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did four shows last weekend and two more are coming this sunday. >> oh, boy. we want to see your holiday decorations indoor or outdoor or both. send your pictures and e-mail to e-mail@wnnfans.com. keep it clean and we will show you the best ones on the air. i'm not a fan of cheesy or tacky but i love over-the-top christmas displays. >> do you really. >> my daughter and i were having this conversation. they make us laugh. we love them. >> you don't have to do the work but if you drive around and take pictures you can show them to your friends and claim they are yours. >> ten years ago i would be get the nice elegant lights on your house, no, we want the colored lights. >> guys love fire so. >> there you have it. >> thumbs up on that house. coming up a quarter century of christmas mornings in one viral video. an intriguing look in michael jackson's family. his children are talking about their dad in a new way. you are watching "world news
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♪ michael jackson kept his children's lives and faces secret as long as he could. now in a new documentary, we are hearing from them in way we never did before. >> for the first time blanket is speaking out. he along with his brother and sister are revealing just how sheltered their lives were really. here's cecilia vega. >> reporter: we know him as blanket, but we have never seen the youngest son of the king of pop like this. >> i'm trying to help africa. that's a poor country. >> reporter: he's 11 now and speaking publicly for the first time. >> there's a lot of animals being killed by poachers and stuff. so i want to help the endangered species of animals. >> reporter: it is for a
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documentary on line about michael jackson told by those who knew him best. >> took me until i was 6 years old to learn his name was michael jackson. he was always daddy to me. >> we didn't know a lot of kids our age. we were secluded and never left the ranch very often. >> we had a zoo basically. giraffes, lions. you probably heard it, but we had a chimp named bubbles. >> reporter: the movie executive produced by katherine jackson can be viewed on a website only by fans who pay on line. >> she really wanted to fund this without asking any of the people around her, including michael jackson estate, for funding. >> reporter: what they will see is kids who have shed the mask talking about their father. >> promised to teach me how to moonwalk but never got around to it. >> reporter: they say sometimes misunderstood. >> it is not right to invade someone's privacy like that. >> he always wanted us to be like we wanted to be but to be greater than anyone else had been. >> reporter: abc news, las vegas. >> fascinating hearing the kids speak.
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>> for the first time, yeah. i think they -- for what michael was trying to, do he just wanted to raise some normal kids. they were just surrounded by so much wealth. they had a zoo and a chimp. it is hard to be a normal child when you have so much. even though they never left the ranch which i didn't ino that. interesting stuff. >> very isolated childhood. >> yeah. coming up, if you think you are making your own choices when you hit the malls this holiday season, we have a story that will show you how retailers are playing games to get you to buy more. ahead in our next half-hour, a very special dog and one-of high a high kind woman who refused to give up on him. how a lost cat brought these two together. you are watching "world news now." >> ann ture?
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you might be surprised to know you are get as you get ready to finish your christmas shopping, you might be surprised to unknowing push from a retailer. >> they are using all the tricks in the books to get you to buy in their stores and buy even more. there are methods used in stores you may never suspect. >> we are "up all nightline" with abc's becky worley. >> >> reporter: they can play you christmas carols, pile on the tinsel and carve out the mall santas. but make no mistake, the holiday shopping season is a war. in the battle for the $600 billion we'll spend this year, stores will pull out all of the stops. first retail secret -- stores may be watching how you shop to get you to buy more. from big chains to small boutiques like this one in san francisco, heat mapping technology analyzes what products grab shoppers' attention. using an overlay on surveillance
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video it shows where we linger, touch or grab products. the red marks show popular items like this. >> activity there. >> reporter: once the hottest items are identified, a manager can use them to draw you in. to beat this, you have to go old school. i'm looking for a scarf, can you point me to them? >> yes. >> reporter: stay focused on what you want to buy by asking a sales clerk. next secret, a price tag strategy called a group of three with an anchor. three coats priced left to right. $100, 200 and $600. the retailer doesn't expect to sell many of the most expensive items. they are there to make the middle item look like a bargain? but where should you really be looking? to the left. yeah, look left. usually the item further to the left is cheaper and not that different from the other two. when it comes to electronics, resist add-ons. electronics retailers are taking a play from the fashion industry.
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you go to a store to buy a tablet or smartphone. items the store doesn't usually make a big profit on but look at what is next to the displays, accessories and how helpful the sales clerk tells me i need a cable, screen protector, oh, charging case. >> you are tempted to buy. hold on, now when you need to pull out your smartphone -- >> reporter: check monoprice, newegg and amazon have them at rock bottom prices. order it on the phone or show it to the clerk and see if they will give you the sales price. lastly, beware of the e-mail game of chicken. if you made a purchase on line or in store with any retailer they probably have your e-mail and boy are they using and abusing it right now. last day for savings, 20% off today only. >> retailers do understand that we've come to love a bargain. it ends up i think being the
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greatest achilles heel for shoppers. thinking something is a deal and not thinking is this really worth it to me. >> reporter: toys, kitchen accessories, tools, some electronics get cheaper the closer we get to christmas. and afterwards, well, let the sales really begin. remember, when it comes to winning the battle of deals, what you don't know could cost you. keep informed, keep calm and keep your holiday budget tight. >> good tips. you are a pro shopper. >> well, it's taken -- >> did you know this? >> i didn't know the whole look to the left. look at me. that's me coming home with my happy face. >> usually these graphics are like you're a superhero. that kind of could be you. >> only thing missing is my shirt ripped open to reveal my true super hero costume. >> i liked where you were going for a minute. that was interesting. >> stop it. >> interesting. super shopper mom is what i meant. >> that's what you meant.
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guaranteed. d-con. get out. welcome to welcome to "the mix," everyone. every family as a christmas tradition whether you are taping your kids coming down the stairs or taping them opening gifts or a picture, whatever it is. one dad had for 25 years taped his kids coming down the stairs losing their minds when they see their presents, and now their son has compiled it. it is starting in 1985. we picked and chose a couple different ones. set to great christmas music. the kids sometimes excited, sometimes not excited talking about certain things. you can kind of see them as they grow and get older. the gifts -- look at this teenagers. eventually the family members
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make appearances. dogs make appearances eventually. her husband comes in there. it is a really sweet video and the guy who compiled it is the son there. his name is nick. he started to also make small videos of his own children experiencing different things of their life. just a sweet little thing. it was originally posted in 2010 and has gone viral. and i think every christmas it picks up momentum. >> i get my daughter every year coming down the stairs. she is 10 now. >> so good to see them coming down at the stairs. >> she has to wait at the top of the landing. okay. i'm down there. same thing. >> that's sweet. do you hate it when you're out and somebody's being -- who doesn't -- obnoxious on the cell phone being loud in a public place next to you? there's a guy on line, viral video, gets revenge in a clever way. he pulls out his phone and turns the table on the loud talker. >> really? >> yeah, me too much i'm sitting >> yeah. me, too, i'm sitting here at the airport waiting to get on the flight.
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>> yeah. >> i'm sorry. no. >> b-plus. that's good. >> congratulations. that is not bad. reception is kind of bad over here. i'm going to move over. it is definitely better here. >> this guy is messin' with everybody else. he is answering their questions. as if he is on the phone with them. pretty great. i guess you have to be a big guy to pull this off. >> if you get in the face of somebody like this guy, hey, what are you doing? >> if he does that to me i'm going to move away. he's too big. here we go. another list is out. we always get these lists at the end of the year. the worst drivers have been revealed. coming in at number five is alabama. number four, interesting, texas, big old state. i'm surprised. number three is mississippi. number two we have south carolina. and number one, drum roll
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this morning on "world news now," legal blow. this morning on "world news now," legal blow. a federal judge tells the nsa to stop collecting phone records. the major consequences in an agency that's trying to stop terrorism. no hugging. a high school senior in serious trouble for embracing a teacher. the campus outrage and the school's explanation. adding up. tonight's mega millions jackpot quickly approaching a $600 million prize. why this lottery frenzy may go down in history. and best bands. the just-released list of the rock and roll hall of fame inductees. it's in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 17th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez.
