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and homegoods. good morning, america. new overnight. bitter blast. snow, freezing rain and ice gripping much of the country this morning. the treacherous roads. this tractor-trailer skidding in a fiery crash. >> yo! >> the massive and deadly pileups. police cars overturned. insane windchills. the life-threatening conditions for millions of americans. donald trump's promises, closing out his thank you tour overnight. >> we are going to have a very new policy. it's called america first. >> reliving his election night victory and already facing foreign policy challenges. his surprising reply to china's offer to return that stolen drone. russia's response. moscow reacting to u.s. findings that vladimir putin was
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personally involved in the hack attack. terry moran is in moscow this morning talking with russian officials who are doing their own finger pointing. and late for christmas? amazon customers who rely on two day prime delivery are getting a startling warning. >> the airlines are so undermanned. >> will your gifts arrive on time? what amazon is telling its customers this morning. good morning, everyone. baby, it is cold outside. thank you for joining us on a bitterly cold sunday morning. so many of you, tens of millions of americans, waking up to this. a brutal and in some places dangerous winter blast. >> the temperatures have been diving fast. look at this time lapse video out of texas where it went from over 80 degrees to about 30 degrees in 12 hours. >> that will send your body into some shock. especially in texas. we want you to check out the national map as well.
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huge areas of the country are dealing with those frigid temperatures. it's going to feel colder than negative 45 degrees in the plains. so bundle up. >> the arctic blast comings on the heels of a snowstorm as it causes accidents and pileups in several states. this video coming in from new york. a driver -- look at this -- whose car got stuck under a semi. a plane skidded off the runway at o'hare airport in chicago. luckily, nobody hurt there. >> seriously luckily. but we have team coverage this morning. we'll start in one of the coldest parts of the country, minneapolis, and that's where we find eva pilgrim. good morning, eva. >> reporter: paula, you will see snow piles like this all over minneapolis, but this morning the issue are these temperatures. right now, it is 18 thredegrees below zero here in minneapolis.
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it feels like with this windchill, 33 degrees below zero. it is dangerously cold. from the rocky mountains to the east coast, millions of americans hit with dangerous winter weather. treacherous conditions turning into horror on the highway. watch as this tanker truck slides off i-95 in baltimore flipping onto its side before bursting into flames. >> yo! what is going on? >> reporter: two people were killed. 20 others injured in a nearly 70-car chain reaction crash that followed. the brutal weather blamed for hundreds of wrecks across the country. take a look at all the mangled vehicles in this 23-car pileup in virginia. overnight, temperatures taking a nosedive, a 50-degree drop in parts of texas and new mexico as a strong cold front brings an arctic chill from texas to wisconsin. >> well, it looks like about 13 inches. >> reporter: major airports taking a huge hit on what's expected to be a record holiday travel season. take a look at this plane that slid off the runway in chicago's o'hare, landing in the grass. no one injured.
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more than 3,000 flights canceled. hundreds stranded trying to get home for the holidays. >> i'm not spending another night here. >> reporter: and these temperatures are no joke, guys. if you go outside in this weather right now, you can get frost bietd in less than ten minutes on exposed skin. if you are going to go out, make sure you cover up, paula. >> great advice. know when it's that cold it could be difficult to speak. thank you for your extraordinary reporting this morning and bundle up and go inside. thanks, eva. meteorologist kate parker has been in for rob this weekend. how low could those temperatures go? >> they're going to continue to drop and move to the east. here's the thing. the cold air is sliding up underneath the rain creating dangerous conditions and freezing rain. take a look what's going on. right along the front is where you have the rain. in the northeast, you will see rain for the majority of the day, but again, that freezing rain threat has issued some
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alerts. we have the freezing rain advisory from tennessee into kentucky and across minneapolis even parts of pennsylvania and upstate new york and not to mention the winter weather advisory. and look at this temperature change, nearly 50 degrees difference in 24 hours. dan. >> wild stuff. kate, thank you. we move on now to the other big story of this morning, and that's the latest on the trump transition. the president-elect wrapping up his thank you tour overnight with a rally in alabama coming against a backdrop of fast moving foreign affairs developments involving both russia and china. meanwhile, members of the electoral college are getting ready to formally cast their votes tomorrow, and abc's mary bruce is covering it all from washington. mary, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. trump has been busy thanking his supporters in recent weeks, but it isn't official yet. not until tomorrow when voters are expected to vote for president-elect trump. that hasn't stopped him in weighing on foreign policy. and this morning, as tensions rise with china, trump seems to be sending some conflicting messages. donald trump arriving in alabama for the final stop of his thank you tour.
