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abc 7 news continues now online, on twitter, facebook and all of your mobile devices. >> our next news cast is at 4:30 tomorrow morning. that wraps it up for us. >> but we are still having fun. >> why stop? >> have a good night, dwayne the rock johnson is on jimmy kimmel. >> thanks, paul. coming up, more chaos in shopping malls across the country as police consider what role social media may be playing this these violent outbreaks.
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and also, carrie fisher's interview with our own amy robach. fisher's dog, gary, with his own starring role in that interview.
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pluggable febreze and fabric refresher [inhale + exhale mnemonic], two more ways to breathe happy a popular washington, d.c. yoga teacher who disappeared on christmas day has been found dead. trisha's body has been discovered in her car in front of a drugstore. a suspect has been arrested and charged with first degree murder. >> family and friends became alarmed when she failed to show up for holiday dinner.
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a suspect spotted by a man walking his dog. he recognized her vehicle and the suspect from a photo on social media. he notify the police. >> he's, like, hello, sir, how are you? and it just -- edgy, just really off or aggressive or out of it or something. >> police do not believe he actually knew the suspect or that they knew each other at all. the suspect was wanted in connection of a robbery where the car was located monday. he allegedly assaulted three store employees. she was also a local actress. there's been more violence at shopping malls after monday night's mayhem at more than a dozen of them. tuesday night's fighting was not as widespread here at the franklin mills mallel in philadelphia. fighting in the food court, similar to other incidents.
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four people arrested there. this week, police across the country are looking at what role social media plays in the disturbances. authorities say in some instances, posts on social media urged young people to go to the mall to witness a fight. and college football's bowl season rolls on. there are four more bowls on the schedule today. last night, it was minnesota facing washington state in the holiday bowl. >> the gophers took the lead in the third quarter when the receiver caught the ball in the end zone after tipped by a washington state defender. minnesota tacked down another touchdown for good measure. they won 17-12, just a few days after ten players were suspended amid a sexual assault investigation. and coming up, remembering carrie fisher with one of the most interesting interviews. >> the star and her constant companion giving a funny interview to abc's amy robach. that's next on "world news now." you don't want to miss it. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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so carrie fisher didn't have an easy life, a child of a short hollywood marriage, a drug abuser, had bipolar disorder, but despite that, friends recall her great sense of humor above anything else. >> her and her steady companion, gary, sat for an interview a year ago on "good morning america." >> carrie, thank you for being with us. >> look, i wouldn't be anywhere else at this hour, except on tv. >> well, i appreciate that. you brought along a friend. >> i did because his tongue matches the sweater. >> it's a good look. this is gary? >> this is gary, very, very famous on twitter. >> he likes looking at hichs. >> he really likes looking at himself. wouldn't you if you looked like that? >> he wears that tongue well. now, i understand that george lucas personally asked you to come back. did it take some convincing? >> no.
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i'm a female in hollywood. over the age of let's say 40, and then you could also say 50, so -- you could say it, but not with real conviction or excitement. you don't have to ask you if you want to work. you'll see someday. you'll be -- >> i'm over the age of 40. i hear ya. what was your reaction? >> i looked like that. no. you know, i -- you're going to do it, i've been princess leia for 40 years, so, what, i'm going to stop now? it's ridiculous to get someone else to play general leia? ridiculous. >> in a great way. tell me about how did you prepare to bring back -- did you prepare? you're scoffing at me. >> i got in character and i never got out again, and, really, i try everything. >> you're always going to look like princess leia. >> well, that would be really weird, and people say to you,
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this, i get, princess leia, like i'm supposed to, you know, yes? >> princess leia was -- >> yes. >> was such a strong -- >> oh. >> i get it, i get it. she was a strong female character back in the day. do you realize the role you were taking on at the time? >> i didn't know i was paving, glad to hear it now. thought i did other stuff. >> we did digging, finding a star wars clip of you, your audition, actually, with harrison ford. >> so sweet. >> can we watch it? >> please. >> let's take a look. >> safely delivered to my forces. you get your reward. >> what? >> you have my guarantee. >> you said you don't like watching yourself. >> no, that's okay. i'm 19, why wouldn't i like that? you like it less as you go along. i can't say that to you, but people that are normal that have other genes other than they don't like it as much. not that you have an advantage with a dna jackpot or anything.
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because i'm sure this is all, like, what, a plastic surgery? no. your parents made it well. please congratulate them. >> i will pass that along to them. >> thank you. >> gary's falling asleep. >> gary's bored as hell. could you imagine? >> his eyes are closing. we've lulled him to sleep. >> he has good taste. >> this is a low moment for my interviewing skills. i never had someone fall asleep in my interviewing -- >> that you know of! >> thank you! >> oh, that you know of. >> gary, a great asset to lighten the mood, and not only because of the cute face falling asleep egg during interviews, but he's also lightening the mood now when everyone's so sad with his twitter account, believe it or not. gary is very active on twitter and has not stopped now in light of fisher's loss. he tweeted today or yesterday rather, coolest dog ever posing with the coolest human ever.
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lasts 12 hours? start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. a lot of people, obviously, happy to see 2016 go by the wayside. >> quite a few. >> here in times square, there was an annual event that takes place in new york. >> such a great tradition. >> live picture of times square right now. it's quiet at this hour, but a little bit later on, people will be gathering for the good riddance day where you go down there, you go with all the stuff you want to get rid of for the year, write down the exboyfriend's name, all that other sort of stuff at the duffy square area there across from our studios in times square, and then they shred it and it's part of the confetti for the -- when the ball drops at midnight. it's sort of like you get rid of all of that. like last year at the same time, i went down there, wrote down my dignity, and it was shredded,
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explaining 2016. >> it's gone. >> yes. >> explains a lot. >> exactly. >> okay. >> there. you have that. >> okay. so some employeeing from a cabinet manufacturer in iowa are happy with their end of the year bonus, or at least part of the end of the year bonus. the boss is taking 800 employees on a caribbean cruise. and in case that's not enough, they are flying private. the president of the company says, we have four charter aircraft flying directly to miami on sunday. they are staying at a nice five-star hotel. >> nice. >> and then begins the cruise. they are headed to mexico and key west, florida. how cool. >> how do we sign up for that company? >> i know. i knew i should have gone into cabinet making. >> i had no idea. so, all right, so the holiday, you know, you're doing all your cooking, you're preparing for everything, and you have the turkey all ready.
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how about the family dog going in, finding the turkey, and going to town and eating the whole thing? . >> the whole thing? >> the whole thing. so this dog, 5-year-old bubba here, ate the whole thing, and this photo was posted as bubba is passed out after eating the whole bird. >> oh, bubba. >> the owners there of bubba, they were able to message other family members who were coming over and said, hey, listen to what bubba did. bubba is actually still asleep. >> i feel bubba's pain. that's how i look at the end of every thanksgiving. like that, on the carpet. >> that's what i look like after any given tuesday. another big belly this time of year, a couple came up with a creative way of documenting nine months of pregnancy, using time lapse to show the entire progress. very, very cool. is that acceptable to do for just the holiday?
