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good morning, america. this morning, breaking news. seven more fires overnight in los angeles. a serial arsonist is on the loose, setting more than two dozen fires. among the ruins, one legendary rocker's former home. now, a manhunt is on to stop the arsonist before he strikes again. a sad twist this morning in the case of little baby ayla. police in maine now say this is no longer a missing person's case. it's a criminal investigation. why the change? what do the cops know? and do they have a suspect? down to the wire. with three days to go until the iowa caucuses, the race is closer than ever. and the candidates are pulling out all the stops. who is mitt romney's secret weapon? and what was the moment that brought newt gingrich to tears?
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our jon karl goes one-on-one with the candidates. and raise your glass. the new year has already started in some parts of the world. you can kick it off right here, right now, with us. we're live in times square, where the ball will drop, gaga will sing, and 1 million people will pile in for the biggest new year's party on the planet. there are a lot of people celebrating, already, prematurely already here in new york, on the way to work coming through times square. but what you're looking at is live, where it is 2012, in sydney, australia. >> the party -- they never cease to not disappoint. we got the right order of words here. i was going to say, though, the biggest party on the planet will be right here in new york city tonight. we're going to be live in the center of it all morning. look at this.
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a live shot of times square. people are already showing up to save their spot. ginger zee is right in the thick of it. right next to the ball where everyone's going to watch drop tonight. another thing that everybody's going to be watching tonight -- there's ginger. ginger's already drinking. good to see you. we know that's nonalcoholic. we're going to be watching to see if beyonce shows up tonight. will she be pregnant? will she have already delivered? rumors swirling. we're going to stay on top of this story this morning. another high profile celebrity split. katy perry and russell brand are ending the year by ending their marriage. the comedian filed for divorce just yesterday. but was she surprised when he filed? we have all the details. big, breaking news out of san francisco this morning. the question, who stole banana sam. i can't believe i'm saying those words. what is banana sam? he is a squirrel monkey. and somebody liberated him from the san francisco zoo. ron claiborne is on the case this morning. we're going to start with the breaking news overnight.
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the city of los angeles is being terrorized by a serial arsonist who struck again. police say possibly another six fires were set, bringing the total to more than two dozen. the fires have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. and people put people's lives very much at risk. abbie boudreau has been tracking it from los angeles. good morning, abbie. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. a serial arsonist is on the loose. and the race is on to solve this mystery, before someone gets hurt. this terrified scene unfolding more than two dozen times across los angeles in less than 48 hours. at least 30 separate fires. many of them, on fire, which spreads to homes and apartment buildings. firefighters scrambling to contain the danger. >> whoever set that fire, had to know how close this apartment building was. and it was done when people were sleeping. that's the scary part. >> an incendiary fire like this
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causes terror. it's intentionally meant to make people afraid. >> reporter: now, a search is on for a serial arsonist. >> we want to get these s.o.b.s before they hurt somebody. >> reporter: the fires were concentrated in and around hollywood. and already, the damage is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. >> my house, my home, i live there. like, i could have died. >> reporter: fortunately, nobody was injured. >> one fire out of control can cost dozens of lives. and if you light 19 fires, you're trying to say something. this is not the way to say it. >> reporter: this woman showed us her husband's car. it was his christmas gift. >> we can always get a new one. both of us are safe. that's the most important thing. >> reporter: investigators are now searching through surveillance footage for clues and have offered a $60,000 reward for anyone who can help solve the mystery. police are asking anyone with information to come forward. and, dan, it's very clear police are taking this extremely seriously. >> yes. they seem angry.