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>> boy, did we do well. >> reporter: over eight stops, he has relived his election night victory. >> donald trump and his great movement is president of the united states. >> reporter: with his inauguration still a month away, trump is already facing foreign policy challenges. this morning his team sending mixed messages to china. just hours after chinese officials said they would return a seized u.s. drone. trump told them to keep it. tweeting, we should tell china we don't want the drone they stole back. earlier trump condemned china for taking the drone calling it an unprecedented act and after chinese officials agreed to return the drone, trump spokesman gave the president-elect credit tweeting trump gets it done. but the pentagon says the matter was resolved by direct engagement between the u.s. and china, and trump is still facing questions over russia's
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involvement in the u.s. election. >> we are going to have a very new policy. it's called america first. >> reporter: he had no comment saturday about allegations that russian president putin interfered to help trump win. but on "snl," a visiting putin clause jokingly shed light on their relationship. >> so you trust me more than american cia? >> all i know is i won. >> reporter: all this as electors vote tomorrow to make trump's victory official. blasting the electoral college as a disaster for democracy. but now he is praising the process. >> i never appreciated it until now. how genius it was, what they had in mind. >> reporter: now trump is now at his mar-a-lago club in florida where he will be spending the holida holidays, and while the official thank you tour may be
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he says he may be doing more big rallies in the future. well, he does things differently. dan and paula. >> certainly does. >> and he loves those rallies. thank you very much, mary. let's go back to russia. russia is on the defense, demanding that the u.s. provide proof of these hacking claims or to simply stop making these accusations. >> terry moran has the latest in moscow. good morning to you, terry. >> reporter: good morning. russians are watching in amazement and some right here in the kremlin with delight no doubt, at the post-election chaos in the united states, but one thing you hear right away, people don't believe it. they don't believe president obama's accusations. they don't believe the u.s. intelligence agencies. and of course, you would expect that from the kremlin. they are denying everything, and the russian state media, dominated by the putin regime. they are spinning all kinds of stories. the latest being that the hack was an inside job by disgruntled democrats. but ordinary russians, too, can't believe it. that the great american democracy could be so easily undermined by a hack. they just don't believe it another thing you hear, relief that hillary clinton lost. the kremlin saw her as a dire
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threat to russia's interest. she was seen as too hawkish on foreign policy, and anti-putin. they like trump, but for most people here, they don't know trump. he is, for russians, in the kremlin and around this country, a welcome change from president obama, but likely is for people all over the world, for people in the united states, he is a wild card on the world stage. dan and paula. >> unpredictable. terry, moran. thank you for reporting in from moscow this morning. let's bring in abc's martha raddatz. who is in washington where she'll be hosting "this week." martha, good morning to you. in terms of proof from our intelligence agencies, what kind of proof can these folks provide, and can they show their cards without compromising national security with revealing sources and methods and the like? >> whatever proof they have seems to have convinced all 17 intelligence agencies that there is no question it was the russians. some of that proof is markings that tell them where the hack originated.