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all right. we're going to begin with questions about whether the government can spy on your cell phone records. a federal judge now says it's the unconstitutional. >> the white house says the program is necessary to keep americans safe. abc's karen travers has the details from washington. >> reporter: it was a strong rebuke to the obama administration's controversial nsa surveillance program. >> a federal judge is finally pushing back, finally saying to the nsa no. in fact, mass collection of phone records without individualized suspicion is not illegal. >> reporter: president obama has defended the phone data collection program saying it is a critical tool in the fight against terrorism. judge richard leon, a george w. bush appointee, said the nsa's massive database was unconstitutional. he said the program almost certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy and is indeed an unreasonable search under the fourth amendment.
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he also called the government's phone data collection almost orwellian. president obama said the information was collecting information on who called who and where. >> nobody is listening to your telephone calls. that's not what this program is about. >> reporter: and that it's kept america safe. >> we know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information. >> reporter: but judge leon said there is an utter lack of evidence that a terrorist attack has ever been prevented because searching the nsa database is faster than other investigative the ruling is a victory for fugitive nsa hacker edward snowden. the classified documents he leaked gave the first glimpse into the nsa surveillance. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> the nsa spying issue is one of the challenges faced by the new director of homeland
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security. the senate approved jeh johnson's nomination yesterday. he's the first african-american to hold that job. johnson was a top pentagon lawyer and he replaces janet napolitano. the senate could approve a new budget by the end of the week. a test vote is set for today. the bill would restore about $63 billion in across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect in the current budget year and the next one. the house approved a similar spending plan last week. the hunt continues this morning for two carjackers who targeted a couple at a new jersey mall in the height of the holiday season. the husband was shot and killed in front of his terrified wife. the suv was stolen and abandoned hours later. we get more from abc's rina ninan. >> reporter: he was a young, promising attorney, a few years out of law school, but dustin freedland's life ended in a matter of moments in what many find an unlikely place. the parking lots of an upscale new jersey mall. he was 30 years old. the short hills mall was open late to accommodate holiday shoppers. a little after 9:00 p.m. in the parking lot, shots and a scream. >> i just heard screaming, like at the top of her lungs.
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>> reporter: it was jamie, dustin's wife. he had just opened the car door for her when two men drove up, shot him in the head and drove away with his luxury range rover. >> we don't know why that car. it is obviously a car with some value. >> reporter: jamie friedland was not injured. police found the car abandoned on a newark street. as millions of holiday shoppers descend on malls, experts say parking lots away from the hustle and bustle are where you need to be most alert. how can you stay safe? park near other cars or a parking attendant where there are likely to be more people. always carry your purse or bag in front of you. >> if someone takes your handbag release it. let them have the handbag. remember, the handbag and contents are replacement. you are not. >> have your keys in your hand. they could be used as self-defense. a little extra protection this
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busy shopping season. rina ninan, abc news. short hills, new jersey. >> horrible story. i can't wait until they get these guys. $10,000 reward offered in the search for the suspect. >> here's something interesting. "the star ledger" in new jersey is reporting he was fighting these guys trying to fend them off while they were trying to carjack his suv. his family is saying they don't believe that because he's not the type of person that would really do any kind of fighting for something as -- something like a car. >> they always tell you to give it to the person. but i mean, if it happened to me and i didn't see a gun, i might be like, no way. but then you don't know if they have a gun. and you don't know what you are going to do. >> just walk away. >> but you are a human being and i can see somebody saying you are not getting my car. >> especially if it is a spur of the moment and the bad guy's reaction is to take the gun out. >> you don't think that would ever happen. >> that's true. it's unfortunate. >> yep. all right. some final exams at harvard university have to be rescheduled after cancelled by a bomb threat.
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four buildings evacuated yesterday following reports explosives may have been placed inside. no devices were ever found. everything is back to normal. speculation among the students is that someone made that threat to avoid taking the test. high school student in georgia said he is unfairly punished for showing affection. surveillance video shows a 17-year-old sam mcnair putting his arms around a teacher. the teacher alleges that mcnair kissed her on her neck and cheek. mcnair is disputing that but it has gotten him a one-year suspension. it is something that he and his mother say has derailed his college plans. >> i have five months left in my senior year. i don't see why they would take that from me. >> he's a senior. he plays football. getting ready for lacrosse season and stripping him of the opportunity to get a full scholarship for athletics for college. >> reporter: the school district says case officers take the past
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disciplinary history into account when determining punish. he has a record of previous suspensions but not for sexual harassment. a wildfire tearing through the big sur area of california has destroyed 15 homes including one that belonged to the fire chief. the wind-driven fire has been popular in the tourist destination since sunday. so far, about 100 people have been forced to evacuate. there were no reports of injuries. here's a look at your weather now. the fire crews face another day of dry conditions in california. messy rain/snow mix is likely for the d.c. area into southern new jersey. snow for new york and philly during the morning commute. >> dallas, new orleans should be comfortable in the upper 60s. honolulu 80. and northern new england could see highs in the single digits. when you think of places that get a lot of snow, you probably don't think of the middle east, and that's one thing making this story unique. >> the other thing is after a freak snowstorm caused problems in the capital of jordan over the weekend the country's king, yes, king was seen helping to push a car that was stuck.
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jordan's king abdullah is there in the red turban. >> wow. after the car is pushed out, the king casually walks away. he was out checking the progress of the snow removal at the time. >> by the way, he attended boarding school in massachusetts and attended georgetown university. >> probably the only one that knows what snow is. >> a lot of experience with snow. >> doing it all wrong, guys. >> i wonder if he's the one that told the guy put it in neutral. put it in neutral. >> exactly. man, oh, man. >> pretty cool actually. >> props to him. >> yeah. coming up, just announced this year's inductees to the rock and roll hall of fame. are your favorites on the list? do you feel lucky? the holiday ticket buying frenzy leading up to tonight's jackpot. today's odds and tomorrow's dreams. you are watching "world news now." ♪ i feel lucky >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular.
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♪ are you feg luck ♪ are you feeling lucky? if so, today could be the day your bank account grows by a cool half billion dollars. >> can you imagine? tonight's mega millions jackpot is beyond ginormous. it could even get bigger giving the winner one of the best holidays in history. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: move over, santa. millions are banking on mega millions to deliver their ultimate christmas gift this year. the $586 million jackpot is the second largest in mega millions history. >> if you are not in it, you can't win it. >> reporter: ever since mega millions changed the game decreasing the chances of winning, no one has won. since october 21st, there have been 21 straight drawings
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without a winner, quickly approaching the longest streak of 25 winless drawings back in 2000. you now have a one in 259 million chance of winning mega millions. the worst odds of any american lottery ever. still, statisticians say someone is bound to win eventually. >> the higher the lottery value is the more people are interested in playing. what we typically find is the more people that play you get a decent probability of a winner. >> reporter: as tradition would have it, this past friday 13th, proved unlucky. 168 million tickets were sold which meant there was a 47% of having a winner. yet no one won. lottery officials expect by the next drawing, roughly 70% of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play. if you went with a $316,500,000 cash option, your net worth would be higher than beyonce. if the jackpot rolls over two
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more times a billion dollar christmas eve win could mean an estimated $540 million cash payout. your net worth would be even higher than will smith, bruce springsteen and derek jeter combined. how's that for a merry christmas? linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> all right. the mega millions jackpot is the subject of our facebook question of the day. how much money are you spending on the mega millions tickets? tell us about your lottery habits. wnnfans.com. >> i could deal with being richer than bruce springsteen, derek jeter and will smith. >> i'll say i'll pick up the tab, guys. i got it. >> let's fly in my private jet, please. i don't want you guys to feel uncomfortable. >> jet's too small. i like to stretch my legs. beyonce is not invited because she doesn't make enough money. >> not in the club. >> she's not in the club. >> my goodness, gracious. it could go over a billion.
