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back now to our top story. the attacks on paris. french president francois hollande is now saying france is at war as he vows to destroy isis. >> as french warplanes strike in syria, he's calling for bold moves on the home front. abc's david muir is in paris with the latest. >> reporter: for the first time it, the moments before paris was forever changed on. these photographs emerging from inside that concert hall taken from the stage before the attack. so many smiling faces, their hands in the air. and now we know what would come next. the gunfire breaking through the music. >> we're also getting our first look at this video of the immediate aftermath. sirens blaring, voices crying
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out. two officers peering through those doors. president obama saying the u.s. had no intelligence this attack was coming. >> there were no specific mentions of this particular attack that would give us a sense of something that we need -- that we could provide french authorities, for example, or act on ourselves. >> reporter: while here in france, president hollande stood with students in a moment of silence across the country. a short time later in front of a joint session of parliament, he declared on france is at war with isis calling for an extension. he wants a three-month state of emergency here in france. saying the attacks were "planned in syria, organized in belgium and perpetrated in france." his country continuing its military response from those air strikes thanking america for providing assistance to sending an aircraft carrier to the
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eastern mediterranean on thursday off the coast of syria. the world now watching as that international manhunt plays out. the alleged on eighth attacker on the front pages of newspapers across the globe. a massive anti-terror crackdown across france. these images of officers entering a building detaining a man in toulouse. 168 raids in all. 23 arrested on, computers, hard drives seized. 39 weapons found him among them bullet proof vests kalashnikovs and a rockets launcher. people under house arrest here in france. as you travel through paris, all of the places where the carnage unfolded. there were 19 different nationalities among the dead. a survivor holding a ticket from the concert. this woman showing photos she took inside the concert hall with friends standing this close to the band. she hid in the dark inside a closet for three hours. >> all we could hear at that
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point was a stampede. people running and screaming. gunfire and thuds which could only have been people hitting the floor, their bodies. >> reporter: and we metro man renuel, who lived near two of the restaurants targeted. he told me it was his responsibility to be there with the victims who were dying. why did you kneel down beside them? >> what could i do? ignore them? just do what you can. you're not a doctor. you can't help. you can just show feelings to people, don't let people die alone. so, you do what you can do. you just watch, you just try to ease pain, but what can you do? >> and the french government also trying to do what they can do. a short time ago, the interior minister announcing 128 raids have taken place overnight. they've added 115,000 police to conduct patrols in france, as well. and as we take a look once again at the growing memorial that is growing outside one of the six locations that were
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attacked on. you can see things are starting to get back to normal. at least people are going about their business this morning there in paris. .coming up, one man's musical message. >> they're also the chords of peace. the musical tribute from another time.
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♪ imagine all the people, living life in peace ♪ ♪ you may say i'm a dreamer >> they're the notes from another era, another time and another war. >> when john lennon wrote the music and the words to that song, they never thought it would become an icon of peace for its time. who could have possibly envisioned they would have such a powerful impact more than 40 years later half a world away. here's abc's juju chang. >> reporter: amidst it the horror and grief, a moment of hope. davide mortello outside the bataclan theater playinging that far tune, john lennon's
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"imagine." >> music goes directly into your heart. you have a moir moir in front of you and you're reflecting yourself in this music. >> reporter: after the infamous attacks, the musician drove 400 miles from germany to play at nearly every site where innocents lost their lives. >> my hope is that all the musicians all around the world are playing music for peace. this is what the world needs right now. >> reporter: around the globe echoes of support, monumentses a wash in the colors of the flag, this image trending worldwide and in paris, a symbol of hope in a city tossed on but not sunk. ♪ >> so beautiful to hear his words and the music and that song is just so touching even a generation later. it was written in his home and it went to number one on the
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♪ so hello from the other side ♪ i must have called on a thousand times ♪ ♪ to tell you i'm sorry for everything that i've done ♪ ♪ but when i call you never >> it is t minus three days to the release of perhaps the most highly anticipated hunger games" installment ever mocking jay part deaux. >> fans are asking what's going on with the fashion forward effie trinket. elizabeth banks opened on up to rachel smith. >> everyone's either going to want to kiss you, kill you or be you. >> far from the districts in the heart of times square -- lies
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the hunger games" exhibition. >> what do you make of all of it? >> it's remarkable. it's a walk down memory lane for sure. >> eyes right, chins up, smiles on. >> where i met up with the capital's favorite fashionista effie trinket, aka elizabeth banks. here she is. those are works of art. >> i want to say they were designed by an architect. it was a collaboration between an architect and a shoe designer. >> what are you doing? >> i'm a political refugee. >> she reflects on her surprising return in part 2. >> the films were a departure from the book where effie was mia. >> i think everybody disagreed was sort of a fan favorite and she had a real connection to katniss. you couldn't really see it in the books. >> you look lovely as ever. senator now for a little lightning round, maybe the odds be ever in your favor. >> a game we're calling what are effie's odds?
