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this year, the dubs 21 and 4, when the raiders host the colts, derek carr against andrew luck out of stanford first pick in the draft in 2012. carried the colts on his back, only 7 and 7, absolutely need to win this game. carr will face luck for the second time, they met back in high school. he knows how good luck is and how well indy is playing now. >> they got to make for playoffs, they have their back against the wall, we have had our back against the wall a couple of times, we're going to come out and fight. we have to expect that. >> this is a team that is very capable. a playoff caliber football team, update y and you know we're looking forward to a great battle. >> 1979, last niner to score a touchdown. the niners lost the game, 27-4, finished 4 and 2, after the game
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all right, we appreciate your time, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama dietz, thank you for joining us,
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the natural gas leak caused a massive explosion at columbus, ohio. a restaurant was destroyed and several homes and businesses were damaged. roads were closed, and nearby buildings evacuated including a hospital. crews digging near the site of a gas line may have triggered the leak.
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thankfully only one injury was reported. north carolina's controversial bathroom law still stands this morning. the state's lawmakers met in special session, but failed to repeal the law. democrats and republicans blame each other for not being able to reach an agreement. the law requires that people use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender at birth. it's already cost the state millions in lost business. in britain, delayed travel plans raise concerns about the health of queen elizabeth. the queen and her husband postpone holiday travel because both of them have colds. the 90-year-old british monarch and 95-year-old prince phillip traditionally spend christmas at their palace estate. but there's no grave concerns about the queen's health. we hope they do well and we hope you do well with your shopping for christmas and hanukkah, just days away now. and the holiday shopping crunch
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is on. >> yes, it is. for millions of last minute shoppers, there's still time for deals, believe it or not, and i didn't know this, you can still order online until 9:35 christmas eve. talk about last minute. >> reporter: tis the season to procrastinate. how many last minute shoppers do we have here? >> one. >> reporter: three of four shoppers waiting right up until christmas to get it all done. >> it's certainly a buyer's market. create your own discount by asking for a lower price. >> reporter: retailers letting you shop online and pick up in store, including walmart.com where you have until 6:00 p.m. friday to shop and 6:00 p.m. christmas eve to pick up. >> you can always get cash. you can always get gift cards. >> reporter: using sites like dealnews, you can even find them at a discount. finally, amazon offering eligible customers what they call procrastinators' delight. order through prime now before 9:45 christmas eve, and it's on your doorstep by midnight. how times have changed. remember, many things like
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tickets, memberships, and subscriptions to your favorite services can be purchased online and given electronically right up until christmas. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> good tips there. coming up in our next half hour, the women who are not your average police recruits, but they're members of the newest unit in a west virginia police department. you'll meet the granny squad. >> they're probably the toughest around. first, for some couples, it really san amicable divorce. that's next on "world news now."
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divorce rates in the u.s. dropping in the last few decades. about one in five marri divorce rates in the u.s. dropping in the last few decades. about one in five marriages do end in a split. it's often traumatic for families. >> it doesn't have to be. for some, it's relief and cause for celebrations.
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we're up all night with "nightline" and abc's nick watt. >> reporter: divorce is so very often ugly. brangelina, no more. johnny depp, denied and dropped, but damage done. mack cartny/mills. richard sheen, bulllock-james, ugly. a million divorces in america every single year. >> it was heart breaking, hard work and devastating. >> reporter: michelle and jeff from berkley, california, they just got divorced. >> it's like having, you know, a death. you grieve. >> reporter: okay. but? >> the first day of being divorced, we had a party. >> reporter: the divorce party, yes, party, celebrating the end of their marriage, friends, family, bottles of booze, signs, just divorced on jeff's car, champagne. >> happy divorce. >> reporter: 24 years together, two kids, pop, gone.
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you're celebrating the death of something. >> no. >> the end of something. >> the beginning. >> we're not celebrating the fact we're getting divorced, but the way we did it. >> reporter: the way they did it. lessons, perhaps, for the rest of us. >> i think there's a lot of animosity when couples separate due to finances. >> reporter: kids are often collateral divorce damage. did you enjoy the party? >> i thought it was fun. >> reporter: bittersweet at all? >> no. i mean, i didn't feel sad at all. i just thought it was fun. >> it is healthier for the kids if the kids feel they have two parents who are good people, but for whatever reason, just couldn't live together anymore. >> reporter: bringing us into what happens to the mutual friends, i mean, i had friends split, and you take sides. >> we hope that our friends don't have to do that. >> they don't have to pick sides. >> yeah. >> you know, we're still going to be friends forever and we want to keep our friends forever. >> it's an admirable goal that
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this couple wanted to send a message to the friends. it's also a way for the couple not to lose anything more than they already lost. they lost a marriage. they don't want to lose half their friends due to loyalty issues. >> reporter: you seem to like each other. >> yeah. we're friends. we've been friends for, you know -- >> half our life. >> over 20 years. >> reporter: so why get divorced at all? >> it's been a multiyear process. >> okay. >> we didn't take the decision lightly. >> we just did a lot of self-examination, and realized we had fallen out of love, and that just happens. it happens for a lot of reasons. >> the people who i feel sorry for are people who recognize they're in the situation, and they stick together for the wrong reasons, and then they are unhappy for the rest of they're lives. >> who you are at 20 is not who you are at 40 and 50. >> reporter: we grow apart. >> people are living longer, so they are asking themselves the question, can they be happy with their partner?
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>> reporter: any chance of reconciliation? >> no. >> he's super cute, but now available. >> i've certainly heard of divorce parties where one person is present, and it's almost a way to put their past behind them and celebrate a new chapter in their lives, so this is certainly something new, but i'm sure it won't be the last joint party that we see moving into the future. >> it might be offensive to some people that we're letting it go, and on top of it, celebrating it. but that's not how we look at it. >> reporter: nick watt for "nightline" in berkley, california. >> i heard of people celebrating divorce. that's not uncommon, but i love the way the two handled it. what great role models they are. >> it's only awkward when they have the divorce honeymoon. >> that's an issue. what do you do about rooms? share? separate? >> exactly. >> great coparents clearly. >> clearly. >> they're still such great friends. >> i like the sign in the
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dust and hair than the store brand stop cleaning. start swiffering. ♪ your thursday morning "mix," starting with ikea in the news for a lot of things, but they came out and saying sleepovers are absolutely, absolutely not allowed in their stores. apparently, it was a thing. >> glad it's been cleared up. unpack my bag. >> exactly. that's where we were going to spend christmas. you can't do that. there was a video we showed you in august where this belgium duo, these guys, spent a night in an ikea shop in sweden. they hid in the closet, and then came out after the store had closed, and they just loved all of the products that were already set up. they just loved their sleepover. a lot of people since have been trying to do the same stunt. ikea saying no mas. they did not charge these guys,
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but they might charge others who try to do this. >> i can understand why you want to sleep there. it's beautiful. laid out, you want to buy everything in the store. >> it's already put together. >> that's the best part. >> that's the best part. >> you don't have to see what that drawing thing is. the face is always, like, what? looks confused, the drawing. >> and it's in swedish. moving on. this gives you nostalgia for the college days. one teen's video is going viral after she kind of freaked out in a good way when she found out that she got into her dream school. >> oh, my gosh. >> you can tell she really wanted to go there. her sister was shooting. she got into providence college monday. her dream school, and her sister said this is what happiness looks like. over 472 shares on facebook more now i'm sure. wait until she gets to the first exam. >> i had a similar cry, but for a different reason. it was just pain. >> oh, no. >> four years in the snow. no.