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even time zones, language markings. but the classified intelligence that would link this to senior russian officials and vladimir putin himself could include so called signals intelligence which is sophisticated eavesdropping, and that is kind that won't be revealed because it would compromise as you said, sources and methods. >> good morning, martha. thanks for joining pus. it kind of feels like we're backed into a corner here for options with retaliation. president obama has promised some sort of payback. what are the options? at the end of the day, how does this thing end with russia? >> well paula, you heard what the president said on friday. he said, our goal continues to be to send a clear message to russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you. that stuff ranges from cyberattacks on russian networks which is risky, because we're still vulnerable as well. more sanctions, which haven't
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really worked that well, or just something that will let russia know we could escalate, but that's not the goal. as former cia director, dave petraeus said as a conference this week, the question is, how subtle do you want it? how damaging do you want it? how do you try to end it here rather than just ratchet it up, and that, paula and dan, is what they are trying to figure out. >> martha raddatz, thank you very much. i want to remind everybody martha has a big show speaking with dnc chair donna brazile about russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and former cia director about how the new trump administration will respond coming up on "this week" later this morning right here on abc. >> and they'll be talking about the electoral college. and casting those votes tomorrow as well. >> of course. let's send things over to ron claiborne. check in with you this morning. what else is going on around the world? >> good morning to you paula and dan. good morning. and good morning everyone. we begin with the deadly accident in southern california. this is a terrible story where a
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large tree came crashing down on a wedding party, killing one person and injuring five others. the group was scattered in penn park, east of downtown l.a. when the tree fell on them. the authorities looking into what caused the tree that fell and if it's connected to the drought in california, or the recent rains in that same area. and now to corpus christi, texas where the mayor says authorities investigated three reports of dirty water of possible contamination but did not find anything wrong. residents were advised not to drink the tap water because of possible contamination. a chemical leak at an asphalt plant is suspecting of tainting the water supply, possibly. to the city of 300,000. the results of the tests are expected later today. and in columbus, ohio, 2,500 people, including vice president joe biden, gathering on the campus of ohio state university for a celebration of life to honor john glenn who was
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remembered for his bravery and patriotism. the first american to orbit the earth in 1962, and he also fared the court as senator of ohio. john glenn died last week at the age of 95. dr. henry heimlich adopted worldwide to save choking victims has died. his son says he died after suffering a heart attack. in a cincinnati hospital. that was earlier in the week. heimlich made headlines earlier this year, when he used his own maneuver for the first time to save a woman's life. dr. heimlich was 96 years of age. college football, dan, a new career record for rushing. you were asking about this. donnel pumphrey ran for 158 yards of san diego state. he brought his total to 6,405 over his four-year career. he surpassed the old record by eight yards. ron dane. you remember that name. it happened at the las vegas bowl on saturday.
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leading to a 34-10 win over the university of houston. finally, when you enter one of those secret santa gift exchanges, you never know what you are going to get or from whom. one reddid it ust user hit the . erix as she is known, got this huge box in her home. inside was her secret santa. that's right. billionaire, bill gates the -- true story. santa showered her with electronics, games, books, mittens, even stuff for the cat. >> the pets, those were hers not in the box? >> they didn't come in the box. the thing is, she had been in this before, previously, her secret santas turned out to be stooges and had given her nothing. it's worked out. >> it was definitely coming her way. how do we get in the secret santa pool with bill gates? how did that happen? >> i think that's the end of the year for bill gates. >> always next year. >> my gift is coming. >> really?
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>> still coming. >> a bag of coal. we move on now less cheery santa-related news. could amazon be experiencing some holiday turbulence? a pilots' union says poor working conditions may cause packages to arrive late. >> however, the retail giant is quick to dispute that claim. pushing back. abc's adrienne bankert is here with both sides of the story. hi, adrienne. >> reporter: good morning. online ad campaigns run by google and facebook, these pilots say they are paid less work longer hours, and have less rest between flights and it's killing morale. the first holiday season for amazon's prime air service and when it comes to being on time for the holidays, things are still very much up in the air. millions of amazon customers who rely on the company's two-day prime delivery, getting a startling warning of what some claim is a possible holiday doomsday scenario. >> we want all the young kids out there, that are expecting
