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oprah: with jane fonda here, we just had to pull out an old favorite of ours. we put up a picture of a co-star--i can only do this with famous people like yourself--and you say the first thing that comes to your mind, ok? don't even think about it a lot. >> all right? oprah: ok? first picture. there we go. >> sexy. [laughter] oprah: ok. next picture. >> brilliant. oprah: yes. brilliant. brilliant. >> she did her first movie with me. "julia"--she was in "julia." you wouldn't have recognized her. oprah: really? >> oh. oprah: all right. next. >> laughing. laughing. if you spend a day with dolly--if you come to the end of the day and you haven't the kind of laugh that makes you cross your legs... oprah: yes? >> she makes sure it happens. oprah: ok, next. >> jennifer? smart--street smart. oprah: street smart? >> yeah.
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oprah: next. >> who's that? oh, lindsay. sad. oprah: sad? >> mm-hmm. oprah: and... >> integrity. oprah: integrity? >> yeah. my dad, mm-hmm. oprah: integrity. i have to ask you this question because when we did this interview 10 years ago for "o" magazine, you said something i never forgot. you said, "to do life right, you have to feel like you're growing up until the day you die." do you still feel that way? >> absolutely. you know, you commented earlier i have a lot of energy. you know why? because i'm curious. i learn every day. every day. and if you keep learning and stay curious and try to be more interested than interesting--who cares if you're interest--stay interested, and love people. so i intend to get to the end of my life with this sort of like, "oh. i get it," at the very end. you know, i want to keep learning. there's so much to learn. oprah: yeah. as i did from your biography. as i say, your memoir, beautifully done. jane
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fonda. >> and i do from your show. oprah: well, thank you. "my life so far," jane fonda, everybody. good-bye, and thank you. >> thank you. oprah: what a beautiful hour. thank you. [captioning made possible by king world] [captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--]
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we might be working this morning but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun here on the day before christmas. >> to do that, we are going to get into the christmas spirit with some music. joining us now is the amazing antoinette montague as she sings "christmas time is here." ♪ ♪ christmas time is here happiness and cheer ♪ ♪ fun for all the children call their favorite time of year ♪
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♪ snowflakes in the air, beauty everywhere ♪ ♪ olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share ♪ ♪ snowflakes in the air, beauty everywhere ♪ ♪ yuletide by the fireside and lots of joy there ♪ ♪ christmas time is here, we'll be drawing near ♪ ♪ all that we could always be carried through the year ♪
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♪ sleigh bells in the air, beauty everywhere ♪ ♪ yule tide by the fireside and joyful memories there ♪ ♪ christmas time is here, we'll be drawing near ♪ ♪ oh that we should always be the spirit through the year ♪ ♪ oh that we should always be the spirit through the year ♪ ♪ christmas time is here >> that is great.
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gets you right into the spirit if you like that should everybody should, antoinettemontague.com. you can buy some of the more amazing music we just heard right there. >> the name of the cd is "behind the smile." i have to say i spent a lot of time with annanette. she's not only gorgeous, she's one of the nicest ladies ever. antoinette, thank you so much for coming and sharing your beautiful voice with us. coming up, quite a christmas concert and who may have gotten into the holiday spirit. >> and the member of the osbourne family who was the victim of a hacker next on "the skinny." it's that time of year when
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celebrities and us mere mortals send out holiday cards. and kesha has done something very interesting. she decided the holiday card was too boring so she went with something she posted on youtube. we're going to show you it. you're immediately going to recognize this song. take a listen.
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♪ have yourself a merry little christmas, let your heart be light ♪ >> apparently one she can sing without auto tune which is some of most of us didn't realize. >> that's yet to be argued. >> the reason everyone's talking about that and calling this the fruitcake for the strangest holiday message is you can see someone behind her. and it's basically someone who appears highly intoxicated. we cut it out but in the next scene in this video they drop their pants and actually urinate. >> oh, right. >> and not only is she using this on her website, she also -- people are now speculating, what is the point she's trying to get across? is she saying that she is urinating on the consumers and the holidays? is she upset about the state of politics in russia? my favorite line of this article, this is a quote, likely, however, it's just kesha trying to be strange since the uniqueness of her annoyingly spelt name is now wearing off.
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not my words but one of the weirdest holiday cards. jennifer lopez has just been named the global ambassador for loreal. the beauty care product line. she shot this new video we're getting a teaser for, a behind the scenes look at j. lo, slimmed down, curvacious as ever and talented as ever. >> slimmed down or curvacious, which is it? >> you can be both and j. lo proves that she has all the talent to be the global ambassador. so this is -- i guess the video's coming up but this is a teaser of her in the latex. so how about that. >> i know you wanted to have that. a lot of us are talking about this commemorative coin. i'm sure you've seen this by now. it's the wedding coin for prince william and kate middleton. take a look at and it you'll see why a lot of people are talking about it. he kind of looks like him. but she decidedly doesn't. and the uk papers have just been going crazy. they say middleton looks masculine, her upper lip has been plumped beyond recognition.
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they also say she looks plumper. the criticism for him, elvis hair. that his adam's apple matches the size of his nose. poor kate, this was apparently approved by william. >> oh my gosh. >> but she may not have had the opportunity to say, that looks exactly like me. >> it's almost like you go to those antique shops and you can platen out a penny. that seems like what happened there. i feel bad for her, she's a pretty lady. >> she is gorgeous. he doesn't look that great in that either so i'm sure neither of them were too happy. >> doesn't make much sense. i don't know. kelly osbourne had her twitter account hacked and she wasn't happy about it. the good thing for her and police is the guy who hacked her account sent all the information to his own e-mail address so police were able to track him down and find out who exactly hacked her twitter account. here again one of the dumbest criminals ever. >> can i just say she looks amazing. >> yes, she does, she's lost a lot of weight.
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>> good for you kelly osbourne. >> back on the scene and doing it up. if your racing thoughts keep you awake...
