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wants to be a millionaire" experience and hopefully give them $1,000. all right. who wants to come down here and answer one question for 1,000 bucks? how about william hanlen? william hanlen? [cheers and applause] what's up, william? >> [unintelligible] >> yeah, yeah. just don't eat me. >> i promise i won't. >> my god, you're a big man. okay, so here's how it works. i'm going to ask you a question. hopefully, i give you $1,000 so you're not angry at me. are you ready? >> yes. >> let's play. [dramatic musical flourish] here's your question. known for donning them with a suit, texas governor rick perry announced in 2014 that chronic back problems had forced him to stop wearing what?
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>> texas is known for cowboys, so i'd go with either cowboy boots or large belt buckles. i don't think belt buckles weigh that much where they'd cause back pain as much as cowboy boots. i'm gonna go with b, cowboy boots. >> is that your final answer? >> yeah, let's do it. b, cowboy boots. >> b, cowboy boots? of course that's what we wear in texas. that's right. $1,000. >> thank you so much. >> thanks for not jumping in my arms. >> i was gonna try that. >> congratulations. another winner here on "millionaire." thanks for joining us today. for everyone who's been a part of this one, i'm chris harrison. we'll see you next time. closed captioning sponsored by:
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stapleton. and the international manhunt intensifies for the alleged eighth attacker, we're hearing new details about the so-called mastermind behind the attacks. >> it comes as authorities believe one of the attackers posed as a refugee to slip in undetected to europe. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: he is only 27, but he's risen rapidly through the ranks of isis to mastermind some of their biggest terror plots in europe. in this propaganda video, abdelhamid abaaoud asks, is there anything better than jihadism, than martyrdom? officials believe he planned the paris attacks from isis headquarters in syria. carrying out the direct orders of top isis leaders, who have set up a new unit to launch terror attacks in the west, with recruits separated into brigades by their nationality and language skills. >> this was planning a complicated operation, infiltrating trained personnel to do it and pulling it off across borders. >> reporter: the isis mastermind sent one of its attackers from
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syria, posing as a refugee, presenting this forged passport to greek officials just five weeks ago, and then making his way across europe to paris. other attackers were hand-picked in the mastermind's hometown in that brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, where he traveled often. narrowly escaping a police raid just this past january before he returned to syria. >> the mastermind selects and trains and motivates the suicide bombers, but he never kills himself. >> reporter: french authorities say they have no advance word of the attack, but at least two of the gunmen were known to french intelligence, and one of them had actually been charged with terror-connected crimes and allowed to go free. clearly the french government lost track of both of them. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and intelligence officials say part of the reason why it was difficult to track all of this is because they used belgium as a staging ground as
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as opposed to france where they are searching for all of these people. some live pictures in the meantime from paris, fittingly you would say gray and rainy morning there in the capital. >> and as the country mourns we know the french military announcing just a short time ago at least 16 bombs were used in the latest campaign. and targets, command centers and even training centers. action clearly being taken by the government even overnight. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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♪ skinny, so skinny okay. so topping our headlines this morning for "the skinny," some devastating news from actor charlie sheen. >> hollywood publicist howard bragman also a consultant for abc news has confirmed he's been told that sheen has been diagnosed as hiv positive. >> bragman said that while he didn't talk directly to sheen about his hiv status, sheen's people have told him that he is getting treatment. some more uplifting news here. into president obama last named this year's class of recipients confident presidential medal of freedom. >> 17 people have been named for the nation's highest civilian honor including barbra streisand. her philanthropic works having advanced research of heart disease in women.
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>> also being honored, hollywood legend steven spielberg, founded the usc foundation dedicated to overcoming intolerance and bigotry through the use of visual history testimony. >> and being honored posthumously yogi berra who put his professional career on hold to join the navy where he fought with allied forces on d-day and earned a purple heart. >> the awards will be presented at the miscellaneous next tuesday. >> what a great group of folks to honor. next, to the viral video that triggered a run on patti labelle's sweet potato pies. >> they are sold exclusively through walmart. this weekend they were being sold at the rate of one per second all because of this guy in chicago, kendis. >> you turn into patty after eating this. ♪ how is it that you people who laugh together and love together
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sometimes ♪ ooh, patti! ♪ when you've been playing feels like heaven ♪ mm, mm, mm. >> this is your favorite video. >> that's great. there is a follow-up where he was out of the pie, by the way. his name is james wright. and his video has been viewed on more than a million times including by patti labelle who personally called him to thank him for the over-the-top review. walmart says it's looking for 2 million sweet potato pies to replenish its supply. finally, we have a "dancing with the stars" update. >> a big night in the ballroom with the stars performing three dances filling the void after tamar braxton's exit over health issues. bindi irwin dancing both inside and outside a box, swinging a lighted rope around her neck. >> carlos penavega showed off his rope dancing skills.
