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♪ wishing you a hairy christmas and a happy happy happy new year ♪ well, the future of the wildly popular reality tv show "duck dynasty" uncertain this morning after one of the stars was suspended for comments he made about gays. >> the family of phil robertson made a statement saying they stand behind their patriarch. they said they can't imagine the show going forward without him. >> how the incident has ignited a debate about free speech. >> reporter: the self-proclaimed
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redneck family of "duck dynasty" is everywhere. presenting at the country music awards. attending white house correspondents dinner and presiding over the half billion dollar empire one of the most popular cable shows in history. i spoke to them about their gospel of hunting and god. they used their fame to spread their christian believes. >> in jesus name, amen. >> amen. >> reporter: now the family's patriarch, phil robertson, is under his comments about sin to "gq" magazine. "start out with homosexual behavior and morph from there. sleeping with this woman and that woman, lumping gays in with terrorists saying god will sort it out later." robertson who grew up in jim crow, louisiana, said that blacks were better off before civil rights. "i never with my eyes saw the mistreatment of any black person. pre-entitlement they were happy and no one was singing the blues." condemnation came quickly. the human rights campaign called
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the remarks "dangerous and revisionist." >> it is unacceptable to equate homosexuality with beastiality. it is unacceptable to assert that being gay is a choice that one has. >> reporter: a&e placing robertson on indefinite hiatus. but conservative fans like sarah palin came to his defense by targeting his opponents as intolerants. the governor of his home state sounding off. >> the left is tolerant of every viewpoint except those that disagree with them. >> in jesus name, amen. >> reporter: others say he's being attacked for his religious beliefs. the family has a best-selling christmas cd out. ♪ >> reporter: and fans flock to them for it. >> everyone watches "duck dynasty. " you dvr and go to church and come home and watch "duck dynasty." >> we pray continued blessings on our family. amen. >> amen.
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>> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> i happen to think what's lost in this and the people that are coming out to defend him saying this is his first amendment right. no one is taking that away from him. he has every right to say whatever he wants. when you work for a private company, you have to live by the consequences of the company. if they say what you said is not living to their standards they can do anything -- >> you have to live with the consequences. he's not going to get arrested for what he said, but he may lose a lucrative opportunity. >> like if we were going to come up here and say we hate all blue chairs and abc didn't like that we could get suspended, as silly as it sounds to people. that's just the way it is. coming up, saying no is a big part of a parent's job. but one woman prefers to do the opposite. >> why this mom says yes to everything her kids ask for christmas. ahead in our next half-hour, kids that have everything. behaving badly. we will show you a look at a new show about rich kids in beverly hills. you are watching "world news now." >> "world news now" continues
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after this from our abc stations. kids in beverly hills. you are watching "world news now." >> walking down the toy aisle is hard because she wants everything. i see how excited she gets. as a parent, you just want to give your kids everything. >> reporter: liz says all year long she and her husband david say no to extravagant gifts and spend 364 days a year teaching their two children to appreciate what they have and helping others. christmas is the one day of the year she gets to say yes. >> if your whole year is about restraint and lessons, than christmas might be a nice time to have gifts. >> reporter: other families have their own holiday giving strategies.
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president obama and first lady michelle say sasha and malia are allowed to ask for three gifts apiece. "full house" alum candace cameron bure takes her family to a homeless shelter to serve food. is there a right answer to the gift-giving debate? >> most important is for families to say what is it we'd like to focus on, empathy, gratitude and compassion and what are the strategies to develop that in our kids. >> reporter: abc news, new york. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day. we want to know what is your holiday gift-giving strategy for the kids? log on to wnnfans.com and weigh in. you have a lot of christmases. >> i have a naturally good kid who is not greedy, is that okay. and i say what do you want, maybe santa can get you that one or your aunts and uncles and she is like i'm
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not sure. this is expensive. >> it is a conversation. >> she knows not to ask for something crazy off the hook. >> i wonder if mom there, if somebody were to ask for too much what would her reaction be? omebody were to ask for too much what would her reaction be? took over her bank accounts, ole mary's identity, 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,
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welcome to "the mix," everyone. we will start with a piece of video that is really sweet. 20-year-old ryan holcomb has down syndrome, and he received an acceptance letter from college. clemson university has a program for people called "life," for people with disabilities who want the experience of going to college. look at his reaction when he gets the acceptance letter. >> they said yes. >> they said yes. what do you say? >> yes! this is crazy. >> are you happy? >> yes. >> that's ryan holcomb. his mom, susan, also went to clemson. and in her post of this on
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youtube, she said she is proud of her alma mater. >> awesome story. love it. this is a great one, too. the staff did a flash mob. "charlie brown christmas" in front of the flat iron building in new york city. let's watch. ♪ >> you know pig pen steals the show if you ask me. that is really good, right? >> really good flash dance. i like flash dances i can jump in on. not choreographed at all. >> very cool. christmas polka coming up. a new one. check it out. >> uh-huh. ♪ something special's in the air ♪ ♪ security cameras everywhere that's the christmas polka ♪ ♪ muggers never steal your phone ♪ ♪ now they just deploy a drone ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ children write to santa claus requesting toys and treats ♪
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♪ meanwhile the nsa is monitoring their tweets ♪ ♪ santa's snowed in but we're rootin' edward snowden stuck with putin ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka what do you want santa to bring you? >> beets. >> the vegetable? it is very good for you. builds blood. >> the headphones. >> we're with disney legal. can i speak to you for a moment? just kidding, just kidding. ♪ i heard iran has got a plan it's keeping me awake ♪ ♪ like north korea they developed weaponized fruitcake ♪ ♪ retail stores will smile that's true while they racial profile you ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ i bought the new playstation 4 it's fun beyond compare ♪ ♪ but the hardest game is trying to buy obamacare ♪ ♪ democrats and gop lose the animosity ♪ ♪ and do the christmas polka ♪ snoths♪
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this morning on "world news now," theater drama. this morning, theater drama. the ceiling collapses in a london playhouse, injured dozens. the frightening moments and search for what went wrong. tour tragedy. two buses crashing moment apart in separate california accidents. the scary ordeal for passengers as the investigation begins. fugitive found. a woman accused of trying to kill her husband 36 years ago. her surprising discovery hundreds of miles away in an affluent neighborhood. sounds like a movie script. sneak preview. ellen degeneres gives us a glimpse of her next big step on to one of the biggest stages on television. that's coming up on "the skinny" on this friday, december 20th. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. happy friday, everybody. the last friday before the big christmas holiday. >> my goodness. and it happen to be our christmas holiday tonight. very excited -- >> yes. >> i'm going to be stone-cold sober during the whole thing. >> no lampshades for you. you got the baby to worry about. >> still cooking here. >> you bringing the man? >> he's coming. >> he can go wild because you're the designated driver. >> he's going to be buck wild. >> he doesn't even work here so he can get as crazy as he wants. >> he can do anything he wants. a terrifying night at the theater for hundreds in london. the roof came down in the middle of a play, bringing the balcony down with it. >> hundreds rushed to the exits with just the theater's emergency lights to guide them. abc has more from the scene. >> reporter: the panic here began at 8:15 p.m. during a packed performance of the play "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime." the audience heard a strange sound. >> surreal.
