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square here in new york city. >> we are happy to report it is all systems go for tonight. organizers tested the 12,000 pound ball yesterday and everything went fine. >> this year's ball has 32,000 lights and 2600 waterford crystals, all formed in a new designed called gifted imagination. the design inspired by a sketch written or drawn by 12-year-old patient at saint jude's hospital. >> very nice. coming up, the weirdest photos that have gone viral over the past year. and what a momentous year at the "world news now" anchor desk with changes and anniversary and more. stay with us for a look back. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by gerber life insurance. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by gerber life insurance.
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welcome back. this morning the state department is calling on al qaeda to release an american man being held hostage in pakistan. >> it comes a day after the family of that man opened up to abc news sharing frustrations and fears. here's abc's david muir. >> determined to get him home. that's why i'm here. >> reporter: this is the family of an american father and grandfather believed to be held captive by al qaeda. after breaking their silence with us, the state department said the u.s. has, in fact,
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called on al qaeda to release him immediately and return him to his family. this video is all they have. this is the first proof in more than year that warren weinstein is still alive. the 72-year-old was working as a consultant in pakistan. helping to build the local economy when gunmen stormed his apartment and took him captive. >> when he looked straight into the camera and says, "it seems i have been totaled abandoned and forgotten." >> reporter: how hard has that been trying to explain to the little ones where their grandfather is. >> our daughter, we finally had to tell her and that was one of the hardest things ever. >> what did she ask? >> my birthday is coming. is he going to be home for this one? how do you answer that for a kid? it is such a burden on them at such a young age to have to -- >> reporter: now the only way to see him is through this video. what would you say to him if you could?
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>> i'd just tell him how much i miss him. i would just tell him that i love him, and that i think about him every day. >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >> pain for that family is so raw. you can see it. >> you can't even imagine what they are going through to miss that holiday. when you go through situations like that, the one thing they tell you to remember if you are ever kidnapped 91% of all kidnappings end in a successful release. so there is hope he will come home. >> hopefully the next time we are talking about the story he will be home. >> that is my part of the world so i hope to cover the story. a look back at the moments of 2013 here on "world news now." ahead in our next half hour, giving america's worst dog a lesson in manners.
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how some talented trainers turned lucy from a problem pooch to a perfect pet. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. perfect pet. you are watching "world news now." ♪ [ birds chirping, twinkling noises ] you're always after me lucky charms! they're magically delicious! can help your kids' school get extra stuff. they're the only cereals with box tops for education. you can raise money for your kids' school. look for this logo. only on big g cereals. you can make a difference. every cereal box counts.
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if you have watched us on "world news now" more than once you know there is little we don't say or do in the wee hours of the morning. >> here now is a look at some of the top moments of 2013. >> you are 21 years old and finally legal. >> oh, absolutely. >> it's about time. ♪ >> do you know who this guy is right here? >> back off a little. >> sure. >> hot and bothered.
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>> yes, indeed. >> i like it! >> we have some cakes, as you can tell. we like to eat. >> we like to eat. >> just the tip. >> no. >> with a rousing holiday cheer from long island, the hofstra university cheerleaders. ♪ >> yep, yep, yeah. yeah. how do you like me now? >> oh, yeah. >>. ♪ today's going to be the day ♪ i don't believe anybody feels the way i do about you now ♪ >> you like this place? enjoying the party? >> i am. thank you for inviting me. >> what's your name. >> eleanor. >> can you dance the charleston?
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>> i can. dance the charleston. how about that? >> beautiful. ♪ ♪ she's gone to stay ♪ ain't no sunshine when she's gone ♪ and she's always gone too long ♪ >> i think that stuff we smoked before the segment smells a little funny. >> what? >> i -- anyway -- ♪ >> a little hop like alex did. >> you do the little hop. >> that's great. >> that's close that. -- that's close, that was really close. >> this won't take me any time. >> come on. got a seat for you. nicely done. >> oh, my goodness. >> you are right.
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that's going to break. it's a pickle. >> hold on. oh, i got a good pickle. >> i had some beans. >> you did. you did have beans? >> that's not fair. >> just brace for it. ♪ >> that's not fair. ♪ >> to you, you and everybody else on our speakeasy. >> it the end -- to the end of prohibition. >> cheers. ♪ >> yeah. >> you all like to dance. >> i don't know that i will ever be able to do anything else other than this show. this is it. this is the highlight of my career. right here. >> what was your favorite one? >> the dancing actually.
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>> you can twerk to get on next year's. >> should i twerk. >> let's see it. >> oh, times up. et's see it. >> oh, times up.
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select dayquil severe and nyquil severe two for $14 at walgreens. let'ar let's get ready for "the mix." we have fun stuff to start off the mix. some pictures you are going to tell us about. >> some of the weirdest photos of 2013. i have to warn you some are really crazy. look at the first one. it's a 550 pound halibut fish caught, unbelievable. >> eating halibut for months. >> that gives a new meaning to fish and chips. >> very nice. >> look at the next one. a sinkhole filled with ooze. where is this? >> i don't know. maybe it was st. patrick's day. >> it must have been. that's gross.
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>> number three weirdest photo, a shark that ate another shark answering the age-old question do sharks eat other sharks. i guess from this they probably do. >> this big shark looks a little crazy. see the crazy eyes eating the other shark. doesn't seem right. now the best vines of 2013. they are quick six-second clips you post on-line. we will go through them quickly. the first is a child lifted up like simba from "lion king." >> that's the punch line. >> i'm not sure what she is saying. she is like great, me down now. so this one needs a little set-up. this is a guy getting up to have a late-night snack in the kitchen. all of a sudden he is startled by the can.
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got the drink, the ice cream, the popcorn. so great. and then very last one also a little setup here. this is a dog that when the owner says i love you, listen to to its response. >> i love you. >> it really sounds like the dog is saying i love you. that's so cute. those are the top three vines of 2013. >> the next one we've got to say if you've ever ever flown on a plane or train you may have sat next to this woman. her name is sara massie. look at this. >> she is massie for sure. >> she is proud of it. that is circumference of seven feet. almost the height of shaquille o'neal. seven feet. she works it and she's proud of it. power to you. >> baby got back and she knows how to work it. good for her. l.a. face with an oakland booty.
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this morning on "world news now," a new fight for a california teenager declared brain dead after routine surgery. what's next for the girl and the legal battle. get out. that's what hundreds in a north dakota town are doing after a train loaded with fuel blew up. the health hazards and fire fight in the dangerous cold. staying safe. the high-profile skiing accident on the slopes. the precaution you can take to survive. disturbing comments. newly surfaced video of phil robertson adding fuel to his reality tv controversy. that's in "the skinny" on this new year's eve edition, tuesday, december 31st. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." good morning. i'm muhammad lila in for john muller. >> i'm diana perez. thank you all for joining us on this new year's eve. but especially thank you for joining us all the way from -- >> way overseas. i'm honored to be here on your last week before you go away. >> my last week. >> i get to be the lucky one to send you off. >> a big farewell for me to have this child finally. exciting is one way to put it. tell me -- tell you more about you. you've got four kids, and you have a fifth on the way, as well. >> we do. we have a fifth on the way coming up march. very exciting. going to be a very busy time for us i'm sure. >> that's right. >> you know, after you've had like one or two, the rest are kind of like -- been there, done that. >> no -- no big deal anymore. i've got to get to four when this is no longer a big deal. >> we sat back, we figure we're about halfway there. >> wow, at five you're halfway?