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>> what are the odds of her wearing sneakers? >> low, very low odds. unless they become a big deal in the capital. >> she really likes the heal. >> what are the odds of effie being on social media? >> high odds. effie understands the power of a great media presence. >> with the games coming to a close, she says effie will always have a place in her heart. >> are you going to miss this character? >> very much. i loved on her. she's really iconic and there's a lot of creativity within effie. i'll miss that for sure history was made here. . >> abc news, new york. >> you excited about this one, huh. >> yeah, it opens this friday. many say it could make up to $120 million this weekend. >> that's a lot. that's the news for this half hour.
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this morning on "world news now," the world's most wanted man. >> the police raids and manhunt for the mastermind in the paris attacks. any acblisses how did they get away. new details on the search and how world leaders are responding. homeland threat. latest message from isis vowing to attack washington, d.c. leaders in the nation's capital taking no chances. murder mystery. developments overnight from the texas where six people were found dead at a campsite. the new clues coming in. and later revolutionary surgery, the most extensive face transplant ever and the injured firefighter who will get to go home for thanksgiving after an operation like no other. it is tuesday, november 17th. from abc news, this is
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"world news now." >> we do say good morning to you this tuesday. it is a busy one. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. let's get right to the intense crackdown on terror in paris and beyond as the scope of flied's grisly attacks begins to slowly sink in. >> a live picture right now of paris of the eiffel tower which reopened on for the first time yesterday following the attacks on friday. some flowers are piling up at memorials all around that city honoring the 1239 people that called on that city home while police conducted more than 150 raids and arrested on nearly two dozen people. a key suspect and the alleged on mastermind remain on the loose. our coverage begins with elizabeth hur. >> reporter: police thought they had him cornered on but the target has slipped on their grasp for the second time. and now the manhunt for the suspected on eighth attacker salah abdeslam is intensifying.
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the 26-year-old on the run after police say he fled paris friday night, abandoning the two cars he had rented then making a run for his native belgium driving a third car with two other passengers. police stopped them at a roadblock saturday but inexplicably let them go and they made it across the border. those two passengers now under arrest and charged on. police identified this plan as the mastermind of the paris massacre. his plan included having one of the attackers blend in among the tens of thousands of syrian refugees to sneak into paris. fears of another deadly ruse have governors of 25 states resisting president obama's plan to resettle up to 10,000 syrians in the u.s. >> slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. >> in pair pris, francois hollande led his nation in a
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moment of silence. in the meantime, the fugitive's brother was questioned on and released on. he says he had no idea both of his brothers were terrorists. again, one is still on the run and the other died on during the attacks. >> of course a lot of people reacting to this attack. what are we hearing from our lawmakers on capitol hill? >> to honor the victims they observed a moment of silence yesterday and house speaker paul ryan requested on an all-member briefing from the administration, bottom line he says he wants to know what happened. and make sure what happened. paris doesn't happen here. >> we know now also, that syrian refugees have become a huge campaign issue especially for donald trump. >> the donald. elves at a rally last night in tennessee. and he told his supporters there if elected, he would deport all syrian refugees "adding we're going to borders, we're going to
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have a corrupt again. right now we don't have a country." president obama, we should note he just landed in manila for the asian pacific summits. he's already made his position clear for anyone denying the syrian refugees the ability to resettle here, he said that is shameful, not american, not who we are. basically, yes a divisive issue and a debate already brewing. > definitely a change in the dialogue for the presidential race. le thank you for joining us. >> as law enforcement steps up security here at home, isis released on a new video vowing washington will suffer the same fate as paris. here of here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: french police in a shootout, exchanging gunfire with terrorists outside the bataclan concert hall. three hours of terror. isis quickly claiming credit for it all, saying paris is only the beginning. and in this video, isis issues a warning to america.