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so this is a beautiful moment. this 10-year-old girl in northern ireland, she was at her christmas show, and she completely nailed it here with leonard cohen's rendition of "hallelujah." ♪ >> beautiful voice. here's the deal. she has autism and adhd and it really hit home with a lot of people. she said that she started performing because it helped build her confidence. >> that gets my soft spot. it's melting my cold heart just a little bit. i'm serious. it really, i'm touched by this. all right. quickly we'll finish off with the world's tiny snowman. it's not technically a snowman, but it's three microns tall, 1 inch has 25,400 microns. so there you case. in case if you're ever wondering what a bacteria sized
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this morning on "world news now" travel trouble for some of the millions of americans starting to hit the roads. slipping and sliding are most possible as we enter the peak holiday travel period. trouble spots you need to know about in the forecast just ahead. also, new security concerns here at home in the aftermath of the holiday truck attack in germany. law enforcement taking no chances as the president-elect weighs in on terrorism. what he has to say coming up. and new this half hour, the grandma unit. a group of grannies who are joining the force in one community. their two word job description, spreading love, and the common thread binding them together. justin bieber, a wanted man, details about a three-year-old incident and what the pop star is saying about it that's ahead on "the skinny" on this
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thursday, december 22nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now". we begin with severe weather bearing down just as millions of us are hitting the road ahead of the holiday weekend. >> so much for what tony, tony, tony said it never rains in southern california. >> they were wrong. >> they were wrong. it's raining right now in the southwest. looking at the radar, serious rain falling across california as well as arizona and check out the scene in san diego. just hours ago, this is the poinsettia bowl between byu. they won, 24-21. >> the rockies brace for a christmas blizzard. light snow in green bay where the packers play saturday. >> if you're headed to sunny key west, beware of this guy, a sheriff's deputy dressed up as
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the grinch, he gives out onions rather than tickets. as for the weather, accuweather justin povick joining us now for any onions in the forecast? justin, good morning. >> thanks. good morning. it's a slippery day over far north new i think land, but south and the east, generally dry, a little cool. you'll still need the coats. but if you're catching a flight today or hitting i-95, should be in good shape. look at this. into friday, a busy travel day, we are quiet. out west, anything but quiet. notice the poor traveling conditions, heavy rain targeting golden state of california, slippery travel over the higher terrain, and eventually, into the weekend, this is going to become an all-out snowstorm with major travel impacts over the interior, northwest, severe weather possible out head. kendis, mara, back to you. >> all right, justin, thanks so much. we turn to the urgent search across europe. police desperately trying to track down a suspect linked to the horrific truck attack in berlin. >> looking for this man, a
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24-year-old of tunisia believed to be armed and violent, he arrived in germany last year seeking asylum, but it was denied. officials were concerned about possible ties to islamic extremist. >> amri was under surveillance for months suspected of try b to obtain weapons for an attack, an alert obtained by the ap, he used six aliases in three countries. german chancellor angela merkel is facing growing criticism for allowing nearly a million migrants to enter the country. >> here in this country, donald trump condemned the attacks, and suggested he might be going forward with the muslim ban that he proposed during the campaign. >> caused you to reevaluate plans to create a muslim ban in the united states? >> you know my plans all along. proven to be right, 100% correct. what's happening is disgraceful.
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it's an attack on human manty, that's what it is. it's an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped. thank you. >> the president-elect taking a couple questions there in florida. he had adjusted his pledge on a muslim ban in the general election to say he would focus on stopping immigration from certain countries with ties to terrorism. well, in the wake of the berlin terrorist attack, u.s. law enforcement is warning that it could also happen here. >> we're talking about the fbi, homeland security, and even the nypd as well as other agencies issuing a joint bulletin warning about a possible attack in the big new year's eve celebrations in times square. here is abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: after the horror of that christmas markets attack in berlin, the truck plowing into the market, here in the u.s., the urgent bulletin issue target? times skbar square, the annual massive new year's eve celebration. each year, a strong police presence in the event. this year, authorities warn
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there's no specific threats, but they, quote, remain concerned about unaffiliated lone offenders and violent extremists targeting the event, writing they are concerned due to, quote, their ability to remain undetected until operational and willingness to attack civilians and soft targets and exploit increased crowd density to perpetrate a mass casualty event. the bulletin goes on to site the attacks in san bernardino, orlando and nice. it's estimated a million people crowd into this area, times square, a week from now to watch the ball drop. linsey davis, abc news, new york. authorities in mexico say the death toll from that fireworks explosion has risen to at least 33 and it could go higher. distraught relatives gather at the site hoping for news about their loved ones. investigators say lax safety standards may have allowed vendors to display explosives outside the stalls leading to a deadly chain reaction. new controversy surrounding north carolina's so-called
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bathroom law. lawmakers were widely expected to repeal the law in the special session. that did not happen. now there's plenty of finger pointing. here's abc's richard cantu. >> the legislature had the chance to do the right thing for north carolina, and they failed. >> reporter: the special session is over, but north carolina's bathroom bill still stands. >> i don't know if you think the public is stupid or we're stupid or who is stupid, but it just does not make sense. [ applause ]. >> reporter: the state's democratic lawmakers, angry, refusing republicans of a bait and switch, first proposing a bill that would repeal hb2, but including a provision that would prevent local governments from passing antidiscrimination laws for six months. the so-called bathroom bill says people can only use the bathroom in public and government buildings that matches the sex listed on the birth certificate. opponents call it discrimination against lgbt people, and supporters say it's about safety. >> we don't have a
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discrimination problem in the state. >> people just want to use the bathroom they are comfortable with. >> reporter: hb2 cost north carolina big business. paypal pulled jobs from charlotte. the nba moved the all-star game to louisiana, and numerous musicians cancelled concerts there. >> the public consciousness outside the state holds us accountable. >> reporter: it was seen as a way for the state to reclaim its reputation, but ultimately, no compromise, no repeal. richard cantu, abc news, new york. turning now to a new health alert about melanoma. researchers say the deadly skin cancer is killing more americans than ever before. more than 10,000 americans are expected to die from it this year. that's up from the more than 8,000 deaths in 2009. melanoma accounts for 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. china may get relief from the so-called airpocalypse. forecasters say nighttime winds
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will push out the severe pollution that is smothering nearly half a billion people. schools closed, highways shut down and factories and flights cancelled due to improve air quality. officials are investigating whether local government took the right steps to address the crisis. the 11 newest members of the charleston, west virginia police department are a little older than most recruits, and you won't see the grandma units kicking out doors or arresting suspects. >> their mission is to spread love and hugs. all of them have been victims of elder abuse or domestic violence, so they know that everyone needs a lift now and then. >> sometimes i'm not feeling good or i'm feeling low, and somebody gives me a hug, and i'll feel better, and i share my hug with someone else. >> oh, my goodness, it's a win for everybody. they feel good by doing it and they want to do it. that's what helps. it's an awesome partnership. >> all 11 of the women live at the ywca, and after being sworn
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in, the officers celebrated by a mean game of bingo. as they would. >> coming off the mean streets to get a hug. unwind. >> it's going to be b7. >> right. >> aggressive game of bingo. i love it. everybody needs a hug. >> yeah. coming up in the skinny, some new trouble for justin bieber. maybe he needs a hug. what it means as he is set to start a tour in south america. a brave young girl in florida, she made a call to 911 from a closet in her house and what she said to sbrintruders. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by musinex dm. fine! i'll text you in 4 hours when your cough returns. one pill lasts 12 hours, so... looks like i'm good all night! ah! david, please, listen.
