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some are receiving care in germany, another is already back on u.s. soil. and new concerns about another american missing for nearly a decade. then who can forget this encounter. a passenger drunk in the back seat attacking his uber driver. well, they're at it again. their new fight that's bound to wind up in court. then going viral for the right reasons. patients in the target checkout line. we'll explain ahead of the mix on this monday, january 18th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." and we do say good morning and it is mlk day. you have to remember that is a national holiday for his birthday. >> absolutely right. things shut down today. >> a lot of people going to be celebrating i guess his legacy. and that was part of like the pivotal moment in last might's debate.
know, minority rights and black folks were part of the topic constantly during the debate. >> it was a fascinating debate. you always enjoy these debates. it began really with the final showdown before the iowa caucuses is what we're looking at just two weeks away. >> hillary clinton and bernie sanders battling over health care, gun control and clinton's past. martin o'malley pleading for more time. elizabeth hur joins us with the highlights. good morning. >> reena and kendis. good morning to you. going into this debate, hillary clinton and bernie sanders were locked in a virtual tie florida iowa. and so it was clear they both came prepared to try to stay on top. just two weeks before the voting starts in iowa. the three democratic presidential candidates sparred on stage in south carolina. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are now in a tight battle to win the first democratic contest. on this night, the first issue
>> he has voted with the nra with the gun lobby numerous times. he voted against the brady bill five times. >> secretary clinton knows that what she says is very disingenuous. i have a d minus voting record from the nra. >> reporter: the exchanges heated at times discussing the economy and health care. >> i want us to defend and build on the affordable care act and improve it. >> my proposal provide health care to all people get private insurance out of health insurance. >> reporter: but the two the also remaining sivl finding common ground on other issues. >> there needs to be a concerted effort to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. >> whenever anybody in this country is killed while in police custody, this should had had automatically trigger a u.s. attorney general's investigation. >> reporter: and so now it's
race is still tight between hillary and bernie. but nationally, a new poll shows hillary still ahead by 25 points. reena and kendis? >> all right, elizabeth. thank you. we're going to have more debate coverage later in the half hour, of course, when we sit down with our deputy political director shushannah walshe. >> over on the republican side, the battle heats up between donald trump and ted cruz. trump telling george stephanopoulos cruz is a nasty guy and a hypocrite for railing against big banks even those he tookes loans from him to fund a senate campaign and for failing to report those loans. >> for his part, cruz is sticking with his claim that trump represents new york values. his campaign tweeting out an old interview in which trump says he's pro-choice in part because of his new york background. >> but we move onto the diplomatic high wire act that ended in the release of five measures from captivity in iran.
see arrived in switzerland on sunday with three of those americans on board. perhaps the most high profile, "washington post" bureau chief jason rezaian. this morning, he and two others an ex-marine and a pastor are at a medical facility in germany one step closer to home. a fourth american ho had been studying in iran is back in boston at this hour while one man chose to stay behind in iran. but one american mo went missing eight years ago in iran was not among those released. robert levinson is a former fbi agent working as a private investigator he disappeared after meeting an aislamic militant. he hasn't been heard from since 2011. his family says they are devastated he was "left behind." the iranians say they do not note where he is. >> in the meantime in iraq, u.s. officials confirm media reports that three american contractors have gone missing south of baghdad. they are civilians, not military. and they were last seen two days ago.
possible kidnapping although no one has claimed responsibility. in hawaii, conditions are expected to improve today in the waters where teams are looking for 12 missing marines and two helicopters. crews have been fighting waves as high as 32 feet. the two helicopters appeared to exercises on thursday. the marine corps has now identified the missing who range in age from 21 to 41 ran who come from nine different states. >> an american missionary is among those killed in a terror attack in a luxury hotel in burkina faso in after. mike it will rittering and his wife ran an orphanage. he was at a coffee shop when the terrorists struck. at least 28 people were killed. an al qaeda group claimed responsibility. >> one police officer is dead, another wounded after a traffic accident in the salt lake city area. they were chasing a man who had been in a serious crash. the suspect had fled the scene. officer doug barney was shot in
a gun battle erupted when other cops later encountered the suspect. he was killed. another officer was wounded. >> noud to central florida where two residents are dead after a pair of deadly tornadoes struck within minutes of each other in the middle of the night. abc's phillip mena is there. >> reporter: gulf coast communities reeling after a rash of tornadoes. this is all that's left of this mobile home ripped from its concrete foundation and strewn across the road. 3:45 a.m., the ef-2 totoado touching down in the town of duette. a couple in that home, steven and kate wilson lost their lives. their son and four grandchildren injured but managed to climb to safety. when neighbors heard of the tornado alert they tried but couldn't reach the wilsons. >> devastation. woke up this morning and lost a family friend and neighbor.