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this morning, remembering carrie fisher. she burst on to the scene playing the iconic role of princess leia on "star wars." we'll take a look at her life and legacy and hear from her brother, one of the people who knew her best. breaking details of possible u.s. retaliation against russia for a role of hacking in the presidential election. the russians denied any responsibility, but now it seems president obama is set to act. new this half hour, a special visit creates a heart warming moment in a hospital. see the little boy who literally jumped out of bed to greet his football hero. see their once in a lifetime meeting coming up. later, look at unique parts of carrie fisher's life, some things many people didn't know about her, including her love
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life and plenty about her famous dog, gary. that's in the skinny on this wednesday, november 28th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we do say good morning to you, everybody, on this wednesday morning of the seems as if we start newscasts with this in 2016. >> it's sad. enough already. >> yes. this year has claimed another one. this one, carrie fisher, a big loss for hollywood. >> princess lela in star wars, 60 years old, dying days after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from london. >> child of hollywood royalty who struggled with drugs and bipolar disorder, wrote about her experiences, and fought to
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remove the stigma from mental illness. david wright has more about her life on and off the screen. >> this is our most desperate hour. help me, obi wan kenobi. you're my only hope. >> a long time ago in a galaxy far away, it was the cry for help that beamed carrie fisher to her place among the stars. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: fresh faced and full of the force, she stole hans solo's heart. she was unbelievably young as she told amy robach. >> i've been princess for over 40 years and never got out again. >> reporter: even before she was princess leia, carrie fisher was already hollywood royalty. the daughter of america's sweet heart, debbie reynolds, her father was eddie fisher who famously ended up dumping debbie reynolds to marry her best friend, elizabeth taylor. not an easy family to grow up in. >> somebody had to save our skins. >> reporter: fisher was the only female lead in the star wars trilogy, an action hero and love
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interest. >> who are you? >> someone who loves you. >> reporter: she played dozens of roles over 30 years including on "harry met sally," and "the blues brothers." in her personal life, she struggled. her love life tumultuous. her family life strained. her battle with drugs off and on. all of it chronicled in her book, "postcards from the edge" inspired by her own life and made into a movie starring meryl streep. >> i don't understand how i almost died. >> reporter: fisher returned to the spotlight in 2007 with amazon prime, plus, revamping her most famous role -- >> find luke and bring him home. >> reporter: now general leia leading the rebellion in the star wars reboot "the force
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awakens." her real life daughter even making an appearance by her side. and in her final scene as the iconic princess, her signoff all the more poignant now. >> may the force be with you. >> reporter: carrie fisher was 60 years old. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thank you. fisher's family was by her side when she passed away, and her mother is now expressing gratitude for everyone's prayers. >> fisher's younger brother, todd, reflected on their close relationship in an interview with kabc. >> do you think your sister knew how loved she was around the world based on what you've seen over the last few days? >> when she did these star wars comicon events, there was a lot of people who poured out their love and wanted to be with her just for a second. you saw it there. those are small moments compared
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to what's happened here, so, obviously, it's, i'm sure it's very, very gratifying in that regard. >> as you reflect back on the past few days, you have a great memory that floods in your head, gosh, i remember when carrie and i, blank. >> i was the younger brother. we were close friends. she drug me around the house like a doll, and whenever my mom caught her, like, no, that's your brother. he's real. he's not a toy. you know, so we've really been close our whole lives, and it's a very strange place to be looking at the world wous her. >> can't help but feel for the family now. her brother, todd, another glimpse of another side we never knew. much more about fisher coming up, including things few people know about someone who was nay mouse for her entire life. >> an interesting love life. stay tuned for that. we move on now, and apparently
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the white house could announce new sanctions to punish russia for hacking during the presidential election campaign. >> this morning's washington post reports the punishments will include economic sanctions. president obama pledged earlier this month that there would be a response to russian interference in the election. russia, though, denied wrong doing and president-elect trump said he doubts the accusations. >> trump now is still in florida at his home on vacation, but he's still active on twitter. >> the president-elect is congratulating himself saying the u.s. confidence index for december surged nearly four points to 113 preponderate 7, the highest level in more than 15 years. thanks, donald. and with more on trump's tweets, let's go over to abc's, mary bruce. >> reporter: donald trump still on vacation, but not taking a break from twitter, tweeting, president obama campaigned hard and personally in the very important swing states and lost. the voters wanted to make america great again. trump's digging in after president obama suggested he could have won.
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>> i think i could have mobilized the majority of the american people. >> reporter: trump's also taking credit for the economy, even before he takes the oath of office. boasting, the world was gloomy before i won. there was no hope. now the market is up nearly 10% and christmas spending over a trillion dollars, but lots of factors contribute to economic growth, employment is steadily growing under the obama administration, and after futures plunged on election night, the dow is up, but some experts caution that rally could be short lived. since winning, he's blasted out more than 200 tweets. a far cry from his promise. >> i'm going to be very restrained, if i use it at all, very restrained. >> reporter: incoming press secretary suggests the tweets are here to stay. >> the use of social media in particular is something never seen before. he has a direct pipeline to the american people. >> reporter: trump blasts the u.n. to condemn israeli settlements, calling it a club for people to get together, and republican lawmakers backing him up.
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>> we should seriously consider withholding all funds in the united nations until this anti-israel resolution is rescinded entirely. the democratic leader realizes his party has a problem that needs tackled. he reflected on the age of the party's bench, reid saying the democratic field of candidates looks like an old folks' home. abc news, mary bruce, the white house. >> mary, thank you. president obama is not holding back, no, and he's on vacation with his family in hawaii, but yesterday, he stepped away for a bit and was with japanese prime minister shinzo abe appearing together at pearl harbor in a show of reconciliation. he offered condolences to thousands of americans who died in the attack, but did not make a direct apology for it. >> amazon is calling 2016 the
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best ever for holiday sales. the online retail giant sold more than a billion items this holiday season. amazing there. the echo home assistant and the smaller version, ecodot, were the best seller list. sales of the devices were nine times more than the previous season. and some dogs will be making a splash on monday's tournament of the roses parade. eight of them, including coppertone, that you see there, riding the waves on a 125-foot float. a team of volunteers created a base with more than a quarter of a million flowers for that. >> wow. that's cool. the float features a pool filled with 50,000 pounds of water. there's a wave machine producing a new wave every 45 seconds. the float features an underwater view with fish and coral. it's already won, like, my vote. >> i just wish they had more attention to detail. >> well, yeah, maybe there's roses as well. >> lacking details.
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>> might be flowers on the float. >> reporter: digging out across the wide part of the middle of the country. lots of people set for snow on the way as well. >> what you didn't know about fisher's little known accomplishments for someone being famous her whole life.> w fisher's little known accomplishments for someone being famous her whole life. that's in the skinny. stay with us. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" weather brought to you by unitedhealthcare. you may think you can put off checking out your medicare options until you're sixty-five, but now is a good time to get the ball rolling. keep in mind, medicare only covers about eighty percent of part b medical costs. the rest is up to you. that's where aarp medicare supplement insurance plans insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company come in.
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strong winds in southern california uprooted trees and power lines and did that to a truck. holy cow. this eucalyptus fell on a house. thankfully nobody home at the time, but they came home to quite a scene. >> digging out in the dakotas after the major snowstorm earlier this week. bismarck inches away from setting a record of snowfall. they got 43.5 inches already this year. crews working to restore power for thousands. that's saying a lot for bismarck, holy cow. george michael's family said they have been touched beyond words by the outpouring of love for the singer. fans are still leaving tributes outside the home in london and in the english countryside. >> likely we won't know a cause of death until next month. the spokesman says heart failure, but this photo shows a
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battle with drug use may have contributed as well. >> i've spent much of the last is 15-20 years trying to derail my own career because it never seems to suffer. i suffer like crazy. i suffer all around it. >> there's no word on funeral arrangements of george michael including whether it will be public or previous. well, we know what caused the death of comedian and actor gary seven months ago. >> autopsy results reveal he died after a blood clot formed in the legs and traveled to the lungs. he had complained of leg pain and shortness of breath the day before he died, and he told friends he planned to see a doctor. >> and nfl quarterback cam newton made a christmas wish come true for a young man. 10-year-old austin has a rare heart condition. the carolina's quarterback made a visit one day before austin is set to undergo a risky procedure. >> the elementary schoolteacher mentioned his wish on social media last week. newton heard about it and just stopped by tuesday. he said he got something special out of it as well. >> oh, that's pretty cool moment. look how excited the kid was.