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>> we need to fill up at least a whole cargo van, right? >> you bought the thing, might as well fill it up. >> what good are empty seats? fill it up. >> i agree with. that all right. we're going to get started. once again, good morning to you. we begin with the heartbreaki heartbreaking battle over a california teenager declared dead after a routine operation. >> the girl's family won a last-minute extension to keep her on life support. they are hoping to move her across the country. more now from abc's brandi hitt. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning, di da and muhammad. >> reporter: jahi's family has been grand another week on a ventilator. they insist they have located another facility that will treat her, and this decision really came down to the wire. with just minutes to spare, her family successfully fought their way to extend the 13-year-old's life support at children's hospital in oakland. >> a new complaint in federal court requesting a temporary restraining order and injunction preventing pulling the plug. >> reporter: a judge granted the
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restraining order through january 7th. jahi checked in to the hospital earlier this month for a tonsillectomy when her family says she suffered cardiac arrest. doctors at children's hospital and a court-appointed neurologist both declared her brain dead, but jahi's family refused to give up hope. >> jahi's moving and if she is moving the doctor should pay attention to that. >> reporter: it led to an emotional battle in court over whether the teen's ventilator should be removed. >> jahi mcmath is unfortunately deceased. no amount of prayer, no amount of hope or any type of medical procedure will bring her back. >> reporter: jahi's family has raised $20,000 on-line and says it is working to move her to a new location. >> the family located a licensed facility in the state of new york which has agreed to take jahi. we have contracted with an air ambulance willing to take her door to door. >> reporter: jahi's family
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members say they have provided children's hospital documentation for her transfer. they also say they have doctors ready to stand by her side during that flight. diana and muhammad? >> brandi hitt joining us on that story. thank you. in other news, a double train derailment set off an explosion so big in north dakota, authorities are calling for the evacuation of an entire town. 20 cars of a mile-long train carrying crude oil burst in to flames. my goodness. sending that fireball of black smoke high in to the air. there were no reported injuries. more than 60% of the residents of casselton, north dakota, have left to avoid the fumes and smoke. >> as we come underneath these clouds, it's almost like night time. it's just dark. the entire sky blacked out. you can't see anything. it was a pretty surreal feeling overall. >> surreal indeed. authorities say the flames will be allowed to burn out. fire crews are facing
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temperatures hovering around 20 below zero. a change in plans for the passengers and crew of that cruise ship stuck in the antarctic ice. the rescue boats cannot reach them. they will be airlifted by helicopter. even that is on hold, waiting for a break in the weather. abc's gio benitez has more. >> reporter: eyes in the sky over the trapped ship in the antarctic. 74 passengers told they may have to abandon ship by air. >> the chinese have just launched a helicopter to check out and see how far the sea ice edge really is. >> reporter: this is the australian ice breaker trying to get through miles of thick ice. just listen. with just ten miles to go, the rescuers were forced to turn back. >> it is minus one and blowing snow.
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we are standing on the leeward side of the boat. >> reporter: punishing weather and heavy ice putting the mission on hold, but it may be too late for another attempt. the australian maritime authority say the tourists and researchers aboard will likely be airlifted by the chinese helicopter, waiting at the edge of the ice field. believe it or not, it's summer down there. it turned out, for whatever reason, there's an abnormal amount of sea ice. gio benitez, abc news, new york. a little girl is recovering after a frightening fall down a well at her grandmother's house. if took more than -- it took more than an hour for emergency crews to lift the 7-year-old to safety. the smallest firefighter on the scene had to be narrowed down the narrow well to get her out. she suffered broken bones and injuries but is otherwise okay. two workers in new jersey have to be pulled to safety from 60 feet in the air. they got stuck when their scaffolding tipped and smashed into the window of an office building in paramus. firefighters came to the rescue with a cherry picker and lowered
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them to the ground. believe it or not even hawaii is having bad weather with heavy rain. that led to this sinkhole that swallowed a pickup truck. the driver said she turned the corner and "the road just sucked me right in." she climbed out the window and suffered bruised ribs but otherwise is fine. locals say it's been a long time since they have seen that much heavy rain. a while since the upper midwest has seen cold weather. this cold anyway. the sub-zero temperatures are keeping outdoor activity to a minimum. the streets mostly deserted. it's too cold for snowmobiling. the good news, the temperature in wisconsin could climb all the way to four degrees above zero. that's not going to happen until tomorrow. in northern new england, they are cleaning up from one winter storm and waiting for another one. a foot of heavy, wet snow arrived and it will not melt any time soon. temperatures will be frigid until the tomorrow that's
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-- until the storm that's along the california coast, they are seeing some of the heaviest tides of the year. the king tides, as they are called, aren't expected to cause significant flooding but are expected to continue through tomorrow at least. king tides. of course a big section of the midwest and the east coast longs for some of that california warmth this morning. >> please bring it this way. an arctic weather system is moving in and not out. accu-weather's jim dickey has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, diana and muhammad. keeping it cold to end 2013 in to 2014. arctic air is not going anywhere anytime soon. these are the expected early morning temperatures. minus ten in minneapolis. minus 12 in bismarck. many spots below zero. some of the cold in the northeast. minus four in burlington and one in portland. head out to times square tonight. bundle up. skies will be clear in the upper 20s as the ball drops.
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feels like temperatures in the single digits and teens. diana and muhammad, back to you. >> jim dickey with accu-weather, thank you. here's a look at the rest of your weather. light snow in parts of the northeast, mostly dry in the south. although rain showers in the gulf coast. rain and snow showers in the northwest and dry in the drought-stricken southern california region. >> 50s for much of the south. 60s and 70s in in the northwest. 50 in the pacific northwest and 30 in anchorage. that's warmer than in the upper midwest and that's in alaska. the next item is a little late for christmas but if you enjoy a good cocktail, and who doesn't, you may want to save your pennies. >> this is a cure for every time you had a drink you didn't like. a high-tech mixologist that maybe the must have of your future parties. this is called monsieur. you choose what drink you want and it mixes up your favorite drink in seconds. >> you can preview it for the
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low price of $4,000. it will ship to your door in may. perfect timing, by the way, may is when i can use a mixologist just like this. >> not that you are dropping hints to the viewers, of course. >> or you, muhammad. >> that's great. can it do other stuff? >> like mix over things. >> no like run to the store. >> you are asking for a robot. that's a little much. >> there is this thing on "star trek" that you had and it was there. >> you see, "star trek" is coming back. >> oh, wait. did i just have a nerd moment. >> i would have quoted the "jetsons." it's okay. we forgive you. we forgive you. coming up the new beyonce song that sparked anger. the superstar is now responding. later, expert advice is taming even the worst dog in america. the pet project with lessons for animal lovers everywhere. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. animal lovers everywhere. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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crest 3d white 1 hour express whitestrips. formula one racing legend michael schumacher remains in a coma after a devastating ski accident. >> he was skiing in the french 's when he fell and hit his head. that type of injury is a real fear especially when so many people are taking ski vacations right now. clayton sandell shows how it happened and how to protect
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yourself from a similar injury. >> reporter: formula one champ michael schumacher is used to danger at 200 miles an hour. but skiing the french alps on sunday, he fell, slamming his head on a rock. severely injured but reportedly still conscious and moving when he reached the hospital 90 minutes later. >> it's extremely common for a person to be initially awake after a head trauma, even a substantial head trauma. >> reporter: his condition rapidly spiraled, rushed in to emergency surgery and put in to a coma. doctors say schumacher would have died on the slope if he hadn't been wearing a helmet. a record number of u.s. skiers are wearing them. one estimate says up to 70%. actress natasha richardson was not wearing a helmet when she hit her head skiing. feeling fine at first and rushed to a new york hospital the next day where she died. >> you are safer. the helmet isn't going to harm you, but it won't protect you from everything. >> doctors say if you hit your head while skiing, even if you
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are wearing a helmet and feel fine, get checked out. your brain could be starting to swell or bleed. as schumacher hang on to life, doctors say the helmet is giving him a fighting chance. clayton sandell, abc news, winter park, colorado. >> regarded as one of the best formula one racers. not the first time he has had an injury. obviously nothing like this. he broke his leg in a crash in '99 and suffered neck and spine injuries from a crash while racing. >> the one thing to remember is he has a history of comebacks. he's made it through those injuries. his career went on hold and he came back to the top of his game. there's hope he will come back from this, as well. >> this coma he's in is medically induced. they are trying to relieve pressure on his brain. hopefully that will work and we will hear good news. >> thoughts and prayers definitely go out to him. coming up, reality tv star phil robertson and the controversial comments that are surfacing now.