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presents during the holiday season, to make sure they are getting their presents on time. online shopping giant's prime >> reporter: pilots for the online shopping giant's prime air service, using the company's trademark review format to give a one star rating to their pilots' union contract, writing, at this rate there may not be enough pilots to deliver for amazon around the holidays. >> the airlines are so undermanned due to us not having an industry standard contract. >> reporter: in a written statement to abc news, amazon reassuring shoppers s, saying, t can promise no disruptions through the busy holiday season, after rebalancing across a network of air delivery services. the pilots' union taking a swing in its ongoing feud with amazon and airlines. in november disgruntled workers employed by abx air, walking off the job. a judge quickly ordering them back to work writing in his ruling, imagine christmas without amazon. >> the court determined in this particular case that what the
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pilots were disputing was a quote/unquote minor dispute. >> reporter: everybody hopes this will work out. this was a huge business opportunity for the amazon pilots and the contracted companies are working with a spokesperson for the parent company of abx air, saying, services and schedules have returned to normal and no expectation of any delays to amazon customers over the holidays. dan and paula. >> let's hope not. >> we're keeping our fingers crossed. >> those kids want those presents. >> yes. >> yes, but we both know how that feels. enchts certainly. kate parker in for rob marciano. we're not only talking about this brutal blast, but tornadoes? >> yes. tornados. seven reported yesterday. this was in the southern mississippi valley. take a look at the picture out of mississippi where you can see damage. so this front packs a punch in so many ways. wind gusts right now in south texas just rang in at about 50 miles an hour, so you're going to see those winds at the front, and they are out at the north and they are bitterly cold so, be careful because on the
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backside of this, we have the cold air sliding underneath, so you will see freezing rain. you should see most of the rain move out of new england and the northeast by the time we get to 80 tonight. you should be nice and clear. how about these windchills for sunday morning. oh, my goodness. 36 below in sioux falls. des moines, 29 below, and tomorrow, not much better. new york city, it will f good sunday morning, a live look outside from our tower camera and boy, another frosty morning, the freeze warning and frost advisory for another hour and we'll look for a dry week ahead. temperatures in san francisco another day or two before you begin to warm up. this is wednesday's high, 60 degrees. that's not bad. low 50s today with sunny skies and light winds around thel if you're looking for the warmth, head to miami, 83 degrees.
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>> that will work. >> thanks for advice, kate. speaking of warmth, how about lights and power? an ohio man giving power to the people letting you take control of his christmas light display. diane has the story this morning. r rsh. >> reporter: suffice it to say that tom hammond is not a control freak. i think we can go with that. he not only let's complete strangers stare at his house but as paula mentioned, they also control his whole christmas light display. while his goal was to do something fun for his community, it looks like he is really bringing joy to the world. ♪ >> reporter: grand parades of flashing lights and perfectly choreographed christmas spirit are all the rage this time of year. one display might sync up with your favorite pop song. ♪ firework >> reporter: another might go with your favorite carol. ♪ but one enthusiast is giving the controls for his holiday display to anyone with an internet connection.
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>> it was wonderful for people driving by to enjoy it and now people from all over the world can do the same thing. there's a web cam that points at the house and everyone can see it from anywhere in the world and change things. >> reporter: tom hammond rigged thousands of christmas lights on his ohio home to a website. now with just the touch of a button -- >> i'll choose the special effects. from the website here. >> reporter: you can trigger any one of these preset animations. >> and now the house is showing twinkling lights. >> reporter: next year, he hopes to add music and let the internet take it from there. ♪ let it go, let it go >> that website itwinkle.org is active until january 7th. it's active from 5:00 to midnight. hammond says that his users are not only nationwide but as far as china, germany and australia. >> he is not worried about hacking? like all of a sudden -- >> russia? >> russian national anthem or something? >> russians hacking? >> apparently not. he just put one post on facebook and he said in one night, that first night, he had 800 people log into the site and he can see exactly how many people are on and where they're all from.
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it's a nice way for him to reach out to the world which is what he says he wanted. >> ron, you have the website? right? itwinkle.org. >> i got it. >> he's already logged on. >> thank you very much, diane. coming up on "gma," a st. louis business mogul indicted on federal kidnapping charge. the allegations of torture laid out in court documents. i hate to be a nag here. but you're running out of time for your holiday shopping. we'll head to the stories about great advice of getting those last-minute gifts. >> are you done? >> haven't started yet. ceelo green fans' reaction over a video that showed a cell phone exploding near the singer's head. what he is saying about it this morning. stick around for that story. the things that i consume a lot of it is very acidic. the enamel on my teeth was actually weakening. the whiteness wasn't there as much. my teeth didn't look as healthy as others.