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because the time to think about tomorrow...is today. go long. ♪ ♪ you'd better watch out you better not cry ♪ you'd better not pout i'm telling you why ♪ ♪ santa claus is coming to town ♪ >> why not? the music's great but santa claus has already come to a town in cherry hill, new jersey but he ended up causing a huge controversy. >> it all started with a cherry hill mall decided to amp up the santa experience and also amping up a heavy price tag. wpvi's sarah bloomquist has the story. >> reporter: the visit to santa's lap is a holiday tradition, but when for the second year in a row, the cherry hill mall decided to give shoppers a high-tech experience
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that includes social media went wild and not in a a good way because of the price. this year the mall started charging $35 to $75 to see st. nick. gail's post on facebook was typical. it's an absolute disgrace you're charging so much money to get in to see santa. outside the mall the same. >> i don't think people should be charged for santa claus. >> reporter: why not? >> it's christmas. come on. what's the real meaning? >> reporter: there the adventure to your santa attraction is one of only 12 like it in the country. mall management was surprised by the negative reaction. >> we never want anybody to feel like they're excluded or they can't come here. >> reporter: the mall got the message and dropped the required prepurchase of a photo package. >> you can come in and visit for free. you'll no longer have to make a minimum photo package purchase and you can visit with santa instead. >> reporter: guiana and her sister paid to seat north pole
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attraction prior to the policy change and thought it was worth the price. >> i like when we go on the sled and you see it's like you're actually moving in the sled. >> reporter: still shoppers were glad to hear seeing santa is free again. >> perfect. >> do you think that's right? >> absolutely. give more children the opportunity, the experience. >> you can see sit on his lap for free. photo will cost you $30 to $70. >> did you like it sitting on santa's lap when you were a kid or an adult? >> oh, hello. wow. >> what is that smirk? >> that smirk is santa, i have been very nice. >> but you look pretty naughty there. >> oh, boy. >> oh, yes, the filter has applied. >> i was just saying you're really holding back there. >> i'm trying the filter now. >> i was really trying to focus. >> don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> coming up, more news from abc. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades
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good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." on the warpath. france unleashing a second round of air strikes on an isis stronghold in syria. raids lead to 23 arrests and the alleged mastermind of the paris attacks has been identify. he's just 27 years old. full coverage in a moment. police in rural texas say they have no motive for the murder of six people at a campsite. they say a man who lived on the neighboring property has been arrested on for the killings, but he did not know the victims. a 41-year-old volunteer firefighter from mississippi has been given what's being called the most extensive face transplant ever. his donor a 26-year-old bike mechanic from brooklyn ironically himself always wanted to be a firefighter.
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and harvard researchers say drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could decrease the risk of dying prematurely. by 15%. they think it's linked to chemical compounds found in the beans. those are some of our top stories on this tuesday, november 17th. from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. we begin with the french crackdown on terror taking aim at isis overnight dropping 16 bombs on targets in syria simultaneously destroying a command center and a training center. and as paris struggles to return to normal in the wake of the deadly attacks, one of the alleged attackers is still eluding capture. these live pictures of the eiffel tower as we get more from abc's elizabeth hur. >> reporter: police thought they had him cornered, but the target
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has slipped their grasp for the second time. and now the manhunt for the suspected eighth attacker. salah abdeslam is intensifying. police say he fled paris friday night abandoning the two cars he rented then making a run for belgium driving a third car with two other passengers. police stopped him at a road block saturday but inapplicant cable let them go as they made it across the border. those two passengers now under arrest and charged on. authorities have identified this man abdelhamid abaaoud as the mastermind of the massacre. his plan included having one of the attackers let in among the tens of thousands of syrian refugees to sneak his way into paris. fears of another deadly ruse have governors of 25 states resisting president obama's plan to resettle up to 10,000 syrians in the u.s. >> slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. >> reporter: in paris, president
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francois hollande led his nation in a moment of silence. the eiffel tower glowed on with the colors of the french flag for the first time since friday. the fugitive's brother was questioned and released. he says he had no idea both of his brothers were terrorists. again, one is still on the run and the other died during the attacks. kendis and reena? >> elizabeth, what do we know about the air strikes in syria overnight? >> reporter: the french military just confirmed the news overnight, and what we've learned so far is that this latest round involved the command centers and the training centers as you noted earlier in the city of raqqah, known as the isis capital in syria. of course, we should note this is coming on the heels of the french president declaring france is now at war with isis and his words, france will destroy isis. >> francois hollande saying they will be pitiless. thanks for joining us. the attacks in paris sparked
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a bitter debate over america's syrian refugee program now opposed by half the nation's governors. the gop presidential candidates. >> president obama who just arrived in the philippines for the big apec summit is standing his ground on welcoming the refugees. here's abc arlette sands. >> reporter: on capitol hill, a moment of silence for the attacks in paris. >> in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in france. >> reporter: a somber break from the heated rhetoric on the campaign trail. >> is this a trojan horse? >> we've got a cub scout for commander in chief. >> reporter: republican candidates blasting president obama for his plan to admit 10,000 syrian refugees to the u.s. concerns mounting over whether one of the paris attackers entered france as a refugee. >> at least one and probably more of the killer, the animals that did what they did in paris came out of the migration. >> reporter: more than two dozen
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governors are refusing to take in syrian refugees and some 2016 candidates want to prioritize allowing christians into the u.s. >> our focus ought to be on the christians who have no place in syria anymore. >> reporter: but president obama says that's un-american. >> when i hear political leaders suggesting there would be a religious test for which person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, that's shameful. that's not american. that's not who we are. >> reporter: across the u.s., security is on high alert. in washington, d.c., security heightened on at monuments, k-9 teams in the metro system just as a new isis video promises an attack on the nation's capital. >> i want you to know that our city is coordinating at the highest levels. >> reporter: the intelligence community says there's no specific imminent threat against the u.s., but cia director john brennan has warned isis may be preparing attacks following the tragedy in paris. >> arlet, we're getting rhetoric
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about this from the politicians. but do the governors actually have a real light to block refugees from entering their states? >> reporter: well, the answer is essentially no. it's actually the federal government, not the states that determines whether a refugee can be admitted to the country. so those two dozen governors don't have a legal right to keep refugees out of their states but experts say the governors can try to make it difficult for refugees by either cutting funding or denying services to them. kendis and reena. >> arlet sands reporting live from washington. thank you so much. and as elizabeth mentioned earlier, the french air force is conducting a second round of air strikes on the isis stronghold of raqqah, in syria, of course. one of its aircraft carriers will soon be positioned off syria's coast. martha raddatz takes us inside the campaign. >> reporter: the response from the french air force has been strong and swift. french fighter jets pounding targets in the isis stronghold
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of raqqah, bombing an isis command post, training camp, recruiting center. but this is not a real increase in bombing. these are isis targets that may have already been on a list or strike package for weeks. so, why not strike when they were first on the list? >> they would wait for them to be populated, to have a class there in training, to have a group there being recruited. >> reporter: but when paris was attacked, the u.s. stepped aside and let the french go after the targets as retaliatory strikes. it's not known whether there were isis fighters inside. as for the overall military strategy, nothing is changing. the president adamant about not adding combat ground troops. >> we have the right strategy and we're going to see it through. >> reporter: isis is believed to have between 20,000 to 30,000 fighters and oil fields that generate about $40 million per month. for the first time the u.s. targeted on isis fuel trucks. more than 100 of them, used to smuggle oil to finance military
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and terrorists operations. but those, too, have been on the target list for a while. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> our coverage of the attacks on paris continues in a few minutes with a look at the piano player in the french capital trying to heal the city with one famous melody later in this half hour. well, federal investigators have given up their search for the black box from that sunken cargo ship el faro. the ntsb says they're still hopeful they can find out what happened to the ship without the recorder. the fighter sank october 1st during a hurricane. everyone on board was killed. the pilot of a small plane managed to make an emergency landing on a north carolina highway without injuring anyone. the aircraft landed on the median and crossed two lanes of traffic before stopping on the shoulder. the pilot said he was having engine problems and trying to make it to an airport. extreme weather all over this country, starting with tornados in texas.
