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♪ happy almost new year, happy celebration because i'm sure you're preparing for whatever it is you have up your sleeve tonight. good morning, i'm chrkristchris >> and i'm martin savidge in for victor blackwell. cities across the globe getting ready to ring in the new year. celebrations have already begun in places like say new zealand where, what do you know, it's next year. >> three, two, one -- auckland one of the first to say good-bye to 2016. look at what happened just last hour. >> three, two, one --
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this is the magnificent show over sydney harbor in australia, one of the largest fireworks shows in all of the world. i have to say, you know, they know how to do fireworks down there in that southern hemisphere. >> have you been there for one of their celebrations at new years? >> no. >> but next year. >> is that it? >> i'm committing. the company will send me. >> he would like to be sent to sydney next year. >> for new years. >> some people don't want to go quite that far, though that is a spectacular sight, lot of people as many as 2 million of them expected to fill up times square. >> and the new york police department is of course increasing security to ensure that everyone has a very safe night. cnn correspondent jessica schneider joins us now live from new york. jessica, what can you tell us about the preparations?
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>> well, first of all, a very exciting day and night here in times square, but with that excitement comes the security and the nypd is stepping up the security, even more than in previous years. i'll break down some of the numbers for you. there will be 65 sanitation trucks on the perimeter of times square. those will be filled with sand. that's the first time that they're using that security measure because of some of those attacks overseas, those isis-inspired truck attacks that we just saw in berlin just a little while ago. in addition, we'll also be seeing 100 blocker vehicles, those are in addition to those sand trucks. 7,000 nypd officers, 550 of whom just graduated from the police academy and you'll also be seeing 65 viewing pens. that's where all the people will be gathered in. the nypd expecting to fit 3,000 people in each of those pins. now, when people come into times square, they'll be going through the usual security checks, the bag checks, the radiation
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screening and in addition, heavy weapons teams will be purely visible all around this area. they'll be keeping a watch on things from the sky and helicopters, also on the perimeter of manhattan on the rivers around here they'll keep a watch out and 30 representatives from city and, state and federal agencies will be monitoring all of this at 1 police plaza and nypd headquarters. they'll watch everything going on here on the video monitor. we expect to see some excitement as well. it's not just the security. we're seeing people milling about heerks getting ready for what will take place here as we approach midnight. back to you. >> the good thing is jessica already has her place in tact. it's everybody else that's got to show up and do the same thing so early. jessica schneider, do take care. safety to all of you there. thank you. in just a few hours, vladimir putin will give his new year's address to the russian people in a statement to world leaders earlier, though, he
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congratulated donald trump, gave president obama the cold shoulder. >> new allegations have surfaced of russian hacking. this time the target apparently is a vermont utility company. burlington electric says it found a company laptop with the same malware russian hackers allegedly used to meddle in the u.s. elections. meanwhile, donald trump is praising putin's decision to not expel american diplomats in response to u.s. sanctions against russia tweeting this -- great move on delay by v. putin. i always knew he was very smart. >> one of the latest information on that target of russian hacking we just mentioned that appears to be our nation's electrical power grid. that vermont, officials confirmed a code associated with the russian hacking operation was detected. the vermont senator called this a direct threat to vermont and we do not take it lightly. that's a quote. cnn's polo sandoval has been
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looking into it. what are you learning? >> u.s. officials are confidant that this russian hack happened. here is why, the company you just mentioned, burlington electric now reporting they found malware on one of their company laptops. they believe this is the same malware, this was the same mely shous software that was used by russian hackers in an attempt to influence the election in november. and they located this after an advisory, a warning that was issued by the u.s. government specific kwli department of homeland security. however, as we mentioned a little while ago, this is important to note, that this computer was not hooked in directly to the rest of the system. the rest of the power grid that services about 20,000 customers. nonetheless so, this is extremely concerning for u.s. officials concerning vermont's governor who is speaking out in a statement that reads in part, this episode should highlight the urgent need for federal government to vigorously pursue and put to an end this sort of russian meddling. i call upon the federal government to conduct a full and complete investigation of this