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good morning, everyone, i'm carolyn tyler. in sonoma county both lanes of mark west springs road remain closed this morning, shut down since 10:30 last night after an icy road in northeast santa rosa may have caused a pickup truck
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to crash knocking down a power pole and wires. pg&e is working to fix the pole. no injuries have been reported. let's get a check on the accuweather forecast. here's lisa argen. >> good morning, still 20s out there. and 27 in gilroy, 32 in san jose and 38 in oakland, san francisco dropped a few degrees and sfo, it is nice and clear with upper 20s still. and livermore at 35 by the delta still an awfully cool afternoon. below average again, we're going to warm up
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nourishes them... and what helps them, helps you. clear, taste-free, benefiber®. welcome back to "gma" on a welcome back to "gma" on a chilly sunday morning. happening right now, dangerous weather across the united states. you can see the deadly pileups and accidents on icy highways and roads. brutally cold air in central states with temperatures plummeting dropping nearly 50 droes in some spots, all within 12 hours. >> deeply unpleasant. also happening right now, $25 million bounty. the united states doubling the reward money for information leading to the capture of the isis leader al-baghdadi. a military spokesman saying he wants him to taste justice and know sha he is being hunted. and free again. notorious jewel thief, doris payne, whose rap sheet spans
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more than 50 years out of jail on $15,000 bail, and accused of stealing a diamond necklace. the 86-year-old convinced a judge she will not flee. >> hard habits. some habits are harder to break than others. >> got a skill. stick with it. >> except when it's illegal. thank you for that advice, dan. also coming up on the show this morning, did you say, oh, my gosh? hanukkah is less than a week away? christmas is exactly a week away? >> no, i did not. i've got one person to shop for. and it's already done. >> two actually. your child as well. holiday shopping kicking into high gear. smart strategies for procrastinators still searching for gifts on this sunday morning just a week away. >> 7-eleven you can pop in and get a six-pack. >> a slurpee? >> yeah. all right. first, everyone, a missouri businessman accused in a brutal kidnapping and torture plot. >> todd beckman and two other accomplices beat a man and held him in a shipping container and releasing him after they cut a ransom deal. and abc's marci gonzalez has
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more. >> reporter: he's the star of his own tv commercials and online promotional videos. >> i'm todd beckman. president and ceo of massage luxe. >> reporter: this morning, todd beckman is accused of taking a leading role in a chilling kidnapping case. the plot ripped right out of the hollywood action movie, "pain and gain." >> what do you want? >> reporter: the newly released indictment describing three days of terror. beckman accused of plotting with another suspect to kidnap the victim claiming he had stolen money. prosecutors saying the men and three other suspects confined him in a basement bound with zip ties, handcuffs and duct tape, and repeatedly tased and beat, and threatened to shoot him. the prosecutor calling it the worst kidnapping case he's ever seen. >> they could hear their son in the background screaming from the torture. >> reporter: on the second day, investigators say the victim was moved to a shipping container on beckman's property, where beckman allegedly put a handgun to the victim's head and threatened to kill him. investigators say the ordeal only ended after the victim's
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mother drove from florida to missouri with $27,000 in ransom money, and his accused attackers released him in a strip mall parking lot. they were arrested in december and indicted on federal kidnapping and weapons charges. beckman's attorney says the 52-year-old business leader is innocent telling st. louis news station it's completely out of his character. everyone who knows him knows this is not who he is. the attorney says he will plead not guilty next week. promising more details not included in the grand jury indictment. >> going to be evident to anyone that's going to examine the facts of this case that blake and his brother were manipulated by mr. beckman. >> reporter: and abc news reached out to the lawyers for the three other suspects, but didn't get a response. the u.s. attorneys office says the most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. >> no joke. wild story. thank you. appreciate it. thank you very much. let's send things back to kate.