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it could roll over a couple more times because it is so hard to win now that they've made the odds even worse. >> what if nobody win past christmas and it keeps going? then it is just in the stratosphere. >> you hear all of these struck by lightning things. they say the odds of winning are like hitting three holes in one in a row. if you have ever golfed i've never gotten close to a hole in one, maybe two feet, and to do it three times in a row. you can golf your whole life and do it nonstop and still never do that. >> but we did a story about a guy. i don't remember where he was but he got three holes in one the same day or week or whatever it was. he needs to play the lottery and i think i'm related to him. >> especially if he wins. >> exactly. coming up, the list that rock 'n' roll fans wait all year to see. it was just released. michael jackson's ki
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in 1977, an 8-year-old boy picked up the game of golf from his father. the odds of that same boy then making it to the u.s. and european pro golf tours? 1 in 7 million. the odds of the "big easy" winning the u.s. open once twice? 1 in 1.2 billion. the odds of him having a child diagnosed with autism? 1 in 88. ernie els encourages you to learn the signs of autism.
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♪ skinny so skinny the rock and roll hall of fame coming out with a new list of inductees. >> i looked at the graphics we made and they have aged. so it is hard in some cases -- first inductee. do you know who the guy on the
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left is? i saw him. he is awesome. peter gabriel. >> you have to know the middle one. >> hall and oats. >> oh, my gosh. that is hall and oats. >> i know kiss. that is an old hall and oats. >> kiss could be 99 and look like they did the. >> on the left look at the guy, nirvana and in the middle just passed away. >> linda ronstadt. >> what a beautiful voice. >> and on the right. that's a tough one. >> yousef islam. >> formerly known as -- >> cat stevens. >> they are the inductees. the show will be april 10th, 2014 at the barclay center in brooklyn. >> that's a great song. ♪ >> peter gabriel is just awesome and i just saw him and his voice is better than ever.
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>> i thought he walked by you. >> no. >> moving on to this now. michael jackson's children are speaking out. we are hearing for the first time from blanket, the 11-year-old who was only 7 when his dad passed away in 2009. it is part of a documentary that is produced by their grandmother katherine jackson. it kind of gives a little bit -- if not a lot of insight into the lives they led while their dad was still live. take a listen. >> it took me until i was 6 years old to learn his name was michael jackson because he was always dad to me. >> we don't know a lot of kids our age. we were secluded and never left the ranch that often. >> he had a zoo basically. giraffe, lions. you probably heard it, but he had a chimp named bubbles. >> that 16-year-old prince 15-year-old paris and 11-year-old blanket that you just heard from. here's what's a little interesting. they they have a fundraising goal. you can only watch it by payinging on line. they have a fund-raising goal of $3.2 million.
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you may ask where is the money going? there's no charity that's been associated with the project. so it appears that all of the profits could help to support members of the jackson family. i don't know how people will feel about this incredibly rich family needs more money but we have also heard of them having struggles with their finances. so there you have it. some insight in to m.j.'s kids. >> sad to hear the kids. feel bad for them. >> so young. >> yep. justin timberlake -- pretty cool. stops the concert december 15th performing in louisville at the kfc yum center. i like the name of that. kfc yum center. anyway, he asks a guy to come up and facilitates his video of a proposal. he brings up josh and kim, and he says, "make your way up here," and basically says, "do your thing." he gets down on one knee and proposes. the crowd goes wild. pretty cool, right? >> oh, my gosh. >> justin timberlake. got to love him. >> i have to tell you, all of these artists keep becoming more and more involved with their fans.
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is younger looking skin. ♪ ♪ we end this half-hour with a love story just in time for the holidays. and with most love stories, it begins with a chance meeting and first glance that lets both sides know that everything's going to be okay. >> it is about a special little pup and the home he was always meant to have. the story now from our station in tampa, florida. >> reporter: meet the louers, all ten, including the newest louer, willie. >> willie adopted me. >> reporter: their cat managed to escape and luckily ended up at the
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humane society. she went to pick him up, and she met willie. >> i heard a unique bark and i demanded to see the dog who i was told was a special dog. >> reporter: willie is special. he spent over a month at the humane society in tampa bay where they found him laying in a box, thrown away like trash next to a dumpster. he was completely paralyzed from his waist down, not even able to wag his tail. >> he is the sweetest little thing. and he has a will to live, and he wanted to live. >> reporter: willie's journey over the last month is nothing short of a miracle with a plan that seemed to be in action from day one. >> she was supposed to lose her cat. willie was supposed to show up here. she was suppose i think it was all p we were just bysta
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>> reporter: with a little tlc and steroids, willie regained function of his lower body. he got w a sie cody was once paralyzed now they are both unstoppable and it is clear why willie is so spe it' his his ability to overcome them. >> his being special didn't scare me because i just have faith that the right things come to people at the right times in their lives. >> reporter: in tampa, abc action news. >> too cute. >> too adorable. >> willie better get a chair. throw the ball. >> she said they ar unstoppable. a little stoppable. >> too cut,rig >> i love thy a telling the story. it's usually, oh, look at me, i did a good thing and adopted a dog with special needs. >> the owner o
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good morning. i'm john muller. >> and i'm diana perez. good morning. i'm john muller. >> and i'm diana perez. here's some of the top headlines we are following on "world news now." firefighters are battling a fierce wildfire in the big sur area of california. 15 homes have been destroyed and more than 100 people forced to leave. crews are facing high winds and extremely dry conditions. we will have more details in just a moment. a search continues for two car jackers who shot and killed a young attorney in an upscale mall. 30-year-old dustin -- friedland. the stolen range rover was later abandoned. the senate is poised to pass a new budget by week's end. a test vote is set for today.
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it would restore $63 billion in across the board cuts scheduled to take in effect the current budget year and the next one. surveillance video shows a 17-year-old high school student in georgia putting his arms around teacher. the teacher alleges that sam mcnair kissed her on the neck and cheek. he disputes it and has been suspended for a year due to sexual harassment. hello. good morning on this tuesday. how many days until christmas now, ten or eight? >> gee whiz, you do the math. >> did i just hear nine. >> nine more? >> nine. >> are you done christmas shopping? >> just with. maybe anything else i would get would be a bonus present but i'm covered. >> my husband hasn't started. >> he hasn't started. that's what you think. >> i think i will go shopping
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for myself. >> might as well. >> and if he has something it is bonus. we begin with extreme weather conditions from coast to coast in the west. so dry that firefighters are battling a fast-moving fire that's causing extensive property damage. >> the eastern half of the country another round of snow hitting the most populated areas of the east just in time for the morning rush hour. gusty winds and dangerous, dry conditions are fuelling a wildfire in the scenic hills of big sur, california. hundreds of acres are going up in smoke. at least 15 homes have burned down as property ersw across california, the dry spell could go down in history especially in los angele >> break out the record we have a record breaker. since january 1st, there's only been 3.49 inches of rain. >> reporter: that's not the
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problem in chicago where snowplows and salt trucks were out again last night. the latest wintry weather system is dumping a few inches of snow. the snowfall has been so heavy so early in the season roofs are collapsing. this car dealership in indiana had to close. icy conditions led to a scare on a madison, wisconsin, runway where this delta jet skidded off the pavement. no one as h in central ohio, posay suv skidded into a school bus full of children. driversay toads speaking of ice, lake michigan's ice is so thick so early a freighter hauling 17,000 tons of coal to a power plant got stuck. >> normally muskeegan lake doesn't freeze up like this until after the first of the year. >> a tugboat crew had had to break through the ice, an early winter rescue several days before winter officially begins. moesrazy cold up there.
