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making news in america this morning -- the new year arrives safely across the u.s. celebrations from coast to coast are carried out with tight security. for authorities 2016 is off to a successful start. towering inferno, the spectacular scenes from dubai as a luxury hotel is engulfed in flames. investigators now on the scene. quite an arrival on the west coast. some absolutely amazing facts about the largest cargo ship to ever arrive here in the u.s. it cleared the golden gate bridge with just 20 feet to spare. and starting the new year
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the reason they came together in the first place. good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm lauren lyster. our top story it was a tense but uneventful new year around the world. people turned out, not letting threats ruin their celebration. >> reporter: take a look at these live pictures of new york's times square. just hours ago, it was packed with a million revellers and 6,000 police officers. >> three, two, one -- happy new year! >> it's finally 2016. and people around the world are ringing in the new year with those three familiar worlds. >> all: happy new year! >> from a jam-packed times square in new york all of the
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colorful fireworks displays painted the night sky. new zealand was the first, with australia nipping at its heel. lighting up the famous sydney harbor. celebrations from hong kong to tokyo illuminating the night sky. in dubai, even with a hotel fire raging nearby, the world's tallest building, the burj khalifa, 1.6 tons of fireworks carried on their display as scheduled. all across the globe millions crowded historic landmarks just to get a glimpse of the fireworks. cities around the world are in a heightened state of alert. paris canceled some events. and somber scenes in brussels where festivities were also canceled. those fears nearly realized here
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in rochester, new york, federal officials arrested a man believed to planning a terrorist attack. leading to the cancellation of fireworks display. he planned a new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar in new york's third largest city. he told an informant he had no problem with killing people. new year's celebrations were scaled back in several european cities because of worries about terror. in germany, police evacuated two munich train stations just hours before midnight, this, after getting tips from another current. it was believed five to seven suicide bombers were planning an attack. nothing happened and the two stations have reopened. that fire in a dubai skyskyper didn't stop the city's celebration.
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inside the hotel when it went up in flames. abc's alex marquardt has the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: the fire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and shortly after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the air. a surreal scene with the hotel still burning in the background. there has been no mention of
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official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. alex marquardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tanya couch is spending the night in a los angeles jail. she was returned from the u.s. from mexico yesterday. her attorney said she did not violate any texas laws when she left the state with her son. she's not only spending the holiday in jail she could be in custody for days. >> put yourself in tonya's shoes, as a parent who has a son who's the most hated people in america. >> ethan couch waits in a mexico jail. the floodwaters are starting to recede in missouri and southern illinois, but you wouldn't know it but looking at the devastation.
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most of them were motorists. hundreds of roads are closed, including part of an interstate, homes and businesses are under water with thousands of people displaced and all that water is heading south. coming up -- a rough year for stocks. wait until you hear how much america's most famous investor lost in 2015. plus, america getting back into the oil export business, the first shipment in decades on its way. and the alabama crimson tide rolling in college football national title game. highlights from both playoff semifinals coming up next. jane didn' t like restrictions. not in life. rand not when it came to watching her calories. r why settle on taste? jane thought. pthat' s why jane loves light & fit greek nonfat yogurt. bursting with rich creamy awesomeness and 12 grams of protein. all for 80 calories.
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ship ever to visit the u.s., the benjamin franklin was launched from china last month and arrived in oakland, california, yesterday. it's a quarter mile long. longer than four football fields or even the empire state building laid on its side. it will make regular deliveries from china to the u.s.'s west coast. the u.s. is back if this oil exporting business, a tanker left the port of corpus christi, it's hauling light crude from a oil field in south texas and heading to italy. the ban on oil was lifted last month. stocks have staggered to the end of a disappointing 2015. yesterday's final trading day of the year saw the dow drop 179 points. the nasdaq was off 58. the s&p 500 slipped more than 19 points. for all of 2015, the dow dropped
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since 2008. the s&p 500 with off slightly penalty. 2015 was also a bad year for warren buffett, he lost $11 billion. shares of his company slid 11%. but he's still the world's third richest man, his personal fortune is estimated at $63 billion. and you may be feeling a little bit richer this morning after a year of low gas prices. 2015 ended with the national average price at exactly $2. aaa estimates each licensed driver saved almost $600 over the past year and the outlook is good for 2016. and a milestone the world's largest mcdonald's has served its last big mac. located on international drive in orlando, the iconic structure was built to look like a giants box of fries.