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. finally on christmas eve there are many kids out there with sugarplums dancing in their heads. >> that's not the only thing people are thinking about this holiday. yahoo! trend expert pamela woon has a list and she checked it twice of what we're searching for online this christmas. looking good, pamela. >> good morning and good tidings we bring to you. i wore my purple santa coat just for you guys. you know that second verse in "we wish you a merry christmas." it kind of goes like -- ♪ oh bring us a figgy pudding, oh bring us a figgy pudding and
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a cup of good cheer." that must be some pretty good pudding but what the heck is it? yahoo! users not only want to know what it is, they want to know how to make it. now searches for the ingredients are up nearly 700% right now. problem is, there are literally hundreds of figgy pudding recipes handed down since the 15th century. and you've never heard of it, it's a lot like a carrot cake blended with custard with figs mixed in. very traditional english dessert. even bob cratchit had figgy pudding at his table in "a christmas carol." now, the secret is in how it's cooked. it's cooked slowly and evenly for hours. if pudding isn't your thing how about cookies? people are combing the internet for the best christmas cookies. we found a list of the top 25 christmas cookie recipes at christmas-cookies.com. number one is the original fantasy fudge found on the back of those kraft marshmallow creme
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jars. the recipe on the jar has since changed but you can still get the original one at christmas-cookies.com. for the 55th year in a row, norad will be tracking santa tonight. the north american aerospace defense command will have minute by minute updates. you can follow his progress at noradsanta.org. it all started in 1955 with a bad phone number. so sears ran an ad to call santa. but they put the wrong number in the newspaper. so the number turned out to be a defense hotline that was only supposed to be used if the russians were attacking. can you imagine? the u.s. air force colonel answering that phone to hear a little voice say, "is this santa claus?" from all of us here at yahoo!, we wish you a merry christmas. and lots of figgy pudding. have a good one, guys. >> thank you, pamela. and we love the suit. that is the news for this half
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muddy mess in southern california. >> i thought we were going to die. >> their tremendous damage and the christmas cleanup. embassy explosions. terror targets in rome. the holiday scare and concerns about a serious attack. and, hawaii hiatus. the president's getaway and the disappointment at the beach. it's friday, december 24th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and so the pre has a busy week in washington. heads off and looking for the sunshine and the forecast doesn't look great.
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>> maybe he can get some rest, even though it may be damp. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm mike marusarz. rob nelson is off this morning. >> three more california counties are now under states of emergency because of flooding and mud slide damage. >> the final cost could top $100 million. in highland, california, five homes were lost and 70 others were damaged. mike von fremd reports. >> reporter: after a week of torrential rains, biblical flooding and not just mud slides. inland, no place was hit harder than here in highland where the storm creek burst and people couldn't open their doors. >> we stepped out of the window into the water and the water went up to here. >> reporter: that sounds horrifying. >> it was. i thought we were going to die. >> shh -- just get your stuff and get out.
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>> reporter: tell me the thing that you lost that hurts the most. >> high home. i've been here 37 years and i've paid for my house. >> reporter: many do not know if they're allowed to rebuild. in fact when this family came home to salvage their christmas presents, officials had tough news. >> this is evac. stay out of your homes. the sheriffs are coming. >> reporter: people are trying to dig out the trapped vehicles but it will take time to see if they're salvageable. the bottom line, people escaped with the clothes on your back and say they're grateful. >> this is going to be a pretty tough christmas. >> yeah, it can be replaced. >> you've got a strong attitude. >> it will be okay. >> reporter: officials say it's too soon to determine just how much monetary damage this storm has done. unfortunately, there's another pacific storm on wait. mike von fremd, abc news,
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highland, california. and another condition is south dakota. several vehicles were involved thankfully no one was injured. and the winter sweth helping people in flagstaff, arizona, get in the wintry mood. a half foot of snow fell on the northern areas of the states. temperatures should be in the upper 40s the next few days so a white christmas here is pretty likepy. >> but it could be a white christmas in atlanta. for the first time in 100 years. >> and the snow is already falling in the middle of the country. accuweather's amy aaronson has today's travel outlook. >> thank you, vinita and mike. it is going to be a white christmas eve in parts of the midwest from chicago down through st. louis. we are looking at some light snowfall there. certainly cause something travel concerns, especially along interstates 35 and 65. icy conditions to the south of i-70. and a rain event for the lone star state.
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the snow and the rain traveling into the southeast by christmas day, snow making a very unusual appearance in cities like atlanta, charlotte, and also raleigh. now back to you, vinita and mike. >> all right, thanks amy. now for the rest of your christmas eve weather. this evening, snow hits indianapolis, cincinnati and nashville. heavy rain and flooding from dallas to shreveport and little rock. in the pacific northwest, showers from seattle to portland. >> it's 56 in sacramento. 40s in salt lake city, boise and billings. 26 in minneapolis. 36 in kansas city. and 48 in dallas. mid-30s in boston, new york and baltimore. and just 50 in atlanta. miami is 71 degrees. of course they're still even empty, you may want to leave your thermos at home. the terrorists may hide explosive in those insulated beverage container. while it's considered a potential terror tactic, there's no specific threat. screeners will be closely
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inspecting lug amp. passengers on trains could notice extra holiday security. federal agents and law enforcement has been in presence in major cities, including atlanta. they say there was no specific threat just to improve safety. italian police believe the two bombings in rome were likely the act of anarchists. >> reporter: the first bomb scloded around noon. an employee opening a small package about the size of a cassette. the second bomb, a couple lauers later, a similar package, this time, the chilean industry. the only person injured, a mail room worker opening it. no specific packages were found in rome. bombings are similars to others across europe. last month in greece, crude bombs were send to the russian,
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spis, bulgarian and chilean embassies. but these bombs come for specific times for authorities here, like the u.s., they're on high alert concerned about attacks on busy holiday streets. this week, british police arrested 12 men suspected of planning a major attack. and earlier this month, two simultaneous explosions rocked downtown sweden. a car bomb and suicide bomber. only the bomber was killed but two people injured. a lucky break. with cities on high alert, officials are counting on any account to thwart any high-scale attacks. if travel delays upset. be glad you're not waiting for a train in argentina.
