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joey always says heavens to mergatroid. we will miss him dearly. good morning, america. holiday travel nightmare. >> an emergency has been reported. >> a blackout at the world's busiest airport sparks chaos and confusion. thousands of passengers suddenly in the dark in atlanta. planes stranded on the tarmac for hours. people forced to sleep on chairs and floors overnight. more than 1,000 flights canceled. the ripple effect and how it will affect your travel. president trump and the republicans on the verge of passing that massive reform even with senator john mccain facing that health battle and missing the vote. the president still promising a christmas gift for the middle class. we'll tell you who really benefits. abc news exclusive. award winning talk show host
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tavis smiley fires back at those allegations after being suspe suspended and losing sponsors. he's here live speaking out for the first time only on "gma." ♪ and the force is strong with this one. "the last jedi" soaring to an out of this galaxy opening. now, the second largest of all time and it's just getting started. and good morning, america. welcome back from the weekend. also a big welcome to our weekend anchor paula faris. >> thanks, george. it's great to be here on a monday. >> boy, it was not a happy weekend in atlanta's airport. >> not at all. so many people stranded. my brother-in-law was one of the million that was stranded. my sister-in-law said he had a hard time calling her. the communications were bad and he was literally and figuratively in the dark and they wouldn't let him leave the airport. he's still there. >> 11 hours of chaos after the fire knocked out power. let's see what it's like there. you see the airport, cloudy and foggy.
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there you see it right there. that is correct cause even more trouble during the day today. the planes on the tarmac live. >> adding insult to injury, thousands were stranded in darkness last night wandering through the airport and others stuck on planes on the tarmac for hours forced to walk back to the terminal in the cold and abc's marcus moore is right there in atlanta with the latest. hi there, marcus. >> reporter: good morning the lights are back on. people are lined up at the ticketing counter. many of the people we've seen slept at the airport overnight. chaos and frustration as the world's busiest airport goes dark. >> i just want to get home. >> it's a nightmare. we have to go through the tunnels that are pitch black. >> reporter: overnight, thousands trying to catch some sleep anywhere they can. >> absurd. people are sleeping on the floor like homeless people. i've never seen anything like this. >> reporter: hundreds of planes stuck on the tarmac sunday. >> they said we couldn't even flush the toilets because their water was below 20%. >> reporter: the emergency announcements had many fearing terrorism. >> the lights flickered once.
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that was really scary. >> a couple minutes later it went out again. >> because we don't know the source of the fire we have no way of absolutely knowing that our system may have been tampered with in order to create this kind of chaos and confusion. >> reporter: people using flashlights to shine a path through those dark passageways. frozen escalators and airport workers and volunteers trying to help. >> we were literally carrying old people down the escalators. >> reporter: finally after 11 hours, thunderous applause as christmas lights start to flicker. the power finally back. >> it's like there is an end to this hell. >> reporter: the cause determined to be a fire in the substation. noxious fumes making it difficult to fight the fire. >> everybody walk toward the center point. >> reporter: it took down the system and the power point. this morning lolo jones among those frustrated and stranded passengers trying to figure out
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what to do next. >> not only are they not booking us on an early flight but it might be another day until we're out of here. >> reporter: george, i met a woman this morning whose flight doesn't leave until 9:00 tonight. she has been here at the airport since noon on sunday, and this may not be over yet as flights can be impacted through the weekend, george. >> okay, marcus, thanks very much. brand-new photos coming in of what the underground tunnel looked like as the fire broke out. that's what it looks like this morning. you see it there. we want to get more from the president and ceo of georgia power, paul bowers. mr. bowers, thanks for joining us this morning. any indication now, any sense of how this all got started? >> george, right now we're going through a process of investigating what exactly happened. but right now we do know there was a failure in the switch gear that caused the fire that absolutely created the issue for us from our feeds from this airport. >> do we know if this was set deliberately?
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>> no, we do not know any of that right now. that's what the investigation is going to go through. but there is dual feeds, two separate redundant feeds to this airport. when that switch gear actually ignited, it created the flames that you saw in the pictures that impacted our cables and the cables coming from two different directions and that's what ultimately caused the outage. at the airport. >> that's what a lot of people are arounding about, is how is it both the main system and the backup system both failed? >> so, you have seven cables that come through this airport. in one tunnel, and this tunnel is the feed source, if you will, for both directions. that switch gear sits on the bottom of that tunnel, and when it ignited, it burned up that wall where you see the cables coming through. there's, like i said, seven cables, four coming from one direction, three coming from a different direction.
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that is the safeguards that we have. >> i imagine this is a pretty intense investigation. how long will it take? >> right now, we're in -- we have our investigators in the tunnel this morning. it will take the remainder of this week. we will fix that cable this week and have all the service back to normal operations by the end of the week. right now we're feeding from two different directions. george, one of the things that we absolutely know is that, you know, this is an inconvenience. we are apologizing for this occurring and like the mayor said last night, you know, we wanted to make sure that everyone is safe before we entered into that tunnel. but right now our focus is reliability ensuring this doesn't happen again. >> that's the final question i have. from what you know now, any steps you can take to prevent this from happening in the future? >> yeah, that's one of the questions we'll have with the airport. what else can we do? do we concrete encase the cable or separate the cable in different areas or not? that's a question we'll have as
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we talk to the airport for the remainder of this week. >> mr. bowers, thanks for your time this morning. >> okay, thank you, george. this power outage being felt across the country. abc's gio benitez is tracking the impact on flights and holiday deliveries. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, george. good morning to you. things are just starting to get going here at atl. we have heard just a few planes take off and land here at the airport this morning. as you said, you have been saying it all morning long. this is the busiest airport in the world. that's why this is such a big deal. i want to show you these numbers right now because every single day, about 275,000 passengers fly through on 2,500 arriving and departing flights. and yesterday many were stuck and still may be unable to leave for days to come. now, so far airlines have canceled nearly 1,600 flights between sunday and today and may continue to climb throughout the morning. to make things even worse, take a look at this, a dense fog has blanketed atlanta and the airport this morning, stretching
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all the way to there is a, so ev even if your flight hasn't been canceled, you may have trouble getting off the ground. >> that means the ripple effects will be felt all across the country and could affect holiday deliveries as well. >> reporter: so far it's too early to know how big that will be but for delta passengers are going to have a real headache because delta has 60% of its flights traveling through here every day. they have already canceled 300 flights today, 900 were canceled yesterday. but for holiday deliveries, u.p.s. and fedex tell us their delivery schedules were not impacted. so that's good news. >> thank goodness for that, gio benitez, thanks very much. >> a whole lot of inconvenience. out west to our big story and the battle against that massive california wildfire. the thomas fire has been burning for two weeks now and it's on track to become the worst wildfire in california's history. so far it's already destroyed 270,000 acres and more than a thousand structures. this fire alone forced more than
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1,000 people to evacuate. our senior national correspondent, matt gutman is in montecito, california for us where the flames are still raging. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning. that fire just ripped through here. gutting this multimillion dollar home, and you can see the firefighter over there still putting out all that smoldering debris behind me. firefighters managed to save the majority of the debris here. this is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the entire world, and celebrities are tweeting their firefighters. rob lowe inviting firefighters over for dinner, and oprah voicing concern for fatigue. many of them have been battling flames up and down california for the past two months. so many of them expect to be here through the holidays, missing their families. there are now 8,500 firefighters battling this blaze, and it looks like it could be the biggest in history. at least in the next two days or
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so, but scary moment. the other day, a firefighter taken down on a stretcher. he had to be medevaced, but we know he is okay. >> you mention the firefighter was injured, but one firefighter already lost his life battling the fires and we saw a great amount of support for him over the weekend. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: such a moving tribute to cory iverson who was engulfed in the flames. watching that procession through southern california was so moving. all those firefighters and regular folks standing out on the freeways on those overpasses, paying their final respects, and i just want you to see what's happening here. this fire so hot and powerful, just consuming this home. it's the reason that the fire chief here has said this is the perfect storm. low humidity, wind and relentless fire. >> it looks like it will go into the new year, which is not welcome news. matt gutman reporting for us this morning. thank you.
