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♪ a california woman got quite a scare while trying on a dress at jcpenney. sandra hernandez was pulling the dress over her head when a scorpion fell out. she cornered it and called for help. hernandez said the scorpion was three inches long and full of personality.
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>> when i gave it a shake, the scorpion, that i thought was string, opened up and went down to the floor. >> i was shopping and looked down. oh, my god. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> hernandez is a former employee. she worked at jcpenney for years. she believes the scorpion came in through an out-of-state warehouse shipment. bad news. those are creepy. >> this one had personality apparently. it's that time of year. all those bright decorations are gorgeous to look at. they can also be dangerous if you aren't careful. >> christmastime is a busy one for firefighters with all the household hazards. gio benitez has three ways to keep your family safe. >> reporter: it's the most wonderful time of the year. but christmas decorations can turn it into the nightmare before christmas. fire departments respond to hundreds of fires in the holiday period and they are more likely to be fatal.
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like this one days ago in ohio. three members of a family died. it's believed to have started with the christmas tree. when it catches fire it can go up quickly. just watch. how can you keep your family safe? the syracuse fire department's bill elderbroom takes us to a training session at the burn house. we set up a few decorations doing everything wrong. >> what do you think might happen here? >> the fact there's no water pan for this tree as these needles start to get dry, people will notice when these are shaken that the needles will fall. >> that's the first tip. >> reporter: keep your tree watered. if the tree isn't drinking the water in the tray, cut an extra inch or two from the base. tip two, do not use extension cords. and one we didn't know -- never keep those cords under the carpet. >> by keep walking on that carpet, that will wear that insulation off.
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that creates a serious fire hazard. >> reporter: watch out for pets knocking things over. >> we've got open flames. pets that come by. or if they are too close to other combustible materials, now we'll have a fire that's going to start. >> reporter: it turns out most fires happen after christmas when those trees really dry out. don't let your guard down until that tree is on the cash. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> has your tree been watered? >> no tree this year because we have a little one and she'll pull it down. we're -- we're going to be traveling. >> you wanted to avoid the disaster. >> a different kind of disaster. not as serious but christmas tree on baby's head is never a good thing. >> probably did right. >> we get in the spirit in other ways. lots of other decorations going on. the soothing sounds of the human voice. the subtle speech of a youtube sensation helping thousands fall asleep. how she's able to do it and even cure depression among her faithful. ahead, how to finish off your list in one fell swoop. some very create of and frugal
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gift ideas straight from the dollar store. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. create of and frugal gift ideas straight from the dollar store. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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♪ ♪ all right. the latest viral video star is one of the few rising to fame while refusing to adhere to the old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." >> she is quietly getting popularity by doing what most of us avoid -- putting you to sleep. >> abc's bazi kanani has her story. >> reporter: a youtube sensation. millions watching maria fold towels, flip pages or tap her
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wooden brush. her fans hanging on her every quiet word. >> soft voices. >> a whisper feels very intimate. >> it is. almost as though you're part of something secret. >> reporter: what is the secret? why would anyone want to watch this? >> it puts you in this euphoric like bubbly champagne bubbling in your head. >> reporter: maria is describing a condition called asmr, autonomous sensory meridian response. for people asmr sensitive look her, there are certain sounds or images that trigger a sublime sensation. >> do you explain this to people at a cocktail party, and how do you do that? >> most of the time, i give them a video to watch. >> reporter: this one a video of her pretending to be a makeup artist.
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>> it feels very realistic. >> for people that have experienced it, they claim powerful results but this is untested. it's unvalidated, and it's really largely unresearched. >> reporter: and yet there are now more than a million videos on youtube designed to trigger the asmr response. maria says it's her turn to help others after they helped her de-stress and overcome depression. >> i'm trying to break the barriers of the camera and almost be with them there. >> reporter: bazi kanani, abc news, washington. >> wow. i tried it. one of our -- >> did you? >> yes. a guy that works on our team. i was having trouble sleeping. he said try these videos. they freaked me out a little bit. just something about it that was a little too intimate. it didn't work for me. >> i find when people whisper, you want to listen to what they're saying. >> you strain a little bit. it's more work.