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when you're there and something happens, to begin with you think it's the show. people started climbing over you. we tried to get out. >> reporter: the ceiling was collapsing. >> we heard a creak, and then the ceiling, plaster or something, it slowly -- the whole thing collapsed like that. >> suddenly heard a massive crash, massive section came down. filled with dust straight away. >> then what we. was debris falling on us. a loud bang. debris falling on us. all of a sudden there was a coat of dust that came on us. >> reporter: more than 700 audience members rushing to escape the falling ceiling of this famed theater, more than 100 years old, and located in the heart of london's theater district. stretchers rolling the injured out. others walking with bandaged heads. 81 reportedly injured, seven seriously. hit by debris from a ceiling as high as a five-story building. london fire brigade officials tell us that almost 900 square feet of the plaster ceiling came
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down on the audience. these old theaters part of the charm of this city's city theater district. that charm turned dangerous. terry mowran, abc news, london. back here in southern california, back-to-back tour bus crashes on the same highway just 50 miles apart. the crash near fallbrook involved several vehicles flipping the bus on to its side. one person died, 22 others injured. about the same time in corona, a second tour bus crashing. flipped on to its side and injured another 20 passengers. >> it was a solo bus crash. 30 people on board. the roadways were wet. it was raining out here. you know, obviously that played some part in it. whether it be speed or stopping distance or whatever it may be. >> both accidents happened on the 15 freeway, and both buses were traveling to and from casinos operated by native americans on tribal land in san diego county. a school bus in south carolina might have suffered the same fate if it weren't for two hero teachers. the driver fell out of his seat.
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you see the video there. while he was making a left turn. a teacher grabbed the wheel and struggled to keep the bus from flipping over into a dish. the driver was in the way. another teacher jumped over him and was able to slam on the brakes. luckily no one was hurt. the driver, out of a job. those hoping to get an early start on their christmas travel plans may find those plans delayed as a major storm moves across the central and eastern states. a similar system hitting utah, canceling hundreds of flights in and out of salt lake city. the snowstorm also causing at least one transformer to explode. took down some wires and poles. it left thousands without power. while these storms may disrupt your travel plans, your presents should arrive just fine. the major shipping companies are gearing up to make sure there are no delays for the last-minute online purchases on what they call super weekend. fedex alone has 15 meteorologists in its operations center. hundreds of plane de-icers, one for every two of its planes. >> wow. they are prepared. >> not messing around. >> not at all. from holiday shipments to
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millions of christmas travelers, these storms systems could not come at a worse time. >> accu-weather meteorologist jim dickey tracking it all. dealing with a mess across the northeast into the midwest today. frontal boundary strung out. cold air to the north drawn to the south. many spots in the 40s and 50s ahead of the system. we'll see snow in northern new england, an area of ice in between. that stretches back across the lakes. that gets going into the weekend, though. looking for disruptive snow from the lakes back on into the plains. severe weather in the deep south. john, diana, back to you. >> jim dickie, thank you. here's the rest of the weather. much of the southeast and florida will be dry. rain for northern texas through arkansas to kentucky and tennessee. there will also be showers in the southwest. it will be in the upper 40s in northwest today. near 60 in washington. just about freezing in chicago and detroit. minneapolis will top out at only
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15 degrees in salt lake city. staying around freezing. u.s. marshals have tracked down a fugitive on the run for 36 years. cath lynn regina hough was indicted in texas in 1977 for trying to kill her common law husband. investigators from a cold case unit tracked her to a suburban neighborhood outside detroit. she apparently avoided being caught by moving to seattle, then to michigan. she married and even changed her last name. >> i'm thinking like now i need to be careful, you know. you never know who is your neighbor. that you live in a quiet neighborhood but you never know who's lived behind this door, you know? >> the marshals arrested her in the driveway out of her home. she is now in jail and will be extradited back to texas. >> she had a no solicitors sign on the front door. she didn't want visitors, for sure. >> didn't want the fbi showing up, for sure. >> apparently it was a cooperative effort between texas authorities. they reached out to cops in the detroit area after getting a tip that she was living in the michigan area. records showed that she spent a few years in seattle, as well.
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>> here's something -- it was almost as if she saw them before she even pulled into the driveway. not a struggle. she surrendered without incident. she must have said, my time has come. >> exactly. after 36 years of always looking over her shoulder, it's probably like, okay, today's the day. >> right. for 40 million people who have shopped at target since thanksgiving, credit card information could be compromised. the data breach at the second largest discounter, one of the largest attacks on a retailer ever. experts recommend replacing any cards that you might have used at target with new ones. from london, a stunning detail from the phone hacking trial of seven people connected to the now-defunct tabloid "news of the world." it was revealed for the first time yesterday that an investigator hacked into the voicemail of kate middleton during the time she was dating prince william. transcripts of voice mails were read in court. in one, william called his future wife, "babykins." he also relates how he was nearly shot during a military training exercise. we have big money stories here starting with facebook ceo
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mark zuckerberg who is selling more than 41 million shares of the company stock. that's about $2.3 billion worth of the social network. facebook says most of that money will go toward paying taxes. another financial move, zuckerberg will contribute some of the money to charities. another billionaire in the headlines is warren buffett who apparently had a better year in the stock market than the rest of us did. one study shows that buffett's fortune at least on paper climbed to over $59 billion this year alone. that, by the way, is up nearly $13 billion from last year, and breaking the numbers down, that means that buffett added $37 million a day or $1.5 million an hour to his already very large cash pile. >> that is hard to wrap your brain around. wow. >> i -- you know -- >> my plan is to win $59 mega millions jackpots in a row. yeah. we'll be chilling. >> that was a minute, an hour?
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>> big stuff. >> my stomach hurts. >> yep. i get poorer every minute that ticks by. >> especially through the holidays here. we don't even realize that the companies are still taking money out of our credit cards as we speak. >> yeah. man, oh, man. diana, this happened again. >> yes. >> we are happy to say it's a good thing. >> yes. another big surprise donation at the salvation army kettle is what makes this one our favorite story of the day. this one happened at a public supermarket in pinecrest, florida. >> someone left a gold and diamond ring in the kettle with a note that said, "please continue your good works caring for the needy in god's name." >> the ring is said to be worth about $3,500. the fourth year in a row it a special donation -- row that a special donation has been made. >> i love that it's anonymous, too. >> yeah. really good. when i first heard the story, i thought, oh, no, did this person lose the ring. i love that there was a note attached. this is not something i want returned. give it to the needy. great. >> a gold coin was found yesterday in a kettle, by the
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way, at a sam's club in indiana. south bend. bring ri [ bell ] >> hello, hello? >> that's the kettle, i think. sounds like an old telephone. but we'll take the kettle. coming up, the "duck dynasty" scandal and new details coming from the family in this ultra popular reality series. and speaking of reality tv, a new show profiling young, wealthy people behaving badly. is this a potential hit? you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: weather brought to you by mucinex fast max. cinex fast max. to you by mucinex fast max.
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♪ if i was a rich girl ♪ if i was a rich girl latest offering from reality tv, rich kids showing off their riches. >> these trust fund babies are shopping and partying their way through los angeles and soon, lucky, lucky us, we will be able to watch it happen. we're "up all nightline" with abc's nick watts. >> don't believe the hype. >> reporter: it seems to me the rich kids of beverly hills is ignoring one of the oldest rules of entertainment. >> do i look as bitchy in real life? >> reporter: possibly. an old rule that states a leading character, to be successful, must be just a little bit likeable. >> check the selfy lighting in here. can't get an apartment if the
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lighting is bad. >> reporter: the audience has to empathize just a little bit. >> i'm dorothy and my dad is a self-made billionaire. he has a fear about me being -- like princessy person. >> little late on that. >> reporter: why do e! executives think this show launching next month will be a blockbuster? >> it is great tv starring bad people. >> reporter: or at least people behaving badly. it's tapping in to the massive market for voyeuristic aspirational shows all the way from "million dollar listings." >> the comps can be from 1.2 to 9 million. >> reporter: to "the shahs of sunset." >> you and i may not have the money that these people do. it's fun to see how they live. >> reporter: i see "the rich kids of beverly hills as a new virulent, drug-resistant strain of reality tv launched off the
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back of the nauseating kids of instagram, tumblr pages of kids barely old enough to shave. >> these kids have no humility about their money. they are willing to brag and show everything they have got. based on what i have seen from the promos, i feel like "the rich kids of beverly hills" more -- they're a little more in your face. >> reporter: so far we have seen a promo clip and brief bios from e. dorothy describing herself as funemployed, which means unemployed which is so fun. >> if you believe in the american dream and believes this is something that you yourself can obtain if you continue to work hard and try hard, then it is more aspirational than obnoxious. >> reporter: nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> i can literally not watch shows like that. it gets my blood pressure up. get all uptight. >> you can't deal. >> yeah. >> unless we star in it. >> yeah. >> which we do.
