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suspect, william hudson, and the victims did not know each other. a woman who managed to survive the attack by hiding in the woods identified the suspect. the federal government has joined an investigation into a jamar clark is brain dead after being shot sunday night. there are conflicting accounts whether clark was handcuffed resisted arrest. hundreds protesting the shooting shut down interstate 94 last night in minneapolis. more than 50 people were arrested. some extreme weather starting with tornadoes in texas as many as a dozen twisters were reported in the texas panhandle. the severe storms left houses of people without power. golf ball sized hail came down in some parts, as well. a halliburton plant was heavily damaged and part of a train derailed on in the powerful winds. some localized flooding was also reported. in the meantime, winter is still over a month away but you wouldn't know that by looking at these skis. this is from the rockies now. the snow continues today with
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foot and a half. blizzard conditions will last well into this morning. up to 60 miles an hour. parts of kansas, nebraska, as well as new mexico. >> today's weather maps to the east all that snow will be there. also heavy rain across the middle of the country. violent storms along the gulf coast. heavy rain in the northwest. dry and sunny along most of the east coast. >> only 50 degrees here in new york city. significantly cooler than yesterday. and also in the 50s in the midwest. 80s along the gulf coast. 73 in l.a. and a high of 52 in beautiful great falls, montana. >> how about some fast food news. taco bell getting on the animal welfare bandwagon. the fast food chain is the latest to commit to using only cage-free eggs and they're making the fastest switch yet. by the end of 2016, next year. the choice will make a difference in the cage-free egg industry. taco bell has more than 6,000
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every year. can you get egg whites at taco bell? >> i think you can. i haven't been to a taco bell in awhile. speaking of breakfast because researchers have found even more benefits in that cup of morning joe. cup of joe. scientists at harvard discovered on that people who drank three to five cups of coffee a day had a 15% lower risk of dying prematurely and that includes decaf coffee, as well. they think it might have something to do with chemical compounds found in coffee beans. >> remind me again, you don't drink coffee, right? >> i do, not enough but still i'm alive. well and healthy. >> a couple of parents in iowa have three little reasons that they might be awake and watching us right now. give them the coffee. they have identical new triplets. >> the boys are two weeks old today.
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is that mama? she looks too bright eyed and bushy tailed. >> she looks kate middletonesque >> since they've been home, their mom says it's been a 24-hour cycle of feeding, changing and dressing them. they were born without the use of fertility drugs. >> their doctors say so exceedingly rare, he doesn't even know what the odds are of it happening. the most important point is all three are healthy and happy and they have interesting names. >> macrory is one and two of the three first names are traditional irish names. >> interesting. cute little babies. >> coming up in "the skinny," that's how they sound about now, steven spielberg, barbra streisand and yogi berra will soon have something in common. >> charlie sheen's private health concern going public. the latest on his condition. >> later a social media uproar over a $50 charge to see a shopping mall santa. how parents fought and won, all
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hearing new details about the so-call d mastermind behind the attacks. >> it comes as authorities believe one of the attackers posed as a refugee to slip in undetected to europe. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: he is only 27, but he's risen rapidly through the ranks of isis to mastermind some of their biggest terror plots in europe. in this propaganda video, abdelhamid abaaoud asks, is there anything better than jihadism, than martyrdom? officials believe he planned the paris attacks from isis headquarters in syria. carrying out the direct orders of top isis leaders, who have set up a new unit to launch terror attacks in the west, with recruits separated into brigades by their nationality and language skills. >> this was planning a complicated operation, infiltrating trained personnel to do it and pulling it off across borders. >> reporter: the isis mastermind sent one of its attackers from syria, posing as a refugee, presenting this forged passport to greek officials just five
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way across europe to paris. other attackers were hand-picked in the mastermind's hometown in that brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, where he traveled often. narrowly escaping a police raid just this past january before he returned to syria. >> the mastermind selects and trains and motivates the suicide bombers, but he never kills himself. >> french authorities say they had no advance word of the attack but at least two of the gunmen were known to french intelligence and one had actually been charged with terror connect d crimes and allowed to go free. clearly the french government lost track of both of them. brian ross, abc news, new york. and intelligence officials say part of the reason why it was difficult to track all of this is because they use d belgium as a staging ground as as opposed to france where they are searching for all of these