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and it's lucky and quite extraordinary that nobody's been hurt thus far. abbie, thank you for your reporting this morning. now, to politics. your voice, your vote. t-minus three days until the iowa caucuses. in a campaign that's been fluid and fast-paced, and at times brutal. and, at times, let's face it, bizarre. it's been compared to a reality show. but the stakes are infinitely higher. and the newest twist, the tears of newt gingrich. jon karl is live in des moines this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. this race is as unsettled as it's ever been, with newt gingrich trying to regain momentum. dark horse candidates moving up. and mitt romney hoping for a big win. newt gingrich is famous for his confidence and bravado. but at a town hall meeting with iowa moms yesterday, he showed another side when a republican pollster, frank lutz, asked about his mother who suffered from depression. >> it comes directly from dealing -- you know, something,
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the feeling -- the dealing real problems of real people. >> reporter: when we met up with gingrich earlier in the day, he was all-smiles, despite a pummeling of tv advertising that's caused him to sink to fifth place in the most recent poll. >> i am committed to running a positive campaign. and we have to find a way -- >> reporter: why? >> because i just think politics has become a really nasty, vicious negative. and i think it's disgusting. and i think it's dishonest. and i think the people who are running the ads know they're dishonest. and i think a personal will do that to try to get to be president, offers no hope they'll be any good as president. >> reporter: mitt romney feels more confident than ever about iowa. asked new jersey governor chris christie to campaign for him here. >> it's time to have a real change in washington. >> reporter: the race is wide-open. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: with ron paul attracting the largest crowds and the most dedicated supporters. >> how are you? >> reporter: former senator rick santorum, once at the back of the pack, rising fast. what a change from a few weeks ago, huh?
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>> yeah. i've been around the state. it's not my first rodeo. >> reporter: i mean, how does that feel? i mean, you were at events with a handful of people. now, you've got -- >> it's not that much different. it really doesn't. i'm still doing what i'm doing. >> reporter: also making a late surge is texas governor rick perry. after stumbling badly -- >> i can't. sorry. oops. >> reporter: perry has made a comeback in the polls and has spent more on tv ads than any other candidate. >> jon, you've been covering politics for a long time. not to age you. you're still a very young man. but you've got some experience. given your experience, what is different about iowa this time around? >> reporter: well, dan, look at the caucuses this time. i have never seen a more topsy-turvy race. at various times over the past four months or so, i count six different candidates that had the lead at one point or another. in august, it was michele
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bachmann who was in the clear lead here. she is now in last place in most of the polls among those competing in iowa. >> six different front-runners. it's incredible. jon, thanks for your reporting this morning. let's bring in republican strategist, mary matalin, who is in new orleans this morning. thanks for joining us this new year's eve. >> good morning. happy new year's. >> happy new year's to you. mitt romney and ron paul is leading the pack in iowa right now. who, in your opinion, is going to come out on top? >> all the polls show romney -- the trends -- it's trending towards romney, with all of the important caucus cohorts. republicans, tea party, affiliated, women. he's only losing the unaffiliated caucusgoers to ron paul. but he's two-thirds ahead to all other republicans. momentum is as important as organization. and he has both. >> so, if romney does win, is this race essentially over? >> no. we have an unprecedented situation here. the republican party has changed its rules where you have a front-loaded, proportional
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allocation of delegates. so, there's no incentive for second-tier, second-place candidates to get out. they can keep accruing delegates while coming in second place. he won't win decisively. he will likely win. he has to win decisively in new hampshire, and south carolina. as he gets to florida, there's still no incentive for others to get out. but you're living off the land. that's pretty tough business. >> and how much is a vulnerability of romney's inability to leap above that 25% approval rating where he is now? >> it's been a problem all the way through. but ironically, newt's surge made romney a better candidate. the last man standing, the witness protection program wasn't working. conservatives wanted to see not just conservatism on display. but proud conservatism that he could fight. when he took the gloves off and
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got out there and came out he became much more articulate on conservative things. and it's going to be a fight against obama. >> you've seen a fall as of late for newt gingrich. does that mean that the negative ads have, in fact, worked? >> yes. but i think the conventional wisdom is that volume of them, the barrage of them, is what was determinative. it's really the substance of this. newt's descent was owing to his articulation of conservatism. and the facts, the substance of those ads showed that his fidelity of conservatism is buried in the past. that's what hurt him, the substance, not the barrage. >> a very topsy-turvy race. is it too early to count other candidates out? we saw rick perry and rick santorum, a recent surge from them as of late, too. >> there's a solid hole, a position, for candidates more conservative than mitt romney is perceived to be. there's one poll where
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conservatives coming out of iowa. and perry is the only one with enough resources to go the distance, i think, if there's anymore distance to go after the next couple of states. >> all right, mary. we appreciate your time this morning. we have to leave it there. the intensity of this race continues. happy new year to you and your husband. >> happy new year to you and yours. >> all right. thank you. one week from today, the republican contenders will be gathering in new hampshire for our next abc news debate. diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos will be moderating that. dan? >> thanks, bianna. now, we turn to a sad story we've been following, involving a baby named ayla reynolds who disappeared. police in maine this morning are now saying this is no longer a missing person's case. but instead, a case of foul play. so, what changed here? abc's john muller is on the story this morning. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. investigators are not talking about any specific suspects or anything at this time. but they have something. they have led this is a criminal case. it is centers around the place where little ayla disappeared from, her father's home.