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george. we get the latest on the russia investigation amid new tensions between the trump team and robert mueller. the president was asked if he would fire mueller. >> are you considering firing robert mueller? >> no, i'm not. no. what else? what, are you surprised? >> this comes after one of the president's lawyers claim mueller unlawfully obtained e-mails from the trump transition and mueller dismissing the charge and pierre thomas in washington has the story. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: george, good morning. you're right. today more evidence of increasing tension between special counsel bob mueller and attorneys representing the president and his interests. we've learned that mueller's team has requested a series of e-mails sent by trump transition officials this morning, and attorneys for the transition are crying foul and have sent letters to congress alleging the e-mails were illegally provided to mueller. mueller's spokesperson said, quote, when we have obtained e-mails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner's consent or the appropriate criminal process. the debate comes after trump attorneys last week pushed for the appointment of a second special counsel to look at
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mueller's team specifically whether there's bias. >> there could be a critical meeting this week in this investigation. >> reporter: that's right. they might be trying to meet to get an assessment of where things stand in regard to the completion of the investigation. some at the white house have suggested that the investigation is nearing its end, especially given that many white house officials have already been interviewed, george. but with the recent guilty plea of former national security adviser michael flynn we have no clear indication that this investigation is anywhere near over. >> okay, pierre, thanks very much. let's get more on this now from our chief legal analyst, dan abrams here with me. let's start out with this letter from the trump lawyers complaining about mueller's obtaining these e-mails. >> well, it seems there are two arguments they're making. first of all that the organization that oversees the transitions, the gsa never should have turned these over in the first place. that argument borders on frivolous because it's from their server. >> government documents. >> government documents and clear when you begin the process there is no expectation of privacy and this is a federal
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criminal probe so i don't think that's a real serious argument. the number two argument is the documents that they did receive involve privileged documents. then they cite all sorts of privileges, one of them which doesn't make any sense, that there was this idea that somehow there was a presidential communication privilege. you're talking about the transition. >> he wasn't president. >> he wasn't president yet. the one that's potentially serious is attorney/client and what's always very serious. that's the idea that some of the documents they obtained should be protected by the attorney/client privilege. they will have to be very specific about what documents those were. very specific about who the lawyer was, et cetera, and we'll see. and we'll have to see, but even if something like that happens, the remedy is you can't use those documents. >> this first step was more a public relations maneuver. >> the idea of going to congress first makes it feel like a stunt. you're saying we want to make sure this doesn't happen again. yeah, the next time there is a big issue about the presidential transition, we want to just make sure that, you know, that just
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doesn't make any sense. this was a statement from trump's team to the public saying, we want you to know we think this whole process has been unfair. >> i think one of the most significant things of this letter is the trump team only found out about these e-mails this week. >> look, that does indicate that they are not doing a great job of staying in contact with people who they probably should be to determine exactly where the investigation is. because we're talking about something that happened months ago that they're only finding out about in the last week. >> final question, this meeting between the trump lawyers and mueller's team if it happens this week, significant? >> i think the only thing that could make it really significant would be whether the discussion is, does donald trump come in and talk to mueller's team? otherwise it's just a typical conversation between lawyers and i don't think it's that significant. >> dan abrams, thanks very much. paula. thanks, george. it is a busy day in washington. president trump is set to give a major speech on national security. congress meantime, is preparing for that big vote on the republican tax bill as early as tomorrow.
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so let's go to our senior white house correspondent cecilia vega for more. good morning to you, cecilia. >> reporter: hey, paula. good morning to you. you know what, the president said he wanted that bill on his desk by christmas and it looks like he'll get it. let's look at what it would do for so many deductions so many american families claim. it will reduce the amount you can claim on your mortgage up to $750,000. it also expands that child tax credit. republicans really can't afford to lose many votes on this one. senator john mccain is suffering and -- suffering from that rare form of brain cancer. he is back home in arizona in in the wake of treatment, so he is expected to miss this vote. two key republican senators did end up flipping their votes from nos to yeses to it looks like it's all but a done deal and calling it a gift for middle class families, but this nonpartisan congressional tax
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age analyst says that those who stand to benefit the most, paula, are the rich and big corporations. >> moving on, cecilia, today in washington the president is also going to lay out a new u.s. national security policy. what can we expect? >> reporter: we've been talking to aides about this here. two key headlines. he is expected to call china a strategic competitor and also going to take a break from the obama-era national security plan and not name climate change a national security threat. every administration has to outline their plan by law to congress. president trump wants to make a big deal of it. usually it's not a ceremonial event. this will be a big speech for him. >> cecilia reporting from the white house. thank you, cecilia. george? we're getting tips for last-minute holiday shoppers. christmas just a week away, and today may be your last chance to ship gifts without breaking the bank and rebecca jarvis here with details. what are the shipping deadlines? >> christmas falls on a monday which means you have the full weekend to shop but deadlines come earlier for getting those shipments out. so if you look at things today is one of the last days to get things out. at the least expensive option with u.p.s., for example, it's
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three day select. today is your deadline. tomorrow, tuesday, december 19th is the deadline for fedex express saver and u.s. postal first class. those are your cheapest options. wednesday, december 20th, fedex two-day, u.p.s. two-day air and u.s. postal priority mail. those are the wednesday options. they'll cost you more but still get there by christmas. thursday, december 21st, fedex overnight, u.p.s. next day air and the last option, really here is friday, december 22nd, u.s. postal service priority mail express will guarantee it gets there by christmas day. you also have the fedex same day option on christmas day. >> the longer you wait the more you pay. >> exactly, you really need to get it done earlier. >> last-minute shoppers, what are the best options right now? >> your very best bets are amazon, frankly, because if you are going to go online and make this happen online, your best option is there because if you are a prime member, and you can be a prime member, you can sign
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up for the motorbike. you have got two-day shipping on december 22nd, saturday, december 23rd, one day and can wait until the last minute christmas eve. >> wow. >> if you need to. >> if you need to. rebecca, thanks very much. >> good thing santa is always on time. we want to go to ginger now with more on the fog this morning across the south. hi, ginger. >> as if you -- hey there, paula. as if you needed more of a challenge in atlanta, the visibility still dropping less than a quarter mile now, and look at dallas, love field. visibility there around a quarter mile. those dense fog advisories stretch all the way in between louisiana, mississippi, alabama too. your local weather in 30 seconds. first, the select cities brought to you by walmart.