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who eat at that restaurant it's being replaced with an even bigger mcdonald's being built right next door. it's set to open in february with plenty of room. 19,000 square feet. when we come back -- a new legal battle stemming from the charges facing bill cosby. and hold those tigers, ox okay couldn't. clemson will play for the top prize. college sports is coming up next. coughing...sniffling... and wishing you could stay in bed all day. when your cold is this bad... ...you need new theraflu expressmax. theraflu expressmax combines... maximum strength medicines available without a prescription... ...to fight your worst cold and flu symptoms... ...so you can feel better fast and get back to the job at hand. new theraflu expressmax.
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in seattle, revers marked the entrance of the new year with a fireworks extrav began za the iconic space needle. >> it lit up the night sky, hundreds of thousands gathered to watch the display. driving from seattle to just about anywhere in the west should be easy this morning. but drivers should watch out for wet roads along the gulf and southeast coast. roads could be slippery along the great lakes and upstate new york. a new twist in the case against bill cosby, he's facing his first criminal charges of sexual assault. >> now, there's a new legal battle, it involves cosby's wife. abc's mara skov cam poe has the story. >> reporter: the criminal case against bill cosby playing out in the court of public opinion. after the 78-year-old comedian
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indecent assault. >> reopening this case was our duty. >> reporter: prosecutors saying cosby sexually assaulted andrea constand in 2004, after giving her pills and alcohol at his suburban philadelphia home. now, cosby's attorney making the media rounds, vowing to fight what she calls an unjustified charge. >> i have faith in the justice system. >> reporter: and some of cosby's other accusers, also reacting to the criminal charge. >> i just started to cry. i think they were tears of relief, tears of joy and tears of validation. >> reporter: more than 50 women have come forward, claiming cosby sexually assaulted, drugged or raped them, which he has consistently denied. his wife of 50 years, camille, always standing by his side. now, she may be the next one in the hot seat. though she launched a legal battle to prevent being forced to speak about her husband in a related civil case next week, abc news has learned, late that request has been denied.
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charge, cosby, who is reportedly worth approximately $400 million, is free on $1 million bail. he faces ten years in prison if convicted of that charge. mara schiavocampo. next week, president obama is expected to take executive action against gun violence. the white house may also impose tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on the way to a buyer. but any move made by a president is likely to be opposed by gun rights advocates. portions of 2075 e-mails released from yesterday from hillary clinton's time as secretary of state. clinton said she didn't received or send information that was classified at the time. the state department also said it fell short of the number of e-mails it was ordered to release by a federal judge. so more e-mails will be released
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2016 begins with a tobacco crackdown in hawaii, where the legal smoking age is 21, the first state if the nation to take such action. the new law starting today includes electronic cigarettes. stores could be fine up to $2,000. now some sports. there are five college football bowl games today. highlighted by ohio state versus notre dame in the fiesta bowl. as for college football playoff, highlights now from espn. happy new year, everybody. i'm chris hassell, new year's eve, college football playoff. let's go from four down to two. who's going to play for the college football national championship a week from monday? it. he took his former assistant mark dantonio to the woodshed. jones, big interception to end
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jones, waiting back at his own 43, all kinds of room and watch the moves from number 5, right there. alabama, 38-0. largest shutdown in cotton bowl history. so number two is in and so is number one. deshaun watson and the clemson tigers struggled for the first quarter of this game, watson certainly struggled with the arm early, not the legs. 145 rushing yards. he got the arm going. clemson runs away in the second half and dabo swinney is going to face nick saban in the national championship game. a week from monday. on espn. "sportscenter" is live this morning, 7:00 a.m. eastern time. i'm chris hassell. happy new year.
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because everyone loves a parade. first up today's tournament of roses parade in pasadena, california. >> dozens of floats all decked out and ready to roll along the five-mile parade route. today's the 127th annual parade. the theme is find your adventure. >> filmmaker ken burns is the grand marshals. and a different sort of parade has already passed in key west, florida. >> the annual weiner wonder land parade. the canine costumes ram the gamut from the sea creatures to star wars characters. up next, a classy move from the delta pilot. >> he made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the tarmac and return to the gate. abc's clayton sandell tells us why he did it. >> reporter: one of the most important flights of their
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about to miss it. >> i was just crying. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and time to catch their connection to memphis ran out. the plane pushed back without them. >> the tower wasn't going to let them pull back in and my sisters and mom were sitting there in tears and i'm screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's when the captain saw them and he radioed in and found out the family was upset because missing the flight meant missing their dad's funeral. >> it would've been sad not saying goodbye. >> reporter: the captain, adam cohen, then made an extraordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesture made all the difference. they arrived in memphis in time to say good-bye. >> it's very rare someone does something kind for someone else. we need more people like them in this world.