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incident and undertake remedies to ensure that this never happens again. this government warning that led to the discovery of this hack, that was actually part of a very lengthy report by the obama administration which they have been warning utility companies and also similar entities to take a closer look at their security networks because christi and martin, this is clearly a very real threat for some of the critical infrastructure here in the u.s. >> no doubt about it. polo sandoval, we appreciate the update. thank you. to discuss the impact of sanctions against rush sharks let's bring in cnn senior international correspondent matthew chance from moscow who had a very busy past couple of day. matthew, i understand we now have the transcript from putin's speech. >> you can tell. >> yes, you can. i wonder if anything jumps out at you from that transcript from his speech? >> well, i mean, it's not a political speech, first of all. this is a congratulation message to the people of russia. in the far east of russia, it's already 2017 and so this is a
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prerecorded speech and it's played out in those areas. we can't bring you the video because it's under embargo. it's 5:00 p.m. in the local time in moscow now. basically he congratulates the people of russia for what has been in his words a challenging 2016. says it's -- the difficulties brought us all together. very general stuff. at the end, he says we must all defend truth and justice and be merciful. that struck me as being pertinent to what vladimir putin did with the u.s. diplomats by refusing the advice of his foreign ministry and refusing to expel them in a tit for tat manner for the u.s. expulsion of russian diplomats. he used that quite dramatically. it was an amazing bit of political theater. he reached out across to the incoming trump administration and took a swipe at the obama
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administration. look, the future between russia and the united states are going to be dependent on the policies of donald trump when he becomes president. donald trump tweeted his applause for that putin move. >> he did indeed. it was very strategic on the part of putin there. i think it was somewhat unexpected. matthew chance, thank you very much. we'll be talking to you again soon, i imagine. donald trump meanwhile is going to ring in the new year apparently in style with a big party at his mar-a-lago resort in florida. he heads back to new york tomorrow. cnn's ryan nobles is covering this. ryan, i understand donald trump already up and tweeting this morning. go ahead. you take it away. >> reporter: yeah, he is, kristy. he is sending out his new year's greetings to the american people today, but he did it in typical trump fashion with a little bit of a hit on his enemies and we'll show you that tweet now. donald trump saying -- happy new year to all, including my
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enemies and those who have fought me so badly. they just don't know what to do. and then he ended it with love and an exclamation point. as you mentioned, christy, donald trump will spend the new year's eve holiday at his resort in mar-a-lago. big party planned today and then he'll head back to new york tomorrow. of course on his plate is all of this new information related to the relationship with russia. and this is something that trump as matthew pointed out has continued to work toward an effort of a warm relationship with putin and the russian government. and some of his top officials even accusing the obama administration of boxing in his incoming administration with this new round of sanctions. in fact n a statement just a couple days ago, trump suggesting that the united states needs to move on from these accusations of this alleged russian hack. and the impact that it could have had on the election. but it's not going to be that easy for trump's administration
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to move on, especially that these sanctions were just put in place. trump could easily remove those sanctions as easily as the obama administration put them in place. and then trump also has to deal with the fact that there is a bipartisan chorus of members of congress who believes this needs to be looked into a bit more, including the very powerful john mccain who equated russia's actions to an act of war. listen. >> when you attack a country, it's an act of war. and so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade the russians to stop this kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy. >> now the question is, does this complicate donald trump's efforts to put rex tillerson in as secretary of state? of course the exxon mobil ceo very close with the russian government. in the past he's calls for a reduction in sanctions against the country. this is clearly going to be one
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of the big battles for the trump administration when they take office here in just a couple of weeks. christi and martin? >> ryan nobles, we appreciate it. thank you. >> thank you. still to come this morning, russian sanctions pushing new obama care enrollments, with holding a vote on israeli settlements. these are all last-minute power moves president obama is working to solidify his legacy. more on that just ahead. don't just eat yogurt... wear it. new aveeno®... daily moisturizing body yogurt. enriched with the nutrients found in greek yogurt, intensely nourishes skin for 48 hours. aveeno®. naturally beautiful results®. listen, sugar, we're lettin' you go. it's that splenda naturals gal, isn't it? coffee: look, she's sweet, she's got natural stevia, no bitter aftertaste, and zero calories.