already gone. he's gone but he will never be forgotten, let me tell you. >> reporter: friends are picking up the pieces. about 25 miles away, another twister in sarasota county. the second floor of this $1.8 million property collapsing under the force of more than 130-mile-per hour winds. >> baywinds, we have reports of two people trapped upstairs in a home. >> reporter: rescuers reaching that family stranded inside. now safe, suffering only minor injuries. the homeowner was up here on the second floor trying to escape when the tornado collapsed the house on her. firefighters had to lift the wreckage to pull her to safety. and she is out of the hospital with only minor injuries. phillip mena, abc news, sarasota, florida. >> incredible scene there. now to the growing outrage over the contaminated water in flint, michigan. speaking at a sunday church service, reverend jesse jackson said there should be tape around
his comments came a day after president obama signed an emergency declaration to clear the way for federal help. the contamination after flint switched to a different water supply to save money. oil prices are sliding overnight as the industry braces for even more crude on the market now that iran's sanctions have been lifted. that could make gas station signs like this one a common sight. wait, is that right? 47 cents a gallon? this apparently is in northern michigan at one point yesterday. other stations were also below $1. it's the first time anyone's seen gas that low in ages. but the price war didn't last very long and gas there right now is about $1.50 a gallon. nationally it's $1.90. >> i wouldn't complain about that. >> we're celebrating. >> next sunday's nfl conference championship games are all set. let's start in the nfc. >> the top seeded carolina panthers, that guy he's got a future.
a dominating first half against seattle. the panthers took a 31-0 lead into the half. >> then it was seattle's turn to dominate the seahawks rallied closing to within a touchdown but a little too late. carolina hanging on, 31-24. they host the cardinals sunday. >> okay, so for the c, the steelers were up by a point late in the game a ainst the broncos when fitzgerald to you saint if you mean bes and recovers by denver. peyton manning drove his team down the field and anderson gave the broncos the lead for good scoring the time's only touchdown. >> and they tacked on a two-point conversion for good measure. both teams kicked field goals from there and denver taking it in the end. the score was 23-16. the broncos will host the patriots next sunday. we're partying because it's next sunday. >> party. championship sunday next week. >> who is going to go to the super bowl? >> peyton and tom together. all right.
coming up, a new battle between the former taco bell executive and the uber drive whose fight was caught on camera. what they're claiming now. >> but first more about last night's democratic debate straight ahead with our deputy political director. >> and do remember to find us on facebook, wnnfans.com and twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." sometimes we use k-y ultragel to enhance my body's natural moisture so i can get into it a bit quicker.
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the issues facing the american people, not bill clinton's personal behavior. >> so can he keep up the high ground? >> i think it's really up to him. i think he can keep up the higher ground but he's going to continue to be asked the question likely. not just from reporters but at town halls. so i think it's up to him if he decides to continue not trying to make it an issue in the campaign or if he changes his mind. >> reena was mentioning the races are tightening. yes, they are. does bern can i really have momentum right now? >> it seems like he does now. if you look at the polls he's been lead ing innew hampshire for quite awhile. now even the polls are tightening in iowa. we have still two more weeks to go. and this is when people start paying attention. we may have been paying attention for a long time but voters are starting to pay attention now. things can change. it seems like right now he has the momentum. >> talk about the republicans on their side, donald trump really increasing the attacks on ted cruz. particularly this comment we saw
>> nobody in congress likes him. nobody likes him once they get to know him. he's got an edge that's not good. you can't make deals with people like that. it's not a good thing for the country. very nasty guy. >> so is the bromance over? >> the bromance is 100% over. really they were kind of having this bear hug strategy till now. really refusing to attack each other even though both would go go a ainst the republican rivals. everybody else. but now, they're really going at it w wh the obviously these comments but also with in ads. so i think this is really going to be the showdown to watch in the final days. >> we have so many of our abc colleagues who are out there embedded with the campaigns. what are they seeing out there that we're not learning from tv? >> well, i think what they're seeing which is just fantastic is being able to talk to voters every day. getting to hear what they think.
these voters are very clued in. they know that they're important role in this. >> is the trump thing real? >> well, thousands of people go to his rallies. other thousands of people try to wait to get in. i think what we have to see is the in iowa especially, this is a different type of voter. will those people caucus? it remains to be seen. but there are thousands of ople going to see him. >> i find this the most exciting time in the race. you just never know what will happen. >> lots of people will see bernie sanders, too. he's getting huge rallies, as well. >> two weeks to go. hard to believe it. >> it is hard to believe. >> deputy political editor shushannah walshe. thanks for staying up with us. >> of course. >> and we'll be right back. you're watching "world news now."