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as many as a dozen twisters reported in the panhandle. the severe storms left thousands without power. golf ball sized hail came down in some parts. a halliburton plant in the area was heavily damaged and part of a train derailed in the powerful winds. some localized flooding was also reported. a different problem in colorado. a major snowstorm hitting right now, areas around denver expecting a foot and a half. blizzard-like conditions will last well into this morning. wind gusts are expected to reach up to 60 miles an hour. blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of kansas, nebraska and new mexico. well, winter is closing in in northern china. that means they're getting the pandas ready for the cold. the enclosure for the panda has been outfitted with a heating bed. i need a heating chair for the show. >> they want to make sure she is warm enough. she only arrived from northwest china a month ago and the experts say the change of
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climates can be tough. >> her area has a built-in in heating system in the ground. no doubt, she's in for a comfortable time this winter. >> you would think their fur would make them nicely warm for the winter but i guess not. >> you would think the blubber would help keep her insulated. >> there's that, as well. >> apparently, she's only 2 but she's a growing girl. eating lots of carrots, steamed bread and apples. that sounds like a diet, not for a growing girl. >> paleodiet for pandas. coming up, if you're hungry for details about the next hunger games," stay tuned. plus ahead, the single song from a piano player to heal paris after the terror attacks. we're hearing from the musician who is striking a chord. >> new pictures taken inside the bataclan theater. our coverage continues after our look at today's forecast map. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" weather, brought to you by sheila g's brownie brittle.
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♪ back now to our top story. the attacks on paris. french president francois hollande is now saying france is at war as he vows to destroy isis. >> and as french warplanes strike isis targets in syria, hollande is also calling for bold moves on the home front. abc's david muir is in paris with the latest. >> reporter: for the first time it, the moments before paris was forever changed. these photographs emerging from inside that concert hall taken from the stage before the attack. so many smiling faces, their hands in the air. and now we know what would come next. the gunfire breaking through the music. ♪ >> reporter: we're also getting
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our first look at this video of the immediate aftermath. sirens blaring, voices crying out. two officers peering through those doors. president obama saying the u.s. had no intelligence this attack was coming. >> there were no specific mentions of this particular attack that would give us a sense of something that we need -- that we could provide french authorities, for example, or act on ourselves. >> reporter: while here in france, president hollande stood side by side with students in a moment of silence across the country. a short time later in front of a joint session of parliament, he declared france is at war with isis calling for an extension. he wants a three-month state of emergency here in france. saying the attacks were "planned in syria, organized in belgium and perpetrated in france." his country continuing its military response from those air strikes thanking america for providing assistance to sending
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a warship, an aircraft carrier to the eastern mediterranean on thursday, right off the coast of syria. the world now watching as that international manhunt plays out. the alleged eighth attacker on the front pages of newspapers across the globe. a massive anti-terror crackdown across france. these images of officers entering a building detaining a man in toulouse. 168 police raids in all. 23 arrested, computers, hard drives seized. 39 weapons found him among them kalashnikovs, bulletproof vests, even a rocket launcher. people under house arrest here in france. as you travel through paris, all of the places where the carnage unfolded. there were 19 different nationalities among the dead. a survivor holding a ticket from the concert. this woman showing photos she took inside the concert hall with friends standing this close to the band. she hid in the dark inside a closet for three hours. >> all we could hear at that
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point was a stampede. people running and screaming. gunfire and thuds which could only have been people hitting the floor, their bodies. >> reporter: and we met roman renuel, who lived near two of the restaurants targeted. he told me it was his responsibility to be there with the victims who were dying. why did you kneel down beside them? >> what could i do? ignore them? just do what you can. you're not a doctor. you can't help. you can just show feelings to people, don't let people die alone. so, you do what you can do. you just watch, you just try to ease pain, but what can you do? >> and the french government also trying to do what they can do. just a short time ago, the french interior minister an announcing 128 raids have taken place overnight. they've added 115,000 police to conduct patrols in france, as well. >> as we take a look once
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again at the growing memorial that is growing outside one of the six locations that were attacked. you can see things are starting to get back to normal. at least people are going about their business this morning there in paris. well, coming up, after the chaos, one man's musical message. >> they're also the chords of peace. the musical tribute from another time. "world news now" continues
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♪ imagine all the people, living ♪ imagine all the people, living life in peace ♪ ♪ you may say i'm a dreamer they're the notes from another era, another time and another war. >> when john lennon wrote the music and the words to that song, they never thought it would become an icon of peace for its time. who could have possibly envisioned they would have such a powerful impact more than 40 years later half a world away. here's abc's juju chang. >> reporter: amidst the horror and grief, a moment of hope. david martello outside the bataclan theater playing that tune, john lennon's "imagine."
