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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, several arrests made in connection with a terror attack at a paris supermarket as secretary of state john kerry meets with the president of france. anti-terror raid, investigators unravel what they are calling plans for a major attack. the tiny country where it happened now under the microscope for being a sleeper cell breeding ground. we're live with the latest. caught on camera. head-on collision with a bouncing tire flying down the highway. and awards uproar. 20 acting nominees with one thing in common, the controversy brewing this morning over the oscar nominations. good friday morning,
everybody. we begin with that breaking news from france. authorities arrested at least ten terror terror suspects overnight suspected of helping the gunmen behind last week's killings. >> this massive dragnet happening as secretary of state kerry arrived in paris laying wreaths at the sites of both the supermarket and "charlie hebdo" office attacks and he also met with the french president. >> kerry's show of solidarity with france comes as many european countries are on high alert against isis-inspired terrorists. >> another imminent attack may have been stopped just yesterday. we get details from abc's susan saulny. susan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, reena and t.j. there are growing fears across europe and the u.s. that this could be the beginning of a new wave of terror. the crackle of gunfire and the flash of flames marked the moment of this deadly terror takedown. the authorities interrupting what they say was about to be another major european terrorist attack, this time in belgium. this morning police have increased security around brussels less than two hours from paris where the french are
still reeling on high alert after terror attacks left 17 dead there last week. the latest plot began to unfold in the small town of verviers, belgium, on thursday. police tried to serve warrants to terror suspects who recently returned from syria. >> this group was about to commit terrorist attacks in belgium. >> reporter: a storm of bullets met the police. >> certain suspects immediately opened fire. with automatic weapons. >> reporter: the shootout left two suspects dead and a third arrested. that assault was one of at least ten anti-terror operations across belgium. officials said terrorists were preparing to carry out major and imminent attacks. security officials say this tiny country is now another breeding ground for jihadists as more than 350 young men from here have left to fight with terror groups in syria, and now some are coming home. european leaders say the consequences stretch far and wide. >> it looks like yet another indication of the huge risk that
we face from islamist extremist terror in europe. >> reporter: prime minister david cameron is meeting with president obama at the white house later today. counterterrorism is on the agenda. reena, t.j. >> susan saulny live in washington, thanks so much, susan. and breaking news overnight in the fight against isis as well, the u.s. military will send troops to the middle east to train syrian rebels. >> 400 members of the military will begin their new mission in the spring. the pentagon says they will train and equip the opposition to stop the islamic militants' rampage in war-torn syria and work out of saudi arabia, turkey and qatar. hundreds of additional support personnel likely. now an exclusive look at how the fbi is protecting us from terrorism threats. >> the bureau earlier this week arrested an ohio man for allegedly plotting to attack the u.s. capitol. abc's pierre thomas reports that wasn't the first time the fbi used a sting operation. >> reporter: that's amine el khalifi in a d.c. area hotel room brandishing a machine gun
he hoped to use to massacre members of congress at the u.s. capitol. >> it's fully automatic. that means when you hold the -- >> how many hits in here? >> 30. it's full auto. you hold the trigger. it's going to keep firing. >> reporter: this exclusive look inside an fbi undercover sting targeting a man the bureau believes was a homegrown radical, a would-be suicide bomber. here's khalifi at a home depot buying nails to use as shrapnel. in an explosive vest. >> thick ones, i got thick ones. not thin ones. the one who's going to make damage, right? >> reporter: this is khalifi driving out to test a bomb. unaware that the men that are with him are undercover fbi. he thinks they are al qaeda. >> i'm going to put everything on my body and go inside like a real place, maybe the capitol. >> reporter: the fbi records his every move even as he pulled into a west virginia rock quarry where they would test the bomb. watch as the fbi undercover gives khalifi a cell phone rigged to detonate an explosive that subpoena planted outside the car. >> okay, now hit send. >> reporter: the bomb detonates.