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an attack on the nation's capital is coming. "as we struck in france in the center of its abode, in paris, then we swear that we will strike america at its center, in washington." >> we are always at a heightened level of security because of our locale. >> reporter: the cia director says the attacks in france should serve as a wakeup call for americans. >> their agenda is to kill. pure and simple. >> reporter: across the country, security is being ramped up. there's a heavy police presence in times square. and new york city's police commissioner said that isis tactics in the paris attack deeply concern him. >> the idea that all of them, all of them were equipped with these suicide vests. >> reporter: u.s. officials are also worried that the killers in france may have used encryption technology to hide their computer and cell phone communications. so-called going dark. belgian officials suspect the killers in france also used on gaming systems
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like playstation to communicate offgrid. even though there's no specific credible isis threat to the homeland, the fbi is intensifying surveillance of their suspected sympathizers in all 50 states. more than 70 prospective supporters of isis arrested in the last two years alone. some with deadly intentions. security across this city stepped on up and across this country more than 900 terror investigations under way. pierre thaws, abc news, washington. >> france's fierce military response to the terror attacks now includes an aircraft carrier. the carrier charles de gaulle heading toward syria. they were apparently on a hit list. why didn't they strike before? >> they would wait for them to be populated to have a class there in training, to have a group being recruited. >> as for the american response, president obama says nothing has changed on and he does not want to put boots on the ground.
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yesterday, the u.s. did bomb more than 100 isis fuel trucks. >> secretary of state john kerry made a surprise visit to paris on monday-inning the u.s. ambassador jane hartley for a ceremonial lighting at the american embassy. the building was flooded with light in the blue white and red colors of the french flag. this morning kerry will meet with francois hollande that america shares in the resolve to defeat extremism. >> coming on the heels of brutal attacks in lebanon, iraq and elsewhere, it is an assault on our collective accepts of reason and purpose. >> kerry also said that the attacks would not dematerial paris from hosting the u.n. climate change conference and than president obama is looking forward to being there himself. our coverage of the attacks on paris and the impact worldwide
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continuing all morning long. get the latest on americans who escaped on and the student who did not later this half hour. another major headline we're following a suspect charged on with the murder after six bodies were discovered on in rural texas. two victims were found in a travel trailer on land they just bought for camping and hunting. the other four including one child were discovered on in a nearby pond. the suspect william mitchell hudson lived on the adjoining property. prosecutors have not identified a motive. >> we enlisted on the help of the texas rangers and our district attorney. >> a woman who survived to the attack was able to describe the alleged on killer to the police. >> the fbi and justice department joining forces into a investigation of a police shooting in minneapolis. jamar clark is brain dead after being shot sunday. conflicting reports whether he
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was handcuffed on when he shot. hundreds protesting shut down the highway last night in st. louis. >> tornados in texas. as many as a dozen reported in the texas panhandle. the storms left thousands of people without power. golf ball sized hail came down in some areas. a halliburton plant in the area was powerfully damaged. flooding as reported. you wouldn't think the starter of winter is still a month away. seeing scenes like this areas around denver expecting a foot and a half. we're talking blizzard conditions lasting into the morning. gusts expected on to reach up to 60 miles an hour. blizzard warnings for parts of kansas, nebraska and new mexico. >> so this is huge. marriott is buying starwood resorts to become the largest hotel company in the world.
