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agent working as a private investigator he disappeared after meeting an aislamic militant. he hasn't beeneard from since 2011. his family says they are devastated he was "left behind." the iranians say they do not note where he is. >> in the meantime in iraq, u.s. officials confirm media reports that three american contractors have gone missing south of baghdad. they are civilians, not military. and they were last seen two days ago. the case is being treated as a possible kidnapping although no one has claimed responsibility. in hawaii, conditions are expected to improve today in the waters where teams are looking for 12 missing marines and two helicopters. crews have been fighting waves as high as 32 feet. the two helicopters appeared to have crashed during night exercises on thursday. the marine corps has now identified the missing who range in age from 21 to 41 ran who come from nine different states. >> an american missionary is among those killed in a terror attack in a luxury hotel in
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burkina faso in after. mike it will rittering and his wife ran an orphanage. he was at a coffee shop when the terrorists struck. at least 28 people were killed. an al qaeda group claimed responsibility. >> one police officer is dead, another wounded after a traffic accident in the salt lake city area. they were chasing a man who had been in a serious crash. the suspect had fled the scene. officer doug barney was shot in the head when he found the suspect. a gun battle erupted when other cops later encountered the suspect. he was killed. another officer was wounded. >> noud to central florida where two residents are dead after a pair of deadly tornadoes struck within minutes of each other in the middle of the night. abc's phillip mena is there. >> reporter: gulf coast communities reeling after a rash of tornadoes. this is all that's left of this mobile home ripped from its concrete foundation and strewn
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across the road. 3:45 a.m., the ef-2 tornado touching down in the town of duette. a couple in that home, steven and kate wilson lost their lives. their son and four grandchildren injured but managed to climb to safety. when neighbors heard of the tornado alert they tried but couldn't reach the wilsons. >> devastation. woke up this morning and lost a family friend and neighbor. >> my neighbor told me steve was already gone. he's gone but he will never be forgotten, let me tell you. >> reporter: friends are picking up the pieces. about 25 miles away, another twister in sarasota county. the second floor of this $1.8 million property collapsing under the force of more than 130-mile-per hour winds. >> baywinds, we have reports of two people trapped upstairs in a home. >> reporter: rescuers reaching that family stranded inside. now safe, suffering only minor
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injuries. the homeowner was up here on the second floor trying to escape when the tornado collapsed the house on her. firefighters had to lift the wreckage to pull her to safety. and she is out of the hospital with only minor injuries. phillip mena, abc news, sarasota, florida. >> incredible scene there. now to the growing outrage over the contaminated water in flint, michigan. speaking at a sunday church service, reverend jesse jackson said there should be tape around the city because it's a crime scene. his comments came a day after president obama signed an emergency declaration to clear the way for federal help. the contamination after flint switched to a different water supply to save money. oil prices are sliding overnight as the industry braces for even more crude on the market now that iran's sanctions have been lifted. that could make gas station signs like this one a common sight. wait, is that right? 47 cents a gallon? this apparently is in northern
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michigan at one point yesterday. other stations were also below $1. it's the first time anyone's seen gas that low in ages. but the price war didn't last very long and gas there right now is about $1.50 a gallon. nationally it's $1.90. >> i wouldn't complain about that. >> we're celebrating. >> next sunday's nfl conference championship games are all set. let's start in the nfc. >> the top seeded carolina panthers, that guy he's got a future. looked the part yesterday during a dominating first half against seattle. the panthers took a 31-0 lead into the half. >> then it was seattle's turn to dominate the seahawks rallied closing to within a touchdown but a little too late. carolina hanging on, 31-24. they host the cardinals sunday. >> okay, so for the c, the steelers were up by a point late in the game against the broncos when fitzgerald to you saint if you mean bes and recovers by
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denver. peyton manning drove his team down the field and anderson gave the broncos the lead for good scoring the time's only touchdown. >> and they tacked on a two-point conversion for good measure. both teams kicked field goals from there and denver taking it in the end. the score was 23-16. the broncos will host the patriots next sunday. we're partying because it's next sunday. >> party. championship sunday next week. >> who is going to go to the super bowl? >> peyton and tom together. all right. we'll see. coming up, a new battle between the former taco bell executive and the uber drive whose fight was caught on camera. what they're claiming now. >> but first more about last night's democratic debate straight ahead with our deputy political director. >> and do remember to find us on facebook, wnnfans.com and twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." sometimes we use k-y ultragel to enhance my body's natural
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welcome back. well, it's crunch time on the campaign trail, 14 days till votes are cast in iowa. several polls show the race is tightening. >> joining us political direct ker shushannah walshe. good morning. first your take on last night's debate. there were some heated exchanges over gun control as well as health care. did we expect that?