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and the anger that's forcing beyonce into a difficult spot. coming up in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ions.
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♪ skinny so skinny >> all right. welcome to "the skinny." we are talking about phil robertson one more time. >> just when you thought the train wreck couldn't get any worse. >> when you thought it was over he surfaces once again.
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from "duck dynasty" he was suspended by a&e for grossly homophobic and racist comments he made to a "gq" reporter. now he has been reinstated and a&e hoped the controversy had blown over. some blockers found a -- bloggers found a new youtube video where he has yet again offended a whole new population of the country. take a listen. >> look. you wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only pickin' that is going to take place is your pocket. you got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. you need to check with mom and dad about that, of course. >> important disclaimer there. you have to check with mom and dad before you get married to a 15 or 16-year-old. important he put that in there. and he said pick your ducks and it is not sexual innuendo. he is actually talking about
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picking off the feathers left on dead ducks it is a task usually left to the women in the world of duck killing picking dynasty. >> hard to tell if he is serious there. but clearly that is not funny and we should point out that a&e is co-owned by abc. >> there you have it. what would an overnight news show be without a little beyonce? she's responding to some criticism over a piece of video that aired in a recent music video. take a look. >> flight controllers here are looking carefully at the situation. obviously, a major malfunction. >> you may recognize that from the "challenger" disaster. she decided to put it in the music video. she faced criticism from nasa astronauts who are angry about it. she put out a statement. take a look at what she said. she said, "my heart goes out to the families of those lost in the "challenger" sdalg. the song "xo" is recorded with the sincerest intention to help those who lost loved ones and remind us that unexpected things do happen."
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to love and appreciate every moment with those who mean the most to you. not sure if that apology will go over well with the astronauts' families but she is taking a step in the right direction. >> at least she has come out to say something. nasa and a lot of people that were upset about it wanted to hear her say something and also want it removed. interesting to see what happens next. prince william taking up school once more. he is returning to school in 2014, beginning in early january. he will be undertaking a ten-week program in get in agricultural management. this is at the university of cambridge according to kensington palace. they announced it today. what's it mean for the new royal family? prince george and kate middleton will be without prince william until mid march. this is all-inclusive intensive agricultural program. he will be at school, not with his family for that time. >> what do you do if you are his professor and he fails? >> you have to pass him. >> exactly. >> he officially graduated already. >> pretty much.
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[ regina ] yeah, your generation has all the good stuff. muhammad lila. ♪ >> if you have ever owned a dog then you know that getting them to do what you want and when you want them to do it can be challenging. seem dogs seem to be bad to the bone. >> the case and point, lucy the winner of the worst dog in america title. if you follow the story, it shows you inside of every poorly behaved pooch is a perfectly behaved pet. this makes it our -- wait for it. it is our "favorite story of the day." i have been waiting all year to do that and i nailed it. >> reporter: meet lucy, champion
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dog. not best in show but her unmatched destructive nature earned her the prestigious title of worst dog in america. >> lucy requires a lot of stimulation. >> reporter: when they adopted the husky mix it wasn't until lucy chewed through her metal crate that she knew she was a prime candidate for camp bow wow's contest to find america's worst of the worst. she gnawed her way to the coveted crown. the prize, a year-long camp bow wow. >> she displayed all the problems but to a degree that needed expert intervention. >> reporter: so it was off to begin training. she went straight to work with a full day of focused exercises and group play. the hope here is that lucy would become the poster dog of success. here's some tips dog lovers can use at home. choose the right dog. >> often i deal with people who have this big dog in a tiny
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apartment. >> reporter: work out your pup. >> if you can go out and run, walk and play briskly with your dog 30 minutes a day, most of these behaviors magically disappear. >> be selective of what goes in the bowl. >> many dogs are fed foods and treats that are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates that are shown to change behavior. >> and quality time. >> you must be willing to dedicate time, energy and effort because they don't come ready made. >> reporter: at our last check-in at the one-year mark. >> lucy is now very manageable. she will listen to instruction and relax. whereas before we could never have that. >> linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> do you have any pets? >> i have a pet. she lives with my parents. i have never had to experience anything like that. what about you? >> you are going to make me cry.
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good morning. i'm muhammad lila in for john muller. >> i'm diana perez. here's the top stories on "world news now." on one of the coldest nights of the season, residents of a small north dakota town are told to evacuate their homes after a collision between two trains triggered explosions. the family of a california teenager declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy is allowed to keep her on life support for at least another week. they are hoping to move 13-year-old jahi mcmath to a new york clinic. a new recommendation for heavy smokers past and present. those between 55 and 80 are advised to get yearly ct scans. the goal is to save lives through early detection of lung
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cancer. all systems go for the ball drop in times square tonight. it passed yesterday's test with flying colors. this year's ball contains 32,000 lights. those are some of the top stories on this new year's eve, tuesday, december 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." welcome in on this new year's eve. this year has gone by incredibly quickly. incredible. >> absolutely. it is not a bad time to be in new york city for new year's eve. >> look at who is joining us, muhammad lila, our star foreign correspondent, i should add. are you going to watch the ball drop now that you are here in new york? >> i have to be honest, i was here last year as well doing the show and had a great time at times square watching the ball drop but if you have done it once -- it's about enough. the thing i didn't like of the 3:00 and
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4:00 a.m. >> the crew. >> like the people. >> that's the -- there's a reason that people don't put that part of new year's eve on tv. >> people who live in new york call it amateur hour. i think a lot of people realize that those that go to watch the ball drop, fine. those that stay after hours after the ball drop probably need to get to a party somewhere quickly. >> yeah. let's get started. we begin this half hour with a train wreck in north dakota. one train was carrying grain. the other oil. some of the grain cars derailed and struck the tankers sparking at least four different explosions. >> no injuries are reported but the thick smoke could be a health hazard. abc reports the temperature there is around minus 20. the weather with outside is brutal. >> this is arctic. >> reporter: some of the coldest air of the season has parts of the country in a deep freeze. near casselton, north dakota, a crude oil train derailed. billowing smoke and fire ball
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filled the sky. residents urged to evacuate as crews respond in the frigid cold. >> it was like night time. you know, just dark. the entire sky is blacked out. you can't see anything. we come in here and we are digging around on the side streets and trying to get a view. it was a pretty surreal feeling. >> reporter: from minnesota to maine, crews work to restore power to thousands. in the windy city, chicagoans bundled up as they ventured outdoors. >> hats, gloves, snow suit and extra blanket to keep her warm. >> reporter: these teens hunkered down in the deep freeze waiting hours to buy new sneakers. >> i like doing this. i'm having fun with my friends. >> reporter: in wisconsin it is hard on the homeless. >> trying to stay as warm as you can. it is hard to do. >> reporter: this shelter provides meals and warm place to
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sleep even to men banned in the past. >> on nights like tonight, we just make room. we just make room. >> reporter: abc news, new york. >> that arctic chill is covering a huge part of the country from the plains to new york's times square. >> our coverage continues with meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, diana and muhammad. it will be a cold end to 2013 across the north and east. an arctic air mass has set up shop. not going anywhere anytime soon. many spots below zero. these are expected early-morning low temperatures. minus ten minneapolis. minus 12 bismarck. the brighter purples minus 20 and lower. challenging record lows. to the northeast, some of the cold seeping in. minus four the expected low in burlington, one in portland in to the 20s in new york city. if you are heading out to times square tonight it will be cold.