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the deal brings together brands raising from luxury to budget. the combined company will control about 5500 properties and more than a million rooms worldwide. >> what does this mean for my points? >> no longer do you have to use between starwood and marriott. i'm a geeking about you're a saying no one's going to get lost in the point system whether you're marriott or starwood. >> yeah, somehow. and for those of us who need fewer facebook friends, this is national unfriend day. kimmy kimmel came up with the holiday as a joking in 2010. yes, there is a national unfriend page on facebook. among the friends who the runs who overshare, reveal the endings of tv shows and those who is asks silly questions which could be answered easily online. >> oh, kimmel. that's not nice. >> it is good. i used to have a birthday on
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trending because it gives you a reminder of somebody's birthday. >> so you don't get the reminder again? >> no, or even know who they are. >> when's your birthday. >> monday night football was not a thing of beauty last night but produced on a result almost no one saw coming. >> the bengals had a 6 oil 3 lead when houston backup quarterback here t.j. yates find dion drail hopkins. then receiver of a.j. green and the texans recovered on. the bengals suffered their first loss of the season. houston wins it 10 oil 6. it was an offensive showdown there. really. all right. of coming up in the mix an endorsement for barbie dolls from a boy. the xanl getting worldwide buzz. >> the revolutionary operation
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four days after the deadly terrorist attacks in paris, worldwide support casting a new beacon on the city of light. >> but as the shock wears off, grief is taking its place including here at home, of course, as we learn more details about the american victims caught in the chaos. brandi hitt with more. >> reporter: family and friends of 23-year-old know emmy gonzales gathered on at this vigil struggling to understand why her life was cut short in paris. the senior studying in a semester abroad is seen here on social media celebrating a birthday in 2012. she was shot and killed by terrorists in a restaurant. >> i think she's going to be in everyone else's heart, too.
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>> another target the bataclan concert hall as the eagles of death metal performed on. nick alexander, the band's merchandise manager was killed along with 90 ear others here. his girlfriend wrote you are and always will be the love of my life. there were close calls for many others. >> we heard bang-bang, bang-bang bang-bang, like five shots. >> airbnb software engineer brian moriarity was trapped in a restaurant surrounded by gunfire and and shane and jami also took cover near the concert hall into it feels selfish in a way to be here. >> 16 additional college students were studying with gonzales. california state california long beach confirms they are all safe. >> glad to hear that. coming up next, the firefighter with a new lease on life. his dramatic transformation
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after being severely burned in a house fire. it's being called on the most extrensive face transplant ever. >> the later the christmas controversy in new jersey. why so many angry moms took to facebook over that mall santa. that's in our next half hour on "world news now." >>
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it's being called on the most extensive face transplant ever. a firefighter whose face was burned on in a house 14 years ago now has a new lease on life. >> his new face is now that of a 26-year-old brooklyn bike mechanic. mallory hoff has this remarkable story. >> reporter: mississippi volunteer firefighter patrick hardison suffered devastating burns to his face when he ran into a home to see if anyone was trapped on in the flames in 2001. from that point forward, he
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disguised on himself wearing prosthetic ears, a hat and sunglasses. >> i'm hear going to nyu for the face transplant. >> reporter: now the husband and father is the recipient of the most extensive face transplant worldwide to date. >> lips nice and normal. >> he's doing very well today only for day 93. he'll require other procedures. >> reporter: it was performed on at nyu in august. dr. rodriguez led a team of over 100 people during the 26 hour surgery. >> we had an emotional exchange when we took him to macy's to buy clothes. no one stared on at him and looked on at him. >> a friend urged on him to you send his medical records here. he placed those files in the hands of dr. rodriguez. in 2012, they began their journey together. >> we did have challenges identifying the ideal donor, a
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fair skinned on light hairs. >> helen irving is the ceo of the organ recovery organization live on new york. she welcomed on the challenge. more than a year after the search began are, there was a doaner. >> david had been declared on brain dead following a bicycle accident. his mother immediately said yes. there was no hesitation in her mind. her son-always wanted to be a fireman. >> in death he would give a new face and new day to a man who traded in his reflection when he ran into a burning home. >> mallory hoff, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> imagine if the doctor told you you only have a 50% chance of surviving the surgery. >> those were his chances. >> now he can get his vision back and do something as bake as drive. >> after spending 14 years like that, you can kind of understand understand why he took those odds. >> coming up the barbie doll ad
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gender neutral. girls can play with trucks, boys can play with barbie. >> i'm still playing with my buddy doll from the 1980s. >> okay so around this time of year we always get the word of the day from the oxford. the word of the day is i can't even pronounce it. this is the word of the year rather. >> what is that? >> it's an emotety con. they said this is the word of the year. it would not be an old fashioned string of letters like we know. instead it's this picto, acknowledgement of how popular these pictures have become in our digital and daily lives. >> so that's the emoji for lol? >> it is. crying, laughing. >> okay. >> and the lol is laughing out loud? >> yes. and then there's -- >> that is theive someny yak. i'm so tired i can't feel my face anymore. >> that's a tragically sad emoji. >> what is your emoji there.