abc stations. well, as the dashcam video that went viral shocking millions. now former taco bell executive violently attacking his uber driver from the back seat. >> but now if you can get this, that former executive is suing the driver claiming he was the real victim. just wait till you hear why. it's incredible. ron claiborne. >> the manmade famous for doing this, and then apologizing says he is a victim, too. former taco bell executive benjamin golden now filing a $5 million lawsuit against the uber driver he allegedly attacked in southern california last fall. he admitted that he was drunk at the time. days later going public with this emotional apology on kcbs. >> because i've been trying not to read what's being said but you know, i'm not that person. >> reporter: but now he's claiming the driver illegally
>> get out of my car or i will call the police. >> golden's attorney declining to comment but the lawsuit saying at no time did he consent to be video recorded or viewed by anyone else. golden who was fired afterward by taco bell is seeking damages to severe emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, fear and pain and suffering and the loss of his job. golden w w charged with assault and battery. he pleaded not guilty. those charges still pending. he was also you'd by the uber driver for unspecified damages. >> i didn't expect it to get violent to be honest. it came out of nowhere. >> the heart of golden's counter suit is his claim that california law prohibits recording the conversation of someone withoutheir consent. the lawyer telling abc news the lawsuit is bogus. so the two men in that now famous video may face off again in court. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> call the police. >> what you don't see on video
able to use pepper spray to eventually get away from this whole situation. >> just imagine how much he he would sue if he found out the uber driver only gave him a one star rate. it's important, the star ratings. >> they are important, right. >> for drivers and for clients, as well. got to make fun of a really serious situation there. >> oh. >> coming up, what a target cashier did that's going viral. >> and the m mtin luther king day a cappella tribute about the mix" up next. so how ya doing? enough pressure in here for ya? ugh. my sinuses are killing me. yeah...just wait 'til we hit ten thousand feet. i'm gonna take mucinex sinus-max. too late, we're about to take off. these dissolve fast. they're new liquid gels. and you're coming with me... wait, what?! you realize i have gold status? do i still get the miles? new mucinex sinus-max liquid gels. dissolves fast to unleash max strength medicine. start the relief.
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then there's this one elderly woman who is charging all of her groceries and paying for them with. >> kenny:s. that would annoy some people. but ismaaiyl there behind the counter decided to be patient with her and allowed this woman to pay for each of her groceries. >> she bought all those groceries and paid in. >> kenny:s? >> she was paying in coins individually. and people didn't get upset because he was being hey, big up brother. he was being nice and helping her through and the woman who saw this happening posted it on facebook and it has now gone viral. >> kudos to him. i would be very frustrated with that. >> exactly. >> you know, martin luther king day today. what better way to celebrate his life than having two a cappella groups, two rival a cappella groups get together and do james taylor "shed a little light." there was the jewish group maca beats and the black group
both known in their own right. take a listen. can't get no life from a dollar bill don't give no life from the tv screen when i open my eyes i want to drink my fill from the well on the hill and i know you know what i mean >> they sound great. >> i love how they gel together. they should come out with an al bim for something. >> they were doing this from the lincoln memorial steps away from where king did his "i have a dream" speech. another nice thing. championship sunday. cam newton is a new dad and proud to be a dad. so as he was practicing for yesterday's came, this is him doing showing a father and son t-shirt and also he also on his
shows it. >> oh, wow. >> so he's very proud to be a dad. his first playoff game. by the way, do we have the t-shirt to hold up for a second? i had to research exactly what the dab was. apparently it's a newew dance craze. it'sescribed as one leans into their elbow like they're sneezing and that's it. so can you dab? >> show me do you know? >> i guess something. >> that looks like the richard besser flu symptoms. or something you take. in fact there's only one way to get it. it has to be given to you. freely. it's consent. because sex without it... isist sex. it's rape. consent. if you don't get it, you don't get it. it's on us to stop sexual assault.
this morning on "world news now," they're out of iran and now a group of americans once again enjoying freedom. their r ng ordeal in iranian custody is over. but questions remain about another u.s. citizen who is still missing. > at last night's democratic debate hillary clinton and bernie sanders took off the gloves and went after each
on several hot button topics. arguments over gun control and health care and one candidate defending the choice to keep the campaign about the issues. and new this half hour, what one firefighter saw after arriving at the scene of a raging blaze. a life-saving momont first responders coming to the rescue of residents with just seconds to spare. and "spotlight." taking home three major critics choice awards last night, but it wasn't the big winner by a long shot. and guess who ended up stealing the show? we're going to have a full rundown in "the skinny." it is monday, january 18th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone on this martin luther king holiday. we thank you for joining us. >> happy mlk day to you, everybody. of course, dr. king would have been 87 years old over the weekend. we're going to get started though this morning with the head-spinning developments between the u.s. and iran. after 35 years of open
>> in the past 48 hours, the two nations have signed off on a landmark deal limiting iran's nuclear program and agree to a prisoner exchange that has a group of captive americans on their way home. abc's jonathan karl has the story. >> reporter: that first image of freed "washington post" reporter jason rezaian greeted in geneva by a state department official who helped negotiate his release. also on that flight out of iran, amir hekmati, the former marine held for more than four years in the notorious evin prison. his sister and brother-in-law were all smiles on their way to meet him in germany. and pastor saeed abedini, who's been separated from m s wife for years. >> i've been a single mom for three and a half years, and the kids uniting with him will be a precious moment. >> reporter: at the white house president obama celebrated the prisoners' long overdue release. >> today, we're united in welcoming home sons and husbands and brothers who in lonely prison cells have endured an