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bundle up. the skies will be clear. temperatures in the 20s as the ball drops. real feel values in the teens and single digits. diana and muhammad, back to you. >> here's the rest of the day's weather. rain or snow showers in the pacific northwest along with fog. sunny and pleasant in the with southwest. mild in the southeast, although there could be showers in florida. >> 50 in seattle. 39 salt lake city. 68 l.a. 73 phoenix. mid-50s denver and dallas. 50 memphis and atlanta. little cooler in washington, d.c. the state department has issued a serious warning for americans in lebanon. that is after friday's deadly bombing in beirut. u.s. citizens are being told to avoid hotels and any public or social events where americans normally gather in lebanon. the u.s. embassy there is urging americans to avoid traveling to
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the country. meanwhile, russia is on edge this morning after a wave of terror attacks. in the city at the center of the violence. residents are avoiding public transportation. some stores are closed and new year's eve celebrations are cancelled. abc's karen travers reports the terror may have some widespread repe >> reporter: two days, two suicide bombings. in volgograd, russia, an attack at a train station. yesterday, a bus bombing there. more than 30 people dead. with the winter olympics approaching there are increasing concerns about s the olympicll t00 miles from volgograd in five an islamist national group vowed to disrupt the games. >> if the games aren't attacked there will be attempts to attack either transit routes in to the games or particular venue on the outlying areas. >> reporter: the events will be spread out across multiple
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venues. a massive security presence but experts say soft targets present opportunities. >> small numbers of people can infiltrate and cause a lot of damage. >> reporter: yesterday the president of the international olympic committee called the attacks despicable but said he was certain that everything will be done to ensure the safety of the athletes and spectators. diana and muhammad. >> thank you. the faa announced six states that will develop test sites for drones. alaska, nevada, new york, north alasen. nevada, new york, north for their diverse climates and geography. the testing is seen as a crit s.it a growing ne worry they will bring the n closer to a surveilate. despite the testing, the id having er packages is a pipe dream. amazon ceo jeff bezos is considering using unmanned
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com lin oll after suffering a week. others worry it may nobe before twin sochi. vonn had hoped to enter at la one world cup event ahead olympics. tim tebow found a new team and that team is espn. tebow was released by the patriots before the season began. he will be an analyst for the network's southeast coverage, but just in case pro football comes calling, tebow has an option in his contract to return to the field. espn and abc are sister networks, both owned by disney. >> you think it will happen? anyone going to call. is the phone going to ring to become a quarterback? >> isn't there something called the tebow. >> that's the only thing he's known for. if you think it is ridiculously cold and it's good enough for you, you haven't been to eagle river, wisconsin yet. >> that's where an impressive
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winter landmark is under construction right now. this ice castle is made with more than 4,000 blocks of ice from a local lake. the fire department spent 700 hours cutting those blocks. >> when it is all done, it will span 20 feet high and light up at night. the very best part it won't melt until about march. that's a lot of work for something that is not going to last forever. >> it would be nice to visit one of those places. >> i think so. take a picture. that's the only thing that will last, your picture. because it is melting in march. >> i'd ask for hot chocolate and carve my name in to the walls like a hair dryer, carve it in. >> little dangerous because the whole thing will fall on top of us, but i see where you are going. moving on -- coming up the holiday movies making the most money during 2013. and ahead, cameras posted 6 near traffic lights.
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why these cameras have safety experts seeing red. expert advice on your new year's eve party. the food and drink that can give your bash a gourmet touch. you are watching "world news now." >> "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal. nrss for "world news now" weather brought to you by no no hair removal.
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cause crashes. here's abc's linsey davis with more. >> reporter: smashed, crashed and crushed. drivers in the disastrous effects of running red lights caught on camera. more than 700 people die in the u.s. every year. in response, over 500 communities in 25 states have turned to cameras like this to catch and deter the offenders. just the presence of one of these cameras has been found to reduce red light running by 40 to 50%, but they are still not without controversy. opponents say while they decrease deadly so-called t-bone collisions, drivers are more likely to slam on the brakes when they see a camera to avoid paying a fine, increasing less serious, but still dangerous, rear-end collisions. >> i'd take a rear-end crash any day over a t-bone crash. >> reporter: some states are turning to a different solution. longer yellow lights to give drivers more cushion. but experts say the best way to stay safe, be prepared to stop.
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linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> when you think of the worst traffic in the world you think of l.a. there was a study there where 20 out of 32 intersections it made them more dangerous. >> because people were slamming on their brakes. i think yellow means slow down, not speed up. >> absolutely. if you are planning a party tonight, we have expert advice coming up for you. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer: wednesday within continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: wednesday within
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♪ your new year's celebration can have gourmet pizzazz if you know what to do. this morning we are welcoming back an accomplished executive chef here at new york's delicatessen for his spin on auld lang syne. thank you for coming and joining us. usually people are worried about their party. but we are worried about the food.
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that's a staple when it comes to having a great party. >> of course. people definitely judge the food. >> you have easy quick things to do so we are not in the kitchen all day long. >> two dishes here. they look fancy and difficult but they are not. i will show you how easy it really is. >> here we have the smoked salmon canape. i have rye bred, cut them in to squares, pat butter over them. toast it. smoked salmon on top. i have some crème fraiche. you can use sour cream also. >> nice replacement. >> yep. that goes on top. a little bit of red onion and some chives. >> give this a try. >> serve it like that as your guests arrive. >> that looks exactly what you did will an it took three seconds to do the whole thing. >> no camera magic. actually that easy to do.
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>> it really is. you will get started on the next one while i try this. go ahead. >> next is a crab dip. it is something that you can make way in advance. as your guests come it is something they can help themselves. even though you are having a party, you want to enjoy it also. you don't want to be stressed about putting things together. crab dip you make it ahead of time, serve it warm. the guests come in, baguette, little olive oil and salt and pepper, serving spoon and people can help themselves. >> this is a very small pan you have made it in. can you make it in bigger quantities? >> of course. you can make it in a huge tray and serve in that also. >> let's serve ourselves a little bit. i will get us started. you did all the work and i get to try it all. i know the recipe is on our website but give us a run what is in here. it looks complicated. i'm not a chef and i'm intimidated by the look of that. >> there's a lot of ways you can go about crab dip.