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an oregon man accused of a shooting an 8-year-old girl during a road rage incident was in court wednesday. joshua con stan teen pleaded not guilty to assault charges. police say a bullet grazed the girl's foot. in orlando, an 11-year-old girl is being praised for keeping her cool during a break-in in her home. ashley was home all alone when she saw the bad guys pull up in front when the men began breaking in, she went into a closet and called 911. >> 911, what's the emergency? >> help me. i need help. i need help. >> what's going on? >> they are breaking into my house, please come quick. oh, no, please. please. i won't say anything i promise you. >> are they in the house with you? >> no, they left. >> oh, what a brave girl. she was not hurt, but the thieves stole her christmas presents. yesterday, a charity group who heard about her bravery
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replaced all of those gifts. that sounds really scary, even for a grownup. she conducted herself so well. >> glad she got the gifts back. >> if anybody earned them, she earned them. i can't get my kids to brush their teeth. >> true enough. the murder case against a real estate heir and former fugitive. you know him, robert durst. >> the accused killer made a court appearance before standing trial for the alleged murder of his best friend nearly 16 years ago. lauren lyster has more. >> reporter: alleged killer, robert durst, wheeled into a los angeles courtroom during a hearing about what evidence will be allowed in his upcoming trial. >> we're concerned about putting selective pieces of evidence out in the public. this is a public proceeding, your honor. it's going to be a public try. >> reporter: durst charged with the 2000 l.a. cold case murder of his close friend accused of shooting her shortly before she
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was set to talk to authorities about the 1982 disappearance of durst's first wife. >> who was never found. he was arrested last year in new orleans, a day before the bomb shell final episode of the hbo documentary, "the jinx," caught on a hot microphone in the bathroom saying this. >> what the hell did i do? killed them all, of course. >> reporter: more admissions coming out in the last week in a recently released reporting of durst interrogated in 2015. >> the whole long weekend when i did the interviews for "the jinx" i was on meth. >> basically, the prosecutors are arguing that this tape should be admitted into evidence. the defense is saying that it was improper, that it was not a voluntary statement. >> reporter: durst pled not guilty to the first degree murder, and his trial is expected to begin next year. lauren lyster, abc news, los angeles. >> thanks to lauren there. when we come back, why
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justin bieber may have to change his travel plans. >> the celebrity baby with a sister named james finally gets her own name. "the
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skinny" with justin bieber at the center of a new international incident. but this one's more serious, and leaving his monkey in germany. >> i have no idea what that's about. leaving that there. latest problem is in argentina. in fact, if he steps foot in the country, he'll be arrested according to tmz, which reports bieber was indicted for allegedly ordering the beating of a photographer three years ago, and then stealing the guy's money and equipment. >> it takes awhile for the law to get around to it. >> three years. >> so bieber denies it, and tmz reports that he plans to appeal this indictment, but he's about to start a south american tour and many argentinian fans were hoping he would make a stop there. if he skips the country, he'd lose bucks as well. >> like he needs the money. >> he doesn't needs the money. some celebrities became parents this past year and we have new details about the little ones. let's start with -- blake lively welcomed a daughter two months ago, and the family turned out last week when his star was unveiled in hollywood. >> it was very cute moment
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there. you see the little one there. only now we are learning her name, us weekly reports it's anez. her big sister is james, so we're not sure what to expect. >> the girl -- the girl is named james. >> yeah. >> sister is named james. >> yes. >> confusing for her entire life. entire life, you're james reynolds? >> it's a celebrity baby, so you come to expect it. you know. like apple. >> yeah. >> cocoa. >> north. >> north. yeah. exactly. >> all right. >> we could go on. >> the other baby news is kobe bryant sharing the first photo of his third daughter, bianca bella. i love how we don't mention vanessa bryant who had to carry that thing and push it out. >> future hall of famer. >> born december 5th, but the 6'6" basketball player measured 20 inches at birth. maybe she won't get her dad's height. she's a doll. >> she is beautiful! he and his wife, vanessa, their daughter --
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>> mentioning mom. >> gee yan that and nadalia. congratulations to them. >> that baby is so cute. >> so cute. >> keep it up the entire show. >> kobe bryant had a tough year, retiring, you know, became a dad again. >> there you go. we have to mention the future hall of famer quite a bit. now for an epic who wore it best. for this you have to take a close look at beyonce's famed ruffle dress from the "hold up" vid you. that, of course; from the lemonade album. >> in full force video, seen 6 61 million times on youtube. my family accounts for half a million of those. someone stole her look. check out who else is rocking the ruffles. that's james franco in l.a. earlier this week. wearing a similar dress apparently for an upcoming movie or something like that. >> who wore it best? >> clearly, we know. i mean, who holds a candle to
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beyonce in anything. >> the weave is not on point. >> it's not. >> beyonce would never be caught dead with a weave like that. >> not with a brazilian weave. it has to be from indonesia. believe it or not, some members of the kardashian clan are having a low key christmas, but no, not kris jenner. the theme is candy land with a k, splashes of red and white like candy capes. it took 24 hours just to light the main christmas tree, notice the main tree. >> 24 hours? >> must be more than one. >> she enlisted the help of a professional designer and his crew not only for her house but those of the other kardashians. he decorated the foyer, the living room, the dining room and more. some of the decorations would put new york today department stores christmas window display to shame. when you're a celebrity, royalty, you have to keep up. >> i love her.
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three weeks later. >> what is adams? >> yes. >> what is the peach state? >> correct. >> what is the joy of cooking. >> cooking, yes. >> reporter: over the past week, you may have seen cindy racking up her score. battling the pain of stage 4 colin cancer while competing, only the host and a few show staff members actually knew. >> cindy? >> what is orchestra, what is france? >> you're right. >> the streak, bittersweet. her boyfriend announcing the news with the game show taped months before cindy died on december 5th, tweeting, in the early morning hours, cancer took the best friend and teammate a guy could ask for. love you always. last night, the final jeopardy clue -- >> here's the clue. it's the closest nation to the main larnd where cars customarily drive on the left. >> reporter: in second place, answering correctly -- >> your answer was correct. >> reporter: but unable to catch up.
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her impressive seven show run coming to an end, her winnings nearly $106,000 all going to a cancer charity. alex tri beck fighting back emotions paying tribute last night. >> for the past six jeopardy programs, you folks have been getting to know the talented champion, cindy stowell. appearing on the show was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition for that young lady. what you did not know is when we taped these programs with her a few weeks ago, she was suffering from stage 4 cancer, and sadly, on december 5th, cindy stowell passed away, so from all of us here at jeopardy, our condolences to her family and her friends. >> always a dream for her, and it was a dream come true, she didn't get to see. >> so amazing that she was able to compete at that level when she was, you know, going through that -- >> terminal. >> don't miss updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. abc's "world
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good thursday morning, everybody. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm mara schiavocampo in for diane macedo. here's the top headlines this morning on "world news now." prime suspect, intense man hunt underway across europe where a tunisia man wanted in connection with the deadly truck attack in berlin. he was rejected for asylum and was on the radar for german terror officials for months. we'll have a live report coming up. lawmakers in north carolina fail to repeal the state's controversial bathroom law. they headed into a special session, apparently in agreement, but that quickly fell apart over partisan bickering. a judge overseeing the murder case against a real estate heir robert durst agreed to appoint a so-called special master who will review evidence in the case. durst, subject of a documentary series is charged with killing a female friend. we know the cause of actor
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alan thicke's death, the aorta the main artery from the heart tore and then ruptured. he had complained of chest pains while playing hockey with his son last week. he was 69 years old. those are some of the top stories we're following on this thursday, december 22nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we begin this half hour with europe on the lookout as germany identifies a suspect in the berlin truck attack. >> first of all, a live look at the christmas market that was attacked. it was the center of the carnage. it is reopening this morning as the urgent man hunt continues for a 24-year-old man from the north african nation of tunisia. about's molly hunter joins us live on the phone from berlin. molly, looking at the market there, what's the status on the man hunt? >> caller: good morning, kendis. it's of course thursday. this happened monday night.
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anis amri and any other suspects now have more than a 48 hour head start. now, law officials say at least anis amri is armed and dangerous, and they have no idea, and they have not said whether he's still in the city, whether he's still in the country, or even still in europe. now officials and counterterrorism officials across europe are, obviously, working together exchanging information, but at this point, he could be anywhere. >> and, molly, tell us a little bit more about the suspect. he was known to authorities, but they stopped surveillance of him. why? >> caller: that's right, mara. apparently, he was under covert surveillance march to september of this year after a tip was given that he may actually be planning some kind of burglary, some kind of criminal break-in to finance buying automatic weapons for an attack. but what the covert surveillance found was a couple drug deals, criminal activity, and a bar brawl, but nothing that would suggest terrorism, so they stopped surveillance in september.
