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good morning on this new year's day. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm lauren lyster. here are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now." it's now 2016 practically everywhere ithe world. the new years welcomed in new york, times square and many other cities. a few scaled back or canceled events all together fearing terrorism. >> and those celebrations went on as planned i in dubai despite the huge fire engulfing one of the city's biggest hotels. investigators now trying to figure out what sparked the skyscraper foul. they have ruled o out terrorism. the floodwaters in missouri and illinois are beginning to recede.
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and transportation through the regions a mess having an impact on the rest of the country. also in the headlines this morning, a new twist in the case against bill cosby. the comedian is facing his first criminal charges of sexual assault after allegations made by more than 50 women.n. >> now there's a new legal battle involving cosby's wife. camille. abc's mara schiavocampo has the story. >> reporter: the criminal case against bill cosby playing out in the court of public opinion. afteter the 78ear-old comedian appeared in court, facacing a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault. >> reopening this case was our ty. >> reporter: prosecutors saying cosby sexually assault andrea constand in 2004, after giving her pills and alcohol at his suburban philadelphia home. now, cosby's attorney making the media rounds, vowing to fight what she calls an unjustified charge. >> iave faith in the justice system. >> reporter: and some of cosby's other accusers, also reacting to the criminal charge. >> i just started to cry.
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relief, tears of joy and tears of validation. >> reporter: more than 50 women have come forward, claiming cosby sexually assaulted, ugged or raped them, which he has consistently denied.d. his wife of 50 years, camille, always standing by his side. now, she may be the next one in the hot seat. though she launched a legal battle to prevent being foed to speak about herer husbandn a related civil case next week, abc news has learned that request has been denied. now, as for that criminal charge, cosby, who is reportedly worth approximately 00 million, is free on $1 million bail. he faces ten years in prison if convicted of that charge. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. and last nighght, bill cosby did tweet, and it was this simple five-word message. he said friends and fans, thank you. difficult year ahead for mr. cosby. coming up, bidding farewell to one of the mostontention years
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>> reflecting on 2015, it certainly was one of the m most active years in politics it seems. >> absolutely. from one of the widest fields of presidential candidates slinging some of the most decisive rhetoric to a sitting pope stepping into the fray. this will be one year for the books. here's abc's karen tra vers. >> getting in theroove here. >> reporr: it's been an unconventional year in politics. surprise surges. and one bombshell see you later. it's crowded out there on the republican presidential trail. so many candidates, they're doubling up on debates. the main stage and what some called the kids' table. but the gop race has been dominated by one man. >> i am officially running for president of t united states. >> reporter: donald trump launched his campaign with his signature bravado and immediately shook things up. >> our leaders are student. >> reporter: many thought the
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he's not only held on to his commanding lead, he's increased it despite many controversial statementsing about mexican immigrants. >> thehey're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. >> reporter: and muslims. >> for a total and completete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: his comments have brought harsh criticism from democrats and republicans. his supporters say finally a candidate who tells it like it is. ben carson had a brief jump in the polls before fading. now ted cruz is riding a strong surge into the new year. on the democratic side, hillary clinton holds wide leads nationally. but so voters are feeling the burn. rmont senator bernie sanders giving the former secretary of state a run for her money. some polls showing him ahead in the key early state of new hampshire. the controversy over clinton's private e-mail server dogged her on the trail for some time. earlier this fall she tried to put it to bed.
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i'm sorry about that. i take respsibility. >> reporter: that issue sparked perhaps the only real fireworks in the democratic debates. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. >> reporter: the highlight on capitol hill thissear came in september when pope francis delivered a historic address to congress. that visit was orchestrated by house speaker john boehner who just one day laterropped a bombshell on washington announcing he was resigning. >> i woke upnd i said m my prayers as i always do, and i decided, you know, today'y's the day i'm going to do this. >> reporter: that launched a mad scramble among house republicans. conservatives threw their weight around rejecting candidates to replace boehner. when the bust settled, it was pa ryan who emerged as his party's best option to lead a very fractured republican majority. and while it feels like the presidential campaign has been
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several weeks to go befor voters finally get to have their say. karen travers, abc news, washington. and, of course, it's only going to get hotter with the iowa caucuses in february, new hampshire coming up. so big year ahead, of course. >> absolutely. if you thought you saw the last of donald trump, huh-uh, 2016 will be him versus it seems like the rest of the field not onl the republicans, he's been taking on hillary lately but the one thing i'm looking forward to is more snl skits, the best part of thehelection year in my opinion. >> yeah, great, great point. >> the coming up, buckling down on those new years resolutions. >> and the most popular new years resolution is to lose
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let's get physical, physical, i want to get physical let's get into the physical let me hear your body talk >> love that song. >> that's a good video. >> finally this half hour, that new year's resolution to get fit and lose weight. >> yes, you know that one. every year, there's never a shortage of a slew really of new diet fads. this morning we're checking out how some of the biggest stars manage to stay in shape. here is abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: looking to get toned like taraji? like khloe and carrie, bend like jen? now you can as the stars dish on everything from their diet secrets to fitness routines in the latest issue ofus weekly." >> every year, of course, after the holidays getting into the new year, everyone is ready to get their do is and exercise
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all of these stars each of them have fun little tips that anyone cacan pick upp at home. >> for gabrielle union, balance is the name of the game. >> balance yourself. if you want the doughnhnut, hav the doughnut. i needed apple cake so i eta it. >> top tips? >> lpt all sugary drinks. are lean meat, sleep and regulating your schedule. i try to get to bed early. >> reporter: no cookies for this cookie. "empire" actress ta raj jill p. henson dropped two sizes in a year thanks to daily two-hour workouts focusing on jogging, squats and her core. the actress revealing i tell myself just show up and your body will change. >> reporter: white hot j.lo loves her greens. i eat asparagus, brussells sprouts, kale everything you can think o says the superstar. >> she told us she feels better
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>> reporteter: adititi roy, abc news, san francisco. i like what ga bri yell union said, it's all about balance. you got to have the berger if you want the burger. >> so many people saying no more drinking after tonight. no moreburgers after tonight. look at that. >> and you want to pum some iron like that, phillip. >> see how swolll i am? because i did so much. that's why. >> okay. all right. >> we'll see you. >> announcer: this is abc's
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insomniacs for two decades. this morning on "world news now," celebrations and terror tensions. >> from a sususpected terrorist arrested in upstate new york to a threa on a big city in germany.
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theixed feelings as the world welcomes 2016. >> up in flames. the fire in a high-rise hotel, the injuries, evacuations and investigation. >> holiday misery. the mississippi river at record levels. the deadly and rare wintertime flooding. the property damage and the relief in the forecast. and later, airline hero. the pilot who didn't have to turn the entire plane around because he saw upset passengers in the terminal who missed his flight, but he did make a u-turn anand heeally saved the day. 's friday, juary 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this new year's day. i'm lauren lifter. >> i'm phillip mena. happy new year. >> happy new year to you. >> we spent there new year's hanging out at work. >> we have the party favors to prove it.
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with 2016. >> did not stop celebraons and it won't stop the celebrations us being here at work. >> let's keep it going. i'm sure there are plenty of people that had a wonderful new year still wanting to enjoy a little fun and some news. >> if you just came home from partying, happy new year everyone. down in times square, we could hear the fireworks going off when it hit midnight. >> you have good ears. could you really? >> absolutely, up in the office there. >> i wasatching the tv. >> thankfully everything went off without a hitch. we begin with the tensions and us precedented security. >> more than a million revellers watched the brawl drop right there. many waited hours unable to leave because of the security not even able to go to the bathroom. there were 6,000 police officers including members of a special counter-terrorism unit. >> and there were no public celebrations in rochester, new york, the state's third biggest city. the fireworks there were canceled after an allege add
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of he planned a new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar armed with knives and machete. he hoped the assault would help him join isil overseas. >> in munich, germany, police warned of a serious attack. they've been tipped off to five to seven suicide bombers. with the main train station and another the primary targets. despite the war, thousands rang in the new year with fireworks in munich's downtown. >> november's attacks did not keep parisians from celebrating in public. therere too t public fireworks display was canceled replaced by a performance a thehe arcrc detory om just beforore midnight. the terror attacks left 130 people dead. >> new year's eve celebrations went on as scheduled in dubai despite a fire that engulfed one of the top hotels.
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flames shot out of the skyscraper. abc's alex mar adequate has the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxurury hotelsonsumed by flames. >> yes, i can e a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: the fire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all l around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world'd's tallesbuilding. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and s shortly aer the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in their. a surreal scene with the hotel
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there has been no mention of terror, arson or any other official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. alex marquardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tonya couch is spending the new year is a los angeles jail on a m million dollars bond. she was returned to the u.s. from mexico yesterday. her attorney says couch did not olate any texas laws when he she left the state with her son. she faces charg of hindering the apprehension o of felon and days. >> put yourself in tonya' shoes. what would you do if you're a parent who has the s who is the most hated boy in america? >> ethan couch remains in a mexican jail while he waits for a hearing whether he will be forced toeturn to the u.s. a legal process that could go on for weeksr even months the mississippi river and its tributaries are att or near record levels in much of missourind illinois even as the flooding in the st. louis
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most of the fate at that times have been motorists and hunundreds ef highways and roads are still closed. abs indra petersons reports from the flood zone. >> floodwaters paralyzing parts of the midwest. as rivers crest and records fall, residents race to spared. >> we just need a lot of help. water's already rushed in, being rescued, too. this was the scene on interstate 55 before officials where is finally forced to close it. traffic backed up for miles. these photos showing how quickly the flood waters rose in valley y pa. we rode along with the u.s. geological survey. they are using doppler radar to monitor the rising mississippi. >> all the rivers that feed this area, the illinois river, the upper mimississippand the missouri, are all coming to where their flood crests are right here today. and so, that's what's made this flood so large. >> reporte this time of year, this stretch of the mississippi river should be five feet deep. now it's 42 feet. to put it all in perspective,
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amount of water flowing here right underneath the e ads bridge than you typically see flowing over niagara falls. this video shows how powerful that can be. watch this house smash into a bridge. at least 22 deaths in missouri and illinois now being blamed on the flooding. at least four still missin including two teenage boys in taylorville, illinois. indra petersonss, abc news, sunset hills, missouri. in today's forecast, chilly again in the flood zone. lows could be in the siningle midwt. new york. to jacksonville. it is going to be cooler though in the mid-atlantic. >> and 19 in salt lake city. 20s in minneapolis and detroit. 30s in denver and kansas city. 40s and 50s in dallas, atlanta and new york. down right balmy. all right. now it time for some college football. are you a football fan. >> big-time fan. >> i'll hand it over to you in a minute.