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20-month-old ayla reynolds was last seen alive just over two weeks ago. and authorities in waterville, maine, issued a grim statement. we believe that foul play has occurred in connection with ayla's disappearance. the statement goes on to say, this case has evolved from the search for a missing child, to a criminal investigation. investigators base their conclusions on evidence gathered over the last two weeks but wouldn't elaborate. maine state police roped off the shed friday at the waterville home of the toddler's father, justin dipietro. dipietro insists he put his daughter to bed on the night of december 16th. and reported her mis following morning. thousands of hours of exhaustive searching on land and water have come up empty. the 20-month-old's mother was in rehab at the time of the disappearance. and made allegations that ayla's father may have been abusive. the little girl had recently suffered a broken arm. >> he said, well, her and my niece like to go down on the stairs. it could be from that. and i just -- i didn't believe it.
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>> reporter: the father, justin dipietro, issued a statement of his own last week. saying, i would never do anything to hurt my child. questions of ayla's arm or bruises or anything else being said are simply ludicrous. the search has galvanized and agonized this maine community. they have held candlelight vigils and made a makeshift memorial. investigators have had more than 400 tips and $30,000 in reward money is being offered in what is now a criminal investigation. police say ayla's father and mother have both been cooperating with investigators. a press conference is expected later today. guys? >> such an unfortunate turn. john, we appreciate you coming in. thank you. and now, let's check out the other headlines this morning with ron claiborne. >> hi, there. >> good morning. >> good morning, bianna and dan, john. good morning, everyone. it looks like iran may be ready to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions. iran's ambassador to germany says its country will propose a new round of talks with six world powers, including the u.s.
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the possible change in position follows new sanctions imposed by the west to curb iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. the negotiations back in january this year went exactly nowhere. and after a wild year in the financial markets with huge swings in both directions, both up and down, stocks finished the year pretty much where they began it. the debt crisis in europe and deadlock in washington, d.c. over fiscal policy contributed to frequent, more than 100, triple-digit swings. but the dow gained about 5.5% for the year. while the broader s&p 500 finished almost exactly where it started. and verizon wireless has done a quick about-face after sparking customer outrage over a new fee. that's to all of our viewers in quebec. verizon is cancelling plans to charge $2 for online or telephone payments just a day after announcing the fee.
