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played the role of hans solo, he could not have imagined the success "star wars" would have now. >> i'm really excited to get had
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and see how had he feel about it. >> reporter: and i'll tell you, the anticipation and the secrecy copied through tonight. we had fans that had been camping out that found out they were going to be able to see the premiere and they got to. also we were told that guests didn't even though which theater they would see the movie in until they arrived here tonight. reena, richard? >> different time zones. we're in new york, you're in the celebrities, fans are they out, have they seen the movie and have they left now? >> they have seen the movie. you saw reactions from people we spoke to here in my piece. they're partying. there's an after party going on behind me on this red carpet on this portion of hollywood boulevard that's been shutdown for this huge event. >> if they're partying, lauren, any indication about the movie's plot? have we learned anything new about it without spoiling it. >> don't spoil it.
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>> you know, i actually tried to me. happened. these fans are so diehard, they wouldn't tell me. as you heard one person said weren't expecting. one of the things that people were excited for was the return original trilogy. and fans told us they really loved how that came out, that the combination of the newcomers with the old characters was done really well. in addition, people loved the practical effects. things like the droids, as opposed to the computer generated effects in the last trilogy. j.j. abrams tried to get back to the practical effects. people loved it. >> that's a start. we're going to monitor social media to see if people are break the embargo tonight because they're not meant to. someone is bound to spill, right? >> you know. that. >> we are. i want to know if the ewoks are back in or not. i hope they didn't get left out of the movie. >> she doesn't note. >> i heard they're out, if i remember correctly.
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>> lauren, we will speak to you. >> abc's lauren lyster. >> remember my prediction. she said one of the fans said there is a massive twist. my prediction is luke skywalker has gone bad. >> i don't want to shake on that. >> we'll find out on twitter later. >> i don't want him to go bad. how about a turn to more serious news. bill cosby fighting back against some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. he's filed a defamation counter suit against 7 of more than 50 women. he says their claimses are driven by hopes of financial gain. their lawyers disagree. >> this is a page from the defense attorney's handbook. my seven clients intend to vigorously proceed with their case. each one them are confident that their good name and reputation the day. >> cosby's legal action comes the same day boston university announced it's taking away his honorary degree, one of more than a dozen institutions to do
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>> a maryland man charged with receiving thousands of dollars from isis in order to carry out a terror attack on american sil. mohammed elshinawy was arrested. the fbi first became suspicious of him when he starred getting money orders from egypt. he denies the charges. >> homeland security new focus follows the shooting rampage in san bernardino when tashfeen malik came to the united states for the first time and had already sent extensive messages about jihad. officials were prevented from seeing those because of a secret policy to save the administration embarrassment. >> the primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly. and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing >> also part of the investigation that search of the lake nearby turned up no evidence according to law enforcement officials.
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today is the enrollment deadline for millions of americans signing up for health care insurance under obamacare. the federal government wants 10 million people enrolled in the new year, 900,000 more than this year. enrollees can expect to pay 7 1/2% more more coverage as health care costs go up. >> you had a panicked moment earlier. wasn't sure if you paid your premium. >> i haven't done so. i'm uninsured. don't injure me. >> try not to the. top investment houses are dialing down their iphone forecasts. they expect sales to go down next year for the first time ever. why? higher prices in overseas markets and more users already have smart phones. it is a huge part of apple's revenues and profits. >> does have to plateau at some point, doesn't it? here's something no one should try on their own. an extreme skier named sammy carlson flying off the largest
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>> located on michigan's upper peninsula. sammy wasn't satisfied going forward so for good measure he >> look at that. sensational. he's an stretched over 500 feet. the video is part of a new film. it's called a ski jump filmed called the "the sammy c. project." >> coming up "the mix," the shirtless bachelor interviewed while jogging in the rain and love. >> also ahead, more coverage of "star wars," as well. we'll look at the patient fans waiting earlier for the theater doors to open. what has been keeping this ep motivated. >> but first those viral pictures a texas plumber's truck now in the hands of syrian terrorists. that plumber demanding answers. you're watching "world news now." so how ya doing? enough pressure in here for ya? ugh. my sinuses are killing me. yeah...just wait 'til we hit ten thousand feet. i'm gonna take mucinex sinus-max. too late, we're about to take off.
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so police say a disgrubtalled customer drove his truck through the lobby of this comfort inn in oklahoma. bam, unbelievable. two people jumping out of the way just seconds before the truck crashed through the front doors and then the front desk, the driver was apparently angry over not getting a cash refund. >> amazing. > now he faces several serious charges. >> amazing footage. there's a scene like that in the first terminator. ever wonder what happens to your old truck or car when he sell it or trade it in? many are shipped overseas.
