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captioning provided by: caption associates, llc www.captionassociates.com for joining us for abc columbia news at 12:30pm. >> good afternoon and thank you for joining us for abc columbia news at 12:30. i'm rochelle dean. we begin this afternoon with the latest out of paris. a man armed with a butcher knife tried to get inside of a french police station and has been shot and killed. according to a spokesperson for the french ministry, the unidentified suspect was wearing a fake suicide vest and wore an isis flag symbol. police are still trying to investigate whether r not the attacker was affiliated with the terror group or if this was a copycat inspired attack. to north korea now where claims of a hydrogen bomb test has led to an explosive reaction to nations across the globe. the white house, however, disputing north korea's separation. abc's lona zack has the latest. >> not likely a hydrogen bomb. that's the latest word from the intelligence community.
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saying a hydrogen bomb should have registered at least 50 kilitons of power. >> it looks like this was more around six or seven kilitons, far too small to be even a failed h-bomb. >> here's why. a hydrogen bomb is 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki. it has never beensed in war. still, north korea was celebratory on the eve of the leader's birthday. the international condemnation has been swift. united nations security council holding an emergency meeting and even their closest ally china rebuked north korea. the u.s. immediately launched nuclear sniffer and surveillance planes to help determine what was tested and how the u.s. should respond. >> we will continue to work, believe it or not, with the chinese and the international
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so that it becomes paying an increasingly high price to be the one nation in the world out of the world. >> to be clear, even if this was a lesser bomb, it is still the fourth time since 2006 that north korea has tested a nuclear device. lona zack, abc news, washington. >> president barack obama is taking aim on guns in america during a town hall tonight. the president is making a final push for gun control despite republican opposition. the executive action announced earlier this week includes expanding background checks on firearm sales. the administration hopes to provide more funding for mental health treatment, f.b.i. staff and the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosive agents. you can catch the town hall tonight at 8:00 on cnn. the national rifle association town hall. the n.r.a. says it sees no reason to take part in what it calls "a public relations spectacle" organized by the white house. a cnn spokesperson says network,
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the idea of a town hall on guns and says the audience will be evenly divided between those who support the second amendment and groups that back gun regulations. governor nikki haley is taking shots of their own. the governor and members of the domestic violence task force are expected to announce progress in addressing recommendations made by the task force. reports show that south carolina ranks worst in the nation for deadly violence against women. our state has ranked in the top 10 in the nation for the past 18 years. some sad news to pass along after 25 years of service, republican senator william o'dell of abbeyville has died. governor nikki haley released a statement saying in part "we are forever grateful for his service. he made south carolina a better place." the senate majority leader held a moment of silence during a committee meeting this morning. we have not been able to confirm the cause of death.
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meanwhile, lawmakers are getting ready to return to the statehouse on tuesday to start this year's session. and the south carolina chamber of commerce has unveiled what they'd like to see tackled in 2016. three priorities they're hoping to see the general assembly act upon include business licensing, work force development and infrastructure. they're also asking the general assembly to address the state's roads and bridges. >> we don't get these main thoroughfares which are our interstates that drive our commerce, we're having to have big answers to come up with when these large manufacturers are setting up shop and trucks can't move up and down i-26, i-95, i-77, i-20, i-385 and all those that go along with it. >> the chamber is calling on the legislature to reform the department of transportation and find a solution to fund the roads with a revenue stream of at least $600 million for those roads and bridges.
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address is the weather. while it's still chilly outside, here's jonathan kennedy with a first look at the forecast. good afternoon. >> good afternoon, rochelle. sunshine peeking out is helping out a lot with those cooler temperatures that we saw throughout much of the last couple of days. we saw a lot of sunshine at the beginning of the week. just not a lot of warmth. this morning, it started out warmer. temperatures stayed in the 40's for us downtown. we're up in the 50's at the moment. and down towards orangeburg near 60 already so still some cold air or cooler air, camden at 48. a lot of spots will see just about average for this time of year. we should be in the low 50's for january here in the midlands but areas to the south are probably going to see a nice warmup. we're sticking with the generally partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies at the moment. winds out of the north has been the mainstay of the forecast as well. we'll stick with those winds around five to 10 miles per hour and the cloud cover we're seeing earlier this morning has kind of shifted a little bit so that's
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more cloud cover moving towards the coastal areas so it looks like some sunshine for us for now. will it stick around? details coming up in the full forecast. >> thank you, jonathan. speaking of weather, three months after the historic floods, richland county wants to hear from you. the county is planning a series of six meetings to get input from residents to help them prepare for future flooding disasters. the meetings will take place from january 19th through the 23rd throughout parts of the county. well, it's an effort to shed light on the ongoing flood recovery efforts following october's historic flooding. city of sumter mayor joe meckalevin and the columbia mayor steve benjamin visited washington, d.c. to request additional funding from the white house and the congressman. the historic flooding caused over $600 million to the city of sumter's facilities. and some fourth and fifth graders are stepping outside of the classroom to help recovery efforts.