>> allah hu akbar. >> reporter: not impressed, khalifi wants a bigger bomb. >> brother, this is -- this is not strong enough, man. >> reporter: khalifi was a moroccan national living outside washington, d.c. when the sting operation took place in 2012. he hardly seemed the terrorist type known on the party scene working as a local deejay, but would khalifi have really done it? critics would say this is entrapment. >> at the end of the day all we can say is watch that tape. >> reporter: khalifi was arrested only two blocks from the u.s. capitol on the morning of february 17th, 2012. he had the machine gun wane was attempting to put on what he thought was a suicide vest. he pled guilty and is now serving 30 years in jail. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. the first of what will no doubt be many lawsuits will be filed this morning over the accidents in washington, d.c.'s metro system. dozens of passengers were trapped aboard a train filled with smoke. a female passenger died. the plaintiff in the suit was 1
of more than 80 other people taken to the hospital. they claim negligent maintenance and slow response to the emergency. oklahoma has successfully executed its first death row inmate since botching a lethal injection last spring. charles warner was convicted of raping and murdering an 11-month-old in 1997. warner's final statement was a mix of defiance and remorse. at first he said the executioners, quote, poked me five times and, quote, it feels like acid, but then he apologized for the pain he caused. muhammad ali is waking up in a hospital this morning where he is said to be receiving follow-up care related to a urinary tract infection. the former heavyweight champ was admitted earlier this week. his spokesman says he's expected to be released today. ali was also hospitalized from december 20th until just last week. he's hoping to celebrate his 73rd birthday tomorrow at home. pope francis is keeping a packed schedule as he continues his visit to the philippines. the pope celebrated his first mass in the country this morning, addressed an audience
of priests and nuns at the manila cathedral blessing those in wheelchairs one by one and he also called on filipinos to work on ending corruption and poverty. the pope is also scheduled to meet today with families at the mall of asia. well, starting today travel and trade with cuba is much easier than in the past half century. several permits from the treasury department are no longer required and americans can use their credit cards while in cuba. they can even bring back a small amount of rum and cigars. u.s. airlines can now fly scheduled routes to cuba, as well, however, there are still some restrictions. turn to a look at your friday forecast now. a strong storm will continue to pound the pacific northwest with rain, wind and snow and a few snow showers around the great lakes. otherwise, it's mostly dry and mild. >> thanks to a january thaw, temperatures from kansas city to new orleans will hit the 50s, 20s and 30s from the great lakes to the northeast. springlike 70s in the southwest. well, still ahead, fighting the flu but not very well. why this season's vaccine is a bust. plus, a real-life bonnie and
well, southwest airlines has been slapped with a record $1.6 million fine for violating passenger rights. passengers on 16 southwest flights were stuck on the tarmac for hours at chicago's midway airport last year. southwest says it was short-staffed and couldn't handle grounded passengers in the terminal. the fine is the largest ever assessed for a tarmac delay.
target is pulling the plug on its canadian operations. the discount retailer will close all 133 stores north of the border. less than two years after it expanded there but target canada was never successful while the company struggled to restore loyalty here in the u.s. after the huge data breach. target employs nearly 18,000 workers in canada. wendy's is the latest to remove soda as an option in kids' menus. if parents really want to order a coke, they can. however, wendy's is quick to point out that soda was never automatically included. mcdonald's dropped dropped soda from their happy meal menus two years ago. they hope other chains will follow. now to something you probably never thought you'd hear. man, what are we going to do with all this weed? washington state is struggling in the marijuana industry because there's actually too much pot thanks to a big harvest that flooded the market. prices that were through the roof when pot stores first opened have now tumbled. shop owners say many people have also stuck with the untaxed
marijuana from black market deals. if you're interested in owning google glass you have to buy the eyewear device by monday. the company says it's discounting glass in order to develop a different more affordable version of it. the so-called explorer edition of the device has been put on the market for nearly two years costing $1500. no word on when it will be back on sale. this year's super bowl advertisers will be taking a shot at a four-year-old record, the most shared super bowl ad ever was this doozy. you remember this, the force, volkswagen's great 2011 commercial with that little guy. some analysts say it's not the number of times an ad is seen online after a broadcast, it's how many it's shared online. that's the big deal. that's going to cost about $4.5 million to run a 30-second commercial during that game. >> wow. when we come back, it's easy to do and quite beneficial. the 20-minute workout that doctors say can add years to your life. a highway hazard, a head-on
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walmart in north carolina and they may be riding around in a stolen pickup that was loaded with guns. police in texas are looking for this man caught looking directly into an atm surveillance camera. they say he robbed a woman at gunpoint and forced her into the trunk of her car and drove away. the kidnapped woman who only wants to be identified by her first name, kristin, says she finally managed to escape hours later when he ditched the car. >> he was like give me the money after he pulled out his gun and told me to get in the trunk. >> police say the man withdrew money from kristin's account at several different banks and robbed a second person at a walk-up atm. take a look at this view a guy in canada had as he was just driving down the -- whoa. that was a wheel from another car come straight at him traveling near toronto. had a dash cam rolling. all he could do was duck. the car struck the top of the windshield and broke the car's sunroof. the driver, though, was not hurt. and an update now on the car that plowed through a northern california macy's.