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good monday morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. your accuweather highlights grab sunglasses for today. breezy with a chance of rain wednesday. by thursday pattern turns dry once again. temperature from 59 at half moon bay to about 68 in sant oprosa. mid 30s in our valley. my accuweather seven day forecast storm rolls into the north bay tuesday night. for the rest of us and coming up, tavis smiley is here live after accusations of sexual misconduct speaking out for the first time live only on "gma." on "gma."
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now your accuweather forecast with mike nicco. >> temperatures up to 20 degrees
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cooler this morning. freezing cold 32 in morgan hill. santa rosa 33. 43 in san jose. 51 the warm spot downtown san francisco. check out your commute planner. tranquil on the water. mass transit no spare the air day. come tuesday night into wednesday morning that could all change. that wick moving cold front that is kind of moisture starved still promising us a slight chance of wet weather. a one light on storm impact scale. most of us are sleeping tuesday night into wednesday morning, what it does do is takes 60s out of the forecast until saturday and sunday and then they barely return. >> coming up, tavis smily is speaking out for the first time since being suspended from pbs following sexual misconduct allegations. and we'll have another abc 7 news update in about 30 minutes and always on our news app and
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♪ ah, that theme music gives me chills. welcome back to "gma" and "the last jedi" scored big becoming the second biggest opening of all time, right behind its predecessor "the force awakens" taking in a whopping $220 million. >> including you. >> yeah. i took my kids to see it. i was always a "star wars" fan, but i tell you. now seeing it through my kids' eyes, my youngest wanted to wear a stormtrooper outfit. >> i will see it. fourth movie to open at over above $200 million. also coming up we are taking a look at this pentagon program to investigate ufos. we'll have the secret behind this video right here.
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what the navy commander who spotted it thinks it shows. that chaos at the atlanta airport. 11-hour power shortage. it stranded tens of thousands of passengers. some people forced to sleep on the floor and, of course, the ripple effect still being felt at airports across the country. more than a thousand flights have been canceled. >> now they're dealing with fog as well. a big change coming to the nfl. the me too movement grows. jerry richardson plans to sell the carolina panthers as he faces sexual misconduct allegations. a potential buyer, diddy said, let's make history. >> how great would it be to see that. that me too movement has led to a group of men who left projects amid sexual misconduct projects and tavis smiley is here firing back after accusations of misconduct that led to his suspension from his pbs talk show. we're going to speak with him in just a moment, but first, abc's linsey davis has the latest for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. these days allegations of misconduct alone set in motion a
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toppling of dominos for men like tavis smiley who says he's not guilty. ♪ he's the award-winning sometimes controversial host known for hard-hitting questions. >> you think that the government assistance that goes to these babies outstrips the billions of dollars generated in this income by the work done by undocumented workers? >> reporter: tavis smiley is hitting back against allegations of sexual misconduct. >> i have never groped, inappropriately exposed myself or coerced any colleague in the workplace ever in my 30-year career. >> reporter: vigorously defending himself in this facebook video after pbs indefinitely suspended distribution while investigating allegations smiley engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates. some of those people reportedly claimed they believe their jobs depended on their sexual relationship with smiley with him, and he created a verbally abusive and threatening
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environment. >> pbs launched this so-called investigation of me without telling me about it. >> reporter: pbs tells abc news following seat of a complaint pbs hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation and we stand by its integrity. saying that the investigation revealed multiple sexual relationships with subordinates over many years and other acts that together constitute a pattern of conduct inconsistent with our values. retail giant walmart, a major sponsor of smiley's show say they are troubled by the recent allegations and will be cutting ties with smiley pending the outcome of pbs' investigation. as the fallout continues for the 53-year-old broadcaster, he says pbs rushed to judgment and trampled on a reputation he spent a lifetime trying to establish. >> it's time for a real conversation in this country about where the lines are. about how men and women can engage each other in the workplace. >> reporter: mills entertainment confirms to abc they are no longer moving forward with tavis smiley's "death of a king," and
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hey house has told us they put all of smiley's projects on hold pending an internal review of the facts, paula. >> thank you very much for reporting. we want to welcome tavis smiley to the studio. tavis, thanks for joining us. >> my pleasure. ung tha thank you, paula. first and foremost you deny any wrongdoing. >> absolutely. i have never groped. i have never coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to anyone. in over 30 years, there has never been any allegation of that. i celebrate and applaud the women that came out and told the truth and lead us to a conversation about how to create healthy work spaces. and i have had some of those women on my program, in fact,. at the same time i want to make sure we don't lose all proportionality in this because if we do people end up guilty by accusations. >> you admit to having consensual sexual relationships with your subordinates. do you understand how that can be viewed as an abusie of power?
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>> certainly. i understand who people have a viewpoint any consensual sexual relationship in the workplace is wrong. some people believe there is no such thing as a consensual relationship in the workplace. i hear that point of view and i respect it but there are other points of view on this. my company, let me be clear, i own my company. pbs distributes it. in our employee handbook while we do not encourage office relationships, we don't forbid them either and don't forbid them, paula, because i don't know where your heart is going to lead you. i don't know who you are going to hang out with, or date, or who you will fall in love with. there are millions of people watching right now who met their spouses at work. >> how can you be certain these women didn't feel they would lose their job. >> i never gave any favoritism upward or downward. never promoted anybody -- >> did you ever fire anyone you were in a relationship with? >> first of all i own the company and run the company, and there is a team that own the company, and i have never given anyone any instruction to do anything to anyone -- >> you didn't fire anyone with whom you had a relationship with.
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any of those women you had a relationship with, are they still in your staff? >> one person is, yes. >> were you ever told by a peer, a subordinate or employer/employee that anything you did or said made them feel uncomfortable? >> never. >> never. sources tell abc news that you have been accused of, quote, sexily explicit messages and unwelcome banter about women's bees. so what are we talking about? >> i have no idea. i sat -- >> did you ever send lewd text messages. >> no. in a consensual relationships we do that but never to an employee. >> some have alleged that you also created, quote, a verbally abusive threatening environment. what's your response? >> not true. i have an intense environment. i have a foundation, and other things. i have a speaker's bureau and book imprint and so it's an intense environment. some of the most intense places in our business are in control rooms around this country. that's not for everyone, so it might be that the environment wasn't good for you.