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>> diana? >> man, i lost that weight quick. >> man, oh, man. >> we are incredibly wealthy. you can't see it because we come in to work every day. and complain about being poor. >> look at my car parked out on 66th street. you will know we are kidding. coming up, controversy for mariah carey after performing for a dictator. members of the "duck dynasty" family are in the middle of a scandal. we will have what they have to say coming up in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. now"
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♪ skinny so skinny time for "the skinny." we begin with the huge "duck dynasty" controversy. >> you've probably heard by now that the show's patriarch, phil, did an interview with "gq" magazine. talking an homosexuality. he was suspended indefinitely. his comments set off a fire storm of opposition. supporters -- well, a new facebook page calling for a boycott on a&e unless they put him on the air. the facebook page has more than a million likes. family issued a statement saying they are considering pulling out of the show. here's what they have had to say. "we have a successful work ing relationship with a&e but as a family we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm." >> some of the things he said was pretty inflammatory.
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it will be interesting to see where this ends up. >> you wonder if all bets were off with a&e, would another network pick them up. you wonder. >> it is a such a lucrative series. i don't think there would be a doubt. the oscars aren't until march, but we are going to talk about them anyway. that's because ellen degeneres is hosting. she released a video promoting the event and of course she's dancing. check it out. ♪ >> there you saw she starts alone but ends up with 250 tuxedo-clad dancers moving along with her. ellen is lip syncing to the song "the walker" by the fits and tantrums. warner brothers in burbank and it will run in theaters starting next month. by the way, the oscars air live here on abc on march 2nd. >> she is so funny. >> i think it will be a show to watch. >> absolutely think so. now to a story about the world's most popular band doing
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something amazing. one direction has sent a message to a student wounded in the arapahoe school shooting. 17-year-old claire davis, huge fan of one direction, was shot by a fellow student. she's in a coma. some of her friends launched a social media campaign to try to get one direction to send her a message, and they did. listen up. >> what happened to you is terrible. something we can't bear to think about. we wanted russia to share our love with you, all of our prayers with you and your family. >> way to go, guys. hope she can hear that and appreciate how cool it is. mariah carey is in hot water for a concert she gave last weekend because she performed for a dictator. she performed for josè eduardo dos santos and his family. she made a million bucks on the show, but human rights activists are not happy. they say that the only billionaire in angola has ordered the execution of politicians, journalists and activists that defy him.
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they say his family exploited oil and diamond wealth in order to get power in government. man, oh, man. >> not the first performer to take heat for performing for heads of state that aren't popular. >> very true. the first performer to take heat for performing for heads of state that aren't popular. >> very true.
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we are continuing to review what happened in this case. >> i have to push for the answer about whether or not you might run for president. >> i haven't made up my mind. >> really haven't? >> really have not. i will look carefully at what i think i can do and make that decision sometime next year. >> reporter: the economy is continuing to make progress. it also has much farther to travel before conditions can be judged normal. >> what an exciting night here in georgia. she did pick the numbers. they were a combination of family birthdays and her family's lucky number, number seven. >> we can't even talk about on a morning show how vile his remarks were to the gay community and african-american community. >> we have the spare parts, training and skills and of course doing a space walk is exciting yet very challenging. >> what we are after is a good pastor with a wanted tender care
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for his sheep. and we got that on steroids. >> quite a week. >> every time we see images of our pope, i'm reminded how great of a guy he is. everything you hear about him he is wonderful. >> he is off to a flying start. hope it stays that way. really inspiring. this weekend we have the christmas party on friday night. >> that's tonight. >> yes, exactly. >> you realize that, right. >> our schedules are all off. we're getting in the party mood here. i'm stretching. getting my sober face ready. >> can't have holiday cheer. that's too bad, right. designated driver that can drive the party bus while we go crazy. >> i will go and pick up everybody. >> sounds like a plan. all right. we want to remind you about a special feature for our fans. >> this is called "in case you missed it." we told you about it before. some of the best moments from
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good morning. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm john muller. here's the top stories on "world news now." if you were hoping to get a jump on christmas travel this weekend, you may be disappointed. a major snowstorm heading across the country that is likely to close roads and make the trip miserable. a woman on the run since 1977 is behind bars this morning. u.s. marshals arrested her outside of her home in michigan. she fled texas 36 years ago after being indicted for attempting to her then-common law husband. keep a close eye on your credit card bills, that is if you shopped at target this holiday season. 40 million accounts were compromised and it
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wasn't just their own cards. any cards used in target stores. the family of phil robertson says they are unsure if the show "duck dynasty" will go on without him. they issued a statement saying they are in discussions with a&e about the show's future. those are some of the top stories on this friday, december 20th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> good friday morning, everybody. >> friday. >> made it. >> friday. >> i know. >> christmas on the horizon. >> some people will have a white christmas but a lot of people like us, it's going to be 70 degrees in pennsylvania. 68 degrees in new york. it will be nice here but not everybody has nice weather coming their way. >> "world news now" christmas party tonight. >> yes, we do. >> oh, boy. >> i hope there's some mistletoe there. so i can totally misbehave. >> i will be sober so that's not going to happen. >> disappointed. >> i will watch.
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>> i will wind up under the mistletoe with nole. that's my luck. >> i will be taking pictures. just so you know. >> let's get started. this half-hour, another major snowstorm heading across the country as we begin the busy travel week. this is a busy week for delivering your online purchases. will you and your presents arrive on time? that's the question everyone is asking. abc weather editor ginger zee has more. >> reporter: bursting in to the holiday weekend. freezing rain forcing a transformer in salt lake city, utah, to blow. almost four inches of snow shutting down the salt lake city airport for two hours and a completely different storm will droop into the pacific northwest. that means snow from seattle through the northern rockies. rain and cold for the southwest today and eventually a messy weekend for the middle of the nation. damaging winds and isolated tornados in the south, a hazardous line of ice and above it up to a foot of snow.
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the big old storm, ill timed for holiday travelers and those last-minute packages. u.p.s. and fedex already breaking records this week. fedex shipping 22 million packages. u.p.s., 34 million. fedex says they have been preparing for this storm since last week. rerouting tens of thousands of packages, they have got 333 plane de-icers. that is one for every two planes. >> this is our peak weekend. we have all 330,000 team members out delivering and picking up packages this weekend. >> reporter: and they have a control room full of 15 meteorologists, many of them former military. they are given updates around the clock. ahead of that storm, we're talking record-high temperatures. 60s in new york city by the weekend. what's that mean for a white christmas? it is not so good. let me show you the white christmas probabilities. the darker color is low probability.
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moderate in the lighter gray and the white an absolute white christmas. ginger zee, abc news, new york. here's a look at your weather now. the southeast will be dry but could be severe thunderstorms in the lower mississippi valley. more snow and icy rain in the pacific northwest. high temperatures in the 30s and 40s for the northeast. midwest 29. the kansas city. cool in the southwest. los angeles will top out at -- temperature. rainy weather expected in back-to-back tour bus crashes in southern california. it happened on the same highway on thursday afternoon near fallbrook. a multi-vehicle accident caused that bus to flip on its side. it killed one person and injured 22. 50 miles away, near corona, another bus flipped on its side, 20 hurt in that accident. now to london where a performance at a theater ended in chaos last night. when the audience heard the noise, they thought it was part of the play. when the roof caved in they rushed to escape.
