultra tight security. police facing threats after the shooting death of two officers were on high alert. the festivities, including the famous ball drop, went off without a hitch. much better weather today should aid the search for victims and wreckage from airasia flight 8501. more bodies were brought to the shore this morning. investigators are eager to find the black boxes from the airbus a320. waves off catalina island
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are blamed for two deaths. one of them a harbor policeman. the other was a man who lived an the boat moored in the harbor. we're getting more information about the deadly shooting at a walmart in idaho. >> police say a 2-year-old boy took his mother's loaded gun out of her purse and shot and killed her. abc's matt gutman reports police first thought it was a suicide. >> reporter: the initial scanner traffic showed this shooting to be tragic enough. but in the tortured moments to come the news surrounding veronica rutledge's death gets worse. then unimaginable her toddler had killed her. >> around the age of 2. accessed a concealed weapon inside the victim's purse and discharged it striking the victim. >> reporter: that bullet hitting her in the head, explained police. the 29-year-old rutledge was a nuclear scientist visiting family from out of town. her facebook profile, a portrait of her and her beloved toddler. rutledge and her husband were gun aficionados with conceal carry permits.
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for christmas he got her a purse with a zippered compartment to hold her handgun. >> the child was sitting in the shopping cart with the purse while the female victim was shopping. >> reporter: rutledge's father-in-law raced to the scene to console and collect the children. police officially calling it an accident. a tragedy similar to this shooting in arizona in which a 9-year-old girl shot and killed an instructor teaching her how to fire an uzi machine gun. nearly 600 americans were killed by accidental discharges in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. matt gutman, abc news, miami. the trial of boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev has taken a new turn. lawyers have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's decision not to move his upcoming trial out of state and denying a motion to delay his trial by nine months. jury selection is set for
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monday. the defense insists it will be impossible to pick a fair jury in boston. a broad set of new laws go into effect on this new year's day. 21 states and a number of cities are raising their minimum wages. in california, illegal immigrants can now apply for driver's licenses. in new york, a ban on tiger selfies takes effect next month. it will now be illegal to pose for a photo with a lion, tiger or any other big cat. oh, boy. coming up, the big names who helped ring in the new year here in new york's times square. and why taylor swift has one more reason to smile as she rings in the new year. that's all ahead in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ i'm free ♪ ♪ let it go let it go ♪ ♪ i am one with the wind and sky ♪ >> and elton john also performed at the barclays center in brooklyn. but taylor swift rang in the new year in style right in the thick of it all in times square. >> what was she wearing? >> not a lot. >> poor thing. ryan seacrest gave her a tuxedo at one point. taylor swift has an extra reason to shine on this new year's day. >> she's managed to unseat "frozen" as 2014's top selling album. the soundtrack from our parent company disney eventually let it go, you might say, to swift's album "1989" which has already sold 3.6 million copies. that's only since october. >> that's compared to 3.5 million copies of "frozen" the soundtrack. no other album has sold even 2
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million copies this past year. did you download taylor swift? >> if i have downloaded it, i can't say that i have. i -- i can't admit it. >> you did. yeah. yeah. >> we'll just let that go. it's fantastic. next up, a very sensitive subject for another major recording artist. >> nicki minaj opened up to "rolling stone" magazine about the abortion she had as a teenager. the star tells the magazine at the time she thought she was going to die and that it's haunted her ever since. >> minaj says it was the hardest thing she ever had to go through. after becoming pregnant while dating her first love, an older man from queens, new york. still she stands behind her decision saying at the time she had nothing to offer a child. finally, we have some celebrity split-ups to kick off the new year. >> what a better way to kick off
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the new year. after just ten months of marriage, the wife of actor jeremy renner wants out. tmz reporting that she's citing irreconcilable differences and that their prenup should be torn up because the marriage was based on a fraud. no further details on what she means by fraud. >> wonder how that stands up in court. and former guns n roses guitarist slash has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years also citing irreconcilable differences. >> we always get stories about celebrities getting married for the new year. it's good to have some folks saying you know what? i've had enough. >> i'm looking for someone, is what you are saying? >> yes. new year, new people. who is blowing out the birthday candles? >> topping our birthdays, frank langella turns 77 years old. played nixon in "frost." >> grandmaster flash is 57? >> no, that can't be.