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elementary school made it their mission to help affected students at the pinegrove elementary school in columbia. those rivergate elementary students traveled more than 100 miles as part of their snack pack program to do their part to help. >> it was amazing. getting to help people who are less fortunate than us. it was a little hard work to collect all of the items. our goal is to collect 100 plus items per class. >> but it was worth it. >> yes. >> always worth it. leaders at the charlotte schools say they want to use this as a teachable moment. a family of four returns home only to catch two suspected thieves inside their crestview avenue home. authorities say the duo came out of the house around 10:00 last night to find the home owners parked in the driveway behind their getaway car. deputies say the brazen bandits backed their cars three times into the family's car before shooting at the family striking their car. deputies say the suspects then drove through the yard to get
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can help, police are asked to call crimestoppers at 1-888-crime-sc. meanwhile, the f.b.i. is looking for this woman suspected of robbing jewelry states in several states including here in south carolina. the f.b.i. believes the woman robbed a jared's store at an outlet mall in north carolina on monday. officials say the lavish lifter tends to rob outlet stores tying up salespeople at gun point before stealing watches and diamonds. investigators estimate she's made off with nearly $400,000 in jewelry. well, get ready for a taste of south carolina's cuisines. restaurant week kicks off today. food lovers have a chance to sample new restaurants or visit old favorites at a great value. and help local businesses while you're at it. >> it helps boost our sales and provides a great value to the customer coming in and generally, it's great for business. it's always been great for business. >> i can imagine.
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we have a full list of participating restaurants on our website, abccolumbia.com. well, if you're looking for something to wash down all that grub, you're in luck. the world beer festival is coming back to columbia giving visitors a chance to sample hundreds of brews. all about their magazine is hosting the annual event january 23rd at the columbia metropolitan convention center. and if you're disappointed that you're not a billion dollars richer this afternoon, you're not alone. lottery officials say no one had the winning numbers for last night's powerball jackpot. totalling now growing to an estimated $675 million. some midlands players are hoping lady luck is on their side since they already have plans for the winnings. >> quit my job. >> definitely pay off the student loans. >> i would take a nice long vacation. >> buy a boat. >> pay off my student loans. >> lot of good suggestions. the next drawing will take place this saturday. while you can't predict those
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increase your odds. experts say it's best not to pick numbers at all. 70% to 80% of powerball jackpot winning tickets have been computer picked. and if you insist on picking numbers, you may want to try these. 8, 54, 14, 39 and 13. they're the most frequently drawn numbers in the past four years or you can take a trip to pennsylvania to snag a ticket where 16 jackpot winners have been recorded over the past 13 years. while millions search for a lottery ticket with the perfect powerball picks, one retailer is handing out a different type of paper employees may not be as
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that's coming up next. >> welcome back. being a single parent is challenging enough. but now a new study suggests it may lead to more sleepless nights than initially thought. abc's dr. timothy johnson explains. >> the buzz of the alarm clock. you have to drag yourself out of bed? it might be because you're a particular kind of parent. a single one. a new c.d.c. study shows that when it comes to sleep, single mothers crave it and are the most likely not to get it. researchers used a large national survey to look at sleep duration and quality. more than 2 in 5 single moms get less than seven hours of sleep a night. adults in two parent families and adults living without children do better. even when they do get to sleep,
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that means roughly half of single parents said they frequently woke up feeling not well rested and they were more likely than two parent households to take medications to fall asleep or stay asleep. are single parents doomed to have bags under their eyes? actually, there are things all of us can do to maximize sleep. experts call it sleep hygiene. sleep in a dark, quiet space. turn off electronics an hour before bed and if you have little ones who won't sleep through the night, try giving yourself the same thing you give to them, an occasional nap. with this medical minute, i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> some employees for retail giant macy's may be losing some sleep now that the company has announced massive layoffs. the department store says more than 4300 employees nationwide will get pink slips. 3,000 of the jobs on the chopping block are sales associates at macy's and bloomingdale's stores.