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checking our top stories -- did new year was welcomed in new york's times square and many other cities. a few scaled back or canceled their events fearing terrorism. celebrations went on as planned in dubai despite a huge fire engulfing one of the city's biggest hotels. investigators now trying to figure out what this fire. they have ruled out terrorism the floodwaters in missouri and illinois are starting to recede. transportation through the region is a mess. looking at today's weather, lake-effect snow from wisconsin to upstate new york. otherwise, dry and cool across the midwest. dry along the gulf.
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year's day, a reminder every day has 525,000 minutes. >> they go by so fast. let's take one last look back at how some of those minutes went by in 2015. >> 7.8 magnitude earthquake. >> the death toll now surging. >> a horrifying realization. >> young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. >> tangible proof that it crashed into the indian ocean. >> mexico's most notorious drug dealer is also its most wanted man. >> an attack on a packed train foiled by quick-thinking american passengers. >> at least a dozen people were killed today at the charlie hebdo office. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war. >> paris under attack.
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different location and the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. >> somehow this has become routine. >> gunfire ripping through this louisiana movie theater. >> tragedy in charleston. >> dylan roof has been caught. >> thousands gathered in selma to remember that day in 1965. >> still searching for answers after the death of 25-year-old freddie gray. >> the police officer fires eight times at walter scott -- >> he was my son. >> the pope touching down. >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land, but that does not mean everyone is on board. >> the interview heard round the world. >> the force has awakened.
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>> magical. >> and this is what's making news america." have a great weekend. happy new year! making news in america this morning -- the new year arrives safely across the u.s. celebrations from coast to coast are carried out with tight security. for authorities 2016 is off to a successful start. towering inferno, the spectacular scenes from dubai as a luxury hotel is engulfed in flames. investigators now on the scene. quite an arrival on the west coast. some absolutely amazing facts about the largest cargo ship to ever arrive here in the u.s. it cleared the golden gate bridge with just 20 feet to spare. and starting the new year
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the reason they came together in the first place. good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm lauren lyster. our top story it was a tense but uneventful new year around the world. people turned out, not letting threats ruin their celebration. >> reporter: take a look at these live pictures of new york's times square. just hours ago, it was packed with a million revellers and 6,000 police officers. >> three, two, one -- happy new year! >> it's finally 2016. and people around the world are ringing in the new year with those three familiar worlds. >> all: happy new year! >> from a jam-packed times square in new york all of the
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colorful fireworks displays painted the night sky. new zealand was the first, with australia nipping at its heel. lighting up the famous sydney harbor. celebrations from hong kong to tokyo illuminating the night sky. in dubai, even with a hotel fire raging nearby, the world's tallest building, the burj khalifa, 1.6 tons of fireworks carried on their display as scheduled. all across the globe millions crowded historic landmarks just fireworks. cities around the world are in a heightened state of alert. paris canceled some events. and somber scenes in brussels where festivities were also canceled.
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at home. in rochester, new york, federal officials arrested a man believed to planning a terrorist attack. leading to the cancellation of fireworks display. he planned a new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar in new york's third largest city. he told an informant he had no problem with killing people. new year's celebrations were scaled back in several european cities because of worries about terror. in germany, police evacuated two munich train stations just hours before midnight, this, after getting tips from another current. it was believed five to seven suicide bombers were planning an attack. nothing happened and the two stations have reopened. that fire in a dubai skyskyper didn't stop the city's celebration.
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inside the hotel when it went up in flames. abc's alex marquardt has the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: the fire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and shortly after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the air. a surreal scene with the hotel still burning in the background.
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terror, arson or any other official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. alex marquardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tanya couch is spending the night in a los angeles jail. she was returned from the u.s. from mexico yesterday. her attorney said she did not violate any texas laws when she left the state with her son. she's not only spending the holiday in jail she could be in custody for days. >> put yourself in sxwlnchts who has a son who's the most hated boy in america. the floodwaters are starting to recede in missouri and southern illinois, but you
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the devastation. at least 22 people have drowned. most of them were motorists. hundreds of roads are closed, including part of an interstate, homes and businesses are under water with thousands of people displaced and all that water is heading south. coming up -- a rough year for stocks. wait until you hear how much america's most famous investor lost in 2015. plus, america getting back into the oil export business, the first shipment in decades on its way. and the alabama crimson tide rolling into college football national title game. highlights from both playoff semifinals coming up next. from both playoff semifinals coming up next. jane didn' t like restrictions. not in life. rand not when it came to watching her calories. r why settle on taste? jane thought. pthat' s why jane loves light & fit greek nonfat yogurt. bursting with rich creamy awesomeness and 12 grams of protein. all for 80 calories.
