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their troop lead attacked by the wild animal. how they put their survival skills to the test. lotto fix. the industry insider, convicted in a high-tech scheme to rig the game. the investigation now reaching more than 30 states. is your state on the list? and, gift card confidentiaia thth're one of the most popular liday presents. how you can turn thein for cash, and even make a profit. good evening, thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the presidential race. the democrats facing off in new hampshire, battling one another. hillary clintononrawing the most fire over what s s said about donald trump helping recruit terrorists. cecelia vega in new hampshire tonight. >> reporter: there were three candidates on that stage, and one elephant in that room. >> yes, i apologize.
apologizing for his campaign's breach of hillary clinton's private voter database. two more staffers suspended overnight. >> i very much appreciate that comment, bernie. >> reporter: but this was no love fest. clinton and sanders tangling over everything from wall street -- >> should corporate america love llary clinton? >> everybody should. >> will corporate america love a president sanders? >> no, i think they won't. they ain't going to like me. and wall street is going to like me even less. >> reporter: to gun control. >> arming more people, i think, is not the appropriate response to terrorism. >> it's a country in which people c cose to buy guns. that's the right of people. we have got totoring together the vava majority of the peoeoe who do in fact believe in sensible gun safety regulations. >> reporter: but they were united, tag-teaming against former maryland governor
polls. >> the flip-flopping political approach of washington that both of my two colleagues on the stage have represented for the last 40 years -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa. let's calm down a little bit, martin. >> yeah, let's tell the truth, martin. >> reporter: and against the front-runner across the aisle, donald trump. perhaps the even bigger elephant in the room. >> and somebody like trump comes along, and says, i know all the answers. >> they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. >> reporter: her campaign later unable to prove such video exists. clinton delivering a few laughs too. a late arrival back to the podidi during a commercial turned bathroom break. >> sorry. >> reporter: and perhaps the mostemorable line of the night. >> and may the force be with you.
well after the end of the debate. both the clinton and the sanders teams claiming victory. now both sides heading to iowa this week, tom. those all-important caucuses just six weeks away. >> theheountdown on is on. and the accusation that donald trump's words are recruiting terrorists set him off. here's devin dwyer. reporter: at the democrats' debate, only one republican candidate was mentioned by name. >> donald trump. >> donald trump. >> reporter: this morning on abc's "this week," donald trump fired back, taking on hillary clinton's explosive allegation that trump is showing up in isis recruitment videos. >> knowing the clintons and knowing hillary, but there's no -- there's nobody -- she just made it up. i mean, she made it up. it was a sound bite. >> reporter: after the clinton campaign couldn't provide hard evidence of videos, a top clinton adviser, pressed by george stephanopoulos, tried to
>> she didn't have a particular video many video in mind, but he's being used in social media. >> reporter: it wasnsn the only clininn moment last night that made waves. >> we now finally are where e need to be. we have a strategy and a commitment to go after isis. >> reporter: jeb bush overnight turning her comment into a campaign attack video. >> america has had enough of empty words of declarations detached from reality. >> reporter: as the struggling candidate al lashed out at the gop frontrunner. >> i have to get this off my chest. donald trump is a jerk. >> reporter: trump seems happy to have friends elsewhere. >> if putin wants to call me brilliant and other things that he said which were, frankly, very nice, i'll accept that. >> reporter: meanwhile, his rivals marco rubio and ted cruz are now in an all-out brawl over immigration. >> i oppose amnesty. i oppopo citizenship. i oppose legalization. period. the end. >> the fact of the matter is that on multiple issues, he's changed his position multiple times. >> reporter: it's a battle for second place as trump heads into
the next debate, mid-january. tom? >> thank you. we turn next to the scare onboard a flight to paris. forced down in africa, after a passenger apparently found this. it looks like a bomb hidden behind a bathroom mirror. terry moran from london tonight. >> reporter: this morning, the stranded air france plane sat in kenya, a sign of how successful this hoax was. a boeing 777 carrying 473 passengers and crew, en route to paris. a passenger discovered a suspicious object, there was no panic. >> something wrong in the toilet. >> reporter: according to kenyan media, this is it.
with a timer on top. and passengers were evacuated with emergency slides. six detained for questioning. but it was quickly determined to be a false alarm. it was just cardboard paper and a clock. u.s. government analysis of the device concluded it was obviously meant to look like a bomb. >> perhaps this was a test run, looking to find weak spots in a security system. >> reporter: air france has been the target of four bomb alerts in the past 15 days. after the paris attacks, the french are on edge. and whoever this hoaxer is clearly knew it. >> thank you. back to the california, the family of the san bernardino killers returning to their town home.