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that proved a nightmare for some texas businesses. indicate lynn mcculley has the story. >> reporter: amidst all the gunfire, blood shed and overall chaos in syria right now this truck from a texas city plumber ended up in the center of it. this picture shows the former mark one plumbing truck carrying heavy artillery, a terrorist group tweeted out the picture and ever since then the chaos in syria hit home for this family-owned business. >> his secretary was recently called an isis soos [ expletive ] so just not flattering things. but also some were scary. some were people i'm going to come kick your [ expletive ]. you don't want to be an american you go. >> attorney craig elan lanified plumbing against autonation.
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company decal before selling it and obviously that didn't happen. >> the son started to take the decals off and was told don't do that. you might scratch the paint. we will do it. >> autonation resold the truck at an auctioning in dallas and someone from turkey bought the truck and had it shipped out of the country from the port of houston. i talked with a spokesman for autonation over the phone. their company is investigating how this happened. >> we immediately sent the vehicle to auction and the understanding was that the markings would come off vehicle. i'm not sure where the breakdown was between autonation and the auction. >> eland says mark one plumb is has lost business because of the ordeal and the employees are still afraid to come two. they hope this lawsuit will help them recover financially and prevent something like this from happening again. >> thank you very much, indicate lynn reporting from our station in houston. >> steve colbert did a good joke where he said a machine gun
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disturbing. >> lord fader using the dark side of the force disturbed by others' lack of faith. he may be happy to find out true believers are braving the elements to see the new "star wars" film. >> abc's nick watt has more. >> get ready. >> for what. >> >> happy "star wars"ing. > nine days these fans have been
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caroline and andrew are from australia, getting married in the line on thursday. >> who is officiating? >> we have a good friend that happens to be a celebrant. ob shawn. the force wakens will open on over 4,000 screens this week. back in '77, "star wars" opened on just 32. this one included. an instant hit darth vader was soon leaving his footprints it here outside the chinese theater. >> gorge lucas watched the first one from here. this is the place to be. >> reporter: in 1999 for the phantom menace, the line at the chinese tradition was born. >> ihended up meeting my husband in line. >> this is the result? >> this is result. >> nate's been in line over a week already. that "star wars" comes up on the screen, it's a little kid inside
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>> if there's a center of the universe glorious nerd dom it's right here. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> and stay with us tonight as we find out later if anyone has broken the embargo.
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moisture inside my hair and the damage from 100 blow-dries is gone. pantene. strong is beautiful. welcome back. it's time for "the mix" where we look at viral stories. we're going to start by talking about "star wars" again. yesterday, we talked about how there have been complaints. this had gone viral of a starbucks polar bear cookie that looked like it had its neck. >> supposed to be a red scarf. >> it looked like it was slit and people complained about it anyway turns out what we meant was the snowman, not the polar bear friends at starbucks were watching. > they weighed in and said guess what, it's been discontinued. there's a reason we couldn't find the polar bears for the show yesterday. it was kiss discontinued in 2010.
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by the way, they also have these gingerbread ugly sweater cookies. that's what they call them which do have red sweater smooze we're making amends with our friends at starbucks. these cookies look mm delicious. >> have one. dig in, please. >> >> come on, why not. >> help yourself. >> i think it's undignified to do it and 0 the telly but i'll do it. >> these are delicious. >> they're good. >> much better than peet's. >> we want to tell you about another story out in chicago i believe. of a shirtless runner. it's so hot in chicago, a station out there found in the rain a man wearing nothing except maybe a little something underneath there. and so they wanted to know why he was doing it. turns out he ends up using this do you know what? this. 25,000 likes. 3 million views. by the way, the guy reporting,
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he used to anchor "world news now" with me last summer. that's haety mon bradley. there's a selfie we took right on the show. now he's out there in the elements. >> okay. >> helping the single men of the world find love. >> in the news meeting when we talked about this particular feature, i thought they meant you co-anchored with a guy who ran without a shirt in chicago which i thought might had provide a challenge to your happy family existence. >> to you and next man sitting in the claire. >> yeah, 3 million hits. he remains single. and we have -- this is the ncaa basketball team, their particular type of celebration. they always show off their celebrations. this going viral. they've won six games and lost three. bang, in it goes. then they are -- it's orchestrated.
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>> they're doing well. 6-3. they're 6-3. >> this is a pony in the uk in a onesie. >> there you go.
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this morning on "world news now," challenging trump. the republicans ready to take the debate stage tonight as donald trump sees his biggest lead yet. the latest showdown just hours away. >> amazing poll. how did the woman responsible for killing 14 people in san bernardino get into the country after her disturbing social media posts? the terror investigation takes a new turn. "star wars" world premiere. >> first reaction to the film is in after last night's big event. and why "the force awakens" is so important to moviemakers. we are live in l.a. >> and later, saluting serena williams and her accomplishments as a tennis champ.