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[announcer:] mucinex keeps working. not 4, not 6, but 12 hours. let's end this time for "the mix." we'll begin with two favorites coming together. disneyland and kermit the frog celebrating christmas. let's have a listen. ♪ it's going home and getting warm by the fire ♪ ♪ it's true wherever you find love it feels like christmas ♪ ♪ it is the season of the heart ♪ >> when you said disney, i thought he was going to be singing "let it go." >> he's celebrating christmas at disney land and singing "it feels like christmas" from "muppet's christmas carol." he knows how to bring out the cheer and get the holiday season
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kicked off. keeping with the holiday cheer, a photographer in the uk. let me show you what he does to his dog. he puts his dog through this. he has the dog -- oh, you like that. he has the dog posing in these different -- >> it's great. >> that's scrooge. now the one here. that's the live turkey. but here's the one that's odd. can we stop on that one. you all see this? he has him on the plate and looking like he's being served. >> he's the stuffing in the turkey. >> that one is odd. >> i like all kinds of creative christmas cards. i like when people put in effort and do something funny. >> you'll appreciate this. those aren't bad. >> they keep coming. now -- keeping with the holiday theme. these folks were on a virgin atlantic flight.
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someone busting through the door. who is it? santa and his reindeer. and the passengers get a little special treat there. we're going to see. yeah, that's santa. he comes on board and gives out gifts. and he has a jolly old time. gave some pretty good gifts. surprised travelers with windows tablets and a chat with santa. >> oh, wow. >> i love the ski goggles. very stylish santa claus. you'd expect nothing less on a virgin atlantic. >> this is before takeoff or after landing? >> i think it's before takeoff because while reindeer can really fly, you know, i don't think they've ever been captured on video like that before. can we show you this hoody? a guy who called himself a professional drinker. it's a jacket for somebody that
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this m this morning on "world news now" -- holiday hassles. the winter storm bringing snow, ice and heavy rain to half of the country. the delays expected and accuweather's predictions. on alert. police officers across the country. the warnings going out to law enforcement after two cops were killed in a new york ambush. disturbing scenes. a road rage incident captured on video in california. the threatening behavior and the calls for help. ♪ what would you do and later, the tributes coming in for joe cocker, the rocker with a voice and style all his own. his fans and friends are sharing memories in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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good morning to you all on this tuesday morning. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm tai hernandez. we're going to begin with holiday travel mess shaping up for much of the country. the major storm brought heavy wet snow to the colorado mountains and is heading east. so many skiers tried to reach the mountains. a sky skier moved faster than the car. >> further west, it was a rock slide set off by the storm that blocked off major highway for several hours. our coverage of the travel mess begins with emmett miller. >> reporter: with some 99 million folks hitting the roads and another 45 million traveling by air. mother nature may put a wet blanket on holiday plans. more than 140 million americans are expected to travel between now and january 4th. the highest levels in more than a decade.
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blame gas prices at a five-year low. >> my own personal belief is because gas prices are down, people have a little more money in their pocket and are willing to travel more. particularly longer distances. >> reporter: the same weather system in the pacific northwest that brought 75-mile-an-hour winds to southern california and heavy snowfall to colorado and utah -- >> to me, i'd rather deal with the snow than the wind. >> reporter: -- may cause traffic headaches on the road and flight delays. on christmas eve it's expected to gather strength lashing areas from tampa to boston. >> i wouldn't characterize it as a travel nightmare but there's going to be delays. >> reporter: with only the mountain areas expected to see a significant amount of snow, this could be a wet, not white christmas. in los angeles, i'm emmet miller, abc news. t.j., tai, back to you. rain, wind and snow in the eastern half of the country could pose big problems. >> watches, warnings and advisories are already posted. our coverage continues with accuweather's justin povick. >> thank you. the northeast preparing for more
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unsettled weather conditions on this tuesday. more travel delays due to rain up and down interstate 95 corridor. not a lot of cold air in place. much of the frozen precipitation will be confined to quebec and ontario and into the upper midwest and great lakes. mostly rain from washington, d.c. to boston this go around. over the southeast, severe weather a big kern along interstate 10 and i-10. isolated tornadoes possible from central and southern alabama into northwestern florida. heading in towards your holiday, some snow on the way over the intermountain northwest. a lot of cold in the north with blustery conditions in the great lakes. tai and t.j., back to you. here in new york, the mayor is appealing for calm after that shooting which killed two police officers. bill de blasio says the focus should be on the grieving families not on protests or political debates. officer wenjian liu's heartbroken wife spoke to
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reporters. >> this is a defendant time for both of our families. but we will stand together and get through this together. >> officer liu's parents are traveling from china for his funeral. he was their only child. a funeral for the other officer, rafael ramos, will be held saturday. pierre thomas reports, police officers across the country are being warned about the coming potential targets. >> reporter: not just in new york but also in the atlanta suburbs, boston, baltimore, new jersey, pittsburgh and other locations across the country. police leaders have issued warnings urging extra caution. telling their rank and file they could be targeted and ambushed. in a number of cases, officers are being told not to go on patrols alone. to be extra careful about their surroundings and be careful about what they post on social media.