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we've now learned that toyota has paid a southern california family $10 million after a deadly accident in a runaway lexus. a passenger called 911 just before last year's deadly crash. he told police the accelerator was stuck and the car was going 120 miles an hour. the accident thrown a series of rerecalls. a traffic nightmare in oregon was caught on tape. the second trailer flipped over, it was making a turn in medford, crushing a pickup truck that stopped for a red light. the pickup truck's driver was trapped for several hours and seriously injured. another surveillance camera shows a dramatic rescue, a pickup truck exploded after a crash. a rookie police officer in
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cornath, texas, ran over and dragged the man out and dragged him to safety away from the truck. britain's queen elizabeth are praising people who participate in sports. such activities help build communities and develop social skills. the christmas message will show her grandsons playing soccer with orphans in africa. president obama is asking for privacy over public events during his vacation in hawaii. >> as he spends time there with his family there was trouble not far away from where the obamas are staying. sunlen miller is in honolulu. good morning, sunlen. >> reporter: good morning, mike and vinita. security was heightened here last night when a high-speed chase came close to the obamas' beachfront rental home in hawaii. a suspect was avoiding arrest for outstanding parking tickets. he went through security perimeters in the obamas'
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neighborhood. now the president was not nearby. he was playing golf far away from the house. he was never in any danger but it was just one more hit in an already bumpy vacation. the president arrives here late, flying out of washington just moments after congress wrapped up. immediately after, he was put in hawaiian mood. a lei for the hometown boy. while the president may visit the beaches, the clear blue waters are anything but. the water's more brown than blue. bad storms brought in debris and sewer pipes overflowed. warning signs are up. not one for warnings, apparently bo obama, the first family dog who happily romped in the water and enjoyed his first visit to the island. just in case the beaches don't clear up, the president brought some books to read. ronald reagan's biography. but the white house says it's still very much a working vacation for president obama. he'll receive his intelligence briefing each morning and then has some time with the first family. far away from the oval office. mike and vinita? history buffs in mississippi are getting close and personal,
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up close and personal with one old world american. >> they are taking a trip back in time, going across the state in a caravan of covered wagons. about two dozen riders including children headed out on a five-day, 100-mile journey. wow, how do you shower. they travel by day and set up camp each night. >> you had to go to the showers, huh? look at them out there on the road. travel riders say it's like a hobby, and they do it to get away from the hustle abdomen bustle of everyday life. >> one of the drivers said i just do it to get away from my wife. >> that's terrible, right. we talked about that old game, the oregon trail that's been around for years and year, you play that game. do you do well with that? >> i never do, no. i like to think that these people have the add center of vacuum-sealed food on their side, too. we'll be right back.
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as with all medicare supplement plans, you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts # medicare, call this toll-free number now. all right, check out this time lapse from the frozen tundra of green bay's lambeau field. to help ready the stadium for sunday's game. the packers fans even got shovels and started digging. 450 of them. they got paid eight bucks an hour to do so. kind of a tradition there. game time temperature on sunday could be as low as 11 degrees. >> tradition, for $8 i wouldn't do it. you see that stadium getting ready can only be one thing. it's time for everyone's favorite friday segment. >> that's right, vinita, you are correct. it's time for the weekly nfl predictions so let's get right to it.
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>> as i told you monday night, it's tight again at the top. jack and willis tied for the lead. >> yeah, boy, yeah big dog is back! >> rob and i also tied, followed by diane. >> willis is here today. >> in case you missed that. >> it's jack and willis at 29-15. vinita, you and rob are two games back. and diane, it still ain't looking good. >> it never takes much to mount a comeback, though. there are big games in the nfl. and we are dealing with them. firstly in the nfc west, san francisco at st. louis. jets visiting bears. >> colts taking on the raiders. and the giants will be in green bay as we talked about. >> jack said he struggled but ultimately decided on st. louis, the bears, the colts and the giants. >> there will be a clear leader after sunday because willis is going with rams, jets, indianapolis and, of course, his giants. >> rob gave us his picks. rams, chicago, indianapolis, and willis' saints. and there's no doubt in my mind about any of these. i'm sticking with the home side. st. louis, chicago, the raiders and green bay. >> diane makes it a clean sweep.
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she's also taking st. louis along with the jets, indianapolis and the giants. >> of course, week 16 in the nfl is already under way. the steelers shook off last sunday's loss to the jets with a 27-3 victory over north carolina. ouch. >> the league is offering up something of a christmas present. the cowboys visit the cardinals tomorrow night. >> i can't wait to tell rob all about it. when the falcons beat the saints next monday morning. we'll have the highlights and the new standings. so check it out then. >> here's my kansas city chiefs, afc west-leading chiefs. in honor of christmas, go, chiefs. when we return, some holiday music to keep you in the mood. >> joyful sounds on this christmas eve. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ as you can see here, even though we're working we are in full christmas spirit here at "world news now." >> to keep the fun rolling it's time for some christmas music. not from vinita and i, that would just sound awful. we're treating you with something more amazing. antoinette montague. she sings "let the joy bells ring." ♪ ♪ the holidays come to us but once a year ♪ ♪ sometimes it's really hard to be of good cheer ♪ ♪ but be encouraged and glad tidings unto you ♪ ♪ not just at this time but the
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whole year through ♪ ♪ clap your hands and sing ♪ and let them joy bells ring ♪ oh, let the joy bells ring, let those sleigh bells ring ♪ ♪ jingle bells ring, ring ♪ oh let the joy bells ring ♪ let the joy bells ring, ring all year long ♪ ♪ the holidays come to us but once a year ♪ ♪ it's getting harder and harder to be of good cheer ♪ ♪ but be encouraged and glad tidings unto you ♪ ♪ not just at this time but the whole year through ♪ ♪ clap your hands with me and sing and let the joy bells ring ♪ ♪ let the joy bells ring
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♪ let those sleigh bells ring ♪ jingle bells ring, ring ♪ let the joy bells ring ♪ let the joy bells ring, ring all year long ♪ ♪ ♪ let the joy bells ring ♪ ♪ let the joy bells ring ♪ jingle bells ring, ring ♪ let the sleigh bells ring ♪ let the joy bells ring ♪ let the joy bells ring, ring
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all year long, long, long ♪ >> get in the christmas spirit there, some tunes for you. >> very talented antoinette montague. antoinettemontague.com. you can also get that new cd that we've been listening to in the course of the morning. "behind the smile." she kind of put us in the spirit. >> that's right. you're kind of hungry. >> i am. with the roaring fire behind us we thought, marshmallows. >> let's do some more -- on pencils, no less. so, you know. look at that. see, this is nice. >> working on the holiday. >> i'm a little concerned. we need to move the chair next time we do this, it's too close to the fire. fire hazard, stockings.