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u.s. and russia making the future of diplomatic relations uncertain is the word that comes mind. as president obama nears the epd of his term, he's taken a number of steps in last few days to make certain his legacy. among them the sanctions against russia, abstaining from the u.n. vote on israeli settlements and making a push to boost obamacare enrollment. these are all good talking points. let's bring in ron brownstein and senior fellow at the brookings institution michael o han lan. good morning to both of you. thank you for joining us. >> good morning. >> michael, i'll start with you. what kind of impact will all of this have on president-elect donald trump? it kind of stacks the deck against him as he comes to office. >> well, you know, given where we've been with the u.s./russia relationship and with what happened in the course of the elections, i think this is essentially the best outcome for mr. trump because now mr. trump doesn't have to be the one to
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impose retribution or punishment in response what is clearly a major set of russian infridgements. for that job to be left to trump where he would have wanted to have a good relationship with putin, not to start things off on a negative footing but presumably as, you know, the top american law enforcement executive felt some need to respond once an investigation was complete, it's much better for trump to have this already done before he comes into office. and i don't think the amount of damage from these sanctions is so great that it's going to cripple the russian economy or anything else, so i actually think it's a good outcome even for mr. trump. >> okay. ron, yesterday senator john mccain said that russia's meddling in the u.s. election was an act of war. those are about as strong of words as you can use, yet the president-elect donald trump is praising russian president amidst all of this tension. so what is the political
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fallout, especially on capitol hill now because we know they're going to pursue apparently maybe even tougher sanctions? >> yeah. i have a different view than michael. i think what president obama is doing on all the fronts that you mentioned, on israel with the settlements, with what they tried to do with obamacare and with relations with russia is establishing a set of trip wires for donald trump. these are all areas where he knows that trump wants to significantly change the direction of u.s. policy and i think president obama within the limits of what he can do between now and when he leaves office is trying to create obstacles to doing that. i think that putting on these sanctions for russia now rather than being the best outcome for trump puts him -- does, in fact, box him in somewhat because it clearly donald trump has signaled that he wants to radically change the relationship with russia. and now with these sanctions in place, you know, it will be difficult for him to come in given the tenor in congress and as his first act undo the
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sanctions. as you noted, there's many in congress who want to go further. trump's view on putin is not widely shared in the party. it will be i think a tug of war right from day one. >> michael, what ron brings up is true, but it is possible that donald trump could come into office and reburst the actions that were taken by the obama administration, maybe even throwing it back on putin and saying depending on what you do will determine what we do as far as maybe additional actions against you. >> well, let me just say, first of all, i don't disagree with ron about the other two issues, the affordable care act and the u.s./israel efforts. i think obama is trying to either put stakes in the ground or make it more difficult for trump to reverse policy, especially on obamacare. but on the u.s./russia issue,
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something had to be done. and if obama had done nothing, there would have been huge pressure for the next congress and the next president to do something. and these sanctions are not that big of a deal. 35 people sent home, a couple of russian operatives who presumably don't have that many assets in the united states to begin with, not given any such access to assets in the future, this is essentially a modest step. it's enough to get people's attention. it's proportionate perhaps or less than proportional to the russian infringement, it allows trump to start and try to make the relationship work. let's all be clear, we all know the u.s./russia relationship is very troubled and it won't be easy for anybody. you're not going to waltz in and have a happy relationship. this was necessary and it's better for trump for obama to do it rather than the president-elect feel the pressure to have to do it himself. >> right. friction with an adversary like russia i suppose is something we knew -- well, it's been around a
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long time, but, ron, the mideast peace process suddenly has blasted on to the scene here and in a negative way as far as the relationship between the u.s. and long-time ally israel. was the president's nonvote at the u.n. a deliberate way to kind of back trump's administration into a corner here? i think so. my only difference with michael on russia is that i'm less certain that he would have imposed sanctions without great resistance. look, we may see this play out any way with congress trying to go further and trump, i think, being cool with not openly hostile to that. yes, i think on israel it is the same thing. i think the obama administration obviously recognizes they have very limited leverage at this point with either the netanyahu government and israel or the trump administration and that trump is going to be much more differential to netanyahu than obama has been, essentially accepting his vision of what is required for long-term stability