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♪ >> music goes directly into your heart. you have a mirror in front of you, and you're reflecting yourself in this music. >> reporter: after those now infamous attacks, the 34-year-old musician drove 400 miles from germany to play at nearly every site where innocents lost their lives. >> my hope is that all the musicians all around the world are playing music for peace. this is what the world needs right now. >> reporter: around the globe echoes of support, monuments a wash in the colors of the flag, this image trending worldwide and in paris, a symbol of hope in a city tossed but not sunk. ♪ >> so beautiful to hear his words and the music and that song is just so touching even a generation later. it was written in his home and
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it went to number one on the billboard charts. you can see exactly why. >> it's quite fitting. >> we'll be right back.
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♪ so hello from the other side ♪ so hello from the other side ♪ i must have called a thousand times ♪ ♪ to tell you i'm sorry for everything that i've done ♪ ♪ but when i call you never >> it is t-minus three days to the release of perhaps the most highly anticipated "the hunger games" installment ever "mockingjay part 2." >> fans are asking what's going on with the fashion forward effie trinket. elizabeth banks opened on up to rachel smith. >> everyone's either going to want to kiss you, kill you or be you.
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>> reporter: from the districts in hearts of times square, lies "the hunger games" exhibition. >> what do you make of all of it? >> it's remarkable. it's a walk down memory lane for sure. >> reporter: eyes right, chins up, smiles on. where i met up with the capital's favorite fashionista effie trinket, aka elizabeth banks. here she is. those are works of art. >> i want to say they were designed by an architect. it was a collaboration between an architect and a shoe designer. >> what are you doing? >> i'm a political refugee. >> she reflects on her surprising return in part 2. >> the films were a departure from the book where effie was mia. >> i think everybody disagreed was sort of a fan favorite and she had a real connection to katniss. you couldn't really see it in the books. >> you look lovely as ever. >> reporter: now, for a lightning round --
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>> maybe the odds be ever in your favor. >> reporter: -- a game we're calling what are the effie odds? >> what are the odds of her wearing sneakers? >> low, very low odds. unless they become a big deal in the capital. >> she real likes the heel. >> what are the odds of effie being on social media? >> high odds. effie understands the power of a great media presence. >> reporter: and with the games coming to a close, she says effie will always have a place in her heart. >> are you going to miss this character? >> very much. i loved on her. she's really iconic and there's a lot of creativity within effie. i'll miss that for sure history was made here. >> reporter: abc news, new york. >> you excited about this one, huh? >> yeah, it opens this friday. many say it could make up to $120 million this weekend. >> that's a lot. that's the news for this half hour.
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this morning on "world news now," the world's most wanted man. >> the police raids and manhunt for the mastermind in the paris attacks. and any accomplices. how did they get away? new details on the search and how world leaders are responding. homeland threat. latest message from isis vowing to attack washington, d.c. leaders in the nation's capital taking no chances. murder mystery. developments overnight from rural texas, where six people were found dead at a campsite. the new clues coming in. and later revolutionary surgery, the most extensive face transplant ever and the injured firefighter who will get to go home for thanksgiving after an operation like no other. it is tuesday, november 17th. from abc news, this is
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"world news now." >> we do say good morning to you this tuesday. it is a busy one. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. let's get right to the intense crackdown on terror in paris and beyond as the scope of friday's grisly attacks begins to slowly sink in. >> a live picture right now of paris of the eiffel tower which reopened for the very first time yesterday following the attacks on friday. some flowers are piling up at memorials all around that city honoring the 129 people that called that city home, while police conducted more than 150 raids and arrested on nearly two dozen people. a key suspect and and alleged mastermind remain on the loose. our coverage begins with elizabeth hur. >> reporter: police thought they had him cornered, but the target has slipped on their grasp for the second time. and now the manhunt for the
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suspected eighth attacker salah abdeslam is intensifying. the 26-year-old on the run after police say he fled paris friday night, abandoning the two cars he had rented then making a run for his native belgium driving a third car with two other passengers. police stopped them at a roadblock saturday but inexplicably let them go and they made it across the border. those two passengers now under arrest and charged. authorities have identified this man abdelhamid abaaoud as the mastermind of the paris massacre. his plan included having one of the attackers blend in among the tens of thousands of syrian refugees to sneak into paris. fears of another deadly ruse have governors of 25 states resisting president obama's plan to resettle up to 10,000 syrians in the u.s. >> slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. >> reporter: in paris, president francois hollande led his nation in a moment of silence.
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the eiffel tower glowing with the colors of the french flag for the first time since friday. in the meantime, the fugitive's brother was questioned and released. he says he had no idea both of his brothers were terrorists. again, one is still on the run and the other died during the attacks. >> of course a lot of people reacting to this attack. what are we hearing from our lawmakers on capitol hill? >> to honor the victims they observed a moment of silence yesterday and house speaker paul ryan requested on an all-member briefing from the administration, bottom line he says he wants to know what happened. and make sure what happened to paris doesn't happen here. >> we know now also, that syrian refugees have become a huge campaign issue especially for donald trump. >> the donald. he was at a rally last night in tennessee. and he told his supporters there if elected, he would deport all syrian refugees "adding we're
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going to have borders, we're going to have a country again. right now, we don't have a country." president obama, we should note he just landed in manila for the asian pacific summits. he's already made his position clear for anyone denying the syrian refugees the ability to resettle here, he said that is shameful, not american, not who we are. basically, yes, a divisive issue and a debate already brewing. > definitely a change in the dialogue for the 2016 presidential race. thank you for joining us. as law enforcement steps up security here at home, isis released a new video vowing washington will suffer the same fate as paris. here of here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: french police in a shootout, exchanging gunfire outside the bataclan concert hall with terrorists. three hours of terror.
