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this morning on "world news now," today's the day. the critical deadline for coverage and the americans that seem reluctant to sign up. disastrous tweet. the executive that used twitter to joke about aids and race in africa. the instant outrage and career downfall. >> this is one of the fastest responses in crashes and burns i've ever seen from a tweet. >> is this executive's apology enough to save her reputation? from the grave, a woman's remarkable surprise gifted to her family years after her death that caught her husband offguard. >> she was very strong, accept what happened to her. the spirit of the season resonates with this family. it is monday, december 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news,
this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. welcome in on this monday. speaking of the spirit of the season, we have two days till christmas. >> two days. >> didn't 2013 just start? >> flew by. >> we survived the "world news now" christmas party. >> yes. there is one picture of me that showed up on twitter but it was innocent as it should be. first of all, i was sober the whole time. >> how much trouble can you get in to. >> it was a fantastic party. nobody got sick, no overindulging, no smooching in the corner. >> that we know of. >> we are getting old. >> yeah. we were on the side of the party where all the fogies are. >> you might be right. >> let's get started. once again,
good morning on this monday morning. today is a critical deadline for those needing health insurance by the first of the year. >> the last day to enroll for so-called obama coverage if you need it to begin on january 1st. the obama administration predicted seven million americans would be signed up by emergency only 1 million have done so. jonathan karl reports on the outreach. >> reporter: there's a new front in the battle over obamacare, young people. if not enough sign up, premiums could skyrocket. so far they don't seem to be paying much attention. >> it hasn't been on my mind. >> i haven't had time to think about that. >> reporter: to get their attention, the pro-obama group ofa is out with this video. >> we love you no matter what, but it is time to get coverage. >> reporter: they're earning justified ridicule in this online ad featuring a man in a zip-up plaid onesy pajamas. and one with a white house press secretary. california is out with this featuring a rapper calling himself b. rock o'breezy. telling people to sign up because it is hot. >> health care has it going on.
>> is anyone going to buy health care because b. rock o'breezy tells them it is hot? >> and the anti-obamacare side. >> i see you chose to sign up for obamacare. >> reporter: one group launched this creepy video with uncle sam taking over a woman's medical exam. it has over two million views. and the group is having opt-out parties telling people not to enroll. 40% of enrollees need to be young adults to keep premiums from going up. only nine states have said how many young people signed up so far, and none of them have come close to hitting the target. white house officials say that efforts to reach out to young people will intensify in the new year and insist past experience shows young people are most likely to wait until the last minute before buying health insurance. jonathan karl, abc news, the white house.
holiday travelers and last-minute shoppers faced major challenges as a dangerous storm bears down on the eastern third of the nation. record high temperatures and flooding hit areas around columbus, ohio. several seniors had to be rescued at a retirement home. temperatures will plunge in the 30s in ohio by tonight. and in oklahoma city, sheets of ice tumbled off a roof, directly falling onto shoppers at an outdoor mall. thousands in oklahoma are without power of after ice and freezing rain coated electric lines causing them to snap. in canada, crews struggling to restore service to hundreds of thousands of customers without power. toronto's embattled mayor rob ford called the storm one of the worst in the city's history. >> reporter: the storm swept across southern ontario with an icy fury. firefighters in downtown toronto were left to deal with an ice-covered tree that fell on the hydro wires and caught on fire. while elsewhere, brilliant
flashes lit up the sky as transformers began to explode. >> is truly a catastrophic ice storm we have had here. probably one of the worst we ever had. >> reporter: hundreds of trees have across towns and cities caved under the pressure of the ice. most landed on hydro lines leaving hundreds of thousands without power. toronto's emergency services 311 and 911 had been inundated with calls. the mayor says a state of emergency could be called in the days to come. extensive damage. it could be days before the lights are back on and the region recovers from this wicked ice storm. ctv news, toronto. mother nature had put parts of north america on a weather roller coaster with everything from snow, ice, spring-like temperatures and now an arctic blast. >> our coverage continues at accu-weather where meteorologist jim dickey has the latest. good morning, jim.