where the attacks were plotted. loading their possessions into a "u"-haul truck. and the attack in california putting people on-edge all across the country. so, when gunfire rang across a crowded mall, shoppers ran for their lives. phillip mena has the story. >> reporter: fear and chaos at this madison, wisconsin, mall. on saturday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. gunfire sending holiday shoppers running for cover as police rushed to the scene. >> there is possibly reported one or two shots fired. there were 10 to 15 people fighting. >> reporter: brian haigh was working at the mall when a brawl broke out on saturday. >> i saw a lot of people panicking and running. they thought it was a big bang, but then they saw, it was some guy shot. >> reporter: he pulled out his cell phone and captured another worker helping a young man on the ground who had been shot. the 19-year-old was sent to the hospital with a leg wound. >> you come here to go shopping for christmas, and then guns
it's just ridiculous. >> reporter: many shoppers fearing the worst. the mall going into lockdown for more than three hours. >> this has nothing to do with a mass shooting. there's no link to terrorism. >> reporter: but that's exactly what tactical teams here in madison train for, once a month. like so many departments across the country, long before that deadly attack in san bernardino. police here are still investigating this weekend's shooting. but the mall is now back open for what will be a very busy week here for holiday shopping. tom? >> thank you. and a deadly accident involving a greyhound bus. a woman was killed, a man injured. more than a dozen bus passengers were also hurt. a boy scout troop leader is recovering after being attacked
first responders found him deep in the woods and flew him out. gloria riviera joins us with the latest details. >> reporter: it was here that a sunday adventure for a troop leader and three scouts turned to a close call. a desperate rescue mission in these northern new jersey woods. >> we have a gentleman in the cave with the bear. he has been injured by the bear. >> reporter: a police chopper circling overhead spots a possible distress sign. >> they also have started a fire possibly for a smoke signal. >> reporter: the victim, a boy scout troop leader, yelling for help. >> he is bleeding from his neck, his arm, and his head. >> reporter: rescuers are able to reach the man, whisking him and the three boy scouts to safety. >> we got the kids that were walking. >> reporter: that troop leader taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. it's the second attack in this area in just over a year.
from here. the surging bear population and close encounters like this one, outside an elementary school, prompting controversial hunts from new jersey to florida. the local mayor says the attack happened when the group was ex exploreing a cave. and the kids called 911. and the eastern part of the country, shoveling out up to three feet. and shivering in the cold. and rob marciano, the cold will not stick around for some? >> 15 to 30 degrees above average, numerous records will fall. 74 in atlanta.
and high wind warnings from medford to seattle. and a lot of snow, landslides possible. and that will slide to wednesday and thursday, snow in the mountains, and some heavy rain. >> that forecast good news for more than 100 million people expected to hit the road this season. and more good news, gasbuddy.com reporting that the average of gas has fallen below $2. and it's a season of giving, and a good chance you will get a gift card. tonight, the secrets to turning it into cash, or even making a profit. here's linzie janis. >> reporter: it's the present that almost everyone gets, the gift card. >> i love receiving gift cards.
loaded on to them this year. they can be used to purchase anything from a meal to clothing. one company even allowing you to give the gift of stock in major corporations. but what if the card you get doesn't suit you? >> probably re-gift it. >> reporter: you may not know you can turn it into cash. websites like raise.com and giftcards.com will buy your unwanted gift cards and give you cash, though usually not for the entire amount. >> that sounds like a fantastic idea. >> reporter: and some malls and grocery stores have machines like this one, making that swap for cash even easier. whether you keep your card or trade it in, consumer expert lauren lyons cole says do it soon. >> the gift card won't expire until five years from the date of purchase, so you do have plenty of time to use it, but you might get hit with an activity fee, or you might lose the gift card. >> reporter: in fact, so many of us misplace or waste gift cards. according to one study, $750 million went unredeemed
and tom, that's why our experts says the most popular gift card out there is a bank gift card. it's like a prepaid credit card, and can be used almost anywhere. tom? >> thank you. still ahead, a lotto fixing scam widening. started with just a few states, now more than 30. were the games fixed in your state? why investigators believe more jackpots may have been rigged. and later, when drones land in trouble, the government may be able to hunt the owners down. those stories, coming up. why pause to take a pill? or stop to find a bathroom? cialis for daily use is approved to treat both erectile dysfunction and the urinary symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently, day or night. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines,
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now, it's believed it extended to dozens of states. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: it's the lottery scam prosecutors say took a game of chance, and removed the "chance." >> if you match all five numbers and the hot ball, you win the jackpot. >> reporter: eddie tipton, a former security director at the multistate lottery association, is accused of hacking computers so they'd pick his winning numbers. prosecutors say tipton asked people he knew, including his brother, to help collect jackpots in colorado, wisconsin and oklahoma. >> those three together totaled about $8 million. >> reporter: investigators say they're now scrutinizing games in as many as 37 states and territories. >> we're looking into any associated with eddie tipton across the country. >> reporter: in september, tipton was convicted of scamming the iowa lottery. prosecutors say this surveillance video shows him in disguise buying a ticket that won $16.5 million. >> we, the jury, find the defendant, edward tipton, guilty of fraud.
appealing. but he still faces trial in iowa his attorney says, "there has been no evidence that mr. tipton did anything to tamper with any of the computers in question." in the meantime, lottery officials are beefing up security -- >> each of us have a unique six-digit code to get inside this room. >> reporter: -- to convince the public games worth $20 billion in state revenue can be trusted. >> if people don't trust the honesty of the system, the participation in the lottery is going to dwindle and be jeopardized. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> thank you. when we come back, out of control. a wild scene in the middle of the night. how this truck ended up parked in one man's yard. wait until you see what the driver did next.
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finally tonight, capturing the perfect picture on santa's lap, parents know it's not easy, especially when the kid has autism. but one santa has come up with the perfect gift. here's john donvan. >> reporter: santa with the family. the photo, easier said then done, but especially when the kids have autism. which is why some parents usually don't even try. like mom stephanie mullen. >> i wasn't planning on doing pictures with santa at all this year because it's just too hard. >> reporter: and kristin fairfax.
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