>> reporter: the washington post's tehran bureau chief was jailed in july of 2014, just six weeks after discussing life in iran on anthony bourdain's "parts unknown." >> i love it and i hate it, you know, but it's home -- it's become home. >> reporter: his mother and wife, now reunited with him, made this tearful plea during his imprisonment. >> he's been in prison for the last year. he and his wife, who is also a journalist have not been able to -- she's not able to speak to the press. >> reporter: his extended family is in germany. the dramatic days the culmination of 14 months of negotiations, mostly in switzerland. u.s. officials calling the discussions very intense and until a few weeks ago no one knew how it would end up. the obama administration also agreed to pay $1.7 billion in -- to settle an old financial dispute with the iranian
not included in the prisoner swap was former fbi agent robert levinson. the 67-year-old disappeared in iran in 2007. >> even as we rejoice in the safe return of others we will never forget about bob. >> reporter: the three longest held american prisoners are now at the american military base in landstuhl, germany, where reunited with their families they are getting some much needed medical attention. they hope to be on their way home soon. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. meanwhile in iraq, u.s. officials confirm media reports that three american contractors have gone missing south of baghdad. they are not civilian -- they are civilians, not military and they were last seen two days ago. the case is being treated as a possible kidnapping although no one has claimed responsibility. okay. the three democratic presidential candidates have debated for a final time before the iowa caucuses. which is only two weeks away. >> it was by far the most confrontational meeting between hillary clinton and bernie sanders clashing over gun control, wall street, even bill clinton's legacy. martin o'malley was very nearly
>> he voted to let guns go on to amtrak, guns go into national parks, he voted against doing research to figure out how we can save lives. >> i don't get personal speaking fees from goldman sachs. you've received over $600,000 in speaking fees from goldman sachs in one year. >> you raised a lot of money on wall street when you were the head of the democratic governors association. >> but i haven't gotten a penny this year. somebody please, go on to martin o'malley.com, send me your checks. they're not giving me zero. >> it is beyond my comprehension how we can elect a president of the united states somebody like trump who believes that climate change is a hoax invented by the chinese. >> you called bill clilion's past transgressions, "totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable." senator, do you regret saying that? >> i was asked a question.
andrea, and that question annoys me. yes, his behavior was deplorable. have i ever once said a word about that issue? no, i have not. i'm going to debate secretary clinton and governor o'malley on the issues facing the american people, not bill clinton's personal behavior. >> and as for the republicans, donald trump is stepping up his attacks on ted cruz. >> trump told abc's george stephanopoulos that cruz is "a nasty guy." later on cnn, trump again raised the question whether cruz was eligible to run for president since he was born in canada and was a canadian citizen until only 15 months ago. trump also says that he's going to spend more on tv ads since he's $35 million under budget. >> must be nice. two residents of central florida unfortunately are dead after a pair of deadly tornadoes both came within minutes in the middle of the night. the first twister picked up a mobile home and smashed it.
visiting were injured. the sheriff says he's amazed that anyone got out alive. the winds topped 125 miles an hour. incredible devastation there. and west coast storms are bringing high surf and dangerous rip currents to southern california beaches. there's a high surf advisory in effect through tomorrow afternoon. people are advised to stay out of the water. lifeguards have already rescued one surfer. >> a georgia psychiatrist is behind bars accused of operating a pill mill. the dea raided the offices of dr. narenda nagareddy and then searched his home. prosecutors allege 36 of his patients died while having prescriptions for controlled substances. autopsies confirm 12 of those were overdoses. the doctor is accused of prescribing pain medications which are outside his profession as a psychiatrist. his lawyer says he is innocent and will fight the charges. a firefighter's helmet camera captured a dramatic
a desperate mother handing her baby through the window to the firefighter on the ladder and then she climbs out and then her husband, as well. the fire broke out before dawn saturday morning trapping eight adults and the baby as they slept. one man escaped and called the fire department to the rescue. >> the tulsa, oklahoma sheriff's department has launched an investigation after a confrontation between one of its off duty officers and nascar driver tony stewart. the off duty officer apparently under the influence of alcohol at the time. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: it's the kind of drama racing fans expect to see on the track. nascar superstar tony stewart storming into the stands. caught on tape in a heated clash with a heckler. the three-time sprint cup champion is notoriously hot-headed. in 2014, he was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for slamming into a competitor in this post-race skirmish. >> one of the requisite skills
develop a thick skin and ignore this kind of criticism. but tony's never been that kind of guy. >> reporter: this latest outburst comes as stewart faces a wrongful death lawsuit. he's accused of losing his temper and driving recklessly before striking and killing fellow driver, 20-year-old kevin ward jr. >> i know in my heart that it was 100% an accident. >> reporter: stewart has yet to comment on this new incident. but the fan involved, an off-duty law enforcement official, is being investigated by his department to determine if he acted inappropriately. mary bruce, abc news, washington. all right. it takes years of practice to make a topnotch surfer or skate boarder. and at age 5, quincy simmons still has a way to go and time to get there, but that's all right. she's not embarrassed by all the wipeouts. >> in fact, she loves the spills, thinks they're very funny and is known as the flying squirrel.