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customers flooded the web with complaints. and police in tampa, florida, have arrested two men for a string of drive-by purse snatchings. check this one out. including this one in a grocery store parking lot. a man leaned out of the passenger side window, grabbing a purse of a woman there and dragging her 40 feet. she suffered scratches to her head, arms and legs. that is bad. and finally, a camera giving football fans a bird's-eye view of last night's insight bowl got a little too close to the action. the flying camera, it's called a sky cam, came crashing on to the field in arizona last night. the camera nearly took out one of the iowa players who got caught up in the fires. seen there dancing out of the way. fortunately, no one was injured. it could have been bad. >> yes. could have been. >> something they don't prepare for. >> the cameras falling on the players, yeah. >> thanks, ron. we'll be back with you for the monkey story. we're going to get outside to -- >> sounds like the punch line of
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a joke. >> we're going to get to ginger zee in times square with the weather. ginger, happy new year's to you. >> good morning, dan, ron and everybody. and happy new year's eve to you. it's starting. it's 50 degrees in new york city. you know it's going to be a busy one. it's the year 12. a 12-foot in diameter crystal ball. and the switch, i get to turn it on this morning. let's see what it looks like, just to give you a little preview. beautiful colors coming out of that gorgeous ball that will start you off right in 2012. now, we're not quite sure who is going to do the official switch of the -- switch this evening. but we do hear that beyonce's going to be around. so, we'll have to wait on that one. what we do know about is weather. weather-wise, we're looking good in new york city. at midnight, temperatures will be in the mid, even upper-40s. look at the rest of the nation and find your place. fair skies and relatively dry almost everywhere. we'll look at the start to 2012. i think you need to know this. a cold blast of air to start you
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out in 2012. that means that your january, with windchills below zero. that's for new england, other parts of the northeast. spots that really have been very mild, about to get that change. old man winter coming in, right as we begin the new year. that's a look at the big picture. >> you learn so much being up here on a platform like this. this switch, when i turned it on, that's not somebody just flipping it. this thing actually works.
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so, very cool that i get to be here. so much coming up on the show. and of course, a look at our rockin' new year's eve, as well. back to you all. >> the big switch. we have some breaking news this morning out of san francisco. a monkey mystery. there's a squirrel monkey named, wait for it, banana sam. he's on the lam. apparently somebody swiped this simeon from the city zoo. now, there's an all-out monkey hunt under way. with the very latest on this very, very important story, let's get over to ron. hey, ron. >> dan, someone swiped the monkey. cops say looking out for sam. a very tiny, orange and black squirrel monkey. as one san francisco cop said, if your friend, relative, neighbor or acquaintance suddenly has a pet monkey they didn't have the day before, please call 911. the mystery this morning, who stole banana sam? it happened here at the san francisco zoo's monkey cages. when zoo employees did a headcount friday morning, they found that one was missing.
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sam, a 17-year-old squirrel monkey. zoo officials found signs of a break-in. two holes cut in the wire mesh cage. the chain on the perimeter fence also cut. and the primate pillagers likely climbed these stairs to pilfer the primate. >> it's really small. and it's right by their nest box where they sleep at night. and the other hole, on the other panel, is fairly large. a small person could certainly go on. >> reporter: the search is on for a one-foot-tall, two-pound monkey. at 17 years of age, sam is considered elderly by monkey standards. and he requires special food to survive. >> it's very important we get him back. and we get him back with his family group. >> reporter: and there's real fears this may not be just pranksters, but thieves with more sinister plans. >> unfortunately, these particular primates are popular in the primate pet trade. >> reporter: squirrel monkeys are often sold on the black marquet marquet market, used for medical
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research, or kept as pets. >> it's kind of shocking. >> i think it's terrible. >> oh. that's so sad. >> reporter: but there is some hope this morning. the last monkey stolen from the zoo a year ago was returned. it is kind of shocking, indeed. a private donor has put up $5,000 for banana sam's safe return. hopefully, he'll be returned. zoo officials say the animals are shy and skiddish. but if you provoke them, they will bite you. they have sharp teeth. you hope he bites the thief? >> yeah. go, banana sam. >> there you go, america. >> i feel so impressed. the fact you guys did this story with a straight face. >> we're professionals. coming up on "gma," another unhappy hollywood ending. after just 14 months of marriage, katy perry and russell brand, it's over. we'll be right back. namel? once enamel's gone, it's gone for good.