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this is my own recipe and own version of it. i started simple. flour, butter, milk. the basis of this. >> nice. >> then there's a lot of spices, herbs and aromatics that go in it to. the topping is panko bread crumbs with herbs. this is my variation. it's on the website. check it out. it looks complicated, but it's not. it is one of my favorites. >> nice and easy. we covered the food and that's nice and all but really it is about the drink when it comes to new year's eve, correct? >> of course. for those drinking out there, of course you want to be settled in for the night. >> very true. >> get a hotel, take a cab and enjoy the night with a cocktail. >> that's right. >> i'm making a classic champagne cocktail. >> i see bitters. i'm worried. >> yep. bitters and sugar cube. few drops of bitters over the sugar cube. >> don't need more than that when it comes to bitters. >> nope. champagne. it's a nice spin on the normal champagne. even if you set them up for a
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toast it is a little different. >> it looks different. a little interesting and get people talking about it. >> you know, it adds that much to your party. >> all right. >> then i finish it with some orange zest. there is so much flavor. all the citrus oil popping out. oh, my goodness. looks so fancy. >> you see how easy it is. >> we threw this party together in not even two minutes. >> let's smell. you taste. i will smell. it smells good. that's the most i can do with an alcoholic drink. but i can celebrate like the rest of them. look at us, ready to ring in 2014. happy new year to you. >> happy new year. >> thank you once again. >> thank you. >> he will share his recipes on our facebook page wnnfans.com. happy new year. you are watching "world news now." ♪
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plus you can use up to 4 times less. enjoy the go with new charmin ultra soft. it's been a truly banner year for hollywood. some big-time blockbusters wowed audiences and brought in major money. >> which films took in the most and why? dan harris takes us "behind the curtain." >> reporter: it's a bird, it's the plane, it's the top selling movie of 2013. >> i got you. >> i got you first. >> reporter: "iron man 3" travelled the globe to the tune of $1.2 billion. that sky high number helped hollywood earn more in ticket
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sales this year than ever before, nearly $11 billion. also along for the highly profitable ride, the lovable mignons from "despicable me," the easy on the eyes cast of "fast and furious 6" and the fur balls pursuing higher education in "monsters university." you may notice a trend here. the top five were all sequels but there was, we should note, one breath of fresh air. "gravity" showed up. there is still room for originality. the sandra bullock space flick brought in an out of this world $653 million. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day. we want to know what was your favorite movie of the year and why? log on to our facebook page at wnnfans.com to let us know. >> have you seen any of those are movies? >> i live in pakistan. have i seen any movies this
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year? >> why would i ask that question? by the way, i have a 15-month-old at home and i haven't seen any of those either. >> all i can say is netflix. >> there you go. with the new year comes a new beginning from one of our favorite writers here at "world news now." we are talking about the commish. we want to congratulate him on his marriage last week. here's some pictures of jack and his beautiful bride susan. >> these pictures were taken where they got married, which was on long island. looks like they were in a trolley car there. red and white being obviously the colors of their wedding and i heard from jack this morning who told me he and his beautiful bride are heading to honeymoon in aruba. so he is not watching at this fine hour. >> that is one happy looking couple. >> yes, it is. congratulations. >> congratulations. >> wonderful news for the two of
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them. a new year and new beginning
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this morning on "world news now," deep freeze. the arctic weather system that is sending a chill across a huge part of the country on this new year's eve. >> man, this has been arctic. >> north dakota firefighters confront below-zero temperatures, flames and fumes. olympic fears with back-to-back bombings in russia there are new demands for better security weeks before the olympic games. >> the size of the weapon also seems to indicate they were looking to derail a train in transit. >> the worldwide concerns over terrorism and russia's ability to stop it. later, unforgettable year. 2013 was full of surprises, celebration and big moments here at the "world news now" anchor desk. it's our trip down memory lane. it's new year's eve, tuesday december 31st. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." >> good morning, everyone. john did not just get a very dark tan and grow a beard. i'm muhammad lila in for john who's away on a well-deserved break. >> that's right. i'm diana perez. as you all know, and this is not john. that's great. muhammad, as you should know, our star correspondent from afghanistan and pakistan here for the rest of the week with us, at least we know that much. >> i think bosses figured if i could dodge bullets in afghanistan and pakistan i could survive new year's eve in times square. >> we have no choice but to spend new year's eve with each other but if there was anybody else you could spend new year's eve with who would it be? >> i made a mistake and said i would want to spend it with snoop who is snoop dogg and i should have said if there was one person it would be my wife. and if i couldn't spend it with my wife -- snoop -- well, as long as prince harry shows up. >> prince harry.
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he is a good time. gets naked, likes to drink. hey, i'm in. >> i just chose snoop for the paraphernalia. he would bring. >> he is always fun when he has paraphernalia with him. let's get started. good morning to you, as well. we begin with the brutally cold weather blanketing half of the country from the great lakes to new england. >> as far south as virginia. two cold fronts are coming together, putting the new year's holiday into a deep freeze. our coverage begins with alex perez in minneapolis. >> reporter: bitter and biting. the deep freeze with a tight, unapologetic choke hold over the midwest. parts of minnesota, 30 to 40 below windchills. >> man, this is arctic. >> reporter: across minneapolis, those forced to walk outside walked quickly, said little and
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bundled up. >> what does it do to your body to be outside? >> makes you shake. >> reporter: this family out with their 3-month-old daughter. >> reporter: the baby carrier completely sealed. you won't believe this popular waterfall in minneapolis turned into a crystal palace of ice. it is completely frozen over. in manitou, wisconsin, 14 below zero. so cold this shelter quickly filling every available bed. >> frankly, on nights like tonight we just make room. we just make room. >> reporter: here in minneapolis, the city skyline is swallowed by the steam as it rises and they try to keep those buildings warm. the cold is expected to linger here in the midwest all week. alex perez, abc news, minneapolis. >> as we mentioned, the arctic air mass is covering a huge part of the country. >> we will get the latest from accu-weather meteorologist jim dickey who's telling us to bundle up. good morning, jim. >> good morning, diana and
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muhammad. staying cold as in the northeast. arctic air mass is not going anywhere anytime soon. minus ten in minneapolis. minus 12 bismarck. some of the cold moving in to the northeast. minus four in burlington here and down to one in portland. cold expected in times square tonight. skies clear. temperatures in the upper 20s as the ball drops. when you factor in the winds 15 to 20 miles an hour, feels like single digits and teens. be sure you bundle up. we will see snow in to new year's day. across i-80 be mindful of that. roads could be dangerous. back to you. >> in the bitter cold, a north dakota town is urged to evacuate after a fiery train derailment. fire balls and black smoke billowed from the train carrying cargo. several cars were knocked over when another train crashed into it from adjoining tracks. the smoke and fumes could pose a health hazard. no one was injured. 2400 people have been asked to leave their homes.
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in southern california, a woman was killed when her car collided with an amtrak train. it took place at a railroad crossing northwest of l.a. a railroad worker was also injured when the impact of the crash sent the suv in to his parked pickup truck. investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident. terrorist acts are worrisome enough when they happen, but coming right before the olympics and not far from where the olympics are going to be held, that is simply terrifying. two suicide bombings in russia in two days have left more than 30 people dead and questions about next month's winter games. abc's brian ross has the story. >> reporter: olympic security officials were pouring over the chilling surveillance tapes from volgograd, including this new video posted by two russian news agencies that shows two suspects at the train station checkpoint just before the suicide bomb was detonated on sunday. in six weeks, this will be a hub for athletes and spectators heading to the olympics.