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these environments are intense at times, and i hate the word, brand. i may be the brand, the face but i'm not an inanimate object. i have feelings and emotions, and when the ball gets dropped on something, i have to deal with those things. those might be intense but i'm not an angry black man and this notion of a hostile workplace doesn't fit. >> you called the pbs investigation sloppy, and you were upset they didn't tell you that was going on but say you weren't allowed to show proof these were consensual relationship. what kind of proof do you have? >> i think anyone who's been in one can prove it with letters, cards, gifts and certainly photographs. but pbs only agreed to talk to me after weeks of investigation which they didn't tell me about. let's back up for a second. >> are they supposed to tell you they're investigating you? do they have to? >> pbs never informed me a complaint had ever been alleged. i was never told there was an investigation. i found out about it from former staffers who were getting strange phone calls averaging strange questions so i was unaware of it to begin with. but after finding out about it my attorneys contacted the pbs
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investigators and offered to have me come talk to them. whenever they wanted. they did this for weeks and refused to talk to me. they were prepared to close this investigation without talking to me. only under the threat of lawsuit did they agree to sit down and talk to me, and when they did, they talked to me for three hours, and never told me who the accusers were, what the allegations were -- never allowed me to provide information. >> is it important to know who they are. >> it's important to sit in a meeting and at least understand what we're talking about. if we're talking for three hours and all the questions are vague and no specificity, no persons, place, time, hard for three hours to know what you're talking about. >> most of your employees had to sign nondisclosures. they feel threatened. they're scared to come forward and publicly reveal who they are. >> well, i'm not sure i believe that, number one but number two, all i'm saying an investigation for three hours. if i don't know what we're talking about and there's no specificity how can i answer the questions so i answered to the best of my ability but it gets worse than that. when this three-hour meeting was
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over, which again, only happened under the threat of lawsuit. they did not intend to talk to me, nor my current staff, and didn't talk to my hr person. anyone who thought something happened to them for whatever reason, no complaints were ever filed, number one and, number two, this investigation did not include talking to anyone on my current staff and the minute that three-hour minute was over, within minutes almost within an hour and a half i think pbs acknowledged to us, sent a letter to my attorneys they were using a clause in my contract to no longer distribute my show. 12 minutes thereafter this story posted on "variety." i don't know how you write a story, research a story, get quotes from unnamed stories, put links in the story, and dowel a that in 12 minutes. something is awry here. >> do you regret anything that you've done? >> other, absolutely. i've made mistakes and written two books about all the mistakes i made in my career and the lessons i learned with them. i recall once sitting this a conversation with a person would was interested in being a producer on our show, supposed to be a short 30-minute meeting. for a couple of hours, we're
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sitting there talking. at the end, i said, my lord. you're brilliant. you're smart, you're gorgeous. i would rather date you, i think, than work for me, and i realized immediately what a mistake it was to make that comment. i apologized and the situation was resolved. i'm human, not perfect. but it doesn't rise to the level of wrongful termination. >> if they reinstate you, will you go back. >> i don't know. pbs made a huge mistake and teed to correct it but i don't know the answer. >> sounds like you're willing to go pretty far to fight it. >> i'll do anything to protect my reputation. >> tavis smiley, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> back to you. thank you, paula, and coming up, inside the pentagon's ufo program. what the navy commander who spotted this object thinks it could be. after chemo might mean a trip back to the doctor's office, just for a shot. but why go back there, when you can stay home, with neulasta onpro? strong chemo can put you at risk of serious infection, which could lead to hospitalizations. in a key study, neulasta reduced the risk of infection from 17% to 1%,
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we are back with that newly ry vealed ufo program at the pentagon. the government has spent millions investigating. this is a closer look at the pilots. and nick watt has a closer look. >> look at that thing, dude. >> reporter: just one of many alleged sightings investigated by the secret $22 million ufo unit run from the pentagon. >> look at that thing. >> it's rotating. >> reporter: a real-life "x-files". >> i've seen things that i cannot deny. >> reporter: here's another what pilots describe as a 40-foot long tic-tac 100 miles off the
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california coast. >> i have never seen anything in my life that had the performance, the acceleration, keep in mind this thing had no wings. >> reporter: commander david fravor piloting an f/a-18 on a training mission that day in 2004. >> and it's moving around, left, right, forward, back. the radar immediately starts getting jammed. >> no aircraft we know of can fly at those speeds, maneuver like that and looks like that. >> i think it was not from this world. i just know it was really impressive, really fast and i would like to fly it. >> reporter: the pentagon telling abc news, the advanced aviation threat identification program ended in the 2012 time frame. it was determined there were other higher priority issues that merited funding. >> so we always joke maybe it was trying to communicate with something under the water. i've seen "star trek" with the whales. i don't know if it was alien life, but i will say that in an infinite universe with multiple
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galaxies we know of, that if we're the only planet with life it's a pretty lonely universe. >> reporter: now there are often rational explanations but he hasn't heard one yet and according to sources quoted in "the new york times" the military still listens to soldiers and sailors and airmen, still investigates what might be out there. >> i don't know. that visual, i'm not positive it's not the millennium falcon i saw. "star wars" i saw and it looks like it rotating in the sky. that's my theory. all right. coming up, your first look at the new royal christmas card just revealed. can't wait to see it. just revealed. can't wait to see it. ristmas tr. [ cheering ] when does the family get here? they're already here! this house is for you! us?! all of us, to be together. aw! i love you man. it's just missing one thing.
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good morning to you. breaking news is out of the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals based in san francisco. judge alex kozinski announced immediate retirement amid sexual misconduct. he says he has a candid way of speaking to male and female clerks and may not have been mindful of the pressures women face yt work place. 36 to 45. mid to upper 50s if you have recess after lunch. 61 to 64. very mild afternoon. we have a chance of rain tuesday night and wednesday. light, though. >> we have police activity at the bart station. trains are blowing right through. they are not stopping. the next will be glen park. we have a couple of time changes
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. holiday travel nightmare. a blackout at the world's busiest airport. tens of thousands left in the dark in atlanta. planes stranded on the tarmac. flights canceled. the ripple effect across the country. what it means for your flights and holiday deliveries. health alert. the new warning about your cell phone after california issues a report about potential radiation risks. the simple steps you can take to reduce exposure. dr. ashton here live. a flood of sexual misconduct allegation, we're asking what does it take to raise good men. what our panel of young boys say about respect and consent. their surprising answers and how you can talk to your kids. prince harry interviews barack obama. the prince and former president trade jokes. >> do i need a british accent? >> as obama reveals his hopes
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brought atlanta's airport to a halt for 11 hours. more than a thousand flights canceled just as holiday travel gets under way and marcus moore has the story. good morning. >> reporter: george, good morning. the lights are back on here at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport. look at the line at the delta check-in. many of the people we have seen have actually spent the night here at the airport and while the power is back on, this nightmare isn't over for so many travelers. already delta has canceled 300 flights today that come into and out of atlanta. in addition to the 900 that airline canceled on sunday. all as a result of this power outage and people who were here describe scenes of utter chaos and really worry among some people that perhaps this was part of terrorism when those lights and power went out. there was an announcement on the radio warning of an emergency and we've seen video of people using flashlights to navigate those dark passage ways. this was astonishing. at one point there were 100 planes parked on the taxiway at the airport and passengers had to be deplanned onto the tarmac itself and with escalators and elevators out people actually carried the elderly and disabled during all this.