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♪ and that is what 2012 looks like in auckland, new zealand. look at those fireworks go. of course, we're all waiting for the big fireworks, the ball dropping here in new york city. just hours away. >> we should make clear, that is not live. right? that is last year's celebration. >> exactly. last year's, 2011. >> a look at what tonight will look like. >> it will be not so cold. so, a lot of people will be out there enjoying the night. good morning, america, this new year's eve. i'm bianna golodryga. >> i'm dan harris. you probably saturday, december 31st. the last day of 2011. coming up, our favorite fixations. and yours. every weekend, if you're a regular viewer, you know this. we show you the videos we've
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been obsessing about during the week. we ran an internet poll to find out which video you thought was the best of the year. was it the paddy-cake kittens? the bouncing bear? >> it was hard to pick my favorite. >> it was. we're going to begin with a high-profile celebrity couple who will not be ringing in the new year together. british comedian russell brand and pop star, katy perry, are calling it quits, after just more than a year of marriage. abc's tanya rivero is here with the story. unfortunately, a lot of people saw this coming. >> it's quite sad, bianna. even though a lot of people saw this coming. but the exact timing blindsided katy. he filed for divorce two years almost to the day after his romantic proposal in indian, on new year's eve of '09. one of hollywood's hottest couples is now cold. it was russell brand that made it official. in papers filed in l.a. friday, brand cited irreconcilable differences. and in a statement he said, sadly, katy and i are ending our
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marriage. i'll always adore her. and i know we'll remain friends. >> the split was something that's been discussed. did she know he would draw papers during a holiday, right before new year's eve? i think that that was a surprise. >> reporter: trouble was clearly brewing. the pair spent christmas apart. perry, frolicking in hawaii. and brand, in his native england. neither wearing a wedding band. still, as recently as this month, brand shot down separation rumors on "the ellen show." >> until death was the part of the pledge. i'm still alive. >> reporter: and in july, the multiplatinum perry raved to bianna golodryga about her marriage. >> privacy is really important, especially in my personal life with my husband and i. and we just cherish it so much. >> i, russell brand, now a happy married man. that's the ring. okay? ♪ baby, you're a firework
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>> reporter: so, what went wrong? was it perry's demanding schedule as a rising star, while brand's fame flatlined? or was it their very different backgrounds? the former gospel singer was raised in a devoutly christian family. and brand has a hard-partying past. >> he was an odd figure when surrounded by her strictly religious parents. he would make jokes all the time that would push those buttons. >> reporter: still, just one year ago, he told "nightline's" bill weir he was happy to put his wild ways behind him. >> i think i was growing up anyway, bill. eventually, i wanted a companion, a friend. it's the most normal relationship i've ever had. >> reporter: and of course, that is a relationship that has now, sadly, ended. something that perry's close circle of friends are not upset about. it seems many of them thought perry and brand were not a good match. >> it moves on for both of them. >> i thought they were a cute couple. >> all right. well, thank you so much. i know ron and dan were curious here. but we have the same shirt. >> the burnt orange. >> no. i own that exact shirt. >> oh.
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>> it's a great shirt. ron, in your newscast, which we're going to do right now, do you have anything to top that? >> let me check it out here. i do have something for you. i'll save it for the kicker. i don't know if i'll top that. i'll compete. good morning, everyone. in the news, a serial arsonist has struck in hollywood again this morning. police are investigating several more car fires, bringing the total to more than 2 dozen in just over 24 hours. officials are now offering a reward of up to $60,000 for information leading to an arrest. in syria, hundreds of thousands flooded the streets on friday in the largest anti-government protest there in months. activists are trying to show the strength of their movement to arab league observers who are right there now in syria. 22 protesters were killed on friday. and enfamil, infant formula has been declared safe, by two federal agencies. the fda and the centers for
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disease control say there's no evidence that four cases of a rare bacterial infection was related. four of the babies consumed enfamil. more than 100,000 cyclists, not to be equivalent of a red shirt, filled the streets of taiwan to break the world's record for the largest bicycle parade. the record was set in italy more than a decade ago. >> i don't know, ron. >> that's all i got. >> it was close. >> i know. >> that's impressive. >> i tried. >> yes. time, now, for the weather and ginger who is out in times square, where they're getting ready for the big night. ginger, go. >> it's a big night. and it's a big morning already. so many folks feeling the excitement around here. really, i was talking to people who do this every year. they say the novelty never wears off when you see the huge crystal ball. you also have the confetti, which does not come from this building. it comes from balconies and windows from buildings surrounding times square. of course, folks write their wishes on this. all year, you can go to the times square visitors center. write your wish.