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>> i love these videos. i can't get enough of the little kids -- just at such a and then such a high point. >> absolutely. when we come back, there was so much more to carrie fisher than princess lea. >> what you don't know. the skinny's next. "wo
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> "the skinny," as you probably can imagine, is dedicated to carrie fisher this morning. she was famous for her entire life, but there are still many things you probably didn't know about her. let's start with her life, love life. >> oh, yeah. she was married to singer/song writer paul simon for about a year. but here is the thing. even after they divorced, they continued to date for eight years. >> they were the original conscious uncoupling. >> or recoupling. >> something along those lines. in her book, fisher wrote, if you could get paul simon to write a song about you, do it because he's so inspiring. >> not cecelia? >> no, no.
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that's about somebody hopefully named cecelia. >> another romance, by the way, fibber almost married dan aykro aykroyd. they were engaged. apparently saved her life while choking. >> their relationship lasted two years. after her death, aykroyd tweeted out, our beautiful, brilliant, funny, wise, kind and generous blues sister. so ironic. christmas carrie's favorite thing next to babies. so dan aykroyd reacting, as well, to the death of someone that he noou very well. who knew that they had that sort of relationship? >> and she clearly was able to keep a very high level of affection with her excess. paul simon so much that they kept dating. dan aykroyd that he had such positive things to say about her, even though they didn't actually end up getting married. >> apparently the heimlich is the key to good relationships.
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>> let me get that for you. he was talking about babies and christmas time and her favorite things, and now she did have one baby of her own, and the daughter's father left her to marry a man, billy lord was born in 1992. fisher refers to her as her, quote, most extraordinary creation and her witty writing sparkled in billy's birth announcements. >> here is what she wrote at the time. >> someone summered in my stomach, someone's fallen through my legs. to make an infant omelet simply scramble sperm and eggs. so fisher wrote books, plays, and movies, and was what is known as a script doctor, someone who anonymously fixes plays, movies, and tv shows. she polished the dialogue for "star wars" episodes one, two, and three. >> she did a lot behind the scenes. >> she did. >> even carrie fisher's dog was famous in later years. she took gary, a french bulldog, an adorable face with the tongue always out, she took him everywhere. >> yeah.
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he was a therapy dog for her, and even to interviews such as this one last year with amy on "good morning america." >> gary's bored as hell, can you imagine? >> his eyes are closing. we've actually lulled him to sleep with our conversation. this is o low moment for me in my interview. >> i never had anyone fall asleep in my interview. >> that you know of. >> thank you. >> her timing, right there. >> such a great sense of humor, and since her death, gary, has been trying to keep everyone's spirits up. sending out several tweets, one after another, this one, he sent a photo of himself with his master expressing his affection for her, saying the best to all of you, and her fans replied. >> speaking of tweets, she tweeted using emojis and her ability was next level, using them overseas, including this one from belgium. >> reads, gary on the street. you could tell, right? yep.
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throughout the morning, fisher had many roles in the entertainment industry, but none quite as iconic as princess leia from "star wars." >> no doubt. she talked about what it meant to her and other women with david muir. >> what do you think? >> the parts where i'm in it are distressing, but everything else is really great. >> when they hear the parts with leia are distressing -- >> i got older, and no one told me, and then they put me on a screen really, really big and high def. i had a round face, and they asked me to lose ten pounds because they thought it was in my face. >> at 19 years old, they told
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you to lose weight for a film -- >> you want to hide. on set, you think they say, oh, you didn't lose it. bring in jodi foster. >> reporter: at one point, you wanted to play hans solo. >> now that's true. that's the best character. >> you still feel that way? >> i'm glad the female can yell at the men. >> you hear nothing? you're braver than i thought. >> reporter: from star wars to empire strikes back and the most famous scenes of all. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: the famous moment, where you say, i love you. >> i know. >> that's what he says. >> i know. >> reporter: would he say that today? >> yeah, he would. >> still a wise guy? >> he is still a wise guy, but what we've all been through, like, trying to get it together. >> reporter: you said princess leia got famous, i just happened to look like her. >> yes.
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now we look like each other. >> you do? >> yeah. >> she looks like carrie fisher, and i look like leia. i'm still princess leia, it doesn't go away when they say "cut." i'm her, she's in me. >> reporter: what do you say to all the little girls out there who were inspired by princess leia? >> she could do anything, she could do what she can do and do what she can. >> if you're associated role, you can do a lot worse. >> the most famous man this morning in her life, gary, the dog you saw there in the interview next to her. >> she takes him everywhere, and, oh, we love it. don't miss updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. this is abc's world news now, informing insomniacs for two decades
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good morning, i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm diane macedo. here's the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now. carrie fisher remembered for her roles and activism and wit. she was 60 when she died in a los angeles hospital after suffering a heart attack. president-elect donald trump takes credit for the economy before taking the oath of office, tweeting, thank, donald, after a key gauge of consumer confidence surged. police say teenaged boredom and social media are partly to blame for violence unfolding in shopping malls around the country. the latest was just last night at this mall in philadelphia. four people were arrested. after years of denials, russian officials made a stunning admission about doping, telling the "new york times" it was systemic and included the
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entire olympic movement. officials, however, say, it was not sponsored. these are some of the stories we're following on this wednesday, december 28th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone. we start this half hour, of course, with the life and the death of carrie fisher. so many people remembering her. she's gone at the young age of 60. >> she died in los angeles four days after suffering a heart attack, triggering outpouring of condolences from a league of fans. she left her mark as princess leia, but her legacy stretches far beyond "star wars." here's more. >> reporter: best known as the iconic princess leia in star
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wars, carrie fisher passed away, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy. >> she was princess leia, and she was the first real great science fiction hero. before her, there was no one else. >> reporter: born hollywood royalty, she was the movie star of debbie ren nods, and she starred in shampoo, and two years later, known to the world starring opposite harrison ford in the original trilogy, a role reprised in 2014's the force awakens. in between, she appeared in movies like "when harry met sally." more than an actress, she was an accomplished writer, penning books including "postcards from the edge" adapted into a movie. >> she was a noted script doctor, a go-to people to fix a script to add humor. >> reporter: she opened up about perm struggles with drug addiction and bipolar disorder. >> losing your mind, which is what happened, is a terrible thing. once it's gone, it's fine. >> reporter: she was briefly married to singer paul simon in the '80s and had a daughter in
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the 90s with brian lord. she was known for her humor, and said her star wars role was the one she could never shake. >> when people say this, i get princess leia, like i'm supposed to go, yes? >> reporter: hollywood stars expressing memories and condolences from george lucas, harrison ford and mark hammill to the actors behind chewbacca and darth vader. they called her funny, brilliant, and one of a kind. kendis, diane? >> lauren, thanks. we heard her mention fisher was sought after for her writing skills. people don't realize how much she did behind the scenes. >> we spoke with our entertainment correspondent about that. >> she would take scripts and punch them up, add humor, whatever they needed, scripts
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like hook or sister act, the wedding singer, and she did this, if you look on the imbd page, she's not credit with a lot of this stuff. she didn't need the spotlight. growing up the daughter of reynolds, she was in spotlight there, thrust in the spotlight so early, overwhelmed with that spotlight, as much as she -- there was an inspiration to other girls, that made her unsecure, being out there, you know, exposed in the bikini. she knew her power, but for a 19-year-old girl, it made her insecure. she chose to go behind the scenes, write a lot of stuff. she didn't need her name on it. >> carrie fisher revealed her most personal struggles in a run on broadway a few years ago, and we'll take a look at her one-woman show coming up. we'll move on right now to the other big story we're following. we could learn as soon as this week how the white house plans to punish russia for interfering
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in the u.s. elections. >> reporter: president obama pledged earlier this month that there would be a response to russian interference in the election. russia denied wrong doing, and president-elect trump says he doubts the accusations. to police in washington, d.c., trying to find the motive behind the murder of a popular yoga teacher who went missing christmas day. her body discovered in georgetown. and as wjla's tim barber reports, police have charged a suspect with first degree murder. >> reporter: a spiritual memorial filled with love. for a spiritual person who was loved deeply. >> those of us touched by her and got to experience her love and caring will carry that forward on her behalf. >> reporter: trisha macaulay's friends call that trisha's light, which illuminated every aspect of her life. from the yoga studio where she
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taught to the washington stage guild where she brought her enthusiasm to more than a dozen roles. >> loss of any of us, particularly one with a lot of talent like trisha is a blow. >> reporter: anne norton said her imagination ran wild when disappearing on christmas. the 46-year-old failed to show up to a dinner and missed a flight to visit her family. tuesday, investigators found her body in the trunk of her car, allegedly stolen by 29-year-old adrian dwyane johnson, just charged with murder. >> to have your worse imaginations coming true is a a very particular nightmare. >> reporter: her friends are channelling grief into love. the same love she used to brighten their lives. >> it's hard to believe that the world is a darker place without that. >> reporter: this is tim barber for abc news, washington, d.c. >> thank you. bird lovers around the world are keeping their eye on a couple of eagles this morning,
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more importantly, what they have in their nest. >> the american bald eagle pair calls ft. myers, florida, home. this is a live feed of the parents who take turns sitting on the nest. take a look here. it is riveting. >> that's a still. they are keeping the eggs warm. >> this is a live feed. >> that's the live feed? >> they moved. >> there was movement. they just -- >> takes 35 days for an eagle to hatch. the due date is somewhere between christmas and -- oh, there was movement. >> yeah. >> there was movement. >> a little. >> yes. >> this could happen anywhere between christmas and new year's, so we could be waiting a while for a little eagle hatchling. >> we'll keep an eye on that. >> very cool. >> it is fascinating. people around the world are watching this camera, and do you blame them? >> should we keep it going for the rest of the show? >> we'll see. coming up, security ramps up
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in times square ahead of the annual new year's eve party. like other big events, authorities are not taking any chances. we promised a special report if the eagle hatches at some point in the newscast. a lot of people ready for times square, of course, more on fisher, and talking about backing away from hell and hearing the angels sing. she'll explain. >> first, take a look at today's temps. "world news now" weather brought to you by fisher investments.