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>> mine is give me more candy corn and coffee. >> please. >> well, a dad was given a video camera to document a trip. problem was daddy put it on selfie mode and then this happened. >> so did you know it was on selfie mode? >> no, he went to vegas on his trip. his son said dad, take this camera and document your trip. yeah. but what daddy didn't realize was he put it on selfie mode. so everything, every shot has him in it. >> so you never get to see all that is. >> and his son posted on facebook. i gave my dad a gopro while he was in las vegas. i didn't instruct him how to use it and he didn't know the point of the effing thing. >> that is the worst vegas video yet. that's one of the things that happens in vegas that should stay there. >> it's funny. >> that's
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this morning on "world news now" world's most wanted. the police raids and intense search for anyone responsible for the paris terror attacks. new developments in the manhunt. and new this half hour, details emerging about the 27-year-old mastermind. >> from isis headquarters to the french capital. what investigators are uncovering about the young man's plans to terrorize paris. >> political firestorm. the presidential candidates and dozens of governors fighting to stop any influx of syrian refugees. president obama's response. >> and later in "the skinny"", charlie sheen's diagnosis. his very personal health disclosure going public and what we learned about his condition. it's tuesday, november 17th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we do say good morning to you on this busy tuesday morning. i'm kendis gibson.
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>> i'm reena ninan. we begin with the war on isis. france, ready to join forces with the u.s. and russia vowing to triumph over the enemy after those bloody attacks in paris. >> first live pictures right now from paris. take a look as dawn breaks there in the city of lights. the victims came from at least 19 nations many of which are now standing in solidarity with france. a 27-year-old belgian has been identified as the mastermind of the attacks. the french military has launched on another round of punishing air strikes on isis targets in syria. and more than 150 raids were conducted across france leading to nearly two dozen arrests. >> as the manhunt is still under way for the alleged on eighth attacker, coverage begins with abc's terry moran. >> reporter: police moved in swiftly cordoning off streets, surrounding an apartment building, scaling rooftops. they warn neighbors to stay inside, away from windows.
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then they moved on in. but their target was gone, and the manhunt continues for the gunman who got away. 26-year-old salah abdeslam suspected of being one of the shooters that hit cafes and restaurants in paris. police say he fled paris friday night. they found the cars he'd rented. one left outside the theater. the other abandoned in this suburb. then, driving a third car with two other passengers, he headed toward belgium, stopped by police at a road block on saturday morning, but not detained. and they made it across the border. the two other people in that getaway car, picked up by police later, now charged with participation in terrorism. and the fugitive's brother, also detained, but later released, saying he had no idea that both his brothers -- one died during the attacks -- were terrorists. "they were normal brothers," he said. this gritty neighborhood, molenbeek, a breeding ground of terrorism. while we were on the streets here, we spoke to one man, he didn't want his face shown, who told us many of the young here are radicalized.
