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today, the president-elect trump has named exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson has his secretary of state. but his close ties to russia have critics scrambling. >> a polar vortex bearing coun on the use, bringing more snow and ice. >> new details surrounding donald trump lashing out at the company behind america's most sophisticated strike fighter. >> a santa story that will leave you speechless. >> and major league baseball bans certain rookie hazing rituals. >> good tuesday morning. i'm amyman mohyeldin. >> president-elect trump was busy tweeting late last night and early this morning announcing he would leave his businesses before inauguration day to focus on the presidency.
writing, quote, two of my children, don and eric, plus executives will manage them. n no new deals will be done during my time in office. i'll hold a press conference in the near future. busy times, he wrote. trump posted these tweet after he canceled his december 15th press conference to lay out his plan for separating himself from the biz ties. here's kellyanne conway confirming it. >> we expect a minor delay owing to the fact there are holidays between now and the end of the year as well, sensitive to that. the same questions that will be asked will be delayed a few weeks. what it does is make more clear how convoluted and complex many of these business holdings are. >> trump has officially chosen his secretary of state, exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson has been named for the coveted position. overnight, mitt romney, the other leading contender for the job, posting this statement on
facebook, saying it was an honor to have been considered for secretary of state. my discussions with president-elect trump have been enjoyable and enlightening. rick perry is expected to top to lead the department of energy. in the irony of all ironies, he could not remember the department of enemy in a 2011 gop presidential debate when he was asked which one of three agencies he wanted to eliminate. that as gar cohn has been chosen to serve on his economic council. this how the administration looks like just 38 days before inauguration with the heads of the v.a., interior, and agricultural departments still vacant. this morning, new comments on president obama's planned investigation into russia's alleged interference in the election. here's what he told trevor noah. >> the reason i have called for a review is really just to gather all the threads of the
investigations, the intelligence work that has been done over many months so that the public and our elected representatives going forward can find ways to prevent this kind of interference from having an impact on the elections in the future. >> meanwhile, trump remains skeptical of the intelligence community's assessment of the issue, even as congressional eye a thorough probe. andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: the fallout growing after that unprecedented attack by the president-elect against the cia. questioning its conclusion that it was russia that hacked the dnc and clinton campaign chairman john podesta's e-mails. >> they have no idea if it's russia or china or somebody. it could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. they have no idea. >> now a bipartisan call for congressional investigations into what the intelligence agencies say russia did and why.
republican leaders pointedly backing the cia over the president-elect. >> i have the highest kconfidene in the intelligence community. >> president obama's spokesman for the first tile since the election sharply criticizing trump. >> you don't need a security clearance to figure out who benefitted from malicious russian cyber activity. >> no unanimous conclusion about russia's motive. john mccain saying he did not think russia was trying to help trump. >> i do not. that's the reason we need a full investigation. but i have seen no evidence of that. >> also, trump escicating his war with the cia, dismissing the agency's crown jewels, the presidential daily brief. >> i don't have to be told -- i'm like a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. could be eight years, but eight years. i don't need that. >> all of it shocking
intelligence veterans. >> in 48 hours, he said the intelligence community on which he will rely, is incompetent, politicized, and frankly, he didn't have a lot of time for them. >> how solid is the proof russia was behind the hacking? the cia says it has high confidence, an intelligence term meaning you can take it to the bank. >> that convinces me that there is very strong, beyond circumstantial evidence, to justify the claim that the russians were doing something in our election. >> turning to other news now, the manhunt for a suspect in the shooting of two georgia police officers ended late last night. the suspected shooter is now in custody. authorities say gordon shot one officer in the hand, the other in the shoulder after they pulled him over in a traffic stop outside of a restaurant yesterday. gordon then fled the scene on foot. he's facing two counts of attempted murder along with other charges. officials say the officers' injuries are nonlife threatening and they're receiving treatment.
>> a bomb scare has set off an investigation for a flight heading from houston, texas, to frankfurt, germany. it had to make an meerjs stop in new york. some 533 passengers and crew members had to be evacuated from that flight. the port authority spokesperson said the plane was taken to a remote area where it was searched. however, nothing suspicious was found. sdploo new orleans is mourning the loss of a former football star, joe mcknight. hundreds of loved ones attended his funeral service. five of his former teammates acted as pallbearers. the 28-year-old was fatally shot in a road rage incident on december 1st. the other driver in the instant was arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection to mcknight's death. >> a giant sinkhole has closed a popular california beach. it opened up on the side of a cliff over the weekend, cutting
off the access path to pacifica beach south of san francisco. it may have been caused by king tides, which bring some of the biggest waves of the year onto shore. forecasters say the king tides may peak today or wednesday. >> a new winter storm is getting ready to bear down on 12 states or more across the united states. in fact, multiple states are already hard hit by massive amounts of snow. the icy conditions also causing havoc on the road where a series of pile-ups in flint, michigan, have left a dozen people injured. december 2015, the amount of snow in new england was minimal. this year, a near white-out. also much colder. new york has had three days with below average temperatures so far this december alone. minneapolis, six. chicago, seven. and next up, a plunge into the deep freezer for 28 million americans. temperatures 10 to 30 degrees below normal, believe it or not. meteorologist bill karins is here with more on the dangerous weather ahead. bill. >> we're going to get the cold, and then we're going to have a storm moving to the west that's going to move across the country.