>> reporter: good morning, john and diana. seeing soaking rainfall today as the air is moving out of the north and west. record warmth in place through the weekend as the air masses collide here. rain stretching from boston to new york city, d.c., philadelphia. we are going to see more in the way of freezing rain across portions of new england, and that rain stretches further southward along eastern seaboard to the gulf of mexico. john and diana, back to you. >> all right. jim dickey at accu-weather, thank you. a pedestrian was rescued after being hit by a commuter train in portland, oregon. investigators say the man walked or ran in front of the train as it approached the station. rescue crews had to lift the train off the victim in order to save his life. right now it's not known how badly he's injured. scary moment for passengers aboard a jet leaving south africa, and it hadn't even gotten off the ground yet. it happened as the british airways 747 was getting ready to take off from johannesburg. the plane's wing sliced through a building. 200 passengers were on board,
along with the crew members. no one was hurt. twitter user apologizing for a offensive tweet about aids in south africa. she lost her job. many wonder how a public relations professional could have sent such a controversial message. gio benitez has more. >> reporter: she is the pr executive at the center of a digital firestorm. justine sacco apologizing after this tweet went viral. "going to africa. hope i don't get aids. just kidding. i'm white!" in a statement, she tells abc news, "words cannot express how sorry i am and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of south africa." she was fired on saturday from her top pr job at internet giant iac where she represented some of the biggest names on line like match.com, "daily beast" and about.com. >> this is one of the fastest responses in crash and burns i've ever seen from a tweet. >> reporter: she posted the tweet on friday just before a nearly 12-hour flight from london to capetown, south africa. while she was apparently off line in midair, millions were
on line, anxiously waiting for her to land and see the uproar her tweet caused. the hash tag #hasjustinelandedyet became an instant trend. her former bosses at iac call the tweet outrageous and offensive. >> there are so many teachable moments here. think before you tweet and never, never put out something that could be perceived as racist. >> reporter: this photo shows sacco at the south africa airport when she landed. she deleted the tweet and her entire account. she tells us it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand. i'm ashamed. so many say she should have known better not only because of her job talking to reporters but also because she herself was born in south africa. she tells us she cherishes her south african ties and she's very sorry. gio benitez, abc news, new york.
>> our facebook question of the day, have you ever regretted something you shared on social media. we cannot wait to hear about your confession. wnnfans.com. getting back to the story. >> you have to be so careful. >> oh, my gosh. do yourself a favor, stay away from race, religion. >> politics. >> you know what i mean? it's almost like the date rule. just stay away from those subjects. >> hot button issues and here's a good tip. read it one more time before you hit the send or tweet button. >> absolutely. >> a lot of these things are preventable. as far as she goes, apparently she has a history of borderline inappropriate -- this was completely inappropriate but she has some other borderline inappropriate tweets she sent out before and her comment was retweeted 2,000 times. >> colossally stupid. why would you write that? >> exactly. moving on to this now. a suspect is in custody after a terrifying ordeal in phoenix. police say an 8-year-old girl was captured as she rode her bike
around an apartment complex. the victim was able to run into the arms of wait ing police officers. neighbors who saw the child taken alerted an officer who happened to be in the neighborhood at that time. utah at the center of a legal fight over same-sex marriage this morning. on friday a judge overturned the ban on those marriages. that led gay couples to line up for licenses and make marriage plans. the judge will consider whether a hold should be put on the friday ruling. a federal appeals court rejected an appeal for such a hold on the ruling. the united methodist minister defrocked for officiating at his son's gay marriage is considering a new opportunity to join a methodist that includes california, hawaii and some pacific islands. shafer said he and his family are considering the new job very, very seriously.
let's lighten things up a little bit. we have a couple near new orleans who are calling their brand new babies a blessing from god. those blessings names are, dawson, maxwell, micah, joseph, and elizabeth. >> yes, they are quintuplet children of nadia and liz harris. obviously a same-sex couple. the little ones were born in early october. three of them are now home, and the hope is the other two will be home for christmas. >> the harris babies are the first quintuplets to be born in that area for 20 years and we how adorable. coming up, a new kind of candy cane delivered with a special kick. damage control at the mall. the problems millions of debit and credit card users still face after a cyberattack at target. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by oral b.