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skinny" on this tuesday, december 15th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." hello there, good morning. it is tuesday. i'm richard bacon. >> i'm reena ninan. "star wars" "star wars" on the brain, huh. >> we are checking social media throughout the night to see if anybody has broken the embargo. you've not seen anything yet. >> a lot of people saying if you tweet out a spoiler we're going to smash your hoverboard to pieces. l.a. >> that's if it hasn't already caught fire. >> let's begin with the republicans who want to be president. tonight, they will be facing off one final time before the holidays. >> the podiums with the nine candidates will be in use at the venetian hotel. that's in las vegas. front-runner donald trump will be center stage and, of course, flanked by his closest rivals ted cruz and ben carson. it's your voice, your vote. abc looks at the predebate
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>> reporter: donald trump aiming at a new target, two national polls released show trump's front-runner status in the race for president is now threatened by texas senator ted cruz. and as usual, trump isn't holding back. >> you look at the way he's dealt with the senate where he goes in there like a frankly like a little bit of a maniac. you're never going to get things done that way. >> reporter: cruz taking to social media not to respond with an attack but by posting a link to the movie "flash dance" and tweeting "in honor of my friend donald trump and good hearted maniacs everywhere." she's a maniac, maniac the source of the new feud, new poll numbers including this quinnipiac poll showing trump leading in iowa with 28%, cruz in a close second at 27%. in third place, marco rubio at 14%. with cruz on the rise, others are also taking aim. >> the only budget he's ever voted for in his time in the senate is a budget that cut
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>> anybody in any religion. >> reporter: also surging on a much smaller scale new jersey governor chris christie. the governor has been bumped up to the main stage. and will now appear with the other leading candidates during tuesday night's republican presidential debate. and yet, another poll the nbc/"wall street journal" poll suggests if the general election were held today, hillary clinton would beat donald trump by ten that same poll shows hillary clinton would be in a neck and necktie with cruz, rubio, and ben carson. reena, richard? >> carla, thank you so much. donald trump has released -- >> is that a fire alarm? >> i think it's a fire alarm. >> it's going off. >> oh, boy. >> i've worked in a few studios in my time. normally they're kind of the fire alarm and all you get is a light. was? i think that somebody may have wars" and someone has alerted
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right. >> we want to tell you about donald trump. he's released a one-page statement from his doctors which says that trump is in excellent health. his physician reports that trump has lost 15 pounds over the last few months and he takes a daily his doctor goes on to say if he wins next november, trump would be the healthiest individual ever elected president. wow. >> he might not be that healthy that much longer. an alarm is definitely going off. something is happening in the building. >> disney has alerted all of its entities that "star wars" premiere has premiered in l.a. i think that's what that is. >> find out what's going on. we turn to abc news early morning for post debate coverage. look for analysis from our -- this is tomorrow. from our deputy political director on "world news now." tomorrow. that's analysis. we'll have that.
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bernardino, the terror attack in san bernardino could be a topic during the debate tonight. marco rubio in particular is being critical of the administration's response. that search of a lake for evidence in the attack has apparently turned up nothing. divers were believed to be looking for a hard drive discarded by the couple who carried out the attack. >> spurred bid that terror attack, homeland security says it will step up scrutiny of social media sites when considering visa applications. elizabeth hur has that part of the story. >> reporter: anyone wondering what is being done to defeat isis, president obama had this answer. >> we're also taking out isil leaders, commanders and killers one by one. our next message to them is simple, you are next. >> reporter: that message after his visit to the pentagon with top security officials talking strategy in tackling terrorism. >> we are hitting isil harder than ever. last month in november, we dropped more bombs on isil targets than any other month
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>> the reassurance comes as new questions are raised about missed cues and warnings in the san bernardino attacks. abc news has learned that tashfeen malik had extensive social media postings supporting jihad but still got a fiance visa to come to the u.s. turns out a secret u.s. policy prevented immigration officials from searching social media as part of the screening process. >> the primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing. >> reporter: just last year, immigration officials did ask for new policies allowing them to look at applicants' social media public posts but were opposed by the homeland security department's office of civil rights and civil liberties. the homeland security department says the current screening process is being revised. according to insiders even the new pilot programs are not a widespread policy. >> elizabeth, thank you for that important report.