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you say there's another system coming from the wild, wild west. >> yeah, if you're ready for it. didn't really have much time to breathe here. how about this in montana, my favorite thing in the morning. a blizzard warning without any snow falling from the skies. thanks to the winds 60 plus miles an hour. so in the west, here comes the next system. we have some advisories up across parts of oregon and washington. hey, the cascades up to a foot of snow or possibly even more. the northern rockies, your fair share of snow. what does this mean towards the holidays? watch this thing plow across the northern plains. we're going to see that front drape across, very similar to what we have seen this week, and what does that mean as we get into wednesday through friday? very busy travel period. we're looking at snow good sunday morning, i'm lisa argen. the coldest temperatures in the north bay and east bay valleys with a freeze warning is still in effect until 8:00
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>> so thisuntil 8:00 >> so this weather has been brought to you by the ups store. so next system, gearing up. just in time to make your travel hard. >> great. that's why we don't go anywhere. coming up on "gma," making these last shopping days before the holidays as stress-free as possible. the best ideas for conquering crunch time. and mark hamill weighs in on "rogue one." we'll tell you what he thought straight ahead in "pop news" with diane. i think he's going to say he loved it. >> you think. >> yeah. >> we'll see. ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪
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♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ ♪ all icht for christmas is you ♪ no matter how many times we resolve to get our holiday shopping done early, somehow we're always left scrambling. >> did you request this song for me? >> you like this song? >> i do. "all i want for christmas is you" and last-minute shoppers, we're turning to linda lopez for some guidance. good morning. great to have you in studio. >> good morning. as all those shoppers show us, procrastinators you are not alone. according to a credit card analytics firm, nearly 31% of us wait until the week before christmas to even start buying our gifts.
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but don't worry. we have the tips and suggestions to get everyone the perfect gift. even at the last minute. ♪ >> reporter: it's go time with just seven days until christmas. for all you procrastinators out there, time is running out. connie wang saying you can get it all done but only if you get organized. >> come to the store with a list. you can end up buying way too much or the worst is you forget someone. >> reporter: you got to buckle down and get this done today. now that you have a strategy, here are some of connie's dos and don'ts as you go on your shopping blitz. she disagrees that gift cards are the way to go. although fast and easy -- >> it's money they can only spend in one place, right? sometimes when i get mine, i know i thought what are they trying to say about my life style? >> reporter: what if you still have your sister or bff to cross off the list? start with a cosmetics bag and make one high-end item the centerpiece allowing you to save some dough.
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the man who many believe deserves a nobel prize for his work in pastry. talking about chef ansel, the man who invented the cronut here to talk about his new creation. blossoming hot chocolate and also some cookie tips. an honor and pleasure to meet you. >> thank you for having me here. >> i'm going to eat so much. i go into a shame spiral. let's do this. >> let's do this. today is perfect weather for hot chocolate. >> yes. >> here we have our hot chocolate that is very, very smooth, very creamy. >> you're already starting on the cookies, dude? >> you got to wait for cookies. >> well, too late. >> you got to wait for that. >> this is not just a simple hot chocolate. we call it the blossoming hot chocolate. what's special about it, we drop a marshmallow on top. of course, not just a simple marshmallow. it is -- i'm going to show you right away. it is a little flower that opens up when you drop it in the hot chocolate. >> that's the blossoming. >> that's the blossoming hot chocolate right here for you guys. >> all right. here's the big reveal. how long does it take to
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blossom? >> that one is blossoming right away. >> depends on the -- look at that. >> whoa. >> and these are just -- you put marshmallows between two layers of -- how did you make these? >> we do a sheet of marshmallows and then we cut it out. >> that's so pretty. >> you work on this with the folks from the godard space laboratory. at nasa, right? this is really great. paula, would you like one? >> the marshmallow is going to melt. and it is going to be perfect. >> got one. >> so you also while we're here have cookie tips. >> yes. i brought you some ginger snap cookies here. and a few tips that i have for cookie, i usually use an ice cream scoop right here. it's perfect because you can control the sizing and you have no inconsistency and you have a perfect -- it's what i use. >> you're scooping the dough with an ice cream scoop. >> right. and put it on the tray. >> why is the consistency so important? >> for the baking. so you bake them all and they are all perfectly baked.