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♪ there are only two shopping days before christmas. if you haven't finished shopping yesterday, you may want to check with your bank before paying with a debit card. >> after the massive breach at target stores, one of the largest banks is dealing with a customer service nightmare. here's abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: it's the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and more fallout after breaches on target's credit and debit cards nationwide. the largest bank in the u.s., jpmorgan chase, says it is putting limits on debit card holders that shopped november 27th and december 15th.
that's when store officials say as many as 40 million accounts were compromised. two million chase debit card holders that shopped during that time are told they can only withdraw $100 on their debit cards on any one day, and limit total purchases to $300 a day. >> chase said this is a precaution to protect customer accounts from criminal activity. >> chase is the grinch that stole christmas from families all across america. the reality is they are doing it to protect themselves and holding people's money hostage. >> reporter: a target spokeswoman telling abc news the company has activated more fraud protection and answering customer questions adding, "our customers need to be vigilant, and we are working to report issues." an all-out effort to salvage a holiday nightmare. aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. >> so scary for consumers. very interesting, some web security experts say the hackers infected electronic cash registers and may have had help from the inside. >> so scary.
40 million people may be affected. if you're starting to get emails, take them very seriously. don't delete anything from target or chase because they are probably trying to give you information. >> good advice. coming up, one woman's unforgettable gift to her family. >> and she sent it years after her death. what a remarkable story of love and holiday generosity. and in our next half-hour, from the football field to the battlefield. the cheerleader-turned-soldier honored for her service in afghanistan. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
♪ a loving christmas gift beyond the grave that took a family by surprise. that's why it is our favorite story of the day. >> brenda schmitz died of cancer in 2011. before she died, she wrote to a radio station asking her to fulfill three wishes for her husband and his new fiancee. here's abc's john donvan. >> reporter: it's a christmas wish letter written like none other. the writer who wrote it nearly two years ago died soon afterwards of cancer. the wish she made it in came to life last week. david, the husband she left behind, unaware the letter existed, asked to drop by des moines radio station star 102.5. >> you lost your wife brenda a couple of years ago to cancer. >> reporter: at first they talked a little bit about brenda, and david could barely get through it. >> she was very strong, accepted what happened to her.
>> reporter: and then they told him about the letter which they had only recently received anonymously and they read brenda's words aloud to him. >> i am writing this letter sent to you by a dear friend who had instructions to do so when it was time. >> reporter: why was it time? because david who had been raising three boys with brenda including a 2-year-old named max -- >> what a great husband and father he is. >> reporter: because david had only recently engaged to remarry to jane abraham, joining two families. and back in 2011 when brenda was dying, she had foreseen this day and asked a close friend to mail off her letter to the radio station only once david had found new love. >> "she must be quite a lady, and i wish i could have met to take on the task of raising a larger extended family." >> reporter: it was brenda's
wish to send gifts through the christmas wish program. among them a day spa for her kids' new mom. >> "she deserves it. being a stepmother to all of those boys and especially giving little max a mother's love that only she can give." >> reporter: brenda back for this christmas. in some ways, never gone. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> special woman, right. >> absolutely. >> at the time of her life where she should be thinking of nothing but herself she is thinking of everybody else. >> what she wanted was a couple of important things. she wanted her entire family to be sent to disney. that's going to happen. and she wanted a spa treatment for the kids' new mom. that's going to happen, too. >> and she wanted the medical staff who cared for her to be given a night out. >> fun drinks and everything. >> are you tearing up? >> i am. >> are you getting misty on me? >> can we get to the tease? >> i always have a box of tissues because i know what i'm in for with this show.