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in the region. and i think we're trying to make as powerful and international statement as they could that israel -- there are risks to israel in going down the road that trump will accept and abet. i think they did all they could before leaving office to try to send that message not only with the vote but with the unprecedentededly pointed speech from john kerry this week as well. >> and i start with michael but i want to finish with ron to try to keep it even. what did you make of the british prime minister coming out and criticizing kerry specifically about the speech he made about the u.s. in general? >> it was striking. britain -- more importantly britain voted for the resolution, you know, along with every other country on the security council, wide range of countries, but, yes, this was i think kind of an example of this astounding intering a numb we are in where countries are talking to the u.s. through stereo. one to the obama administration and the other channel through
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the trump administration. thread that needle supporting the resolution that obama did not block but also criticizing the kerry remarks that trump and netanyahu found so objectionable. >> michael, i would love to hear your thoughts. >> i think ron summed it up well. the bottom line is the israelis and palestinians aren't interested in making peace with each other right now so on some level the rest of us whatever we say is not making that much difference. you know, i actually agree with most of what secretary kerry said in his speech, but i wasn't persuaded the timing or the tactics were all that useful, but on the other hand, i can't blame him either. i'm not sure it's going to matter that much in the end what the british prime minister or the american president says in a situation where the palestinians can't act as a single entity and the israelis don't seem interested in making peace at the moment. i'm a little fatalistic about this issue i'm afraid. >> let's hope for better things in 2017. not that far away. ron brownstein and michael o han
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lan, thank you very much. happy new year to you both. >> happy new year. we want to expand on that conversation there. phil black is live for us in london in a couple minutes as we talk more about the israeli/palestinian conflict and what it is doing to the relationship between america and britain. stay close. ck knocked over a cak onto the shag carpeting... ...and his pants ignited into flames, causing him to stop, drop and roll. luckily jack recently had geico help him with renters insurance. because all his belongings went up in flames. jack got full replacement and now has new pants he ordered from banana republic. visit geico.com and see how affordable renters insurance can be.
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what the prime minister's office has taken exception to were secretary kerry's comments, firstly describing the israeli government as the most extreme in the country's history, one driven by an most right wing driven by an extreme agenda. and also accusing the u.s. administration essentially of going in too hard on this issue of israeli settlements on the west bank. here is part of the statement released by the prime minister's office -- we do not believe the way to negotiate peace is focussing on only one issue. we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally. as you say, this has totally
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taken the u.s. state department by surprise. its statement says we are surprised by the uk prime minister's office statement given that secretary kerry's remarks covered the full range of threats to a two-state solution including terrorism, violence, incitement and settlements were in line with the uk's own long-standing policy and its vote at the united nations last week. the state department there is saying, we don't know where this has come from and especially given we haven't done or said anything that departs in any significant way from what has been long standing british policy. so where has this come from? well, it's been widely interpreted here, i think, as an attempt by prime minister may to ingratiate herself with president-elect trump, perhaps also trying to appease the israeli government as well. now, this could be for purely selfish reasons in the context of britain planning to leave the european union, its relationships outside of the european block have never been
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more important. certainly not in recent history. there is another view that perhaps the british government is simply trying to maintain a close influence on this issue to try and guide both of these parties toward a two-state solution further down the track. chr christi. >> phil, we appreciate it. thank you so up much. moving on, after being free for three years, a kennedy cousin may be heading back to prison for murder. why his lawyer says michael skakel should remain free for good. that's next.
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ththen out of nowhere...crying. third time that day. i wasn't even sad. first the stroke, now this. so we asked my doctor. he told us about pseudobulbar affect, or pba. it's frequent, uncontrollable crying or laughing that doesn't match how you feel. it can happen with certain neurologic conditions like stroke, dementia, or ms.