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> time for your "morning papers." this first story is really interesting. believe it or not it's scientifically sound. the headline is "rudolph gets blitzen on magic mushrooms." apparently, a very well respected guy is out. he wrote an article in "the pharmaceutical journal" and basically says he's realized that reindeer deliberately seek out the mind-bending fungi like mushrooms to get high. he said there's a monotony of dreary, lock winters. these animals are actually more drawn to things like shrooms. >> did he interview the reindeer? >> he didn't, no. there's no quotes in the particular article. he went on to say it might have been man watching animals eat things like this, getting high, and that's how we learned to, or
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those that do learn. it was interesting to me. >> it is interesting, it's very interesting. all right. if you want to give your mailman something for the holidays, according to the federal postal -- the federal ethics standards you cannot give him cash. he can receive gifts up to valued at $20 but he can't receive cash or alcohol. also can't receive gift cards that could be redeemable for cash. >> give him the fruitcake you got. >> fruitcake or a t-shirt or something like that. >> folks, it's time for "polka." and it's a special one from our friend barry mitchell. >> welcome to the house of holidays in ozone park, new york. ♪ classic elves in your front yards, hidden fees on credit cards ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ jack frost nipping at your nose bedbugs nibbling on your toes ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ who's been naughty, who's been nice, santa never speaks ♪
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♪ but if you want to see his list just go to wikileaks ♪ ♪ on the list of who's been mean, number one ♪ charlie sheen that's the christmas polka ♪ what would you like for christmas? >> x-box 360. >> tinkerbell. >> a barbie. >> what would you like for christmas? >> middle-class tax cut. ♪ the children are asleep up there quiet as a mouse ♪ ♪ i hope santa leaves lumps of coal to help us heat the house ♪ ♪ the local news tracks santa's place lake that's not too cliche ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ the tsa will keep us safe from bad guys in the sky ♪ ♪ here's hoping they're not groping santa's junk as he flies by ♪ ♪ democrats and gop, lose the animosity ♪ ♪ and do the christmas polka merry christmas!
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christmas crush. the travel rush by air and by car. and the higher price you'll pay. christmas cash. the changing mood of holiday shoppers. >> it's clearly a different mood than what we saw last year. >> what's driving this retail rebound? and, christmas cinema. from a national lampoon spoof, to a memorable romantic comedy. holiday favorites in "insomniac theater." it's friday, december 24th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> the most iconic christmas movie ever. >> yours or mine? >> both are very, very quality samples this morning. should be fun. people are maybe watching that later on today. you never know. >> we're doing a special edition of "insomniac theater."
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we are so used to doing it on mondays. we thought the holidays are here, why not do something special and show you what we like to watch on the holidays. good morning and thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. millions of people will be hitting the road this morning heading out to the mall or out of town. retailers expect huge crowds as many stores are open around the clock. >> travelers can expect to spend some extra cash as well. t.j. winick reports. >> reporter: hitting the roads for the holidays is proving to be more costly than ever before. for the first time in more than two years, thursday the national average for a regular gallon of gas jumped up over the $3 gallon mark. up over 13% from one year ago, 76% higher than two years ago. >> on a national average basis we have never paid $3 a gallon on christmas eve or on christmas. >> reporter: and yet prices at the pump don't seem to be keeping folks at home. aaa estimates more than 92 million americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this
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holiday. that's over 3% more than last yes, sir. nine of ten will travel by car. almost 3 million will fly. >> i have two daughters here in chicago. i spent a lot of time with. and one in l.a. so every christmas, i go there for about six, seven days. >> reporter: thursday was expected to be the busiest day of the week at chicago's o'hare and midway airports. our system of winter weather making its way east may ensure a white christmas for millions. these indiana residents are heading to cancun, mexico. preferring white sand to white snow. >> we're looking forward to it. we need the vacation. >> we've done it several times before, we love it. it's warm and the people are friendly. and blue skies. >> reporter: experts predict the rise in the price of gas will continue and that drivers could see prices as high as $3.50 a gallon by the spring. t.j. winick, abc news, new york. well, it is beginning to look a lot like christmas in northern arizona. while most of the state has been deluged by rain and even flooding, the same storm dumped half a foot of snow off the
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flagstaff area. so much prettier there. it will probably be gone by tomorrow because the meltdown is in the forecast today. it was hardly a winter wonderland in sioux falls, south dakota. icy and snowy conditions made the commute extra dangerous, causing a chain-reaction accident. several cars were involved. the sheriff says most of the drivers had no idea how slippery the roads had become. expect treacherous roads again today in the dakotas and the upper midwest. >> accuweather's amy aaronson has our travelers forecast. good morning, amy. >> thank you, vinita and mike. we are actually looking at a white christmas eve for parts of the midwest today. the heaviest snow certainly staying right to the south of the twin cities, although we are tracking light snow from chicago through st. louis. that means travel concerns on i-35 and 65 with icy conditions to the south of i-70. now, the snow making an unusual appearance in parts of the south by christmas day. cities like atlanta, charlotte, raleigh and birmingham.