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gas are better than the two playoff games we had yesterday. >> yeah, they were a bit of blowouts. we start with the number one team, clemson, the tigers trailed oklahoma by a point at halftime before taking the lead with that short touchown run. keyshawn watson struck with a 35-yard touchdown pass and another td in the fourth quarter putting the sooners away for good. clemson moves onto the national title game with a resnding -17 win. and then it was alabama and michigan state's turn. let's sum it up by saying the crimson tide absolutely night. we'd love to show you a michigan state touch down or a field dole or safety or something but there >> alabama quarterback jake coker threw two touchdowns. derek henry ran for two more. it came to an end. alabama impressive in a 38-0 victory a now take on clemson monday, januarary 11th.
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focusing on a tradition i'm more a fan of. and thats the parade and then th big games. spectators began lining upp on the five-mile parade route nearly 24 hours before the parade. they seemed unfazed by the cool temperatures and unfazed by potential security issues. >> the security this year is unprecedented with the fbi and homeland security assting. some 44 floats are part of the spectacle. it took volunteers about 80,000 hours to put those floats together. the theme of this year's parade is "find your adventure." >> of cose, those floats are so cool because they're made out of flowers and plants. what i found unbelievable, i even had to double-check with one of our producers is that by one estimate, the floats each cost $100,000 to $150,000. they are six figure floats for that one day, that one parade, phillip. >> well, that's why people like it so much because it's so well thought out. you know what, that is one of the best things to don new year's.
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there, watch the parade and watch the rose bowl games all new year's day. there's colle football all day long. what else are you going to do? sit on your couch? coming up ithe mi university researchers banning overused phrases or words for the new year. which ones would you ban. >> i'm going to thinkbout it. also ahead, the airline pilot who spotted emotional passengers in the terminal who had missed his flight. s unprecedented decision to make a u-turn. >> later the sighthts and sods of 2015 from scandals to celebrities to fear and disbelief. >> and what will you remember from 2015? join the conversation on our facebook page. wnnfans.com and n twitter. we're @abcwnn. so go ahead, break the internet. you're watching "world news now." you may think you can put off checking out your medicare options until you're sixty-five,
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benjamin franklin launched from a chinese shipyard last month. and it arrived at the port of oakland, california, yesterday. this thing is a quarter mile long, longer than four football fields or even the empire state building laid on its side. it's going to mak regular deliveries from china to the >> wow. >> if you can believe it. there. another rare sight yesterday involving a giant vehicle played out at the minneapolis st. paul international airport. >> the pilot of a delta air lines flight made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the tarmac isn't that unbelievable? he returned to the gate. it. here's abc's clayton sandell >> reporter: one of the most lives, and the short family was >> i was j just cryi. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and time to catch their connection to memphis ran out. them. >> the tower wasn't going to
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sisterand my mom were sitting there in tears and i'm sitting there screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's when the captain saw the family. he radioed in and found out they were upset, because, for them, missing the flight meant missing their father's funeral. >> it would've been sad not saying good-bye. >> reporter: that captain, adam cohen, then made an extraordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing w we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesture made all the difference. they arrived in memphis in time to say good-bye. >> it's very rare, someone stops and does something so kind and we need more people like them in this wld. >> reporter: an uncommon act of common decency. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. they would not have made it. that was the last flight of the day. >> incredible. >> kudos to delta for that. next out with the old and in with the new. >> but before we say good-bye to 2015, we're going to take a look
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biggest events to make the headlines. what do you think was the biggest story of e year? you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. there are 16 million children struggling with hunger in america. that's 1 in 5 daughters, sons, neighbors, and classmates who don't know where their next meal is coming frm. yet billions of pounds of good food gogo to wastevery year. it's time we do something about it. feeding america is a nationwide network of food banks that helps provide meals to millilions of ds and families in need. visit feedingamerica.org to help them feed even more. together we can solve hunger.
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>> this is our favorite. because as millions of americans -- oh, look. as millions of americans do what we just did, ring in 2016, we here at "world news now" would like to take a few moments to ring out 2015. >> what a year it has been for news. we've seen everything from natural disasters to terror attacks and from racial unrest to one of the mt divisive presidential races in recent memory. >> a 7.8 earthquake centered in nepal.
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youn man out of this building. and he is alive. everest. >> the airbus crashed in the french alps. >> that young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. into the indian ocean. other. growing outrage after a beloved lion was killed by an american dentist. >> mexico's most notorious drug dealer is also its most wanted man. >> kay mueller now confirmed dead. >> she touched the heart of the world. >> an attack on a train foiled by quick thinking american papassengers >> the plane with more than 200 egypt. >> at least a dozen p people were killed today during a staff offices. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war. >> the people are coming quicker than we can load them. >> anger, frustration. >> and chaos.
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>> the terrorists hit six separate locations. at least 129 kied. >> if i liven fear, they won' >> the suspects are now corned. >> abdel amin abboud is dead. the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. conference room. >> farouq and tashfeen ma mick had made their plans to attack wewell in advae. >> there's been a mass shooting in southern oregon. >> this has become routine. >> and gunfire ripping through there louisiana movie theater. >> a gunman opened fire. >> polic exchanging gunfire with a man inside this colorado springs planned parenthood. >> tragedy in charleston. >> these people were in urch. >> dylann roof has been caught. >> we have no room for hate. we have to forgive. >> a historic moment set in motition byhe killings. thousands gathered in selma to remember that day in 1965. >> it's become a very important day in my life. >> reporter: an ugly scene in baltimore.
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after the death of 25-year-old freddie gray. >> sandra bland's death in a jail is sparking outrage. >> michael slager fires eight times at walter scott. >> he was my son. >> be on the lookout for two escapees from clinton county could be correctional facility facility. >> the massive manhunt finally over. >> an amtrak train derailed in philadelphia. >> going more than 100 miles per hour. >> the death penalty for dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> he wanted d to go t hell and he's going to get there early. >> i? the defenda to the life imprisonment. >> james holmes received 12 consecutive life sentences. >> more than ,000 firefighters battling 65 firefighters. >> this is a disaster. >> thi pristine shoreline now an oily mess. >> liquid water has been found on mars. >> the pope touching down. >> the land of the free. >> i would have gone anywhere to see the pope. >> a happened shake five decades
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> former house speaker dennis hastert. >> guilty to a felony banking charge. >> i have been racking my brain what more could have been done. >> an 11-hour hearing about the 2012 attacks on a diplomatic post. >> another big victory for president obama's health care law. >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land. that does not mean everyone is on board. >> by whose authority? >> god's authority. >> the united states has reached histic understandinging with iran. >> what a stunning historic mistake. >> the u.s. is sending special operations forces to syria. >> this isn't a pipeliline. it's a lifeline. keystone xl pipeline would not serve the national interests. >> it was the interview heard round the world. >> for all intents and purposes, i am a woman. >> the longest-running late night show host ever taking the stage one last time. >> jon stewart sning off for the last time. . the force has awakened. >> oed.
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>> it was just m manual ca -- magical. >> all right. as wee saiood-bye to 2015 and hello to 2016, you know where the tradition comes from to celebrate with friends and family? it's because that's supposed to be a harbinger of luck. so if you see enemies that's bad luck. i don't know what the -- >> i'm glad i got to be with good people. >> amazing viewers, great fans of this show. very happy about that. that bodes well for the year. fake confettiefinity bodes well. >> we got off to a good start and so did you. coming up the year's most overused phrases and words.
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state university, they have released this list. so. >> bit of an annual tradition. >> so is the first one. >> did you plan that. >> so is the first one. join the conversation is another overused and now banished word according to them and break the internet. those three. the thing is, these are very valuable contributions to modern vocabulary. lou would we do away with any of them? what would kim kardashian do without breakg the internet? >> i could not get through telling you that without saying so. >> quickly before we go, some million people were in times square 0 ring in the new year. one thing you may not think about, all of the trash. how much trash do you think they have to clean up? what would you guess, phillip. >> you know the answer? >> it's a whole bunch. >> it's a whole bunch. one square mile, 50 to 52 tons of trash. all the confetti, all the food,
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>> good work. now it's polka time. >> broadway's lyric theater with cast members of on the town m politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores that's the world news polka >> if you're an insomniac and a good night's sleep you lack, the world news polka it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants so grab your "world news now" mug and everybody dance hey have some fun be a l every anchor guy and gal, do the world news polka. with spf 1,000 you can lounge beneath the trees because with global warming it's a cool
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everybody. this morning on "world news now," celebrations and terror tensions. >> from a suspected terrorist arrested in upstate n new yorko a threat on a big city in germany. to unprecedented security in
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the mixed feelings as the world welcomes 20. up in flames. the five in a high-rise hotel, fire and sploek from the building. the injuries, evacuations and investigation. holiday misery. the mississippi river at record levels. the deadly and rare wintertime flooding. the property damage and the relief in the forecast. and later, airlinehero. pit who didn't have to turn the entire plane around because he saw upset passengers in the terminal who policed his flight butid he make a u-turn and he really saved the day. it's friday, janry 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on then new year's day, i'm lren lyster. >> i'm phillip mena. happy new year. >> happy new year to you. >> we spent this new year's hanging out here at work. >> we did. we have the party favors to problem it. we should ring in the new year
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>> did not stop the celebrations and it won't stop the celebrations us being here at work. >> let's keep it going. i'm sure there are plenty of people that had a wonderful new year still wanting to enjoy fun and some news. >> if you just came home from partying, happy new year. down in times square we could hear the fireworks going on. and thankfully. >> could you really >> absolutely. up in the office there. >> i was watching the tv, watching the countdown. >> thankfully everythining went off without a hitch. we beginin with th new year's celeations worldwide. the tensions and the unprecedented security. >> more than a million revellers watcd the ball drop in times square right there. many waited hours unable to leave because of the security. not even to go to the bathroom. there were also 6,000 police officers including members of a special counter-terrorism unit. >> and there were no public celebrations in rochester, new york. the state's third biggest city. the fireworkrks were canceled after an allege add isis thinkizer was arrested.
