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making news in america this morning, twin tragedies, debbie reynolds passing away just one day after losing her daughter, carrie fisher. new details from her son about her final moments and the tributes coming in overnight. >> the president-elect makes an appearance with boxing promoter don king while answering questions on everything from the middle east conflict to the transition of power. a big snowmaker on the move. winter weather advisories and warnings posted right now as some states could get more than a foot of snow just before the holiday weekend. see what happens as a burglar smashes his way through with a sledgehammer getting away with quite a bit of jewelry. and we do say good morning, everybody, on this thursday. we are starting yet again with
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heartbreaking news out of hollywood. the death of actress debbie reynolds only a day after losing her daughter. >> reynolds was among the last legends of hollywood's golan age best known for "singin' in the rain," her son says she suffered a stroke yesterday at the age of 84. >> overnight fans paying tribute leaving flowers and candles on her star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> reynolds was mourning daughter carrie fisher who died after a heart attack. fisher's brother says the stress of losing her was too much for their mother. abc's byron pitts has more on her career. >> reporter: she was the definition of hollywood glamour in the goldage age of cinema. debbie reynolds whose career spanned generations yielding enduring classics like "singin' in the rain". ♪ dark up above >> reporter: died at the age of 84. it's a tragic hollywood ending for the gifted actress with the mile wide smile passing just one day after her beloved daughter carrie fisher died of a heart attack. reynolds was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.
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doctors determined she had suffered a massive stroke but were unable to save her. reynolds and her daughter carrie fisher were incredibly close and lived next door to each other in beverly hills. >> separated by one daunting hill. >> reporter: todd fisher looking for a sill ler lining telling abc. >> she said she missed her daughter who wanted to see her again and i don't think she really meant it quite like that but within 30 minutes she went to go see her again. >> reporter: reynolds' illustrious career spanned six decades. a tour did you force and true triple threat. she could sick. ♪ oh how bright they shine >> reporter: she could dance. ♪ >> reporter: and she act. >> friday we decided to have a big wedding. in two days my best friend hates me. >> reporter: now mother and daughter are together at that next stop but the music and impact they made on the world
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will live on. ♪ you made me want you ♪ and all the time you knew it. i guess you always knew it ♪ ♪ you made me happy sometimes always ♪ >> reporter: by ron pitts, abc news, new york. >> quite a triple threat, debbie reynolds. while no official cause of death has been announced, reynolds' son says she suffered a stroke. >> the actress had a history of strokes and according to dan childs at the abc news medical unit the stress of losing her daughter could have been a contributing factor. >> already we're dealing with someone who has a history of this particular complication, could it be that the stress of this event was what kind of triggered that and pushed things over the edge? it's possible. it's very hard to say at this moment but certainly this was a devastating loss. >> dan also says that people often experience health problems after a traumatic event because they forget to take care of themselves so something we all need to remember. >> yeah, that, indeed, do stay with abc news for the latest on
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reynolds' passing. we'll have new reaction from celebrities later this half hour in "the pulse." but we move on now and iraqi security forces have launched a new attack in the mosul this morning to retake the city from isis. smoke could be seen billowing across the skyline this morning as explosions and gunfire echo through the streets. >> it slowed for two weeks due to stiff resistance from militants. the battle there is the biggest ground operation in iraq since the u.s.-led invasion 1 years ago. now to the escalating tensions between israel and the obama administration. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu now says he looks forward to working with the trump administration after secretary of state john kerry's latest comments on expanding israeli settlements and janai norman is live in washington with the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, diane and kendis. the tensions have increased even since last week when the u.n. condemned israel for building settlements in the west bank. yesterday john kerry defended the obama administration's
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decision to allow that u.n. resolution. a move that broke with long-standing tradition. kerry says the settlements nearly 100,000 built since 2009 jeopardize the two-state solution between israel and the palestinians which did not sit well with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> and we cannot properly defend and protect israel if we allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes. >> i must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of john kerry. israel looks forward to working with president-elect trump. >> reporter: last night donald trump said he has different views on the issue compared to the obama administration and that quote we'll see what happens after january 20th. palestinian president mahmood abbas said he's ready to resume peace talks with israel if it halts settlement construction. kendis and diane. >> yeah, point of contention
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there, janai. the israelis say they are open to direct negotiations between the two sides. thank you. donald trump and a special guest meet the media to discuss the transition process. the president-elect appeared last night at his mar-a-lago estate alongside don king. he and president obama had a good chat yesterday by phone and apparently worked through tense comments about who would have won had they run against each other. >> other staffs are get ago long very well and i'm getting along very well with him other than a couple of statements that i responded to and we talked about it and smiled about it. and nobody's ever going to know because we're never going to be going against each other. >> just hours before those comments trump accused the president of throwing up roadblocks during the transition process. he later characterized everything as going very smooth. donald trump is taking credit for bringing thousands of jobs back to the united states. last night the president-elect announced sprint and global communications oneweb will a add,000 jobs to the economy but