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marci gonzalez has more. >> reporter: an intense rescue effort inside of a theater in london's west end. >> ten square meters of the ornate plaster ceiling falling in the auditorium on top of the audience. >> reporter: part of the ceiling collapsing during the play. crumbling on the 700 people seated in the audience below. >> we heard a creak. and then the ceiling which is presumably plaster or something, it just slowly -- the whole thing just collapsed. just like that. and you couldn't see anything. >> there was a massive crash and massive section of it came down. room filled with dust straightaway. >> reporter: dozens hurt, some seriously. >> a large number of casualties. many of whom are walking wounded. they have been rescued by firefighters, paramedics and police officers and are currently treated and taken to hospitals in the area. >> reporter: several reportedly trapped in the rubble of the more than 100-year-old apollo theater and quickly rescued. >> police arrived. more police and fire crews. within five minutes everybody was there.
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>> reporter: eyewitnesses and first responders describing the scene as chaotic. a triage center set up in a neighboring theater as ambulances begin to rush the most seriously wounded to nearby hospitals. investigators still trying to determine what caused this terrifying collapse. looking in to whether lightning may have struck the building. john and diana? >> thank you. former nba star dennis rodman has had a busy friday in north korea. he held a tryout for basketball players set to take on a team of players next month and he smoked a cigar courtside. the game is supposed to be played on kim jong-un's birthday. he is expected to be in north korea through the weekend. the u.s. olympic delegation going to the winter games in russia has three openly gay members. 1988 gold medal figure skater brian boitano became the third yesterday. he kept his personal life private, but yesterday in a statement he said, "being gay is just one part of who i am." billie jean king is the other openly gay member of the
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delegation. a defrocked methodist minister is fighting his church's decision. frank shafer vile i'd church rules -- violated church rules against officiating at same sex weddings. he presided at his son's ceremony six years ago. he was ordered to decide if he would comply with methodist church's rules. >> i will not give up the fight. i am still a minister in my heart. i will continue to minister. i will continue to be a voice for the lgbt community. >> reporter: the united methodist church accepts gays and lesbians, it bans clergy from performing same-sex marriages. >> the denomination cannot change the rule until the next general conference which is 2 1/2 years from now. a guy in tampa spent hours being publicly humiliating instead of charged with attacking a young woman. take a look. there he is on a street corner holding a sign. that was his punishment for
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beating 20-year-old alicia hessler. she found him on facebook and gave him an ultimatum. >> i can press charges and have you arrested for a year or i can have you sit outside at a busy intersection for eight hours holding up a sign that says "i beat women." >> his decision is obvious. an official with the tampa domestic violence says stunts trivializes the issue. >> i think what the organization is saying is she should have pressed charges. >> i would think so. let the judge decide. >> my goodness. >> yeah. >> that's rough to look at. you know what, i can understand his decision, as well. this is an easy way out. but it is, after all, an easy way out. he does this for a couple of hours and he gets to go home to the comfort of his bed. had she pressed charges he would be facing more than just -- >> i would think that would be the way to go personally. now to this, casey anthony
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will not have to pay most of her debts. the mother acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter five years ago filed for bankruptcy. she has been in hiding since her trial ended two years ago. court papers say she is unemployed and hasn't worked recently. a federal bankruptcy judge yesterday discharged nearly $800,000 in debts, most of them in legal bills. actor ryan o'neal can keep this andy warhol painting of farrah fawcett, his long-time girlfriend. the jury decided it is his and he is the rightful owner and not the university of texas. the school claimed she bequeathed her art collection to it, and that disputed painting hangs now above o'neill's bed and he testified that he talks it to. the university already has another version by warhol. it is beautiful. >> absolutely beautiful. yes. here's an adorable youngster we want to tell you about who we have to publicly congratulate. she is a 9-year-old bowler from
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florida. hannah. >> hannah was at the usual bowling league night when she couldn't stop throwing strikes. she threw nothing but strikes. >> that made hannah the youngest ever american to throw a perfect 300 game. her mom says hannah was shaking as she near the end of the game but she set her nerves aside and made it happen. so a very big congratulations. >> 9 years old. look at that form. apparently she's been bowling since kindergarten. she said once she picked up a bowling ball and threw it down the lane, she knew bowling was her sport. and i guess she was right. >> through the magic of television, you don't know this but what you are seeing is probably a video a news station went to get afterward and she is still bowling perfect. look at this. this is probably video just days after. >> pose. >> i love it. here we go. here we go. watch it happen. oh, video cut.
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i saw it earlier. she had a strike. i can attest to it. >> bunch of them. coming up, musicians in the holiday spirit. will any of this year's new songs become instant classics? >> from christmas carols to new christmas movies including the 1970s movie "american hustle," animated family flick, "walking with dinosaurs." our reviews in "insomniac theater" coming up. but first, the cars that scored best on the strict new crash tests. we will show you what could be a safety lifesaver. you are watching "world news now." ♪ slow your mustang down >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal.
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♪ ride sally ride back when wilson pickett sang that song, many cars didn't even come with seat belts. my how things have changed. >> jim avila shows how new standards are making cars safer than ever. >> reporter: to make the safest car list, not only does the vehicle have to master five separate crash tests head on, the new front corner test, side crash, rollover roof strength, and how head restraints protect those test dummies. even after all of that, the truly safest vehicles on the road have to do more. the safest, like this subaru, have an option called a collision warning system that beeps if you get too close to the car in the front of you and applies the brakes even if you don't. the insurance institute says those systems are widely available on most makes at about $2,000 and worth it. because the warning alone reduces accidents by 7%.
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with automatic braking by 15%. >> the fact they have got this advanced front crash prevention system, this is a very safe choice for people. >> reporter: other recommendations, look for adaptive headlights that swivel as you turn the corner, reducing accidents by 10%. electronic stability control that manages wheel slippage and if you drive a convertible make sure it has a pop up roll bar in case of rollover. >> cars are getting safer. we are seeing a reduction in crashes. >> a reduction in fatalities over the last five years as cars have been strengthened corner to corner to pass the widest range of crash tests ever, including the new one that requires more strength at the front corner of the vehicle. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> good to know. >> yep. going to be driving us one of these days. >> oh, yeah. very soon, too. coming up, you can hear it 24 hours a day. if you like christmas music, it is catchy and contagious. >> coming up next, a look at the
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hottest holiday songs. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. at the hottest holiday songs. you are watching "world news now."
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♪ rockin' around the christmas tree ♪ brenda lee was only 13 when >> brenda lee was only 13 when she recorded that song. a hit for a half century. >> many artists try to record songs that will stand the test of time and this year a few might have done it. ♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas ♪ >> reporter: bing crosby and nat king cole -- ♪ chestnuts roasting on an open fire ♪ ♪ so this is christmas. >> reporter: even john lennon. the voices of christmas classics
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for generations until this. ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> reporter: mariah carey's 1994 hit was a game changer. music consultant bruno delgrado. >> it is an instant classic and gets played as much as "white christmas" does. >> reporter: loved by critics and listeners alike, it set a standard and ever since artists have dreamed of their own instant classic. this year someone may be close. ♪ >> just a tremendously beautiful song. the lyrics are all about family. it's all about the holidays and it's the recipe to become a classic song, as well. >> kelly clarkson's track "underneath the tree" has hit number one on the adult contemporary charts but clarkson has plenty of competition. critics raving about albums by mary j. blige.
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♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ >> reporter: and susan boyle who does a duet of "come all ye faithful" with elvis. ♪ oh come let us adore him >> reporter: boyle of course known for rocketing to fame on tv, not unlike the voices on the year's biggest christmas album surprise. the cast of "duck dynasty." ♪ merry christmas and a happy happy happy new year ♪ >> reporter: even the uproar over phil robertson's anti-gay comments hasn't slowed sales of "duck the halls." >> actually strong because it features collaborations with george strait, the king of country. >> reporter: despite titles like the "ragin' cajun red neck christmas" and "hairy christmas" experts say don't sell it short.