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now, we dee know also from the prosecutors that the latest information exchanged about him between counterter rofism officials most recently in november. he was certainly even after the surveillance stopped, he was on the radar more recently, and police had launched proceedings against this man to bring a criminal case, but, mara, this is shocking. certainly, germany would not be alone in letting someone slip through the cracks like this. they just don't have the manpower and resources. we saw this in brussels as well and paris as well as some of those suspects and attackers were on the radar, but they didn't have the resources to continue to follow the people and follow through. >> so many people they do have to follow. there was a photo that came out the last couple days from a far right leader in germany, angela merkel, provocative, with blood on her hands, and there's people i assume there in berlin and elsewhere in germany blaming angela merkel. >> cleto: that's exactly right,
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kendis. the far right in germany, whether it's the afc party, the neo-nazi, the extreme right, is hammering her for. she championed a policy to allow over a million in in the last year, and they said she has blood on her hands. these are her deaths. she'll take a political hit. we saw it play out last night. there was a rally right near the site of the terrorist attack. we had neo-nazis on one side shouting hate slogans that no one should be allowed into germany. and we had refugee supporters on the other side saying they are welcome here. they are clearly nervous this will be politically exploited. this is one asylum seeker will now define all of the refugees in the country. we certainly are looking at really interesting political days ahead and dark days in the country for merkel. >> interesting political days indeed as there's an election, re-election coming up next year. molly hunter with us by phone, from berlin this morning. molly, our thanks. turning back to this country now. federal and local law enforcement authorities have
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issued an urgent bulletin amid growing concern that a similar attack could happen right here on u.s. soil. the alert warns that times square could be targeted during the annual new year's eve celebration as a million people gather to watch the ball drop. there's no specific threat, but they are specially worried about lone wolf attacks. donald trump call the deadly berlin rampage an attack on humanity. >> when asked if the attack had caused him to reevaluate his plan on muslim immigration, trump said he was 100% correct. it's not clear where trump stands now on that. he had initially called for a ban on muslims entering the country and later adjusted that pledge to focus on stopping immigration from countries with ties to terrorism. trump held meetings at his florida estate with heads of boeing and lockheed martin to bring down costs. trump criticized both companies with lucrative government contracts for charging too much. boeing is set to build two new air force 1 planes. >> we're going to get it done
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for less than that and committed to working together to make sure that happens. and i was able to give the president-elect my personal commitment on behalf of the boeing company. this is a business important to us. we work on air force one because it's important to our country, and we're going to make sure he gets the best capability and that it's done affordably. newt gingrich in the meantime says that trump is ditching his drain the swamp slogan. gich ring a trump adviser says perhaps the phrase isn't presidential enough. corey lewandowski talked about his access to trump as he announced plans to open a political consulting firm a block away from the white house. donald trump's son has decided to stop personally soliciting donations for his charitable foundation. eric trump told the new york times that he realized his contributors may support his foundation in an effort to gain access to his father. just last week, his foundation was criticized for sponsoring an
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online auction to have coffee with his sister ivanka. to mexico, the death toll rising following an explosion. at a fireworks market. some of the youngest victims have been flown to a specialized hospital in texas for treatment. three of the children burned, more than 70% of their bodies. investigators are searching for what might have set off the deadly chain reaction. fusion network reporter rafa fernandez has more on the search for clues. >> reporter: the office is still investigating there. they are being careful not to rush to conclusions, but reports indicate there might have been a nexus of fireworks in the area or just even illegal fireworks that don't comply with safety norms established by mexican law. right now it could be anything from, you know, a short circuit to the heat in the area to someone lighting a cigarette by accident. >> only days ago mexican officials said the market has
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been the safest in latin america. moving on now. police officers tell you the most dangerous part of their job is the domestic violent call. earlier this month, two georgia police officers were killed earlier this month after responding to one of those. >> newly released body cam video of one of the cops gives us new insight. abc's gio benitez has that story. >> reporter: the body camera video of a georgia police officer's final moments. nicholas and his partner smith were responding to a domestic violence call earlier this month. you can see the suspect right there down the hall, but he runs off and the officers immediately give chase. as the two officers close in, the suspect pulls out a gun and opens fire, both severely wounded. officer smar tried saving his partner and best friend with cpr until his own last breath. smith dying later at the hospital.
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in the last year, there's been a 68% increase in deadly police shootings, and in this case, there were only 16 seconds between the knock on the door and the first shots fired. >> the domestic violence call is the number one most unpredictable type of call police officers answer in this country. >> reporter: after a man hunt and standoff with s.w.a.t. officers, the suspect ended up taking his own life. this video really just highlights how dangerous it is for these officers on the streets every single day. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> thanks to gio there. now to arizona where quintuplets were born at a hospital called a christmas miracle. the babies -- four girls, one boy weighed a little more than three pounds at birth. >> delivered within 17 minutes by a team of 24 medical professionals. the parents relocated from virginia to phoenix so they were closer to their doctor. >> they are bottle feeding now, they are starting that, and they
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were all born between 3 pounds 6 ounces and 3 pounds 14 ounces, which is relatively large for quintuplets. >> it was pretty much a routine c section, other than one baby it was like a clown car, they kept coming. one, two, three, four, five. >> like a clown car. >> only a doctor would describe it. >> first time in 121 year history of the hospital that the staff delivered quintuplets. they'll return to virginia with the babies next month. i do not envy them. >> good luck. >> i hope there's a lot of family to help out. >> they'll need it. coming up, a fedex driver putting his life on the line to stop thieves. this year, criminals are not just going after pack captions, but trucks packed with gifts. and this -- >> i have some great toys that you're going to put right in that stocking. you're watching "world news
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the #1 doctor recommended probiotic brand. now in kids chewables. in black hawk, colorado, west of denver, this parking garage came crashing down, so a 400 million dollar casino can go up. it was reduced to rubble within minutes. more than 300 pounds of explosives were used for the implosion. it will take six weeks before the rubble is removed. >> wow, quite a video. next to the fedex driver trying to fend off a carjacker in arizona. >> his truck was filled with gifts at the time, making those trucks prime targets for thieves all across the country. here's abc's clayton sandal. >> reporter: holiday package thieves are shooting straight to the top of the naughty list. watch this fedex driver near phoenix running to stop armed suspects from stealing his truck, jumping and holding on as it speeds away.
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this is the peak week for deliveries, and the ships surge bringing out grinches, but porch pirates are not just grabbing stuff from your doorstep, but going for the package filled trucks. in chicago, these two suspects targeted a ups driver pointing a gun at his head. the u.s. postal service on the lookout too. >> this time of year, it's a crime of opportunity. >> reporter: the driver in arizona was not hurt. his truck later found. police tweeting, christmas is back. now detectives in arizona are trying to figure out how many packages were taken from the truck and to find the suspects who are still on the loose. clayton sandal, abc news, denver. coming up, the toy insider mom with some stocking stuffers. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ welcome back. as you know, one the essentials of christmas is a stocking all full of goodies, and here with ideas for stuffing any stocking is our toy insider mom. happy holidays to you. >> thank you, you too. i have to tell you, some of the very best gifts, the ones that kids play with the longest come right out of the stocking, inexpensive and fun. >> it's frustrating for many parents. >> we start with soft things. >> okay.
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>> we're going to play with some finger puppets. >> oh, i put them on? >> just put it on. >> where -- >> great for story telling, they are easy, light, throw in the bag when traveling. >> okay. >> okay. >> and we can have a lot of fun playing together. >> absolutely. >> it would be frustrating if i spent thousands of dollars or hundreds of dollars on the kids gift and this is the favorite thing. >> don't be surprised. talking about surprises, these are our wonder surprises. >> okay. >> so what's in here, you don't know yet. kids love not to know. what i'm going to ask you to do is copy me and push the stick up. hold this and push. >> oh, wow. >> we have these cut little plush animals and confetti and something fun to share. >> and now physical activity should be taking place all the time. >> uh-huh. >> so this is our flat ball. >> okay. >> so we put this in the stocking, and that's what it does. i'm going to push it into a disk, throw it to you, but you
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don't know when it turns into a ball. throw it back -- >> oh, there it is. threw you a disk, caught a ball. >> wow. >> again, it's a $19 item. nice and easy. >> hamsters, something i used to say no to. parents can feel good about saying yes. this is hamsters in a house. we have the nice set, which is still small for parents to buy, but we have these little small sets. listen to how cute these are. i'll put it in bed. >> one hamster, two hamster. three hamster, four on the toilet. pee-yew. >> it speaks? on the toilet, flushes, goes down, there's an elevator over here it can go on. i think he got stuck over there. we have a little car here he can drive. >> the hamster can drive? >> the hamster can drive. >> oh, look at that. that's neat. that's the item i'll try to break. >> okay. we'll let him just go up. dinosaurs.