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now back to you, vinita and mike. >> all right, thanks. now to the rest of your christmas eve forecast. snow also moves in later this evening to indianapolis, cincinnati, and nashville. a wintry mix tonight in parts of arkansas and tennessee. heavy rain in houston, shreveport, and little rock. showers in the pacific northwest. >> a wet 50 in seattle. 44 in portland. 67 in phoenix. 16 in fargo. 26 in the twin cities. 32 in chicago. 30s from boston to baltimore. 50 in atlanta. 60 degrees in new orleans. it may take some extra time today to get through airport security checkpoints. tsa agents will now be looking for thermos containers. homeland security is warning of a potential terror tactic involving insulated beverage containers. passengers are warned to expect close inspections even though there's been no specific threat about concealing explosives in thermoses. retailers are having their best year since 2007 and maybe their best year ever. and today could be black friday
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all over again with christmas on a saturday, many shoppers have today off and are heading for the stores. >> there you go. >> reporter: christmas bells are ringing in the form of cash registers. bargain hunters hoping to snag last-minute deals are gifts for retailers trying to get back in the black. according to a new retail survey, shoppers are shelling out $1 billion more this year than last. >> it's clearly a different mood than what we saw last year. there's more energy, it's more exciting, the consumers are certainly more interested in participating in the event. >> reporter: a new commerce department report shows overall, consumer spending rose 0.4% in november. consumer confidence is at its highest level in six months. and check out these malls in florida. hundreds of people lined up to buy the latest michael jordan basketball shoes. >> went through hell. some guy punched me in the face. >> reporter: despite minimal increases in salaries and wages, holiday shoppers seem undeterred.
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>> think i'm spending a little more this year. >> i'm buying funky hats. >> ice skates. >> boots and jeans and i found them both. >> reporter: judging from the packed stores, christmas spirit seems to be higher this year too. and there's also more holiday optimism. the dow jones industrial average closed at a two-year peak before closing for the christmas holiday. but that trend did not continue in overseas trading this morning. >> i was out yesterday and i noticed everyone had shopping bags and i thought, wow. last-minute shopping, good for the receivers. >> retailers like macy's, toys "r" us are open right now. they've been open several hours nonstop for the christmas holidays. >> wait till the show ends, then go. we are sending out happy anniversary wishes this morning to one special couple. >> jack and ella essenberg are celebrating 77 years of wedded bliss. that's right. they got married back in 1933. they say it was love at first sight and it's still love after all these years. >> he is 98, she is 97. they celebrated the special day
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in their shared retirement home. when asked about staying together for 77 years, mr. essenberg said simply, "i just say yes, dear to everything." >> writing that down now, good advice. >> we'll be right back. ♪
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welcome back. we're just getting nice and toasty by the fire. >> it's very nice although i'm a little concerned about the fire hazard and the poinsettias. this time of year there were so many stories about the year in review. how about one for the week of review. time for "quotes of the week." we heard a lot about president obama who wrapped up a hectic political year with big victories. >> there were those who were naughty and those who were nice and there was the weather that was causing chaos in so many places. >> this is hotel heathrow we call it. >> like a tornado in your house. so everything went everywhere. >> what sounds like thunder is a lot of rocks coming down in that creek. >> i had a mud river in my living room all through the
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downstairs. i've got nothing left, nothing. >> if there's any lesson to draw from these past few weeks it's that we are not doomed to endless gridlock. >> this has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new congress. >> think about it. president obama is on fire. he's got the tax cut deal, don't ask, don't tell. yeah. [ applause ] the arms treaty. i'm telling you, this guy could be the most successful one-term president in history. >> you could hear the screaming. i mean, the whole theater could hear it. so -- it was very scary and everyone was really worried about him. >> and uconn has one-upped ucla. >> if this was a men's basketball team we would have had saturation coverage, it would have been all over the news, countdown clocks, grainy retrospectives. it would have been everywhere.
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>> did not touch the woman. i am not willing to risk my job over any patient. ♪ that's why we want one ♪ we only want one just give me so long to 2010 ♪ >> ah, "the duet of regret" from the folks over at jibjab. you got to love that one. >> next week we'll have the quotes of the year, a lot to choose from. >> we were just discussing all the things to choose from, between antoine dobson, the guy from jetblue who slid down the plane and the don't touch my junk guy at tsa and the airport. >> lebron james taking his talents to south beach. so many. we'll see which ones we choose. when we return a "world news now" christmas tradition. >> ride on a santa's storybook trip that's out of this world. that's next. write-along santa book story trip that's out of this world. that's next. sapphire preferredase
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believe it...with chase sapphire preferred your points are worth 25% more on travel when booked through ultimate rewards. well, it is time for a christmas tradition here at "world news now." we recite the story of santa claus and some extra terrestrial little helpers. >> it's a heartwarming story for the whole family on the holidays. here's robert krulwich with the tale of st. nick and space nicks. >> 'twas on earth before christmas on a cool winter's night when a bright shimmering object popped into sight. eight tiny reindeer had landed in cork and pranced before st. nick at the chimney of york. when suddenly in the heavens as quick as a wink, a flying saucer shot by in a great burst of pink. electrons and protons measured the sky as the sound of sleigh bells followed it by. st. nick looked up in wounder and saw a pink pie. when it crash landed he heard a scream sigh.
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sprang from the chimney. looked from the roof to the ground. stuck to its waist with its feet in the air was a strange purple creature with long purple hair. it rumbled and jumbled and spun from its lair. it picked up its hat and landed with care. the stranger wore a cap exactly as he. and had a merry old face full of laughter and glee. who are you, santa said to this stranger so weird. but the creature said words that got stuck in his beard. st. nick wrinkles his brow and shook his head. i can't understand a word you said. the creature turned a knob that was next to his ear and the words that came out were perfectly clear. i'm v-nick from venus and i lost my way when my hat blew off towards the bright milky way. i jumped to retrieve it and tripped on a star. looks like i tumbled from near to afar. santa said with a grin, i'm sorry you went into that awful spin. v-nick crossed his eyes and
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pulled on his ear and held in his hands a large purple sphere. i come from a planet of the same magnitude but it takes 11 hours to cover my brood. i've only half done it and have much to do. how can i travel when i've lost my gazoo? gazoo, said st. nick in surprise. as laughter filled his merry old eyes. gazoo said v-nick as he drew in the snow, a picture of a walrus and eight tiny go. gazoo and gos. gos, what can they be? gos are reindeer from space that go around and around at a very quick pace. they each have ten legs that tickle the air and when you think they are here, they're already there. but my gos are gone and without my gazoo, my oh my what will i do? st. nicholas pulled on his beard and adjusted his sash, thought on the problem and then said in a flash, have no fear for when i am through i'll fly you to venus by reindeer express. i will deliver your toys in much time less. hop into my sleigh and hold on to your hat.