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>> the size of the weapon indicates they were looking to retail a train in transit. >> reporter: with the second attack on a trolley bus there are 31 people dead and dozens more injured, almost all innocent civilians including children. there are no claims of responsibility. but many u.s. officials are convinced the attacks can be traced back to this man, doku umarov, the ruthless leader of an islamic group that called the olympic games satanic and vowed to stop them. >> they have been in operation a long time. they are battle trained and ready. >> reporter: sochi is 400 miles away from the attacks. president vladimir putin promised air-tight security and the mayor of sochi, anatoly pakhomov told me earlier this month he had no worries about terrorism. >> no worries. >> reporter: many u.s. officials do not share that confident view.
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some say the russians have failed to fully cooperate with american security teams assigned to protect the 235 u.s. athletes who will come here to sochi. the u.s. will be sending small teams of armed security people to guard u.s. athletes at sochi. the white house says there's a need for greater cooperation with the russians, which is diplomate language for stop being so difficult. brian ross, abc news, new york. abc news learned there are security vulnerabilities at the healthcare.gov website. the supervisor michelle schneider is retiring abruptly. she is the second administration official involved with the site to leave since the troubled rollout. topping our health headlines, new guidelines for heavy smokers. an influential panel of doctors is advising high risk current and former smokers to get annual ct scans. they can detect lung cancer early.
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it applies people 55 to 80 years old who smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. a pregnant nurse fired for refusing to get a flu shot is defending her decision. dreonna breton had worked at a pennsylvania hospital since 2008. this year, all employees at her hospital are required to get the flu vaccine. she says there are no studies on pregnant women to prove the shot is 100% safe, but many health experts say the flu vaccine is an essential part of prenatal care. so what's in a name? for a hawaiian woman the answer is 35 letters. that's how long her last name is, just her last name. now she has won the right to have all of them, plus a special punctuation mark on her driver's license and state identification card. previously the i.d. only had room for 35 characters including first and last names. the next goal is to get all of the last name on her social security card. why don't you give a crack at
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this, muhammad? >> i was hoping you wouldn't say that. let's have a contest. why don't i try and you try. >> i like that. >> you go first. >> okay. >> oh, boy. >> all right. i've got it in front of me. >> 35 characters. kahaka -- i give up. >> i'm not going to try. that is really good. i would have broken it in to syllables. >> kay-ha-kee-ko -- that's where i'm stopping. >> i know people not being able to pronounce your name growing up but that is a mouthful. >> i wonder what her first name is, probably anne. it's new really the new year until the ball drops from times square here in new york city. >> we are happy to report it is
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all systems go for tonight. organizers tested the 12,000 pound ball yesterday and everything went fine. >> this year's ball has 32,000 lights and 2600 waterford crystals, all formed in a new designed called gifted imagination. the design inspired by a sketch written or drawn by 12-year-old patient at saint jude's hospital. >> very nice. coming up, the weirdest photos that have gone viral over the past year. and what a momentous year at the "world news now" anchor desk with changes and anniversary and more. stay with us for a look back. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by gerber life insurance. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by gerber life insurance.
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welcome back. this morning the state department is calling on al qaeda to release an american man being held hostage in pakistan. >> it comes a day after the family of that man opened up to abc news sharing frustrations and fears. here's abc's david muir. >> determined to get him home. that's why i'm here. >> reporter: this is the family of an american father and grandfather believed to be held
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captive by al qaeda. after breaking their silence with us, the state department said the u.s. has, in fact, called on al qaeda to release him immediately and return him to his family. this video is all they have. this is the first proof in more than year that warren weinstein is still alive. the 72-year-old was working as a consultant in pakistan. helping to build the local economy when gunmen stormed his apartment and took him captive. >> when he looked straight into the camera and says, "it seems i have been totaled abandoned and forgotten." >> reporter: how hard has that been trying to explain to the little ones where their grandfather is. >> our daughter, we finally had to tell her and that was one of the hardest things ever. >> what did she ask? >> my birthday is coming. is he going to be home for this one? how do you answer that for a kid? it is such a burden on them at such a young age to have to -- >> reporter: now the only way to see him is through this video. what would you say to him if you could? >> i'd just tell him how much i miss him.
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i would just tell him that i love him, and that i think about him every day. >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >> pain for that family is so raw. you can see it. >> you can't even imagine what they are going through to miss that holiday. when you go through situations like that, the one thing they tell you to remember if you are ever kidnapped 91% of all kidnappings end in a successful release. so there is hope he will come home. >> hopefully the next time we are talking about the story he will be home. >> that is my part of the world so i hope to cover the story. a look back at the moments of 2013 here on "world news now." ahead in our next half hour, giving america's worst dog a lesson in manners. how some talented trainers turned lucy from a problem pooch to a perfect pet. you are watching "world news now."
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if you have watched us on "world news now" more than once you know there is little we don't say or do in the wee hours of the morning. >> here now is a look at some of the top moments of 2013. >> you are 21 years old and finally legal. >> oh, absolutely. >> it's about time. ♪ >> do you know who this guy is right here? >> back off a little.
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>> sure. >> hot and bothered. >> yes, indeed. >> i like it! >> we have some cakes, as you can tell. we like to eat. >> we like to eat. >> just the tip. >> no. >> with a rousing holiday cheer from long island, the hofstra university cheerleaders. ♪ >> yep, yep, yeah. yeah. how do you like me now? >> oh, yeah. >>. ♪ today's going to be the day ♪ i don't believe anybody feels the way i do about you now ♪ >> you like this place? enjoying the party? >> i am. thank you for inviting me. >> what's your name. >> eleanor.
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>> can you dance the charleston? >> i can. dance the charleston. how about that? >> beautiful. ♪ ♪ she's gone to stay ♪ ain't no sunshine when she's gone ♪ and she's always gone too long ♪ >> i think that stuff we smoked before the segment smells a little funny. >> what? >> i -- anyway -- ♪ >> a little hop like alex did. >> you do the little hop. >> that's great. >> that's close that. -- that's close, that was really close. >> this won't take me any time. >> come on. got a seat for you. nicely done. >> oh, my goodness. >> you are right. that's going to break.
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it's a pickle. >> hold on. oh, i got a good pickle. >> i had some beans. >> you did. you did have beans? >> that's not fair. >> just brace for it. ♪ >> to you, you and everybody else on our speakeasy. >> to the end of prohibition. >> cheers. ♪ >> yeah. >> you all like to dance. >> i don't know that i will ever be able to do anything else other than this show. this is it. this is the highlight of my career. right here. >> what was your favorite one? >> the dancing actually.
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>> you can twerk to get on next year's. >> should i twerk. >> let's see it. >> oh, times up. >> oh, times up. et's see it. >> oh, times up.
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select dayquil severe and nyquil severe two for $14 at walgreens. let's get ready for "the mix." we have fun stuff to start off the mix. some pictures you are going to tell us about. >> some of the weirdest photos of 2013. i have to warn you some are really crazy. look at the first one. it's a 550 pound halibut fish caught, unbelievable. >> eating halibut for months. >> that gives a new meaning to fish and chips. >> very nice. >> look at the next one. a sinkhole filled with ooze. where is this? >> i don't know. maybe it was st. patrick's day. >> it must have been.