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d-tic maintenance. welcome to "the mix." welcome to "the mix." and with only two days till christmas, we had to start with a special christmas treat. not just any candy canes they are spicy sriracha candy canes. >> it is that crazy hot sauce. >> here are the sriracha candy canes. >> i have been waiting all morning. >> me too. i want you to bite into this. >> unless it is crazy hot. pretty darn hot. >> is it? >> yeah. >> like cinnamony hot. >> no way more than cinnamon. it is not sriracha sauce hot yet. keep going. >> i would call this a problem. it looks like a regular candy cane. you put this on the christmas tree, a kid grabs it and you have a problem.
don't put it on the tree unless you have a kids that like sriracha. they suggest you crumple it over ice cream or a holiday cocktail stirrer. >> actually that would be very good. >> what they say you shouldn't do, and apparently they have to put this on the box because of insurance purposes they don't want you to crush it and snort it up your nose. so don't do that, john. >> that would be a bad idea. >> and also with the sriracha sauce. >> put it in your pocket. >> you should do this to the people you really like. hey. >> help yourself. >> knock yourself out. it's very hot -- way hotter than a red hot, by the way. it is hot. >> i will give it a couple of licks here. if you live in vancouver be on guard for seemingly homeless man begging for change who's actually a rich man doing good. this is what happened to a man named yogi omar, 30 years old. he was a man walking by a guy saying can you spare change. he said he doesn't have a lot of money. he's been watching his dollars
as well. he didn't want to give the guy any money but he said it is christmas and he gave the guy some money and the guy turns around and basically saying i'm not going to tell you who i am but this random act of kindness will be rewarded. he gave the guy his rent money for the month and he does this and does this every year. nobody knows who this guy is. this is a guy that tossed a few coins to that guy. ended up getting his rent paid and didn't ask for anything. random act of kindness. >> very cool. random act of creativeness here. we want to show you two pictures quickly. this is a couple in australia. they have a website called cardboard box office. they decided to re-create movie scenes with their little kid who is 10 months old. that is liam and lily. they were transplants from australia. that is the scene a from "alien" and coming up is a scene from "star wars," including their little guy. go to the website cardboard office for creative goodies there. their little guy.
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this morning on "world news now," punishing storms. icy conditions causing accidents, power outages and fatalities from oklahoma all the way to new england today. we will get the latest from accu-weather. cheating death. a girl resting on her living room sofa gets hit by a bullet from a drive-by shooting. how her eyeglasses saved her life. superstar surprise. her unforgettable trip to walmart. how the singer spread cheer and so much more in the store. jimmy fallon's big moments on the stage as he returns to his roots at "saturday night live" once again. the jokes people are talking about in "the skinny" on this monday, december 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john
muller and diana perez. two more shopping days -- two more shopping days -- two more days. >> if you are my husband two more shopping days. >> there you go. i'm finished. >> good for you. >> i hope you are. >> i have been done since black friday but a lot of people i guarantee are not done. here on the east coast this was a wonderful day to go shopping. little rainy and almost 70 degrees. >> like summertime here. not the case for other people. >> very true. we begin with dangerous storms gripping the nation from oklahoma to new england. 12 people have died. thousands of flights delayed and 700 cancelled. >> snow and ice knocked out power to thousands. while high temperature records were shattered along the east coast. >> reporter: huge sheets of ice falling on shoppers at an outdoor mall in oklahoma city. miraculously no one was hurt. three people died when an suv was swept off a kentucky bridge and tumbled in to a rain-swollen river. >> it was quite high and extremely swift. it was moving -- it was moving rapidly downstream. >> reporter: in la rue, ohio,
floodwaters threatened a retirement home. they took people by rubber boats to safety. >> i got up to my walk leading in to my door. >> i got my grandma, her dog and great cousin. >> reporter: a bird's eye view shows the extent of the widespread flooding. in some part of the midwest, ice so thick it is snapping off tree limbs and transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. even covering jennifer wood's car. >> i need gas, and i can't get into my gas tank. my car is completely frozen. >> the power lines are down and power is out from the south to the midwest in to new england. falling ice coming dangerously close to this reporter in what is called one of the worst storms to ever hit toronto. >> i'm in a rush to get out of here. >> reporter: along the eastern seaboard, on the other hand, it was downright balmy. even record-setting temperatures bringing out some shoppers in summer-like outfits and golfers.