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a fire in a substation actually caused the outage and while the power is back on this morning, we could still see flights impacted through this weekend, george. >> boy, let's hope things get going today. >> we want to move now to a new warning about the possible dangers of cell phones. a new study is raising concerns about the possible risks of radiation and guidelines on how to reduce it and dr. jen ashton is here with details. you gotta wonder. i mean we put this thing next to our ear all the time. >> right. >> we've heard these concerns for a long time. what can you tell us? >> it seems like everything old is new again, and there have been studies that show a possible link between the radio frequency energy emitted with a cell phone and brain tumors, acoustic neuromas, learning problems, sleep problems, low sperm count in men. overall and the trade organization that represents the wireless phone companies is very clear on this, major health organizations are stating and this includes the fda, by the way, that there is no clear
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scientific evidence to support this risk. >> all right, well, there's that. they're always doing more research. now, the california department of health has recommendations that we can all take to protect ourselves. >> these are really common sense even though we don't have the conclusive scientific evidence right now these things -- really tle there's no reason why people shouldn't do that. basically using the hands-free or speakerphone option. don't sleep with your phone next to your head. i'll try to improve on this because it's right on my night table. try to put it across the room. don't keep it in direct contact with your body when walking around with it and this is a surprising one. when you are getting one or two bars, low signal, that's actually when the rf energy emitted is the strongest so try not to use your phone at that time. >> try to keep it charged. one of those tips was don't sleep with it next to your head. a lot of teens and children do that in they put it right next to their pillow. most of us have it on our night
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tables. it should be across the room but a thought that the growing brain of children and teens is more susceptible to this so awareness, common since applies. >> thanks again, doc. >> get that phone out of the bedroom. >> even better. switch gears to a court battle for the holidays. check out this christmas scene right here. it's the hyatt families. they call it the hyatt extreme christmas, but the city wanted to shut it down as a danger to public safety. the lights did win out. this is the light of rudolph there. you see them right there. also santa and in the past this has had 200,000 lights. number this year, a secret. >> are we ever going to find out? will they ever divulge that? >> you can go down and investigate. >> i'll count every single one of them. coming up here our new series on raising good men. how to talk to your kids and what our panel of children reveals. oprah's surprise appearance, this special person she showed up to celebrate at graduation. how about that moment. counting down to christmas with a big holiday performance by josh groban.
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welcome to everybody here. thanks for coming in this morning and adrienne bankert is back with some "pop news." >> yes, thank you so much. thank you to our audience. okay, prince harry, we've been talking a lot about him because, you know, engaged. #meganmarkle, #marklesparkle. let's talking about another story that's pretty interesting. he's usually being interviewed. now he is interviewing former president barack obama. the kensington palace sharing this clip as they prepared for their chat. take a look and listen. >> do i need a british accent? >> if you use long pauses between the answers you'll probably get sort of the face. >> let me see the face. oh, okay. i don't want to see that face. >> all right, yeah, having a little fun with each other. i can't really do the british accent yet either. >> brits and aussies can always nail the american accident.
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we can't get theirs. >> >> we have to start with hello. that helps when i do that. >> hello. >> that's all i can say. >> i'm working on it. the conversation is going to be focusing between prince harry and president obama on their shared interest in supporting the next generation of young leaders and will be broadcast on bbc radio on december 27th and released worldwide as a podcast so we will all be tuning in. next up, okay, a little throwback monday. if you were watching the iconic oprah winfrey show back in 2011, you know that she found out about a long lost half she had a very special guest this weekend because that former surprise sister, now her big half sister, a huge deal, graduated. oprah paid for her college education. bought her a house. and she wrote on instagram my sister pat who discovered she was a part of our family six
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years ago had one big dream when i met her. to go to college. congratulations. so cool she did that for her sister. big family props. serena williams doesn't need help on the court. when it comes to teething, she's calling on instagram fans. she posted a 3-month-old alexis olympia writing, teething, aka, the devil, so hard. the 36-year-old says her daughter who has her very own adorable instagram account -- how many babies at 3 months old have their own instagram account? she's been so uncomfortable. chewing on cold towels, mommy's fingers. frozen bagels. >> i tried frozen bagels. that worked. >> george is like, that works. >> this is when social media goes right and you can reach out again and get all these other moms' advice. >> what's your teething secret? >> i don't think i have one. we did bagels too.
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we tried frozen bagels. >> they say if accounts had to go through teething they'd say forget it. >> we didn't do the old fashioned one, brandy on the gum. we didn't do that. >> you didn't? >> no. >> okay. >> i was going to say things are about to get interesting. >> that's what mom has to do. >> that's what our moms did. >> my mom put oragel. >> that will work. >> there you go. that's "pop news" for you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. >> no problem. a little cheerio to you. >> cheerio. we want to turn to our new series called raising good men. every day it seems like there's new sexual harassment allegat n allegations and we're going to see what it takes to raise men who will be respectful of women and focus on three different age groups with different take aways and start with 7 to 10-year-olds
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and t.j. holmes sat down with a group of them. an enlightening interview. >> you learn a lot when you talk to kids. parents watching all these allegations come out and why not. they are asking, i don't want my child to grow up like that so what should i be doing? are there signs i should be looking for and it's clear their opinions about girls are already starting to take shape. >> allegations of sexual harassment. >> suspended. >> forced to apologize. >> reporter: more than two dozen prominent men facing allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. with all these allegations it prompts the question, how do you raise good men. we start with a panel of young boys. what does it mean to be a good man? >> treat people fairly. >> no matter what skin color or gender. >> yeah, to open doors for women. >> you have to have respect. >> we sat down with six students, 7 through 10 at a houston area boys and girls club, some participants in their passport to manhood program. the word, respect. what do you think when you hear that word?
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>> well -- >> ooh! >> cool. out of the chair on this one. yes. >> respect means you have to behave. >> all right. >> listen to the teacher. >> it means personal space, manners. >> dr. david anderson is a child psychologist at new york's child mind institute. >> when you've got boys this young, it is never too early to start thinking about how you build respect. how you build empathy and a culture of concept. >> he traveled with us to houston and unbeknownst to our young panelists their parents and our expert were secretly watching the interview from an adjoining room. their sons openly sharing with us their views on gender stereotypes. what do you do when someone tells you to man up, be a man? >> i become tough. and i feel strong. >> they've gotten some of those social messages about being rough and tough and girls are frail and those types of things. as the boys grow older we want to give them a much more diverse idea of what it means to be a good person. it's important to be kind for everybody.