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three of your neighbors went to syria? >> yeah. >> reporter: a french police union has even said that i isis has taken over here and that the belgian government has lost control of this neighborhood. terry moran, abc news, brussells. >> france is using military power to fight back against isis. the aircraft carrier charles de gall set say say on thursday for the coast of syria. the french air force conducting a second night of air strikes on the isis stronghold of raqqa syria. they have taken out recruiting centers and an ammunition warehouse. >> back here at home, members of the house of representatives will receive a classified on briefing on the paris attacks later today. last night, speaker of the house paul ryan led the chamber in a moment of silence to honor the victims. today's closed door meeting will have members only briefing on the attacks will be by fbi chief james comey and homeland security chief jeh johnson. >> the islamic state is making it clear that paris is only the
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beginning as they seek to go global. a new isis video is warning an attack on washington, d.c. could be next. in the 12-minute video, the terror group vowing to strike america at its heart saying countries taking part in air strikes against syria will suffer the same fate as france. >> we are always at a heightened level of security because of our locale. >> their agenda is to kill, pure and simple. >> security has been beefed up across the country but officials are concerned that the terrorists may have used an encryption technology in gaming systems like playstation to hide their communications. >> and then there is this debate. attacks have sparked on a wave of anti-refugee sentiment across the united states. at least half of the country's governors are now refusing to take in syrian refugees. but some americans disagree like these students in charleston, heckling senator ted cruz over his opposition to the refugee program.
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we get more now from abc's jon karl. >> reporter: president obama declared on america has a moral responsibility to allow some syrian refugees to settle here in the united states. >> many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves. slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. >> reporter: republican presidential candidates are attacking the president's plan to allow up to 10,000 syrian refugees into the u.s. >> president obama and hillary clinton's proposal to bring to america tens of thousands of syrian muslims is nothing short of lunacy. >> reporter: the president's plan says nothing about the religion of the refugees, but senator cruz says, quote, there is no meaningful risk of christians committing acts of terror. he and jeb bush insist the emphasis should be on allowing syrian christians into the u.s. >> they're being beheaded, they're being executed by both sides. and i think we have a responsibility to help. >> reporter: the president
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called that un-american. >> when i hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who is fleeing from a war torn country is admitted, that's shameful. that's not american. it's not who we are. >> reporter: president obama also said that any syrian refugees coming into the united states will be thoroughly vetted to ensure that no terrorists slip in. republicans just aren't buying that. in fact, some of the republican presidential candidates are saying that's just not possible. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. our coverage of the attacks on paris and its far-reaching scope does not end here. look for live updates from paris on "america this morning" and "good morning america." prosecutors in rural texas are searching for a motive this morning in the murder of six people. the bodies of two victims were found in a travel trailer on property they just bought. the other four including a child were found in a pond nearby.
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the police chief says the suspect, william hudson, and the victims did not know each other. a woman who managed to survive the attack by hiding in the woods identified the suspect. the federal government has joined an investigation into a police shooting in minneapolis. jamar clark is brain dead after being shot sunday night. there are conflicting accounts whether clark was handcuffed when shot and whether he resisted arrest. hundreds protesting the shooting shut down interstate 94 last night in minneapolis. more than 50 people were arrested. some extreme weather starting with tornadoes in texas as many as a dozen twisters were reported in the texas panhandle. the severe storms left houses of people without power. golf ball sized hail came down in some parts, as well. a halliburton plant was heavily damaged and part of a train derailed on in the powerful winds. some localized flooding was also reported. in the meantime, winter is still over a month away but you wouldn't know that by looking at
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these skis. this is from the rockies now. the snow continues today with areas around denver expecting a foot and a half. blizzard conditions will last well into this morning. wind gusts are expected to reach up to 60 miles an hour. blizzard warnings in effect for parts of kansas, nebraska, as well as new mexico. >> today's weather maps to the east all that snow will be there. also heavy rain across the middle of the country. violent storms along the gulf coast. heavy rain in the northwest. dry and sunny along most of the east coast. >> only 50 degrees here in new york city. significantly cooler than yesterday. and also in the 50s in the midwest. 80s along the gulf coast. 73 in l.a. and a high of 52 in beautiful great falls, montana. >> how about some fast food news. taco bell getting on the animal welfare bandwagon. the fast food chain is the latest to commit to using only cage-free eggs and they're making the fastest switch yet. by the end of 2016, next year.