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did not give a time line for when that will happen. trump also addressed concerns that russia hacked the u.s. election campaign telling reporters nobody knows what is really going on and he said that he believes we have to get on with our lives. well, today the white house is expected to restream sanctions against russia over the hacking. officials are expected to add a little more clarity as to why authorities believe russia is to blame. meanwhile, a major winter storm is bearing down on parts of the northeast right before that holiday weekend. take a look at that winter weather. these are alerts and advisories going on stretching through most of new england. the front is moving east toward the coast. mostly a rain event for d.c., philadelphia and new york city but likely over a foot of snow for parts of vermont, new hampshire and maine. so the key is cozying on up at times square. midnight. still ahead a new study revealing the benefits of fish oil during pregnancy. this amazing image. three teens perched on a
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capsized boat that's sinking. hear the story behind their amazing rescue in the florida keys. a moment a tesla autopilot system detects a crash before it happens. and warns the driver. i
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a leak created a geyser with water shooting above street lights in los angeles. crews quickly traced the source to a damaged fire hydrant. they shut off the water and reset the hydrant. but quite a scene. in the east another scene, a massive sinkhole opening up in the middle of a pennsylvania neighborhood. crews worked all day to fix the gas and water lines there. most residents have been allowed to go back home now but there's
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still no word on what caused it. and the army has launched an investigation after a deadly helicopter crash in galveston bay. two soldiers with the texas army national guard died when that chopper went down. the flight was on a normal training mission at the time but witnesses say the helicopter actually broke apart before the crash. the brother of jonbenet ramsey has filed a $750 million defamation lawsuit against cbs as well as others, burke ramsey says a multipart series that aired on the network falsely accuses him of murdering his younger sister. ramsey was 9 years old when jonbenet was found strangled in their home in 1996. the case has generated headlines as you know for decades. new video shows a tesla autopilot predicting a crash. take a look. that beeping noise you heard was a radar technology of a tesla in the netherlands, it sounded seconds before the car ahead of
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it rear ended an suv. tesla confirmed the radar sensed the suv was slowing down. everyone involved in the crash we're told is okay. and netflix is helping parents who want their kids in bed early on new year's eve. it's using on demand midnight countdown so mom and dad can play them any time they want to make kids at least think that they are staying up late to ring in the new year's when really you can just say it's 6:00 p.m., bing, bang, boom. >> good-bye, see ya. an amazing story of survival. a woman and great granddaughter missing for days, how they stayed alive while stranded on the side of a remote road. a smash and grab caught on camera. a thief with a sledgehammer. see how he gets away with $100,000 worth of jewelry. can't see it. can't taste it.
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snow made driving a mess yesterday in high country of colorado. chain reaction crashes actually closed part of interstate 70 in that popular ski area. the roads though are open again this morning. as for this morning's roads it'll be messy, at least comm e commuterwise from d.c. to boston with heavy rain, snow in vermont, new hampshire and maine and snow also in the northern cascades and extreme northern rockies. if you're flying, plan for airport delays in philadelphia, new york and possibly boston. now to an amazing tale of survival for three california teens who were vacationing in florida. >> a day on the water nearly ended with them drowning off the florida keys after their boat capsized unable to reach their life jackets they clung on to the top of that boat waiting for help to arrive. a dramatic rescue for these three teens after a routine fishing trip turned upside down literally. >> we're in the middle of the ocean. we flipped the boat.
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>> reporter: zack, brent and jacob solder were fishing two miles off the keys when their boat suddenly started taking on water. >> the time we realized were in trouble it took a minute for the boat to go down. >> reporter: still brent managed to save his phone. >> i kept my hand above the weather reports's called 911 they climbed on top. >> our life jackets are underneath. >> everybody a good swimmer or no. >> yes, we're all strong swimmers. >> reporter: this deputy spotted them and brought them to shore. >> a huge feeling of relief to come up to them and see all three there together with the boat. >> it's still not clear what caused it to take on water. much more later on on "good morning america." now to another remarkable survival story that could have have been a family tragedy. a great-grandmother from new jersey has been found alive after disappearing before christmas. she and her great granddaughter were driving to north carolina on christmas eve but never made it. police outside richmond,
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virginia, stay a man found the pair yesterday afternoon while checking out the woods on his property. >> fortunately today he took a path that goes further back in the woods quite a ways and that's when he came across the vehicle in the woods. >> reporter: the car was parked at least a mile from a paved road. police say they survived on apples as well as eating other snacks that they had taken for the road trip. mrs. briley is in serious condition in the hospital and her granddaughter has been reunited with her family. and check out this video of a smash and grab outside philadelphia. police say the man used a sledgehammer to shatter the window early tuesday morning. it's believed he got away with about $100,000 in watches and jewelry. to some health news and a possible link between fish oil and lower risk of asthma. scientists in denmark found children whose mothers took the oil during pregnancy were significantly less likely to develop asthma. but doctors say they aren't ready to recommend all expectant
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moms take fish oil. for one thing the women took high doses and said more study is needed. time now for sports and we had a major upset in college hoops. >> with the highlights right now here's our lone guy, neil. >> good morning, america. there's no other place i'd rather be than home in the islands in the middle of the sea. if i can't be there i'd want to be in eugene. that's where the ducks and bruins were, man. ucla ranked two undefeated, dylan brook, preseason all-american. been dealing with foot problems. that dude, i mean, he plays like a man possessed. he had 12 in the first half. oregon was up as many as 12 in the first half. ucla went on a 15-0 run. looked like they had it. bryce can ice it. peyton hit that big three. alfred could have iced it. shoots 87% from free throw. he missed. brooks did not. craziness, man. crazy.