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it's important to protect everyone. >> but even at this age these young man displaying strong convictions about how they believe they should interact with female peers. how do you show girls you respect them? >> listening to them and buying them flowers. >> say hi to them. >> say hi. >> and by not bumping into them. >> keeping personal space. >> how do you know the boundaries of personal space? >> that statement says our expect is key because it shows an age appropriate understanding of consent and the need to ask for permission. >> when we think about stages of moral development for groups this age, there's a lot of kind of all or nothing thinking. you're either following the rules or you're not. >> if someone is breaking the rules, this group showed no hesitation in reporting misconduct. >> i'll tell my mama. >> i will tell the teacher. >> after 45 minutes it was time to reveal to our young guests who was watching their interview. they were in the next room. >> oh, my goodness. >> oh. >> they just heard everything
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that just happened. >> come on. >> no. >> please. >> no. >> i was overall pretty proud, did a good job, kid. you never know when you're doing it by yourself if you're doing a good job. >> i don't want to take full credit for how respectful he is because my husband has a lot to do with that as well. there are a lot of times that he tells cooper to open the door for your mother or sister. >> whether it's a female parent or male parent it's catching the boys doing the things that you want to make sure they do more of and that takes being there and having those conversations. saying i was really proud of how you acted in that moment. >> with all that's going on in the news a lot of parents were, maybe even single parents, single mothers, how can i raise my child not to end up in that position to be like that? >> the same principles that we're talking about here, teaching boys to respect other people and to take the perspective of others, they will play into boys' relationships with their partners when they get older and want them thinking about how comfortable anybody in their social environment might be with what's going on. >> it was very interesting to hear, paula. they find a distinction, i treat
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girls this way. they're the fairer sex if you will, but you ask them the toughest person they know, mama. >> really? >> the first thing out of their mouth is mama, but try to reconcile how is mama, the female, so tough. >> but i can't bump into that girl in the hallway. >> it was so interesting to hear these kids. >> you did a great job. we want to bring in dave anderson to continue with the conversation. you mentioned the importance of parents and having a positive role model but how do you find good role models and good influencers on your children? >> i think the first point we think about is that just good people are good role models. doesn't have to be a male or female. we had coaches and teachers and one came up with his barber but looking for anybody who can articulate their values. >> we were trying to figure out, thinking you treat a girl this
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way, you should make sure you give her these boundaries but the key is not just to teach there is a difference, you need to treat a boy and respect his boundaries and personal space the same as you would a girl. treat everybody the same. >> with whatever the rules were coming up with we want to ask them for examples of people that follow that rule and examples who violate that rule so if they see a boy who is tough, great. where do they see women who are tough, they mentioned their mothers and got blank looks by how they became that tough. >> by raising you, son. that's how we became that tough. >> absolutely. >> you say this age group was 7 to 10. offers a unique opportunity and window of influence, so how do we capitalize on that? >> we know that boys this age are learning things in rules so that can be to one parent's advantage in the sense he learns i need to brush my teeth before bed every time. but at the same time it might be rules that girls you can't tell
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secrets to. that's where we want to bring it back to having conversations openly. for parents to give examples of girls they can tell secrets to and to ask the boys for more specific examples of the kids in their class they can trust and not trust and brings in more flexible thinking. >> it's okay this idea of social shaping. is it wrong for us to talk about chivalry and open the doors for women but he said some of this is social shaping but, again, goes back to the key open the door for a guy. open the door for a person. >> general respect. >> it's all a matter of general respect. >> right. i mean social shaping can be great in certain ways and teaches us values like being nice and do unto others as you would do, you know, that kind of thing but at the same time we want to look at the rigid rules that might get us into trouble and those are the ones we try to question. >> all right, dr. david anderson, t.j., great job with those little boys. i spoke with middle schoolers and we'll bring that to you tomorrow. let's send things over to ginger. >> yes, let's do your "gma" moment because it's a monday. you need a smile. you know when you have been at the party and getting real tired but still want to party.
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yeah, 1-year-old steele knows what that feels like. he's just laying there, but the balloons don't stop. thank you for sending us that from freeport florida. we feel you this morning. good monday morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. your accuweather highlights grab sunglasses for today. breezy with a chance of rain wednesday. by thursday pattern turns dry once again. temperature from 59 at half moon bay to about 68 in sant oprosa. mid 30s in our valley. my accuweather seven day forecast storm rolls into the north bay tuesday night. for the rest of us we approach the new year and we're looking back at those we loved and lost in 2017.
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some of the stars that had a big impact and shaped our culture. >> robin is celebrating their lives and none with a bigger impact than mary tyler moore. >> mary tyler moore was the first funny feminist on network television. >> her smile, her smile, that lit up the entire country, the entire world. ♪ who can turn the world on with her smile ♪ >> there was a goodness and kindness about her that i related to in myself and oh, my god, i wanted to be mar. >> i would like to know why the last associate producer before me made $50 a week more than i do. >> oh, because he was a man. [ laughter ] >> i think it was really powerful to see mary confront these cultural roadblocks because she was a woman.
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>> i'm doing as good a job as he did. >> better. >> better! >> i feel indebted to mary tyler moore because she said the things that i think a lot of women only thought about but didn't have the courage to say out loud at that time. >> will you shut up, ted? >> she was a very strong lady. a loving lady and talented beyond belief. and i loved her dearly. >> her legacy is a combination of everything that she's ever done in her life that touched our hearts that made us want to turn the world on with our own smiles. [ applause ] >> mary tyler moore obviously influenced oprah winfrey who is now influencing generations of women and she epitomizes what we all want to be, world changers. >> i think you could do an entire hour program on just mary.
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>> no question about it. >> funny feminist. i loved that description of her. another actor who made his mark on tv and music was david cassidy, "the partridge family" was the ultimate teen heartthrob even impressing those on tv as well. take a look. ♪ i think i love you ♪ i think i love you >> on friday nights i would race home from wherever i was. i wouldn't watch our show. ♪ it's the brady bunch >> i would watch "the partridge family." david cassidy was one of the biggest teen idols ever and that feathered perfect, gorgeous shiny hair and he could do it all. he could sing, he could act. he just had that "it" factor. [ applause ] >> you guys are all too young but that was my friday nights. "the brady bunch" and "the partridge family." >> a raging friday night with
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george. >> i was 8 years old. coming up here, the year in memoriam. a special collaboration between robin and jimmy kimmel. see more tonight on abc and when we come back t.j. is back with the rock. we'll have what he's saying about fatherhood and taking on the new "jumanji." and the school custodian you're not going to want to miss. he is spreading so much holiday spirit. he's going to perform for us live. your "gma" moment brought to you by the frame from samsung, the most beautiful tv you've never seen.
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good morning. sue hall has a look at your monday morning traffic. >> a couple of problems approaching the bay bridge. 80 westbound at ashby and 80 westbound at san pab low a couple of accidents. once you are through the metering lights you can see traffic flowing nicely on the eastern span of the bay bridge into san francisco. we have metering lights on so you are delayed at the toll plaza. those came on at 5:15 this morning. cool morning for
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happy monday morning. let's take a look at temperatures all of us above freezing. still in the 30s and 40s. commute planner. mass transit no spare the air and on the roads dry all day. here is my accuweather seven day forecast. subtle changes there. a one on tuesday for the evening wet weather in the north bay and one on wednesday. it will be a light storm hopefully up to 0.2 rain. not what we need but at least it is something. >> another abc 7 news update in about 30 minutes ask always on our news app and abc7news.com.