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away, reindeer, onward and upward, how about that. so on that night they started anew. st. nick, v-nick and the reindeer crew. santa told v-nick about the good boys and girls. as v-nick assembled all those wonderful boy toys. st. nick offered candy that v-nick could chew and showed him the cities, the old and the new. when they delivered the last christmas toy st. nick pointed his sled toward the guiding star joy. more rapid than light they sped through the night and passed sputnik and beatnik and eagle in flight. st. nick and v-nick flew into star space and the whole universe smiled like a big happy face. christmas was everywhere that they could see. when they reached venus, santa laughed, could this be? the stars they all glistened and sparkled so bright and lit up the heavens with christmas tree lights. then in a twinkle of the great northern star all the spacenicks came from near and afar.
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there was u-nick and plot-nick. there must have been thousands that popped from the sky. st. nicholas was amazed and astonished to see so many creatures dressed exactly as he. the colors of these spacenicks were grand to behold. some even flashed like sequins of gold. they had sacks of toys all different and gay, and many kinds of games for the children to play. there were moon dolls and boon dolls and hoggles from space and a different kind of candy with an all-around pace. the spacenicks worked quickly in venus' short night and christmas shined wondrously before morning's bright light. v-nick looked out on moon, stars and christmas' grand theme and wondered moreover, is this but a dream? with joy in his heart for this gift so dear, v-nick thanked his new friend, you saved christmas this year. so when they departed and said their good-byes, there were hugs of goodness and tears in their eyes. well, since that time many christmases went by, and santa
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claus saw no more pie in the sky. that is, until fourscore and three years hence when a part of space fell through our ozone fence. the wind and the sea blew all that night. the raging storm was a terrible fright. the north pole blew over and the snow blew deep. all the candies and toys were thrown in a heap. everything was ruined or blown out of sight. nothing good happened and nothing was right. when suddenly a good thought sat on st. nick's head that filled him with hope and nothing to dread. look to the sky, to the heavens above. there are billions of stars that sparkle with love. st. nick looks to the bright milky way and saw a red rocket that looks like a sleigh. from out of the heavens and into the night came thousands of spacenicks via spaceflight. they brought all their toys and their candies delight and delivered the joys of christmas that night.
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when they had finished they flew back to space and st. nick couldn't have had a happier face. he stood at the north pole that christmas night and looked to the sky that sparkled star bright. when out of the stellar pack there suddenly flew a walrus dressed in tuxedo blue. it was v-nick from venus in a world of go light and the spacenicks together who lit up the night, they sang in the heavens in voices of gold as star dust settled in words to behold, merry christmas good earth, have faith and good cheer. merry christmas, good earth, and happy new year. >> isn't that pretty cool? i love that every year. actually, the story was created by bill westerfield who works in the abc graphics department, does graphics for this show and several other shows on abc. >> yeah, he was responsible for all the illustrations you saw in the story. it was co-written. one interesting tidbit, i looked on the website, he says the way he decided to pursue this, he met the guy who wrote "where the wild things are." if you want to be successful you basically just have to work
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if you've just woken up and noticed we're doing "insomniac theater," don't freak out, you haven't slept through christmas. we're just doing a special holiday edition. >> we fired up the fire and so vinita and i wanted to share some of our favorite christmas movies. mine without a doubt is "national lampoon's christmas vacation." a 1989 classic with chevy chase as clark griswald wanting to have a good old-fashioned fun christmas invites the family over. and he receives a fun surprise, hilarious surprise, when cousin eddie shows up. cousin eddie's wife tries to cook the turkey. didn't turn out so well. the hilarity ensues from there. let's listen. >> do you hear it?
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it's a funny squeaky sound. >> you couldn't hear a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerine plant. >> shh! i hear it too. whoa! >> squirrel! it's obviously the outside tree was put inside, there was a squirrel inside. i give it 5 gingerbread mints. 5. i could have given it 15. it was the funniest christmas movie i think of all times. >> that little tidbit makes me want to watch it again, it's been awhile. >> oh, it's great. it's great. >> all right. i wanted to pick "it's a wonderful life" but i know you've all seen that. so i wanted to pick something that i love to watch during holidays. i picked 2003's "love, actually." if you haven't seen this movie, every time i go to the airport during the holidays i always think of it. i'm only going to say that. if you watch it you'll understand.
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it basically follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with their lives and love lives in sort of an interrelated way. this happens in the month before christmas in london. this is at a school talent show where some of the couples sort of converge. >> so, not quite as secret as we hoped. >> what do we do now? >> smile. bow. >> as the name implies this movie is great during the holidays because it really does make you appreciate the people that you love even more. i'm giving it 4 gingerbread men out of the possible 5. only because i feel like 5 has to make me cry and change my life. >> change your life. well, the "christmas vacation" changed my life. so that's why i gave it 5. both good movies, though.
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road trip. driving up the cost of christmas travel. the holiday fuel trend. pilot punished. his video exposed airport security flaws. >> i just saw the whole fallacy of the whole system. >> a whistle-blower in trouble. and, information, please, about figgy pudding and santa's big trip. it's friday, december 24th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> if you're wondering what figgy pudding is, we didn't know either until we watched the piece. so just stick around because it sounds scary, but it's really not. >> yeah, it's cool in a song. i don't know how much it would be in your belly. we'll dive into that in just a bit. good morning, everyone, i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair.