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her doctor then recommended going on the dash diet. dietary approaches to stop hypertension. it was initially conceived to lower blood pressure but proved to help with weight loss as well. >> the key foods are the fruits and vegetables with nonfat and low fat dairy and nuts. we're trying to avoid a lot of the processed foods. >> reporter: marla heller says it's more about focusing on what you are eating, not how much. >> you don't have to worry so much about counting calories. this way is more natural and you just naturally start eating the right amount. >> reporter: her newly released book "the dash diet younger you" aims not only to help lose the pounds but claims to turn your internal clock back 20 years. >> by strengthening the plant-based component of the dash diet, it strengthens its ability to make you younger from
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the inside out. >> reporter: ambrose was sprinting towards success. >> i never really felt deprived on the diet where every other diet i felt i was sacrificing to follow the diet. >> reporter: but some nutritionists say it's not all a dash to the finish. >> it's not a one size fits all. it's important to consult with a registered dietitian or physician, someone who really understands how to shape that plan to fit your particular health needs. >> reporter: since 2009, ambrose has lost a total of 90 pounds. >> i just felt healthier. i wanted to move more. i'm no longer hypertensive. >> reporter: sara haines, abc news, new york. >> interesting concept. we asked a little earlier, what are your resolutions for 2015? log on to wnnfans.com and let us know. >> do you have a new year's resolution? >> not yet. yours? >> my resolution is to make it to the next commercial break and return back in time. >> we'll see how that works out.
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"good morning america." have a great new year's day. making news in america this morning -- ringing in the new year. revelers welcome 2015 in style around the world. we have all the celebrations. extreme weather, wicked winds and snow making for dangerous conditions and a scare during the rose bowl preparations as a tent is lifted high above the ground. frightening fall, a young boy losing his grip on a ski lift. his family members who witnessed it happen. talking about the scary ordeal. dazzling display. the new year's eve sky lighting up with more than fireworks. so what is this green glow?
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and we say good morning to you, everybody, i'm kendis gibson in for t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan. we begin with ringing in the new year across the world, 2015. >> there were about a million people in new york's times square last night to watch the ball drop and usher in a new year. all it quiet in times square except take a look workers who are picking up the tons of confetti. >> what a work out that must be. there was extra security around new york city and other cities because of police protests and shooting. there were no major problems. elizabeth hur has a roundup. >> reporter: parties and protests from california to new york. as 2015 kicked off across the country with police on high alert. the fbi warning officers to be vigilant following the assassination of two nypd officers. citing copycat threats. >> any threat against my officers is dealt with quickly, very effectively.
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>> reporter: in new york city alone, authorities monitoring at least 70 threats against police. but the protests, for the most part, remaining peaceful. and police calling times square the safest place in new york city. revelers protected by thousands of nypd's finest. the celebrations kicking off on the other side of the world over sydney harbor. seven tons of fireworks illuminating the sky. in south korea, the traditional ringing of the bell, struck 108 times, a buddhist representations of our sins and desires. iconic cities one after another, ringing in the new year. but perhaps one of the most unique and memorable ways to do so, ask these american astronauts. >> we figure we will be over midnight somewhere over the earth 16 times throughout this day. >> reporter: welcoming 2015 with
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all of us from above. this as protesters vow to continue their fight for justice in the new year. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. it was, however, a tragic start to the new year in china as a stampede claimed the lives of 35 people. >> they were crushed to death just before midnight during new year's celebrations in shanghai's historic waterfront area. more than 40 others were injured. chinese officials haven't said what led to the stampede. there are reports people were scrambling for fake money thrown into the crowd from a balcony. recovery efforts after the airasia crash should move more quickly today. >> already a handful of bodies have been recovered and returned to land. family members of the passengers and crew are waiting for news. we have the latest. >> reporter: overnight the families of the victims moved from the airport crisis center to this police headquarters in east java. the wait is painstaking. so far only seven bodies out of
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162 passengers on that board have been recovered. just this morning four coffins transported here inside this station. they are matching dna tests to confirm the identity of the recovered bodies. search teams still looking for the plane's fuselage with little luck so far. the suspected area has been expanded. the weather in the search zone only cooperated for a brief window this morning too short to make any significant progress. officials are asking the media to keep a respectable distance from the families. they're still hanging on to any glimmer of hope that their loved ones will be back. kendis and reena. >> thank you. back in this country, the new year is being ushered in by brutally cold weather from coast to coast. not even california and the southwest are being spared by this. >> abc's john ehrlichmann reports, it's catching people unaware.