>> this time in december you never get to have a short sleeve day, and we're out here enjoying it. it's just great, beautiful. >> doesn't feel like christmas to a point, but it's great for the golfers. >> wow. >> really was amazing. felt like summertime. truly. >> it was nice. if you didn't get your shopping done, unfortunately, it is just going to get worse from here. this part of the country. and for millions the commute could be messy with downpours and freezing rain. >> the coverage continues at accu-weather with the latest from meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. good morning, john and diana. much colder air moving in to the east. many spots breaking record highs including new york city, philadelphia, d.c. many spots in the 70s. that's changing. much colder air moving in. out of the northwest, arctic air is pushing out of the lakes. you'll see soaking rain along the i-95 corridor new york city,
boston, d.c., and still freezing rain likely on to northern new england. john and diana, back to you. >> thank you, jim. here's a look at the rest of the day's weather. snow showers in kansas and around the great lakes. rain and snow in the pacific northwest. dry, warm and pleasant for the southeast. >> temperatures in the northeast will range from the 30s in new england to 60s in the mid-atlantic region. highs in the 40s and 50s from alabama westward. 60s in southern california and parts of arizona. an amazing story from seattle here. 16-year-old has her eyeglasses to thank for being alive. alanza bryant wound up with a bullet lodged in the bridge of her nose after her house was the target of a drive-by shooting. the bullet broke the frame of her glasses this slowed the bullet enough to not penetrate her head enough to be fatal. far enough anyway. >> i could have been dead, and the glasses saved me. i just wish this never happened. >> six other people were in the house at the time of the shooting including three children.
no one else was hit. it is believed the shooting was gang related, but bryant's family says they have nothing to do with gangs. >> here's one thing the police are saying. the bryants say they have nothing do with gangs. but it's possible that someone who is affiliated with a gang may have visited them recently and therefore that somehow linked them to gang activity. >> just amazing, though. right? catching that little bit changed everything. >> that's incredible. family moved out of the house. they don't want to go back. i don't blame them. >> don't blame them. today is the deadline to enroll in obamacare if you want health coverage beginning january 1st. the administration set a goal of seven million signed up by march. on friday, the president announced they have only hit the one million mark. consumers have until the end of march to sign up without penalty for not having coverage. in africa, there's an increasingly desperate situation in the nation of south sudan. thousands of civilians have been gathering at a u.n. mission hoping to be airlifted to
safety. they are fleeing intense violence between troops and rebels. the u.s. has already evacuated nearly 700 americans and other foreign nationals. two american astronauts will be spending christmas eve on a repair mission outside of the space shuttle. the men successfully removed a cooling system pump with a bad valve on saturday way ahead of schedule. mike boettcher reports from johnson space center in houston. >> reporter: in a crippled international space station, a successful christmas eve space walk would be the best gift of all for the six astronauts on board. >> hope everybody had a good day. >> reporter: a saturday space walk brought them halfway to that goal. american astronauts rick mastracchio and michael hopkins removed a broken 780-pound coolant pump whose failure jeopardized operations aboard the space station. >> don't let that go. that is a stocking stuffer. >> reporter: but a malfunction in astronaut mastracchio's space suit
forced the postponement of a second space walk scheduled to complete the repairs. >> we want to dry that suit out overnight. >> reporter: for the second walk in a row, water in the space suit was an issue. to be safe, they would use a backup suit. >> it is their life support system. somebody on the ground, a team on the ground is making a plan to put it together. >> reporter: this is the suit they are wearing, behind glass in a display at the johnson space center. at 35 years old, it could be a museum piece, but nasa, always facing budget constraints, must make old things work. >> we have done over 11,700 hours of space walking. i think it was a small blip in the road that happened to catch us. >> reporter: so nasa and the astronauts on board the space station have this christmas hope that those aging space suits are gifts that keep on giving. mike boettcher, abc news at the johnson space center, houston.