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the choice will make a difference in the cage-free egg industry. taco bell has more than 6,000 u.s. restaurants and buys more than a million and a half eggs every year. can you get egg whites at taco bell? >> i think you can. i haven't been to a taco bell in awhile. speaking of breakfast because researchers have found even more benefits in that cup of morning joe. cup of joe. scientists at harvard discovered on that people who drank three to five cups of coffee a day had a 15% lower risk of dying prematurely and that includes decaf coffee, as well. they think it might have something to do with chemical compounds found in coffee beans. >> remind me again, you don't drink coffee, right? >> i do, not enough but still i'm alive. well and healthy. >> a couple of parents in iowa have three little reasons that they might be awake and watching us right now. give them the coffee. they have identical new triplets. >> the boys are two weeks old today.
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>> wait a minute. is that mama? she looks too bright eyed and bushy tailed. >> she looks kate middletonesque >> since they've been home, their mom says it's been a 24-hour cycle of feeding, changing and dressing them. they were born without the use of fertility drugs. >> their doctors say so exceedingly rare, he doesn't even know what the odds are of it happening. the most important point is all three are healthy and happy and they have interesting names. >> macrory is one and two of the three first names are traditional irish names. >> interesting. cute little babies. >> coming up in "the skinny," that's how they sound about now, steven spielberg, barbra streisand and yogi berra will soon have something in common. >> charlie sheen's private health concern going public. the latest on his condition. >> later a social media uproar
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manhunt intensifies for the allege d eighth attacker, we're hearing new details about the so-call d mastermind behind the attacks. >> it comes as authorities believe one of the attackers posed as a refugee to slip in undetected to europe. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: he is only 27, but he's risen rapidly through the ranks of isis to mastermind some of their biggest terror plots in europe. in this propaganda video, abdelhamid abaaoud asks, is there anything better than jihadism, than martyrdom? officials believe he planned the paris attacks from isis headquarters in syria. carrying out the direct orders of top isis leaders, who have set up a new unit to launch terror attacks in the west, with recruits separated into brigades by their nationality and language skills. >> this was planning a complicated operation, infiltrating trained personnel to do it and pulling it off across borders. >> reporter: the isis mastermind sent one of its attackers from
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syria, posing as a refugee, presenting this forged passport to greek officials just five weeks ago, and then making his way across europe to paris. other attackers were hand-picked in the mastermind's hometown in that brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, where he traveled often. narrowly escaping a police raid just this past january before he returned to syria. >> the mastermind selects and trains and motivates the suicide bombers, but he never kills himself. >> french authorities say they had no advance word of the attack but at least two of the gunmen were known to french intelligence and one had actually been charged with terror connect d crimes and allowed to go free. clearly the french government lost track of both of them. brian ross, abc news, new york. and intelligence officials say part of the reason why it was difficult to track all of this is because they use d belgium as a staging ground as
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as opposed to france where they are searching for all of these people. some live pictures in the meantime from paris, fittingly you would say gray and rainy morning there in the capital. >> and as the country mourns we know the french military announcing just a short time ago at least 16 bombs were used on in the latest campaign. they had he targets, command centers and even training centers. action clearly being taken by the government even overnight. we'll be right back. being taken by the government even overnight. we'll be right back. "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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♪ skinny, so skinny okay. so topping our headlines this morning for "the skinny," some devastating news from actor charlie sheen. >> hollywood publicist howard bragman also a consultant for abc news has confirmed he's been told that sheen has been diagnosed as hiv positive. >> he says while he didn't talk directly to sheen about his hiv status, sheen's people have told him that he is getting treatment. >> some more uplifting news here. into president obama last named this year's class of recipients confident presidential medal of freedom. >> 17 people have been named for the nation's highest civilian honor including barbra streisand. her fill lan floppic works having advanced research of heart disease in women.