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>> those wrestle definitely account most fiery exchanges. hillary clinton has really been hammering bernie sanders on those twos issues but it was the first time we've seen them next to each other on the debate staining. >> another powerful moment was bernie sanders was asked about bill clinton's past indiscretions. it comes back again. here's how he responded. >> yes, his behavior was deplorable. have you ever once said a word about that issue, no, i have not. i'm going to debate secretary clinton and governor o'malley on the issues facing the american people, not bill clinton's personal behavior. >> so can he keep up the high ground? >> i think it's really up to him. i think he can keep up the higher ground but he's going to continue to be asked the question likely. not just from reporters but at town halls. so i think it's up to him if he decides to continue not trying to make it an issue in the campaign or if he changes his mind. >> reena was mentioning the races are tightening. yes, they are. does bern can i really have
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momentum right now? >> it seems like he does now. if you look at the polls he's been lead ing innew hampshire for quite awhile. now even the polls are tightening in iowa. we have still two more weeks to go. and this is when people start paying attention. we may have been paying attention for a long time but voters are starting to pay attention now. things can change. it seems like right now he has the momentum. >> talk about the republicans on their side, donald trump really increasing the attacks on ted cruz. particularly this comment we saw on sunday with "this week." >> nobody in congress likes him. nobody likes him once they get to know him. he's got an edge that's not good. you can't make deals with people like that. it's not a good thing for the country. very nasty guy. >> so is the bromance over? >> the bromance is 100% over. really they were kind of having this bear hug strategy till now. really refusing to attack each other even though both would go go against the republican rivals. everybody else.
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but now, they're really going at it with the obviously these comments but also with in ads. so i think this is really going to be the showdown to watch in the final days. >> we have so many of our abc colleagues who are out there embedded with the campaigns. what are they seeing out there that we're not learning from tv? >> well, i think what they're seeing which is just fantastic is being able to talk to voters every day. getting to hear what they think. and in iowa and new hampshire, these voters are very clued in. they know that they're important role in this. >> is the trump thing real? >> well, thousands of people go to his rallies. other thousands of people try to wait to get in. i think what we have to see is the in iowa especially, this is a different type of voter. will those people caucus? it remains to be seen. but there are thousands of people going to see him. >> i find this the most exciting time in the race. you just never know what will
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happen. >> lots of people will see bernie sanders, too. he's getting huge rallies, as well. >> two weeks to go. hard to believe it. >> it is hard to believe. >> deputy political editor shushannah walshe. thanks for staying up with us. >> of course. >> and we'll be right back. you're watching "world news now." >> a
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well, as t well, as the dashcam video that went viral shocking millions. now former taco bell executive violently attacking his uber driver from the back seat. >> but now if you can get that former executive is suing the driver claiming he was the real victim. just wait tilll you hear why. it's incredible. ron claiborne. >> the manmade famous for doing
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this, and then apologizing says he is a victim, too. former taco bell executive benjamin golden now filing a $5 million lawsuit against the uber driver he allegedly attacked in southern california last fall. he admitted that he was drunk at the time. days later going public with this emotional apology on kcbs. >> because i've been trying not to read what's being said but you know, i'm not that person. >> reporter: but now he's claiming the driver illegally videotaped the altercation. >> get out of my car or i will call the police. >> golden's attorney declining to comment but the lawsuit saying at no time did he consent to be video recorded or viewed by anyone else. golden who was fir afterward by taco bell is seeking damages to severe emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, fear and pain and suffering and the loss of his job. golden was charged with assault and battery. he pleaded not guilty. those charges still pending. he was also you'd by the uber
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driver for unspecified damages. >> i didn't expect it to get violent to be honest. it came out of nowhere. >> the heart of golden's counter suit is his claim that california law prohibits recording the conversation of someone without their consent. the lawyer telling abc news the lawsuit is bogus. so the two men in that now famous video may face off again in court. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> call the police. >> what you don't see on video is actually the uber driver was able to use pepper spray to eventually get away from this whole situation. >> just imagine how much he he would sue if he found out the uber driver only gave him a one star rate. it's important, the star ratings. >> they are important, right. >> for drivers and for clients, as well. got to make fun of a really serious situation there. >> oh. >> coming up, what a target cashier did that's going viral. >> and the martin luther king day a cappella tribute about the
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and i enjoy it. feel the difference with k-y ultragel. happy mix. a lot of happy stories here. you remember alex from target who went viral because he was just cute. >> that was a big one. >> now there's ismaaiyl from target. 19 years old. he's from indiana target. this photo is going viral. here's the deal. the story right now. you're all in line waiting and then there's this one elderly woman who is charging all of her groceries and paying for them with. >> kenny:s. that would annoy some people. but ismaaiyl there behind the counter decided to be patient with her and allowed this woman to pay for each of her groceries. >> she bought all those groceries and paid in. >> kenny:s? >> she was paying in coins individually. and people didn't get upset because he was being hey, big up brother. he was being nice and helping her through and the woman who
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saw this happening posted it on facebook and it has now gone viral. >> kudos to him. i would be very frustrated with that. >> exactly. >> you know, martin luther king day today. what better way to celebrate his life than having two a cappella groups, two rival a cappella groups get together and do james taylor "shed a little light." there was the jewish group maca beats and the black group naturally 7. both known in their own right. take a listen. ♪ can't get no life from a dollar bill ♪ ♪ don't give no life from the tv screen ♪ ♪ when i open my eyes i want to drink my fill ♪ ♪ from the well on the hill and i know you know what i mean ♪ >> they sound great. >> i love how they gel together. they should come out with an al
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bim for something. >> they were doing this from the lincoln memorial steps away from where king did his "i have a dream" speech. another nice thing. championship sunday. cam newton is a new dad and proud to be a dad. so as he was practicing for yesterday's came, this is him doing showing a father and son t-shirt and also he also on his cleats there, his son's name. shows it. >> oh, wow. >> so he's very proud to be a dad. his first playoff game. by the way, do we have the t-shirt to hold up for a second? i had to research exactly what the dab was. apparently it's a new dance craze. it's described as one leans into their elbow like they're sneezing and that's it. so can you dab? >> show me do you know? >> i guess something.