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a kennedy cousin could be headed back to prison for murder after a connecticut judge overturned an earlier ruling of freedom. >> back in 2002, michael skakel, remember, was convicted of killing a 15-year-old neighbor, martha moxley, doing this back in 1975. skakel is the nephew of ethel and robert kennedy. he was released in 2013 when a judge ordered a new trial under the contention that skakel's lawyer hadn't represented him well. now that ruling has been overturned by a judge who disagreed with it. skakel has always maintained his innocence. his current lawyer sent this statement to cnn -- want to read it to you in full. we have not had time to fully digest the opinion at this juncture, but of course it's a setback. we're going to be dealing with other legal procedures that are available to avail michael of any and all of his constitutional rights. >> and just to remind you, michael skakel was sent to prison more than 20 years after the murder of martha moxley. now while there was plenty of forensic evidence left behind after the gruesome murder, none
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of it linked skakel to the crime. here is randi kaye with part of what the jury saw. >> reporter: one of the first pieces of evidence police find at the scene of martha moxley's murder is part of a stainless steal golf club shaft about a foot long, another smaller fees is also found along with the head of 6 iron, all covered in blood. investigators also find several patches of blood in the area. moxley sustained five to ten blows to the head and at least four stab wounds from the broken golf shaft. >> they hit her so hard that the golf club broke. and then they took the shaft and they stabbed her with it, six or seven times. >> but if michael skakel murdered martha moxley, where is the forensic evidence linking him to the brutal crime. there isn't any. no fingerprints no, footprints, not even his blood is found at the scene. also, there's no trace of
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defense wounds on moxley. this as skakel's defense attorney the day he was arraigned in march 2000. >> there is no scientific evidence or anything that links michael skak toll this crime. this reveals prosecutors relied mainly on the word of witnesses, a challenge because of the more than 20 year gap between the murder and the trial. one witness tells police skakel brought up the murder, telling her he had been drunk at the time and might have committed the murder during a blackout. another witness reports he broke down in tears crying -- i don't know if i did or didn't. i don't know. and finally, a third witness claims skakel admitted murdering moxley with the gulf club when she, quote, did not submit to the advances. the same witness says skakel told him because he was related to ethel kennedy he could get away with murder. >> true tv reports other evidence collected at the scene includes a human hair belonging to a white male. but it doesn't match any of the suspects. the single hair belonging to an
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african-american male found on the blanket used to wrap the body is dismissed as belonging to one of the first officers at the crime scene. and there's this -- a composite sketch of someone witnesses saw in the neighborhood, skakel believes it would have convinced the jury he didn't do it, if only the jury had seen it. his defense attorney never showed it during the trial. the unused sketch is one of the key reasons skakel argued his defense lawyer was incompetent and that he deserves a new trial. at hearing to push for his client's freedom, skakel's new lawyer presented the composite sketch along with a picture of kenneth littleton who worked as a tutor at the skakel home. he had also been questioned at the time of the murder. littleton's lawyer has told reporters he's innocent. robert f. kennedy jr. is skakel's cousin. >> michael was 11 miles away with five eyewitnesses at the time that the murder was committed. he has an airtight alibi.
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>> randi kaye, cnn, new york. well, earlier this morning we spoke with a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor and because she's worked on both sides of the courtroom she was able to give us a look at the next steps for the defense and the state in this case. take a look. >> they've exhausted so many grounds for appeals, but there's so many other legal procedures they could look for. right now what the state is going to want to do is request that the trial court has skakel remanded back to prison and the defense attorneys i would presume would ask the court to let him remain out in the free because he's been out for three years and has presumably complied with all of the requirements that he was given on the condition of being released. so right now it's the question of whether he's going to be remanded back to prison and for how long. in other news breaking overnight, a massive man hunt under way in pennsylvania after
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a state trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty. authorities are searching for this man, jason robeson, he is considered to be armed and dangerous. state trooper was responding to a domestic-related incident when the suspect opened fire. pennsylvania's governor issued a statement saying in part, quote, he will be remembered for his bravery and willingness to serve, unquote. well, he thought it was a simple case of the flu, friends, though, found him dead just a couple of days later. now two ohio parents are on a mission to make sure what happened to kevin does not happen you. their story is next. t to pop a f "mmm fresh" in that washer with unstopables in-wash scent boosters by downy. because this scent lasts up to 12 weeks, which is longer than any relationship i've ever been in. freshness for weeks! up here, you can see it all. ♪ literally. like the game. and the next county over. and the curvature of the earth. but to those in section 532 we say "we get it" and like you courtyard is all about the game.
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a young man in ohio thought he had just had the flu, but it was actually something far worse. >> the fatigue and the stomach pains were a sign that his body was literally shutting down. in all transparency, this was my cousin. he was my cousin, and he had no idea what was happening was actually killing him.
