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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 in the wo d. 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 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 out terrorism. the floodwaters in missouri and illinois are beginning to recede. roads and homes are underwater and transportation through the region is 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. >> 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. after the 78-year-old comedian appeared in court, facing a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault. >> reopening this case was our duty. >> reporter: prosecutors saying cosby sexually assaulted andrea constand in 2004, after giving her pills and alcohol at his suburban philadelphia home.
now, cosby's attorney making the media rounds, vowing to fight what she calls an unjustified charge. >> i have faith in the justice system. >> reporter: and some of cosby's other accusers, also reacting to the criminal charge. >> i just started to cry. i think they were tears of relief, tears of joy and tears of validation. >> reporter: more than 50 women have come forward, claiming cosby sexually assaulted, drugged or raped them, which he has consistently denied. his wife of 50 years, camille, always standing by his side. now, she may be the next one in the hot seat. though she launched a legal battle to prevent being forced to speak about her husband in a related civil case next week, abc news has learned t tt request has been denied. now, as for that cminal charge, cosby, who is reportedly worth approximately $400 million, is free on $1 million bail. he faces ten years in prison if convicted of that charge. mara schiavocampo, 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 one of the most contention years in politics. >> among the bottom shells, 2015 saw one of the widest fields of presidential candidates in recent memory. you're watching "world news now." continuous after this from our abc stations. today, 1 out of every 4 american kids is hispanic.
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president of the 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 trump balloon would burst but he's not only held on to his commanding lead, he's increased it despite many controversial statementsing about mexican immigrants. >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. >> reporter: 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. now ted cruz 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
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. earlrlr this fall she tried to put it to bed. >> that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility. >> reporter: that issue sparked perhaps the only real fireworor 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
when the bust settled, it was paul 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 going on forever, there's still several weeks to go before 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 only 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 the election 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 weight.
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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?
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 year, everyone is ready to get their do is and exercise routine into high gear. all of these stars each of them have fun little tips that anyone can pick up at home. >> for gabrielle union,n, balance is the name of the game. >> balance yourself. if you want the doughnut, have 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 of says the superstar. >> she told us she feels better than in her 20s. >> reporter: aditi 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 pump some iron like that, phillip. >> see how swoll i am? because i did so much. that's why. >> okay. all right. >> we'll see you. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. as an american, it's hard to hear that we have a serious hunger issue in our country. and as a parent, it's even harder to hear that one in 5 of our kids struggles with hunger,
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 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 and he really saved the day. it's friday, january 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this new
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. we should ring in the new year with 2016. >> did not stop 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 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 was watching 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 isis sympathizer was arrested. 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. there too the public fireworks display was canceled replaced by a performance at the arc detory
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. it was a frightening scene as flames shot out of the skyscraper. abc's alex mar adequate has the details. >> reporter: a towering inferno. one of dubai's most famous luxury hotels consumed by flames. >> yes, i can see a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: the fire started on the 20th floor of this 63-story hotel, and was visible from all around. the roar of the fire heard in video shot by eyewitnesses. it was just under three hours before dubai was to hold its famous new year's fireworks show, starting nearby at the world's tallest building. >> it kind of caused chaos here, some people ran, some people were screaming, not knowing what was going on. >> reporter: hundreds of people were evacuated from the hotel, and remarkably, fewer than 20 were injured, according to officials.
undeterred, they announced the new year's celebration would go ahead, and shortly after the clock struck midnight, fireworks burst in the air. a surreal scene with the hotel still burning in the background. there has been no mention of 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 million dollars bond. she 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. >> put yourself in tonya's shoes. what would you do if you're a parent who has the son 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 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 area begins to recede. most of the fate at that times have been motorists and hundreds ef 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 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 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 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
where their flood crests are 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, there's about ten times the 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 missing, 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 single digits in some areas of the midwest. snow from wisconsin to upstate new york. heavy rain everyone 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. down right 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. let's hope today's five bowl games 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 touch down 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 resounding 37-17 win. and then it was alabama and michigan state's turn. let's sum it up by saying the crimson tide absolutely dominated the spartans last night. we'd love to show you a michigan state touch down or a field dole or safety or something but there weren't any.
coker threw two touchdowns. 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 focusing on a tradition i'm more a fan of. 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 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 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 do on new year's. that's a hangover cure is to sit there, watch the parade and watch the rose bowl games all new year's day. there's college football all day long. what else are you going to do? sit on your couch? coming up in 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 will you remember from 2015? join the conversation on our facebook page. wnnfans.com and on twitter. we're @abcwnn. so go ahead, break the internet.
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all right. take a look at that. you are looking at the largest cargo ship ever to visit the united states called the 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 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. wait till you hear why he did it. >> reporter: one of the most important flights of their lives, and the short family was about to miss it.
>> i was just crying. recently from phoenix to 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 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 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,
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 back at some of the year's biggest events to make the headlines. what do you think was the biggest story of the 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 from. yet billions of pounds of good food go to waste every year. it's time we do something about it. feeding america is a nationwide network of food banks that helps provide meals to millions of kids and families in need. visit feedingamerica.org to help them feed even more. together we can solve hunger.
news. we've seen everything from natural disasters to terror attacks and from racial unrest to one of the most divisive memory. >> a 7.8 earthquake centered in nepal. >> this team has brought this young man out of this building. and he is alive. >> epitome of chaos hit mt. everest. >> the airbus crashed in the french alps. >> that young co-pilot had every intention to destroy that plane. >> 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 also its most wanted man. >> kayla mueller now confirmed dead. >> she touched the heart of the world. >> an attack on a train foiled by quick thinking american passengers. >> the plane with more than 200 people on board went down in egypt.
killed today during 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, frustration. >> and chaos. >> paris under attack. >> the terrorists hit six 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 ma mick had made their plans to attack well in advance. >> 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. >> police exchanging gunfire with a man inside this colorado springs planned parenthood. >> 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 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. still searching for answers 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 facility. over. philadelphia. >> going more than 100 miles per hour. dzhokhar tsarnaev. >> he wanted to go to hell and he's going to get there early. >> i? the defendant to the life imprisonment. >> james holmes received 12 consecutive life sentences. >> more than 25,000 firefighters battling 65 firefighters. >> this is a disaster. >> this pristine shoreline now
>> 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 in the making. > former house speakerer 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 historic understandinging with iran. >> what a stunning historic mistake. >> the u.s. is sending special operations forces to syria. >> this isn't a pipeline. it's u u u u a lifeline. 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 night show host ever taking the stage one last time. >> jon stewart signing off for the last time. >> the force has awakened. >> oed. >> for a highly anticipated film. >> it was just manual cal. -- magical. >> 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 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 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.
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it is time for "the mix" and there are some overused words in our language. people trying to get rid of them at the university, lake superior 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 breaking 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, ought revelers literally leaving behind tons of trash. >> 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 pal every anchor guy and gal, do the world
with spf 1,000 you can lounge beneath the trees because with global warming it's a cool million degrees five whole days every week we're here with our tongues in check that's the world news polka i hear they watch us in the swamp and think that we're all right well, it sure beats croaking in the middle of the night five whole days every week we're here with our tongues in cheek and the world news polka one more time do the worldious polka. >> have a great weekend everybody. today, 1 out of every 4 american kids is hispanic. that means many of the future doctors who will care for us, the engineers who will build our cities,
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