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ship ever to visit the u.s., the benjamin franklin was launched from china last month and arrived in oakland, california, yesterday. it's a quarter mile long, longer than four football fields or even the empire state building laid on its side. it will make regular deliveries from china to the u.s.'s west coast. zblnchtd and for the first time in 40 years, the u.s. is back in the oil exporting business, a tanker left the port of corpus christi, it's hauling light crude from a oil field in south texas and heading to italy. the ban on oil exports was lifted last month. stocks have staggered to the end of a disappointing 2015. yesterday's final trading day of the year saw the dow drop 179 points. the nasdaq was off 58. the s&p 500 slipped more than 19 points. for all of 2015, the dow dropped more than 2%, its worst year since 2008.
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gaining ground, nearly 6 .. the s&p was off slightly penalty. 2015 was also a bad year for warren buffett, he lost $11 billion. shares of his company slid 11%. but he's still the world's third richest man, his personal fortune is estimated at $63 billion. and you may be feeling a little bit richer this morning after a year of low gas prices. 2015 ended with the national average price at exactly $2. aaa estimates each licensed driver saved an average of and the outlook is good for 2016. because there's so much crude oil on the market. and a milestone, the world's largest mcdonald's has served its last big mac. located on international drive in orlando, the iconic structure was built to look like a giants box of fries. >> no worries for the millions
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being replaced with an even bigger mcdonald's being built right next door. the new place is set to open in february with plenty of room, 19,000 square feet. when we come back -- a new legal battle stemming from the charges facing bill cosby. and hold those tigers, oklahoma couldn't. clemson will play for the top college sports is coming up next. prize. college sports is coming up next. coughing...sniffling... and wishing you could stay in bed all day. when your cold is this bad... ...you need new theraflu expressmax. theraflu expressmax combines... maximum strength medicines available without a prescription... ...to fight your worst cold and flu symptoms... ...so you can feel better fast and get back to the job at hand. new theraflu expressmax.
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in seattle, revelers marked the entrance of the new year with a fireworks extravaganza at the city iconic space needle. >> it dazzled the eyes and lit up the night sky, hundreds of thousands gathered to watch the display. driving from seattle to just about anywhere in the west should be easy this morning. but drivers should watch out for wet roads along the gulf and southeast coast. roads could be slippery along the great lakes and upstate new york. next up this morning -- a new twist in the case against bill cosby, he's facing his first criminal charges of sexual assault after allegations made by dozens of women. >> now, there's a new legal battle, it involves cosby's wife. abc's mara schiavocampo has the story. >> reporter: the criminal case against bill cosby playing out in the court of public opinion. after the 78-year-old comedian appeared in court, facing a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault.
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duty. >> reporter: prosecutors saying cosby sexually assaulted andrea constand in 2004, after giving her pills and alcohol at his suburban philadelphia home. now, cosby's attorney making the media rounds, vowing to fight what she calls an unjustified charge. >> i have faith in the justice system. >> reporter: and some of cosby's other accusers, also reacting to the criminal charge. >> i just started to cry. i think they were tears of relief, tears of joy and tears of validation. >> reporter: more than 50 women have come forward, claiming cosby sexually assaulted, drugged or raped them, which he has consistently denied. his wife of 50 years, camille, always standing by his side. now, she may be the next one in the hot seat. though she launched a legal battle to prevent being forced to speak about her husband in a related civil case next week, abc news has learned that request has been denied. now, as for that criminal
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worth approximately $400 million, is free on $1 million bail. he faces ten years in prison if convicted of that charge. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. next week, president obama is expected to take executive action against gun violence. it could expand background checks for anyone buying guns. the white house may also impose tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on t way to a buyer. but any move made by the president is likely to be opposed by gun rights advocates. the state department said portions of 2075 e-mails released yesterday from hillary clinton's time as secretary of state. have been newly classified. clinton said she didn't received or send information that was classified at the time. the state department also said it fell short of the number of e-mails it was ordered to release by a federal judge. so more e-mails will be released next week.
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crackdown in hawaii, where the legal smoking age is now 21, it's the first state if the nation to take such action. the new law starting today also includes electronic cigarettes. stores could be fine up to $2,000. now some sports. there are five college football bowl games today, highlighted by ohio state versus notre dame in the fiesta bowl. as for college football playoff, highlights now from espn. happy new year, everybody. i'm chris hassell, new year's eve, college football playoff. let's go from four down to two. who is going to play for the college football national championship a week from monday? nick saban going to be a part of it. he took his former assistant mark dantonio to the woodshed. cyrus jones, big interception to
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jones, waiting back at his own 43, all kinds of room and watch the moves from number 5, right there. alabama, 38-0, largest shutdown in cotton bowl history. so number two is in and so is number one. deshaun watson and the clemson tigers struggled for the first quarter of this game, watson certainly struggled with the arm early, not the legs. 145 rushing yards. most by a quarterback in orange bowl history. and then he got the arm going a little bit, too. clemson runs away in the second half and dabo swinney is going to face nick saban in the national championship game. a week from monday. on espn. "sportscenter" is live this morning, 7:00 a.m. eastern time. i'm chris hassel. happy new year. have a great one.