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i've done mine now. it's to learn to report like dan harris. that's one resolution. that's it. >> i'm so flattered. >> that is kissing up if i've ever seen it. >> no. no, no. >> and to be as kind as bianna. that's what i'm working on here. the confetti. more than 2,000 pounds will be dropped. so, pretty intense. let's talk about the weather because you do need to know, not just the weather in new york, which is going to be absolutely brilliant. but weather around some of the other parts of the nation and that have special names. look at celebration down there. 66. back at new year, montana, it will be a cool 16. let's talk, then, about the rest of the forecast for tomorrow because as you start your new year, you want to know what to plan. an arctic blast is coming in for the start of 2012. it will make it to the northeast by monday and tuesday.
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>> and finally, party like ron claiborne. this weather report has been brought to you by activia. >> everyone's been counted on. >> she's only been here a couple weeks. but she really knows us. >> she knows us very well. >> thanks, ginger. we'll get more from you in just a little bit. coming up here on "good morning america" on this new year's eve, forget dropping the waterford crystal ball. we'll show you some of the more unique traditions from around the world. like, for example, where do they drop a moon pie? and you voted for your favorite fixation video. we'll show you which one of these videos is your favorite of the year. , huh?! yeah, but i'm so slow taking them down after all the fatty holiday food. but that's normal. what do you mean that's normal? it doesn't have to be. to me, normal, means feeling good inside.
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let's get back to ginger zee who has been spending this morning in times square. she's been standing next to the crystal ball that's going to be dropping tonight. ginger, i understand you're going to look at some of the more odd traditions in other parts of the world. >> that's right, dan. even though new york city has, by far, the biggest celebration, it certainly isn't the strangest. when it comes to new year's,
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nobody does it like new york. it has been called the biggest party on the planet. 1 million shivering souls crammed into times square. they'll be blanketed by 2,000 pounds of confetti and kept warm by countless goofy hats and silly glasses. and this year, they'll be entertained by one lady gaga. the pop diva will ring in the new year, heating up times square, alongside ryan seacrest. >> great to have you here. >> reporter: who, for the seventh year, does the bulk of the hosting. dick clark, the man who first got the party rolling exactly 40 years ago today, will be there, too. >> he's excited about this year. he gets excited every year. looks forward to this. he'll make as many appearances as he wants. and i kind of just stand there and take the ball when he passes it. >> reporter: justin bieber will take the stage. so will carlos santana. what they won't have is this -- or this. across america, cities big and
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small have their own answer to that famous times square ball. trip adviser rounded up the best of them. from cheese, in plymouth, wisconsin, to moon pies in mobile, alabama. they may not be as big. but they have as much heart. and if watching a possum lowered at midnight isn't your idea of a dream new year's, you can always join the 1 billion people worldwide, that's billion with a "b," who will watch that ball drop on tv. and perhaps enjoy a less public new year's kiss. it is always so nice to get to know the faces behind this big celebration, who makes it possible. we want to head over and say good morning to jeff straus, president of countdown entertainment. >> good morning. >> good morning. and good morning morning to jim o'leary, of waterford. the crystal, everybody is fascinated by. i am, as well. let's talk about the theme this year. there is one. >> every year, we have a new theme. this year, it's let there be friendship.
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it's not just in the united states. friendship is a world, global feeling and sentiment. so, we're happy this year we have this incredibly useful sentiment for the whole world to enjoy. >> i'm a meteorologist, so i'm fascinated about this. people say, there's more folks that will be coming down because the weather's going to be easy on everyone. it's so warm. how big a celebration is this going to be tonight? >> every year's a big celebration. because of weather tonight, it's not there's going to be more people. they will stay longer. it will make it difficult for us to clean up. and what's great, is they're from all over the world. there's going to be over a million people here. they'll be celebrating together. if you can't make it here, you can see it on our web cast and our times square ball app. we have lady gaga, pitbull, hot chelle rae. six hours of entertainment. >> do you know about beyonce? i have to ask one last time. either of you? know anything about beyonce coming? >> not really. >> we're trying to get the scoop here. thank you for being here. thanks for putting on this huge party. we're ready to start 2012.