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here's the latest attempt by spacex to land its reusable rocket on a ship in the ocean. well, it failed. the images posted by founder elon musk show that the rocket setting down softly but then toppling over and you see it there exploding on impact. musk said that one of the ship's leg locking mechanisms failed perhaps due to ice buildup. the rocket was able to launch and land on solid ground. oh, everyone was so hopeful and then this happened. >> so close but still fairly successful. i mean, just got to do a little tweaking there to that. good for them overall. >> just a little tweaking. > it's not rocket science into to the folks. >> i guess it is. >> in the meantime, 249 miles above the earth, it was mission accomplished. but only after a bit of high anxiety. >> that's true. a space walk outside the international space station had to be cut short over the weekend when one of the astronaut's
with water. abc's sara haines has the story. >> reporter: what do i do? >> in hollywood, block busters like "gravity" show how space walks can turn disastrous in an instant. but that silver screen rush of chaos may have nothing on the real life havoc. just a tablespoon of water caused astronauts friday on the international space station. >> we know it's a small amount of water. we already got the location and the quantity. >> reporter: american astronaut timothy kopra and his british partner tim peake on an extra vehicular repair mission when kopra noticed a cooling loop in his space suit was leaking. > if there's any way to get a temperature of the water, i don't know try to drink it and note the taste. >> water's cold. >> reporter: that small amount of water prompting mission control to end the pair's five-hour space walk early. >> start opening your cuff checklist to page 7. we are going to terminate case. >> fearing a repeat of this 2013 mission which almost saw
m.i.t. ano drown when half a gallon of water flooded his helmet during a space walk. > it is wet. >> luca went out twice. the first time he went out, he had water in his helmet then. and i don't think we quite hammed it the right way. >> reporter: according to nasa, he was never in that degree of danger saying the flight director brought the duo back in as a precaution. the veteran astronaut safe on board the station and surely waiting to collect on this promise from houston. >> that was perfect. we'll buy you a drink a soda when you get home. >> reporter: sara haines, abc news, new york. you know what i found so amazing was he says at the end, we'll buy you a drink or a soda. i was like what? >> i don't think he wants to go ywhere near any sort of liquid substance after all of that. you're absolutely right. but very scary moments though. it is surreal. >> and nasa saying that the latest incident wasn't particularly unnerving because they were only some 200 feet from the exit. >> oh, my gosh. >> but yeah. >> when we come back, the big winners of this year's critics
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hollywood. >> can you believe it? another award show. it is the season. it took a giant step closer to the oscars, of course, with last night's critics choice awards. "spotlight" took home three trophies including best picture, best ensemble and best original screen play. >> it was so good. but the big winner was "mad max: fury road" winning nine awards including best director and best action movie. >> so best acting winners include presumed oscar favorite leo right there for revenant" and brie larson for "room." easily stealing the show last night was 9-year-old jacob tremblay accepting his award for best young actor. >> this is super cool. this is the best day of my life. i also want to thank my parents and i love them very much.
right on the shelf right beside my millennium falcon. >> very cute. >> he totally stole the show. >> the many in canada say that his dad is the hottest police officer in all of vancouver. >> oh. >> google him. >> sorry we didn't see him. >> we'll pull him up. all right. to the oscars now and fresh criticism from african-american actors over the lack of diversity in this year's class of nominees. >> last week, academy president sherrill boone isaacs expressed her disappointment and now some other hollywood heavyweights are weighing in, as well. actress jada pinkett smith took to facebook questioned whether people of color should refrain from praying in the oscars all together. >> this year's oscar host comedian tweeting out a promo captioning the video saying the white b.e.t. awards. >> next, putting it all on the table with steve harvey. >> so it's been what, like a month now since harvey famously announced the wrong miss
and he since tried to apologize. miss colombia was giving him the cold shoulder for weeks. now he's set to sit down with both miss colombia ariadna gutierrez and the real winner, miss philippines pia wurtzbach. >> the most embarrassing thing you've done on the stage? >> to see my crown taken away from me. that was really embarrassing. >> oh, that interview a two-day special airs tomorrow. today and tomorrow on harvey's syndicated daytime talk show. it will be fascinating to watch. let's say happy birthday to our favorite nonagenarian. actress betty white. >> yesterday she turned 4 years old. she's stealing the show in a tv ad for bandwagon net in which she stars with comedian rob riggle.