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united nations secretary general ban ki moon who leaves united nations secretary general ban ki moon who leaves office midnight saturday night presses a button saturday to start the times square countdown to the new year. >> the ball dropped in new york city in times square is now in place. there's a new design this year with thousands of waterford crystals. >> this is going to be 2,688 of these panels that cloud this year's 5 ton ball, 12 feet in diameter. it's amazing to think that the celebrations began in 1908 when the ball was just a couple hundred points in weight but 100 screw-in light bulbs. and today, 230 leads. >> the first time square was made of iron, wood, and included
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25 watt light bulbs. this year's design is called the gift of kindness. changed a little bit. >> sent out smoke signals for the first one as well to know -- >> pigeons too. >> exactly. the celebration it expected, of course, to draw a large crowd as normal with tighter security as it normally does. >> the police say there's no response to any specific threat, but common sense given recent events. here's more now. >> reporter: kendis, diane, good morning. the early estimate right now is a crowd of some 1 million people in times square this weekend to ring in the new year, and the nypd, well, they say they are preparing to keep everyone safe. new york city's times square usually packed with tourist, year round is about to get a lot busier with this year's giant ball, now in position for the big party, just days away. the nypd also gearing up for the
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main event. >> in light of what we experienced in this country and the attacks we've witnessed overseas, law enforcement has to take every situation seriously. >> reporter: the vigilance comes a week after a joint security bulletin expressed concern noting there's no specific, credible threat against the times square new year's eve 2017 celebration, but the presence of a large number of spectators represents opportunities for a mass-casualty event." >> even a person with no direct ties to a terrorist organization can still represent a threat to this country. >> reporter: law enforcement around the world still on high alert after the truck attack in berlin last week that killed 12 and injured dozens more. in times square this weekend, security will be the city's top priority with sanitation trucks used to block streets during the macy's thanks giving day parade, expected to make a return as well as officers in tactical gear armed with rifles and other layers of protection, the public will not see. police are asking revelers to do
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their part not just in new york city, but at celebrations throughout the country to stay alert and vigilant. >> elizabeth hur, thank you. we should kick back to the -- >> as millions will be watching, but millions more are more keen on what's happening in fort myers. >> absolutely. >> at this hour. >> two eagles taking turns sitting on, i believe, two eggs. >> yeah. >> that the world is watching, waiting to hatch. thing is, it could happen anywhere between christmas and new year's. >> live team coverage straight ahead. >> we could be here for a little while. want to know the eagles' names? >> no. >> harriet and m15. >> that's a little weird. it is florida. we'll be back. "world news now" continues after this from our abc statio
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friends, colleagues, and fans mourn the death of fisher at the age of 60, four days after she reportedly suffered a heart attack aboard a flight from london. >> byron pitts with more. >> you're my only hope. >> reporter: carrie fisher born into a hollywood royal family 60 years ago. >> reporter: carrie fisher born into a hollywood royal family 60 years ago. in beverly hills. the daughter of on debbie reynolds and eddie fisher.
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but it was the iconic role of pren sess leia that cat ultimated her to super stardom. fisher's struggle with the sex symbol label bestowed on her after a metallic bikini scene in the return of the jedi. >> if you're in a slave outfit, make sure a giant slug forces you to do it and that you're 23. >> reporter: her life punk waited with struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction. >> i'm mentally ill. i have a chemical imbalance that in its most extreme state will lead me to a mental hospital. >> reporter: she said it was her mental illness that fueled her drug abuse. >> each day, you'd wake up, decided what you needed that day in order to feel what? >> less. just feel less. >> carrie fisher was important on screen for embodying an iconic character, but offscreen, she was very important for coming out and talking about her
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fight with being bipolar with drugs, addiction, and rehab, and i think that demystified problems, and made it acceptable for people to say, yes, i have a problem with addiction. >> reporter: she channelled her own story of struggle into creative work. her book, tale of an actress hooked on pills, turned into a movie stars meryl streep. she dove into wishful drinking. >> i was invited to go to a mental hospital, and -- well you don't want to be rude, right? so you go. >> reporter: she also battled the stigma of mental illness offscreen. she earned the award for activism this year. she had a marriage to musical legend, paul simon, his songs "hearts and bones" inspired by their relationship. later, a relationship with hollywood agent brian lord.
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but last year, she delighted "star wars" fans rekindling her on screen bond with harrison ford in the force awakens. >> you changed your hair. >> it's the same jacket. >> i love this. >> reporter: this is a blog dedicated to women in s science fiction. >> she was the only role model we had as little girls in the '70s. they were decoration, draped over the hero. 14 woman stood up to darth vader, fixed her own rescue. >> reporter: that legacy, bush says, lives on. >> seeing leia changed my entire life, and i think that little girls decades from now watching episode four are going to fall in love with her just the way i did. >> reporter: tonight, an outpouring of grief from fisher's costars.
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mark hammel tweeting, no words, devastated. director george lucas, creator of "star wars," said in a statement, in star wars, she was a great powerful princess, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people think. and bosh iger, ceo and chairman of disney said, millions fell in love with her as the princess leia. she'll always have a special place in the hearts of "star wars" fans. >> some things never change. >> true. you still drive me crazy. >> reporter: in july, fisher finished filming the eighth installment of star wars, currently in post production. in the meantime, she will no doubt be remembered by legions of star wars fans with that iconic line -- >> may the force be with you. >> that final installment or the next installment of star wars saga premiers next december. >> we will still see more of carrie fisher.