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in case you the dear viewers who we love very much were worried about us, it's a false it's a false alarm. no one has broken the "star wars" embargo. story. there are now doubts about what brought down that russian jetliner in egypt in october. the u.s., britain and russia all said they found evidence of a bomb aboard the plane. an affiliate of isis you might remember claimed responsibility but egyptian investigators now say they have found no evidence of terrorism. egypt's tourism industry has suffered since the incident. members of kosovo's parliament were tear gassed during a it's the sixth time in the past two months. the protesters oppose any deals with neighboring serbia and montenegro. kosovo was once part of serbia and the european union is trying to get them to resolve their differences. >> bowe bergdahl will be court-martialed for walking away from his army unit in afghanistan. he will be charged with desertion.
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convicted. a preliminary hearing officer charged. bergdahl spent five years as a taliban captive after leaving >> pete rose has been banned from baseball for gambling since 1989 and major league baseball says that is not going to change. rose had applied for reinstatement to major league baseball's commissioner but that application has been rejected because of rose's continued legal gambling and new evidence about rose's betting on games when he played for the cincinnati reds. hollywood boulevard was locked down tighter than the death star last night for tinseltown's biggest premiere in recent memory. it was amazing sight. check them out, those storm troopers on the red carpet stretched for half a mile and the most elite of "a" list celebrities last night at the premiere of "star wars" was shown to vip crowds in three separate athletes including the chinese theater where the original "star wars" played 38 years ago.
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audience and see how they feel about it. >> of course, "the force awakens" will open later this week. on more than 4,000 screens from coast to coast. we want to give au update here at abc news, our alarms have been going off here. we thought it was a fire alarm. we thought actually it was in fact somebody -- >> breaking the embargo. we've been monitoring because they've all seen the film. >> we should say it's a false alarm, for the fire alarm and for the embargo for "star wars". >> thank you. we're safe. >> the post premiere excitement is very much alive this morning in hollywood. >> lauren lyster is there. good morning to you. why is this movie so anticipated and have you gotten any details about the film? >> reporter: i know you guys are dying for spoiler alerts. no fan will give them to me. a few reasons why it is highly anticipated. one the time, it has been years since the last "star wars" film about a decade since the release of the last one. in addition the return of
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fans were excited about this, hans solo, luke skywalker, princess leia who is a general in this film. then the money. some analysts predictions believe this will be the highest grossing film ever. now, to break the record of a have to do $2.79 billion. we'll top that. that was the record set by "avatar." highest grossing "star wars" film so far has been 199's "phantom menace" which brought in just over a billion dollars. this has a way to go. >> i saw footage the other day of fans leaving the phantom menace. we know the fans didn't like the film. asking fans on the night, we need to wait. >> look at lauren. she asked them to give spoilers. everybody left her. there's nobody behind her. >> yeah. >> hard-core. >> yeah. >> lauren, thank you so much. >> that's true. >> we'll speak to you again later.
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thrilling occasions, aren't they? things like this. >> exciting. > we're both going to see the film later this week. we will break the embargo. >> coming up in "the skinny," the hollywood "a" lister who dressed as yoda for the "star wars" premiere. >> also ahead, bill cosby fighting back taking legal action against his accusers. what attorneys on both sides of the scandal are saying. and later the best gifts for music lovers on your list from ear buds to headphones. we're getting expert advice for shoppers. you're watching "world news now." ld news now." seriously? where do you think you're going? to work, with you. it's taco tuesday. you're not coming. i took mucinex to help get rid of my mucusy congestion. oh, right then i'll swing by in like 4 hours. forget the tacos! one pill lasts 12 hours. i'm good all day. wait! your loss. i was going to wear a sombrero. only mucinex has a bi-layer tablet that starts fast, and keeps working. not 4, not 6, but 12 full hours. start the relief. ditch the misery.