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join us every week day morning from 4:30 to ♪rom 4:30 to welcome back to "gma." we have a real treat to motivate you all this monday morning. take a look at this video. ♪ silent night ♪ holy night ♪ all is c.a.l.m. >> that is wilbert knight. his singing has gone viral. more than 18,000 views already and we're happy to have him here this morning. he's joining us from stephenville, ohio. some of his big fans right there and why don't you tell us how
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this all came about. >> mr. robinson. >> how did this all happen, mr. robinson. >> this came about when we featured mr. knight as our staff spotlight on our facebook page doing what he enjoyed doing singing "happy birthday" to one of our staff members. he enjoyed it and wants to spread good will into the world and shared another video to our news anchor and they picked it up and it went viral. >> mr. anything, you have the voice of an angel. i want to ask mrs. gorman, you're the principal there, what do you think it is about his music that connects with so many people. >> it's easy. i mean he just is just genuine and sin cere and truly happiest when he makes others happy. if you're feeling down he'll sing a couple bars and makes you smile. >> mr. anything, we can already
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hear you're a great personment how does it feel you've gone well beyond steubenville, ohio. people around the world are seeing your video and hearing you sing. how does that make you feel? >> i'm overwhelmed. i just glad i can touch people's hearts all over the world and bringing peace and love. >> i have to tell you mr. anything does not have social media. he doesn't have any electronic devices. so we kind of had to pull him down into the office to tell him, hey, this is what it means to. >> viral. everyone is talking about you. he was overwhelmed. it was great sdmrul's get more overwhelmed now after we hear you sing. we'd love to hear something for our entire "gma" audience. ♪ when jesus is my portion my calm is he ♪ ♪ his eye is on the sparrow
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♪ and i know he's watching over me ♪ >> wow! mr. knight. mr. knight, thank you for taking us to church and the message you want to send through your message is peace and love. is that your message? >> the message is a positive message that i want to send and i'm hoping i can touch people's heart, joy, love, happiness and all. merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you. >> thank you. thank you so much. thanks for sharing. [ applause ] >> you know what it proves. he proves there are no unimportant lives especially in the lives of children. >> absolutely. that was great. we'll move on to one of the hottest movies, dwayne "the
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rock" johnson stars in "jumanji" and t.j. holmes had a chance to talk about it. he is back with us now. >> you gave me a hard time last week. >> i did. >> this is further evidence i worked when i was in hawaii. >> two pieces out of a week. >> still. between the luaus and mai tais i got in an interview with dwayne "the rock" johnson. we sat down and explained why "jumanji," this movie, he's more anxious about this one than he has any other movie he's put out and why shooting in hawaii was such a special personal experience for him. he looks the same. the bald head, the bod but you've never seen dwayne "the rock" johnson quite like this. >> i don't have my claritin and all i see around here is pollen. >> reporter: he plays an awkward nerdy teenager. >> we've got sucked into "jumanji" and became the avatars we chose. >> reporter: in "jumanji: welcome to the jungle." >> i've never had the privilege of having a movie come out
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during christmas. and when you have a christmas movie come out i think that you have a responsibility, make sure it's good. >> don't let this new body get your butt whooped. >> ow. >> reporter: it is a new take on the robin williams classic. and its release wraps up another big year for johnson. >> 2016. "forbes," highest paid actor in hollywood you were named. "people" magazine's sexiest man alive in 2016. in 2017, you lost both titles. >> the "people" magazine tight surveillance a title of which i do not relinquish. >> wait a minute. you'll never relinquish the title. it's just your. >> in no uncertain terms and actually i'm telling people will i ever relinquish the title. i am and today will always be the texiest man alive.
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>> reporter: johnson admits a sense of normalcy in day-to-day can be a challenge. >> keep things simple. movies on the weekend. get good pizza. get some good loving in because she's watching now. get some good brownie points. >> she's lauren hashian and they're set to welcome their second daughter next year and johnson gushes about his 16-year-old daughter simone from his first marriage just named golden globe ambassador and will get to hand out trophies at the annual award show. >> so proud. so proud of simone. >> reporter: she has expressed interest in a career in hollywood. a move he supports but also gives him pause. would you have any concerns about your daughter in hollywood given what we've seen. >> yeah, absolutely, so this is our community and it's the world that i make my business in. and so farrelly the concerns are there. we've had this wfconversation wh
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her before and circle back around of being so proud of the brave women who stepped forward and created this watershed moment that we're experiencing. do i have concern, i'm her dad and i'm always going to have concerns with, period. >> reporter: they have come full circle. "jumanji" filmed in hawaii where he spent years growing up and it reminds him of how far he's come. >> we were forced to leave because we couldn't pay the rent, i was 13 or 14 and thought i would do anything to make sure we're never in this position. the irony is lost that we're here in hawaii but gives me a strong foundation of gratitude. >> and, george, i said at the top there he lost the title of highest paid actor in hollywood for this year. >> to who? >> he athe second highest paid. lost it to mark wahlberg but still collected 68 million. >> he's got a christmas movie coming out. >> and new baby. the announcement made. show this instagram post ands
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that take their youngest now. little one, jasmine, 2 years old and she's going to have a little sister so he's going to have three girls. >> tease him about running for president. >> i did not tease hip. you do not tease dwayne "the rock" johnson. >> you do go see "jumanji: welcome to the jungle" that hits theaters this wednesday. thank you. coming up, celebrity fitness star helping so many transform. [ applause ] my wish was a clubhouse, but we call it "the wish house." people visit national parks from all over the world. food tastes better when you don't have to cook it. he was just supposed to be my dog. i don't know why. (vo) we're proud that, on behalf of our owners, the subaru share the love event will have donated over one hundred fifteen million dollars in just ten years. get 0% financing for 63 months on select models. plus we'll donate $250 to charity.
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hey, welcome back to "good morning america." my new friends, all brothers from harleyville, pennsylvania and we have exciting news. take a look at who is gracing the new cover of "time" magazine, the leads of disney's upcoming film "a wrinkle in time." reese wither storm, oprah winfrey, mindy kaling. winfrey says i felt like we were making the new w it was thanksgiving.
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>> announcer: this is an abc news special report. now reporting george stephanopoulos. >> good morning. we are coming on the air. there's been a major train derailment south of seethe l, about 40 miles south. amtrak train 501 derailed in washington state. it's interstate 5, the main artery connecting california to washington state. traffic stopped in both directions. i want to go straight to matt gutman on the phone. matt, what do we know? >> we know it seems to be a significant incident. local affiliate showing numerous ambulances and personnel rushing to the scene. i 5 continues to be shut down. these images we see of this train car, one dangling over this bridge. the sheriff said they're rushing
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to the scene. there are many personnel there trying to attend to the wounded. there are casualties. in addition to that picture we see of that one car dangling over the overpass there are other cars that appear to be derailed. unclear where the injuries are or the significance of these casualties at this event. >> there were 75 people on the train. i want to go to david kerley. >> this is i 5 and the amtrak run that's north south between vancouver, seattle and portland. a lot of traffic in this area. it's unclear -- this is supposedly a new lock motive. i'm not sure if it's the inaugural trip. it's not clear whether this derailed by itself or it hit
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something. we've seen crashes in the past a train ran into a truck or a vehicle crossing there. too early to know what has happened with this amtrak train. to see a car like that hanging over the bridge on to one of the busiest pieces of real estate is dramatic. >> david, as you say it's a major, major artery. >> yes. most of the traffic in that part of the country in the northwest is this north sound corridor of i 5. the trains are going to go down to california or into vancouver. this is the life line along the west coast. >> this was a train that left seattle around 6:00 a.m. apparently the incident happened around 8:01. matt gutman emergency responders reporting to the scene? >> absolutely. we see them streaming in there.