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isis quickly claiming credit for it all, saying paris is only the beginning. and in this video, isis issues a warning to america. an attack on the nation's capital is coming. "as we struck in france in the center of its abode, in paris, then we swear that we will strike america at its center, in washington." >> we are always at a heightened level of security because of our locale. >> reporter: the cia director says the attacks in france should serve as a wakeup call for americans. >> their agenda is to kill. pure and simple. >> reporter: across the country, security is being ramped up. there's a heavy police presence in times square. and new york city's police commissioner said that isis tactics in the paris attack deeply concern him. >> the idea that all of them, all of them were equipped with these suicide vests. >> reporter: u.s. officials are also worried that the killers in france may have used encryption technology to hide their computer and cell phone communications. so-called going dark. belgian officials suspect the killers in france also used gaming systems like playstation to communicate offgrid. even though there's no specific
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credible isis threat to the homeland, the fbi is intensifying surveillance of their suspected sympathizers in all 50 states. more than 70 prospective supporters of isis arrested in the last two years alone. some with deadly intentions. security across this city stepped up and across this country, more than 900 terror investigations under way. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> france's fierce military response to the terror attacks now includes an aircraft carrier. the carrier charles de gaulle will set sail toward syria. the french air force conducting its second night on the isis targets in raqqah. targeting command posts and recruiting centers. they were apparently on a hit list. why didn't they strike before? >> they would wait for them to be populated to have a class there in training, to have a group being recruited.
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>> as with the american response, president obama says nothing has changed and he does not want to put boots on the ground. yesterday, the u.s. did bomb more than 100 isis fuel trucks. secretary of state john kerry made a surprise visit to paris on monday, the u.s. ambassador jane hartley for a ceremonial lighting at the american embassy. the building was flooded with light in the blue white and red colors of the french flag. this morning kerry will meet with francois hollande that america shares in the resolve to defeat extremism. >> this is an assault, not just on france, but coming on the heels of brutal attacks in lebanon, iraq and elsewhere, it is an assault on our collective sense of reason and purpose. >> and kerry also said that the attacks would not deter paris from hosting the u.n. climate change conference and than president obama is looking forward to being there himself. our coverage of the attacks on paris and the impact worldwide
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continuing all morning long. get the latest on americans who escaped and the student who did not later this half hour. another major headline we're following a suspect charged on with the murder after six bodies were discovered in rural texas. two victims were found in a travel trailer on land they just bought for camping and hunting. the other four including one child were discovered in a nearby pond. the suspect william mitchell hudson lived on the adjoining property. prosecutors have not identified a motive. >> my sheriff's office is small, so we enlisted the help of the texas rangers and our district attorney and their office. >> a woman who survived the attack was able to describe the alleged killer to the police. the fbi and justice department joining forces into a investigation of a police shooting in minneapolis. jamar clark is brain dead after being shot sunday.
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conflicting reports this morning about whether clark was hand cuffed when he was shot and whether he resisted arrest. hundreds protesting the shooting, shut down the highway last night in st. louis. tornadoes in texas. as many as a dozen reported in the texas panhandle. the storms left thousands of people without power. golf ball sized hail came down in some areas. a halliburton plant in the area was powerfully damaged. and a train derailed in the powerful storm. localized flooding was reported. you wouldn't think the start of winter is still officially a month away. seeing scenes like this areas around denver expecting a foot and a half. we're talking blizzard conditions lasting into the morning. wind gusts expected to reach up to 60 miles an hour. blizzard warnings for parts of kansas, nebraska and new mexico. all right, so, this is huge. marriott is buying starwood resorts to become the largest
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could easily be answered online. >> oh, kimmel. that's not nice. >> it is good. i used to have a birthday unfriending because it gives you a reminder of somebody's birthday. >> so you don't get the reminder again? >> no, or even know who they are. ite defriend them on their birthday. >> when's your birthday? "monday night football" was not a thing of beauty last night, but it produced a result almost no one saw coming. >> the bengals had a 6-3 lead over the texans in the fourth quarter, which houston's backup quarterback here, t.j. yates found deandre hopkins. then receiver of a.j. green and the texans recovered. the bengals suffered their first loss of the season. houston wins it 10-6. it was an offensive showdown there. really. all right. coming up in "the mix," an endorsement for barbie dolls from a boy.
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the ad campaign getting worldwide buzz. also ahead, the revolutionary operation, severely burned firefighter given only a 50% chance of surviving the most extensive face transplant ever. and the american in paris who survived the terror attack and the student who lost her life. the remembrances and the emotional stories being shared. >> and remember to look for us on instagram. abc, wnn. you're watching "world news now." thank you. uh, next. watch me make your interest rate... disappear. there's gotta be a better way to find the right card. whatever kind you're searching for, creditcards.com lets you compare hundreds of cards to find the one that's right for you. just search, compare, and apply at creditcards.com. ♪a one, a two, a three percent cash back♪ let's get these dayquil liquid but these liquid gels are new.
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four days after the deadly terrorist attacks in paris, worldwide support casting a new beacon on the city of light. >> but as the shock wears off, grief is taking its place including here at home, of course, as we learn more details about the american victims caught in the chaos. abc's brandi hitt with more. ♪ >> reporter: family and friends of 23-year-old nohemi gonzalez gathered at this vigil struggling to understand why her life was cut short in paris. the cal state senior studying in a semester abroad is seen here on social media celebrating a birthday in 2012. she was shot and killed by terrorists in a restaurant. >> she's always in my heart and she's always going to be in
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everyone else's heart, too. >> reporter: another target, the bataclan concert hall, as the eagles of death metal performed. nick alexander, the band's merchandise manager was killed along with 90 others here. his girlfriend wrote you are and always will be the love of my life. there were close calls for many others. >> we heard bang-bang, bang-bang bang-bang, like five shots. >> reporter: airbnb software engineer brian moriarty was trapped in a restaurant surrounded by gunfire and shane and jami also took cover near the concert hall. >> it feels selfish in a way to be here. >> 16 additional college students were studying with nohemi gonzalez. california state california long beach confirms they are all safe. >> glad to hear that. coming up next, the firefighter with a new lease on
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life. his dramatic transformation after being severely burned in a house fire. it's being called the most extensive face transplant ever. and later, the christmas controversy in new jersey. that sparked social media outrage. why so many angry moms took to facebook over that mall santa. that's in our next half hour on "world news now."