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>> reporter: chaos across southern california. deadly winds and choppy water tossing these boats on to catalina island. and up in the mountains, caught off guard by icy conditions. trapped in their cars. >> we can't go. we're stuck. >> reporter: forced to use snowcats for the rescue. in pasadena, at least four injured, winds gusting at the rose bowl. and more winds at the coast in san francisco. near 50 miles per hour. train service stalled by trees on tracks and some ferry service canceled. >> yeah, it was rocky. >> reporter: and in the northern sierra, falling trees killing two. >> it was one tree right after another. >> reporter: and icy road conditions reich these ones in lubbock, texas, leading to more than a hundred crashes. in salt lake city, a car slamming into a tractor-trailer carrying 8,000 pounds of crude oil. but back in california families and pets home for the holidays are at least able to enjoy a rare snowy new year's eve. and in the l.a. area more snow
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expected on the mountains and temperatures into the 30s. possibly meaning the coldest weather at the rose parade since 1952. john ehrlichmann, abc news, los angeles. see what's in store for us on this first day of 2015, here's accuweather's justin povick. good morning. >> thank you kendis and reena. the northeast, to kick off 2015, will be quite chilly once again on thursday. a couple of pockets of snow. and some of the snows will be locally heavy. but, again, like i said, locally. so only a couple of areas looking at the bursts of moderate to heavy snow. watertown perhaps into the northeastern suburbs of buffalo. much of the northeast sunny. but there will be a gusty breeze. texas, on the other hand dealing with sleet and also freezing rain. with icy traveling from san antonio northbound to oklahoma city. travel along interstate 20 and i-40 as well as interstate 35 will be slippery in spots. and later on this week, a larger storm system impacting the upper midwest, snow, sleet and rain. back to you. the trial of boston marathon
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bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev has taken a new turn. lawyers have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's decision not to move the upcoming trial out of the state, and denying a motion to delay his trial by nine months. jury selection is set for monday. the defense insists it's impossible to pick a fair jury in boston. north korea's reclusive leader may be softening his stance a little bit. possibly ready to sit down with his neighbors to the south. in a nationally-televised new year's day speech kim jong-un said he's open to a high-level summit with the south korean president if seoul sincerely wants better ties. kim also announced plans to strengthen his military and economy. jeb bush is severing more tiess as he actively e run for the white house. he stepped down from boards, both businesses and non-profits. and an aid says he will be reviewing remaining business relationships in the coming year.
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okay. frigid temperatures did not stop more than a hundred people in maine from doing something most of us wouldn't consider doing on new year's eve. >> they stripped down to bathing suits and jumped into the frigid waters of the atlantic. but it was all for a good cause. >> yeah this year's annual polar bear dip and dash raised more than $18,000 for the natural resources of maine and its work to fight global warming. it was barely 20 degrees in portland yesterday. >> i couldn't do it. well, still ahead, new details about the mother shot and killed by her 2-year-old. how the child was able to get the gun from her purse and pull the trigger. plus survival story. a terrifying fall for a 10-year-old when he lost his grip on a ski lift.
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well, the bulls are still running as we enter the new year after stock markets hit new highs in 2014. stocks fell on the last day of the year, but investors are celebrating the third-straight year of double-digit percentage gains. the rally over the last 12 months has been fueled by an improving economy and an unexpected drop in interest rates. well, the name of the most popular company in the u.s. begins with an a, but it's not apple. it's amazon. this year passed heinz for top honors in the american customer satisfaction index. hershey and mercedes-benz tied for third. they were two points away. at the bottom were time warner and comcast. there's just one direction
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for this bad boy, up. one direction was the top moneymaker on tours last year with $282 million. former band boy there, you see, justin timberlake was second at a million -- at a hundred million less. and he doesn't have to split it five ways. the rolling stones were right behind in third place. >> i don't think the boys from 1 1d are complaining. and movie goers are expected in record numbers. the most anticipated, "star wars" episode vii, the force awakens. and avengers: age of you will tron will be the second biggest, and the "hunger games," mockingjay part 2 will be the third. and starting today, taco bell is offering free doritos locos tacos. place an order to get one, and
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roads will be wet in all of texas, oklahoma arkansas and louisiana. if you're flying airport delays are likely in dallas. well back to the news now, new details about the mother shot and killed my her 2-year-old child. >> the toddler grabbed a loaded gun out of her purse while she pushed him at a shopping cart in a walmart. >> investigators say the toddler unzipped a special gun pocket. and we have matt gutman. >> reporter: it was tragic enough, but in the tortured moments to come the news surrounding veronica rutledge's death got worse. unimaginable her toddler killed her. >> around the age of 2. accessed a concealed weapon that was inside the victim's purse and discharged it striking the victim. >> reporter: that bullet hitting her in the head explain police. the 29-year-old rutledge was a nuclear scientist visiting from
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out of town. her facebook picture, her and the toddler and they are aficionados with concealed carry permits. she got a purse to hold her handgun. >> the toddler was sitting in the shopping cart with the purse while the female victim was shopping. >> reporter: her father-in-law raced to the scene to console and collect the children. it's an accident a tragedy similar to this shooting in arizona in which a 9-year-old girl shot and killed an instructor teaching her how to fire an many were killed in 2011. matt gutman abc news miami. the area on a colorado mountainside was marked suspicious, but three snow shoers cut across. and an avalanche buried two of the hikers one died.