a one-two punch. already, the windchills are brutdal in the northern plains. negative 25 in fargo and negative 25 in international falls. that's the stuff we'll deal with in the next couple days. in the est, the tropical connection, sometimes we call it the pineapple express, blowing the moisture from hawaii toward california. you can see the clouds are going to start to move in, and this storm system will move in later on today, be with us tonight, all day into wepz, and even into thursday. this is a heavy rain. there are flood watches in orfect for areas of nthern ek, flood watches are up. once the moisture gets into the rockies, that's when we'll deal with snow. so this storm is going to cause a law of problems, especially once it gets into the middle of the country when it hits the
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millions of dollars in hours. >> knope as the joint strike fighter, the f-35 is designed to be invisible to fly. the president-elect on twitter blasting the cost as out of control. insisting billions of dollars can and will be saved. that tweet taking its toll on the f-35's prime contractor, lockheed martin. its share price plummeting more than 4%. its market value dropping $4 billion. trump's fierce criticism came just as the israeli air force received isfirst f-35s, delivered by defense secretary ash carter. >> israel is our first and only friend in the region that's flying f-35. >> but dominating the skies doesn't come cheap. the f-35 is the pentagon's most expensive weapons program with an estimated cost of $400 billion. the company today said it's worked aggressively to slash its price tag. >> lockheed martin in its industry partners understand the
importance of affordability for the f-35 program. and since the beginning, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce the price of the airplane. >> days after bashing boeing for the cost of the new air force one, today's tweet represented the latest example of trump using his twitter feed as a negotiating tool. >> stocks are mixed overseas as investors are looking for a fed interest rate hike, and they're keeping a close eye on a guy named rex. landon dowdy is keeping her eye on your money for us. >> that's right. wall street is watching the federal reserve closely as the group of central bankers begips their two-day policy meeting today. the fed is expected to raise interest rates for the second time in a decade, but we have to wait for more on that for the 2:00 p.m. eastern decision. >> today is day, the cabinet announcement everyone has been waiting for. president-elect donald trump anoupsi announcing he's nominating rex tillerson for secretary of state. that's a choice that could lead to bipartisan resistance in
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morning. the nominations the 2017 golden globes are out, and they're hailed as one of the most diverse lineups of actors and actresses in both tv and film. industry analysts say they're a hopeful sign of what's to come, especially for the oscars later this year. >> a year that started with another oscars so white controversy is ending with a diverse list of golden globe nominees. 7 of the 30 film acting nods. >> i gave 18 years of my life to stand in the same spot as you. >> for viola davis and denzel washington in the movie "fences" to naomi harris and muhirsh law ala in moonlight. >> i think it's been a strong year for movies that reflect the black experience. >> april reign created the oscars so white hashing it in 2015 when all actors nominated were white. the same thing happened in 2016
prompted a boycott and a searing monologue from chris rock. they invited 600 new members, 46% of them women, 41% people of color, hoping to avoid an oscars so white trilogy. >> let women do some things at nasa. >> many of the movies earning praise were in the works well before oscars so white. a push for more diversity in front of theco camera and behin it. >> and the tonight show's jimmy fallon will host the golden globes january 8th right here. you don't want to miss that. >> just ahead, we have your wicked weather forecast before you head out the door this for congress gets ten years behind bars. all those details for you straight ahead. you're watching "early today." per roll
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into the west, mostly with rain, but snow will be in the higher elevations especially in oregon and idaho, but northern california, flood watches are up. rain last week, snow melt out of this, too, and looking for 2 to 5 inches of rain. the rest of the travel in the west, not too bad. phene beautiful at 74. los angeles looking good, and rainfall in san francisco will be later on today. >> do not forget your umbrellas. thank you, bill karins. >> after 2 1/2 years, merely $8 million, and a presidential election later, the special congressional benghazi investigation committee has officially shut down. the committee published its final report back in june but remained active until december 7th when its chairman trey gowdy disbanded it. that comes as the state of wisconsin completes its
presidential recount. widening trump's lead by 131 votes. this as a judge denied jill stein's pennsylvania recount request. >> chaka fattah was sentenced to ten years in philadelphia. he served 22 years before losing his democratic primary and being convicted on a number of federal corruption charges in june. the justice department wanted fattah incarcerated for 17 to 21 years. meanwhile, disgraced illinois congressman aaron schock whose downton abbey inspired office has pleaded not guilty to his own charges. he was indicted on 22 counts, including wire fraud and theft of government funds. >> the future first lady was in court yesterday. melania trump attended a legal hearing for her defamation lawsuit. she claimed an american blogger in the daily mail falsely asserted it was known she used
to work as a high-end escort. she's seeking a minimal of $75,000 for each defendant. she was not required to appear in court for the hearing, but trump's lawyer said she wanted to show her commitment to the case. there's nothing like an act of kindness to remind us what the holidays are all about. in fact, this video you're about to see exemplifies that. this video posted on youtube shows a teen of best buy employees from long island, new york, surprising a teenage boy who couldn't believe his luck. >> on behalf of all of us here at best buy, we got you a wiiu so you don't have to come here every day to play. >> now, here's the heartwarming part. the staff, they spotted the boy coming in to play with the wiiu pretty much every day at best buy, spending sometimes three hours at the store, so that's when the group decided to chip in and present him with this $300 early christmas gift. it was a very nice, heartwarming story you see there, reminding us what the holidays are about.
president-elect will nominate an oil executive as u-s secretary of state. making it official. today the president-elect will nominate an oil exec as u.s. secretary of state. the atf is expected to reveal the cause of the deadly fire in oakland. >> perhaps good news for oakland as the city and county get close to ponying up more than a billion dollars to keep the raisers at home. "today in the bay" starts right now. good tuesday morning and thanks for joining us. i'm chris sanchez in for laura garcia-cannon. >> we'll talk raiders, also a little radar. it's firing up. >> i like that. we'll have light rain today, no