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holiday sales and what it calls a disappointing 2015. the retailer also plans to shut down 36 stores this year alone. well, it's more bad news for the restaurant chain chipotle. they've been hit with a federal grand jury subpoena in the wake of a virus outbreak in california. the subpoena is part of the investigation by the u.s. food and drug administration's office of criminal investigations. it's requiring chipotle to hand over several documents related to the simi valley restaurant where about 100 people were sickened by the noro virus in august. chipotle says it will cooperate fully with the federal ininstigation. and meanwhile, chik-filet is trying to help you kick off the new year in a good way. a blend of chopped kale and broccoli tossed in a maple vinaigrette dressing. the super food size has two sides. a large containing 170 calories. looks delicious.
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bite out of a better forecast. the work week?
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from main and gervais. >> welcome back to abc columbia news at 12:30.
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for us on this thursday afternoon making for auite nice thursday afternoon so far. obviously still early on. we've already seen an improvement from what we've seen all week. now, we started out with some cloud cover that kept us warmer this morning. temperatures climbing into the low to mid 50's as of right now for most of us. camden and bishopville in the 40's. notice orangeburg about 10 degrees warmer than those locations up to around 60 already. some nice, warm air. residing to our south. hopefully some can come our way. winds are out of the north. that's going to keep the cooler air coming especially for the northern areas. it's going to prevent us from seeing too much of a warmup. i see most everybody will be at least in the mid to upper 50's before it's all said and done today. 60 degrees for the warmest areas today. partly cloudy. sunshine holds true through the afternoon. 60's will be much more attainable. if not, end up in the upper 50's. tonight, mostly cloudy. low around 44. pretty solid bet based on the latest projections of cloud cover that will be kind of
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it will start out similar tomorrow to what you saw this morning. a couple of spots in the 30's. for us downtown, we'll stay just fine in the 40's. anything above freezing certainly an improvement after seeing the cold air at the beginning of the week. here's the setup that we're looking at right now. high pressure bringing that northerly wind that we're seeing today. that stationary boundary doing what its name said, being stationary and not moving one way or another. keeping the rain just off the coast. not necessarily on the coast. so a few showers out above the gulf stream. that's about it. system over the central plains. this is what we're watching and tracking for us as we head through the next couple of days. this is not going to bring anything in the way of rainfall today. we're not going to see any rain today or tonight. that's good news there if you're going to be out and about. a lot of people have dinner plans and taking advantage of the deals and those kinds of things. for us, just some clouds throughout the next 24 hours or so.
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showers start to come our way. that's still a lot to be determined with that system there. it's looking pretty meager at the moment and it will continue to kind of be along those lines as we head through the next 24 hours or so. look terrain moving through on friday. quick moving system there. but as we look at the forecast for us, it should be near 60 today. near 60 tomorrow as the rain is coming our way. shouldn't cool us down too much and stay in the 60's likely for the upcoming weekend. >> sounds good. thanks, jonathan. switching gears, it can get lonely at the top of the pack. some carolina teams are hanging on as long as they can.
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and gervais. >> welcome back. some south carolina teensams undefeated season hangs in the balance. can they stay on top? >> just four days away, the tigers and tide facing off in the national championship monday night in glendale, arizona. but there's more than just a championship on the line monday. a perfect 15-0 season on the line as well. >> everyone wants to be the best. everyone wants to be legendary. if you don't want to be the best, you're cheating yourself. no point of just playing. everybody wants to be15-0 and the best ever. >> carolina women putting their undefeated season on the line tonight against vanderbilt.
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dawn staley says the key to winning this matchup is using carolina's speed. >> we need to play fast. just get up and down the floor and let our speed get involved in the play so transition offense is something that we had been working on and trying to convert a lot more than we have. >> finally, clemson basketball picking up a commitment from the transferring center elijah thomas from texas a&m. that will do it for the sports minute to win it. i'm mike gillespie. >> thanks, mike. keep it right here.
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forecast coming up. >> little bit of cloud cover but some sunshine peeking for us through this afternoon. high near 60's. chance of rain comes our way and better chance of rain likely coming our way saturday. >> no rain for today. get out and enjoy it. thanks, jonathan. you've been watching abc columbia news at 12:30. thanks for making us your choice for news.
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