a teenage girl whose feet were broken after being run over by that car believes her injuries would have been worse if she had not been wearing her uggs boots. >> the police officers are like did you see your feet yet and i looked and my -- i had uggs on and all the uggs were torn off. >> i look at those shoes, i hate them but i love them. i mean, like i said, if she was wearing tennis shoes or sandals, her foot would have been severed. >> six people were injured in the crash. one man is still hospitalized. police are still looking into how the driver lost control of her car and despite the damage done to the store it has re-opened for business. wondering why you had a flu shot and still got the flu? well, here you go. the cdc says this year's vaccine is now only 23% effective. normally it's somewhere around 60% or more. production of each year's vaccine starts months in advance. the virus strains always mutate somewhat. this year it was more than usual. experts still say you should get the shot because 23% is better than 0%.
but, hey. well, here's a wake-up call about the importance of working out. a new study finds not exercising could be twice as deadly as being obese. researchers found just a modest amount of exercise like taking a brisk 20-minute walk every day can add years to your life. >> as the investigation into an alleged rape moves forward we know that the indianapolis colts, the linebacker there, josh mcnary, he won't be suiting up sunday for the afc title game against the patriots. he's been placed on the commissioner's exempt list and means he can't practice or attend games. he's still being paid though the rape and other charges mcnairy is facing stem from an alleged incident with a woman last month. the colts/patriots matchup is the second of sunday's nfl conference championship games. >> the first, the packers against the seahawks in seattle. as for last night's hoops highlights let's get that from our guys at espn. >> he's stan, i'm neil. this is the los angeles "sportscenter" set.
usually we're the biggest deal in this neighborhood. but that was not the case thursday. >> no. right across the street from our studio, cavaliers and lakers, lebron james in town taking on kobe bryant and company. check this out. you don't see this every day. lebron james on the fast break, alley-oop from kyrie irvin and he just blew it. he blew it. kobe bryant got a chuckle and 17 assists in this game. bryant did, that's a career high. look at james, creates space for himself. unreal angle to beat the shot clock. he had 36 points in this game. he's averaging 35 now in his 2 games back. the cavaliers win it 109-102 to snap a six-game lose streak. the rocket ss hosting the thunder. since we had this information with 31 points, 10 assists and they're 15-2 when harden has at least 30 points. 7-2 this season when harden has at least 10 assists and 9-0 this season when harden has at least eight rebounds. the rockets are also undefeated
this season when they outscore their opponent and they did that, 112-101. >> good news for the rockets and for harden and for the family of four living in his beard. >> that's funny. >> that's all we got. back to you. >> okay, up next in "the pulse," the oscar nominations, who got snubbed and the backlash from a lack of diversity. and lights out, "the price is right's" announcer, oh, yeah, that happened. right strip and shut your mouth. cold medicines open your nose over time, but add a breathe right strip and pow, it opens your nose up to 38% more. so you can breathe and do the one thing you want to do sleep. add breathe right to your cold medicine shut your mouth and sleep right. breathe right. and look for the calming scent of new breathe right lavender in the sleep aisle.