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staying clear of germs while recovering. her kids are making sure of it. >> i spray her down with lysol daily. >> reporter: with their new kidney transplants, that he are getting a new start at life. >> hundred times better. like, i could just feel the difference. >> you know, i'm slowly getting around right now, but i feel better than i felt in years. >> reporter: that new start was made possible by each other. drew's sister wasn't an exact match for drew and sheila's daughter wasn't an exact match for sheila. >> a couple people tried to match with her, but like they said, it was like finding a needle in a haystack. >> reporter: they were connected through a cross donor program because each family was an exact match for the other. >> elizabeth, my coordinator, said, call your brother, we found a match. >> reporter: the family swapped kidneys, and in doing so, save both the life of a loved one and the life of a stranger. >> you know, with so much going on in the world and, you know, division and hatred, this is a prime example how love trumps it all.
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they are family now. >> reporter: in giving they received more. a new start for their family, and lifelong friends. >> she is making plans to go and watch him play pool in vegas. >> if i do go, i'm holding them to it. >> reporter: ktc, tv3. >> a wonderful story, especially this time of year. >> it is, isn't it? but another wonderful story. >> yeah? >> the eagles expecting in florida. it looked like a new position. >> they moved. >> a new position. that's right, mom and dad, eagles taking turns sitting on the eggs. >> oh. >> the world's watching. you thought, but no. >> the world is watching. >> still just laying there >> still just laying there. .
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this morning on "world news now", a princess loss, the actress who brought princess leia to life. fans remembering everything that made her unique. hearing from those who knew her well and fisher's own words. snow on the move. northern plains and upper midwest are digging out after a big storm, but now another one is making its way all across the country. the forecast from accuweather coming up. new details about the death of a popular yoga instructor. her body discovered in her own car. the man who called police and the suspect in custody. carrie fisher was always good for a laugh, and we go to a fun interview she did with our very own amy robach. it's considered one of carrie's best ever. stay with us on this wednesday,
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december 28th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning to you all. we begin this half hour with condolences pouring in for iconic "star wars" actress carrie fisher, dead at the age of 60. >> she died four days after suffering a heart attack on the flight. her mother, you see her there, debbie reynolds, thanks fans for embracing her daughter's gifts and talents. >> and mark hammel tweeted, no words, #devastated. we begin this morning with matt gutman. >> reporter: the world mourning carrie fisher who won so many battles as princess leia, but lost the final one in an l.a. hospital. she was loved by the world, and she'll be missed profoundly. this statement released on behalf of her daughter, billy lord. lord was a late in life child,
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recently posted these portraits of instagram. fisher, who was 60, recently filmed the final star wars installment and returned from promoting her new memoir in london when she collapsed on the flight home to los angeles. she reportedly stopped breathing 15 minutes before landing. fisher, in cardiac arrest, passengers trying desperately to resuscitate her. luke's skywalker's spirited sister leaves behind a brother, todd fisher, a daughter and her mother, the hollywood great debbie reynolds. dancing together 15 years ago. reynolds thanking fisher's legions of fan for the thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. >> we're a very tight family, as small as we are. my mother is very strong right now and we're all together mow at this point. >> reporter: fisher being celebrated for imparting on to
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the fictional leia her real life feistiness. >> you're braver than i thought. >> lucas noting, her ground breaking role served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. and her lover in the series that she said on the set harrison ford, remembers her as funny and emotionally fearless. she lived her life bravely. the two exchanging this poignant scene. >> i've always hated watching you leave. >> that's why i did it. so you'd miss me. >> reporter: bob iger, chairman of disney, abc news parent company, remembering fisher like so many as one of a kind. the outpouring has been enormous over carrie fisher's death, perhaps because it was so sudden, perhaps because she was so young. her work appealing across generations and many saying they felt personally they lost a
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friend. spielberg writing she didn't need the force. carrie was a force of nature, of loyalty and friendship. matt gutman, abc news, hollywood, california. >> thanks to matt there. fisher was, as you may know, open about her struggles with not only addiction, but mental illness. >> she actually turned her real life battles into witty books, a film, even a one-woman show. we have abc news entertainment correspondent jason nathanson on the phone with us now. jason, good morning to you. >> good morning, diane. >> so by her own admission, fisher had her own demons. how did that impact her work in hollywood? sounds like as much as she could, she turned them into positives. >> absolutely. she used that to share with the audience and create something in her memoirs, in her one-woman show in the scripts she wrote, something very human and very honest, something that everybody could connect with. and she was able to go to a darker, funnier place than a lot of people. a lot of her writing is very funny.
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she was very funny herself. and like a lot of people, like a robin williams or many comics, there's a darkness inside them. that's where that funniness comes from, through the pain comes the humor. that was definitely true for her. >> and it was obvious she had quite an impact in front of the cameras through her many movie roles. but also, i guess, a few fans realized she was also quite impactful behind the scenes. >> she was. she was what's called a script doctor here in hollywood. she took scripts and punched them up adding humor, whatever they needed. scripts like "hook" or "sister act," and "the wedding singer". looking on her imbd page, she's not credited for a lot of this stuff. she didn't need the spotlight. growing up as the daughter of recommends, she was in the spotlight there, thrust in the spotlight at age 19 overwhelmed with that spotlight. as much as she was an inspiration to other girls, that made her very insecure, being out there, exposed in that metal bikini and everything.
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she knew the power she had, but for a 19-year-old girl, it made her kind of on insecure. so she chose to go behind the scenes, write a lot of stuff. she didn't need her name on it. >> something that made her secure was having her side kick with her, gary, the dog. she took him to red carpets, took him to interviews. he's kind of become a celebrity in his own right. talk about his role in her life. >> caller: yeah. he was her therapy dog. she was bipolar and dealt with that, and the mental issues, and he helped her. he became a big star last year after the whole press tour for "the force awakens." we had not seen her out on press tour, you know, and we had not seen her with this dog and out comes this french bulldog with the floppy tongue that would not go in his mouth, and so he became a fixture. he was always with her. and then, you know, we've been getting a lot of reaction to her death today. when she fell ill last week, the dog, who has a twitter account,
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he tweeted, i'm still here waiting for you, mommy. and then when she died, he tweeted again and he said, i will always be by your side, but best of all, you are always by mine. and i've got to say, i could get the reaction from her daughter or her mother, it's the dog that really made me tear up. >> it's kind of sweet. it's just sad, too, to have his sweet face to put a smile on all of our faces. >> we'll see more of gary later on in this half hour, but we're also going to see carrie on screen several more times. it's going to be rough. correct? >> yes, we will. there's another star wars movie coming out next year, episode eight. she has already filmed that. she finished filming that in july. you know, we heard reports that princess leia has a bigger role this time around, so that will be her swan song next year this time around. i'm sure the actors in that movie will be talking about her role, as well.
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there's a tv series for amazon she's in. she has a guest starring role on "catastrophe." she was actually in london filming that. that's when she came back here from london to l.a. and fell ill on that flight. she just finished that up. there's also an hbo documentary about her and her mom that is supposed to be out next year. >> looking forward to that documentary coming out. >> as are many fans, no doubt. jason, thank you so much. later in the half hour, we're going to have some of what's been called one of carrie's most entertaining interview ever. that's coming up later in this half hour. >> truly was an entertaining interview. i watched all six minutes of it. moving on to president-elect donald trump on vacation in florida now, but he's not taking a twitter break. >> oh, no. he's also not waiting to take office before taking credit for some gains in the economy. trump tweeted yesterday, quote, the u.s. consumer confidence index for december surged nearly
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four points to 113.7, the highest level in more than 15 years. thanks, donald. that was donald trump thanking -- >> oh, humble brag. >> thanking himself, just to be clear. and president obama and japanese prime minister shinzo abe made a historic appearance yesterday at pearl harbor. abe did not apologize for the attack that killed hundreds of americans, but conceded japan, quote, must never repeat the horrors of war again. as a show of respect to the american war dead, the two leaders dropped purple petals into the water and stood in silence. overseas right now, and for the first time, russian officials are admitting to widespread doping during the entire olympic movement, including the 2014 winter games in sochi. the antidoping agency described it as an institutional conspiracy, according it an extensive report in the "new york times." the lab director reportedly tampered with urine samples at the olympics and provided cocktails of performance enhancing drugs.