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new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar armeded with knives and ma cheat at the. police say he hoped the assault would convince isis to join the group overseas. >> in germany, police warned of a serious imminent attack. they've been tipped off to five to seven suicide bombers with munich's main train station and another the primary targets. despite the warnings, thousands of pple did ring in the new year with fire works in munich's wntown. >> november's attacks did not keep parisians from celebrang the holiday. police surrounded the major landmarks in paris to watch out for trouble after november's terror attacks that left 130 people dead. new year's eve celebratitions went on as scheduled in dububai despite a fire that engulfed one of the city's top hotels. it was a frightening scene as flames shot out of the skyscrap.
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details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down frothe building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: the fire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. throar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, ththey annoued the new year's celebration would g go ahead, and shortly after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the air. a surreal scene with the hotel still burning in the background.
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terror, arson or any other official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. ex marquardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tonya couch is spending the new yearn a los angeles jail on a million dollars bond. couch was returned to the u.s. from mexico yesterday. her attorney says couch did not violate any texas laws when he she left the state with her son. she faces charges of hindering the apprehension of a felon and could be in jail for several days. >> putourself in tonya's shoes. what would do if you're a parent who has a son who is the most hated boy in america? >> ethan couch remains in a mexican jail while he waits for hearingn whether he will be forced to return n to the u. a legal process that could go on for weeks or even months. the mississippi river and itstory beaututitories are at or near record levels in much of missouri and illinois even as the flooding in the st. louis
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most of the fatalities have been motor haddists and hundreds of highways and roads are still closed. abc's indra petersons reports from the flood zone. >> reporte floodwaters paralyng parts of the midwest, as rivers crest and records fall, residents race to sandbag homes, hoping they'll be spared. >> we just need a lot of help. >> reporter: pets stranded where water's already rushed in, being rescued, too. this was the scene on interstate 585 before officials were finally forced to close it. traffic backed up for miles. these photos showing how quickly the flood waters rose in valley park. we re along with the u.s. geological survey. they are using doppler radar to monitor the rising mississippi. >> all the rivers that feed this area, the illinois river, the upper mississippi and the where their flood crests are right here today. flood so large. >> reporter: this time of year, this stretch of the mississii river should be five feet deep. now it's 42 feet. to put it all in perspective,
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amount of water flowing here right underneath the e ads bridge than you typically see flowing over niagara falls. this video from fenton, missouri, shows how powerful that can be. watch this house smash into a bridge. at least 22 deaths in missouri and illinois now being b blamed on the flooding. at least four still missing, including two teenage boys in taylorville, illinois. indra petersonss, abc news, suns hills, missouri. in today's forecast, chilly again in the flood zone. lows could be in the single digits in some areas of the midwest. snow from wisconsin to upstate new york. heavy rain from new orleans to jacksonville. it is going to be cooler though the mid-atlantic. >> and 19 in salt lake city. 20s in minneapolis and detroit. 307s in denver and kansas city. 40s and 50s in dallas, atlanta and new york. down right balmy. now it's time for college football. are you a football fan. >> big-time. >> i'll hand it over to you in a minute.
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games are better or at least more competitive than the two playoff games we had yesterday. >> we start with the nation's number one team, clemson. the tigers trailed oklahoma by a point at halftime before taking the lead with that short touch down run. deshaun watson you can have with a 35-yard touchdown passs down the seam and another td in the fourth quarter put the sooners away for good. clemsonoves onto the national title game with a resoundg 37-17 win. then it was alabama and michigan state's turn and let's sum it up by saying the crimson tide absolutely dominated the spartan spartans last night. wa we'd love to show you a michigan state touchdown or a field goal or safety or something but there weren't any. alabama ma quarterback jake kocher coker threw two touch downs. heisman winner derek henry ran for two more mercifully it did come to an end, alabama with the 3-0 victory and now take on clemson for the national title monday
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from pasadena people are focusing on a tradion i'm more of a fan of. thats the parade and t then the big game. spectators begin lining up on the five-mile parade route nearly 24 hours before the paradede. they seem unfazed by the cool temperatures and potential security issues. >> the security this year is unprecedented with the fbi and homeland security assisting. some 44 floats are part of the spectacle. it took volunteers about 80,000 hours to put those floats together. the theme of this year's parade is "find your adventure." >> of urse those throats are so cool because they're made out of flowers and plants. what i found unbelievable, i even had to double-check with one of our producers by one estimate, the floats each cost $100,000 to $150,000. they are six-figure floats for that one day. that one parade, phillip. >> well, that's why people like it so much because it's soo wel thought out. you know what? that is one of the best things to do on new year's. that's a hangover cure right
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rose bowl, watch the parade and watch the rose bl games. there's college football all day long. what else are you going to do? sit on your couch? coming up "the mix," university researchers banning overused phrases or words for the new yeyear. which ones would you ban? >> i'm going to think about it. also ahead, the airline pilot who spotted emotional passengers in the termil who had missed his flight. his unprecedented decision to make a u-turn. >> the sights and sounds of 2015. >> and what you remember from 2015? join the conversation on our facebook page, wnnfans.com and on twitter we're @abcwnf. so go ahead, break the internet.
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a chinese shipyard last month. and it arrived at the port of oakland, california, yesterday. thishing is s a quartemile long, longer than four football fields or even the empire state buding laid on its side. it's going to make regular deliveries from china to the u.s. west coast. >> wow. >> if you can believe it. >> just made the clearance there. another rare sight yesterday involving a giant vehicle played out at the minneapolis st. paul international airport. >> the pilot of a delta air lines flight made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the tarmac. isn't that unbelievable? he returned to the gate. but just wait until you hear why he did it. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: one of the most important flights of their lives, and the short family was about to miss it. >> i was just crying. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and time to tch their connection to memphis ran out. the plane pupushed bacwithout them. >> the tower wasn't going to
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sisters and my mom were sitting there in tears and i'm sitting there screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's en the captain saw the family. he radioed in and found out they were upset, because, for them, missing the flight meant missing their father's funeral. >> it would'veeen sad not saying good-bye. >> reporter: that ptain, adam cohen, then made an extraordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesture made all the difference. they arrived in memphis in time to say good-bye. >> it's very rare, someone stops and does something so kind and we need more people like them in this world. >> reporter: an uncommon act of common decency. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. they would not have made it. that was the last flight of the day. >> increble. >> kudos t to delta r that. >> next, out with the old and in with the new. >> but before we say good-bye to back at some of the year's biggest events to make the headlines.
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>> this is our favorite. because as millions of americans -- oh, look. everyone's in on it. as millions of americans do what we just did, rining in 201 we here a"world news now" would like to take a few moments to ring out 2015. >> what a year it has been for news. we've seen everything from natural disasters to terror attacks and from racial unrest to one of the most divisive presidential races in recent memory. >> a 7.8 earthquake centered in nepal. >> the death toll now surging. >> this team has brought this
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and he is alive. >> epitome of chaos hit mt. everest. >> the airbus a-320 crashed in the french alps. >> that young co-pilot had everyry inntion to destroy that plane. >> tangible proof that mh-370 crashed into the indian ocean. >> prince george is now a big brother. growing outrage after a beloved lion was killed by an american dentist. >> mexico's most notorious drug deer is now also its most wanted man. >> kayla mueller held by isis now confirmed dead. >> she touched the heart of the world. >> an atck on a train foiled by quick thinking american passengers. >> he said let's go. >> the plane with more than 200 people on board went down in egypt. >> at least a dozen people were killlled todayuring a staff meeting at the "charlie hebdo" offices. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war. >> the people are coming quicker than we can load them. >> anger, frusation. >> a and chaos >> paris under attack.
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separate locations. at least 129 killed. >> if i live in fear, they won't. >> the suspects are now cornered. >> abdel amin abboud is dead. the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. >> several down in the conference room. >> farouq and tashfeen malik had made their plans to attack well in advance. >> there's been a mass shooting in a community college in southern oregon. >> somehow, this has become routine. >> gunfire ripping through this louisiana movie theater. >> gunman opened fire. >> police exchanging gunfire with a man inside this colorado springs planned parenthood. >> horrific tragedy in charleston. >> these people were in church. >> dylann roof has been caught. >> we have no room for hate. we have to forgive. >> a historic moment set in motion by the llings. thousands gathered in selma to remember that day in 1965. >> it's become a very important day in my life. >> reporter: an ugly scene in baltimore.
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after the death of 25-year-old freddie gray. >>andra bland's death in a texas jail is sparking outrage. >> police officer michael slager fires eight times at walter scott. >> he was my son. >> be on the lookout for two escapees from clinton county correctional facility. >> many comparing it to the plot of shawshank redemption. >> the massive manhunt finally over. >> an amtrak train derailed in philadelphia. >> going more than 100 miles per hour. >> the death penalty for dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> he wanted to go to hell and he's going to get there early. >> i sentence the defendant to the life imprisonment. >> james holmes received 12 consecutive life sentences. >> the record broken. boston buried under r snow. >> more than 25,000 firefighters battling 65 firefighters. >> this is a disaster. >> ts pristine shoreline now an oily mess. >> it's the biggest of break through yet. >> liquid water has been found on mars. >> the pope touching down. >> the land of the free. >> i would have gone anywhere to see the pope. >> pray for me. >> i will. >> a handshake five decades in the making. > former hou speaker dennis
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charge. >> i have been racking my brain about what more could have been done. >> an 11-hour hearing about the 2012 attacks on a diplomatic post. >> another big victory for president obama's health care law. >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land. that does not mean everyone is on board. by whose authority? >> god's authority. >> the united states has rched a historic understanding with iran. >> what a stunning historic mistake. >> the u.s. is sending special operations forces to syria. >> this isn't a pipeline. it's a lifeline. the keystone xl pipeline would not be the national interests. >> it was the interview heard round thworld. >> for all intents and purposes, i am a woman. >> the longest-running late nighshow host ever taking the stage one last time. >> jon stewart signing off for the last time. >> the force has awakened. >> for a highly anticipated film.