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re'l ty cold up there. the tueathe dry across the sout aga today. the d.c. area will see a few rain/snow mix this moring boston could pick up five inches of snow by the afternoon commute. >> south texas and southern florida highs in the 70s. doesn't that sound nice? chicago and minneapolis in the mid 30s. r n at it is expected to be higher than that by the time those numbeo c& the single winnt co take home or will at least take a lump sum payment of $316 million. mega millions hasn't had a jackpot winner since early >> if we don'ther this tuesday, if we don't have a winner this friday, and we are still on this roll on christmas eve, tuesday, december 24th, we're going to have to buy new
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billboards because our billboards don't go past a billion dollars. >> can you imagine? the chance of hitting a jackpot, one in 259 million. despite those odds, tickets will be selling at a rate of 11 million per hour in the 43 states where the mega millions is played. president obama's job approval rating is holding steady after several months o decline. 55% of americans polled by abc neroe t month. our poll also shows that fewer t avenll also shows that fewer 46% for. and 49% against. a federal judge has ruled the nsa program, which collects cell phone records, is unconstitutional. judge richard leon said the gennders wagha the injunction he ordered is on
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hold so the government can file an appeal. ps a saf gnew mandela's memorial service. family andends man who wasof a who caught two men with a stolen television and burned them to becaaision and burned them to found mentally words of advice to the millions that plan trav valuaes authorities say thefts from checked baggage is on the rise at the nation's airports. pierre thomas has a look at the new challenge for law enforcement you are looking at airline baggage handlers caught stealing. this one finds a wallet, cash. jackpot, cash. he takes time to count it. he checks for more. how about some credit cards? video of the brazen theft obtained exclusively by abc news from the new york region's port authority police and they have a holiday warning about some airport workers. >> they are hard-working, honest people by and large. but there are some people who are tempted. >> reporter: the sting was set up this summer after israel's airlines got complaints from passengers about items missing
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from baggage, jewelry, cash, laptops, ipads and iphones. seven workers charged with stealing thousands of dollars in at new york's three airports there were 600 reports of luggage thefts. authorities believe such thefts are under-reported and happen routinely across the country. some airports including new york have added additional surveillance cameras, stepped up patrols and encouraging employees to report theft. what can you do to protect yourself? experts say never pack valuables in checked luggage. use well-worn luggage that won't be a beacon for thieves. and if your carry-on is going to be checked at the last minute, take the time to open your valuables and take them to the seat with you. pierre thomas, abc news, new york. a methodist minister said he is not going down without a fight. the reverend frank shafer has been told to give up his pulpit by thursday because he performed his son's
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same sex wedding. shafer told the group in philadelphia yesterday he has no intention of doing that. and he said church officials will have to defrock him if they want him out of the ministry. in the catholic church, the pope removed an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage and abortion from a powerful post. conservative cardinal raymond burke, the former archbishop of replaced with another american cardinal, the archbishop of washington, d.c. this move is soon as reinforcement of the pope's vision for a more inclusive message. the pope just received an unexpected honor. he's been named the person of the year by "advocate" magazine. the oldest gay interest publication in the country. it says that pope francis was the single most influential person in the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. a stark contrast to his predecessors. turning to the nfl and
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defending super bowl champion ravens are thanking their kicker for keeping playoff hopes alive. justin tucker hit six field goals last night against the lions. he put the ravens ahead for good with a franchise record 61 yarder with 38 seconds left to go in the game. the ravens won 18-16. we told you about the mega millions jackpot. here's a great story involving another big jackpot. it was in calgary, canada, in may. and the guy who won it said he's giving it away. >> his name is tom crist. with his sunglasses on, he likes to keep a low profile. he won $40 million in may and didn't tell anyone, not even his family. now hee putting the money into a family foundation that he started. and is going to funnel it out to charities he supports. when we say he didn't tell anybody, not even his four kids. >> if that is my dad, i'd say you are a great man and i'm going to kill you. how about a little something for
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the son? >> you have to take care kids an then n th family foun >> she's right. e. great karma and all. >> yes, i know. >> well, you know. >> good man, no doubt about it. >> i would not do that if i won >> i will admit it too. i would not do it. >> no. amazing holiday light display designed by a man that casee from fiction when it comes to soaps that claim to kill germs. out'semroof and the search for stocking stuffers just got easier. our giz wiz is here with his favorites. >> announcer: "world news now" weather youcf1 -cna pinsr
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it's covered by most health plans. anti-bacterial soaps that ♪ anti-bacterial soaps that everyone is so fond of, they may have dirty secrets of their own. >> the u.s. government is not convinced they work. now it is asking for proof. here's abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser. >> reporter: a warning to makers of anti-bacterial soap whose products claim they kill more germs. the government now saying they will have to prove the soap
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actually prevents more infections. some reports say anti-bacterial and regular soap kill in an equal way. we covered hands in a brew of thousands of e. coli bacteria. they were washed with regular soap and anti-bacterial soap. the anti-bacterial soap erased 75% of the bacteria. the regular soap, 75%, as well. no immediate difference. but the fda is concerned -- could anti-bacterial soaps contribute to antibiotic resistance? to make the trade group representing anti-bacterial soaps says they are perplexed the fda would suggest there is no evidence that anti-bacterial soaps are beneficial. adding consumers should have access to the products. this is a really big move by the fda, and it may mean the beginning of the end for these products because it will be hard to show they are better than good old soap and water to keep us healthy. remember, wash for a full 20 seconds, get the front and back, and rinse well.
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dr. richard besser, abc news, washington. >> interesting, right? >> so the doc is saying plain old soap will do? >> yes. >> what kind of world are we living in -- >> right. and it might actually cause resistance to antibiotics and may scramble hormones in children. >> that is scary because a lot of parents, you are out and don't have time to stop and wash hands wherever you go. your kids touch everything and are into everything. a little anti-bacterial rub you think is okay. i guess not. >> basically if you wash with hot water and the long wash with the soap you are good. >> oh, yeah. coming up, great last-minute gifts for the tech lover on your list. >> our giz wiz is here with his favorite inexpensive gadgets perfect for stocking stuffers. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. you are watching "world news now."
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♪ it's crunch time. just a few shopping days until christmas. you may have one, two, or maybe all of those gifts to buy. we invited one of santa's most helpful elves with stocking stuffer ideas under 35 bucks. whiz biz dick debartolo is with us. good morning, dick. >> good morning, john. i have some fun stuff. >> get to it. >> shutter ball. >> if you have a smartphone it is hard to take pictures with the smartphone. always hit the wrong button. >> i do it all the time. hand to enjoyed, they hit the -- to somebody, they hit the wrong button. >> bluetooth, every time you push this button you are clicking the shutter. if it is in video mode, one click starts video. second click stops video. >> this is great. >> you can set it up on a table and you can be on the couch. >> yes. under 25 bucks. >> great. >> sound pockets. this is for the iphone 4, 5 and new ipod touch.
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it is a phone case with a door in the back with room to store your ear buds. >> so you don't have to fish them out of your pocket and untangle them. >> where they seem to self knot themselves up. the most expensive thing, 35 bucks. >> prism glasses. these are the ideal stocking stuffer for the "world news now" viewer. look. >> cool. >> i'm reading down. lay in bed. you don't need 100 pillows. you lay in bed and you are watching television. >> i love it. >> a book on your chest. >> yes. >> camera perfect now. >> love it. >> under $15. these i actually got on amazon. >> have you ever tried them? >> they are great. they are great. >> they are great. >> i actually wear them over my glasses and they still worked. i paid 11 bucks but they are about 15 bucks. yes video. a great gift to give someone, a gift card available at target stores.