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>> it might become a classic, it might not. >> like elmo in the classic -- ♪ grandma got run over by a reindeer ♪ >> an untraditional song one of the most played of the season. ♪ you can say there's no such thing as santa but as for me and grandpa we believe ♪ >> merry christmas. >> that song grows on you. i remember when i first came out. now it is one of my favorites. >> i'm such a cheese ball. out of all of the songs we heard that happens to be my favorite. >> that's the one. >> how about the barking dogs, woof, woof, woof. like that one, too. >> i can think of a couple classics but "grandma got run over by a reindeer". >> kelly clarkson's "wrapped in red," is the best-selling holiday album. >> "duck dynasty" is second and will sell 16% more albums this week than last week. skyrocketing both of them.
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>> publicity. good or bad tends to work. >> it does. coming up, a look at some of the weekend's hottest movies. it does. coming up some a look at some of the weekend's hottest movies.
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time for time for "insomniac theater." this morning we are looking at two movies that couldn't be more different. >> we will start with "american hustle." this is star studded with jennifer lawrence, bradley cooper, amy adams, christian bale, robert deniro. listen to those names. tells the somewhat true story of a con man that helps to bring down corrupt politicians. along the way he gets involved in shady situations with the mafia. >> got the bureau to part $2 million for three days. you have the account numbers. >> we meaning you and him? >> yeah, we did. >> yeah, me and that guy. >> you showed me.
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>> you did that without me? are you kidding? >> what are you going to do. >> man is this getting great reviews. listen to this from joe williams from "the st. louis post dispatch," "solid gold cast and sterling script "american hustle" has a higher return on investment than any other in the marketplace." ty burr, "a sloppy, miscast, hammed up, overlong, overloud story that still sends you out of the theater on a cloud of rapture." now for something different this one for the kids. "walking with dinosaurs" is a visually stunning look at how it must have been to live with dinosaurs when they ruled the earth. it drops audiences in to a prehistoric adventure. the storyline features patchy, a dinosaur that triumphed against the odds. >> are you sure? >> pretty sure. >> are you ready? >> hit me. >> all right. >> i wasn't ready. >> i'm ready now. >> be quiet. >> come back here, you coward. >> this one got some mixed
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reviews, as well. the reviewer from "usa today" said, "the photo realistic look is striking but the dialogue is wince inducing. think of sub par flintstones episodes." a "new york times" critic says, the movie looks great. it is peppered with moments of wit an an educational component built in as dinosaur facts are displayed on the screen. >> sounds good. >> a couple of winners there. >> i think so. "american hustle" i want to see. >> one review they talked about overlong. that is a peeve of mine. i want a movie to be an hour and 35 minutes. over two hours kills me. >> get a bigger box of popcorn. >> and raisinettes. >> and mountain dew. >> sugar rush. i can't believe it. >> that's it for us for this half hour. >> follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and mountain dew. >> sugar rush. >> that's it for us for this half hour. >> follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com.
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this morning on "world news now," two tour buses crash, one right after another on southern california's rainy highways. the latest on the passengers killed and injured and where the storm is headed next. credit card crisis, millions of target shoppers targeted during the holiday rush. frustration and disbelief. >> we never expect anything like this would happen at a physical store. >> is the store doing enough to protect its consumers? then, defending "duck dynasty." the star of the reality tv series in the middle of a scandal involving very public homophobic remarks. >> the left is tolerant of every viewpoint except those that disagree with them. >> what's next for the hugely
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popular show. it's friday, december 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good friday morning. it has arrived. >> it has arrived. >> a quick week. >> the friday before christmas. can you believe it. >> this is a special friday for us here. we don't tell you where because we don't want you to crash it but tonight we are having our holiday party. >> we are going out styling. >> going crazy. >> we may stay out past 9:00 before we go to bed. >> wild and crazy is the way we do it around here. troubling news. new trouble for bus travelers. just last week that federal safety regulators shut down 52 bus companies after fatal accidents in four states. >> in two back-to-back accidents in california weather looks to have played a part. brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: it lost control. it hit the center divider and wound up on its side.
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>> reporter: back-to-back tour bus crashes in southern california. both overturned on a slick interstate 15 just 50 miles apart on thursday afternoon. this crash in fallbrook left one person dead and at least 22 others injured. the tour bus was on the way to a san diego casino when it skidded out of control. in corona, a second tour bus crash and injured another 20 passengers. >> passengers on board had to break out of the emergency exits on the roof of the bus to get out and the window screen. >> it was a solo crash. 30 people on board. the roadways were wet. it was rainy out here. >> the cause of both are under investigation. >> we have run specialized team who's conducting a mechanical inspection on the bus on site. >> reporter: brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. from south america this morning a deadly bus crash. this happened in peru.
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an overcrowded bus flipped over and fell into a ravine in the andes mountains. killing 15 and 58 injured. the terrain made it difficult to reach survivors. bus accidents took more than 4,000 lives last year. >> high drama at a london theater last night and it wasn't in the script. the ceiling of the apollo theater collapsed just before intermission, bringing down some of the three balconies. the 101-year-old theater is one of the tallest. 25 ambulances and helicopter rushed to the scene. as audience members were evacuated. 81 people were hurt. seven seriously. >> we heard a creak, and then the ceiling, which is presumably plaster or something, it collapsed and you couldn't see anything. >> they said first they thought it was part of the show. when it started to come down there were screams and panic but the evacuation was fast and orderly. a new report sheds light on why the air force general in charge of nuclear missiles was fired in october.
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investigators say major general michael carey acted badly during a nuclear security training exercise in russia in july, included were heavy drinking, rudeness and associating with so-called suspect women. when questioned carey couldn't remember portions of what happened there. another case of misbehaving, florida representative trey radel held a news conference on the day he finished rehab. he pled guilty to possession of cocaine and resorted to get treatment. he said that he has no plans to step down. on monday, the ethics committee said it plans to look into whether he violated rules of conduct. those hoping to get an early start on christmas travel may find plans delayed. a major storm moves across the central and eastern states. a similar system hit utah, canceling hundreds of flights in and out of salt lake city. the storm caused at least one transformer to explode and downed wires and poles leaving thousands of customers without power. the same storm brought snow to southern california ski resorts and smiles to skiers and snow boarders. the area is expecting about six inches through today.
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the light and powdery stuff that skiers love. that means it should be a green christmas for the resorts. >> looks fun. >> lots of cash. wintry storm hitting the pacific northwest. another system slamming the great lakes could cause travel headaches. >> accu-weather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking snow in the north and downpours in the south. >> good morning. a couple of systems we are keeping an eye on. one an area of low pressure that's moving into the northwest that will bring snow to seattle in many locations. this will be the first significant snow of the season. couple of inches piling up before we do change over to rain in the afternoon. across the east, there's a frontal boundary strung out here. marks the battleground to the north. warmth being drawn out of the south. 40s and 50s. over the weekend 50s and 60s. challenging record warmth. these clashes of air masses here will lead to widespread rain, ice, snow into the weekend.
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this thing gets going by saturday. severe storms across the deep south. disruptive snow from the lakes to the plains and significant ice in between. john and diana, back to you. >> all right, jim dickey, thank you. an update on a nationwide outbreak of salmonella from chicken. the cdc says 460 people have been sickened from eating chicken from foster farms. this drug-resistant form started to affect people in march. two other reports call for improved safety procedures to reduce that threat. a warning this morning for target customers, check your credit card bills carefully. the second largest discount chain says 40 million customers are at risk. the data thieves got the three-digit numbers off of the cards. rebecca jarvis has more. >> reporter: chris and his family used their american express just a few weeks ago and spent $62 at an albuquerque target. now he fears he's one of those 40 million. >> we never expect anything like this would happen at a physical store. >> reporter: target tells abc
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news, scammers got the names, account numbers, expiration dates, and security codes of shoppers who visited target stores between november 27th and december 15th. it's not exactly clear how the thieves did it, but experts say the theft likely happened when shoppers swiped their cards to make a purchase. with the stolen information, the thieves can act in seconds. it's what happened to katie, who asked we not disclose her name. >> they went to stores i never been to and successfully opened 11 to 14 different credit cards. >> reporter: the crooks went door to door, hitting nearly every store on this block on a $15,000 shopping spree. $550 tablet, sneakers, coats and fragrances at macy's in a matter of hours. adam levine has spotted identity thieves for three decades. >> you can do everything right but if you are on the wrong database at the wrong moment and the wrong person gains access -- they have an option on your life.