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well, traveling this christmas eve may cost you more than last year. gas prices have topped $3 a gallon for the first time in two years. >> it's especially surprising since gas prices usually drop this time of the year. linsey davis reports from new york. >> reporter: getting to grandma's house for the holidays has never been so expensive. >> on a national average basis we have never paid $3 a gallon on christmas eve or a christmas. >> reporter: according to aaa, the national average for a regular gallon of gas crossed the milestone $3 mark for the first time in more than two years. that's up more than 13% from last december, and 76% higher from december 2008. >> this is the only time we've really traveled. just can't afford gas and everything else. just makes it ridiculous. >> we want to travel, we know we've got to pay for it. >> reporter: the rising gas prices is most apparent on the west coast and in the northeast. drivers can largely blame the rise in crude oil which passed the $90 a barrel mark. >> it's very much a world demand
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phenomenon. and demand worldwide is growing at a very healthy pace. >> reporter: while the increase in oil prices is an encouraging sign of growth, it could also slow down the recovery. but it doesn't so many to be putting the brakes on holiday travel. >> during challenging economic times it's a battle between the heart strings and the purse strings and usually the heart strings will win out. >> reporter: aaa estimates more than 92 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holidays. that's more than a 3% increase from last year. nine of ten of them will travel by car. almost 3 million will fly. a wintry mix is moving through the plains and snow and ice are expected to wallop the nation's heartland. that same storm will arrive in the mid-atlantic just in time for a white christmas. the real travel nightmare may come the day after christmas. a major snow storm is expected to develop off the east coast, so the trip back home for millions could be a mess. linsey davis, abc news, new
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york. >> all right. it's going to cost you a lot if you're driving. what's the weather going to be like? here's your kri mass christmas eve forecast. several inches of snow in minneapolis, chicago, st. louis, and kansas city. spreading later into the ohio and tennessee valleys. heavy rain and flooding in dallas, houston, little rock and shreveport. showers from seattle to portland. >> mostly 40s in the rockies from billings to colorado springs. a snowy 32 in omaha, 29 in detroit. 36 here in new york. 50 in atlanta. and 71 in miami. there is a new security alert for holiday air travelers this morning. airport screeners will be paying extra attention to thermos-type insulated beverage containers. agents say they have heard of a potential terror tactic but nothing specific. passengers are warned there could be a slow-down at checkpoints because bags with those containers will now be closely inspected. an airline pilot who exposed a flaw in airport security is now in hot water. his cell phone video shows how some airport workers can skip those security screenings
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necessary for all passengers and crew members. now that pilot is in trouble. as abc's david muir reports. >> reporter: the 50-year-old california pilot, who's asked that his name and his airline not been identified took these pictures with his cell phone. >> airport security is kind of a farce. it's only smoke and mirrors. >> reporter: to make his case he compared this security checkpoint, the one we all go through -- pilots and crew included -- with this one. for the airport ground crew. >> this is their screen. as you can see, there's only a card slide and one door. >> reporter: that system, a swipe of an i.d. card, has been reported on before in the wake of 9/11 and it continues. this pilot was hoping his videos would call attention to what he considers a huge disparity in security. three days after he posted them, four federal air marshals showed up at his house. they confiscated his federally issued gun. he decided to explain himself to
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us and to our abc affiliate kxtv. >> i just saw the whole fallacy of the whole system. people don't understand that when they walk through, that tsa checkpoint, all those people that you see outside, all the ground personnel, get virtually nothing. >> reporter: aviation expert john nance is not comfortable with what this pilot did. i know you think the judgment here might be questionable but as a pilot yourself can you sense a similar frustration when you see the disparity in security? >> these are folks who ask just swipe a card and go in and out. on the other side of it what we don't want to do is wave a red flag to our enemies and say, hey, take a look at this vulnerability. >> reporter: the pilot himself is not in trouble with his own airline but the tsa would only say this, that the pilot in question must be able to maintain sensitive security information, which is why they're now investigating. and as for those ground workers, the tsa says, quote, they are confident in the tools the airport has implemented saying there are security measures in place, both seen and unseen. david muir, abc news, new york.
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security agents are paying extra attention to passenger trains this holiday. federal agents and other law enforcement have been very visible in train stations, including this one in atlanta. they say it's not in response to any specific threat but part of a national effort to make travel safer. italian police may have an important clue after the mail bomb sent to two embassies in rome. a claim by anarchists was found in a small box near one of the wounded employees. yesterday's attacks in rome were similar to a wave of mail bombs that targeted several embassies in athens last month. we have now learned toyota has paid a southern california family $10 million to settle claims after a stuck accelerator accident. a passenger called 911 just before last year's crash in san diego. historic recalls followed that crash. four people were killed in the accident. the automaker had tried to keep the financial settlement a secret. the lawyers for the family killed in the runaway lexus now confirm that figure. a star woman's basketball player has tested positive for a banned substance while playing
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in turkey. diana taurasi's attorney says the substance was a mild stimulant, not a steroid or recreational drug. he expects she will be cleared in another test. taurasi plays for the wnba. and led the uconn huskies, the u.s. national team and the u.s. olympic team to championships. congressional lawmakers are home for the holidays this morning after wrapping up the lame duck session. >> they may be enjoying a little more respect from constituents after some rather major accomplishments. t.j. winick has details. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, mike and vinita. they may have had record low approval ratings but the senators and representatives on capitol hill the past two years do have a long list of accomplishments. >> the second session of the 111th congress adjourned sine die. >> reporter: the 111th congress may be gone, but they won't soon be forgotten. it passed more significant legislation than any since lbj's great society in the mid 1960s. among its accomplishments, an
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$814 billion economic stimulus. a massive health care overhaul. new regulations on wall street trading. and consumer credit cards. then in this month's lame duck session alone, an extension of the bush tax cuts. a nuclear arms treaty. and a repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy on gays in the military. >> if there's any lesson to draw from these past few weeks it's that we are not doomed to endless gridlock. >> reporter: there was also plenty of controversy. the filibuster threats, chaotic town hall meetings, the emergence of the tea party. and many who will take office in january campaigned on the promise they would try and repeal some of the laws passed during this historic session. still, the president is enjoying a big bump. according to a new cnn poll, 56% of americans approve of the way the president handled the issues that congress considered during its lame duck session. mike and vinita? >> thank you, t.j. prices at the pump may be going through the roof but some drivers in south carolina got a
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rock-bottom deal that hasn't been seen in more than three decades. >> this is unbelievable. gas is selling for 30 cents a gallon at this bp station. of course drivers rushed the station to fill up as word of the pre-1975 price spread. but it didn't last long. as you probably expected it turned out to be a computer malfunction. the price was supposed to be $3, not 30 cents. >> it's not clear how many people got the 30 cent deal before managers fixed the glitch. >> they said they had to send officers immediately to the station to maintain order. and you can imagine, especially during the holidays, 30 cents a gallon, i'm sure it was a zoo there. people trying to get the deal. >> definitely. looks like their signs fixed the glitch there. it had a "2." >> take it down as fast as you can! we'll be right back.