♪ well, time for us to check "the pulse" starting with all the buzz over the oscar nominations and the biggest snubs of the year. >> that's right. the critically acclaimed movie "selma" was largely overlooked. david oyelowo considered a shoe win for his portrayal of martin luther king jr. failed to get the nod. they passed on "selma." director ava duvernay who would have been the first african-american woman in that category. >> the snub sparked outrage on social media for the lack of diversity. not a single black actor or person of color nominated in those major acting categories. despite the oscar snub, the stars were out in full force for last night's critics' choice awards. >> and the show was hosted by ah you might recognize that
guy, strahan. he put on a show and once again tried to get as close to naked as he could. showed off some dance moves there. of course he's going to be in the upcoming "magic mike 2." >> the critics' choice chose "boyhood" for best picture and "birdman" walked away with the most wins, seven altogether including three for michael keaton, best actor, best comedy actor and best acting ensemble. >> and although both were ignored by the oscars jennifer aniston and angelina jolie were huge hits on the red carpet, at least. up next someplace near and dear to your heart, pinellas county, florida, well, the sheriff's office there, i don't know if they wanted to make the newscast, but they have an issue with a rug there, i should say. >> there's a rug, and we say doggone because what it says in the middle, look closely, it says "in dog we trust" instead of in god we trust. >> simple rearer, right. the rug was put away when the
error was noticed finally. it was there for a few weeks. the police are embracing the mistake putting it up for auction. bidding started at $100. >> people are smart turning lemons into lemonades. >> this is going to go to an animal shelter there, as well. so that's something. >> the price was wrong for participating in a game show. >> "the price is right" announcer george gray tried to try the products while walking backwards on a treadmill. you know where it's going. >> off-road motorcycle and a new range and a new treadmill. >> you knew that was going to happen. >> oh. >> this guy is a professional. look at that, he's sitting there on his tush and still going through his reads. >> i recommend icy hot. he wasn't hurt except maybe his dignity and his pride. you know he's now given new meaning to "come on down." >> i do have to give him credit. he keeps doing his job so he was a sport for trying. >> there you go. for some of you out there your local news is coming up
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. good morning. it is 4:28. it is friday january 16. >> say it again. >> friday. leyla gulen is here. meteorologist mike nicco is here with the weekend forecast. live doppler hd shows fog. as we talked about it is not so thicke and widespread. quarter-mile in fairfield and concord. a beautiful picture from our camera of the moon and the lack of fog in san francisco. we are mild in the mid-40's to 50. the next 12 hours we will hang out in the upper 50's to low 60's with clouds and more sunshine to the south. a stray shower is possible in the evening. >> leyla gulen? >> wraps we will see friday lite
on the roads. at the bay bridge toll plaza we have cash payers on both sides. when you get to the other side in will be a closure in san francisco. i will give you that information in a few minutes. we look at the san mateo bridge, it is hazy as you make it across the water from hayward to foster city at nine minutes. roads could be looking fine but bart could be delayed. there is a protest to begin at san francisco station. it is partly from the national uproar over the ferguson police shooting but there are reasons. amy hollyfield is at the montgomery station. >> protesters are planning to get here at 7:00 this morning. they say today isng to be anything but business as usual. they want to stir things up today. we want to warn that it will be a problem at montgomery bart
station. they shut down bart the day after thanksgiving. today they are demanding the prosecution drop the charges for the 14 people who were arrested that day. they have a couple of other demands. the disband bart police and people who are low-income to have discounted bart ticket. they are scheduled to protest from 7:00 to 9:00 and are telling protesters to bring metal spoons but they are not saying way say they will find out when they get here. 7:00 a.m. at montgomery county basketball -- montgomery bart station. organizers of the demonstration are questioning facebook stands on free speech. half of the bart protest page was taken down and facebook said it was removed until the necessary steps were continue to verify f