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dinosaurs are so great. kids really love to play with these. they're fun to collect. it's a great collection. this box comes with a puzzle kids put together and four adorable dinos. each one of these is hand painted to finish it off. there's a lot of detail. >> it's intricate, the details. >> it is. there's a lot of imaginative play for kids. it's a travel season. throw these in the bag. it keeps kids busy in the car and restaurant. >> really? >> yes. >> not calling for the ipad? they'll want these? >> they will play with this. >> okay. >> i want to introduce you to magic mimis. little collectibles with big personalities. when we push their heads, see on the belly how they feel. >> oh, it's vibrating. >> push one, the other one, it's responding. push this, it's responding. there's food, this is the pizza. they let us know if they like it by the color on the belly. a lot to collect, single packs, little play sets, but, again, i mean, just little pieces and the kids just love them. >> somehow they speak to each
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other. >> they do. the colors on the belly. >> awesome. >> finally. >> lego dimensions. we fuse digital and physical world, and these are add-on packs. what we do, kids have to actually build. we have a ghost buster pack. here is one of our little ghost buster guys. fantastic beasts. where to find them. you need the starter set. these are add-on packs, but what the kids are doing now is getting more vehicles, more characters, unlocking content in the video game, but before they play the video game, they have to build the character. >> amazing how legos maintain. >> they have. >> keeping up with the times. >> one of the biggest toy companies in the world. >> is that right? >> yep. >> very cool. whole segment and i didn't break anything. >> do you want to try again? >> i was hoping so, but let's play ball. toy insider mom, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> wow. see, still have not broke anything. >> not yet. >> we'll be right back. you're watching "world news now." there it is.
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>> oh, wait. no. kind of looked like him. >> reporter: shelby smith, tapping his toes and wringing hands in anticipation. >> i don't get nervous, it's just a happy day. glad he's finally done and he gets to come home. >> reporter: after months overseas, nathan is entering retirement. joining the civilian life with his former partner smith. >> i spent time with him one on one away from my family so that's the only family i had, so if i was feeling bad, he was feeling bad. if i was happy, he was happy. you know, he was a bended ear that i could talk to when i missed home. >> reporter: they worked in an explosive detection unit based in italy. in 2015, deployed to locations in the middle east. smith came back to the states in august, four months later, nathan's home for good too. >> love you, man. >> love you, too. >> reporter: at 10 years old -- >> what's up buddy? yeah. yeah!
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what's up. oh. what are you doing. >> reporter: nathan's bomb sniffing duties are over. he's still smith's partner, but with more perks. >> going for walks, car rides, and just living the good life. promise. >> oh, so soft. >> reporter: seems to be making the adjustment just fine. and the nonprofit mission k-9 rescue paid for nathan's flight from italy to houston with the goal to reunite working dogs with former partners or find good homes for them. >> oh, what a wonderful moment. a special relationship those dogs have with their handlers. >> the dog recognized him. only since august, but great seeing how nervous they were. cool. >> back together. >> that's the news this half hour. >> follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com at wnnfans.com
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this morning on "world news now" -- back in business in berlin. the scene of this week's market attack cleaned up and open to visitors as authorities launch an all-out man hunt for the suspect who has been on their radar for months. how did he slip away? the charred ruins of that fireworks market in mexico. the reason for that deadly chain reaction explosion remains a mystery. some of the youngest victims now here in the u.s. getting help. we're live in mexico. then political blame game playing out in north carolina. lawmakers pointing the finger at each other for their failure to repeal the state's so-called bathroom bill. what's next an effort to get that legislation off the books. and then divorce party. that's right, a party. a couple who called it quits after more than 20 years of marriage and to end it all, they partied. full details ahead on this thursday, december 22nd.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now". we do say good morning to you, everybody, on this thursday, december 22nd. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm mara schiavocampo in for diane macedo. we begin with the international man hunt in the berlin attack. >> looking for the 24-year-old, anis amri is his name, has been on the radar for months, suspected of having ties to islamic extremists. abc's matt gutman is in berlin where the christmas market that was targeted has been scrubbed clean and is set to reopen today. >> reporter: a euro wide dragnet for this man, anis amri tunisia. warning he could be armed and dangerous. according to a german lawmaker, his wallet and id found in the cab of the battered semitruck
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after he bulldozed through a crowded berlin christmas market, crushing stalls, killing 11, and injuring dozens more. he was long on the radar of german terror officials. the a.p obtaining this alert going out to international police noting he has used six aliases in three countries. he came to germany in 2015 seeking asylum, but it was denied. officials concerned about his ties to radical islamists and allegations of petty crime. germany then tried to deport him, but he didn't have the paperwork to prove he was tunisian, and so he stayed. according to the a.p., german authorities had him under surveillance until september after getting a tip he was trying to obtain weapons for an attack. police searching this home for refugees where he is believed to have stayed. police aren't saying he drove the truck into the market. that semi believed to be hijacked just hours before the attack as its driver was hauling steel beams from italy to
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germany. that driver seen on the surveillance camera in a diner after calling his wife. his dead body found in the truck but no gun found at the scene. the attack challenging merkel for her decision to allow in a million migrants. protected by cordings of police in riot gear, members of germany's far right gathered near the site of the attack. the voice behind me is from a neonazi group, and past this line of dozens of officers keeping the peace, there's a pro-immigration rally that's far larger. in other parts of berlin, a different response to the tragedy, the city's famed christmas markets open once again. crates replacing concrete barriers at the alexander's place market. protection should the unthinkable happen again. intelligence officials say they were conducting surveillance on amri for months, but called it off in september. said they last spoke about him in november. and after that, silence.