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off to a ft start against attle on jathan stewart's four-yard touchdown run. the youngster in the front row wound with the ball. look at her. she was thrilled with that and she was alhrilled no doubt that her team wound up winning 31-24. they host arizona next sunday. >> how cute. okay, that said, some overly enthusiastic one might even say arrogant panthers fans have been giving a young seahawks fan quite a bit of a hard time. >> he loves the seahawk but lives in north carolina. he says he's been getting bullied but now some of his seahawk heros are coming to his defense. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: a big dream coming true for one little boy who refused to back down. >> what do you want the score to be? >> 1,000-0. >> reporter: 7-year-old ade lewis, a die-hard seattle seahawks fan, on the field with his team. this third-generation seahawks fan lives in panther territory,
when ade started wearing his new seahawks hat to school every day, he got bullied. >> they were kind of all saying the same thing, like boo seahawks. that made me feel kind of sad. >> reporter: to show ade he's not alone, his mom went to facebook asking seahawk fans to like her post saying, every day when he comes home he tells me how many kids have booed him. after just one day -- >> so, guess how many likes you got today on facebook? >> 50? >> more. >> reporter: much more. 200,000 likes and counting. from the seahawks star linebacker bobby wagner. >> if anybody try to pick on you, we got your back. >> reporter: to coach pete carroll, sending seahawks gear and tickets to the game in charlotte against the panthers. the hawks lost, but for this little boy, the day was a win. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. oh, he's too cute. >> very cute. so by the way, i know you're
sunday as it's called. the patriots are favored 3 1/2 points on the road against denver. >> so is carolina too, right? >> exactly. so possibly it might be a carolina/new england, massachusetts super bowl. >> i'm excited about the vegetarian sliders sunday night. >> what was that? >> football food. >> football food? the white castle? >> oh. >> this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. informing insomniacs for two
. good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> and i'm kendis gibson. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." fireworks on the democratic debate stage as hillary clinton and bernie sanders went head to head with just two weeks until the iowa caucuses. our political experts take just ahead. five americans have been freed from iranian prisons after
diplomats. a prisoner swap brought four of them home. we'll have much more on the developments straight ahead. >> if you'd been in northern michigan yesterday, you could have filled up for less than 50 cents a gallon. it was a brief price war, but with iran's oil about to come back on the market, you may get another chance soon. >> and peyton manning and the denver broncos one step away from the super bowl after defeating the pittsburgh steelers last night, 23-16. the broncos will host new england on sunday. in the nfc, it's carolina hosting arizona. those are some of our top stories on this monday, january 18th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we do say good morning to you. we're going to get started this half hour with the last democratic debate before the iowa caucuses.
>> hillary clinton, bernie sanders, martin o'malley sharing the stage in south carolina. abc's deputy political director shushannah walshe joins us now with the night's most memorable moments. hey, shush. >> reena and kendis, good morning. this final democratic debate before the iowa caucuses was full of fiery exchanges with hillary clinton and bernie sanders quickly taking the gloves off. one of the night's earliest clashes was over gun control. on the stump, clinton has blasted sanders for what she says is his opposition to strong gun safety measures. last night, he responded. >> well, i think secretary clinton knows what she says is very disingenuous. i have a d minus voting record from the nra. >> i have made it clear, based on senator sanders' own record that he has voted with the nra with the gun lobby numerous times. >> another powerful exchange was over health care. clinton accusing sanders of wanting to undo obamacare.
universal health care. we've accomplished so much already. i do not want to see the republicans repeal it and i don't want to see us start over again with a contentious debate. >> no one is tearing this up. we're going to go forward but what the secretary neglected to mention, not just the 29 million still have no health insurance that even more are underinsured with huge copayments and deductibles. >> just hours before the debate, sanders surprisingly unveiled his own health care and tax plan. and its $1.3 trillion a year price tag. but he downplayed thataturing the debate. and in another big moment, sanders was also asked about bill clinton's past. but seemed to be annoyed with the question. >> yes, his behavior was deplorable. have i ever once said a word about that issue? no, i have not. i'm going to debate senator
the issues facing the american people, mot bill clinton's personal behavior. >> of course, there was another person on that stage, former maryland governor martin o'malley repeatedly pleaded for more time but was drowned out either by his competitors or the moderators. reena, kendis? shush, thank you so much. with an eye toward iowa, donald trump sharpening his attacks on rival ted cruz. >> shocking that he would do that. he's telling abc's george stephanopoulos that cruz is a nasty guy. he also pounded cruz for failing to disclose loans he got from big wall street banks. cruz calls it an oversight. trump also says he intends to spend more on television advertising because he says he's running millions of dollars can ahead. >> the morning's other top story, five americans are tasting freedom after being released from prisons in iran. the extraordinary development comes after secret negotiations between the two nations that have been enemies for decades. abc's elizabeth hur has more. >> kendis and reena, good morning to you.