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>> all right. as we said good-bye to 2015 and hello to 2016, you know where the tradition comes from to celebrate with friends and family? it's becauause that'supposed to be a harbinger of luck. so if you see enemies or that kind of thing, that's bad luck. i don't know what the -- >> i'm glad i got to be with good people. >> amazing viewers, great fans of this show. very happy about that. that bodes well for the year. fake confetti definitely b bodes well. >> we got f to a good start and so did you. coming up the year's most overused phrases and words. >> and the year's monumental
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released this list. so -- >> bit of an annual tradition. >> actually, so is the first one. >> did you plathat? >> so is the first one. join the conversation is another overused and now banished word according to them, and break the internet. those three. the thing is, these are ry valuable contributions to modern vocabulary. i think. how would we do away with any of them? what would kim kardashian do without breaking the internet? >> there you go. i could not get through telling you that without saying so. >> quickly before we go, some million people were in times square to ring in the new year. one thing you may not think about, all of the trash. how much trash do you think they have to clean up? wh would you guess, phillip? you know the answer. >> it's a whole bunch. >> it's a whole bunch. in one square mile, 50 to 52 tons of trash. all the confetti, all the food, all those revellers literally leaving behind tons of trash.
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everybody. this morning on "world news now," tense celebration from unprecedented security in new york to a terror threat in the u.s. and in europe. thee new yeaea is welcomed in with an uneasy feeling.
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flames and smoke shooting out of a 66-story hotel on new year's eve. the injuries, evacuations and the decision to continue holiday fire borks not far away. new this half hour, the 2016 election year is officially here. >> and as we look back at the past year in politics, we look ahead at the campaigns, the wer plays and who is fighting to win this year's elections. >> and later, looking fit and glamorous in the new year. you can look like a real star i if you know the right diet and workout routine. some expert advice on this friday, janunuary 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning and happy new year, everyone. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm lauren lyster. i'm really enjoying celebrating the new year here with all these great party favors. we should wear one. >> let's see how long we can get away before they tell us to take
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>> you guys should tweet us your new year's get upups because we've got ours we certainly do. with that we should get right to our top story and probably this is a little too light for it. a tense but so far uneventful new year's around the world. despite terror warnings people did turn out not letting threats ruin their situations. >> that's right. just hours ago at times square in new york was packed with a million revelers and 6,000 police officers. the live pictures here much different scene than last night. >> three, two, one. happy new year! >> it's finally 2016. and people around the world are riing in the new year with those three familiar words. >> happy new year. >> happy new year. >> from a jam packed times square in new yorork all the way to the mosque ca river in moscow. crowds cheered as colorful fireworks displays painted the night sky.
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ring in the new year with australia nipping at its heels lighting up the famous sydney harbor, celebrations from hong kong to tokyo illuminating the night sky. one show in particular left the world watching in a different kind of awe. in dubai, even with a hotel fire raging nearby, the world's tallest building, the burj khalifa fitted with 400,000 led lights and 1.6 tons of fireworks carrieied on the display as scheduled. all across the globe, millions crowded hick landmarks just to get a glimpse of the fire works. cities around the world are in a heightenenedtate of alert. paris canceling some events still recuperating from the horror of vember's terrorist attack. and somber scenes in brussels where festivities were also canceled amid securityy fears over a similar style attack. those fears nearly realized here at home. in rochester, new york, federal
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believed to be planning a terrorist attack leading to the cancellation of the city's fireworks display. and that be alleged isis sympathizer planned a new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar in new yor state's third largest city. the man allegedly hoped the assault in rochester would convince isis to let him june the terror group overseas. he told an informant he had no problem with killing people. in germany, police evacuated two munich t train stations hours before midninight after receiving tips from another country of a credle threat. it was belied five to seven suicide bombers were planning an attack. thankfully nothing happened and the two stations are now open again. now to that fire in dubai. it did not impactt the city's new year's eve celebrations. what's billed as the world's largest fireworks display went on as usual. it looks fabulous there. at the hotel where the fire broke out, witnesses were describing a horrrrifying scene
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>> no sprinklers, there's no fire alarm. and the escape route was crap. >> hundreds of people were evacuated and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured. there does not appear to be any link to terrorism. alsz mom tonya couchch is spending the new year in a los angeles jail on a million dollars bond. her attorney says couch has not broken any texas loss andnd she looks forward to her day in court, but in mexico, ethan couch remains in custody. here's abc's mattgutman. >> after racing south of the border, the couches now in legal limbo. tonya couch being held in isolation in the l.a. county jail charged with hindering the apprehension of her 1-year-old son eeth. the mom's bail set a $1 million. escorted by u.s. marshals ignoring reporters' questions. her attorney saying she's innocent and --
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anything to help herself. she did this, it appears to protect her son. >> reporter: itf convicted she faces unto ten years in prison to help her son. >> where is he going to go? we're going to get him at one point or another. >> we watched as he was taken from this detention center late wednesday. turns out he was taken to another detetention center in mexico city. his third city since his arrestt monday in the resort town of port tote vallarta. that the couches checked into this resort saying investigators opting for this lower end apartment and a l lower profile on christmas eve. tonya even buying in this local butcher. tonyaa couch is likely to be extradited from this jail to texas sometime next week. her son ethan could be stuck in that mexico city facility for weeks sharing a room with four five other people. matt gutman, abc news, los angeles. there's much more about the
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special edition of abc news 20/20" end of the road at 10:00 eastern. in chicago, protesters returned to mayor rahahm emanl's home demanding his resignation. students from northern illinois marched in memory of 19-year-old quintonioio legrier, their classmate fatally shot by a police officer on saturday. >> city officials finally released thousds of e-mails relateded to the shooting of laquan mcdonald revealing a coordinated response from the mayor's office and others to the shootings. president obama is expected to take executive action next week against gun violence. one measure could expand background checks on gun sales. the white house may also impose tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on their way to a buyer. gun rights advocates e promising to challenge any action the president takes. the state department says that is portions of 275 e-mails released yesterday from hillary clinton's time as secretary of state have been newly classified.
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or receive information that was classified at the time from her personal e-mail account. the state department says it fell short of the number of e-mails it was ordered to release by a federal judge. floodwaters are making it difficult to get around the central midwest. althou interstate 55 reopened near st. louis, other highways are closed because of flflooding. >> many homes are underwater. abc's elizazabeth hurs in the middle of the flood zone. good morning. >> reporter: phillip and lauren, good morning to you. the mayoreramec river behind me has crested and finally receding. but so many businesses in this are still underwater. rirs reaching record levels in missouri. the mayor mack river crested in valley park early thursday about four feet bob the previous record. the mississippi river now on track to crest at t famous arch in downtown st. louis some 21 feet above flood stage.
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area, the illinois river, the upper mississippi and the missouri are all coming with thr flood crests right here today. so that's what's made this flood so large. >> reporter: the overflowing rivers already flooded hundreds of roems and hundreds of residents were evacuated. authorities are still warning residents to stay away from the water. the swollen merrimack now being blamed for breaching another wastewater treatment plant in st. louis county pouring raw sewage into the river. so far, nine levees have been toppled, nearly a dozen more threatened. and missouri not the only flooded state from illinois to north carolina. >> it was running hard and cong up fast. >> reporter: their rare winter flooding is also wreaking havoc. >> it's really mind boggling. to see it coming by with the strength it has and to imagine what it can do to our surroundings is werful. >> reporter: right now in some communities there is a boil water advisory in effect.
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authorities say the water is safe to drink for now but they are monitoring the situation around the clock. phillip and lauren? >> elizabeth, thank you. in the flood zone, chilly temperatures again. some parts of the midwe could ceelos this morning in the single digits. downpours from the gulf coast to jacksonville. snow in the upper great lakes from wisconsin to upstate new york, mild and dry in the west. >> 60s in los angeles and phoenix. 40s in seattle, dallas and boston. 30s inenver and great falls, and 20s in chicago a detroit. hawaii is ringing in 2016 with a tobacco crackdown. they're raising the legal smoking age to 21. it is the first state in the nation to take such action. the newew law also includes elelectronic cigarettes. stores violating the law cld be fined as much as $2,000. minors caught smoking m may be fined as much as $50. investors are hoping for a
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stocks closed lower yesterday capping the worst year for the market since 2008. the dow jones also closed with a loss. the nasdaq did a bit better gaining for the year. several factors contributed to the decline incluluding worries about interest rates. 2015 was also a bad year for warren buffett. the oracle of omaha lost $11.3 billion. shares of his company berkshire hathaway slid 1111% but don't feel too bad. he's sll the world's third richest man with a personal fortrtune estimated at $63 billion. and you may be feeling a little richer this morning after a year of low gasoline prices. 2015 ended with the national average priced at exactly $2. aaa estimates eac licensed driver saved an average of almost 600 bucks over the past year. and the outlook for 2016 is good. low low gas prices. all right.
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west florida not by flashing ball drops or tremendous amounts of confetti. >> it was a parade of dachshunds. look at them there. they're so cute. they wore costumes, part of the island city'sbrasion to ring in the new year. the wiener wonderlando to speak featured more than 160 dachshunds and their human owners presumably. >> the canine costumes, they ran the gamut from sea creatures to a unirn and, of course, "star wars" characters. there was no cost to participate in the key west dachsnd walk but donations of dog and cat food were requested for the community pet food pantry. >> oh, my gosh, there's the unicorn. very cute. >> coming up, welcoming the new year by looking back at unforgettable year in politics. >> also ahead, getting as fit as a glamorous celebrity in 2016. the workout and diet plan getting attention in hollywood. >> but first, why bill cosby's wife could be putn a legegal h
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i think they were tears of relief, tears of joy and tears of validation. >> reporter: more than 50 women have come forward, claiming cosby sexually assaulteded, drugged or raped them, which he has consistently denied. his wife of 50 years, camille, alys standing by his side. now, she may be the next one in the hot seat. though she launched a legal battle to prevent being forced to sak about her husband in a related civil case next week, abc news hasearned that request has been denied. as for that criminal charge, cosby, who is reportedly worth approximately $400 million, is free on $1 million bail. he faces ten years in prison if convicted. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. and last night, bill cosby did tweet, and it was this simple five-word message. he said friends and fans, thank you. difficult year ahead for mr. cosby. coming up, bidding farewell to on of the most contentious
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active years in politics it seems. >> absolutely. from one of the widest fields of presidential candidates slinging some of the most divisive rhetoric to a sitting pope stepping into the fray. this will be one year for the books. here's abc's karen travers. >> getting in the groove here. >> reporter: it's been an unconventional year in politics. surprises. surges. and one bombshell l see you later. it's crowded out there on the republican presidential trail. so many candidates, theye doubling up on debates. the maintage and what some called the kids' table. but the gop race h has been dominated by one man. >> i am officially running for president of the united states. >> reporter: donald trump launched his campaign with his signature bravado and immediately shook things up. >> our leaders arere stupid. >> reporter: many thought the trump balloon would burst but
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commanding lead, he's increased it despite many controversial statements about mexican immigrants. >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. >> reporte and muslims. >> for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: his comments have brought harsh criticism from democrats and republicans. his supporters say finally a candidate who tells it like it is. ben carson had a brief jump in the polls before fading. nonow ted cr is riding a strong surge into the new year. on the democratic side, hillary clinton holds wide leads nationally. but some voters are feeling the burn. vermont senator bernie sanders giving the former secretary of state a run for her money. some pololls showi him ahead in the key early state of new hampshire. the controversy over clinton's private e-mamail servedogged her on the trail for some me. earlier this fall she tried to put to bed. >> that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that.