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convert old formats into digital format. for example, i sent a roll of 8 millimeters film. this is like 45 years old. they made it into video, put it on line. >> that's terrific. >> you can send people the links to see on line. or you can order a dvd. >> the stuff eventually goes bad. you have to do it. >> using two hands here and i will turn around here. so two hands is a little device. you click it open and put your ipad or whatever. >> a little tablet and it's annoying holding it up. >> this is two hands and two hands is under 20 bucks. >> that's great. >> this guy, the nano stand. the nano stand is -- just put it down. i will put it down. >> it is magic. >> there is an adhesive pad on the bottom but it is like a post-it. >> you stick your phone on it and now pull it off. >> it doesn't stick. >> no, nothing on the desk.
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>> you wash it off as it gets dirty and it sticks again. >> it sticks again. >> that's amazing. >> black and silver. >> does it stick to glass. >> it sticks to smooth surfaces. >> so wooden desk. nice smooth desk. >> awesome. >> this little guy, that's a nano tech. boom boom balloon. is a game where with you roll a i do and you play to see if you can get the stick in without breaking the balloon. i will do a stick three times. one click, two click three clicks. now you do three clicks. >> i know i'm going to blow this up. does it make some horrible noise? >> no -- >> one, two, three. >> i will do four. >> one, two, three, four. now you have to do four. >> one, two, three -- oh, you win. under 20 bucks. boom boom balloon. >> little startling but fun. >> you always have the greatest stuff. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. thanks to twit tv. dick debartolo. you will find more details at giz whiz or our facebook page "world news now." ♪ r our facebook page
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making the pastor, randy barton, very proud. >> there's more animation in it this year and the l.e.d., the color changing. the technology is changing. >> reporter: innovation that gives designer corey johnson endless possibilities for his grand vision. >> it is our free gift to the community for all of god's blessings on us for the year. >> reporter: corey is blind but almost always seen the light. he has albanism that affect pigment in his hair, color and eyes. >> whether my parents brought me in front of the hospital and she prayed i would see the lights on the tree. >> reporter: prayers answered. >> she said little did she know that that is one of the first things that i saw. >> reporter: drawn to the lights ever since, his home exhibits grew so big he decided to move it to anchor baptist where he works as a graphic artist. >> what he lacks in one area it seems the lord has given him a double portion in other areas to make up for.
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>> reporter: traditions sparked bymond memories of love at first light. >> thank you for coming and merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> great story. >> it is. >> we want no know what you have worked hard on this holiday display. we'd love to see it and share it with our viewers. >> send pictures to wnnfans.com and we will share the best on the air. >> i have to take a picture of my place but it is modest but looks nice and i'm proud of it. >> you put you want up all of your lights but it was early. >> did this on a 60-degree day before thanksgiving because i knew it was going to get cold. and putting up lights is work. even though i didn't get on the ladder, it is a full-day job. >> our christmas tree is half decorated. >> really? >> the best we can do. >> not so bad. >> we never see each other. wednesday we will have a fully decorated tree. decorated. >> really? >> the best we can do. >> don't feel bad. >> we never see each other. wednesday we will have a fully decorated tree.
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this mornin this morning on "world news now," jumbo jackpot. the mega millions prize that could be worth $600 million or even more. >> everyday would be christmas the rest of our lives. >> the holiday ticket buying frenzy leading up to tonight's drawing. stop snooping. the strong message from the federal judge to the nsa busted for collecting phone records from millions of americans. and secrets in stores. the tricks retailers play on you to get you to buy. >> the longer people are in the store the more money they will spend. that's proven. >> inside information revealed to you as you rush to finish christmas shopping. it is tuesday, december 17th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good tuesday morning, everybody. as that woman said about the mega millions every day would be christmas. >> i'm wringing at my hands to tell you the story and i'm not close -- nobody's close right now, although we don't know. we could be holding the winning ticket. >> i bought one today. did you buy one. >> we bought $5 worth. >> i bought 6. let's get to it. we start this morning with mega millions madness. the jackpot up for grabs tonight. by the numbers it is astonishing. >> right now the $586 million jackpot would mean $316 million pay-out to a single winner taking a lump-sum payout before taxes. there's been no jackpot winner since early october. >> estimates say 11 million tickets an hour will be sold today in states where mega millions is played. abc's marci gonzalez has more. >> reporter: the excitement building as the mega millions jackpot, now at $586 million, just keeps growing. >> unimaginable.
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i can't -- i can't even fathom it. it's amazing. >> reporter: lottery officials say if the sales keep up like this, the prize could be even bigger. right now the jackpot is the fourth largest in history, and there's a chance this game could eventually break records. >> if we don't have a winner this tuesday, if we don't have a winner this friday, we're going to have to buy new billboards because our billboards don't go past a billion dollars. >> reporter: the potential for a billion-dollar jackpot building after 21 consecutive drawings with no winner. attributed to a big change in the game. five of the six balls used to range from 1 to 56 and they now go from 1 to 75, making your odds of winning just 1 in 259 million. >> i know that's the winner. >> reporter: despite the unlikelihood that those lucky feelings are like.
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>> i got the winning ticket. >> people are already dreaming up ways to celebrate and spend their millions. >> every day would be christmas for the rest of our lives. >> reporter: marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> can you imagine a -- look at us. we're looking passed the chump change, 586 mill, to the billion potential. >> $586 million. what am i going to do with that? i need a billion. >> all kinds of good stuff. we talked about how it will bring headaches, bring them on. >> i know i won't win because i will be irresponsible the second i win. >> would you really? >> mid sentence. >> there would be no one here. see, that's irresponsible so i know i won't win. the news gods won't let it happen. >> i would be appropriate for six months and then realize i'm rich. i don't need to be appropriate anymore it.
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>> takes you six months to get to where i would be the second i win. >> you're ahead of me, more sophisticated than i am. i'm a boy scout. the mega millions jackpot is the subject of the question of the day. how much are you going to spend on mega millions tickets? tell us about your lottery buying habits. wnnfans.com. >> good luck to everyone out there, by the way. moving on to a rebound for stocks. markets have been posting gains overnight following wall street's lead. investors here in the u.s. sent all three major averages higher yesterday thanks to positive news about the economy. trading the next couple of days will be influenced by thoughts about the federal reserve meeting that begins today. analysts almost unanimously believe the fed will not change the stimulus program just yet. general motors is out with plans to spend over a billion dollars on expanding and upgrading several plants. the $1.3 billion investment is a windfall for the five g.m. plants in the midwestern states. three of them. the plants are upgraded in order to make higher quality pickup trucks and engines. the company says the investment
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will maintain or create about 1,000 jobs. the white house is on the defensive over the nsa program that collects data on millions of phone calls. a federal judge ruled it is almost certainly unconstitutional, even though the president has said it helps to keep america safe. with more, here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: it may be the ultimate victory for fugitive nsa hacker edward snowden. classified documents he leaked over the summer revealed how much information is held by americans and led to the massive ruling. at issue, the nsa's massive database on virtually every phone call made in the united states. the federal judge, george w. bush appointee, said the program almost certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy and is indeed an unreasonable search under the fourth amendment. he also called the government program that stores the phone data of virtually every american, quote, almost
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orwellian. but the president said the program and another that tracks information on e-mails is a critical tool in keeping the country safe. >> we'd save lives. we know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information, not just from the united states but in some cases threats in germany. so, lives have been saved. >> reporter: the judge said there's an utter lack of evidence that a terrorist attack has ever been prevented because searching the nsa database was faster than other investigative tactics. the program is limited to collecting information on who called whom and from where and is not eavesdropping. >> when it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. that's not what this program's about. >> jonathan karl, abc news, the white house. another conspiracy claim about princess diana's death has been knocked down by scotland yard.