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>> they couldn't get him out fast enough. it was rated at moderate avalanche danger. but human activity often increases the chances of a slide. an oregon boy is recovering from a terrifying fall after a family vacation almost turned to tragedy. he was on a chair lift he slipped and dangled by one hand and fell 20 feet to the snow below. his brother watching in horror. >> are you okay? i was yelling to move it backwards. and the last thing i said to him before he fell was that i couldn't help him. >> reporter: tyler is sore but okay. and his triplet brothers are by his side. they will go snowboarding again, but it's going to take courage to get back on the ski lift. and it could take weeks to clean up salt that poured into a luxury car dealership in chicago. the roof of the morton salt
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company needs to be stabilized. it collapsed tuesday, burying a dozen cars at the acura dealership under tons of salt. some were being serviced others were brand new. an unexpected stop for a delta airline the flight after a passenger went into labor mid-flight. they were going to minneapolis, and it was diverted to salt lake city while a pediatrician on board assisted the passenger. she gave birth at a nearby hospital. >> quite an emergency landing and delivery. now to bowl games. boise state feasted at the fiesta bowl. >> the 21st-ranked broncos were no trick ponies using their defense to grind out the win over number 12 arizona. an interception for a touchdown. and then the scoring play to make a game of it.
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and the key sack ensured the victory, it was 38-30. the matchup of two top tens wasn't close. tcu's three touchdowns and a smothering defense to clobber ole miss 42-9. >> the horned frogs had 423 yards, holding them to just 129. texas christian capitalized on turnovers, scoring 14 points. the rebels county score until the fourth quarter. well there's more college football today, of course. the crimson tide faces ohio state in the sugar bowl. featuring two veteran coaches. and oregon takes on florida state in the rose ball with the heisman trophy winner on both teams. it's on espn. and dick clark's rockin' new year's eve. the performances that stole the show. and the green light streaking across the night sky.
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as ryan seacrest and jenny mccarthy anchored dick clark's rockin' new year's eve. and meghan trainor, all about that bass and lady antebellum. but stealing the show early in the evening, i ♪ let it go ♪ ♪ let it go ♪ >> let it go right now. elton john also performed at the barclay's center in brooklyn. but taylor swift rang in the new year in style right in the thick of it all in times square. >> it was incredible. great performances. >> awesome performances. and taylor wasn't wearing much of anything. >> i don't know how she pulled that off. >> she has an extra reason to shine on this new year's day, 2015. >> she managed to unseat
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"frozen" as the top album. eventually let it go to swift's album, "1989," that sold 3.6 million since october. that's compared to 3.5 million of "frozen." no album has sold even 2 million copies this past year. and as the parent of toddlers who love the "frozen" song i'm grateful to taylor swift. >> she's done a good job. 20 degrees, she was wearing that. and special treat for stargazers as we kick off the new year. a glowing green comet that can be seen with the naked eye. >> lovejoy is making the earliest approach to earth, offering views from 44 million miles away. >> it will travel at 3 degrees are per day, which means it will noticeably move. >> it looks like something out of starr trek. >> it does. we'll be able to see it.
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checking our top stories a break in the weather helped the search for bodies and wreckage from airasia flight 8501. some bodying will be brought back to land. despite fears, there were no major disruptions of new year's celebrations in the u.s. cities last night. nearly a million in times square amid tight security. a dust devil sent people running for cover at a pre-rose bowl event. sending tents flying. there were only minor injuries. and lake effect snow in the northeast. rain and a wintry mix in the arkansas/louisiana/texas area. well finally this morning a look back at the political landscape of the year gone by. >> we've ushered in 2015 after
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seeing major changes in welcome to cook it safe! challenge, where teams compete to make the right decisions about safe food preparations. our challenge in this round -- read and follow package cooking instructions and use a food thermometer. let's see how our teams are doing so far -- team 1? we just got 100 points. we separated our raw food from our cooked food. team 2? we got a 100-point green card for proper hand washing before our meal prep. referee: we've reached a critical safety point in the challenge. okay, team 1 let's check this out. uh-oh, not a safe internal temperature
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for those hamburgers. that puts everyone at high risk for food-borne illness. you get a red card -- undercooked. always read and follow the package cooking instructions and use a food thermometer. let's see how our winning team cooked it safe and avoided problems. well, i just kept focus on the four food safety steps -- clean, separate, cook, and chill. and we followed the package cooking instructions and took the temperature. can you cook it safe?
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"good morning america." have a great new year's day. making news in america this morning -- ringing in the new year. revelers welcome 2015 in style around the world. we have all the celebrations. extreme weather, wicked winds and snow making for dangerous conditions and a scare during the rose bowl preparations as a tent is lifted high above the ground. frightening fall, a young boy losing his grip on a ski lift. his family members who witnessed it happen. talking about the scary ordeal. dazzling display. the new year's eve sky lighting up with more than fireworks. so what is this green glow?

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