certainly a reason to celebrate knowing that at least four out of five americans are now headed home. and abc news also learning that this was the result of 14 months of negotiations. three americans held for months even years behind bars in iran landing first in switzerland, then germany. >> this is a good day when americans are freed and reunited with their families that's something that we can all celebrate. >> reporter: the wife of saeed abedini tweeting, saeed just landed in geneva. he's getting ready to leave to germany. i should talk with saeed in just a few hours. thank you for your prayers. the father of two was imprisoned for more than three years, accused of threatening iran's national security. another of the released, jason rezaian, the 39-year-old journalist detained for 18 months charged with espionage in a closed door trial. once he with his wife and mother by his side was safely out of iran, "the washington post"
nightmare for jason and his family is finally over. also on board, amir hekmati, detained the longest, four years. the former u.s. marine arrested in iran while visiting his grandmother. rezaian, abedini and hekmati all spent time at iran's notorious evin prison where they were allegedly subjected to beatings, solitary confinement and psychological abuse. president obama remaining stead fast in his message that it was diplomatic negotiations that led to their release, that deal quietly played out outside of the international nuclear deal negotiated this past july. >> we've achieved this historic progress through diplomacy. without resorting to another war in the middle east. >> reporter: as for the two remaining ex-prisoners one is believed to be still in iran and an american student who was released independently has already headed home. kendis and reena? >> one american who went missing in iran eight years ago was not
robert levinson is a former fbi agent who was working as a private investigator when he disappeared after meeting with an islamic militant. he hasn't been heard from since 2011. levinson's family says they are devastated that he was left behind. the iranians say they don't know where he is. >> hack here at home, communities near sarasota resumed building and cleaning up this morning. two tornadoes struck within minutes of each other just before 4:00 in the morning. the first picked up a mobile home and smashed it into the ground. the couple that lived there died. their son and grandchildren who were visiting were injured. the second twister for the roof off of an apartment building and damaged others. anxious hours for some passengers rushing for flights at newark airport. air train services were suspended sunday evening after a power failure. the trains were evacuated and buses arrived to pick up stranded passengers. the power company says that the outage was due to a tripped power line.
7:00 p.m. well, a manhunt is on in philadelphia for a suspect in the murder of a homeless shelter employee. police say the man had been kicked out of the shelter and then returned with a gun. he killed one worker and wounded another. residents say they were stunned to learn that one of the beloved shelter workers had been murdered. it's a tragedy that has left part of our abc family reeling. a popular producer at our station in chicago strangled while on vacation in belize. this morning, the hunt is on for her killer. more now from abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: k-9s searching the area in belize where an american tourist was found dead friday. as police try to figure out who killed 39-year-old journalist anne swaney, and why. >> chicago has lost an amazing person. >> the executive web producer from our abc station in check wls, was on a return trip to this retreat.
volunteered to stay behind from a group horseback riding trip. instead, practicing yoga alone at this waterfront deck. by the time the group returned hours later, they say, she was gone. >> we did a quick search and she wasn't around, and we notified the police. >> reporter: police searched for hours. finally finding her body the next day in this river. >> there were bruises around her neck and on either side of her head there was lacerations. >> reporter: investigators are questioning a guatemalan fisherman who was in the area at the time and interviewing staff where swaney was staying. also looking into whether the killer took swaney's cell phone. her family saying it was missing from the scene. a possible clue -- friends mourning in chicago, hope could lead to the killer. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> an honor for the late david bowie. for the first time one of his albums has reached the top of the charts. "black star" was released two days before his death.
off the top spot. bowie died earlier this month after battling cancer for 18 months. >> congratulations to david bowie there. >> we said this would probably be a big hit, right? >> yeah, absolutely. apparently it's critically a very, very good album, as well. here's a guy who really and i mean like really knows how to get some attention for himself. we're talking about will forte. one of the stars on the fox show "the last man on earth." >> one of his most recognizable features obviously is his long hair and bushy beard. guess what, not anymore. >> now his most recognizable feature is the fact that half his head has been shaved completely, hair, mustache, beard even his right eyebrow gone. forte debuted the new look at a network event friday night and he's been getting strange looks ever since. >> what's the deal? why did he do it? >> i have no idea. it answers a debate about my own
and do the other half. >> that would make for an interesting -- >> exactly. >> you have not decided what you're going to do with your hair. are you going to shave it all off by tomorrow? >> i don't know. might shave half of it. look at all those grays. you see that. >> i don't see that. you look young and youthful to me, kendis gibson. >> good lighting and good doctors. >> oh, stop. >> coming up a close call from down under. >> then angry words about the water in one michigan city. some critics even calling for the state's governor to be arrested over the whole thing. >> and later in the half hour, the big debut at the zoo in washington over the weekend. everyone excited about bei bei. how did the new panda react to his fans? the answer coming up on "world news now." >> "world news now" weather.