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in august, documents revealing a special forces sniper claimed that diana was assassinated moments after her mercedes slammed in to an underpass pillar. scotland yard found there was no credible basis for the claim. in italy attorneys for amanda knox are presenting closing arguments in her murder trial. in 2011 her conviction was overturned in the brutal death of her british roommate, meredith kercher. now she's being retried along with her british ex-boyfriend. prosecutors want them convicted and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. chris brown's probation has been revoked by a los angeles judge. he's not going to jail, at least not for now. the ruling follows the r&b singer's arrest on assault charges in washington, d.c., in october. the judge ordered brown to remain in anger management and has to complete community service for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend rihanna. someone else who has legal problems is a woman who drove backwards into a hardware store in massachusetts. several surveillance cameras
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caught the incident on sunday. the woman behind the wheel said she hit the gas instead of the brakes sending the vehicle in to the store. she is charged with facing negligent operation of the vehicle. she was using a homemade gas pedal extender that they think contributed to the accident. a northern california teen could be taken off of life support as early as today, just a week after she went to the hospital for routine surgery. the 13-year-old had her tonsils removed at oakland's children's hospital. a few days later, she went into cardiac arrest and declared brain-dead. the hospital decided to take her off a ventilator even though her family was fighting to keep her alive. >> the whole family is so devastated, you know, her teachers, her friends. everybody is kind of like in a shock. >> her mother said her daughter
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did not want to have the surgery because she feared something bad would happen. the family is demanding a full investigation. some healthy headlines here this morning. you may be spending a lot of money on products that don't live up to their claims. two major studies found that popping vitamins didn't help men's aging brains or heart attack survivors. the experts advise that healthy people do not need to take vitamins or supplements. when it comes to those popular anti-bacterial soaps, the government says prove it. the fda says after 40 years of study it found no evidence the soaps stop the spread of germs. now regulators want the makers of dawn, dial and household staples to prove their products do not pose health risks to consumers. for better or worse, the holiday season has increasingly become about excess, and this next story is clearly no exception. it is all about this house and what must be the most elaborate christmas light set up ever. >> who needs inflatable lawn decorations when you have strobe light, lasers, fog machines, and big flames? all of that set to rockin' christmas medleys. >> it is set up in a town along the jersey shore.
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the folks who put it together did four shows last weekend and two more are coming this sunday. >> oh, boy. we want to see your holiday decorations indoor or outdoor or both. send your pictures and e-mail to e-mail@wnnfans.com. keep it clean and we will show you the best ones on the air. i'm not a fan of cheesy or tacky but i love over-the-top christmas displays. >> do you really. >> my daughter and i were having this conversation. they make us laugh. we love them. >> you don't have to do the work but if you drive around and take pictures you can show them to your friends and claim they are yours. >> ten years ago i would be get the nice elegant lights on your house, no, we want the colored lights. >> guys love fire so. >> there you have it. >> thumbs up on that house. coming up a quarter century of christmas mornings in one viral
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michael jackson kept his children's lives and faces secret as long as he could. now in a new documentary, we are hearing from them in way we never did before. >> for the first time blanket is speaking out. he along with his brother and sister are revealing just how sheltered their lives were really. here's cecilia vega. >> i want it help them. >> reporter: we know him as blanket, but we have never seen the youngest son of the king of pop like this. >> i'm trying to help africa. that's a very poor continent. >> reporter: he's 11 now and speaking publicly for the first time. >> there's a lot of animals being killed by poachers and stuff. so i want to help the endangered species of animals. >> reporter: it is for a documentary on line about
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michael jackson told by those who knew him best. >> took me until i was 6 years old to learn his name was michael jackson. he was always daddy to me. >> we didn't know a lot of kids our age. we were secluded and never left the ranch very often. >> we had a zoo basically. giraffes, lions. you probably heard it, but we had a chimp named bubbles. >> reporter: the movie executive produced by katherine jackson can be viewed on a website only by fans who pay on line. >> she really wanted to fund this without asking any of the people around her, including michael jackson estate, for funding. >> reporter: what they will see is kids who have shed the mask talking about their father. >> promised to teach me how to moonwalk but never got around to it. >> reporter: they say sometimes misunderstood. >> it is not right to invade
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someone's privacy like that. >> he always wanted us to be like we wanted to be but to be greater than anyone else had been. >> reporter: abc news, las vegas. >> fascinating hearing the kids speak. >> for the first time, yeah. i think they -- for what michael was trying to, do he just wanted to raise some normal kids. they were just surrounded by so much wealth. they had a zoo and a chimp. it is hard to be a normal child when you have so much. even though they never left the ranch which i didn't ino that. interesting stuff. >> very isolated childhood. >> yeah. coming up, if you think you are making your own choices when you hit the malls this holiday season, we have a story that will show you how retailers are playing games to get you to buy more. ahead in our next half-hour, a very special dog and one-of high a high kind woman who -- one of a kind woman who refused to give up on him. how a lost cat brought these two together. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continue
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as you get ready to finish your christmas shopping, you might be surprised to know that you are getting an unknowing push from retailers. >> they are using all the tricks in the books to get you to buy in their stores and buy even more. there are methods used in stores you may never suspect. >> we are "up all nightline" with abc's becky worley. >> >> reporter: they can play you christmas carols, pile on the tinsel and carve out the mall santas. but make no mistake, the holiday shopping season is a war. in the battle for the $600 billion we'll spend this year, stores will pull out all of the stops. first retail secret -- stores may be watching how you shop to get you to buy more. from big chains to small boutiques like this one in san francisco, heat mapping technology analyzes what products grab shoppers' attention. using an overlay on surveillance video it shows where we linger, touch or grab products. the red marks show popular items like this.
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>> activity there. >> reporter: once the hottest items are identified, a manager can use them to draw you in. to beat this, you have to go old school. i'm looking for a scarf, can you point me to them? >> yes. >> reporter: stay focused on what you want to buy by asking a sales clerk. next secret, a price tag strategy called a group of three with an anchor. three coats priced left to right. $100, 200 and $600. the retailer doesn't expect to sell many of the most expensive items. they are there to make the middle item look like a bargain? but where should you really be looking? to the left. yeah, look left. usually the item further to the left is cheaper and not that different from the other two. when it comes to electronics, resist add-ons. electronics retailers are taking a play from the fashion
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industry. you go to a store to buy a tablet or smartphone. items the store doesn't usually make a big profit on. but then look at what is next to the displays, accessories. and how helpful, the sales clerk tells me i need a cable, screen protector, oh, charging case. >> you are tempted to buy. hold on, now when you need to pull out your smartphone -- >> reporter: check monoprice, newegg and amazon have them at rock bottom prices. order it on the phone or show it to the clerk and see if they will give you the sales price. lastly, beware of the e-mail game of chicken. if you made a purchase on line or in store with any retailer they probably have your e-mail and boy are they using and abusing it right now. last day for savings, 20% off today only. >> retailers do understand that we've come to love a bargain. it ends up i think being the greatest achilles heel for shoppers. thinking something is a deal and
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not thinking is this really worth it to me. >> reporter: toys, kitchen accessories, tools, some electronics get cheaper the closer we get to christmas. and afterwards, well, let the sales really begin. remember, when it comes to winning the battle of deals, what you don't know could cost you. keep informed, keep calm and keep your holiday budget tight. >> good tips. you are a pro shopper. >> well, it's taken -- >> did you know this? >> i didn't know the whole look to the left. look at me. that's me coming home with my happy face. >> usually these graphics are like you're a superhero. that kind of could be you. >> only thing missing is my shirt ripped open to reveal my true super hero costume. >> i liked where you were going for a minute. that was interesting. >> stop it. >> interesting. super shopper mom is what i meant. >> that's what you meant. exactly.
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to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. welcome to "the mix," everyone. so every family has a christmas tradition whether you are taping your kids coming down the stairs or taping them opening gifts or a picture, whatever it is. one dad had for 25 years taped his kids coming down the stairs losing their minds when they see their presents, and now their son has compiled it. it is starting in 1985. we picked and chose a couple different ones. set to great christmas music. the kids sometimes excited, sometimes not excited talking about certain things. you can kind of see them as they grow and get older. the gifts -- look at this teenagers. eventually the family members make appearances. dogs make appearances eventually. her husband comes in there.