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>> reporter: that issue sparked perhaps the only real fireworks in the democratic debates. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. >> thank you. >> reporter: the highlight on capitol hill this year came in september when pope francis delivered a historic address to congress. that visit was orchestrated by house speaker john boehner who just one day later dropped a bombshell on washington, announcing he was resigning. >> i woke up and i said my prayers as i always do, and i decided, you know, today's the day i'm going to do this. >> reporter: that launched a mad scramble among house republicans. conservatives threw their weight around rejecting candidates to replace boehner. when the dust settled, it was paul ryan who emerged as his party's best option to lead very fractured republican majority. and while it feels like e presidential campaign has been going on forever, there's still several weeks to go before
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say. karen travers, abc news, washington. and, of course, it's only going to get hotter with the iowa caucuses in february, new hampshire coming up. so b big year ead, of course. >> absolutely. if you thought you saw the last of donald trump, huh-uh, 2016 will be him versus it seems like the restf the field not only the republicans, he's been taking on hillllary y late buthe one thing i'm looking forward to is more "snl" skits, the best part of the election year in my opinion. >> yeah, great, great point. >> all of it. all ght. coming up, buckling down on those new year's resolutions. >> and the most popular new year's resolution is to lose weight.
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let's get physical, physical, i want to get physical let's get into physical let me hear your body talk >> love that song. >> that's a good video. >> finally this half hour, that new year's resolution to get fit and lose weight. >> yes, u know that one. every year, there's never a shortage of a slew really of new diet fads. this morning we're checking out how some of the biggest stars manage to stay in shape. here is abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: looking to get toned like taraji? kick did like khloe and carrie, bend like jen? now you can as the stars dish on everything from their diet secrets to fitness routines in the latest issue of "us weekly." >> every year, of course, after the holidays getting into the new yeareveryone is ready toto get their diets and exercise
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all of these stars each of them have a fun little t that anyone can pick up at home. >> for actress gabrielle union, balance is the name of the game. >> balance yourself. if you want the doughnut, have the doughnut. i ate a whole serving of apple cake. i needed it so i ate it. >> top tips? >> eliminate all sugary drinks. are lean meat, sleep and regulating your schedule. i try to get to bed early. >> repororter: no okies for this cookie. "empire" actress taraji p. henson dropped two sizesn a year thanks to daily two-hour workouts focusing on jogging, squats and her core. the actress revealing i tell myself just show up and your body will change. >> reporter: white hot j.lo loves her greens. i eat asparagus, brussell sprouts, kale, everything you u cathink of, says the superstar. >> she tolus she feels better now than she did when she was in her 20s. >> reporter: aditi roy, abc news, san francisco.
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said, it's all about balance. you got to the have the that berger if you want that berger. dodieprive yourself. >> so many people saying no more drdrinking aer tonight. no more burgers after tonight. look at that. >> and you want to pump some iron like that, phillip. >> see how swoll i am? because i did so much. at's why. >> okay. all right. >> we'll see you. >> announcer: this is abc's "wld news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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insomniacs for two decades. this morning on "world news now," celebrations and terror tensions. >> from a suspected terrorist arrested in upstate new york to a threat on a big city in germany. to unprecedented security in times square. the mixed feelings as the world
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>> up in flames. fire and smoke spreading through the injuries, evacuations and >> holiday misery. the mississippi river at record levels. the deadly and rare wintertime flooding. the property damage and the relief in the forecast. and later, airline hero. the pilot who didn't have to turn the entire plane arnd because he saw upset passengers in the terminal who missed his flight, but he did make a u-turn d he really saved the day. it's friday, january 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." year's day. i'm lauren lyster. >> i'm phillip mena. happy new year. >> happy new year to you. >> absolutely. we spent this new year's hanging out here at work. >> we have the party favors to we should ring in the new year with 2016.
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beat did not stop the celebrations and it won't stop the celebrations us being here at work. >> let's keep it going. i'm sure there are plenty of people that had a wonderful new year still wanting to enjoy a little fun and somome news. >> exactly. sof you just came home from partying, happy new year everyone. down in times square, we could hear the fireworks going off when it hit midnight. >> you have good ears. could you really? >> absolutely, up in the office there. >> i was watching the tv. watching the countdown. >> thankfully everything went off without a hitch. that is where we begin with those new year's celebrations worldwide, the tensions anand the unprecedented security. >> more than a million revellers watched the brawl drop right there. many waited hours unable to leave because of the secury not even to go to the bathroom. there were also 6,000 police officers including members of a special counter-terrorism unit. >> and there were no p public celebrations in rochester, new york, the state's ththird biggt city. the fireworks there were canceled after an alleged isis sympmpathizer was arrested.
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new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar armed with knives and machete. he hoped the assault would help convince isil to let him join the group overseas. >> in munich, germany, police warned of a serious attack. they've been tipped off to five to seven suicide bombers. with munich's main train an station and another the primary targets. despite the warnings, thousands of people did ring in the new year with fireworks in munich's downtown. >> november's attacks did not keep parisians from celebrating there too the public fireworks display was canceled replaced by a five-minute video performance at the arc de triomphe just befofore midnit. november's terror attacks left 130 people dead. >> new year's eve celebratations went on as scheduled in dubai of the city's top hotels. flames shot out of the
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abc's alex marquardt has the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: the fire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just undethree hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and sholy after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the air. a surreal scene with the hotel still burning in the background.
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terror, arson or any other official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. alex marardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tonya couch is spending the new year in a los angeles jail on a million dollars bond. couch was returned to the u.s. from mexico yesterday. her attorney says couch did not violate any texas loss when she left the state with her son. she faces charges of hindering the apprehension of a felon and could be in jail for several days. >> put yourself in tonya's shoes. what would you do if you're a parent who has the son who is the most hatated boy iamerica? >> ethan couch remains in a mexican jail while he waits for a hearing on whether he will be forced to return to the u.s., a legal process that could go on for weeks or even months. the mississippi river and its tributaries are at or near record levels in much of missouri and illinois even as the flooding in the st. louis
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momost of th fatalities have been motorists and hundreds of highways and roads are still closed. abc's indra petersons reports from the flood zone. >> floodwaters paralyzing parts of the midwest. as rivers crest and cords fall, residents race to sandbag homes, hoping they'll be spared. >> we just need a lot of help. >> reporter: pets stranded where water's already rushed in, being rescued, too. th was the scene on interstate 55 before officials were finally forced to close it. traffic backed up for miles. these photos showing how quickly the flood waters rose in valalley park. we rode along with the u.s. geological survey. they are using doppler radar to monitor the rising mississippi. >> all the rivers that feed this area, the illinois river, the upper mississippi and the missouri, are all coming to where their flood crests right here today. and so, that's what's made this flood so large. >> reporter: this time of year, this stretch of the mississippi river should be five feet deep. now it's 42 feet. to put it all in perspective,
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amount of water flowing here right underneath the eads bridge than you typically see flowing over niagara falls. this video from fenton, miouri, shows how powerful that can be. watch this house sma into a bridge. at least 22 aths in missouri and illinois now being blamed on the flooding.. at least four still missing, inuding two teenage boys in taylorville, illinois. sunset hills, missouri. in today's forecast, chilly again in the flood zone. lows could be in the single digits in some areas of the midwest. snow from wisconsin to upstate new york. heavy rain from new orleans to jacksonville. it is going to be cooler though in the mid-atlantic. >> and 19 in salt lake city. 20s in minneapolis and detroit. 30s in denver and kansas city. 40s and 50s in dallas, atlanta and new york. downright balmy. all right. now it's time for some college football. are you a football fan? >> big-time fan. >> i'll hand it over to you in a minute.
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games are better or at least more competitive than the two playoff games we had yesterday. >> yeah, they were a bit of blowouts we start with thenation's number one team. clemson, the tigers trailed oklahoma by a point at halftime before taking the lead with that short touchdown run. keysyshawn watn struck with a 35-yard touchdown pass and another td in the fourth quarter good. clemson moves onto the national title game with a resounding 37-17 win. and then it was alaba and michigan state's turn. let's sum it up by saying the imson tide absolutely dominated the spartans last night. we'd love to show you a michigan state touchdown or even a field goal or a safety or something, but there weren't any. alabama quarterback jake kocher coacher threw two touchdowns. heisman trophy winner derek henry ran for two more. it came to an end. alabama impressive in a 38-0 victory and now take on clemson for the national title on monday, january 11th. >> and in pasadena, people are
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and that is the parade and then the big games. spectators began lining up on the five-mile parade route nearly 24 hours before the parade. they seemed unfazed by the cool temperatures and unfazed by potential security issues. >> the security this year is unprecedented with the fbi and homeland security assisting. some 44 floats are part of the speccle. it took volunteers about 80,000 hours to put those floats together. the theme of this year's parade is "find your adventure." >> of course, those floats are so cool because they're made out of flowers and plants. what i found unbelievable, i even had to double-check with one of our producers is that by one estimate, the floats each cost $100,000 to $150,000. phillip. >> well, that's why people like it so much because it's so well thought out. you know what, that is one of the best things to do on new year's.