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officials say it was not state sponsored. utility crews busy in the upper midwest restoring power after the major storm this week. it could take several more days before everyone in south dakota gets their lights back. >> and another part of the country could soon see severe storms. accuweather's paul williams is here with the forecast. paul. >> good morning, diane, kendis. by late week, things are going to go from right side up to upside down, as my grandmother used to say. snow showers become a big problem in the northeast with blizzards conditions and nearly two feet of snow. lake effect snow from the lakes with a shot of cold air from canada dropping temperatures dramatically throughout the ohio valley region. dry air throughout the southeast, but bracing for more thunderstorms. and another set of thunderstorms and showers make some flood potential storms in the southwest. >> thanks, paul. coming up, more chaos in shopping malls across the country as police consider what role social media may be playing this these violent outbreaks. and also, carrie fisher's interview with our own amy
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robach. fisher's dog, gary, with his own starring role in that interview. his own starring role in that interview.
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pluggable febreze and fabric refresher [inhale + exhale mnemonic], two more ways to breathe happy a popular washington, d.c. a popular washington, d.c. yoga teacher who disappeared on christmas day has been found dead. trisha macaulay's body has been sdorved in her car in front of a drugstore. a suspect has been arrested and charged with first degree murder. >> family and friends became
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alarmed when she failed to show up for holiday dinner. a suspect spotted by a man walking his dog. he recognized her vehicle and the suspect from a photo on social media. he notify the police. >> he's like, hello, sir, how are you? and it just -- edgy, just really off or aggressive or out of it or something. >> police do not believe he actually knew the suspect or that they knew each other at all. the suspect was wanted in connection of a robbery where the car was located monday. he allegedly assaulted three store employees. she was also a local actress. there's been more violence at shopping malls after monday night's mayhem at more than a dozen of them. tuesday night's fighting was not as widespread here at the franklin mills mallel in philadelphia. fighting in the food court, similar to other incidents. four people arrested there. this week, police across the country are looking at what role social media plays in the
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disturbances. authorities say in some instances, posts on social media urged young people to go to the mall to witness a fight. and college football's bowl season rolls on. there are four more bowls on the schedule today. last night, it was minnesota facing washington state in the holiday bowl. >> the gophers took the lead in the third quarter when the receiver caught the ball in the end zone after tipped by a washington state defender. minnesota tacked down another touchdown for good measure. they won 17-12, just a few days after ten players were suspended amid a sexual assault investigation. and coming up, remembering carrie fisher with one of the most interesting interviews. >> the star and her constant companion giving a funny interview to abc's amy robach. that's next on "world news now." you don't want to miss it. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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so carrie fisher didn't have an easy life, a child of a short so carrie fisher didn't have an easy life, a child of a short hollywood marriage, a drug abuser, had bipolar disorder, but despite that, friends recall her great sense of humor above anything else. >> her and her steady companion, gary, sat for an interview a year ago on "good morning america." >> carrie, thank you for being with us. >> look, i wouldn't be anywhere else at this hour, except on tv. >> well, i appreciate that. you brought along a friend. >> i did because his tongue matches the sweater. >> it's a good look. this is gary? >> this is gary, very, very famous on twitter. >> he likes looking at hichs. >> he really likes looking at himself. wouldn't you if you looked like that? >> he wears that tongue well. now, i understand that george lucas personally asked you to come back. did it take some convincing?
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>> no. i'm a female in hollywood. over the age of let's say 40, and then you could also say 50, so -- you could say it, but not with real conviction or excitement. you don't have to ask you if you want to work. you'll see someday. you'll be -- >> i'm over the age of 40. i hear ya. what was your reaction? >> i looked like that. no. you know, i -- you're going to do it, i've been princess leia for 40 years, so, what, i'm going to stop now? it's ridiculous to get someone else to play general leia? ridiculous. >> in a great way. tell me about how did you prepare to bring back -- did you prepare? you're scoffing at me. >> i got in character and i never got out again, and, really, i try everything. >> you're always going to look like princess leia. >> well, that would be really weird, and people say to you,
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this, i get, princess leia, like i'm supposed to, you know, yes? >> princess leia was -- >> yes. >> was such a strong -- >> oh. >> i get it, i get it. she was a strong female character back in the day. do you realize the role you were taking on at the time? >> i didn't know i was paving, glad to hear it now. thought i did other stuff. >> we did digging, finding a star wars clip of you, your audition, actually, with harrison ford. >> so sweet. >> can we watch it? >> please. >> let's take a look. >> safely delivered to my forces. you get your reward. >> what? >> you have my guarantee. >> you said you don't like watching yourself. >> no, that's okay. i'm 19, why wouldn't i like that? you like it less as you go along. i can't say that to you, but people that are normal that have
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other genes other than they don't like it as much. not that you have an advantage with a dna jackpot or anything. because i'm sure this is all, like, what, a plastic surgery? no. your parents made it well. please congratulate them. >> i will pass that along to them. >> thank you. >> gary's falling asleep. >> gary's bored as hell. could you imagine? >> his eyes are closing. we've lulled him to sleep. >> he has good taste. >> this is a low moment for my interviewing skills. i never had someone fall asleep in my interviewing -- >> that you know of! >> thank you! >> oh, that you know of. >> gary, a great asset to lighten the mood, and not only because of the cute face falling asleep egg during interviews, but he's also lightening the mood now when everyone's so sad with his twitter account, believe it or not. gary is very active on twitter and has not stopped now in light of fisher's loss. he tweeted today or yesterday rather, coolest dog ever posing with the coolest human ever. r.i.p. carrie fisher. .ip carrie fisher. .p carrie fis. .
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when just one mucinex lasts 12 hours? start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. a lot of people, obviously, happy to see 2016 go by the wayside. >> quite a few. >> here in times square, there wa a lot of people, obviously, happy to see 2016 go by the wayside. >> quite a few. >> here in times square, there was an annual event that takes place in new york. >> such a great tradition. >> live picture of times square right now. it's quiet at this hour, but a little bit later on, people will be gathering for the good riddance day where you go down there, you go with all the stuff you want to get rid of for the year, write down the ex-boyfriend's name, all that other sort of stuff at the duffy square area there across from our studios in times square, and then they shred it and it's part of the confetti for the -- when the ball drops at midnight. it's sort of like you get rid of all of that. like last year at the same time, i went down there, wrote down my dignity, and it was shredded, explaining 2016. >> it's gone.
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>> yes. >> explains a lot. >> exactly. >> okay. >> there. you have that. >> okay. so some employeeing from a cabinet manufacturer in iowa are happy with their end of the year bonus, or at least part of the end of the year bonus. the boss is taking 800 employees on a caribbean cruise. and in case that's not enough, they are flying private. the president of the company says, we have four charter aircraft flying directly to miami on sunday. they are staying at a nice five-star hotel. >> nice. >> and then begins the cruise. they are headed to mexico and key west, florida. how cool. >> how do we sign up for that company? >> i know. i knew i should have gone into cabinet making. >> i had no idea. so, all right, so the holiday, you know, you're doing all your cooking, you're preparing for everything, and you have the turkey all ready. how about the family dog going in, finding the turkey, and going to town and eating the whole thing? >> the whole thing? >> the whole thing.