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it is a really sweet video and the guy who compiled it is the son there. his name is nick. he started to also make small videos of his own children experiencing different things of their life. just a sweet little thing. it was originally posted in 2010 and has gone viral. and i think every christmas it picks up momentum. >> i get my daughter every year coming down the stairs. she is 10 now. >> so good to see them coming down at the stairs. >> she has to wait at the top of the landing. okay. i'm down there. same thing. >> that's sweet. do you hate it when you're out and somebody's being -- who doesn't -- obnoxious on the cell phone being loud in a public place next to you? there's a guy on line, viral video, gets revenge in a clever way. he pulls out his phone and turns the table on the loud talker. >> really? >> yeah, me too much i'm sitting >> yeah. me, too, i'm sitting here at the airport waiting to get on the flight.
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>> yeah. >> i'm sorry. no. >> b-plus. that's good. >> congratulations. that is not bad. reception is kind of bad over here. i'm going to move over. it is definitely better here. >> this guy is messin' with everybody else. he is answering their questions. as if he is on the phone with them. pretty great. i guess you have to be a big guy to pull this off. >> if you get in the face of somebody like this guy, hey, what are you doing? >> if he does that to me i'm going to move away. he's too big. here we go. another list is out. we always get these lists at the end of the year. the worst drivers have been revealed. coming in at number five is alabama. number four, interesting, texas, big old state. i'm surprised. number three is mississippi. number two we have south carolina. and number one, drum roll
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this morning on "world news now," legal blow. this morning on "world news now," legal blow. a federal judge tells the nsa to stop collecting phone records. the major consequences in an agency that's trying to stop terrorism. no hugging. a high school senior in serious trouble for embracing a teacher. the campus outrage and the school's explanation. adding up. tonight's mega millions jackpot quickly approaching a $600 million prize. why this lottery frenzy may go down in history. and best bands. the just-released list of the rock and roll hall of fame inductees. it's in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 17th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. all right.
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we're going to begin with questions about whether the government can spy on your cell phone records. a federal judge now says it's the unconstitutional. >> the white house says the program is necessary to keep americans safe. abc's karen travers has the details from washington. >> reporter: it was a strong rebuke to the obama administration's controversial nsa surveillance program. >> a federal judge is finally pushing back, finally saying to the nsa no. in fact, mass collection of phone records without individualized suspicion is not illegal. >> reporter: president obama has defended the phone data collection program saying it is a critical tool in the fight against terrorism. judge richard leon, a george w. bush appointee, said the nsa's massive database was unconstitutional. he said the program almost certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy and is indeed an unreasonable search under the fourth amendment.
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he also called the government's phone data collection almost orwellian. president obama said the information was collecting information on who called who and where. >> nobody is listening to your telephone calls. that's not what this program is about. >> reporter: and that it's kept america safe. >> we know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information. >> reporter: but judge leon said there is an utter lack of evidence that a terrorist attack has ever been prevented because searching the nsa database is faster than other investigative the ruling is a victory for fugitive nsa hacker edward snowden. the classified documents he leaked gave the first glimpse into the nsa surveillance. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> the nsa spying issue is one of the challenges faced by the new director of homeland security. the senate approved jeh johnson's nomination yesterday. he's the first african-american
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to hold that job. johnson was a top pentagon lawyer and he replaces janet napolitano. the senate could approve a new budget by the end of the week. a test vote is set for today. the bill would restore about $63 billion in across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect in the current budget year and the next one. the house approved a similar spending plan last week. the hunt continues this morning for two carjackers who targeted a couple at a new jersey mall in the height of the holiday season. the husband was shot and killed in front of his terrified wife. the suv was stolen and abandoned hours later. we get more from abc's rina ninan. >> reporter: he was a young, promising attorney, a few years out of law school, but dustin freedland's life ended in a matter of moments in what many find an unlikely place. the parking lots of an upscale new jersey mall. he was 30 years old. the short hills mall was open late to accommodate holiday shoppers. a little after 9:00 p.m. in the parking lot, shots and a scream. >> i just heard screaming, like
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at the top of her lungs. >> reporter: it was jamie, dustin's wife. he had just opened the car door for her when two men drove up, shot him in the head and drove away with his luxury range rover. >> we don't know why that car. it is obviously a car with some value. >> reporter: jamie friedland was not injured. police found the car abandoned on a newark street. as millions of holiday shoppers descend on malls, experts say parking lots away from the hustle and bustle are where you need to be most alert. how can you stay safe? park near other cars or a parking attendant where there are likely to be more people. always carry your purse or bag in front of you. >> if someone takes your handbag release it. let them have the handbag. remember, the handbag and contents are replacement. you are not. >> have your keys in your hand. they could be used as self-defense. a little extra protection this
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busy shopping season. rina ninan, abc news. short hills, new jersey. >> horrible story. i can't wait until they get these guys. $10,000 reward offered in the search for the suspect. >> here's something interesting. "the star ledger" in new jersey is reporting he was fighting these guys trying to fend them off while they were trying to carjack his suv. his family is saying they don't believe that because he's not the type of person that would really do any kind of fighting for something as -- something like a car. >> they always tell you to give it to the person. but i mean, if it happened to me and i didn't see a gun, i might be like, no way. but then you don't know if they have a gun. and you don't know what you are going to do. >> just walk away. >> but you are a human being and i can see somebody saying you are not getting my car. >> especially if it is a spur of the moment and the bad guy's reaction is to take the gun out. >> you don't think that would ever happen. >> that's true. it's unfortunate. >> yep. all right. some final exams at harvard university have to be
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rescheduled after cancelled by a bomb threat. four buildings evacuated yesterday following reports explosives may have been placed inside. no devices were ever found. everything is back to normal. speculation among the students is that someone made that threat to avoid taking the test. high school student in georgia said he is unfairly punished for showing affection. surveillance video shows a 17-year-old sam mcnair putting his arms around a teacher. the teacher alleges that mcnair kissed her on her neck and cheek. mcnair is disputing that but it has gotten him a one-year suspension. it is something that he and his mother say has derailed his college plans. >> i have five months left in my senior year. i don't see why they would take that from me. >> he's a senior. he plays football. getting ready for lacrosse season and stripping him of the opportunity to get a full scholarship for athletics for college. >> reporter: the school district says case officers take the past disciplinary history into
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account when determining punish. he has a record of previous suspensions but not for sexual harassment. a wildfire tearing through the big sur area of california has destroyed 15 homes including one that belonged to the fire chief. the wind-driven fire has been popular in the tourist destination since sunday. so far, about 100 people have been forced to evacuate. there were no reports of injuries. here's a look at your weather now. the fire crews face another day of dry conditions in california. messy rain/snow mix is likely for the d.c. area into southern new jersey. snow for new york and philly during the morning commute. >> dallas, new orleans should be comfortable in the upper 60s. honolulu 80. and northern new england could see highs in the single digits. when you think of places that get a lot of snow, you probably don't think of the middle east, and that's one thing making this story unique. >> the other thing is after a freak snowstorm caused problems in the capital of jordan over the weekend the country's king, yes, king was seen helping to push a car that was stuck. jordan's king abdullah is there in the red turban. >> wow.
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after the car is pushed out, the king casually walks away. he was out checking the progress of the snow removal at the time. >> by the way, he attended boarding school in massachusetts and attended georgetown university. >> probably the only one that knows what snow is. >> a lot of experience with snow. >> doing it all wrong, guys. >> i wonder if he's the one that told the guy put it in neutral. put it in neutral. >> exactly. man, oh, man. >> pretty cool actually. >> props to him. >> yeah. coming up, just announced this year's inductees to the rock and roll hall of fame. are your favorites on the list? do you feel lucky? the holiday ticket buying frenzy leading up to tonight's jackpot. today's odds and tomorrow's dreams. you are watching "world news now." ♪ i feel lucky >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular.