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crazy. the cooler. go to cy's for pizza. i love eugene. number one, villanova was like -- was a 24 plus point favorite against depaul and depaul gave them all they wanted. josh hart right there, billy garrett, depaul down 1. the betting line was something like if you bet 100 on depaul to win the game outright, you won like 9300. this will force overtime. oh. missed it by that much. that's like the shot villanova made to beat unc. we can talk all night but let's just call it a wrap. >> all right. you've got it, neil. up next in "the pulse" remembering debbie reynolds. the tributes coming in overnight. and the killer crossover at a crosswalk that's going viral. i love you so much, that's why i bought
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♪ time to check "the pulse" starting with reaction out of hollywood over the loss of debbie reynolds right after her daughter carrie fisher. >> you may recall debra messing played reynolds' daughter on "will & grace." she wrote in part, debbie went to be with carrie. she always worried about her. carrie left too soon and now they're together again. >> from mia farrow, r.i.p. doesn't sound right. i hope they're having fun. >> alyssa milano tweeting, dear debbie reynolds, i totally get it. hug her so fight for all of us. >> hard not to take note of all the major celebrities that left us in 2016. shaka chan took to twitter to express what many are feeling in one of those thee recommends
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that entertainers wrap themselves in bubble wrap until the end of the year. >> hang on, just a couple more days. in another she shows a child waving a white flag in surrender as she shares her grief over debbie reynolds and in another she praises a photoshopped picture of the grim reaper as "time" magazine's person of the year calling the poster evil genius. well, as you know, basketball is played all over new york city so it's no surprise that a little hoops can break out literally anywhere. >> that includes the middle of the street. check out this confrontation in manhattan. a 15-year-old comes face-to-face with a baller and then gets crossed pretty badly. just her luck. she happened to meet up with the michael jordan of dwarf basketball. she didn't have much like getting the ball away from him but had a good time posting it with the caption my ankle is destroyed. >> she came so close.
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then, oh. >> she seems to start off just wanting to walk around him then looks like she gets into it and wants to get that ball back. no dice. >> but that's just a typical weekend here in new york city or typical day here in new york city. >> we'll continue monitoring this one and let you know when the rematch is scheduled. big one coming up. >> sort of like the globetrotters versus the washington generals and she still loses. >> more news coming up after this. as after a dvt blood clot,ital i sure had a lot to think about. what about the people i care about? ...including this little girl. and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i asked my doctor. and he recommended eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. yes, eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment.
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>> good morning, i'm tamala edwards, it is thursday, december 29, a missing new jersey woman and her great granddaughter have been found alive in rural virginia we'll learn how they turned up there. breaking overnight, temple university police respond to to the call of a woman shot. three robbers opened fire on her as she tried to runaway. storm tracker 6 live radar is tracking rain and some areas will see snow. so meteorologist david murphy is on top of that he'll have the latest from accuweather, matt pellman has traffic, that's all ahead on "action news." west wi the cascades. 57 degrees in dallas where we have a story coming out of texas, a mailman there had a special delivery for a family on
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his route. he saved the lives of three young girls and their four days before christmas. apparently jeff jones has only been on the job for three months but he knew something was wrong. >> reporter: so he was on his last stop, his very last mailbox when he saw smoke coming from that house. and he will to act quickly as he saw that turn to flames and phillip mena has the details. >> reporter: it's not often you get the chance to meet your hero. >> oh, my goodness. jeff jones is a mailman in outsn fire. >> i saw the fire, you know, the smoke go inside, knocked on the door, barksening bang, bang. >> reporter: cheryl's three young girls and grandmother were inside unaware of the danger. she was out christmas shopping and told the girls not to answer the door while she was gone. surveillance video showing jeff on the phone with 911. >> there's some kids. i think they are not allowed to
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answer the door. >> reporter: with the help of an officer jeff managed to get the girls and grandmother out of the house safely. >> he's special. he's special. and i hope he knows that. >> reporter: the girls thankful too making this sign for the mailman who helped save their home. and their christmas. >> and the police say it's very lucky he was there and tried to put it out with a garden hose but that was all burned up. >> just imagine how the rest of his career will go. a look outside our window. times square getting all ready for the big party saturday night. a million plus people expected to pack in there and get close. ♪ >> you can see the scaffolding getting there. >> does look like they're working hard. >> hanging out up there. make it a good thursday.
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>> good morning, it is thursday, december 29. matt o'donnell is off, nydia han joins us. >> here's what we're following for you, police have found missing new jersey woman and her great grandchild alive. debby reynolds died one day after the death of her daughter actress carrie fisher. sky6 live hd looking live at the commodor barry bridge. we're tracking a chilly rain this morning and in some parts, snow. >> oh, my goodness, karen rogers is off, let's head over to david murphy

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