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>> also steven spielberg founded the usc foundation dedicated to overcoming intolerance and bigotry through the use of visual history testimony. >> and being honored on posthumously yogi berra who put his professional career on hold to join the navy where he fought with allied forces on d-day and earned a purple heart. >> the rewards will be presented at the white house next tuesday. >> what a great group of folks to honor. >> next to the viral video that triggered on a run on patti labelle's sweet potato pies. >> they are sold exclusively through walmart. this weekend they were being sold at the rate of one per second all because of this guy in chicago, kendis. >> you turn into patty after eating this. mm, patti, ♪ how is it that you people who laugh together and love together sometimes ♪
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patti. ♪ when you've been playing feels like heaven ♪ mm, mm, mm. >> this is your favorite video. >> that's great. there is a follow-up where he was out of the pie, by the way. his name is james wright. and his video has been viewed on more than a million times including by patti herself who personally called him to thank him for the over the top review. walmart says it's looking for 2 million sweet potato pies to replenish its supply. >> finally we have a "dancing with the stars" update. >> a big night in the ballroom with the stars performing three dances filling the void after tamar braxton's exit over health issues. bindi irwin dancing both inside and outside a box, swinging a lighted rope around her neck. >> carlos penavega showed off his rope dancing skills. au four contestants will advance
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go long. you'd better you'd better watch out. ♪ you'd better not cry you'd better not pout i'm telling you why ♪ ♪ santa claus is coming to town ♪ >> why not? the music's great but santa claus has already come to a town in cherry hill, new jersey but he ended up causing a huge controversy. >> it all started with a cherry hill mall decided to amp up the santa experience and also amping up a heavy price tag. wpvi's sarah bloomquist has the story. >> reporter: the visit to santa's lap is a holiday tradition but when for the the second year in a row the mall decided to give shoppers a hi-tech experience social media went wild and not in a good way because of the price. this year the mall started
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charging $35 to $75 to see st. nick. gail's post on facebook was typical. it's an absolute disgrace you're charging so much money to get in to see santa. outside the mall the same. >> i don't think people should be charged for santa claus. no way. >> why not? >> it's christmas. come on. what's the real meaning? >> reporter: there the adventure to your santa attraction is one of only 12 like it in the country. mall management was surprised by the negative reaction. >> we never want anybody to feel like they're excluded or they can't come here. >> reporter: the mall got the mess allege and dropped the required prepurchase of a photo package. >> you can come in and visit for free. you'll no longer have to make a minimum photo package purchase and you can visit with santa instead. >> gianna and her sister paid to see the north pole attraction prior to the policy change and thought it was worth the price. >> i like when we go on the sled and you see it's like you're
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actually moving in the sled. >> still shoppers were glad to hear seeing santa is free again. >> perfect. >> do you think that's right? >> absolutely. give more children the you opportunity, the experience. you can see sit on his lap for free. photo will cost you $30 to $70. >> did you like it sitting on santa's lap when you were a kid or an adult? >> oh, hadal low. wow. >> what is that smirk? >> that smirk is santa, i have been very nice. >> but you look pretty naughty there. oh, boy. >> the filter has applied. >> i was just saying you're really holding back there. >> i'm trying the filter now. >> don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> coming up, more news from abc. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, more raids across europe. hunting down those responsible for the attacks in paris. plus, new air strikes taking out isis targets. we're live in paris. chilling promise. isis calling out its next target threatening washington, d.c. and a new battle brewing. the list of states refusing to take refugees growing by the hour. also breaking right now, severe weather, a powerful system spawning dozens of tornadoes and oil refinery leveled creating a hazardous situation this morning. plus, making history and changing a man's life. the firefighter going from this to this after an extensive face transplant. what's next for him.

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