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it's being called the most it's being called the most extensive face transplant ever. a firefighter whose face was severely burned in a house 14 years ago now has a new lease on life. >> his new face is now that of a 26-year-old brooklyn bike mechanic. mallory hoff has this remarkable story. >> reporter: mississippi volunteer firefighter patrick hardison suffered devastating burns to his face when he ran into a home to see if anyone was trapped in the flames in 2001.
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from that point forward, he disguised himself wearing prosthetic ears, a hat and sunglasses. >> i'm hear going to nyu for the face transplant. >> reporter: now the husband and father is the recipient of the most extensive face transplant worldwide to date. >> your lips are nice and normal. >> he's doing very well today only for day 93. he'll require other procedures. >> reporter: the transplant was performed at nyu in august. dr. rodriguez led a team of over 100 people during the 26 hour surgery. >> we had an emotional exchange when our team took him to macy's to buy clothes. for him, it was so remarkable that no one stared at him and looked at him. >> reporter: a friend urged him to send his medical records here. he placed those files in the hands of dr. rodriguez. in 2012, they began their journey together. >> we did have challenges
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identifies the ideal donor, an individual that would be fair-skinned, light hair. ceo of the organ recovery organization live on new york. she welcomed the challenge. more than a year after the search began are, there was a donor. >> david had been declared brain dead following a bicycle accident. his mother immediately said yes. there was no hesitation in her mind. her son had always wanted to be a fireman. >> reporter: in death, he would give a new face and new day to a man who traded in his reflection when he ran into a burning home. mallory hoff, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> imagine if the doctor told you you only have a 50% chance of surviving the surgery. >> those were his chances. 50%? >> yeah, 50%. now, he can get his vision back and do something as basic as drive. >> after spending 14 years like that, you can kind of understand
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say having this kid, this male child advertise this. >> they should all get on board. gender neutral. girls can play with trucks, boys can play with barbie. it's a new era. >> i'm still playing with my buddy doll from the 1980s. okay. of course, you know around this time of the year, we always get the word of the day from oxford. and the word of the day is -- well, i can't even pronounce it. this is the word of the year rather. >> what is that? >> it's an emoticon. they said this is the word of the year. it would not be an old fashioned string of letters like we know. instead it's this pictograph, acknowledgement of how popular these pictures have become in our digital and daily lives. >> so that's the emoji for lol? >> it is. crying, laughing. >> okay. >> and the lol is laughing out loud? >> yes. and then there's -- >> that is insomnia. i'm so tired i can't feel my face anymore. >> that's a tragically sad emoji. >> what is your emoji there?
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>> mine is give me more candy corn and coffee. >> please. well, a dad was given a video camera to document a trip. problem was daddy put it on selfie mode and then this happened. >> so, he didn't know it was on selfie mode? >> no, he went to vegas on his trip. his son said dad, take this camera and document your trip. yeah. but what daddy didn't realize was he put it on selfie mode. so everything, every shot has him in it. >> so you never get to see all that is -- >> and his son posted on facebook. i gave my dad a gopro while he was in las vegas. i didn't instruct him how to use it and he didn't know the point of the effing thing. >> that is the worst vegas video yet. that's one of the things that happens in vegas that should stay there. >> it's funny. >> that's the news for this half
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" world's most wanted. the police raids and intense search for anyone responsible for the paris terror attacks. new developments in the manhunt. and new this half hour, details emerging about the 27-year-old mastermind. >> from isis headquarters to the french capital. what investigators are uncovering about the young man's plans to terrorize paris. political firestorm. the presidential candidates and dozens of governors fighting to stop any influx of syrian refugees. president obama's response. and later in "the skinny" -- charlie sheen's diagnosis. his very personal health disclosure going public and what we learned about his condition. it's tuesday, november 17th. from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> we do say good morning to you on this busy tuesday morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. we begin with the war on isis. france, ready to join forces with the u.s. and russia vowing to triumph over the enemy after those bloody attacks in paris. >> first live pictures right now from paris. take a look as dawn breaks there in the city of lights. the victims came from at least 19 nations many of which are now standing in solidarity with france. a 27-year-old belgian has been identified as the mastermind of the attacks. the french military has launched another round of punishing air strikes on isis targets in syria. and more than 150 raids were conducted across france leading to nearly two dozen arrests. >> as the manhunt is still under way for the alleged eighth attacker, coverage begins with abc's terry moran. >> reporter: police moved in swiftly cordoning off streets, surrounding an apartment
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building, scaling rooftops. they warn neighbors to stay inside, away from windows. then they moved in. but their target was gone, and the manhunt continues for the gunman who got away. 26-year-old salah abdeslam suspected of being one of the shooters that hit cafes and restaurants in paris. police say he fled paris friday night. they found the cars he'd rented. one left outside the theater. the other abandoned in this suburb. then, driving a third car with two other passengers, he headed toward belgium, stopped by police at a road block on saturday morning, but not detained. and they made it across the border. the two other people in that getaway car, picked up by police later, now charged with participation in terrorism. and the fugitive's brother, also detained, but later released, saying he had no idea that both his brothers -- one died during the attacks -- were terrorists. "they were normal brothers," he said. this gritty neighborhood,
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molenbeek, a breeding ground of terrorism. while we were on the streets here, we spoke to one man, he didn't want his face shown, who told us many of the young here are radicalized. three of your neighbors went to syria? >> yeah. >> reporter: a french police unit has even said that isis has taken over here and that the belgian government has lost control of this neighborhood. terry moran, abc news, brussels. france is using military power to fight back against isis. the aircraft carrier charles de gall set say say on thursday for the coast of syria. the french air force conducting a second night of air strikes on the isis stronghold of raqqah syria. they have taken out recruiting centers and an ammunition warehouse. >> back here at home, members of the house of representatives will receive a classified briefing on the paris attacks later today. last night, speaker of the house paul ryan led the chamber in a moment of silence to honor the victims. today's closed door meeting will have members only briefing on the attacks will be by fbi chief james comey and homeland