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starting next monday. >> after that, it's $5 each. the owners of drones already in the air have till late february to register. but if you get one for christmas, you have to register right away. >> bill cosby striking back against some of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. >> the comedian has filed a defamation against seven of the more than 50 women who have come abc's linsey davis has this update. >> reporter: bill cosby turning the tables, saying he's the victim and filing a lawsuit >> we are taking steps in order to right a wrong. and the burden of proof is supposed to be on the people who are making the accusation, that accusers to have to do. >> reporter: the lawsuit, filed in federal court in massachusetts, is countersuing the seven of the more than 50 women who have come forward accusing cosby of sexual assault, drugging or rape. these seven have all sued him for defamation, after he accused them of lying about the allegations. cosby's attorney accuses these
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opportunistic, false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct against him for their own financial gain. joe cammarata represents all seven women. >> my seven clients intend to vigorously proceed with their case. each one of them are confident that their good name and reputation will be restored at the end of the day. >> reporter: cosby's legal action to salvage what he can of his legacy comes the same day boston university announced it's taking away his honorary degree. one of more than a dozen institutions to do so in the past year. the 78-year-old has long denied all the allegations. according to his attorney, cosby is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, to the maximum extent of the law. linsey davis, abc news, new york. coming up, the actor who stole the show at the "star wars" red carpet. >> he's not even in the new movie. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now"
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people like it. it's been around on social media a lot because people like it. it looks kind of cute. there he is with storm troopers in l.a. i think joseph gordon-levitt has forgotten the narrative of "star wars" because in the last one, return of the jedi not the last one to be made, but in the last one sequentially in the narrative, yoda dies. >> why did you tell me that? i haven't seen that one yet. >> that film came out 30 years ago. you've had time. >> maybe i'll netflix it this weekend. >> you've had time all your life. i'm just saying yoda died. it's disrespectful to his family. this came out today. this is really interesting. you're going to like this. this is about the celebrities who when you put them on the front of the magazines sell the most magazines. >> ad week released the sales figures for popular magazines that feature famous faces. we're learning which covers sold the best stories of the year. we're going to start with "people" magazine here. >> so the august 3rd issue
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miranda lambert "shocking split" was big for them. it sold 800,000 copies off the newstands. this even topped ben affleck and jennifer garner's divorce. >> there's the worst. >> apparently pope francis only sold 450,000 off newstands. come on, the pope? we capital n't say he -- >> people took to the streets to see him. i don't think he's too concerned with people buying him on "people" magazine. this cover did the best for "vanity fair" this year. caitlyn jenner sold 400,000. nomp nomp -- normally they average about 160,000 "vanity fair," it jumped to 400,000 it won a huge award for best magazine cover of the year. it was sensational. >> and this kind of hurts me to say because i love this gal. sarah jessica parker apparently sales not doing well bringing below average numbers for this cosmo cover and also for harper's bazaar. i think she's a fantastic person.
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a interesting detail. kim kardashian doesn't do that well. caitlyn does well. kim kardashian not is heing well this year. >> the pope not doing well? >> i guess if you are a devout catholic. >> he's still a rock star if you're not catholic. next up, we want to talk about tennis superstar serena williams earning another honor. "sports illustrated" sports person of the year. >> another magazine cover claiming the rightful throne in that photo because of the astonishing year that she's had. i interviewed her father, richard, at length once. >> really. >> and you know for serena and venus, before they were born, he wrote down on a piece of paper that he would make both of them the tennis champions of the world. >> wow. >> if you think about that, that's -- he didn't know they were going to be good at tennis. his family doesn't play tennis. isn't that the most intriguing thing? >> that is kind of fascinating.
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current longest-running production in las vegas "jubilee" ending their 34-year run. that's with the women with the tatas hanging out. >> >> find another show to go and see. >> coming up, music to the ears. >> be right back.
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and start gathering the information you need to help you keep rolling with confidence. go long . whoa, listen to the music whoa, listen to the music >> like that? >> it's that tune. >> you like that? >> i love it. now for many of us who do listen to music all of the time, headphones are an essential part of the listening experience. >> and how you're listening just as important as what you're listening to. for the best deals on this hot holiday tech gift, here's abc's becky worley. >> reporter: headphones, predicted to be the most popular tech gift given this season. so to find the best we turned to they want? >> the priority is design and then bass.
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of it. this is the beats solo two. this is a wireless headset. you've got the flashy colors and this clean design we have here. that's going to be really popular. you can go big and large and just you don't care what anyone else thinks. these are the monster 24 ks. gold, bling-bling. all gold everything. is there a budget model you can get? >> these are the audio technica. m 50 xs. my favorite best budget overall. great headphones. >> i see on ear and over ear. what's difference? which is better? >> a lot of times it comes down to how it feels. some people don't like cupping your ear off. you typically get better sound that way. on ear rests on your ear little pillows. >> if you're buying headphones for someone who commutes or a road warrior, it's all about noise canceling. >> the bose comfort 25s are noise canceling headsets. it hears the outside noise around you, it sends reverse
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that sound and kind of creates a chamber inside like your own isolated room. >> reporter: finally let's talk cheaper ear buds. can you get a good pair on a budget? >> there are some around the 150, $200 price point. that's a lot. that $40 to $50 sweet spot, you'll get everything that you need. becky, thank you for that. reena, tonight is the "star wars" premiere. >> we're going to go to it, right? >> yeah, but the l.a. one is tonight. the last time a star wars film cape out nearly ten years ago in london, i hosted that premiere. there were two cinemas next to each other, one full of celebrities and one for fans. as a surprise to the fabs just before the film started i walked george lucas. >> wow. >> and the reaction, it reminded me i was in grant park when obama was voted for president. i know this is crazy, but that emotional reaction. >> you're comparing obama to the "star wars." >> that's what it means to the fans. >> okay. got some jedi action.