>> back here on earth, we know the activity called parcour >> back here on earth, we know the activity called parkour isn't as dangerous as a space walk, not even close, and it looks cool. but it is much cooler if done by a guy wearing a batman suit. >> the video shows him doing his thing in vienna, austria. spin and some moves only a super hero could pull off for sure. >> like so many other cool things we show you here. we want to add a few words of precaution. this is the caped crusader and obviously he knows what he is doing and so don't try this at home. of course he's the caped crusader. >> gymnast, right? >> these people -- some of them not really that trained. just take on this activity parcour, and it is crazy. talk about intense. >> you could do that. >> oh, yeah. >> actually that's how i got to work today. >> how many buildings did you jump? >> i had to leap through the 30s 40s and 50s to the get to the 60s. >> way to go, diana. coming up, we are seeing
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♪ i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me ♪ philadelphia eagle fans aren't known to be the warmest fans in the league. once they booed santa claus. >> they are tough, philly fans. let me tell you. last night they had a lot to cheer about. more than just the victory over the bears, they saluted a former eagles cheerleader who changed in to a military uniform to serve two tours in afghanistan. it is a great story. here's linzie janis. >> 25-year-old washburn honored as a hometown hero from the eagles the team she used to cheer for.
four years ago she gave up pom pom for an assault rifle, becoming a lieutenant in the u.s. army. >> i was always going to join the military. they are not exactly the same but both jobs require you to handle stress. >> reporter: while in college, washburn was an officer training but craved another challenge. so she tried out for the squad. >> i was intimidated to do pushups next to her. she was a great role model. >> reporter: after graduation, washburn gave up one job she loved for another, deploying to afghanistan. >> we lived in a tiny mountain village. very rural and conservative. we lived in a mud hut. >> reporter: washburn and another female officer were part of a special operations mission, tasked with winning the support of local afghan women. one night they were given a rare opportunity to do just that by delivering a baby. >> it was very important to her husband that her integrity be maintained. part of that is she is not seen by anyone but her husband and
family. we had the medics on the radio talking us through everything. >> reporter: washburn is reluctant to talk about combat but remembers two female officers who died performing the same role. >> those girls paid the ultimate sacrifice, and every single one of us is so heartbroken by their loss and so grateful these women -- and their sacrifice means to much to me and other women. >> reporter: just weeks ago, washburn returned from her second tour in afghanistan where she led a platoon of 22 soldiers. linzie janis, abc news, philadelphia. >> incredible sacrifice. >> amazing woman, right? >> absolutely. she was awarded the bronze star which is given to anyone who has acts of heroism or merit in a combat zone. >> you see her getting choked up talking about it. this is a woman who's done two tours of duty over there.
>> she has experienced quite a bit and delivering the baby. that was amazing. >> amazing. and so great that she was recognized. >> yes, very true. >> nice job, eagles' fans. might be the first and last time i ever say that because i'm a giants fan. jimmy fallon returns to "saturday night live" and why it was so memorable. a big league engagement. wait until you see this ring. it is coming up next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. wait until you see thi
♪ skinny so skinny jimmy fallon is just so talent ed with this musical stuff he does. he goes back to "saturday night live" this weekend, his old stomping grounds. and everybody's thrilled to have him there. including justin timberlake who's the host of the show. and a bunch of a-list celebrities that decide they want to make some music with him, too. it was really awesome. we will talk about it. [ applause ] ♪ >> so great. so great. ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ ♪ let your heart be light >> can you believe that? out there with paul mccartney, barry gibb, madonna was on the show.