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security chief jeh johnson. the islamic state is making it clear that paris is only the beginning, as they seek to go global. a new isis video is warning an attack on washington, d.c. could be next. in the 12-minute video, the terror group vowing to strike america at its heart saying countries taking part in air strikes against syria will suffer the same fate as france. >> we are always at a heightened level of security because of our locale. >> their agenda is to kill, pure and simple. >> security has been beefed up across the country but officials are concerned that the terrorists may have used an encryption technology in gaming systems like playstation to hide their communications. and then there is this debate. attacks have sparked a wave of anti-refugee sentiment across the united states. at least half of the country's governors are now refusing to take in syrian refugees. but some americans disagree like these students in charleston,
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heckling senator ted cruz over his opposition to the refugee program. we get more now from abc's jon karl. >> reporter: president obama declared america has a moral responsibility to allow some syrian refugees to settle here in the united states. >> many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves. slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. >> reporter: republican presidential candidates are attacking the president's plan to allow up to 10,000 syrian refugees into the u.s. >> president obama and hillary clinton's proposal to bring to america tens of thousands of syrian muslims is nothing short of lunacy. >> reporter: the president's plan says nothing about the religion of the refugees, but senator cruz says, quote, there is no meaningful risk of christians committing acts of terror. he and jeb bush insist the emphasis should be on allowing syrian christians into the u.s. >> they're being beheaded, they're being executed by both
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sides. and i think we have a responsibility to help. >> reporter: the president called that un-american. >> when i hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who is fleeing from a war torn country is admitted, that's shameful. that's not american. it's not who we are. >> reporter: president obama also said that any syrian refugees coming into the united states will be thoroughly vetted to ensure that no terrorists slip in. republicans just aren't buying that. in fact, some of the republican presidential candidates are saying that's just not possible. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. our coverage of the attacks on paris and its far-reaching scope does not end here. look for live updates from paris on "america this morning" and "good morning america." prosecutors in rural texas are searching for a motive this morning in the murder of six people. the bodies of two victims were found in a travel trailer on property they just bought.
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the other four including a child were found in a pond nearby. the police chief says the suspect, william hudson, and the victims did not know each other. a woman who managed to survive the attack by hiding in the woods identified the suspect. well, the federal government has joined an investigation into a police shooting in minneapolis. jamar clark is brain dead after being shot sunday night. there are conflicting accounts whether clark was handcuffed when shot and whether he resisted arrest. hundreds protesting the shooting shut down interstate 94 last night in minneapolis. more than 50 people were arrested. some extreme weather starting with tornadoes in texas as many as a dozen twisters were reported in the texas panhandle. the severe storms left houses of people without power. golf ball sized hail came down in some parts, as well. a halliburton plant was heavily damaged and part of a train derailed in the powerful winds. some localized flooding was also
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reported. in the meantime, winter is still over a month away but you wouldn't know that by looking at these scenes. this is from the rockies now. the snow continues today with areas around denver expecting a foot and a half. blizzard conditions will last well into this morning. wind gusts are expected to reach up to 60 miles an hour. blizzard warnings in effect for parts of kansas, nebraska, as well as new mexico. today's weather maps to the east, all that snow will be there. also heavy rain across the middle of the country. violent storms along the gulf coast. heavy rain in the northwest. dry and sunny along most of the east coast. >> only 50 degrees here in new york city. significantly cooler than yesterday. and also in the 50s in the midwest. 80s along the gulf coast. 73 in l.a. and a high of 52 in beautiful great falls, montana. how about some fast food news? taco bell getting on the animal welfare bandwagon. the fast food chain is the latest to commit to using only cage-free eggs and they're making the fastest switch yet. by the end of 2016, next year.
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the choice will make a difference in the cage-free egg industry. taco bell has more than 6,000 u.s. restaurants and buys more than a million and a half eggs every year. can you get egg whites at taco bell? >> i think you can. i haven't been to a taco bell in awhile. speaking of breakfast because researchers have found even more benefits in that cup of morning joe. cup of joe. scientists at harvard discovered that people who drank three to five cups of coffee a day had a 15% lower risk of dying prematurely and that includes decaf coffee, as well. they think it might have something to do with chemical compounds found in coffee beans. >> remind me again, you don't drink coffee, right? >> i do, not enough but still i'm alive. well and healthy. well, a couple of parents in iowa have three little reasons that they might be awake and watching us right now. give them the coffee. they have identical new
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triplets. >> the boys are two weeks old today. >> wait a minute. is that mama? she looks too bright eyed and bushy tailed. >> she looks kate middletonesque >> yes, she looks beautiful. >> since they've been home, their mom says it's been a 24-hour cycle of feeding, changing and dressing them. they were born without the use of fertility drugs. >> their doctors say so exceedingly rare, he doesn't even know what the odds are of it happening. the most important point is all three are healthy and happy and they have interesting names. macrory is one and two of the three first names are traditional irish names. >> interesting. cute little babies. coming up in "the skinny" -- that's how they sound about now, steven spielberg, barbra streisand and yogi berra will soon have something in common. also, charlie sheen's private health concern going public. the latest on his condition. and later, a social media uproar over a $50 charge to see
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among the speakers france's counsel general and former ambassador to france craig stapleton. and the international manhunt intensifies for the alleged eighth attacker, we're hearing new details about the so-called mastermind behind the attacks. >> it comes as authorities believe one of the attackers posed as a refugee to slip in undetected to europe. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: he is only 27, but he's risen rapidly through the ranks of isis to mastermind some of their biggest terror plots in europe. in this propaganda video, abdelhamid abaaoud asks, is there anything better than jihadism, than martyrdom? officials believe he planned the paris attacks from isis headquarters in syria. carrying out the direct orders of top isis leaders, who have set up a new unit to launch terror attacks in the west, with recruits separated into brigades by their nationality and language skills. >> this was planning a complicated operation, infiltrating trained personnel to do it and pulling it off across borders. >> reporter: the isis mastermind sent one of its attackers from