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as the man hunt continues, they wrapped up the investigation here at the scene of the attack, and incredibly, that market is now back open. matt gutman, abc news, berlin. federal and local law enforcement authorities issued an urgent bulletin suggesting a similar attack could happen here on u.s. soil. the joint alert warns that times square could be targeted as millions of people gather to watch the ball drop on new year's eve. there's no specific threat, but worried about lone attacks. aside from increased security, the other major concern for travelers across the country this weekend is weather. >> yeah. that's because severe weather may be a problem with near blizzard-like conditions expected. accuweather's justin povick is tracking it all. justin? >> kendis, mara, thanks, good morning to you as well. slippery travel a concern in far north new england today. as we track a couple inches of snow, now this is over the interior toward the 95 we're in
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good shape and of course fantastic news here for holiday travel. how about friday? good shape. eastern sea board. out west, though, concern as another storm rolls in. this one packing a punch with flooding rains and also potential for very heavy snow, and as this expands out over the plain states into the upcoming weekend with near blizzard conditions and major travel impacts could actually have severe weather out ahead of the system. kendis, mara, back over to you. all right. justin, thanks so much for that. now to the latest on the massive fireworks explosion in mexico. the death toll rising to at least 33 people. >> investigators are focusing on apparent lax in security, which allowed the vendors to display explosives in unsafe ways as families mourn those killed in the tragedy and others injured. our fusion reporter rafa fernandez covers mexico and
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joins us by phone from mexico city. rafa, good morning to you. what are we learning right now on the latest with the investigation? >> caller: good morning. well, the mexican attorney general's office is still investigating. they are being pretty careful not to rush to conclusions, but there's reports that indicate there might have been a nexus of fireworks in the area or just even illegal fireworks that do not comply with the safety norms established by mexican law. this has happened before. authorities have had a difficult time cracking down on the sale of illegal fireworks in different markets throughout the country, and so right now, it could be anything from, you know, a short circuit to the heat in the area to someone lighting a cigarette by accident. authorities have not revealed details, and they are careful
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not to rush to conclusions. i think it's going to be very hard for top mexican officials to take the fault for this. likely they'll blame it on one of the stands in the market. >> and rafa, some of the victims are being treated here in the u.s. what can you tell u.s. about that? >> caller: well, yes, the first victim arrived today at the shriner's hospital in texas, known throughout the u.s. for burn care and treatment units. and there's three kids, which the governor of the state of mexico said they got 70% of bodies burned, so they are being transferred to the u.s. for special treatment. mexican authorities are hoping the hospitals in the u.s. can accept more. there's reports that there's ten kids overall, maybe more among the 70-plus victims of this incident, so, you know, the first of the victims of the children arrived today, and the hospital might receive up to five or eight according to preliminary reports by mexican authorities. >> quite a few victims there. a lot of people suffering as a result of this. a lot of people also wondering,
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this was a popular market, the biggest fireworks market in all of mexico. is there any talk at all of rebuilding at the same spot? >> caller: well, i mean, that's a good question because the market has already been rebuilt in 2005. in 2005, there was another explosion and 57 people were injured, over 70 cars were literally calcimated by the fire and the market got rebuilt again so that people could go back to this industry that's so big in december selling fireworks. i doubt it. i doubt if this time the market will be rebuilt again just because of the -- of how deadly this was. the death toll keeps rising. right now, it's at 32. some people are dying in hospitals, so i think the death toll is still going to increase. i really think this shocked mexico and locals, and it's just, you know, the images on
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social media are quite shocking. it looks like a war scene. so i don't think, you know, people are going to want the market to go up again just because of what happened in the area, but, yes, sale of fireworks will continue. it's all over as we speak, during december holidays across mexico. >> yes, it is. >> caller: yeah -- >> it is a popular thing there in mexico for christmas holiday. rafa fernandez from fusion, thank you for joining us and for the update there. >> powerful images. coming up, we'll continue some reports from overseas. a holiday change of travel plans for britain's queen elizabeth. and why she put off christmas trip to the family's country estate. a stunning performance at a christmas show that's going viral, a global audience now enjoying one young girl's amazing talents, and she has a special story. check out the christmas outfit. our holiday outfits this morning on instagram.
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the natural gas leak caused a massive explosion at columbus, ohio. a restaurant was destroyed and several homes and businesses were damaged. roads were closed, and nearby buildings evacuated including a hospital. crews digging near the site of a
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gas line may have triggered the leak. thankfully only one injury was reported. north carolina's controversial bathroom law still stands this morning. the state's lawmakers met in special session, but failed to repeal the law. democrats and republicans blame each other for not being able to reach an agreement. the law requires that people use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender at birth. it's already cost the state millions in lost business. in britain, delayed travel plans raise concerns about the health of queen elizabeth. the queen and her husband postpone holiday travel because both of them have colds. the 90-year-old british monarch and 95-year-old prince phillip traditionally spend christmas at their country estate. palace officials say there are no, quote, grave concerns about the queen's health. we hope they do well and we hope you do well with your shopping for christmas and hanukkah, just days away now. and the holiday shopping crunch is on. >> yes, it is. for millions of last minute
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shoppers, there's still time for deals, believe it or not, and i didn't know this, you can still order online until 9:35 christmas eve. talk about last minute. details from rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: tis the season to procrastinate. how many last minute shoppers do we have here? >> one. >> reporter: three of four shoppers waiting right up until christmas to get it all done. >> it's certainly a buyer's market. create your own discount by asking for a lower price. >> reporter: retailers letting you shop online and pick up in store, including walmart.com where you have until 6:00 p.m. friday to shop and 6:00 p.m. christmas eve to pick up. >> you can always get cash. you can always get gift cards. >> reporter: using sites like dealnews, you can even find them at a discount. finally, amazon offering eligible customers what they
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call procrastinators' delight. order through prime now before 9:45 christmas eve, and it's on your doorstep by midnight. how times have changed. remember, many things like tickets, memberships, and subscriptions to your favorite services can be purchased online and given electronically right up until christmas. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> good tips there. coming up in our next half hour, the women who are not your average police recruits, but they're members of the newest unit in a west virginia police department. you'll meet the granny squad. >> they're probably the toughest around. first, for some couples, it really san amicable divorce. meet the couple with a divorce party. that's next on "world news now."
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divorce rates in the u.s. dropping in the last few decades. about one in five marriages do end in a split. it's often traumatic for families. >> it doesn't have to be. for some, it's relief and cause for celebrations.
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we're up all night with "nightline" and abc's nick watt. >> reporter: divorce is so very often ugly. brangelina, no more. johnny depp, denied and dropped, but damage done. mack cartny/mills. richard sheen, bulllock-james, ugly. a million divorces in america every single year. >> it was heart breaking, hard work and devastating. >> reporter: michelle and jeff from berkley, california, they just got divorced. >> it's like having, you know, a death. you grieve. >> reporter: okay. but? >> the first day of being divorced, we had a party. >> reporter: the divorce party, yes, party, celebrating the end of their marriage, friends, family, bottles of booze, signs, just divorced on jeff's car, champagne. >> happy divorce. >> reporter: 24 years together, two kids, pop, gone.
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you're celebrating the death of something. >> no. >> the end of something. >> the beginning. >> we're not celebrating the fact we're getting divorced, but the way we did it. >> reporter: the way they did it. lessons, perhaps, for the rest of us. >> i think there's a lot of animosity when couples separate due to finances. >> reporter: kids are often collateral divorce damage. did you enjoy the party? >> i thought it was fun. >> reporter: bittersweet at all? >> no. i mean, i didn't feel sad at all. i just thought it was fun. >> it is healthier for the kids if the kids feel they have two parents who are good people, but for whatever reason, just couldn't live together anymore. >> reporter: bringing us into what happens to the mutual friends, i mean, i had friends split, and you take sides.
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>> we hope that our friends don't have to do that. >> they don't have to pick sides. >> yeah. >> you know, we're still going to be friends forever and we want to keep our friends forever. >> it's an admirable goal that this couple wanted to send a message to the friends. it's also a way for the couple not to lose anything more than they already lost. they lost a marriage. they don't want to lose half their friends due to loyalty issues. >> reporter: you seem to like each other. >> yeah. we're friends. we've been friends for, you know -- >> half our life. >> over 20 years. >> reporter: so why get divorced at all? >> it's been a multiyear process. >> okay. >> we didn't take the decision lightly. >> we just did a lot of self-examination, and realized we had fallen out of love, and that just happens. it happens for a lot of reasons. >> the people who i feel sorry for are people who recognize they're in the situation, and they stick together for the wrong reasons, and then they are unhappy for the rest of they're lives. >> who you are at 20 is not who you are at 40 and 50. >> reporter: we grow apart. >> people are living longer, so
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they are asking themselves the question, can they be happy with their partner? >> reporter: any chance of reconciliation? >> no. >> he's super cute, but now available. >> i've certainly heard of divorce parties where one person is present, and it's almost a way to put their past behind them and celebrate a new chapter in their lives, so this is certainly something new, but i'm sure it won't be the last joint party that we see moving into the future. >> it might be offensive to some people that we're letting it go, and on top of it, celebrating it. but that's not how we look at it. >> reporter: nick watt for "nightline" in berkley, california. >> i heard of people celebrating divorce. that's not uncommon, but i love the way the two handled it. what great role models they are. >> it's only awkward when they have the divorce honeymoon. >> that's an issue. what do you do about rooms? share? separate? >> exactly. >> great coparents clearly. >> clearly. >> they're still such great friends. >> i like the sign in the background, eat, drink, and remarry. coming up, "the mix" is
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dust and hair than the store brand stop cleaning. start swiffering. ♪ your thursday morning "mix," starting with ikea in the news for a lot of things, but they came out and saying sleepovers are absolutely, absolutely not allowed in their stores. apparently, it was a thing. >> glad it's been cleared up. unpack my bag. >> exactly. that's where we were going to spend christmas. you can't do that. there was a video we showed you in august where this belgium duo, these guys, spent a night in an ikea shop in sweden. they hid in the closet, and then came out after the store had closed, and they just loved all of the products that were already set up. they just loved their sleepover. a lot of people since have been trying to do the same stunt. ikea saying no mas. they did not charge these guys, but they might charge others who try to do this. >> i can understand why you want
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to sleep there. it's beautiful. laid out, you want to buy everything in the store. >> it's already put together. >> that's the best part. >> that's the best part. >> you don't have to see what that drawing thing is. the face is always, like, what? looks confused, the drawing. >> and it's in swedish. moving on. this gives you nostalgia for the college days. one teen's video is going viral after she kind of freaked out in a good way when she found out that she got into her dream school. >> oh, my gosh. >> you can tell she really wanted to go there. her sister was shooting. she got into providence college monday. her dream school, and her sister said this is what happiness looks like.