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people. some live pictures in the meantime from paris, fittingly you would say gray and rainy morning there in the capital. >> and as the country mourns we know the french military announcing just a short time ago at least 16 bombs were used on in the latest campaign. they had he targets, command centers and even training centers. action clearly being taken by the government even overnight. we'll be right back. being taken by the government even overnight. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues
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skinny, so skinny okay. so topping our headlines this morning for "the skinny," some devastating news from actor charlie sheen. >> hollywood publicist howard bragman also a consultant for abc news has confirmed he's been told that sheen has been diagnosed as hiv positive. >> he says while he didn't talk directly to sheen about his hiv status, sheen's people have told him that he is getting treatment. >> some more uplifting news here. into president obama last named this year's class of recipients confident presidential medal of freedom. >> 17 people have been named for the nation's highest civilian honor including barbra streisand. her fill lan floppic works having advanced research of heart disease in women. >> also steven spielberg founded the usc foundation dedicated to overcoming intolerance and bigotry through the use of
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visual history testimony. >> and being honored on posthumously yogi berra who put his professional career on hold to join the navy where he fought with allied forces on d-day and earned a purple heart. >> the rewards will be presented at the white house next tuesday. >> what a great group of folks to honor. >> next to the viral video that triggered on a run on patti labelle's sweet potato pies. >> they are sold exclusively through walmart. this weekend they were being sold at the rate of one per second all because of this guy in chicago, kendis. >> you turn into patty after eating this. mm, patti, how is it that you people who laugh together and love
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patti. when you've been playing feels like heaven mm, mm, mm. >> this is your favorite video. >> that's great. there is a follow-up where he was out of the pie, by the way. his name is james wright. and his video has been viewed on more than a million times including by patti herself who personally called him to thank him for the over the top review. walmart says it's looking for 2 million sweet potato pies to replenish its supply. >> finally we have a "dancing with the stars" update. >> a big night in the ballroom with the stars performing three dances filling the void after tamar braxton's exit over health issues. bindi irwin dancing both inside and outside a box, swinging a lighted rope around her neck. >> carlos penavega showed off his rope dancing skills. au four contestants will advance to next week's finals. >> showing off more than his ropes.
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you'd better you'd better watch out. you'd better not cry you'd better not pout i'm telling you why santa claus is coming to town >> why not? the music's great but santa claus has already come to a town in cherry hill, new jersey but he ended up causing a huge controversy. >> it all started with a cherry hill mall decided to amp up the santa experience and also amping up a heavy price tag. wpvi's sarah bloomquist has the story. >> reporter: the visit to santa's lap is a holiday tradition but when for the the second year in a row the mall decided to give shoppers a hi-tech experience social media went wild and not in a good way because of the price. this year the mall started charging $35 to $75 to see st.
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nick. gail's post on facebook was typical. it's an absolute disgrace you're charging so much money to get in to see santa. outside the mall the same. >> i don't think people should be charged for santa claus. no way. >> why not? >> it's christmas. come on. what's the real meaning? >> reporter: there the adventure to your santa attraction is one of only 12 like it in the country. mall management was surprised by the negative reaction. >> we never want anybody to feel like they're excluded or they can't come here. >> reporter: the mall got the mess allege and dropped the required prepurchase of a photo package. >> you can come in and visit for free. you'll no longer have to make a minimum photo package purchase and you can visit with santa instead. >> gianna and her sister paid to see the north pole attraction prior to the policy change and thought it was worth the price. >> i like when we go on the sled and you see it's like you're actually moving in the sled. >> still shoppers were glad to
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hear seeing santa is free again. >> perfect. >> do you think that's right? >> absolutely. give more children the you opportunity, the experience. you can see sit on his lap for free. photo will cost you $30 to $70. >> did you like it sitting on santa's lap when you were a kid or an adult? >> oh, hadal low. wow. >> what is that smirk? >> that smirk is santa, i have been very nice. >> but you look pretty naughty there. oh, boy. >> the filter has applied. >> i was just saying you're really holding back there. >> i'm trying the filter now. >> don't miss our updates on facebook at >> coming up, more news from abc. >> this is abc's "world news
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