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there is to sit there, watch thehe parade and watch the rose bow games all new year's day. there's college football all day long. what else are you going to do? sit on your couch? that's how you welcome the new year. coming up "the mix," university researchers banning overused phrases or w wds for the new year. which ones would you ban? >> i'm going to think about it. also ahead, the airline pilot who spotted emotional passengers in the terminal who had missed his flight. his unprecedented decision to make a u-turn. >>ater the s sights ansounds of 2015 from scandals to celebrities to fear and disbelief. >> and what will you remember r fr 2015? join the conversation on our facebook page. wnnfans.com and on twitter, we're @abcwnn. so go ahead, break the internet. you're watching "world news now." break the internet. you're watching "world news now." you may think you can put off checking out your medicare optionsntil you're sixty-five,
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united states called the benjamin franklin. it was launched from a chinese shipyard last month, and it arrived at the port of oakland, california, yesterday. this thing is a quarter mile lolong, long than four football fields or even the empire state building laid on its side. it's going to make regular deliveries from china to the u.s. west coast. >> wow. >> if you can believe it. >> just made the clearance there. another rare sight yesterday involving a giant vehicle played out at the minneapolis st. paul international airport. >> the pilot of a delta air lines flight made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the tarmac. isn't that unbelievable? he returned to the gate. but just wait until you hear why he did it. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: one of the most important flights of their lives, and the short family was about to miss it. >> i was just crying. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and me to catch their connection to memphis ran out. the plane pushed back without them.
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have them pull back in and my sisters and my mom were sitting there in tears and i'm sitting there screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's when the captain saw the family. he radioed in and found out they were upset, because, for them, missing the flight meant missing their father's funeral. >> it would've been sad not saying good-bye. >> reporter: that captain, adam cohen, then made an exaordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesesture made all the difference. they arrived in memphis in time to s good-bye. >> it's very rare, someone stops and does sometng so kind and we need more people like them in this world. >> reporter: an uncommon act of clayton sandell, abc news, denver. they would not have made it. that was the last flight of the da >> incredible. >> kudos to delta for that. >> next, out with the old and in with the new. 2015, we're going to take a look biggest events to make the headlines. what do you think was the
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>> this is our favorite. because as millions of amerericans --h, look. everyone's in on it. as millions of a americanso what we just did, ring in 2016, we here at "world news now" would like to take a few moments to ring out 2015.5. >> what a year it has been for news. we've seen everythg from natural disasters to terror attacks and from racial unrest to one of the most divisive presidential races in recent memory. >> a 7.magnitude earthquake centered in nepal.
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young man out of this building. and he is alive. >> epitome of chaos hit mt. everest. >> the airbus a-320 crashed in the french alps. >> that young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. >> tangible proof that mh-370 crashed into the indian ocean. >> prince george is now a big brother. growing outrage after a beloved lion was killed by an american dentist. >> mexico's most notorious drug dealer is now also its most wanted man. >> kayla mueller held by isis now confirmed dead. >> kayla touched the heart of the world. by quick thinkg american passengers. egypt. >> at least a dozen people were killed today during a staff meeting at the "charlie hebdo" offices. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war. than we can load them. >> anger, frustration. >> and chaos. parisis under aack.
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separate locations. at least 129 killed. >> if i live in fear, they won. >> the suspects are now cornered. >> abdel amin abboud is dead. the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. >> several down in the conference room. >> farook d tashfeen malik had made their plans to attack well in advce. >> there's been a mass shooting in a community college in southern oregon. >> somehow, this has become routine. >> gunfire ripping through this louisiana movie theater. >> a gunman opened fire. >> police exchanging gunfire with a man inside this colorado springs planned parenthood. >> horrific tragedy in charleston. >> these people were in church. >> dylann roof has been caught >> we have no room for hate. we have to forgive. >> a historic moment set in motion by the killings. thousands gathed in selma to remember that day in 1965. >> it's become a very important day in my life. >> reporter: an uglyly scene i baltimore. still searching for answers after the death of 25-year-old
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>> sandra bland's death in a xas jail is sparking outrage. >> police officer michael slager fires eight times at walter scott. >> he was my son. >> be on the lookout for two escapees from clinton county correctional facility. >> man comparing it to the plot of shawshank redemption. >> the massive manhunt finally over. >> an amtrak train derailed in philadelphia. >> going more than 100 miles per hour. >> verdict is in. the death penalty for dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> he wanted to go to hell and he's going to get there early. >> i sentence the defendant to life ip prisonment. >> james holmes received 12 consecutive life sentences. >> more than 25,000 firefighters battling 65 wildfires. >> this is a disaster. >> this pristine shoreline now an o oily mess > he it'the biggest break through yet. >> liquid water has been found on mars. >> the pope touching down. >> the land of the free. >> i would have gone anywhere to see the pope. >> pray for me. >> i will. >> a handshake five decades in the making. > former house speaker dennis hastert.
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charge. >> i have been racking my brain about what more could have been done. 2012 attacks on a u.s. >> another big victory for presidenent obama'health care law. >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land. that does not mean everyone e is on board. >> by whose authority? >> god's authority. >> the united states h has reach a historic understding with iran. what a stunning historic mistake. >> the u.s. is sendingpecial operations forces to syria. >> this isn'a pipeline. it's a lifeline. >> the keystone xl pipeline would not serve the national interests. >> it was the interview heard >> for all intents and purposes, i am a woman. >> the longest-running late nighshow host ever, taking the >> jon stewart signing off for the last time. >> for a highly anticipated film.
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>> all right. as we said good-bye to 2015 and hello to 2016, you know where the tradition comes from to celebrate with friends and family? it's because that's supposed to be harbinger of luck. so if you see enemies that's bad luck. i don't know what the -- >> i'm glad i got to be with good people. >> i know. amazing viewers, great fans of this show. very happy about that. that bodes well for the year. fake confetti definitely bodes well. >> we got off to a good start and so did you. coming up the year's most overused phrases and words. >> and the year's mononumental
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released this list. so. >> bit of annual tradition. >> actually, so is the first one. >> did you plan that or did that just happen? >> so is the first one. join the conversation is another overused and now banished word according to them, and break the internet. those three. the thing is, these e are very valuable contributions to modern vocabulary. how would we do away with any of them? what would kim kardashian do without breaking the internet? there you go. i could not even get through telling you that without saying so. >> quickly before we go, some million people were in times square to ring in the new year. one thing you may not think about, all of the trash. how much trash do you think they have to clean up? what would you guess, philillip? you know this. you know the answer. >> it's a whole bunch. >> it's a whole bunch. in one square mile, 50 to 52 tons of trash. all the confetti, all the food,
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leaving behind tons of trash. >> good work. now it polka time. broadway's lyric theater with cast members of "on the town." politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores that's the world news polka take it siri >> if you're an insomniac and a good night's sleep you lack, the world news polka it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants so grab your "world news s now" mug and everybody dance hey have some fun be a pal every anchor guy and gal, do the world news polka. with spf 1000, you can lounge beneath the trees because with obal warming it's a cool million degrees
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everybody. this morning on "worldews now," celebrations and terror tensions. celebrations from coast to coast are carried out with tight
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for authorities 2016 is off to a successful start. towering inferno, the spectacular scenes from dubai as a luxury hotel is engulfed in flames. investigators now on the scene. quite an arrival on the west coast. some holiday misery. the mississippi river at record levels. the deadly and rare wintertime flooding. the property damage and the relief in the forecast. and later, airline hero. the pilot who didn't have to turn the entire plane around because he saw upset passengers in the terminal who missed his flight but did he make a u-turn and he really saved the day. it's friday, january 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this n year's day, i'm lauren lyster. >> i'm phillip mena. happy new year. >> hap newear to you. >> we spent this new year's hanging out here at work. >> we did. we have the party favors to prove it. we should ring in the new year
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and it won't stop the celebrations, us being here at work. >> let's keep it going. i'm sure there are plenty of people that had a wonderful new year still wanting to enjoy fu and some news. >> exactly. if you just came home from partying, happy new year. down in times square we could hear the fireworks going off when it hit midnight. and thankfully -- >> could you really? >> absolutely.y. upn the office there. >> i was watching the tv, watching the countdown. >>hankfulleverything went off f without hitch. we begin with the new year's celebrations worldwide. the tensions and the unprecedented security. >> more than a million revellers watched the ball drop in times square right there. manyny waited urs unable to leave because of the security. not even to go to the bathroom. there were also 6,000 police officers including members of a special counter-terrorism unit. >> and there were no public celebrations in rochester, new york. the state's third biggest city.