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that's gross. >> number three weirdest photo, a shark that ate another shark answering the age-old question do sharks eat other sharks. i guess from this they probably do. >> this big shark looks a little crazy. see the crazy eyes eating the other shark. doesn't seem right. now the best vines of 2013. they are quick six-second clips you post on-line. we will go through them quickly. the first is a child lifted up like simba from "lion king." >> that's the punch line. >> i'm not sure what she is saying. she is like great, me down now. so this one needs a little set-up. this is a guy getting up to have
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a late-night snack in the kitchen. all of a sudden he is startled by the can. got the drink, the ice cream, the popcorn. so great. and then very last one also a little setup here. this is a dog that when the owner says i love you, listen to to its response. >> i love you. >> it really sounds like the dog is saying i love you. that's so cute. those are the top three vines of 2013. >> the next one we've got to say if you've ever ever flown on a plane or train you may have sat next to this woman. her name is sara massie. look at this. >> she is massie for sure. >> she is proud of it. that is circumference of seven feet. almost the height of shaquille o'neal. seven feet.
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now," a new fight for a california teenager declared brain dead after routine surgery. what's next for the girl and the legal battle. get out. that's what hundreds in a north dakota town are doing after a train loaded with fuel blew up. the health hazards and fire fight in the dangerous cold. staying safe. the high-profile skiing accident on the slopes. the precaution you can take to survive. disturbing comments. newly surfaced video of phil robertson adding fuel to his reality tv controversy. that's in "the skinny" on this new year's eve edition, tuesday, december 31st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning.
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i'm muhammad lila in for john muller. >> i'm diana perez. thank you all for joining us on this new year's eve. but especially thank you for joining us all the way from -- >> way overseas. i'm honored to be here on your last week before you go away. >> my last week. >> i get to be the lucky one to send you off. >> a big farewell for me to have this child finally. exciting is one way to put it. tell me -- tell you more about you. you've got four kids, and you have a fifth on the way, as well. >> we do. we have a fifth on the way coming up march. very exciting. going to be a very busy time for us i'm sure. >> that's right. >> you know, after you've had like one or two, the rest are kind of like -- been there, done that. >> no -- no big deal anymore. i've got to get to four when this is no longer a big deal. >> we sat back, we figure we're about halfway there.
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>> wow, at five you're halfway? >> we need to fill up at least a whole cargo van, right? >> you bought the thing, might as well fill it up. >> what good are empty seats? fill it up. >> i agree with. that all right. we're going to get started. once again, good morning to you. we begin with the heartbreaking battle over a california teenager declared dead after a routine operation. >> the girl's family won a last-minute extension to keep her on life support. they are hoping to move her across the country. more now from abc's brandi hitt. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning, diana and muhammad. >> reporter: jahi's family has been grand another week on a ventilator. they insist they have located another facility that will treat her, and this decision really came down to the wire. with just minutes to spare, her family successfully fought their way to extend the 13-year-old's life support at children's hospital in oakland. >> a new complaint in federal court requesting a temporary restraining order and injunction preventing pulling the plug. >> reporter: a judge granted the
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restraining order through january 7th. jahi checked in to the hospital earlier this month for a tonsillectomy when her family says she suffered cardiac arrest. doctors at children's hospital and a court-appointed neurologist both declared her brain dead, but jahi's family refused to give up hope. >> jahi's moving and if she is moving the doctor should pay attention to that. >> reporter: it led to an emotional battle in court over whether the teen's ventilator should be removed. >> jahi mcmath is unfortunately deceased. no amount of prayer, no amount of hope or any type of medical procedure will bring her back. >> reporter: jahi's family has raised $20,000 on-line and says it is working to move her to a new location. >> the family located a licensed facility in the state of new york which has agreed to take jahi. we have contracted with an air ambulance willing to take her door to door. >> reporter: jahi's family members say they have provided children's hospital documentation for her transfer.
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they also say they have doctors ready to stand by her side during that flight. diana and muhammad? >> brandi hitt joining us on that story. thank you. in other news, a double train derailment set off an explosion so big in north dakota, authorities are calling for the evacuation of an entire town. 20 cars of a mile-long train carrying crude oil burst in to flames. my goodness. sending that fireball of black smoke high in to the air. there were no reported injuries. more than 60% of the residents of casselton, north dakota, have left to avoid the fumes and smoke. >> as we come underneath these clouds, it's almost like night time. it's just dark. the entire sky blacked out. you can't see anything. it was a pretty surreal feeling overall. >> surreal indeed. authorities say the flames will
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be allowed to burn out. fire crews are facing temperatures hovering around 20 below zero. a change in plans for the passengers and crew of that cruise ship stuck in the antarctic ice. the rescue boats cannot reach them. they will be airlifted by helicopter. even that is on hold, waiting for a break in the weather. abc's gio benitez has more. >> reporter: eyes in the sky over the trapped ship in the antarctic. 74 passengers told they may have to abandon ship by air. >> the chinese have just launched a helicopter to check out and see how far the sea ice edge really is. >> reporter: this is the australian ice breaker trying to get through miles of thick ice. just listen. with just ten miles to go, the rescuers were forced to turn back. >> it is minus one and blowing
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snow. we are standing on the leeward side of the boat. >> reporter: punishing weather and heavy ice putting the mission on hold, but it may be too late for another attempt. the australian maritime authority say the tourists and researchers aboard will likely be airlifted by the chinese helicopter, waiting at the edge of the ice field. believe it or not, it's summer down there. it turned out, for whatever reason, there's an abnormal amount of sea ice. gio benitez, abc news, new york. a little girl is recovering after a frightening fall down a well at her grandmother's house. it took more than an hour for emergency crews to lift the 7-year-old to safety. the smallest firefighter on the scene had to be narrowed down the narrow well to get her out. she suffered broken bones and injuries but is otherwise okay. two workers in new jersey have to be pulled to safety from 60 feet in the air. they got stuck when their scaffolding tipped and smashed into the window of an office building in paramus. firefighters came to the rescue
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with a cherry picker and lowered them to the ground. believe it or not even hawaii is having bad weather with heavy rain. that led to this sinkhole that swallowed a pickup truck. the driver said she turned the corner and "the road just sucked me right in." she climbed out the window and suffered bruised ribs but otherwise is fine. locals say it's been a long time since they have seen that much heavy rain. a while since the upper midwest has seen cold weather. this cold anyway. the sub-zero temperatures are keeping outdoor activity to a minimum. the streets mostly deserted. it's too cold for snowmobiling. the good news, the temperature in wisconsin could climb all the way to four degrees above zero. that's not going to happen until tomorrow. in northern new england, they are cleaning up from one winter storm and waiting for another one. a foot of heavy, wet snow
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arrived and it will not melt any time soon. temperatures will be frigid until the storm that's expected on thursday. along the california coast, they are seeing some of the heaviest tides of the year. the king tides, as they are called, aren't expected to cause significant flooding but are expected to continue through tomorrow at least. king tides. of course a big section of the midwest and the east coast longs for some of that california warmth this morning. >> please bring it this way. an arctic weather system is moving in and not out. accu-weather's jim dickey has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, diana and muhammad. keeping it cold to end 2013 in to 2014. arctic air is not going anywhere anytime soon. these are the expected early morning temperatures. minus ten in minneapolis. minus 12 in bismarck. many spots below zero. some of the cold in the northeast. minus four in burlington and one in portland. head out to times square tonight. bundle up. skies will be clear in the upper 20s as the ball drops. feels like temperatures in the single digits and teens.