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>> he just said, kevin died. i just screamed and couldn't believe it. >> it was christmas 2013. dan and judy didn't realize it burks they just spent their very last hol iday with their son, kevin. what made it worse, they just arrived in florida and were hundreds of miles away when they checked their phone. >> there were all these text messages and voice mess js from our all of our children, all of our kids that just said, call us, call us. >> they tried desperately to get home, but it took three days. >> it was a horrible snowy, deep frigid winter and we couldn't get a flight out because the previous days everything in and out of new york, cleveland, the whole northeast was all cancelled. >> reporter: when they finally got home, kevin's death still felt like a mystery.
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>> when he they said he died of quito acidosis and i said -- what? >> he said, i have no explanation for that other than he was noncompliant, that he wasn't taking his medication. >> reporter: you see, kevin had diabetes but judy said he was faithful about taking his medication. the news made no sense to his big sister amy either. everyday she says she feels a part of her that died with him. >> we were just so much alike. everybody says that if they didn't know better they would think we were twins. he -- my soul mate. he's my other half. he's -- he got it. we got each other. >> reporter: she remembers kevin, the runner, the kid who loved to fish. >> he would walk down to the end of our street without a pole and come back with, you know, four or five fish, caught them all by hand. >> reporter: the truth that's so hard to reconcile is that when
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kevin got sick that day, he had no idea his body's organs were shutting down. no idea he was dying. >> that's the devastating part is that he thought he was coming down with a stomach virus because he had cramps and he was vomiting. and he was at work. and of course he can't be a bar manager and have this condition. they said, you need to go home. so he went home thinking that he had a stomach virus and i didn't know the symptoms of quito acidosis, but i do know. >> reporter: why husband his body shutting down? his family learned he had run out of insulin but it was the middle of holiday season. his calls to the doctor's office wasn't returned and when he went to get more of the drug he needed to survive, he was denied. >> i'm going absolutely insane.
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how can my son or anybody be standing in front of a pharmacy and be turned away -- >> reporter: that's where dan and judy's mission to take on the system and save other people is just getting started. there's more to this story that affects anyone who depends on life-sustaining drugs, such as insulin. so next, what they discovered that could have saved kevin's life, that could save other people's lives and how they took action to get legislatures in ohio to listen all the way to governor kasich's office. ere... third time that day. i wasn't even sad. first the stroke, now this. so we asked my doctor. he told us about pseudobulbar affect, or pba. it's frequent, uncontrollable crying or laughing that doesn't match how you feel. it can happen with certain neurologic conditions like stroke, dementia, or ms. he prescribed nuedexta, the only fda-approved treatment for pba. tell your doctor about medicines you take.
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47 minutes past the hour right now. before the break, we introduced you to the family who lost their son kevin because he could not get a refill of his life-saving diabetes drugs. well, after he died, they knew that they couldn't let any other family go through what they were going through. so they took action. >> kevin did not want to die. kevin took care of himself. >> kevin, a son, a brother, a diabetic died because he ran out of insulin and in the midst of the holiday season couldn't get
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through to his doctor to fill his prescription one more time. >> and it's not just insulin, it affects other people with other diseases also. so, we did some investigating and found ohio law as it was at the time was in an emergency situation pharmacists could give 72-hour emergency prescription, up to 72 hours. problem being is that insulin is not packaged in that small of quantity. >> how can this be? how can someone be on a life-sustaining drug and be turned away? >> reporter: and with that question, their mission dubbed howdy's law was born. it's a proposal to secure that anyone suffering from diabetes would be able to get an emergency supply of insulin from a pharmacy if their doctor couldn't be reached. they worked feverishly, got connected to senator dave burke, a pharmacist, who ironically already had this problem on his
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mind. >> this had to go broader. >> reporter: their local tv station in cleveland aired kevin's story and seemingly overnight the bureaucratic wheels started turning faster. >> the next day we were getting phone calls from columbus, mostly pharmacy lobbyists that wanted to know more and the law got fast tracked, we think, from that point. it only took 14 months to get it past. >> reporter: when they gave their personal testimony to the legislature in columbus, they knew kevin's story was going to save lives. >> the whole legislation was leaning forward listening on every word. >> reporter: they credit senator burke and then newly-elected representative nathan manning with putting their urgency into physical motion. >> on this bill, he called every other representative personally to garner support to get this passed. >> he was a tiger. and he pushed. >> judy says it was a sign from
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heaven. the day govern john kasich who was on the campaign trail took a moment to sign the bill into law. >> that was december 22nd. kevin was born on 2-22. kevin was the there's still so much more that needs to be done. >> their new mission? to make sure a diabetes test is included in every child's west visit to the doctor. it's a simple test that can keep your child healthy and alive. >> diabetes is an epidemic, the numbers support it. and it's not being treated as an epidemic. it needs to be. >> this is what they hope will be kevin's legacy and they hope somehow he's proud of what they're doing. what do you think he would say to you? >> keep making memories, keep living my life and he's always with me. and he'll be my guardian angel
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until it's time to meet again. >> now, the law is prompting other states to look at the law as well. florida passed their version last spring. pennsylvania submitted act 1409. for more information, go to the family's facebook page in memory of kevin howdy. well, it was supposed to be rhonda rousey's big comeback fight. her dreams of winning back her ufc title were over in less than a minute. andy scholes will have the highlights next. it's that splenda naturals gal, isn't it? coffee: look, she's sweet, she's got natural stevia, no bitter aftertaste, and zero calories. all the partners agree? even iced tea? especially iced tea. goodbye, sugar. hello, new splenda naturals.