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>> so one isn't softer than the other? >> exactly. >> one is not this big and the other -- >> is that also when you want to eat the batter raw? right out of the bowl? >> you can do that, too. or just with your hands. >> what kind of cookies? >> ginger snap. >> amazing. >> a little tip, honey or molasses in cookies. that keeps it moist. holds all the moisture. very soft. >> chef, you're a genius. thank you very much for joining us. we appreciate pitch and happy holidays. you can find the cookie recipe by the way by going to gma gma @yahoo.com. we'll be right back. diane when she recovers from her sugar rush will give you "pop news." >> may not happen. she also prescribed lyrica. fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. for some, lyrica can significantly relieve fibromyalgia pain
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1-800-947-auto. as we begin "pop news," a quick observation. when i was a young reporter i dreamed one day i would be at abc news wearing a battery powered christmas sweater. >> your day has come. >> the day has arrived. >> i had to get you all in the festive spirit. it is that time of year after all. nothing says christmas like an ugly sweater. and the nba is upping the ante. >> these are not ugly. these are great. >> c'mon. >> i would wear it. >> so would i. >> it's classy. >> what would you wear it to? >> they're beautiful. and ugly at the same time. >> what would you wear it to? >> what wouldn't i wear it to? >> i feel you on that. >> and now people have another reason to say you brighten up the room. >> awe. >> you could choose from any one of your favorite teams. we got ron and the lakers. >> clippers. clippers. clippers. >> they told me lakers. i apologize. >> champion. >> and we're not really -- >> cleveland. >> maybe i won. i don't know. i don't know how i got to be the champion. but i like it. if you want to add to the ensemble, they have these hideous santa hats to go with it as well.
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>> really? >> you're welcome everybody. >> thank you. >> thank you. ceelo green is assuring fans he is alive and well this morning. this after a video appearing to show his cell phone exploding near his head went viral yesterday. worried fans flooded the internet with the concerns. ceelo post tdsed a facebook update. check it out. >> i want everybody to know i am alive and well and okay. i want to thank everybody for their love and support. you know, and concern. >> according to the singer, the video was part of a new music project. >> didn't really explode? >> it didn't really explode. it was all staged. >> doesn't he always sit with a cat on his lap? >> no further explanation. yes. not other than that. but yes. that may have been the goal right there. >> may have been the goal? >> so hope for ceelo green fans out there that this could mean more music coming their way. and there's hope for one direction fans. liam payne says he is 100% certain the group will get back together. this happened during a twitter
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question and answer yesterday, and suffice it to say fans are going bananas. one in particular really excited, paula. >> i love one direction. i think all of the boys are adorable, and they are boys because they are 16. maybe a little older. >> paula had a full interrogation for me. >> i wanted to know what it was. when it was happening, when the album was coming out. the investigative unit. "rogue one" people excited about. proving to be a force at the box office. was a powerful showing over the weekend. now the movie is getting an endorsement from luke skywalker himself tweeting this. mark hamill said, perfect cast, astonishing action, nonstop thrills. grabs you from the first frame, never let's go. not just a good but great movie period. the film takes place before hamel's first "star wars" picture. he's not in this one but he is set to make another appearance in episode 8 next year. >> he had just like a brief appearance in episode 7. like a teaser.
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so he could have a pretty substantial role in the next one. >> that's what fans are hoping for. >> dan, you haven't seen the movie but when you do i encourage you to wear your sweater. >> i feel like a jedi in my light-up sweater. i don't know about you. >> perfect. >> well, i don't. >> take this in one more time. >> yes. this is the last time you'll see me on television. we'll see you next weekend without me. >> that getup. good morning, i'm carolyn tyler. a church is putting on a full hour musical event to honor people who died this year, including victims of the ghost ship fire. they plan to play music for their lost friends and band
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mates. parking is limited so people are encouraged to take public transportation or car pool. the free musical gathering begins at 11:00 this morning. warriors forward draymond green leads the team in assists and today he helps 50 inner city kids at his private holiday party by giving them two pairs of nike shoes. he will not dress up like santa as he did last year when he met with an 8-year-old shooting survivor. today's guests are affiliated with the girls and boys club of oakland and ymca and two middle schools. there will be a dj, barbers hair dressers and lots of food for young people. let's check on the forecast with lisa. >> good morning, if you're just waking up, temperatures are beginning to come out of the frigid zone. here is the golden gate bridge. breezy northwest winds, upper elevations and gusty winds in
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the upper 30s for san francisco and oakland. 27 in gilroy. half moon bay at 41. from emeryville, lots of sunshine on tap but still cold from santa rosa and upper 20s, fairfield 35 and still freezing in livermore. your day planner today, looking at temperatures still in the 30s at 9:00. noontime mid-40s and by the afternoon we're below average. the look ahead, we're staying dry and warmer throughout the week. >> thank you for joining
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