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we might be working this morning but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun here on the day before christmas. >> to do that, we are going to get into the christmas spirit with some music. joining us now is the amazing antoinette montague as she sings "christmas time is here." ♪ ♪ christmas time is here happiness and cheer ♪ ♪ fun for all the children call their favorite time of year ♪
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♪ snowflakes in the air, beauty everywhere ♪ ♪ olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share ♪ ♪ snowflakes in the air, beauty everywhere ♪ ♪ yuletide by the fireside and lots of joy there ♪ ♪ christmas time is here, we'll be drawing near ♪ ♪ all that we could always be carried through the year ♪
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♪ sleigh bells in the air, beauty everywhere ♪ ♪ yule tide by the fireside and joyful memories there ♪ ♪ christmas time is here, we'll be drawing near ♪ ♪ oh that we should always be the spirit through the year ♪ ♪ oh that we should always be the spirit through the year ♪ ♪ christmas time is here >> that is great.
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gets you right into the spirit if you like that should everybody should, antoinettemontague.com. antoinettemontague.com. you can buy some of the more amazing music we just heard right there. >> the name of the cd is "behind the smile." i have to say i spent a lot of time with antoinette. she's not only gorgeous, she's one of the nicest ladies ever. antoinette, thank you so much for coming and sharing your beautiful voice with us. coming up, quite a christmas concert and who may have gotten into the holiday spirit. >> and the member of the osbourne family who was the victim of a hacker next on "the skinny."
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♪ skinny so skinny it's that time of year when celebrities and us mere mortals send out holiday cards. and kesha has done something very interesting. she decided the holiday card was too boring so she went with something she posted on youtube. we're going to show you it. you're immediately going to recognize this song. take a listen.
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♪ have yourself a merry little christmas, let your heart be light ♪ >> apparently one she can sing without auto tune which is some of most of us didn't realize. >> that's yet to be argued. >> the reason everyone's talking about that and calling this the fruitcake for the strangest holiday message is you can see someone behind her. and it's basically someone who appears highly intoxicated. we cut it out but in the next scene in this video they drop their pants and actually urinate. >> oh, right. >> and not only is she using this on her website, she also -- people are now speculating, what is the point she's trying to get across? is she saying that she is urinating on the consumers and the holidays? is she upset about the state of politics in russia? my favorite line of this article, this is a quote, likely, however, it's just kesha trying to be strange since the uniqueness of her annoyingly spelt name is now wearing off. not my words but one of the
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weirdest holiday cards. jennifer lopez has just been named the global ambassador for loreal. the beauty care product line. she shot this new video we're getting a teaser for, a behind the scenes look at j. lo, slimmed down, curvacious as ever and talented as ever. >> slimmed down or curvacious, which is it? >> you can be both and j. lo proves that she has all the talent to be the global ambassador. so this is -- i guess the video's coming up but this is a teaser of her in the latex. so how about that. >> i know you wanted to have that. a lot of us are talking about this commemorative coin. i'm sure you've seen this by now. it's the wedding coin for prince william and kate middleton. take a look at and it you'll see why a lot of people are talking about it. he kind of looks like him. but she decidedly doesn't. and the uk papers have just been going crazy.
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they say middleton looks masculine, her upper lip has been plumped beyond recognition. they also say she looks plumper. the criticism for him, elvis hair. that his adam's apple matches the size of his nose. poor kate, this was apparently approved by william. >> oh my gosh. >> but she may not have had the opportunity to say, that looks exactly like me. >> it's almost like you go to those antique shops and you can platen out a penny. that seems like what happened there. i feel bad for her, she's a pretty lady. >> she is gorgeous. he doesn't look that great in that either so i'm sure neither of them were too happy. >> doesn't make much sense. i don't know. kelly osbourne had her twitter account hacked and she wasn't happy about it. the good thing for her and police is the guy who hacked her account sent all the information to his own e-mail address so police were able to track him down and find out who exactly hacked her twitter account. here again one of the dumbest criminals ever. >> can i just say she looks amazing. >> yes, she does, she's lost a lot of weight. >> good for you kelly osbourne. >> back on the scene and doing it up.
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. finally on christmas eve there are many kids out there with sugarplums dancing in their heads. >> that's not the only thing people are thinking about this holiday. yahoo! trend expert pamela woon has a list and she checked it twice of what we're searching for online this christmas. and looking good, pamela. >> good morning and good tidings we bring to you. i wore my purple santa coat just for you guys. you know that second verse in "we wish you a merry christmas." it kind of goes like -- ♪ oh bring us a figgy pudding, oh bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer." that must be some pretty good
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pudding but what the heck is it? yahoo! users not only want to know what it is, they want to know how to make it. now searches for the ingredients are up nearly 700% right now. problem is, there are literally hundreds of figgy pudding recipes handed down since the 15th century. and you've never heard of it, it's a lot like a carrot cake blended with custard with figs mixed in. very traditional english dessert. even bob cratchit had figgy pudding at his table in "a christmas carol." now, the secret is in how it's cooked. it's cooked slowly and evenly for hours. if pudding isn't your thing how about cookies? people are combing the internet for the best christmas cookies. we found a list of the top 25 christmas cookie recipes at christmas-cookies.com. number one is the original fantasy fudge found on the back of those kraft marshmallow creme jars. the recipe on the jar has since
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changed but you can still get the original one at christmas-cookies.com. for the 55th year in a row, norad will be tracking santa tonight. the north american aerospace defense command will have minute by minute updates. you can follow his progress at noradsanta.org. it all started in 1955 with a bad phone number. so sears ran an ad to call santa. but they put the wrong number in the newspaper. so the number turned out to be a defense hotline that was only supposed to be used if the russians were attacking. can you imagine? the u.s. air force colonel answering that phone to hear a little voice say, "is this santa claus?" from all of us here at yahoo!, we wish you a merry christmas. and lots of figgy pudding. have a good one, guys. >> thank you, pamela. and we love the suit. that is the news for this half
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