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watch this. whoa. hello. this is in australia. look at the force with which this suv crashes into the store. amazingly, no one inside the store was seriously injured. three men inside the vehicle weren't so lucky. they were taken to the hospital. the driver fled. we call that segment impact video. it clearly is. >> real impact, huh? institute in michigan, at least two the people are dead after i an series of pile-ups on interstate 94. police blame the second pile-up on the first. the vehicles were traveling too fast, too close. they weren't able to stop due to limited visibility. there were more than a dozen injuries some serious. >> also in michigan, there is now a new twist in the water crisis in the city of flint. >> amid high profile calls for the resignation, even the arrest of governor rick snyder over the city's contaminated water, there are also mu questions whether
>> reporter: angry residents demanding answers during a town hall in flint, michigan. reverend jesse jackson there to lend his support. the people of flint have been betrayed. >> reporter: filmmaker and flint native michael moore even calling for the arrest of the governor. >> he committed a crime, he knew what was he was doing. >> reporter: president obama declaring a state of emergency over the contaminated water. the state now under investigation after it changed its public water source exposing its 100,000 residents to toxic levels of lead. families like the horns forced now to drink and cook with bottled water being trucked in daily. but lisa and her four kids and niece are still bathing in that water. >> it's hard to make sure everybody's been bathed properly, because we're really not supposed to use this water. >> reporter: water researchers point to this memo from the epa to city water officials back in june, saying it shows that officials knew that testing showed "high lead results" but didn't publicly admit it for another three months. >> it's a manmade tragedy that was completely preventable.
edwards says for about $100 a day, the city could have made the water safe. instead, he claims they manipulated data and testing methods to make it look safe. so many families like the horns exposed to lead for more than a year, which can cause neurologic damage. local doctors are working to screen and help those children affected. the governor maintaining that he took action as soon as he knew about elevated lead levels. eva pilgrim, abc news, new york. so president obama declared a federal emergency but didn't declare a -- make a disaster declaration which would have allowed more funds. people say you only do that when there's a natural disaster, an hurricane, something of that sort. >> this was clearly a manmade disaster. and one that will continue. many politicians in the sunday night debate were calling for more action by the governor there including senator sanders calling for the governor to resign entirely. >> a lot of angry people. rightfully so. >> understandably.
that put 911 on hold. >> the 911 dispatcher who got into trouble over forcing callers to wait while she placed an order for pizza. oh, boy, that's next. >> how big of an order? >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> 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.
okay. so when you pick up your phone to dial 911, it's usually during an extreme crisis. and the last thing you would expect is no one picking up on the other end of the line. >> but that's exactly what happened in florida because the dispatcher on duty was apparently too busy trying to order pizza. here's abc's aditi roy. >> let me have one slice of cheese pizza. >> okay. >> let me have a lunch special. >> reporter: a broward county, florida, 911 dispatcher taking heat after calling a pizzeria while on the clock. while she's ordering lunch for the office. >> doctor couldn't hold him up, he dropped to the floor. >> reporter: an emergency at th optometry office.
the dispatch center after a patient faints, but no one answers. >> first they called, from their office, no answer. i called from my cell phone, again, no answer. other people in the store tried calling and nobody picked up. >> reporter: the dispatcher, still on her eight-minute call, putting in her long order. >> everything on those. all the fixings. >> reporter: five and a half minutes in, she's asking for final orders from her coworkers. >> no one else? okay, can you hold on for me one second, please. >> i'm so sorry. >> reporter: and seven minutes in, she seems distracted. >> poppy's? poppy's? i'm so sorry, i'm so busy. >> that's okay. >> reporter: the sheriff's department telling abc news the dispatcher violated policy and was disciplined. experts say don't let the phone keep ringing. call the nearest police station. you can also try texting. >> thank you for being patient with me. >> no problem. >> reporter: so those urgent calls don't get overlooked. aditi roy, abc news, san francisco.
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>> quite a bit of pandemonium in washington, d.c. this weekend. there's a reason. >> we're talking about bei bei, the panda named after beyonce. >> no, it's not. >> in my mind. >> in your mind it is. >> yes. the national zoo's new pride and joy made his big public debut, of course, on saturday to thousands of eager fans. and abc's gloria riviera was there. >> reporter: this was the moment. a panda cub making his public debut to squeals of delight. the first thing a sleepy baby bear does, shy away from the spotlight. meet bei bei, the national zoo's five-month-old panda. >> my heart is like -- >> since his birth, bei bei has enjoyed babyhood in private. >> okay. >> but thousands from all over the world waited for hours in line to see him for the very first time. >> it's a pandemonium. >> reporter: bei bei's name means precious treasure in chinese.
third cub to thrive at the zoo. less than 2,000 surviving in the wild. like any superstar worth his bamboo, bei bei is a social media darling. 5 million hits and counting on the national zoo's giant panda cam since he was born. >> he is immensely popular. >> said to be a charmer and a bit of rascal, he spent most of his big day snoozing flat on his furry back, making his eager fans wait. >> we're waiting for him to wake up. >> we really want him to wake up. >> reporter: after all, being that adorable has got to be exhaususng. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> you know, bei bei had a brother, twin brother who passed away unfortunately. it's so hard for them to get pregnant and then for the child to survive. this is a really big deal. >> it's a really big deal. >> we've both been to that little enclosure at the national zoo. while it's really cute, it's really smelly folks. it's a little secret. they're smelly animals. >> they are. they are. >> what always drove me nuts was
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making news in america this morning, heated debate. accusations, attacks and clashes overnight hillary clinton and bernie sanders getting aggressive on the debate stage. we're live in washington with the details. prisoner swap. americans tasting freedom released by iran after improved relations between the countries,