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so this dog, 5-year-old bubba here, ate the whole thing, and this photo was posted as bubba is passed out after eating the whole bird. >> oh, bubba. >> the owners there of bubba, they were able to message other family members who were coming over and said, hey, listen to what bubba did. bubba is actually still asleep. >> i feel bubba's pain. that's how i look at the end of every thanksgiving. like that, on the carpet. >> that's what i look like after any given tuesday. another big belly this time of year, a couple came up with a creative way of documenting nine months of pregnancy, using time lapse to show the entire progress. very, very cool. is that acceptable to do for just the holiday? really? that's us over the course of a weekends.
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this morning, remembering carrie fisher. she burst on to the scene playing the iconic role of princess leia on "star wars." we'll take a look at her life and legacy and hear from her brother, one of the people who knew her best. breaking details of possible u.s. retaliation against russia for its role of hacking in the presidential election. the russians denied any responsibility, but now it seems president obama is set to act. new this half hour, a special visit creates a heart warming moment in a hospital. see the little boy who literally jumped out of bed to greet his football hero. see their once in a lifetime meeting coming up. later, look at unique parts of carrie fisher's life, some things many people didn't know about her, including her love
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life and plenty about her famous dog, gary. that's in the skinny on this wednesday, november 28th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we do say good morning to you, everybody, on this wednesday morning of the seems as if we start newscasts with this in 2016. >> it's sad. enough already. >> yes. this year has claimed another one. this one, carrie fisher, a big loss for hollywood. >> princess lela in star wars, 60 years old, dying days after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from london. >> child of hollywood royalty who struggled with drugs and bipolar disorder, wrote about her experiences, and fought to remove the stigma from mental illness. david wright has more about her life on and off the screen. >> this is our most desperate hour. help me, obi wan kenobi.
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you're my only hope. >> a long time ago in a galaxy far away, it was the cry for help that beamed carrie fisher to her place among the stars. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: fresh faced and full of the force, she stole hans solo's heart. she was unbelievably young as she told amy robach. >> i've been princess for over 40 years and never got out again. >> reporter: even before she was princess leia, carrie fisher was already hollywood royalty. the daughter of america's sweet heart, debbie reynolds, her father was eddie fisher who famously ended up dumping debbie reynolds to marry her best friend, elizabeth taylor. not an easy family to grow up in. >> somebody had to save our skins. >> reporter: fisher was the only female lead in the star wars trilogy, an action hero and love
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interest. >> who are you? >> someone who loves you. >> reporter: she played dozens of roles over 30 years including on "harry met sally," and "the blues brothers." in her personal life, she struggled. her love life tumultuous. her family life strained. her battle with drugs off and on. all of it chronicled in her book, "postcards from the edge" inspired by her own life and made into a movie starring meryl streep. >> i don't understand how i almost died. >> reporter: fisher returned to the spotlight in 2007 with amazon prime, plus, revamping her most famous role -- >> find luke and bring him home. >> reporter: now general leia leading the rebellion in the star wars reboot "the force awakens." her real life daughter even making an appearance by her side.
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and in her final scene as the iconic princess, her signoff all the more poignant now. >> may the force be with you. >> reporter: carrie fisher was 60 years old. david wright, abc news, new york. >> david, thank you. fisher's family was by her side when she passed away, and her mother is now expressing gratitude for everyone's prayers. >> fisher's younger brother, todd, reflected on their close relationship in an interview with kabc. >> do you think your sister knew how loved she was around the world based on what you've seen over the last few days? >> when she did these star wars comicon events, there was a lot of people who poured out their love and wanted to be with her just for a second. you saw it there. those are small moments compared to what's happened here, so, obviously, it's, i'm sure it's very, very gratifying in that regard. >> as you reflect back on the
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past few days, you have a great memory that floods in your head, gosh, i remember when carrie and i, blank. >> i was the younger brother. we were close friends. she drug me around the house like a doll, and whenever my mom caught her, like, no, that's your brother. he's real. he's not a toy. you know, so we've really been close our whole lives, and it's a very strange place to be looking at the world without her. >> can't help but feel for the family now. her brother, todd, another glimpse of another side we never knew. much more about fisher coming up, including things few people know about someone who was famous for her entire life. >> an interesting love life. stay tuned for that. we move on now, and apparently the white house could announce
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new sanctions to punish russia for hacking during the presidential election campaign. >> this morning's washington post reports the punishments will include economic sanctions. president obama pledged earlier this month that there would be a response to russian interference in the election. russia, though, denied wrongdoing and president-elect trump said he doubts the accusations. >> trump now is still in florida at his home on vacation, but he's still active on twitter. >> the president-elect is congratulating himself saying the u.s. confidence index for december surged nearly four points to 113.7, the highest level in more than 15 years. thanks, donald. and with more on trump's tweets, let's go over to abc's, mary bruce. >> reporter: donald trump still on vacation, but not taking a break from twitter, tweeting, president obama campaigned hard and personally in the very important swing states and lost. the voters wanted to make america great again. trump's digging in after president obama suggested he could have won. >> i think i could have
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mobilized the majority of the american people. >> reporter: trump's also taking credit for the economy, even before he takes the oath of office. boasting, the world was gloomy before i won. there was no hope. now the market is up nearly 10% and christmas spending over a trillion dollars, but lots of factors contribute to economic growth, employment is steadily growing under the obama administration, and after futures plunged on election night, the dow is up, but some experts caution that rally could be short lived. since winning, he's blasted out more than 200 tweets. a far cry from his promise. >> i'm going to be very restrained, if i use it at all, very restrained. >> reporter: incoming press secretary suggests the tweets are here to stay. >> the use of social media in particular is something never seen before. he has a direct pipeline to the american people.
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>> reporter: trump blasts the u.n. to condemn israeli settlements, calling it a club for people to get together, and republican lawmakers backing him up. >> we should seriously consider withholding all funds in the united nations until this anti-israel resolution is rescinded entirely. the democratic leader realizes his party has a problem that needs tackled. he reflected on the age of the party's bench, reid saying the democratic field of candidates looks like an old folks' home. abc news, mary bruce, the white house. >> mary, thank you. president obama is not holding back, no, and he's on vacation with his family in hawaii, but yesterday, he stepped away for a bit and was with japanese prime minister shinzo abe appearing together at pearl harbor in a show of reconciliation. he offered condolences to thousands of americans who died in the attack, but did not make a direct apology for it. >> amazon is calling 2016 the best ever for holiday sales. the online retail giant sold more than a billion items this holiday season.
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amazing there. the echo home assistant and the smaller version, ecodot, were the best seller list. sales of the devices were nine times more than the previous season. and some dogs will be making a splash on monday's tournament of the roses parade. eight of them, including coppertone, that you see there, riding the waves on a 125-foot float. a team of volunteers created a base with more than a quarter of a million flowers for that. >> wow. that's cool. the float features a pool filled with 50,000 pounds of water. there's a wave machine producing a new wave every 45 seconds. the float features an underwater view with fish and coral. it's already won, like, my vote. >> i just wish they had more attention to detail. >> well, yeah, maybe there's roses as well.
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>> lacking details. >> might be flowers on the float. coming up, digging out across the wide part of the middle of the country. lots of people set for snow on the way as well. what you didn't know about fisher's little known accomplishments for someone being famous her whole life. that's in the skinny. stay with us. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" weather brought to you by unitedhealthcare. brought to you by unitedhealthcare. you may think you can put off checking out your medicare options until you're sixty-five, but now is a good time to get the ball rolling. keep in mind, medicare only covers about eighty percent of part b medical costs. the rest is up to you. that's where aarp medicare supplement insurance plans insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company come in.