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>> ginger, on the case, with the aggressive questioning. thank you, ginger. do not miss dick clark's new year's rockin' eve, with ryan seacrest. it starts at 8:00 eastern, right here on abc. coming up here on "good morning america," which did you pick? of all the incredibly absurd videos we've shown you this year, which was your favorite? coming up, we're going to reveal the winner. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] be bold. introducing the new blackberry bold. and it's your fault.
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and deranged animals. it's the best of a little segment we call fixation. you voted on your favorite video of the year. we're going to show you that one in a minute. but first, time for a little look back. >> time for the fixation. >> this is what i've been fixating on. >> all year long, we brought you the pictures, stories and videos that caught our attention all week. >> check this out. some really wild stuff here. >> from the craziest tricks. >> grabs the ball at the last second. >> to the death-defying stunts. look at that. unbelievable. to the kids doing the darnedest things. >> we're leaving today to go to disneyland. do the happy dance. >> to the wild antics of animals. >> 32-consecutive hits. >> lots and lots of animals. >> we got a little edge. need some edge. these are pictures of dogs taking naps. >> you got into the mix.
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>> we have our very first your fi >> and many times so did we. >> one of the first groups to be elfized. >> every once in a while. more mindless information. >> love it. >> and it's happening again. >> things got a little out of hand. >> the graphics department is out of control. >> there we go. >> it's still your show, dan. >> with 2011 coming to a close, what will we be fixated on in 2012? as we say in tv, keep it here. >> okay. so, we picked our favorites of the year. bianna goes first. >> mine aired on october 2nd. this was little bo, stealing the show from his big sister, taylor. she's doing her dance drills. and there's bo, unbeknownst to his sister. doing his own dance. >> look at that shake. >> i like it. >> that inspired us to go on with a graphic that seemed to
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never end. do we have it? >> yeah. we were able to graphically superimpose bo on to our screen. >> he will forever live with us. >> part of the show. >> remember may 8th? it was a weekend. i had this as my fixation. this is really great. these are some trick shots done by some teenage kids in ohio. i investigated. this was for real. he hits a basketball into the basket with a golf iron. a 5 iron, i believe it was. it only took 157 attempts. but they also did another trick. this is a group of high school kids, where they threw a ball from the top of ohio state stadium, in columbus, ohio, into a basket. look at that. >> wow. and that was real? >> only took 83 times. yeah. that was real. >> ginger, what have you got? >> i haven't been here that long. i have plenty of fixations. one of my favorites, on 11/13, the notorious b.i.g. baby.
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the baby would not stop crying. a little infant, their first child. until she heard this. ♪ that is notorious b.i.g.'s "hypnotize." and her father says works every time. >> biggy works on me, every time, as well. this is the first fixation i ever did. we start with the open of a hind quarter of a cat. and a dog snout comes into frame. just trying to get a little kitty cat love. and sheer benevolence. this dog literally turns the other cheek. no response. just trying to get a little affection. no love whatsoever. >> bang, bang, bang. >> oh. >> one of the best uses of slow-mo i've ever seen. >> those have all been great fixation. but the most important is obviously the viewer opinion. tens of thousands of you weighed in. this was a close call. only 30 votes separated the top 2 winners.
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and fonzie is here. with the envelope. >> thank you, fonzie. >> drumroll. okay. and the winner is, the treadmill dancing queen. do we have that? >> look at this. >> as i recall, this video was captured surreptitiously, as this woman was working out. this is the real thing. that's how she works out. >> 1.5 million hits on youtube. >> gliding on air. >> amazing. as always, folks, is there a story, video or picture you can't get enough of, tweet us at "gma." we're going to have a lot of these, i can imagine, in 2012, going into the new year. and we'll be right back. what subaru owners care about. ♪ that's why we created the share the love event. get a great deal on a new subaru and 250 dollars goes to your choice of five charities. ♪ with your help, we can reach 20 million dollars by the end of this, our fourth year. [ female announcer ] get 0 percent apr financing
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before we go, i have an important question for ginger zee. ginger, what are you going to do tonight? >> very easy. very simple. party like ron claiborne. toast to you. 2012. >> it's not that easy, just for the record. >> happy new year, everyone. >> have a great time tonight.
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