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this morning on "world news now," they're out of iran and now a group of americans once again enjoying freedom. their long ordeal in iranian custody is over. but questions remain about another u.s. citizen who is still missing. > at last night's democratic debate hillary clinton and bernie sanders took off the gloves and went after each other. on several hot button topics. arguments over gun control and health care and one candidate defending the choice to keep the campaign about the issues. and new this half hour, what one firefighter saw after arriving at the scene of a raging blaze. a life-saving moment first responders coming to the rescue of residents with just seconds to spare. and "spotlight." taking home three major critics choice awards last night, but it wasn't the big winner by a long shot. and guess who ended up stealing the show?
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we're going to have a full rundown in "the skinny." it is monday, january 18th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone on this martin luther king holiday. we thank you for joining us. >> happy mlk day to you, everybody. of course, dr. king would have been 87 years old over the weekend. we're going to get started though this morning with the head-spinning developments between the u.s. and iran. after 35 years of open hostility. >> in the past 48 hours, the two nations have signed off on a landmark deal limiting iran's nuclear program and agree to a prisoner exchange that has a group of captive americans on their way home. abc's jonathan karl has the story. >> reporter: that first image of freed "washington post" reporter jason rezaian greeted in geneva by a state department official who helped negotiate his release. also on that flight out of iran, amir hekmati, the former marine held for more than four years in
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the notorious evin prison. his sister and brother-in-law were all smiles on their way to meet him in germany. and pastor saeed abedini, who's been separated from his wife for years. >> i've been a single mom for three and a half years, and the kids uniting with him will be a precious moment. >> reporter: at the white house president obama celebrated the prisoners' long overdue release. >> today, we're united in welcoming home sons and husbands and brothers who in lonely prison cells have endured an absolute nightmare. >> reporter: the washington post's tehran bureau chief was jailed in july of 2014, just six weeks after discussing life in iran on anthony bourdain's "parts unknown." >> i love it and i hate it, you know, but it's home -- it's become home. >> reporter: his mother and wife, now reunited with him, made this tearful plea during his imprisonment. >> he's been in prison for the last year. he and his wife, who is also a
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journalist have not been able to -- she's not able to speak to the press. >> reporter: his extended family is in germany. the dramatic days the culmination of 14 months of negotiations, mostly in switzerland. u.s. officials calling the discussions very intense and until a few weeks ago no one knew how it would end up. the obama administration also agreed to pay $1.7 billion in -- to settle an old financial dispute with the iranian government. not included in the prisoner swap was former fbi agent robert levinson. the 67-year-old disappeared in iran in 2007. >> even as we rejoice in the safe return of others we will never forget about bob. >> reporter: the three longest held american prisoners are now at the american military base in lastuhl, germany, where reunited with their families they are getting some much needed medical attention. they hope to be on their way home soon. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. meanwhile in iraq, u.s. officials confirm media reports that three american contractors have gone missing south of baghdad. they are not civilian -- they are civilians, not military and
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they were last seen two days ago. the case is being treated as a possible kidnapping although no one has claimed responsibility. okay. the three democratic presidential candidates have debated for a final time before the iowa caucuses. which is only two weeks away. >> it was by far the most confrontational meeting between hillary clinton and bernie sanders clashing over gun control, wall street, even bill clinton's legacy. martin o'malley was very nearly an afterthought. >> he voted to let guns go on to amtrak, guns go into national parks, he voted against doing research to figure out how we can save lives. >> i don't get personal speaking fees from goldman sachs. you've received over $600,000 in speaking fees from goldman sachs in one year. >> you raised a lot of money on wall street when you were the head of the democratic governors association. >> but i haven't gotten a penny this year. somebody please, go on to martin o'malley.com, send me your
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checks. they're not giving me zero. >> it is beyond my comprehension how we can elect a president of the united states somebody like trump who believes that climate change is a hoax invented by the chinese. >> you called bill clinton's past transgressions, "totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable." senator, do you regret saying that? >> i was asked a question. you know, one of the things, andrea, and that question annoys me. yes, his behavior was deplorable. have i ever once said a word about that issue? no, i have not. i'm going to debate secretary clinton and governor o'malley on the issues facing the american people, not bill clinton's personal behavior. >> and as for the republicans, donald trump is stepping up his attacks on ted cruz. >> trump told abc's george

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