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diana and muhammad, back to you. >> jim dickey with accu-weather, thank you. here's a look at the rest of your weather. light snow in parts of the northeast, mostly dry in the south. although rain showers in the gulf coast. rain and snow showers in the northwest and dry in the drought-stricken southern california region. >> 50s for much of the south. 60s and 70s in in the northwest. 50 in the pacific northwest and 30 in anchorage. that's warmer than in the upper midwest and that's in alaska. the next item is a little late for christmas but if you enjoy a good cocktail, and who doesn't, you may want to save your pennies. >> this is a cure for every time you had a drink you didn't like. a high-tech mixologist that maybe the must have of your future parties. this is called monsieur. you choose what drink you want and it mixes up your favorite drink in seconds. >> you can preview it for the low price of $4,000. it will ship to your door in
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may. perfect timing, by the way, may is when i can use a mixologist just like this. >> not that you are dropping hints to the viewers, of course. >> or you, muhammad. >> that's great. can it do other stuff? >> like mix over things. >> no like run to the store. >> you are asking for a robot. that's a little much. >> there is this thing on "star trek" that you had and it was there. >> you see, "star trek" is coming back. >> oh, wait. did i just have a nerd moment. >> i would have quoted the "jetsons." it's okay. we forgive you. we forgive you. coming up the new beyonce song that sparked anger. the superstar is now responding. later, expert advice is taming even the worst dog in america. the pet project with lessons for animal lovers everywhere. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. animal lovers everywhere. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by
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crest 3d white 1 hour express whitestrips. formula one racing legend michael schumacher remains in a coma after a devastating ski accident. >> he was skiing in the french alps when he fell and hit his head. that type of injury is a real fear especially when so many people are taking ski vacations right now. clayton sandell shows how it happened and how to protect yourself from a similar injury.
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>> reporter: formula one champ michael schumacher is used to danger at 200 miles an hour. but skiing the french alps on sunday, he fell, slamming his head on a rock. severely injured but reportedly still conscious and moving when he reached the hospital 90 minutes later. >> it's extremely common for a person to be initially awake after a head trauma, even a substantial head trauma. >> reporter: his condition rapidly spiraled, rushed in to emergency surgery and put in to a coma. doctors say schumacher would have died on the slope if he hadn't been wearing a helmet. a record number of u.s. skiers are wearing them. one estimate says up to 70%. actress natasha richardson was not wearing a helmet when she hit her head skiing. feeling fine at first and rushed to a new york hospital the next
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day where she died. >> you are safer. the helmet isn't going to harm you, but it won't protect you from everything. >> doctors say if you hit your head while skiing, even if you are wearing a helmet and feel fine, get checked out. your brain could be starting to swell or bleed. as schumacher hang on to life, doctors say the helmet is giving him a fighting chance. clayton sandell, abc news, winter park, colorado. >> regarded as one of the best formula one racers. not the first time he has had an injury. obviously nothing like this. he broke his leg in a crash in '99 and suffered neck and spine injuries from a crash while racing. >> the one thing to remember is he has a history of comebacks. he's made it through those injuries. his career went on hold and he came back to the top of his game. there's hope he will come back from this, as well. >> this coma he's in is medically induced. they are trying to relieve pressure on his brain. hopefully that will work and we will hear good news. >> thoughts and prayers definitely go out to him. coming up, reality tv star phil robertson and the controversial comments that are surfacing now. and the anger that's forcing beyonce into a difficult spot. coming up in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny so skinny >> all right. welcome to "the skinny." we are talking about phil robertson one more time. >> just when you thought the train wreck couldn't get any
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worse. >> when you thought it was over he surfaces once again. from "duck dynasty" he was suspended by a&e for grossly homophobic and racist comments he made to a "gq" reporter. now he has been reinstated and a&e hoped the controversy had blown over. some blockers found a -- bloggers found a new youtube video where he has yet again offended a whole new population of the country. take a listen. >> look. you wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only pickin' that is going to take place is your pocket. you got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. you need to check with mom and dad about that, of course. >> important disclaimer there. you have to check with mom and dad before you get married to a 15 or 16-year-old. important he put that in there. and he said pick your ducks and it is not sexual innuendo. he is actually talking about
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picking off the feathers left on dead ducks it is a task usually left to the women in the world of duck killing picking dynasty. >> hard to tell if he is serious there. but clearly that is not funny and we should point out that a&e is co-owned by abc. >> there you have it. what would an overnight news show be without a little beyonce? she's responding to some criticism over a piece of video that aired in a recent music video. take a look. >> flight controllers here are looking carefully at the situation. obviously, a major malfunction. >> you may recognize that from the "challenger" disaster. she decided to put it in the music video. she faced criticism from nasa astronauts who are angry about it. she put out a statement. take a look at what she said. she said, "my heart goes out to the families of those lost in the "challenger" disaster. the song "xo" is recorded with the sincerest intention to help those who lost loved ones and remind us that unexpected things do happen." to love and appreciate every moment with those who mean the
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most to you. not sure if that apology will go over well with the astronauts' families but she is taking a step in the right direction. >> at least she has come out to say something. nasa and a lot of people that were upset about it wanted to hear her say something and also want it removed. interesting to see what happens next. prince william taking up school once more. he is returning to school in 2014, beginning in early january. he will be undertaking a ten-week program in get in agricultural management. this is at the university of cambridge according to kensington palace. they announced it today. what's it mean for the new royal family? prince george and kate middleton will be without prince william until mid march. this is all-inclusive intensive agricultural program. he will be at school, not with his family for that time. >> what do you do if you are his professor and he fails?
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>> you have to pass him. >> exactly. >> he officially graduated already. >> pretty much. we'll be right back. hi. jessica! you said in a focus group, "you'd like to have a product oh! that eliminates odors and doesn't just mask them." oh my gosh, come on in. we're looking for the smelliest area. i have not cleaned the cat box in probably about two weeks. ♪ [ male announcer ] febreeze doesn't mask odors, it actually eliminates them. we are ready to check out this room. [ sniffs ] it completely took the odor out.
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♪ >> if you have ever owned a dog then you know that getting them to do what you want and when you want them to do it can be challenging. seem dogs seem to be bad to the bone. >> the case and point, lucy the winner of the worst dog in america title. if you follow the story, it shows you inside of every poorly behaved pooch is a perfectly behaved pet. this makes it our -- wait for it. it is our "favorite story of the day." i have been waiting all year to do that and i nailed it.
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>> reporter: meet lucy, champion dog. not best in show but her unmatched destructive nature earned her the prestigious title of worst dog in america. >> lucy requires a lot of stimulation. >> reporter: when they adopted the husky mix it wasn't until lucy chewed through her metal crate that she knew she was a prime candidate for camp bow wow's contest to find america's worst of the worst. she gnawed her way to the coveted crown. the prize, a year-long camp bow wow. >> she displayed all the problems but to a degree that needed expert intervention. >> reporter: so it was off to begin training. she went straight to work with a full day of focused exercises and group play. the hope here is that lucy would become the poster dog of success. here's some tips dog lovers can use at home. choose the right dog. >> often i deal with people who have this big dog in a tiny apartment. >> reporter: work out your pup. >> if you can go out and run, walk and play briskly with your
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dog 30 minutes a day, most of these behaviors magically disappear. >> be selective of what goes in the bowl. >> many dogs are fed foods and treats that are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates that are shown to change behavior. >> and quality time. >> you must be willing to dedicate time, energy and effort because they don't come ready made. >> reporter: at our last check-in at the one-year mark. >> lucy is now very manageable. she will listen to instruction and relax. whereas before we could never have that. >> linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> do you have any pets? >> i have a pet. she lives with my parents. i have never had to experience anything like that. what about you? >> you are going to make me cry. we had a couple of twin cats. they're no longer with us. oh -- not the biggest dog in the world. >> stay with us. ce anything like that. what about you? >> you are going to make me cry.
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