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syria, posing as a refugee, presenting this forged passport to greek officials just five weeks ago, and then making his way across europe to paris. other attackers were hand-picked in the mastermind's hometown in that brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, where he traveled often. narrowly escaping a police raid just this past january before he returned to syria. >> the mastermind selects and trains and motivates the suicide bombers, but he never kills himself. >> reporter: french authorities say they have no advance word of the attack, but at least two of the gunmen were known to french intelligence, and one of them had actually been charged with terror-connected crimes and allowed to go free. clearly the french government lost track of both of them. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and intelligence officials say part of the reason why it was difficult to track all of this is because they used belgium as a staging ground as as opposed to france where they are searching for all of these people. some live pictures in the
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meantime from paris, fittingly you would say gray and rainy morning there in the capital. >> and as the country mourns we know the french military announcing just a short time ago at least 16 bombs were used in the latest campaign. and targets, command centers and even training centers. action clearly being taken by the government even overnight. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this
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♪ skinny, so skinny okay. so topping our headlines this morning for "the skinny," some devastating news from actor charlie sheen. >> hollywood publicist howard bragman also a consultant for abc news has confirmed he's been told that sheen has been diagnosed as hiv positive. >> bragman said that while he didn't talk directly to sheen about his hiv status, sheen's people have told him that he is getting treatment. some more uplifting news here. into president obama last named this year's class of recipients confident presidential medal of freedom. >> 17 people have been named for the nation's highest civilian honor including barbra streisand. her philanthropic works having advanced research of heart disease in women. >> also being honored, hollywood legend steven spielberg, founded
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the usc foundation dedicated to overcoming intolerance and bigotry through the use of visual history testimony. >> and being honored posthumously yogi berra who put his professional career on hold to join the navy where he fought with allied forces on d-day and earned a purple heart. >> the awards will be presented at the miscellaneous white house next tuesday. >> what a great group of folks to honor. next, to the viral video that triggered a run on patti labelle's sweet potato pies. >> they are sold exclusively through walmart. this weekend they were being sold at the rate of one per second all because of this guy in chicago, kendis. >> you can turn into patti after eating this. mmm, patti. ♪ how is it that you people who
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laugh together and love together sometimes ♪ ooh, pi -- pie! patti! ♪ when you've been playing feels like heaven ♪ mm, mm, mm. >> this is your favorite video. >> that's great. there is a follow-up where he was out of the pie, by the way. his name is james wright. and his video has been viewed on more than a million times including by patti labelle who personally called him to thank him for the over-the-top review. walmart says it's looking for 2 million sweet potato pies to replenish its supply. >> i've got to try that pie. >> that's some good pie, i guess. finally, we have a "dancing with the stars" update. >> a big night in the ballroom with the stars performing three dances filling the void after tamar braxton's exit over health issues. bindi irwin dancing both inside and outside a box, swinging a lighted rope around her neck.
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>> carlos penavega showed off his rope dancing skills. all four contestants will advance to neck week's finals. >> showing off more than his ropes. >> hello.
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because the time to think about tomorrow...is today. go long. ♪ ♪ you'd better watch out you better not cry ♪ you'd better not pout i'm telling you why ♪ ♪ santa claus is coming to town ♪ >> why not? the music's great but santa claus has already come to a town in cherry hill, new jersey but he ended up causing a huge controversy. >> it all started with a cherry hill mall decided to amp up the santa experience and also amping up a heavy price tag. wpvi's sarah bloomquist has the story. >> reporter: the visit to santa's lap is a holiday tradition, but when for the second year in a row, the cherry hill mall decided to give shoppers a high-tech experience
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that includes trek. social media went wild and not in a good way because of the price. this year the mall started charging $35 to $75 to see st. nick. gail's post on facebook was typical. it's an absolute disgrace you're charging so much money to get in to see santa. outside the mall the same. >> i don't think people should be charged for santa claus. >> reporter: why not? >> it's christmas. come on. what's the real meaning? >> reporter: the adventure to santa attraction is one of only 12 like it in the country. mall management was surprised by the negative reaction. >> we never want anybody to feel like they're excluded or they can't come here. >> reporter: the mall got the message and dropped the required prepurchase of a photo package. >> you can come in and visit for free. you'll no longer have to make a minimum photo package purchase and you can visit with santa instead. >> reporter: guiana and her sister paid to seat north pole attraction prior to the policy change and thought it was worth
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the price. >> i like when we go on the sled and you see it's like you're actually moving in the sled. >> reporter: still shoppers were glad to hear seeing santa is free again. >> perfect. >> do you think that's right? >> absolutely. give more children the opportunity, the experience. >> you can see sit on his lap for free. photo will cost you $30 to $70. >> did you like it sitting on santa's lap when you were a kid or an adult? >> oh, hello. wow. >> what is that smirk? >> that smirk is santa, i have been very nice. >> but you look pretty naughty there. >> oh, boy. >> oh, yes, the filter has applied. >> i was just saying you're really holding back there. >> i'm trying the filter now. >> i was really trying to focus. >> don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> coming up, more news from abc. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, more raids across europe. hunting down those responsible for the attacks in paris. plus, new air strikes taking out isis targets. we're live in paris. chilling promise. isis calling out its next target threatening washington, d.c. and a new battle brewing. the list of states refusing to take refugees growing by the hour. also breaking right now, severe weather, a powerful system spawning dozens of tornadoes, an oil refinery leveled creating a hazardous situation this morning. plus, making history and changing a man's life. the firefighter going from this to this after an extensive face transplant. what's next for him.

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