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well, it was rhonda rousey's ufc comeback. and did not go anywhere near as well -- >> want quite a come back. is come back the right term? >> there's a lot of terms. >> i feel for her. >> low on the list. >> andy scholes. >> she came back. then she went again. >> i feel for her. because she didn't take the last loss well. >> it had been a year since last november when she lost that she
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was away from the octagon. and after last night's performance, we may never see ronda rousey in a ufc fight again. she once again did not speak to the media at all. she spent her time preparing the fight. she got pommeled. the ref had to jump in and stop the fight after 48 seconds. rousey was guaranteed $3 million for this fight compared to $200,000. for rousey, she made 6$63,000 t get punched in the face. she did not speak to the media after the fight. he said he doesn't know if rousey will ever fight again. college football playoffs are here. top four teams will square off later today. alabama going to be taking on washington in the peach bowl. undefeated crimson tide have won four of the last seven title
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games. bama two touchdown favorite over the huskies. nick saban isn't looking past the pac 12 champs. >> well, i think that this is by far the best all around team we've played all year long. they score 44 1/2 points on offense. they have a good quarterback, they have good receivers. they have lots of speed. they make a lot of explosive plays. >> all right. the other playoff game, number two clemson against third ranked ohio state in the fiesta bowl. this is one of the most anticipated bowl games. clemson with their explosive offense. they'll face ohio state's ferocious defense. both sides hungry for a shot to play for the national title. >> it's a bowl game, so you want to have fun. at the same time it's a business trip. you want to get yourself to the national championship. whenever it gets to that crunch time, you know, the details and
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the little things really come in handy. >> that's why you come to ohio state it's win championships and play for championships. so it's just another great honor to be a part of the playoff. it's going to be fun to take another swing at it with my teammates. >> all right. peach bowl kicks off 3:00 eastern. you've got the feaeiesta bowl a 7:00. you have louisiana taking on louisville, that kicks off at 11:00 a.m. eastern, citrus bowl. i always love new year's eve and new year's day. >> one of his favorite. happy new year to you. all right. new year's celebrations around the world. we going to tokyo here? is that what we heard? apple is kicking off a special project but take a look at what's going on at tokyo right now.
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>> we'll keep watching. apple is kicking off a special project, they're deploying more than a dozen photographers for what will be a look at the events around the world. they're capturing with cameras on their iphone 7 s. >> look at that. this was a pretty spectacular marketing tool. >> everywhere else they would have paid a lot of money. these pictures were taken by samma ali. she is one of the many people who have travelled around the world and showed it to us. that's the sydney harbor bridge. moving on, white house phot photographer is sharing his favorites from 2016. ♪
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♪ >> very nice pictures there. lots more news to tell you about this new year's eve. >> next hour of newsroom starts right now. happy new year's eve. hope you're resting up today and this morning if you have to be somewhere tonight for the big celebration at midnight. >> that's right. there is something going on. in fact, let's take a look at what's going on down there in japan, tokyo, actually. as they are now coming into the new year. >> hear them counting down.

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