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good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm richard bacon. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." >> homeland security says it will increase scrutiny of social media sites when looking at visa applications. the female shooter in the san bernardino rampage had posted extensively about her support for jihad. but officials never saw the messages. full details ahead. >> earp sergeant bowe bergdahl will be court-martialed for walking away from his unit in a remote part of afghanistan. he spent the next five years as a taliban captive. he faces life in prison if he's convicted. police in oklahoma say an angry customer was behind the wheel of this truck. look at this, it's remarkable, as it plowed into the lobby of a comfort inn.
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injury. the driver faces several serious charges. and the stars out in force for hollywood's biggest movie premiere in recent memory. the big question this morning, who among last night's attendees will be the first to spoil one of hollywood's most tightly guarded secrets. those are some of our top stories on this tuesday, december 15th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> so we begin with the latest on the investigation into the san bernardino terror attack. the search of a lake not that far from the crime scene has apparently turned up no evidence. >> divers were believed to be looking for a discarded hard drive from the killer couple's computer. and the case is prompting a change in the way hope land security reviews visa applications. here's abc's brian ross. >> reporter: when tashfeen malik came to the united states for the first time last year, she
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messages online that she wanted but none of that was known to the officials handling her fiance visa. >> during that time period, immigration officials were not media as a part of the screening process. >> reporter: former homeland security official john cohen, now an abc news consultant, says there was a secret policy that prevented officials from screening the social media posts of visa applicants, fearing bad public relations for the obama administration. >> the primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly, and embarrassing. >> reporter: malik, who had become radicalized after college, had three interviews, showed pictures of an engagement party in saudi arabia, and her visa was approved in three department admitted failed. >> you know, obviously, things went wrong.
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the worst terror attack since 9/11, federal agents are reconstructing the online history of malik and her husband, syed farook. a history that shows even before they met, they were on the road to jihad, something authorities could have known, but did not, as she was welcomed to america. the white house has now ordered a top to bottom review of the visa application screening process including that policy that prevented officials from looking at the social media of those wishing to come to this country, a policy that was secret until now. brian ross, abc news, new york. brian ross, thank you. now the race for president. starting with donald trump's doctor's note. in a one-page release, it's pretty extraordinary, his long-time physician says trump's physical strength and stamina are themselves extraordinary and he claims if trump wins the white house, he will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.
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republicans will face off tonight in their last debate of the year. the republican front-runner will be center stage flanked by senator ted cruz and ben carson. a new national poll has trump leading with 41%. but another poll from iowa as you can see there has trump and cruz in a virtual tie. >> if this was a reality show, i would have the republican candidates run with george w. bush. he apparently could do a mile in 12 minutes, which is pretty good. >> right? >> so i think that would help determine who is the healthiest, who an who could keep up with the pace. it's a little bit north korea, that note. dear leader played golf today and scored 12 hole in ones. >> oh, boy. baltimore is bracing for the verdict in the freddie gray case. jury deliberating in the first trial of a police officer accused in gray's death. activist groups are warning they will protest if william porter is acquitted. they say they resent the added security added ahead of the
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gray died after a ride in a police van. residents of newtown, connecticut, gathered at a memorial service last night to mark the third anniversary of the sandy hook school shootings. the names of all victims were read. 20 first graders and six staffers were killed that day. in one of the deadliest mass shootings in u.s. history. >> bill cosby is fighting back against seven of the more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. he's filed a defamation counter suit against them claiming he suffered serious harm because of their groundless accusations. the women's lawyer says cosby's legal action is simple retaliation. >> the records have been falling here in the east behind the warm temperatures though. there have been wild and damaging storms. abc's gio benitez reports on all the stunning differences that a year can make. storm pummeling the west. downing power lines in salt lake stranding drivers in washington state. high winds snapping trees in the
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>> she literally saw this tree just come down and she just heard it smash. >> reporter: a kansas white out blinding drivers and in texas, four confirmed tornadoes. path of destruction. at least 50 homes damaged. >> it sounded like the roof lifted off the house. >> reporter: straightline winds doing damage, too. meanwhile, the east still waiting for winter. this was the scene in buffalo last year. the temperature right now, it feels like 1 degree. and behind me, that is a car, completely buried in snow. and take a look at this spot right now. no snow. in fact, buffalo hit a record high of 71 degrees. since the month began more than 1,000 high temperature records tied or broken across the country. and here at this ice rink, hundreds of people were expected on their skates but just take a look. it looks more like a swimming pool. no skating here. gio benitez, abc news, buffalo. >> more proof of our weird