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♪ are you feeling lucky? if so, today could be the day your bank account grows by a cool half billion dollars. >> can you imagine? tonight's mega millions jackpot is beyond ginormous. it could even get bigger giving the winner one of the best holidays in history. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: move over, santa. millions are banking on mega millions to deliver their ultimate christmas gift this year. the $586 million jackpot is the second largest in mega millions history. >> if you are not in it, you can't win it. >> reporter: ever since mega millions changed the game decreasing the chances of winning, no one has won. since october 21st, there have
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been 21 straight drawings without a winner, quickly approaching the longest streak of 25 winless drawings back in 2000. you now have a one in 259 million chance of winning mega millions. the worst odds of any american lottery ever. still, statisticians say someone is bound to win eventually. >> the higher the lottery value is the more people are interested in playing. what we typically find is the more people that play you get a decent probability of a winner. >> reporter: as tradition would have it, this past friday 13th, proved unlucky. 168 million tickets were sold which meant there was a 47% of having a winner. yet no one won. lottery officials expect by the next drawing, roughly 70% of the 259 million possible number combinations will be in play. if you went with a $316,500,000 cash option, your net worth would be higher than beyonce. if the jackpot rolls over two more times a billion dollar christmas eve win could mean an estimated $540 million cash payout.
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your net worth would be even higher than will smith, bruce springsteen and derek jeter combined. how's that for a merry christmas? linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> all right. the mega millions jackpot is the subject of our facebook question of the day. how much money are you spending on the mega millions tickets? tell us about your lottery habits. wnnfans.com. >> i could deal with being richer than bruce springsteen, derek jeter and will smith. >> i'l tab, guys. i got it. >> let's fly in my private jet, please. i don't want you guys to feel uncomfortable. >> jet's too small. i like to stretch my legs. beyonce is not invited because she doesn't make enough money. >> not in the club. >> she's not in the club. >> my goodness, gracious.
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it could go over a billion. it could roll over a couple more times because it is so hard to win now that they've made the odds even worse. >> what if nobody win past christmas and it keeps going? then it is just in the stratosphere. >> you hear all of these struck by lightning things. they say the odds of winning are like hitting three holes in one in a row. if you have ever golfed i've never gotten close to a hole in one, maybe two feet, and to do it three times in a row. you can golf your whole life and do it nonstop and still never do that. >> but we did a story about a guy. i don't remember where he was but he got three holes in one the same day or week or whatever it was. he needs to play the lottery and i think i'm related to him. >> especially if he wins. >> exactly. coming up, the list that rock 'n' roll fans wait all year to see. it was just released. michael jackson's kids sharing things we never knew about the king of pop.
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♪ skinny so skinny the rock and roll hall of fame coming out with a new list of inductees. >> i looked at the graphics we made and they have aged. so it is hard in some cases -- first inductee. do you know who the guy on the left is? i saw him. he is awesome. peter gabriel.
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>> you have to know the middle one. >> hall and oats. >> oh, my gosh. that is hall and oats. >> i know kiss. that is an old hall and oats. >> kiss could be 99 and look like they did the. >> on the left look at the guy, nirvana and in the middle just passed away. >> linda ronstadt. >> what a beautiful voice. >> and on the right. that's a tough one. >> yousef islam. >> formerly known as -- >> cat stevens. >> they are the inductees. the show will be april 10th, 2014 at the barclay center in brooklyn. >> that's a great song. ♪ >> peter gabriel is just awesome and i just saw him and his voice is better than ever. >> i thought he walked by you. >> no. >> moving on to this now. michael jackson's children are speaking out. we are hearing for the first
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time from blanket, the 11-year-old who was only 7 when his dad passed away in 2009. it is part of a documentary that is produced by their grandmother katherine jackson. it kind of gives a little bit -- if not a lot of insight into the lives they led while their dad was still live. take a listen. >> it took me until i was 6 years old to learn his name was michael jackson because he was always dad to me. >> we don't know a lot of kids our age. we were secluded and never left the ranch that often. >> he had a zoo basically. giraffe, lions. you probably heard it, but he had a chimp named bubbles. >> that 16-year-old prince 15-year-old paris and 11-year-old blanket that you just heard from. here's what's a little interesting. they they have a fundraising goal. you can only watch it by paying on line. they have a fund-raising goal of $3.2 million. you may ask where is the money going?
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there's no charity that's been associated with the project. so it appears that all of the profits could help to support members of the jackson family. i don't know how people will feel about this incredibly rich family needs more money but we have also heard of them having struggles with their finances. so there you have it. some insight in to m.j.'s kids. >> sad to hear the kids. feel bad for them. >> so young. >> yep. justin timberlake -- pretty cool. stops the concert december 15th performing in louisville at the kfc yum center. i like the name of that. kfc yum center. anyway, he asks a guy to come up and facilitates his video of a proposal. he brings up josh and kim, and he says, "make your way up here," and basically says, "do your thing." he gets down on one knee and proposes. the crowd goes wild. pretty cool, right? >> oh, my gosh. >> justin timberlake. got to love him. >> i have to tell you, all of these artists keep becoming more and more involved with their
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fans. we had that semi selfy taken by the fan and beyonce popped up in the back. and now justin stopping his concert to do this for a fan. >> yeah, pretty cool. this happened in louisville. was the tweet from justin. this for a fan. >> yeah, pretty cool. this happened in louisville. was the tweet from justin. and stole her hard-earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you learn all it may take is a little misplaced information to wreak havoc on your life. this is identity theft. and no one helps stop it better than lifelock. lifelock offers the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. if mary had lifelock's bank account alerts, she may have been notified before it was too late. lifelock's credit notification service is on the job 24/7. as soon as they detect a threat to your identity within their network, they will alert you, protecting you before the damage is done. lifelock has the most comprehensive identity theft protection available, guarding your social security number, your money,
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is younger looking skin. ♪ ♪ we end this half-hour with a love story just in time for the holidays. and with most love stories, it begins with a chance meeting and first glance that lets both sides know that everything's going to be okay. >> it is about a special little pup and the home he was always meant to have. the story now from our station in tampa, florida. >> reporter: meet the louers, all ten, including the newest louer, willie. >> willie adopted me. >> reporter: their cat managed to escape and luckily ended up at the humane society. she went to pick him up, and she met willie. it was love at first bark.
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>> i heard a unique bark and i more or less demanded to see the dog who i was told was a special dog. >> reporter: willie is special. he spent over a month at the humane society in tampa bay where they found him laying in a box, thrown away like trash next to a dumpster. he was completely paralyzed from his waist down, not even able to wag his tail. >> he is the sweetest little thing. and he has a will to live, and he wanted to live. >> reporter: willie's journey over the last month is nothing short of a miracle with a plan that seemed to be in action from day one. >> she was supposed to lose her cat. willie was supposed to show up here. she was supposed to show up here. i think it was all planned and we were just bystanders. >> reporter: with a little tlc and steroids, willie regained function of his lower body. he got wheels and now has a
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sister who can relate. cody was once paralyzed, too. now they are both unstoppable and it is clear why willie is so special. it's not his limitations but his ability to overcome them. >> his being special didn't scare me because i just have faith that the right things come to people at the right times in their lives. >> reporter: in tampa, abc action news. >> too cute. >> too adorable. >> willie better get a chair. throw the ball. >> got to wait. >> she said they are unstoppable. a little stoppable. >> too cute though, right? >> i love the way they are telling the story. it's usually, oh, look at me, i did a good thing and adopted a dog with special needs. i adopt many dogs with special needs. >> i feel like we got to know him. >> the owner of the dogs said no he found me.
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