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over 472 shares on facebook more now i'm sure. wait until she gets to the first exam. >> i had a similar cry, but for a different reason. it was just pain. >> oh, no. >> four years in the snow. no. so this is a beautiful moment. this 10-year-old girl in northern ireland, she was at her christmas show, and she completely nailed it here with leonard cohen's rendition of "hallelujah." ♪ >> beautiful voice. here's the deal. she has autism and adhd and it really hit home with a lot of people. she said that she started performing because it helped build her confidence. >> that gets my soft spot. it's melting my cold heart just a little bit. i'm serious. it really, i'm touched by this. all right. quickly we'll finish off with the world's tiny snowman. it's not technically a snowman, test made from silicon spheres. but it's three microns tall, 1 inch has 25,400 microns. so there you case. in case if you're ever wondering what a bacteria sized snowman, there it is. >> smiling bacteria.
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is this morning on "world news now" travel trouble for some of the millions of americans starting to hit the roads. slipping and sliding are most possible as we enter the peak holiday travel period. trouble spots you need to know about in the forecast just ahead. also, new security concerns here at home in the aftermath of the holiday truck attack in germany. law enforcement taking no chances as the president-elect weighs in on terrorism. what he has to say coming up. and new this half hour, the grandma unit. a group of grannies who are joining the force in one community. their two word job description, spreading love, and the common thread binding them together. justin bieber, a wanted man, details about a three-year-old incident and what the pop star is saying about it that's ahead on "the skinny" on this thursday, december 22nd.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now". we begin with severe weather bearing down just as millions of us are hitting the road ahead of the holiday weekend. >> so much for what tony, tony, tony said it never rains in southern california. >> they were wrong. >> they were wrong. it's raining right now in the southwest. looking at the radar, serious rain falling across california as well as arizona and check out the scene in san diego. just hours ago, this is the poinsettia bowl between byu. and baylor. byu won, 24-21. >> the rockies brace for a christmas blizzard. light snow in green bay where the packers play saturday. >> if you're headed to sunny key
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west, beware of this guy, a sheriff's deputy dressed up as the grinch, he gives out onions rather than tickets. as for the weather, accuweather justin povick joining us now for any onions in the forecast? justin, good morning. >> thanks. good morning to you as well. it's a slippery day over far north new england, but further off to the south and east generally dry. a little cool, you'll still need the coats. but if you're catching a flight today or hitting i-95, should be in good shape. look at this. into friday, a busy travel day, we are quiet. out west, anything but quiet. notice the poor traveling conditions, heavy rain targeting golden state of california, slippery travel over the higher terrain, and eventually, into the weekend, this is going to become an all-out snowstorm with major travel impacts over the interior, northwest, severe weather possible out head. kendis, mara, back to you. >> all right, justin, thanks so much.
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we turn to the urgent search across europe. police desperately trying to track down a suspect linked to the horrific truck attack in berlin. >> looking for this man, amri ansi, a 24-year-old of tunisia believed to be armed and violent, he arrived in germany last year seeking asylum, but it was denied. officials were concerned about possible ties to islamic extremist. >> amri was under surveillance for months suspected of try to obtain weapons for an attack, an alert obtained by the ap, he used six aliases in three countries. german chancellor angela merkel is facing growing criticism for allowing nearly a million migrants to enter the country. >> here in this country, donald trump condemned the attacks, and suggested he might be going forward with the muslim ban that he proposed during the campaign. >> caused you to reevaluate plans to create a muslim ban in the united states? >> you know my plans all along. proven to be right, 100% correct. what's happening is disgraceful. it's an attack on humanity.
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that's what it is. it's an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped. thank you. >> the president-elect taking a couple questions there in florida. he had adjusted his pledge on a muslim ban in the general election to say he would focus on stopping immigration from certain countries with ties to terrorism. well, in the wake of the berlin terrorist attack, u.s. law enforcement is warning that it could also happen here. >> we're talking about the fbi, homeland security, and even the nypd as well as other agencies issuing a joint bulletin warning about a possible attack in the big new year's eve celebrations in times square. here is abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: after the horror of that christmas markets attack in berlin, the truck plowing into the market, here in the u.s., the urgent bulletin issue target? times square, the annual massive new year's eve celebration. each year, a strong police
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presence in the event. this year, authorities warn there's no specific threats, but they, quote, remain concerned about unaffiliated lone offenders and violent extremists targeting the event, writing they are concerned due to, quote, their ability to remain undetected until operational and willingness to attack civilians and soft targets and exploit increased crowd density to perpetrate a mass casualty event. the bulletin goes on to site the attacks in san bernardino, orlando and nice. it's estimated a million people crowd into this area, times square, a week from now to watch the ball drop. linsey davis, abc news, new york. authorities in mexico say the death toll from that fireworks explosion has risen to at least 33 and it could go higher. distraught relatives gather at the site hoping for news about their loved ones. investigators say lax safety standards may have allowed vendors to display explosives outside the stalls leading to a
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deadly chain reaction. new controversy surrounding north carolina's so-called bathroom law. lawmakers were widely expected to repeal the law in the special session. that did not happen. now there's plenty of finger pointing. here's abc's richard cantu. >> the legislature had the chance to do the right thing for north carolina, and they failed. >> reporter: the special session is over, but north carolina's bathroom bill still stands. >> i don't know if you think the public is stupid or we're stupid or who is stupid, but it just does not make sense. [ applause ]. >> reporter: the state's democratic lawmakers, angry, refusing republicans of a bait and switch, first proposing a bill that would repeal hb2, but including a provision that would prevent local governments from
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passing antidiscrimination laws for six months. the so-called bathroom bill says people can only use the bathroom in public and government buildings that matches the sex listed on the birth certificate. opponents call it discrimination against lgbt people, and supporters say it's about safety. >> we don't have a discrimination problem in the state. >> people just want to use the bathroom they are comfortable with. >> reporter: hb2 cost north carolina big business. paypal pulled jobs from charlotte. the nba moved the all-star game to louisiana, and numerous musicians cancelled concerts there. >> the public consciousness outside the state holds us accountable. >> reporter: it was seen as a way for the state to reclaim its reputation, but ultimately, no compromise, no repeal. richard cantu, abc news, new york. turning now to a new health alert about melanoma. researchers say the deadly skin cancer is killing more americans than ever before. more than 10,000 americans are expected to die from it this year. that's up from the more than 8,000 deaths in 2009. melanoma accounts for 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. china may get relief from the so-called airpocalypse.
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forecasters say nighttime winds will push out the severe pollution that is smothering nearly half a billion people. schools closed, highways shut down and factories and flights cancelled due to improve air quality. officials are investigating whether local government took the right steps to address the crisis. the 11 newest members of the charleston, west virginia police department are a little older than most recruits, and you won't see the grandma units kicking out doors or arresting suspects. >> their mission is to spread love and hugs. all of them have been victims of elder abuse or domestic violence, so they know that everyone needs a lift now and then. >> sometimes i'm not feeling good or i'm feeling low, and somebody gives me a hug, and i'll feel better, and i share my hug with someone else.