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>> reporter: if you do spot fraud on your account, it is your obligation to report the fraud to the credit card company and the bank and they will refund you after a full investigation. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> so scary, not just the target card. any card you might have used at target, visa, mastercard, whatever. >> anything. they got all of the really good information that you try to keep secure. they got the security code, the expiration date. all the stuff to make a purchase even if you don't have a card. experts recommend you replace any card you may have used at target whether or not you think you are targeted and they don't think these guys will ever be caught. guys, gals. >> if you were on line, you should be okay. but in the stores. united airlines changed its policy on child passengers that travel alone. they will only allow kids 5 to 11 to fly without an adult on nonstop flights. it has also ended its service for minors ages 12 to 17. the changes came into effect two
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weeks ago. they are similar to policies at u.s. airways and southwest. two american astronauts on the space station are going through final preparations ahead of tomorrow's space walk. they will be the first of three space walks to fix the broken cooling system. we are looking at what else has been happening on board. the station's japanese commander has been hanging out with a talking robot. it seems the robot is in the christmas spirit. see the little hat he is wearing there. we're not used to hearing about butler university this time of year. that is usually left for march madness in the spring. >> when the school's bull dog mascot is in the holiday spirit we couldn't resist. his name is blue 3 or trib, and he slid in to the spirit at the indianapolis children's museum yesterday. >> the handler said he was loving sliding down the big slide. cameras rolling of course. looks like fun. he wants to go again. he is a good looking bull dog. >> he is -- >> show-quality bulldog. >> i wonder if he would have gone down without the handler.
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if they just sent the bull dog. would he have freaked out -- >> that might have got an animal abuse charge. >> never mind. >> he would probably love it. so cute. sure he would. coming up, the flash mob that reenacted a classic holiday cartoon. parents who shower their children with excess at christmas are good girls and boys entitled to anything they want? you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular.
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♪ wishing you a hairy christmas and a happy happy happy new year ♪ ♪ wishing you a hairy christmas and a happy happy happy new year ♪ well, the future of the wildly popular reality tv show "duck dynasty" uncertain this morning after one of the stars was suspended for comments he made about gays. >> the family of phil robertson made a statement saying they stand behind their patriarch. they said they can't imagine the show going forward without him. >> how the incident has ignited a debate about free speech. >> reporter: the self-proclaimed redneck family of "duck dynasty" is everywhere. presenting at the country music
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awards. attending white house correspondents dinner and presiding over the half billion dollar empire one of the most popular cable shows in history. i spoke to them about their gospel of hunting and god. they used their fame to spread their christian believes. >> in jesus name, amen. >> amen. >> reporter: now the family's patriarch, phil robertson, is under his comments about sin to "gq" magazine. "start out with homosexual behavior and morph from there. sleeping with this woman and that woman, lumping gays in with terrorists saying god will sort it out later." robertson who grew up in jim crow, louisiana, said that blacks were better off before civil rights. "i never with my eyes saw the mistreatment of any black person. pre-entitlement they were happy and no one was singing the blues." condemnation came quickly. the human rights campaign called the remarks "dangerous and revisionist." >> it is unacceptable to equate homosexuality with bestiality.
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it is unacceptable to assert that being gay is a choice that one has. >> reporter: a&e placing robertson on indefinite hiatus. but conservative fans like sarah palin came to his defense by targeting his opponents as intolerants. the governor of his home state sounding off. >> the left is tolerant of every viewpoint except those that disagree with them. >> in jesus name, amen. >> reporter: others say he's being attacked for his religious beliefs. the family has a best-selling christmas cd out. ♪ >> reporter: and fans flock to them for it. >> everyone watches "duck dynasty." you dvr and go to church and come home and watch "duck dynasty." >> robertson standing by his comments, saying, "we are all created by the almighty, and
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like him, i love all of humanity." >> we pray continued blessings on our family. amen. >> amen. >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> i happen to think what's lost in this and the people that are coming out to defend him saying this is his first amendment right. no one is taking that away from him. he has every right to say whatever he wants. when you work for a private company, you have to live by the consequences of the company. if they say what you said is not living to their standards they can do anything -- >> you have to live with the consequences. he's not going to get arrested for what he said, but he may lose a lucrative opportunity. >> like if we were going to come up here and say we hate all blue chairs and abc didn't like that we could get suspended, as silly as it sounds to people. that's just the way it is. coming up, saying no is a big part of a parent's job. but one woman prefers to do the opposite. >> why this mom says yes to everything her kids ask for christmas. ahead in our next half-hour, kids that have everything. behaving badly. we will show you a look at a new show about rich kids in beverly hills. you are watching "world news now."
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>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. erly hills. you are watching "world news now."
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♪ little st. nick ♪ little st. nick in the spirit yet? >> i really am after that. >> me, too. all right. in less than a week, st. nick will make his yearly run leaving presents for all the good girls and boys. but in one household, he may have some stiff competition -- mom. >> she buys the kids whatever they want but only once a year. >> fire truck!
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oh, boy, that's mine! >> reporter: this scene from the classic movie, "a christmas story" kids ripping open gifts galore is a scene that many parents try to avoid re-creating. but this holiday season one mom is buying her kids whatever they want, and she doesn't feel bad about it. >> walking down the toy aisle is hard because she wants everything. i see how excited she gets. as a parent, you just want to give your kids everything. >> reporter: liz says all year long she and her husband david say no to extravagant gifts and spend 364 days a year teaching their two children to appreciate what they have and helping others. christmas is the one day of the year she gets to say yes. >> if your whole year is about restraint and lessons, than christmas might be a nice time to have gifts. >> reporter: other families have their own holiday giving strategies. president obama and first lady michelle say sasha and malia are allowed to ask for three gifts apiece. "full house" alum candace cameron bure takes her family to a homeless shelter to serve food. is there a right answer to the
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gift-giving debate? >> most important is for families to say what is it we'd like to focus on, empathy, gratitude and compassion and what are the strategies to develop that in our kids. >> reporter: abc news, new york. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day. we want to know what is your holiday gift-giving strategy for the kids? log on to wnnfans.com and weigh in. you have a lot of christmases. >> i have a naturally good kid who is not greedy, is that okay. and i say what do you want, maybe santa can get you that one or your aunts and uncles and she is like i'm not sure. this is expensive. >> it is a conversation.
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welcome to "the mix," welcome to "the mix," everyone. we will start with a piece of video that is really sweet. 20-year-old ryan holcomb has down syndrome, and he received an acceptance letter from college. clemson university has a program for people called "life," for people with disabilities who want the experience of going to college. look at his reaction when he gets the acceptance letter. >> they said yes. >> they said yes. what do you say? >> yes! this is crazy. >> are you happy? >> yes. >> that's ryan holcomb. his mom, susan, also went to clemson. and in her post of this on youtube, she said she is proud of her alma mater. >> awesome story.