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after an alleged isis sympathize sympathizer was arrested. investigators say he planned a new year's eve attack on a restaurant and bar armed with knives and a machete.. poce say he hoped the assault would convince isis to join the group overseas. >> it was also a subdued new year's eve in munich,ermany, where police were warneded of a serious imminent attack. they've been tipped off to five seven suicide bombers with munich's main train station and another the primary targets. despite the warnings, thousands s ofeople did ring in the new year with fireworks in munich's downtown. >> november's attacks did not keep parisians from celebratating the holiday in public, but there, too the public fireworks display was canceled r replaced a performance at the arc de triomphe just before midnight. police surrounded the major landmarks in paris to watch out for trouble after november's terror attacks that left 130 people dead. new year's eve celebrations went on as s scheduledn dubai despite a fire that engulfed one of the city's top hotels. it was a frightening scene as
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skyscrap. abc's alex marquardt as the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down from e building and it's getting bigger and bigg. >> reporter: theire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused cos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and shortly after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the a air. a surreal scene with the hotel
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terror, arson or any other official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. alex marquardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tonya couch is spending the new year in a los angeles jail on a million dollars bond. couch was returned to the u.s. from mexico yesterday. her attorney says couch did not violate any texas laws when she she left the state with her son. she faces charges of hindering the apprehension of a felon and could be in jail for several days. >> put yourself in tonya's shoes. what would do if you're a parent who has a son who is the most hated boy in america? >> e ethan cou remains in a mexican jail while he waits for a hearing on whether he will be forced to return to the u.s., a legal process that could go on for weeks or even months. the mississippi river and its tributaries are at or near record levels in much of missouri and illinois even as the flooding in the st. louis
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most of the fatalities have been motorists, and hundreds of highways and roads are still clososed.. abc's indra peterson reports from the flood zone. >> reporter: floodwaters paralyzing parts of the midwest, as rivers crest and records fall, residents race to sandbag homes, hoping they'll be spared. >> we just need a lot of help. >> reporter: pets stranded wre water's already rushed in, being rescued, too. this was the scene on interstate 55 before officials were finally forced to close it. traffic backed up for miles. these photos showing how quickly the flood waters rose in valley park. we rode along with the u.s. geological survey. they're usingoppler radar to monitor the rising mississippi. >> all the rivers that feed this area, the ilillinois rer, the upper mississippi and the missouri, are e all comi to where their flood crests are right here tay. and so, that's what's made this flood so large. >> reporter: this time of year, this stretch of the mississippi river should be five feet deep. now it's 42 feet. to put it all in perspective,
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amouount of war flowing here right underneath the eves bridge than you typically see flowing over niagara falls. this video from fenton, missouri, shows how powerful that can be. watch this house smash into a bridge. at least 22 dedeaths in ssouri and illinois now being blamed on the flooding. at least four still missing, including two teenage boys in taylorville, illinois. indra petersons, abc news, sunset hills, missouri. inoday's forecast, chill again in the flood zone. lows could be in the single midwest. new york. heavy rain from new orleans to jacksonville. it is going to be cooler though in the mid-atlantic. >> and 19 in salt lake city. 20s in minneapolis and detroit. 30s in denver and kansas city. 40s and 50s in dallas, atlan and new york. downright balmy. now it's time for college football. are you a football fan? >> big-time. >> i'll hand it over to you in a minute. let's hope today's five bowl
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more competitive than the two playoff games we had yesterday. >> they were a bit of a blowout, t we start with the nation's number one team, clemson. the tigers trailed oklahoma by a point at halftime before taking the lead with that short touchdown run. deshaun watson then struck with a 35-yard touchdown pass and another td in the fourth quarter put the sooners away for good. clemson moves onto the national title game with a resounding 37-17 win. then it was alabama and michigan state's turn and let's sum it up by saying the crimson tide absolutely dominated the spartans last night. we'd lov to show you a michigan state touchdown or even a field goal or safety or something but there weren't any. alabama quarterback jake coker threw two touch downs. heisman winner derek henry ran for two more. mercifully it did come to an end, alabama with the 3-0 victory and now take on clemson for the national title monday
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in pasadena, people are focusing on a tradition i'm more a fanan of -- that is the parade and then the big game. spectators began lining up o on the five-mile parade route nearly 24 hours before the parade. they seem unfazed by the cool temperatures and potential secuty issues. >> the security this year is unprecedented with the fbi and homeland security assisting. some 44 floats are part of the spectacle. it took volunteers about 80,000 hours to put those floats together. the theme of this year's parade is "find your adventure." >> of course those floats are so cool because they're made out of flowers and plants. what i fouound unbelvable, i even had to double-check with one off our producers, is that by one estimate, the floats each cost 100,000 to $150,000. they are six-figure floats for that one day. that o parade, phillip. >> well, that's why people like it so much because it's so well thought out. you knowow what? that is one of the best things to do on new year's. that's a hangover cure right
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the rose bowl, watch the parade and watch the rose bowl games. there's college football all day long. what else e are you g to do? sit on your couch? that's how youou welcomen n the new year. coming up "the mix," university researchers banning overused phrases or words for the new year. which ones would you ban? >> i'm going to think about it. also ahead, the airline pilot who spotted emotional passengers in the terminal who had missed his flight. his unprecedented decision to make a u-turn. >> later, the sights and sounds of 2015. from scandals to celebrities, to fear and disbelief. >> and what do you remember from 2015? join the conversation on our facebook page, wnnfans.com and on twitter we're @abcwnf. so go ahead, break the internet.
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united states. it's called the benjamin franklin. it was launched from a chinese shipyard last month. and it arrived at the port of oakland, california, yesterday. this thing is a quarter mile long, longer than four football fields or ev the empire state building laid on its side. it's going to make regular deliveries from china to the u.s. west coast. >> wow. >> if you can believe it. >> just made the clearance there. another rare sight yesterday involving a giant vehicle played out at the minneapolis st. paul international airport. >> the pilot of a delta airlines flight made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the tarmac. isn't that unbelievable? he returned to the gate. but just wait until you hear why he did it. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: one of the most important flflights ofheir lives, and the short family was about to miss it. >> i was just crying. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and time to catch their connection to memphis ran out. the plane pushed back without
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>> the tower wasn't going to have them pull back and my sisters and my mom were sitting there in tears and i'm sitting there screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's when the captain saw the family. he radioed in and found out they were upset, because, for them, missing the flight meant missing their father's funeral. >> it would've been sad not saying good-bye. >> reporter: that captain, adam cohen, then made an extraordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesture made all the difference. they aiv in memphis in time to say good-bye. >> it's very rare someone stops and dodoes sometng so kind and we need more people like them in this world. >> reporter: an uncommon act of common decency. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. they would not have made it. that was the last flight of the day. >> incredible. >> kudos to delta for that. >> next, out with the old and in with the new. >> but before we say good-bye to 2015, we're going to take a look
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headlines. what do you think was the biggest story of the year? you're watching "world news now." >> announc >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. meatball on white! next! you want mustard on that or not! come on, come on. i haven't got all day here! it doesn't come with peppers! they're extra! hurry up.pay the lady! next! the chicken's fresh. i killed it myself. so that's what you want? next! while we're still young! you know you told me you wanted mustard. get outta here! time's up! back of the line! hey. excuse me. what! great sandwich. thanks. you didn't have to be so nice get outta here.
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>> this is our favorite. because as millions of americans -- oh, look. everne's in on it. as millions of americans do what we just did, ring in 2016, we here at "world news now" would like to take a few moments to ring out 2015. >> what a year it has been for news. we've seen everything from natural disasters to terror attacks and from racial unrest to one of the most divisive presidential races in recent mery. >> a 7.8 magnitude earthquake
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>> this team has brought this and he is alive. >> epitome of chaos hit mt. everest. >> the airbus a-320 crashed in the french alps. >> a horrifying realization -- >> that young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. >> tangible proof that mh-370 crashed into the indian ocn. >> prince george is now a big brother. beloved lion was killed by an american dentist. >> mexico's most notorious drug dealer is now also its most wanted man. >> kayla mueller held by isis now confirmed dead. >> kayla has touched the heart of the world. >> an attack on a packed train foiled by quick thinking american passengers. >> he said let's go. >> the plane with more than 200 people on board went down in egypt. >> at least a dozen people were killed tododay durina staff meeting at the "charlie hebdo" offices. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war. >> the people are coming quicker than we can load them. >> anger, frustration. >> and chaos.
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>> the terrorists hit six separate locations. at least 129 killed. >> if i live in fear, they won. >> the suspects are now cornered. >> abdel amin abboud is dead. the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. >> several down in the conference room. >> farook and tashfeen malik had made their plans to attack well in advance. >> there's been a mass shooting in a community college in southern oregon. >> somehow, this h has becom >> gunfire ripping through this louisiana a movie thter. >> a gunman opened fire. >> police exchanging gunfire with a man inside this colorado springs planned parenthood. >> horrific tragedy in charleston. >> these people were in church. >> 21-year-old dylann roof has been caught. >> we have no room for hate. we have to forgive. >> a historic mome set in motion by the killings. thousands gagathered iselma to remember that day in 1965. >> it's become a very important day in my life. >> reporter: an ugly scene in baltimore.
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freddie gray. >> sandra bland's death in a texas jail is sparking outrage. >> police officer michael slager scott. >> he was my son. >> be on the lookout for two escapees from clinton county corrtional fility. >> many comparing it to the plot of shawshank redemption. over. >> an amtrakak train dailed in philadelphia. hour. >> the deathenalty for dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> he wanted to go to hell and he's goingng to o get ere rly. >> i sentence the defendant to the life imprisonment. >> james holmes received 12 consecutive life sentences. >> the record broken. boston buried under snow. >> more than 25,000 firefighters battling 65 wildfires. >> this is a disaster. >> this pristine shoreline now an oily mess. >> it's the biggest of break through yet. >> liquid water has been found on mars. >>heope touching down. >> the land of the free. >> i would have gone anywhere to see the pope. >> pray for me.
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the making. > former house speaker dennis hastert. >> guilty to a felony banking arge. >> i have been racking my brain about what more could have been donene. an 11-hour hearing about the 2012 attacks on a u.s. didiplomaticost. >> another big victory for president obama's health care law. >> our love. >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land. that does not mean everyone is on board. >> by whose authority? >> god's authority. >> the united states has reached a historic understanding with iran. >> what a stunning historic mistake. >> the u.s. is sending special operations forces to syria. >> this isn't a pipeline. it's a lifeline. >> the kstone xl pipeline would not be the national interests. >> it was the interview heard round the world. >> for all intents and purposes, i am a woman. >> the longest-running late night show host ever taking the stage one last time. >> jon stewart signing off for the last te. >> the force has awakened. >> for a highly anticipated
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>> all right. as we say good-bye to 2015 and the tradition comes from to celebrate with friends and family? it's because that's supposed to be a harbinger of luck. so if you see enemies or that kind of thing, that's bad luck. i don't know what the -- >> i'm glad i got to be with good people. >> amazing viewers, great fans of this show. very happy about that. that bodesell for the year. fake confetti definitely bod well. >> we got off to a good start and so did you. coming up the year's most overused phrases and words. >> andhe year's monumental trash pile "the mix" and the
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people trying to get rid of them at theniversity -- lake superior state university, they have released this list. so -- >> bit of an annual tradition. >> actually, so is the first one. >> did you plan that? >> i didn't. so is the first one. join the conversation is another overused and now banished word according to them, and break the internet. those three. >> the thing is, these are very valuable contributions to modern vobulary. i think. how would we do away with any of them? what wld kim kardashian do without breaking the internet? >> there you go. i coulnot get through telling you that without saying so. >> i know. >> we had an entire piece with all those words. >> quickly before we go, some million people were in times square to ring in the new year. one thinyou may not think about, all of the trash. how much trash do you think they have to clean up? what would you guess, phillip? you know the answer. >> it's a whole bunch. >> it's a whole bunch. in one square mile, 50 to 52 tons of trash. >> whoa. >> all the confetti, all the food, all those revellers literally leaving behind tons of trash.
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america." have a great weekend. happy new year! making news in america this morning -- the new year arrives safely across the u.s. celebrations from coast to coast are carried out with tight security.