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it is chilly in california and surf is up in minnesota. >> it's like 100 degrees in our studios here but surfers are riding the waves along lake superior's north shore in duluth. the water temperature is in the 30s. paul williams explains the warm spell in the eastern part of the country is short lived. say it ain't so. >> thanks, richard. reena. we've had the luck of the irish so far. beautiful weather for tuesday. storm departs, get out of the way. we'll enjoy some kind of sunshine. as we go into thursday though, the worm turns. jet stream ushers in a low pressure throughout the evening time. that low will sweep towards maine. it's going to bring rain and drizzle, slowing down travel and then mild. here comes the part where i might not be your favorite guy. i have to tell you the truth anyway. as we go friday into saturday, the coldest air of the month will arrive. we're looking for temperatures to stay below the norm for this time of year. we'll start talking about that four letter word in the
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snow with lake effect connected to it. richard, reena. >> boo, snow. >> thanks a lot. punishment is being handed out in connection with a widely publicized incident of violence during a high school football game. in september, two players from a team in texas purposefully took down a referee. there you can see it. they said they did it at the direction of after assistant coach. now that former coach has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 18 months probation. he's also been fined and must do community service. charges against the players are pending. pete rose has been banned from baseball for gambling since 1989. major league baseball says that's not going to change. rose had applied for reinstatement to major league baseball's commissioner. but that application was rejected because of rose's continued legal gambling and new evidence about his betting on games when he played for the cincinnati reds. the giants are still in the thick of it for the nfl playoff
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night football. >> new york was down in miami facing the dolphins, another incredible touchdown caught by o'dell beckham junior. they checked the tape to see that he had both feet inbounds. you got have the both feet inbounds there. that tied the game at 24. >> then in the fourth quarter, it was beckham again wide open, horning in the pass and taking it to the end zone. that was the winner. giants take it, 31-24. >> look at him, catching it like beckham, huh? >> good. >> you like that? >> yeah, i liked it a lot. tieing in two different types of football. that's impressive, huh? tieing in -- british and american sports. >> you like that? >> it's like hands across the atlantic. >> coming up, folks, we're taking you back to 1999 for the last "star wars" premiere. boy, how times have changed. >> also ahead, could your smartphone habits have an impact on your physical and mental health? medical experts are dialing in. and later --
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chief entertaining officer. if you're hosting a holiday gathering, your guests will get a kick out of my mistletoe martini, a milkshake made with leftover pie and a crab-filled appetizer that will zip up your party. you're watching "world news now." our party. you're watching "world news now." >> i'm alex trebek. if you're age 50 to 85, this is an important message. so please, write down the number on your screen. the lock i want to talk to you about isn't the one on your door. it's a rate lock for your life insurance that guarantees your rate can never go up at any time, for any reason. but be careful. many policies you see do not have one, but you can get a lifetime rate lock through the colonial penn program. call this number to learn more. this plan was designed with a rate lock for people on a fixed income who want affordable life insurance that's simple to get. coverage options
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however, they also warn it may be dangerous for pregnant women to go off their meds without first checking with their doctors. >> that's a hard dilemma to be in. now to a warning for everyone who uses a smartphone. there's a thing called text neck. you hunk over your phones for too long, apparently it's ruining our posture. >> some researchers say it could be affecting our mental health, as well. as dr. jennifer ashton explains. >> reporter: we live in a tech driven world but is technology driving us to damage our bodies? even our minds? >> physical therapist steve is. >> kenny:ing the term i hunch, that hunched over pot tour we get when we're benning over a smartphone. what happens when the weight of your head is bent at a 60 degree angle over your gadget? according to august, the stress on a person's neck increases to 60 pounds. that can cause pain. >> back and neck problems have proliferated in the last ten years. the big driver is the use of
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>> reporter: that's the physical part. now researchers are trying to find out if there's a link between that ihunch and mental health. amy cuddy, author of "presence" examining this issue in a "new york times" article citing small flip studies -- preliminary studies that suggest that slouchy posture may be linked to depression and low self esteem. while none of the studies have shown conclusive evidence that staring at your smartphone aches your psychology, many professionals say sitting up straight, it's always a good idea. >> good posture affects everything from your confidence level, from your assertiveness level. feeling good about yourself. >> reporter: dr. jennifer ashton, abc news, new york. >> that is true. that is true about posture. i think about it a lot when i'm doing this program. i've had tweets from people saying up straight. >> i never had a tweet like that. >> if you overlook at the screen, this is overexposure to blue violet light, some
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macular degeneration. it's time to throw away your phone, reena. >> i'm telling you, the old rotary phones are corded. go back to that. you'll get an answering machine if you feel like you have to be hi-tech. we'll be right back folks. >> announcer: "world news now"
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america's chief entertainment officer and cookbook author tim laird is here this morning. his drinks always have an extra kick and his foods always extra festive. >> good morning. i'm excited. we have some fun tips for easy holiday entertaining. > we love it. >> i want to start out with my mistletoe martini. great cocktail. light, refreshing in a shaker with ice. start with an ounce of finlandia tangerine vodka. to that three ounces of cranberry juice. that goes in. then i want to give it a good squeeze of lime. the citrus really needs to be in there. give that a good squeeze. now we're going to shake this up. i've prepared my martini glasses ahead of time by rimming this with a little bit of lime and dipping it in a plate of sugar. you have the sugar rimmed glass. decorating your glass for the holidays, too. >> they look beautiful, frosted. >> it's fun. then i strain this out into our prepared glass.