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strong winds in southern california uprooted trees and power lines and did that to a truck. holy cow. in if grenada hills, this eucalyptus fell on a house. thankfully nobody home at the time, but they came home to quite a scene. >> digging out in the dakotas after the major snowstorm earlier this week. bismarck inches away from setting a record of snowfall. they got 43.5 inches already this year. crews working to restore power for thousands. that's saying a lot for bismarck, holy cow. george michael's family said they have been touched beyond words by the outpouring of love for the singer. fans are still leaving tributes outside the home in london and in the english countryside. >> likely we won't know a cause of death until next month. the spokesman says heart failure, but this photo shows a battle with drug use may have contributed as well. >> i've spent much of the last
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15 or 20 years trying to derail my own career because it never seems to suffer. i suffer like crazy. i suffer all around it. >> there's no word on funeral arrangements of george michael including whether it will be public or previous. well, we know what caused the death of comedian and actor gary shandling seven months ago. >> autopsy results reveal he died after a blood clot formed in the legs and traveled to the lungs. he had complained of leg pain and shortness of breath the day before he died, and he told friends he planned to see a doctor. >> and nfl quarterback cam newton made a christmas wish come true for a young man. 10-year-old austin has a rare heart condition. the carolina's quarterback made a visit one day before austin is set to undergo a risky procedure. >> the elementary schoolteacher mentioned his wish on social media last week. newton heard about it and just stopped by tuesday. he said he got something special out of it as well.
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>> oh, that's pretty cool moment. look how excited the kid was. >> i love these videos. i can't get enough of the little kids -- just at such a and then such a high point. >> absolutely. when we come back, there was so much more to carrie fisher than princess lea. >> what you don't know. the skinny's next. "world news now" comets after this from our abc
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> "the skinny," as you probably can imagine, is dedicated to carrie fisher this morning. she was famous for her entire life, but there are still many things you probably didn't know about her. let's start with her life, love life. >> oh, yeah. she was married to singer/song writer paul simon for about a year. but here is the thing. even after they divorced, they continued to date for eight years. >> they were the original conscious uncoupling. >> or recoupling. >> something along those lines. in her book, fisher wrote, if you could get paul simon to write a song about you, do it because he's so inspiring. >> not cecelia? >> no, no. that's about somebody hopefully named cecelia.
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>> another romance, by the way, fibber almost married dan aykroyd. they were engaged. apparently saved her life while choking. >> their relationship lasted two years. after her death, aykroyd tweeted out, our beautiful, brilliant, funny, wise, kind and generous blues sister. so ironic. christmas carrie's favorite thing next to babies. so dan aykroyd reacting, as well, to the death of someone that he knew very well. who knew that they had that sort of relationship? >> and she clearly was able to keep a very high level of affection with her excess. paul simon so much that they kept dating. dan aykroyd that he had such positive things to say about her, even though they didn't actually end up getting married. >> apparently the heimlich is the key to good relationships. >> let me get that for you. he was talking about babies and christmas time and her favorite
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things, and now she did have one baby of her own, and the daughter's father left her to marry a man, billie lourde was born in 1992. fisher refers to her as her, quote, most extraordinary creation and her witty writing sparkled in billie's birth announcements. >> here is what she wrote at the time. >> someone summered in my stomach, someone's fallen through my legs. to make an infant omelet simply scramble sperm and eggs. so fisher wrote books, plays, and movies, and was what is known as a script doctor, someone who anonymously fixes plays, movies, and tv shows. she polished the dialogue for "star wars" episodes one, two, and three. >> she did a lot behind the scenes. >> she did. >> even carrie fisher's dog was famous in later years. she took gary, a french bulldog, an adorable face with the tongue always out, she took him everywhere. >> yeah. he was a therapy dog for her,
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and even to interviews such as this one last year with amy on "good morning america." >> gary's bored as hell, can you imagine? >> his eyes are closing. we've actually lulled him to sleep with our conversation. this is o low moment for me in my interview. >> i never had anyone fall asleep in my interview. >> that you know of. >> thank you. >> her timing, right there. >> such a great sense of humor, and since her death, gary, has been trying to keep everyone's spirits up. sending out several tweets, one after another, this one, he sent a photo of himself with his master expressing his affection for her, saying the best to all of you, and her fans replied. >> speaking of tweets, she tweeted using emojis and her ability was next level, using them overseas, including this one from belgium. >> reads, gary on the street.
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as we've talked about throughout the morning, fisher had many roles in the entertainment industry, but none quite as iconic as princess leia from "star wars." >> no doubt. she talked about what it meant to her and other women with abc's david muir. >> what do you think? >> the parts where i'm in it are distressing, but everything else is really great. >> when they hear the parts with leia are distressing -- >> i got older, and no one told me, and then they put me on a screen really, really big and high def. i had a round face, and they asked me to lose ten pounds
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because they thought it was in my face. >> at 19 years old, they told you to lose weight for a film -- >> you want to hide. on set, you think they say, oh, you didn't lose it. bring in jodi foster. >> reporter: at one point, you wanted to play hans solo. >> now that's true. that's the best character. >> you still feel that way? >> i'm glad the female can yell at the men. >> you hear nothing? you're braver than i thought. >> reporter: from star wars to empire strikes back and the most famous scenes of all. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: the famous moment, where you say, i love you. >> i know. >> that's what he says. >> i know. >> reporter: would he say that today? >> yeah, he would. >> still a wise guy? >> he is still a wise guy, but what we've all been through,
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like, trying to get it together. >> reporter: you said princess leia got famous, i just happened to look like her. >> yes. now we look like each other. >> you do? >> yeah. >> she looks like carrie fisher, and i look like leia. i'm still princess leia, it doesn't go away when they say "cut." i'm her, she's in me. >> reporter: what do you say to all the little girls out there who were inspired by princess leia? >> she could do anything, she could do what she can do and do what she can. >> if you're associated role, you can do a lot worse. >> the most famous man this morning in her life, gary, the dog you saw there in the interview next to her. >> she takes him everywhere, and, oh, we love it. don't miss updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. this is abc's world news now, informing insomniacs for two decades good morning, i'm kendis
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er? uh just gonna hang out. it's a school night. with gary and todd? yea. not sure about those two. i've been meaning to ask you - this is tougher than i thought - is there any drinking going on in this crowd? no. i hope not, because alcohol can lead you to say things and do things you that you really wish you hadn't. isn't this what you're supposed to say? i know. so if any of your buddies ever pressure you to take a drink, just tell them you promised your dad you wouldn't. i'd do anything to keep you safe. ok. i will. i hope this is working. i promise. i love you too dad. they really do hear you. brian? yea? so start the conversation even before they're teenagers. good idea. for tips on what to say visit underagedrinking.samhsa.gov a message from the substance abuse and mental health services administration.
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my name is eddie metcalf. i enjoworking in my yard and you know, i can't. i can't do that any more,'cuz i'm missing most of my lung. they did a cat scan of my kidneys, no more kidney stones. that's the good news. "but, we found a spot on your lung." that frankly scared the "hell" out of me. i hadn't smoked in 22 years. how could this happen to me? he said, "well, you know about radon gas?" we'll... you know, i heard about it. he said, "well, the second leading cause of cancer" "in america is radon, 22,000 people a year die from this." i literally left the doctor's office, got a test kit, put it in my house, and our result was 39.8. the upper limit is 4. we got to get this fixed. that was on a monday, and on wednesday, our mitigation system was up and running. well, i think everybody should have their house tested. we'd never know. we'd still be living there. i could get another tumor from it. right now, it's changing my life.
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making news in america this wednesday morning, the tributes pouring in overnight for the iconic actress and writer carrie fisher from her co-stars from "star wars" and her life beyond the big screen. several states will ring in the new year with extreme weather. a rapidly developing system could bring feet of snow to the east coast while the west coast also gets hit with winter weather. we're tracking all. it was a best-seller this christmas. but can voice activated assistance help solve a murder. the police warrant involving an amazon echo that's igniting a privacy debate. and sliding down a rock face, see what happens when a b.a.s.e. jump goes very wrong. we do say good morning,

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