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love it. this is a great one, too. the staff did a flash mob. "charlie brown christmas" in front of the flat iron building in new york city. let's watch. ♪ >> you know pig pen steals the show if you ask me. that is really good, right? >> really good flash dance. i like flash dances i can jump in on. not choreographed at all. >> very cool. christmas polka coming up. a new one. check it out. >> uh-huh. ♪ something special's in the air ♪ ♪ security cameras everywhere that's the christmas polka ♪ ♪ muggers never steal your phone ♪ ♪ now they just deploy a drone ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ children write to santa claus requesting toys and treats ♪
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♪ meanwhile the nsa is monitoring their tweets ♪ ♪ santa's snowed in but we're rootin' edward snowden stuck with putin ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka what do you want santa to bring you? >> beets. >> the vegetable? it is very good for you. builds blood. >> the headphones. >> we're with disney legal. can i speak to you for a moment? just kidding, just kidding. ♪ i heard iran has got a plan it's keeping me awake ♪ ♪ like north korea they developed weaponized fruitcake ♪ ♪ retail stores will smile that's true while they racial profile you ♪ ♪ that's the christmas polka ♪ i bought the new playstation 4 it's fun beyond compare ♪ ♪ but the hardest game is trying to buy obamacare ♪ ♪ democrats and gop lose the animosity ♪ ♪ and do the christmas polka ♪ snoths ♪
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this morning, theater drama. the ceiling collapses in a crowded london playhouse, injured dozens. the frightening moments and search for what went wrong. tour tragedy. two buses crashing moment apart in separate california accidents. the scary ordeal for passengers as the investigation begins. fugitive found. a woman accused of trying to kill her husband 36 years ago. her surprising discovery hundreds of miles away in an affluent neighborhood. sounds like a movie script. sneak preview. ellen degeneres gives us a glimpse of her next big step on to one of the biggest stages on television. that's coming up on "the skinny" on this friday, december 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez.
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happy friday, everybody. the last friday before the big christmas holiday. >> my goodness. and it happen to be our christmas holiday tonight. very excited -- >> yes. >> i'm going to be stone-cold sober during the whole thing. >> no lampshades for you. you got the baby to worry about. >> still cooking here. >> you bringing the man? >> he's coming. >> he can go wild because you're the designated driver. >> he's going to be buck wild. >> he doesn't even work here so he can get as crazy as he wants. >> he can do anything he wants. a terrifying night at the theater for hundreds in london. the roof came down in the middle of a play, bringing the balcony down with it. >> hundreds rushed to the exits with just the theater's emergency lights to guide them. abc has more from the scene. >> reporter: the panic here began at 8:15 p.m. during a packed performance of the play "the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime." the audience heard a strange sound. >> surreal. when you're there and something
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happens, to begin with you think it's the show. people started climbing over you. we tried to get out. >> reporter: the ceiling was collapsing. >> we heard a creak, and then the ceiling, plaster or something, it slowly -- the whole thing collapsed like that. >> suddenly heard a massive crash, massive section came down. filled with dust straight away. >> then what we. was debris falling on us. a loud bang. debris falling on us. all of a sudden there was a coat of dust that came on us. >> reporter: more than 700 audience members rushing to escape the falling ceiling of this famed theater, more than 100 years old, and located in the heart of london's theater district. stretchers rolling the injured out. others walking with bandaged heads. 81 reportedly injured, seven seriously. hit by debris from a ceiling as high as a five-story building. london fire brigade officials tell us that almost 900 square feet of the plaster ceiling came down on the audience. these old theaters part of the
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charm of this city's city theater district. that charm turned dangerous. terry moran, abc news, london. back here in southern california, back-to-back tour bus crashes on the same highway just 50 miles apart. the crash near fallbrook involved several vehicles flipping the bus on to its side. one person died, 22 others injured. about the same time in corona, a second tour bus crashing. flipped on to its side and injured another 20 passengers. >> it was a solo bus crash. 30 people on board. the roadways were wet. it was raining out here. you know, obviously that played some part in it. whether it be speed or stopping distance or whatever it may be. >> both accidents happened on the 15 freeway, and both buses were traveling to and from casinos operated by native americans on tribal land in san diego county. a school bus in south carolina might have suffered the same fate if it weren't for two hero teachers. the driver fell out of his seat.
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you see the video there. while he was making a left turn. a teacher grabbed the wheel and struggled to keep the bus from flipping over into a dish. the driver was in the way. another teacher jumped over him and was able to slam on the brakes. luckily no one was hurt. the driver, out of a job. those hoping to get an early start on their christmas travel plans may find those plans delayed as a major storm moves across the central and eastern states. a similar system hitting utah, canceling hundreds of flights in and out of salt lake city. the snowstorm also causing at least one transformer to explode. took down some wires and poles. it left thousands without power. while these storms may disrupt your travel plans, your presents should arrive just fine. the major shipping companies are gearing up to make sure there are no delays for the last-minute online purchases on what they call super weekend. fedex alone has 15 meteorologists in its operations center. hundreds of plane de-icers, one for every two of its planes. >> wow. they are prepared. >> not messing around. >> not at all. from holiday shipments to millions of christmas travelers,
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these storms systems could not come at a worse time. >> accu-weather meteorologist jim dickey tracking it all. dealing with a mess across the northeast into the midwest today. frontal boundary strung out. cold air to the north drawn to the south. many spots in the 40s and 50s ahead of the system. we'll see snow in northern new england, an area of ice in between. that stretches back across the lakes. that gets going into the weekend, though. looking for disruptive snow from the lakes back on into the plains. severe weather in the deep south. john, diana, back to you. >> jim dickey, thank you. here's the rest of the weather. much of the southeast and florida will be dry. rain for northern texas through arkansas to kentucky and tennessee. there will also be showers in the southwest. it will be in the upper 40s in northwest today. near 60 in washington. just about freezing in chicago and detroit.
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minneapolis will top out at only 15 degrees in salt lake city. staying around freezing. u.s. marshals have tracked down a fugitive on the run for 36 years. cathlynn regina hough was indicted in texas in 1977 for trying to kill her common law husband. investigators from a cold case unit tracked her to a suburban neighborhood outside detroit. she apparently avoided being caught by moving to seattle, then to michigan. she married and even changed her last name. >> i'm thinking like now i need to be careful, you know. you never know who is your neighbor. that you live in a quiet neighborhood but you never know who's lived behind this door, you know? >> the marshals arrested her in the driveway out of her home. she is now in jail and will be extradited back to texas. >> she had a no solicitors sign on the front door. she didn't want visitors, for sure. >> didn't want the fbi showing up, for sure. >> apparently it was a cooperative effort between texas authorities. they reached out to cops in the detroit area after getting a tip that she was living in the michigan area.
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records showed that she spent a few years in seattle, as well. >> here's something -- it was almost as if she saw them before she even pulled into the driveway. not a struggle. she surrendered without incident. she must have said, my time has come. >> exactly. after 36 years of always looking over her shoulder, it's probably like, okay, today's the day. >> right. for 40 million people who have shopped at target since thanksgiving, credit card information could be compromised. the data breach at the second largest discounter, one of the largest attacks on a retailer ever. experts recommend replacing any cards that you might have used at target with new ones. from london, a stunning detail from the phone hacking trial of seven people connected to the now-defunct tabloid "news of the world." it was revealed for the first time yesterday that an investigator hacked into the voicemail of kate middleton during the time she was dating prince william. transcripts of voice mails were read in court. in one, william called his future wife, "babykins." he also relates how he was nearly shot during a military training exercise. we have big money stories here starting with facebook ceo mark zuckerberg who is selling more than 41 million shares of the company stock.
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that's about $2.3 billion worth of the social network. facebook says most of that money will go toward paying taxes. another financial move, zuckerberg will contribute some of the money to charities. another billionaire in the headlines is warren buffett who apparently had a better year in the stock market than the rest of us did. one study shows that buffett's fortune at least on paper climbed to over $59 billion this year alone. that, by the way, is up nearly $13 billion from last year, and breaking the numbers down, that means that buffett added $37 million a day or $1.5 million an hour to his already very large cash pile. >> that is hard to wrap your brain around. wow. >> i -- you know -- >> my plan is to win $59 mega millions jackpots in a row. yeah. we'll be chilling. >> that was a minute, an hour? >> big stuff. >> my stomach hurts.