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going to do with this one is top it off with a little bit of korbell champagne which gives it a nice little sparkling note. you can use a lime garnish or if you really want to have fun, you can use a rosemary spear with cranberries. and that goes in, boom. >> that's creative. >> for an alcohol free version, i have a little bit of tangerine instead of finlandia tangerine. cranberry juice, squeeze of lime and sparkling water. cheers, happy holidays. how did we do? all right? >> amazing. that's really good. >> wow, that is great. this one's kicked up. >> a little envious you got the kicked up one. they gave me the -- >> you have to go back to work. i get to play. >> fair enough, that makes sense. >> here's a great idea. this is a fun appetizer especially around the holiday times because it makes a lot. fairly inexpensive. in my bow, i have about eight
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>> to that i'm going to add about a pound and a half of fresh crab or even i like to use this imitation crab. it's very inexpensive and still tastes great. give that a little stir. to that, i'm going to add a couple dashes of worcestershire sauce. that goes in. >> that's all you need? >> seasoned salt. >> that's it. >> just a little pinch of that. mix that up really well and i'll show you the finished version. >> beautiful. >> i mix that, put it into a dome and pour over the top cocktail sauce topped with capers. there it is. holiday crab and crackers. serve it with a little butter crackers or your favorite crackers. people love that. and finally, here's a dessert item. this is a great idea because during holidays there's always leftover pie. so i'm going to make a wild berry milkshake out of leftover pie. this is a wild berry pie. it's a quarter of that. to that, this is half and half. about 4 to 6 ounces. that goes in all the way. then a couple cubes of ice. just that easy.
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like i said, we have cherry pie, berry pie, pumpkin pie, whatever you have left over. >> wow, it really blended everything. >> it liquefies. ready to go. i pour them in the moose mugs. which are wonderful for the holidays. if you want to give it a little taste. this is absolutely delicious. >> mm. >> wow. >> it almost tastes healthy like oatmeal but that's the crust. >> it really works with any pie you have. like i said, cherry, pumpkin, berry, whatever you have. >> delicious. that might be better than the drink. tim? you're always good at breaking it down. >> start way ahead of time with a checklist of what you can do in advance such as you can shop for nonperishables. create your menu weeks in advance. check it off as you're going down. that way you're not doing everything last minute and your party will go smoothly. >> santa is not the only one making a list and checking it twice. tim laird suggests doing it. >> absolutely. >> thank you so much.
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our graphics team did a great job. awesome, bravo. the force has awakened at least tinseltown for now. >> last night's world premiere of "star wars: the force awakens" featured storm raiders invading a half mile long red carpet. >> the glitterati were the regular fans camped out for days. we haven't seen lines like this since "phantom menace" opened.
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covered it for world news tonight 16 years ago. >> reporter: they do their physics homework dreaming of things they could never calculate. they peck away at portable computers wondering about technology they want imagine. and they read magazines about characters they've never encountered. these "star wars" fans have camped on hollywood boulevard since april 7th to buy the first tickets to the next installment. and the movie doesn't open till may 19th. "star wars" is a life obsession. >> watching each movie about 80 times maybe. >> reporter: being the first to see the next "star wars" movie would be something to tell the grandchildren. they pass the time staying in touch by telephone with friends and family. >> you wonder about your son waiting in line to see "star wars"? you wonder about your son about a lot of things. like the hand prints at the chinese theater, they've become another curiosity on hollywood boulevard. they're also a curiosity on the internet.
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doing like being interviewed about being first in line. is there any possibility that this movie won't be worth the wait? >> this is the movie that steven spielberg described as an instant classic. i don't think there's going to be any possibility it's going to suck. >> by now they've got too much invested in it not to like the movie. brian rooney, abc news, hollywood. >> i'm afraid his prediction did not hold true. when he said it's a thing to tell their grandkids about, i imagine when they tell their grandkids, their grandkids will have said tell me you didn't queue up for the "phantom menace." >> get in line. >> seriously. >> some of the hollywood celebs have waited. shonda rhimes tweeting holy crap, "the force awakens" so good in the best old school way. >> is that technically a breach of the embargo? >> no, no. shonda wouldn't do that. >> that's it for this half. >> remember to follow us on
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