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ambulance after ambulance. they're having to navigate through the massive traffic jam. it's already miles long. we have understand they're at the scene. i assume they're doing triage. as you and david mentioned, not only is the i5 corridor from the border of mexico and san diego to the border of canada, but this is one of the busiest times. it was the enter secretainterse major railroad route in the northwest. tremendous number of people in the confluence of all these people at one time. i imagine it's going to be difficult for law enforcement and for medical personnel to get there. we're seeing new images coming across now. there appears to be medical personnel tending to what seem to be wounded or at least working on wreckage on i5,
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working on debris from where that train seems to be dangling off the overpass. we see people above the train track, above the interstate and on the interstate itself. this is a significant event. there's dozens of ambulances moving to the scene. >> david kerley several incidents with trains over the past years. sometimes operator error, sometimes problems with the train. >> absolutely george. it's a little early to be talking about this. in the philadelphia derailment because the engineer was driving too fast, that derailment were lessons learned for amtrak and regulators that the rail cars
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we're traveling in don't always stand up to these high impact accidents. i don't know what kind of cars this train was carrying and rolling down the rails. that's going to be something did we learn our lesson from philadelphia several years ago. have these cars been improved? >> david, explain what kind of impact this will have on train travel across the northwest at this time of year? >> it's going to be very, very problematic. it will depend on how much damage was done to the rails because you would be surprised at how quickly these rail workers and rail companies deal with an accident like this. we're still dealing with those potentially injured in those cars. they'll be able to clear the train pretty quickly if there's not serious damage to the rails. it could be opened fairly
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quickly. if there's serious damage, that's problematic. when you're traveling on these main arteries of rail lines there are often two or three sets. can they move some of the traffic over? it's going to be a concern. we're getting to the peak season. hundreds and thousands of people travel home for the holidays on amtrak along that route. >> we see that car hanging off the overpass, matt, on to the highway. any idea the numbers on the over all train, whether cars slammed into any part of the train? >> it's hard to tell at this point, george. there seems to be some debris on the roadway. i can't tell at this point whether it is vehicles or buses. it actually looks like one of the rail cars actually careened off the tracks and landed in the
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i5 roadway. it appears significantly damaged, perhaps even flipped over. you see medical personnel and first responders working on that. this seems to be a very significant crash. whatever happened to derail this train, that's going to come second. first figuring out how many people have been hurt and whisking them off to safety and evacuate them to hospital if that's possible. clearly medical personnel are there. the sheriff is on it. they set up a media staging point. they created a perimeter and take control of the situation. unclear how many people have been affected. it seems like this is a mass casual casual casualty event. >> david the national transportation and safety board will take control of this investigation. >> they will be launching a team
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to investigate. the official statement from amtrak is that they're aware of the incident of the train which was running from seattle to portland. it says they have report of some injuries. and service is temporarily suspended. it seems more serious than the statement reflects. the answer that is will come out of the investigation all aimed at something like this happening again. >> the incidents we've dealt with have been on the east coast. this is the first major on the west coast. >> there have been some on the west coast and more like metro type regional carriers have had some issues as well. rail traffic still considerably stave. it's still safer to get on a train than drive around in your
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car. >> matt gutman, i haven't seen anything to indicate this. any sense at all there was any incident on the train to precipitate this? >> we have nothing like that at this point, george. all we can say is what we see and repeat what officials are telling us. they ee're on the scene. dozens of ambulances there. it appears to be a pretty significant crash. the pictures we're seeing is that one rail car dangling off the overpass. another seems to have crashes underneath it, flipped over. there are first responders on the scene and ladders on the top leading to the flipped over rail car. one that distinguishes the east coast from west coast. there's a tremendous amount of cargo, oil, chemicals moved
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around and transported. the east coast especially that corridor is where people travel. this line not something as frequently travelled. we assume there were many people on this train when it travelled. it seems a significant incident. we're starting to get some new images. see cars lined up. flashers there. they're intermingled with first responders rushing to the scene. cars have tried to move to the side to create a pathway for first responders to get through. this is i5 during rush hour. it's a major corridor leading from the border with mexico to the border with canada. >> we're right near taco ma, washington and seattle.
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>> david kerley, we can see amtrak cass kads. what does that tell you? >> that's the service. it runs from vancouver down through seattle and portland and goes through other city ness oregon. the cascade mountains run north south. they run the west side of the cascade mountains. george, it's way too early to talk about what actually caused this. as i mentioned earlier, could it have been something at a crossing we're not seeing or was it something that happened with the train going too fast or was it something with the rails. so far federal officials telling us they have no indication this could be terrorism related. i have to tell you just a couple weeks ago we did a story about the fact that in the latest "inspire" magazine from al
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quaeda the cover story was suggesting terrorist derail trains. federal authorities said they have no indication of this. it is something that local, federal authorities, amtrak and the freight rail people are concerned about. we have a couple hundred thousands miles of rail line much is unsecured and secured, unsecured. it's a problem that they're looking at. >> david, thanks. i want to bring in greg makai from washington state on the phone. >> i was on my way to work. 50 prior to going under the undare pass we came to a stop trying to avoid colliding into one another. we saw the train came off the track on to the freeway hanging there. lots of folks including a lot of
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good military personnel ran to try to give help before emergency rep arrive. >> you didn't see the train come down? by the time you saw what happened the train was down? >> right. we were focussed on not running into one another. when we looked up, smoke everywhere. everyone was curious happened. >> could you see if there were passengers on that car that was hanging off the bridge? >> from where i was, no. there's no way to see if anything was in it. honestly it's the first time i've ever seen a passenger train on that track. it runs parallel to i5 going south there. it was a surprise to see it. there was nobody coming out of the train after the incident. >> you didn't hear anything before the train came down either? >> no, i didn't hear anything. >> how abruptly did this all
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happen? how abruptly did you have to stop? >> it was slamming on the breaks and swerving to the side of the road to avoid one another. it's wet and windy here today in washington. >> as far as you can tell, were there any traffic accidents in addition to what happened with the train? >> no, not from just normal traffic or anybody trying to stop. i think everything -- they acted pretty well to avoid one another. the train did appear to come into contact with vehicles on the freeway. >> you said you saw military responders and others rush quickly to the scene. what exactly were they doing? >> they were folks that -- they looked like they were just done with their physical morning. they were in that aye tire. they were grabbing anything they could, towels, first aid kits. i did my best to stay out of the
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way. i'm not skilled in that manner. >> did you see any injured on the ground? >> i didn't see any injured from my vantage point when i first got there. as i was stuck in traffic due to the emergency vehicles -- they were bringing folks out on stretchers and back boards. >> so you definitely see people who were injured and maybe seriously being taken from the scene? >> suabsolutely. >> where are you now? >> they turned us around and heading home. i'm on my hands free device. >> thank you very much. it's important information. i want to go back to david. david, one of the things we're learning is the train was running down a new bypass. do we have any idea how fast the train was going?
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>> we've been able to confirm from am tram's real time tracking it was traveling at 81 miles an hour. depending on the piece of track that's not necessarily speeding or going over the limit. so that -- >> what speed do they generally travel at? >> because these tracks -- you know we built these tracks a long time ago. because they have curves at times you've seen it, there are times they have to slow down because of curves. if they have a straight line they can go 80 or 90 miles an hour. that doesn't suggest it was going too fast. george, you mentioned the cass kads. you can see that outside of the amtrak rail car. the coloring and paint scheme is harkening back -- i'm using some
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of my old time model trains. those were the colors used for trains in the pacific northwest 100 years ago. this is a throw back of this service that runs along the cass kads on the west side between portland and up to vancouver. >> this train left seattle and was scheduled to arrive in portla portland around 9:00 a.m. i want to bring in pierre thomas. we know the national transportation safety board is investigating. have the fbi picked up any information? >> george, it's not unusual when there's no clear cause for the fbi to assist the ntsb to try to find out what happened. because of what happened, the
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level of this event, the federal authorities will be curious to know what happened and they will offer support, george. >> no indication yet this was anything other than an accident. no indication there was terrorism related or deliberately inspired? >> that's correct, george. we'll continue to check with our sources throughout the morning. law enforcement officials will be available if needed. >> again, a major train derailment. train running from seattle to portland amtrak 501. you see that car dangling off the overpass into the highway, i5 highway. traffic backed up in both directions. we know there are casualties. emergency responders on the scene as well. we'll track this all day long on abc news. a full report tonight on word
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