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>> yep. i get poorer every minute that ticks by. >> especially through the holidays here. we don't even realize that the companies are still taking money out of our credit cards as we speak. >> yeah. man, oh, man. diana, this happened again. >> yes. >> we are happy to say it's a good thing. >> yes. another big surprise donation at the salvation army kettle is what makes this one our favorite story of the day. this one happened at a publix supermarket in pinecrest, florida. >> someone left a gold and diamond ring in the kettle with a note that said, "please continue your good works caring for the needy in god's name." >> the ring is said to be worth about $3,500. the fourth year in a row that a special donation has been made. >> i love that it's anonymous, too. >> yeah. really good. when i first heard the story, i thought, oh, no, did this person lose the ring. i love that there was a note attached. this is not something i want returned. give it to the needy. great. >> a gold coin was found
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yesterday in a kettle, by the way, at a sam's club in indiana. south bend. [ bell ] >> hello, hello? >> that's the kettle, i think. sounds like an old telephone. but we'll take the kettle. coming up, the "duck dynasty" scandal and new details coming from the family in this ultra popular reality series. and speaking of reality tv, a new show profiling young, wealthy people behaving badly. is this a potential hit? you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast max. announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast max. cinex fast max. to you by mucinex fast max.
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♪ if i was a rich girl ♪ if i was a rich girl latest offering from reality tv, rich kids showing off their riches. >> these trust fund babies are shopping and partying their way through los angeles and soon, lucky, lucky us, we will be able to watch it happen. we're "up all nightline" with abc's nick watts. >> don't believe the hype. >> reporter: it seems to me the rich kids of beverly hills is ignoring one of the oldest rules of entertainment. >> do i look as bitchy in real life? >> reporter: possibly. an old rule that states a leading character, to be successful, must be just a little bit likeable.
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>> check the selfy lighting in here. can't get an apartment if the lighting is bad. >> reporter: the audience has to empathize just a little bit. >> i'm dorothy and my dad is a self-made billionaire. he has a fear about me being -- like princessy person. >> little late on that. >> reporter: why do e! executives think this show launching next month will be a blockbuster? >> it is great tv starring bad people. >> reporter: or at least people behaving badly. it's tapping in to the massive market for voyeuristic aspirational shows all the way from "million dollar listings." >> the comps can be from 1.2 to 9 million. >> reporter: to "the shahs of sunset." >> you and i may not have the money that these people do. it's fun to see how they live. >> reporter: i see "the rich kids of beverly hills as a new virulent, drug-resistant strain of reality tv launched off the back of
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the nauseating kids of instagram, tumblr pages of kids barely old enough to shave. >> these kids have no humility about their money. they are willing to brag and show everything they have got. based on what i have seen from the promos, i feel like "the rich kids of beverly hills" more -- they're a little more in your face. >> reporter: so far we have seen a promo clip and brief bios from e. dorothy describing herself as funemployed, which means unemployed which is so fun. >> if you believe in the american dream and believes this is something that you yourself can obtain if you continue to work hard and try hard, then it is more aspirational than obnoxious. >> reporter: nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> i can literally not watch shows like that. it gets my blood pressure up. get all uptight. >> you can't deal. >> yeah. >> unless we star in it. >> yeah. >> which we do. >> diana? >> man, i lost that weight
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quick. >> man, oh, man. >> we are incredibly wealthy. you can't see it because we come in to work every day. and complain about being poor. >> look at my car parked out on 66th street. you will know we are kidding. coming up, controversy for mariah carey after performing for a dictator. members of the "duck dynasty" family are in the middle of a scandal. we will have what they have to say coming up in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. now"
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♪ skinny so skinny tior "th ♪ skinny so skinny time for "the skinny." we begin with the huge "duck dynasty" controversy. >> you've probably heard by now that the show's patriarch, phil, did an interview with "gq" magazine. talking an homosexuality. he was suspended indefinitely. his comments set off a fire storm of opposition. supporters -- well, a new facebook page calling for a boycott on a&e unless they put him on the air. the facebook page has more than a million likes. family issued a statement saying they are considering pulling out of the show. here's what they have had to say. "we have a successful work ing relationship with a&e but as a family we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm." >> some of the things he said
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was pretty inflammatory. it will be interesting to see where this ends up. >> you wonder if all bets were off with a&e, would another network pick them up. you wonder. >> it is a such a lucrative series. i don't think there would be a doubt. the oscars aren't until march, but we are going to talk about them anyway. that's because ellen degeneres is hosting. she released a video promoting the event and of course she's dancing. check it out. ♪ >> there you saw she starts alone but ends up with 250 tuxedo-clad dancers moving along with her. ellen is lip syncing to the song "the walker" by the fits and tantrums. warner brothers in burbank and it will run in theaters starting next month. by the way, the oscars air live here on abc on march 2nd. >> she is so funny. >> i think it will be a show to watch.
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>> absolutely think so. now to a story about the world's most popular band doing something amazing. one direction has sent a message to a student wounded in the arapahoe school shooting. 17-year-old claire davis, huge fan of one direction, was shot by a fellow student. she's in a coma. some of her friends launched a social media campaign to try to get one direction to send her a message, and they did. listen up. >> what happened to you is terrible. something we can't bear to think about. we wanted to share our love with you, all of our prayers with you and your family. hope you get well soon. lots of love. >> way to go, guys. hope she can hear that and appreciate how cool it is. mariah carey is in hot water for a concert she gave last weekend because she performed for a dictator. she performed for josè eduardo dos santos and his family. she made a million bucks on the show, but human rights activists are not happy. they say that the only billionaire in angola has ordered the execution of politicians, journalists and activists that defy him.
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they say his family exploited oil and diamond wealth in order to get power in government. man, oh, man. >> not the first performer to take heat for performing for heads of state that aren't popular. >> very true. take heat for performing for heads of state that aren't popular. >> very true.
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happened in this case. >> i have to push for the answer about whether or not you might run for president. >> i haven't made up my mind. >> really haven't? >> really have not. i will look carefully at what i think i can do and make that decision sometime next year. >> reporter: the economy is continuing to make progress. it also has much farther to travel before conditions can be judged normal. >> what an exciting night here in georgia. she did pick the numbers. they were a combination of family birthdays and her family's lucky number, number seven. >> we can't even talk about on a morning show how vile his remarks were to the gay community and an community. trai skid exciting yet very challenging. >> what we are after is a good for his sheep. and we got that on steroids. >> quite a week.
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>> every time we see images of our pope, i'm reminded how great of a guy he is. everything you hear about him he is wonderful. >> he is off to a flying start. hope it stays that way. really inspiring. this weekend we have the christmas party on friday night. >> that's tonight. >> yes, exactly. >> you realize that, right. >> our schedules are all off. we're getting in the party mood here. i'm stretching. getting my sober face ready. >> can't have holiday cheer. that's too bad, right. designated driver that can drive the party bus while we go crazy. >> i will go and pick up everybody. >> sounds like a plan. all right. we want to remind you about a special feature for our fans. >> this is called "in case you missed it." we told you about it before. some of the best moments from "world news now." all you have to do if you want
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making news in america this morning -- bad timing. extreme weather, making its way across the country during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. what does it mean for all of the last-minute packages that you're waiting for? show-stopper. a ceiling collapses inside a crowded theater. dozens were hurt. this morning, people inside were talking about the moment everything came crashing down. feathers ruffled. the suspension of a "duck dynasty" growing more contentious overnight. the family makes a threat that no fan of the show wants to hear. tag-team heroes. two teachers jump into action and rescue a bus full of students. this morning, new video of their heroic actions.
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