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successful start. towering inferno, the spectacular scenes from dubai as a luxury hotel is engugulfed in flames. investators now on the scene. quite an arrival on the west coast. some absolutely amazing facts about the largest cargo ship to ever arrive here in the u.s. it cleared the golden gate bridge with just 20 feet to spare. and starting the new year the right way. by being nice to others. a family, a police officer and the reason they came together in the first place. od morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm lauren lyster. our totop story is morning, it was a tense but uneventful new ar around the world. despite terror warnings, people turned out, not letting threats ruin their celebration. >> take a look at these live pictures of new york's times
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just hours ago, the crossroads of the worldas packed with a million revelle and 6,000 policece officer >> three, two, one -- happy new year! >> it's finally 2016. and people aund the world are ringing in the new year with those three familiar words. >> all: happy new year! >> hpy new year! >> from a jam-packed times square in new york, all of the way to moscow, c crowds chred as colorful fireworks displays painted the night sky. new zealand was the first to ring in the new year, with australia nipping at its heel. lighting up the famous sydney harbor. celebrations from hong kong to tokyo illuminating the night sky. one show in particular left the world watching in a different kind of awe. in dubai, even with a hotel fire
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khalifa, 1.6 tons of fireworks carried on their display as scheduled. all across the globe millions to get a glimpse of the fireworks. cities around the world are in a heightened state of alert. paris canceling some events. where festivities were also canceled. amid security fears over a similar-style attacks. those fears nearly realized here at home. in rochester, new york, federal officials arrested a man believed to planning a terrorist attack. leading to the cancellation of the city's fireworks display. and that aeged isis sympathizer planned a new year's's eve attk on a restaurant and bar in new york's third largest city. he told an informant he had no
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new year's eve celebrations were scaled back in several european cities because of worries about terror. in germany, police evacuated two munich train stations just hours before midnight, this, after getting tips from another country. it was believed fi to seveven suide bombers were planning an attack. nothing happened and the two stations have reopened. as we mentioned, that fire in a dubai skyscraper didn't stop the city's celebration. a terrifying ordeal for those inside the hotel when it went up in flames. abc's alex marquardt has the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigggger. >> reporter: the fire e started the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours
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famous new year's fireworks %%-pshow,tarting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowg what was going on >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials. undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and shortly after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the air. a a surreal ene with the hotel still burning in the background. there has been no mention of terror, arson or any other official cause, as investigators now dig into what ignited the massive blaze. alex marquardt, abc news, london. affluenza mom tonya couch is spending the night in a los angeles jail. on a $1 million bond. she was returned from the u.s. from mexico yesterday. violate any texas laws when she left the state with her son.
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the apprehension of a felon, her son. she's not only spending the holidain jail she could be in custody for days. >> put yourself in tonya's shoes, what would you do as a parent who has a son who's the most hated people in america. >> ethan couch waiting in a mexico jail. the floodwaters are starting to recede in missouri and southern illinois, but you wouldn't know it but looking at the devastation. at least 22 people have drowned. most of them were motorists. hundreds of roads are closed, including part of an interstate, homes and businesssses are uer water with thousands of people displaced and all that water is heading south. coming up -- a rough year for stocks. wait until you hear how much america's most famous investor lost in 2015. plus, america getting back into the oil export business, the first shipment in decades on its way.
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southeast coast. roads could be slippery along the great lakes and upstate new york. >>nenext up th morning -- a new twist in the case against bill cosby, he's facing his first criminal charges of sexu assault after allegations made by dozens of women. >> now, there's a new legal battle, it involves cosby's wife. abc's mara schiavocampo has the story. >> reporter: the criminal case against bill cosby playing out in the court of public opinion. after the 78-year-old comedian appeared in court, facing a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault. > reopeni this case was our duty. >> reporter: prosecutors saying cosby sexually assaulted andrea constand in 2004, after giving her pills and alcohol at his suburban philadelphia home. now, cosby's attorney makiking the media rods, vowing to fight what she calls an unjustified charge. >> i have faith in the justice system. >> reporter: and some of cosby's other accusers, also reacting to the criminal charge. >> i just started to cry.
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relief, tears of joy and tears of validation. >> reporter: more than 50 women have come forward, claiming drugged or raped them, which he has consistently denied. his wife of 50 years, camille, always standing by his side. now, she may be the next one in the hot seat though she launched a legal battle to prevent being forced to speak about her husband in a related civil se next week, abc news has learned that request has been denied. now, as for that criminal charge, cosby, who is reportedly worth approximately $400 miion, is free on $1 million bail. he faces ten years in prison if convicted of that charge. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. next week, president obama is eected to take executive action against gun violence. it could expand background checks for anyone buying guns. the whithouse may also impose tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on the wato a ber. but any move made by the
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opposed by gun rights advocates. the state department said portns of 2075 e-mails released yesterday from hillary clinton's time as secretary of state. have been newly classified. clinton said she didn't received or send information that was classified at the time. the state department also said it fell short of the number of e-mails it was ordered to release by a federal judge. so more e-mails will be released next week. 2016 begins with a tobacco crackdown in hawaii, where the legal smoking age is now 21, it'she first state if the nation to take such action. the new law startiting today also includes electronic cigarettes. stores could be fine up to $2,000. now some sports. there are five college football bowl games today, highlighted by ohio state versus notre dame in the fiesta bowl. as for college football
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happy new year, everybody. i'm chris hassell, new year's eve, college football playoff. let's go from fo down to two. who is going to play for the college football national championship a week from monday? nick saban going to be a part of it. he took his former assistant cyrus jones, big interception to end the first quarter. jones, waiting back at his own the moves from number 5, right there. alabama, 38-0, largest shutdown in cotton bowl history. so number two is in and so is number one. deshaun watson and the clemson tigers struggled for the first quarter of this game, watson
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early, not the legs. 145 rushing yards. most by a quarterback in orange bowl history. and then he got t arm going a little bit, too. clemson ruruns away the second half and dabo swinney is going to face nick saban in the national championship game. a week from monday. on espn. "sportscenter" is live this morning, 7:00 a.m. eastern time. i'm chris hassel. happy new year. have a great one. all right, thanks chris. to entertainment now, the end of an era in heavy metal music. motley crue performed the last time last night.t. at the staples center in los angeles. >> the band was a major influence on groups including poison and guns and roses. it's releasing a full length film of that performance.
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most common side effect is nausea. being a non-smoker feels great. ask your doctor if chantix is right for you. we start the first "pulse" of 2016 with s some paras. because everyone loves a parade. first up, today's tournament of roses parade in pasadena, california. >> dozens of floats all decked out and ready to roll along the five-mile parade route. today's the 127th annual parade. the theme is find your adventure. >> filmmaker ken burns is the granmarshal. volunteers spent about 80,000 hours putting those floats together and as always, they look amazing. and a different sortrt of
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west, florida. >> this was the annual weiner wonderland parade. the canine costumes ram the gamut fromhe sea creatures to star wars characters. next up, a classy move from the delta pilot. who was about toake off from minnpolis/st. paul airport. >> he made the nearly unprecedented decision to make a u-turn on the taac and return to the gate. abc's clayton sandell tells us why he did it. >> reporter: one of the most important flights s of their lives, and the short family was about to miss it. >> i was just crying. >> reporter: they were traveling recently from phoenix to minneapolis. but their flight was late, and time to catch their connection to memphis ran out. the plane pushed back without them. >> the tower wasn't going to have them pull back in and my sisters and mom were sitting there in tears and i'm screaming through the glass. >> reporter: that's when the captptain saw em and he radioed
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upset because missing the flight meant missing their dad's funeral. >> it would've been sad not saying good-bye. >> reporter: the captain, adam cohen, then made an extraordinarily rare decision to come back. "it was something we needed to do," he says. "this is something we'll take with us, knowing we made a difference." the family says cohen's gesture made all the difference. they arrived in memphis in time to say good-bye. >> it's very rare someone does something so kind. we need more people like them in this world. >> reporter: an uncommon act of common decency. and finally, another simple example of people just bng nice to each other. it happened during a trip to a restaurant in baton rouge, louisiana. >> steve taylor and his family wewere out teat and that when a police officer came over to where they were sitting. >> he introduced himself and, you know, he told me how well behaved my kids were.
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well mannered. and that was unusual. >> he offered to pay for our meal. i said, no, man, you can't do that. there were eight of us. it was a real good feeling. nobody's ever done like that for me and my famimily befor >> taylor said he went to the media with the story because he wanted to sure that corporal freeman was recognized f for his kindness. and as a thank you they bought him a dozen doughnuts. and we have more coming up after this. please, stay with us. coming up after this. please, stay with us. this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her she's agreed to give it up. that's today? we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. after the deliveries, i was ok. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. all these stops to take more pills can be a pain.
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investigators now trying to figure out what sparked this fire. they have ruled out terrorism the floodwaters in missouri d illinois are starting to recede. but the disaster is far from over. roads and homes are under water and transportation throughhe region is a mess. looking at today's weather, lake-effect snow from wisconsin to upstate new york. otherwise, dry and cool across the midwest. rain along the gulf. mild and dry along the west. and finally on this new year's day, a reminder that every year has 525,600 minutes. >> they go by so fast. let's take one last look back at how some of those minutes went by in 2015. >> a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. centered in nepal. >> the death toll now surging. >> a horrifying realization.n. >> that young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. >> tangible proof that it
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>> mexico's most notorious drug dealer is now also its most wanted man. >> an attack on a packed train foiled by quick-thinking american passengers. >> at least a dozen people were killed today during a staff meeting at the charlie hebdo ofoffices. >> the greatest refugee crisis since the second world war. >> paris under attack. >> the terrorists hit si different locations. >> the deadliest terror attack on our homeland since 9/11. >> somehow this has become routine. >> gunfire ripping through this louisiana movie theater. >> tragedy in charleston. >> these people were in church. >> dylan roof has been caught. >> we have no room for hate so we have to forgive. >> thousands gathered in selma to remember that day in 1965. >> still searching for answers after the death of 25-year-old
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>> the police officer fires eight times at walter scott -- >> he was my son. >> the pope touching down. >> the land of the free -- >> same-sex marriage now the law of the land, but that does not mean everyone is on board. >> the united states has reached a historic understanding with iran. >> the interview heard round the world. >> the force has awakened. >> for a highly anticipated film. >> it's just magical. >> and that is what's making news in america this morning. with us for "gogood morng america." have a great weekend. happy new year! making news in america this morning -- the new year arrives safely across the u.s. celebrations from coast to coast are carried out with tight
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