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to entertainment now, the end of an era in heavy metal music. motley crue performed the last at the staples center in los angeles. >> the band was a major influence on groups including poison and guns and roses. it's releasing a full length film of that performance. up next in "the pulse" -- the beautiful floats have to roll in pasadena, an early look at some of them. and the family that nearly missed their flight until a delta pilot took an extraordinary step. their story straight ahead. without it the virus spreads from cell to cell. only abreva penetrates deep and starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells. you could heal your cold sore, fast, as fast as two and a half days when used at the first sign.
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first up, today's tournament of roses parade in pasadena, california. >> dozens of floats all decked out and ready to roll along the five-mile parade route. today's the 127th annual parade. the theme is find your adventure. >> filmmaker ken burns is the grand marshal. volunteers spent about 80,000 hours putting those floats together and as always, they look amazing. and a different sort of parade has already passed in key west, florida. >> this was the annual weiner wonderland parade. the canine costumes ram the gamut from the sea creatures to star wars characters. next up, a classy move from the delta pilot. who was about to take off from minneapolis/st. paul airport. >> he made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the tarmac and return to the gate. abc's clayton sandell tells us why he did it. >> reporter: one of the most important flights of their
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about to miss it. >> i was just crying. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and time to catch their connection to memphis ran out. the plane pushed back without them. >> the tower wasn't going to have them pull back in and my sisters and mom were sitting there in tears and i'm screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's when the captain saw them and he radioed upset because missing the flight meant missing their dad's funeral. >> it would've been sad not saying good-bye. >> reporter: the captain, adam cohen, then made an extraordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesture made all the difference. they arrived in memphis in time to say good-bye. >> it's very rare someone does something so kind. we need more people like them in this world.
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common decency. and finally, another simple example of people just being nice to each other. it happened during a trip to a restaurant in baton rouge, louisiana. >> steve taylor and his family were out to eat and that's when a police officer came over to where they were sitting. >> he introduced himself and, you know, he told me how well behaved my kids were. >> i just observed how they were well mannered. and that was unusual. >> he offered to pay for our meal. that. there were eight of us. it was a real good feeling. nobody's ever done like that for me and my family before. >> taylor said he went to the media with the story because he wanted to sure that corporal freeman was recognized for his kindness. and as a thank you they bought him a dozen doughnuts. and we have more coming up after this. please, stay with us. coming up
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you checking our top stories -- the new year was welcomed in new york's times square and many other cities. but a few scaled back or canceled their events fearing terrorism. celebrations went on as planned in dubai despite a huge fire engulfing one of the city's biggest hotels. investigators now trying to figure out what sparked this fire. they have ruled out terrorism the floodwaters in missouri and illinois are starting to recede. but the disaster is far from over. roads and homes are under water and transportation through the region is a mess. looking at today's weather, lake-effect snow from wisconsin to upstate new york. otherwise, dry and cool across the midwest. rain along the gulf. mild and dry along the west.
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year's day, a reminder that every year has 525,600 minutes. >> they go by so fast. let's take one last look back at how some of those minutes went by in 2015. >> a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. centered in nepal. >> the death toll now surging. >> a horrifying realization. >> that young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. >> tangible proof that it crashed into the indian ocean. >> mexico's most notorious drug dealer is now also its most wanted man. >> an attack on a packed train foiled by quick-thinking american passengers. >> at least a dozen people were killed today during a staff meeting at the charlie hebdo offices. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war.
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>> the terrorists hit six different locations. >> the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. >> somehow this has become routine. >> gunfire ripping through this louisiana movie theater. >> tragedy in charleston. >> these people were in church. >> dylan roof has been caught. >> we have no room for hate so we have to forgive. >> thousands gathered in selma to remember that day in 1965. >> still searching for answers after the death of 25-year-old freddie gray. >> the police officer fires eight times at walter scott -- >> he was my son. >> the pope touching down. >> the land of the free -- >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land, but that does not mean everyone is on board. >> the united states has reached a historic understanding with iran. >> the interview heard round the world. >> the force has awakened. >> for a highly anticipated

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