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>> oh, my goodness, it's a win for everybody. they feel good by doing it and they want to do it. that's what helps. it's an awesome partnership. >> all 11 of the women live at the ywca, and after being sworn in, the officers celebrated by a mean game of bingo. as they would. >> coming off the mean streets to get a hug. unwind. >> it's going to be b7. >> right. >> aggressive game of bingo. i love it. everybody needs a hug. >> yeah. coming up in "the skinny," some new trouble for justin bieber. maybe he needs a hug. what it means as he is set to start a tour in south america. a brave young girl in florida, she made a call to 911 from a closet in her house and what she said to intruders. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by musinex dm. he said to sbrintruders. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by musinex dm. fine! i'll text you in 4 hours when your cough returns. one pill lasts 12 hours, so... looks like i'm good all night! ah! david, please, listen.
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an oregon man accused of a shooting an 8-year-old girl during a road rage incident was in court wednesday. joshua pleaded not guilty to assault charges. police say a bullet grazed the girl's foot. in orlando, an 11-year-old girl is being praised for keeping her cool during a break-in in her home. ashley was home all alone when she saw the bad guys pull up in front when the men began breaking in, she went into a closet and called 911. >> 911, what's the emergency? >> help me. i need help. i need help. >> what's going on? >> they are breaking into my house, please come quick. oh, no, please. please. i won't say anything i promise you.
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>> are they in the house with you? >> no, they left. >> oh, what a brave girl. she was not hurt, but the thieves stole her christmas presents. yesterday, a charity group who heard about her bravery replaced all of those gifts. that sounds really scary, even for a grownup. she conducted herself so well. >> glad she got the gifts back. >> if anybody earned them, she earned them. i can't get my kids to brush their teeth. >> true enough. the murder case against a real estate heir and former fugitive. you know him, robert durst. >> the accused killer made a court appearance before standing trial for the alleged murder of his best friend nearly 16 years ago. lauren lyster has more. >> reporter: alleged killer, robert durst, wheeled into a los angeles courtroom during a hearing about what evidence will be allowed in his upcoming trial. >> we're concerned about putting selective pieces of evidence out in the public. this is a public proceeding, your honor. it's going to be a public try. >> reporter: durst charged with the 2000 l.a. cold case murder
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of his close friend accused of shooting her shortly before she was set to talk to authorities about the 1982 disappearance of durst's first wife. >> who was never found. he was arrested last year in new orleans, a day before the bomb shell final episode of the hbo documentary, "the jinx," caught on a hot microphone in the bathroom saying this. >> what the hell did i do? killed them all, of course. >> reporter: more admissions coming out in the last week in a recently released reporting of durst interrogated in 2015. >> the whole long weekend when i did the interviews for "the jinx" i was on meth. >> basically, the prosecutors are arguing that this tape should be admitted into evidence. the defense is saying that it was improper, that it was not a voluntary statement. >> reporter: durst pled not guilty to the first degree murder, and his trial is expected to begin next year. lauren lyster, abc news, los angeles. >> thanks to lauren there.
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when we come back, why justin bieber may have to change his travel plans. and the sbebt baby with a sister named james finally gets her own name. "the skinny" is coming up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues afte
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♪ skinny, so skinny we're going to start "the skinny" with justin bieber at the center of a new international incident.
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but this one's more serious, and leaving his monkey in germany. >> i have no idea what that's about. leaving that there. latest problem is in argentina. in fact, if he steps foot in the country, he'll be arrested according to tmz, which reports bieber was indicted for allegedly ordering the beating of a photographer three years ago, and then stealing the guy's money and equipment. >> it takes awhile for the law to get around to it. >> three years. >> so bieber denies it, and tmz reports that he plans to appeal this indictment, but he's about to start a south american tour and many argentinian fans were hoping he would make a stop there. if he skips the country, he'd lose bucks as well. >> like he needs the money. >> he doesn't needs the money. some of the biggest celebrities became parents this past year and we have new details about the little ones. let's start with --
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blake lively and ryan reynolds welcomed a daughter two months ago. and the family turned out last week when his star was unveiled in hollywood. >> it was very cute moment there. you see the little one there. only now we are learning her name, us weekly reports it's anez. her big sister is james, so we're not sure what to expect. >> the girl -- the girl is named james. >> yeah. >> sister is named james. >> yes. >> confusing for her entire life. entire life, you're james reynolds? >> it's a celebrity baby, so you come to expect it. you know. like apple. >> yeah. >> cocoa. >> north. >> north. yeah. exactly. >> all right. >> we could go on. >> the other baby news is kobe bryant sharing the first photo of his third daughter, bianca bella. i love how we don't mention vanessa bryant who had to carry that thing and push it out. >> future hall of famer. >> born december 5th, but the 6'6" basketball player measured 20 inches at birth. maybe she won't get her dad's height. she's a doll. >> she is beautiful! he and his wife, vanessa, their
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daughter -- >> mentioning mom. >> gianna and nadalia. congratulations to them. >> that baby is so cute. >> so cute. >> keep it up the entire show. >> kobe bryant had a tough year, retiring, you know, became a dad again. >> there you go. we have to mention the future hall of famer quite a bit. now for an epic who wore it best. for this you have to take a close look at beyonce's famed ruffle dress from the "hold up" video. that, of course; from the lemonade album. >> in full force video, seen 61 million times on youtube. my family accounts for half a million of those. someone stole her look. check out who else is rocking the ruffles. that's james franco in l.a. earlier this week.
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wearing a similar dress apparently for an upcoming movie or something like that. >> who wore it best? >> clearly, we know. i mean, who holds a candle to beyonce in anything. >> the weave is not on point. >> it's not. >> beyonce would never be caught dead with a weave like that. >> not with a brazilian weave. it has to be from indonesia. believe it or not, some members of the kardashian clan are having a low key christmas, but no, not kris jenner. the theme is candy land with a k, splashes of red and white like candy capes. it took 24 hours just to light the main christmas tree, notice the main tree. >> 24 hours? >> must be more than one. >> she enlisted the help of a professional designer and his crew not only for her house but those of the other kardashians. he decorated the foyer, the living room, the dining room and more. some of the decorations would put new york today department stores christmas window display to shame. when you're a celebrity, royalty, you have to keep up.
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>> what is adams? >> yes. >> what is the peach state? >> correct. >> what is the joy of cooking. >> cooking, yes. >> reporter: over the past week, you may have seen cindy racking up her score. battling the pain of stage 4 colin cancer while competing, only the host and a few show staff members actually knew. >> cindy? >> what is orchestra, what is bowling. what is france. >> you're right. >> reporter: her streak, bittersweet. her boyfriend announcing the news with the game show taped months before cindy died on december 5th, tweeting, in the early morning hours, cancer took the best friend, partner and pub trivia teammate a guy could ask for. love you always. last night, the final jeopardy clue -- >> here's the clue. it's the closest nation to the mainland u.s. where scar cars customarily drive on the left. >> reporter: in second place, answering correctly -- >> your answer was correct. >> reporter: but unable to catch up. her impressive seven show run coming to an end, her winnings
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nearly $106,000 all going to a cancer charity. alex trebek fighting back emotions paying tribute last night. >> for the past six jeopardy programs, you folks have been getting to know the talented champion, cindy stowell. appearing on the show was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition for that young lady. what you did not know is when we taped these programs with her a few weeks ago, she was suffering from stage 4 cancer, and sadly, on december 5th, cindy stowell passed away, so from all of us here at jeopardy, our sincere condolences to her family and her friends. >> always a dream for her, and it was a dream come true, she didn't get to see. >> so amazing that she was able to compete at that level when she was, you know, going through that -- >> terminal. >> don't miss updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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stay with us. making news in america this thursday morning, breaking overnight, the holiday rush getting off to a frustrating start for thousands of travelers with major delays at one of the country's busiest airports. planes stuck on the tarmac for hours. plus, a rain and blizzard threat not making things easier. the manhunt for the christmas market attacker in berlin. why he's been on authorities' radar since last year and the precautions and new warning in the u.s. during the holidays. caught on camera, a semi truck swerving across several lanes of a highway. the driver falling out of the cab and now facing serious charges. plus, sparks fly. and fire shoots from a man's pants after an e-cigarette explodes.

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