>> amazing. >> there she is. check her out. mayor bloomberg read the news. jimmy fallon did an awesome pitbull. very special. >> he is so incredibly talented. >> who would think he could do a pit bull, but he can do them all. he's something else, man. >> there he is. >> when we first ran that, i thought it was really pitbull. we were trying to figure out who the artists were. i'm like, "oh, pit bull made it, too." and the producer is like, "no,
that's him." he's just so good. we have a picture. dwayne wade and gabrielle union are engaged. there's the adorable couple. they are stunning a couple. they have been dating several years. there were rumors the marriage may be in the works because they sent out their christmas cards and the return address sticker said it was from the wade/union family. there's the rock. can't even call it a ring. enormous rock. >> wow, nice. >> we don't know how big it is or how much it cost. i'm sure the info will come out eventually. this is the second marriage for both of them. gabrielle union is 41 years old. >> and looks amazing. >> dwyane wade is 31, but i would have never, ever, ever have guessed that that was the age gap because she looks so incredible. there you have it. congratulations to them. >> no doubt. mariah carey, in aspen, snowing out there, all romantic, getting set for christmas. decides to take a stroll. this is her by the christmas tree. hot stuff. >> she actually goes out in a bikini. yes, that is her outside in the bikini. she said it is a tradition. she is having fun. >> she looks great. >> she does look great.
she said her and nick celebrated with the babies and they had a great time and she is busting a bikini out there in the snow. >> it is a tradition after all. i'm having a hard time understanding. >> you have the same tradition, don't you? >> of course. we strip down to our bikinis and go out in the snow only if it is a white winter. only if it's a -- -- i mean a white christmas. we don't know if it is going to be a white christmas. >> should have done it today with 70 degrees in new york. adorable video posted by p. diddy. he was helping his twin daughters who turned 7 celebrate their slumber party. they broke out in dance. they were dancing to beyonce's "grown woman." there he is letting loose. man, oh, man. he said that's the way he celebrates before they took to the ground acting like they were exhausted. he screams beyonce's album makes me feel -- and they all threw himself to the ground. he adores the children.
some shopping and spread a little holiday cheer. some shopping. here's gio benitez with what she had up her sleeve. >> attention wal-mart shoppers. >> reporter: beyonce surprising her fans once again. >> it is beyonce. >> reporter: stopping by a walmart outside of boston to bring holiday cheer. >> for everyone in the store right now, the first $50 of your holiday gifts are on me. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the superstar purchasing $50 gift cards for 750 shoppers. almost $38,000 worth of gifts. enclosed with an envelope that read, "happy holidays from beyonce." pushing the cart up and down the aisle, she bought her self-titled album. >> this is exciting -- >> reporter: one week after she shocked fans by secretly releasing it on i-tunes. the singer was hands on with the crowd and couldn't keep her hands off this little one. >> you want to give me a hug? oh, my gosh. hi.
oh, what a sweetie pie you are. >> reporter: she also bought a few gifts for her own daughter, 23-month-old blue ivy. >> these are for her. my baby. >> reporter: before wishing everyone a happy holiday. >> merry, merry christmas from beyonce. [ cheers ] >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> must have been exciting. for up to 750 people in the store, i bet. >> whether you got the 50 bucks or not. >> see, i was working that day. she signed -- >> when she asked you for a hug, did you give her a hug? >> oh, big time. a couple of them. >> you are the greeter at wal-mart. >> that's me. my day job. >> i knew i knew you from somewhere. >> takes a lot of energy so why i work the night job. that's how i pay the bills. this is just for fun. >> makes all the sense in the world. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades.
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have a wonderful monday, everyone. making news in america this morning -- extreme weather on another busy travel day. deadly flooding, snow, and ice. today, drenching rain after the shorts and t-shirt weather in the northeast. bull's eye bandits. credit card numbers stolen at target showing up on the black market. outrage as customers stay away from the retailer on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. the show goes on. overnight, a big announcement about the billion-dollar movie franchise, the film family still mourning the loss of paul walker. the countdown is on. the clock is ticking. we have your last-minute shopping guide. stores open around the clock. where you can find the very best deals. good monday morning.