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police deaths this year have been spiking compared to 2013. the number of officers killed in the line of duty has surged by 23% with those killed by firearms up a staggering 58%. authorities say a lot of anti-government, anti-police sentiment out there right now. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. a woman in northern california is in some trouble after a road rage incident caught on camera. two women in their car over the weekend being attacked by a woman in a truck. they were nearly forced off the road by the truck. the driver who also slammed on her brakes several times and was weaving between the lanes. the woman behind the wheel had no idea her friend was recording the incident. >> i'm so glad that she did because i don't think anyone would believe us if we just told the story. >> reporter: the woman in the truck got out and was pounding on the window telling them she was a police officer. they called 911. internet service in north korea is back after an outage of more than nine hours.
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it could have been a technical glitch but experts say it sure looked like a hack attack. abc's tom llamas has the story. >> reporter: the loss of service comes four days after president obama blamed north korea for the sonny cyberattack vowing a proportional response. >> if the u.s. did this, they are clearly defining what the parameters are for this time of activity. not only north korea but other nation states participate in this kind of activity there will be repercussions. >> reporter: on state tv, north korea threatening an attack on the u.s. if there isn't a joint investigation to prove north korea did not hack into sony's computers. >> if they want to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate sony for the damages that's they caused. >> reporter: and sony is dealing with a new problem. >> want to go kill kim jong-un? >> reporter: theater owners fuming at the film studio for blaming them for not releasing the movie "the interview." >> the movie theaters came to us one by one over a short period of time.
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we were completely surprised by it. and announced they would not carry the movie. >> reporter: sony's ceo had to reach out to the major theater chains after those comments and say he did not mean theaters were wholly responsible. government sources tell us that hacking north korea's internet and the denial of service attack is not incredibly difficult. but if the u.s. government did do this, they aren't talking about it. tom llamas, abc news, new york. the envoy in charge of transferring detainees from the u.s. prison at guantanamo is resigning. cliff sloan has been on the job 18 months. he became frustrated by delays at the pentagon. closing the prison had been one of president obama's primary goals. a new weapon against the flu. the fda approved rapivab. the maker says it's the first intravenous drug approved to fight influenza. in tests, symptoms were gone within 24 hours.
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reading may help you relax and fall asleep but not reading from an electronic device. that is the finding of a boston study that compared the results from reading a book and reading an ipad. researchers say tablets and similar devices emit blue light which interferes with sleep. wall street opens this morning with the dow once again at an all-time high. traders sent all three major averages higher, despite some negative news about housing in the u.s. today the markets will seek a fifth consecutive day of gains. it's a classic santa claus rally. trading volumes are decreasing as everyone looking forward to christmas. from santa rally to a group of people in north carolina playing santa for their favorite worker at a local bagel place. >> shirley ratliff can't see what's going on. she's walking outside blindfolded by her favorite
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customers. they compiled their money and bought her a car. >> it has just 88,000 miles. now she'll be able to stop taking three buses to work and drive instead. first, though, she has to get her driver's license. good luck with that. it's so terrifying taking the road test. wonderful thing people do for folks on christmas. >> and they love her. they go in there. good, loyal customers. we have some great christmas stories these days. coming up, "the skinny" and a big christmas dispute involving miley cyrus and the schwarzenegger family. who is going to win this one. first, they consider the best gift and worst gift. the pros and cons of those convenient gift cards. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast-max. now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast-max.
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coca-cola has canned voice mail at his headquarters in atlanta.
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the world's largest soft drink maker shut down the service to simplify operations. voice mail has become obsolete with younger workers who prefer e-mail or text messaging. they predict productivity will increase and costs will decrease $100,000 a year. fido will have a very merry christmas. pet owners are splurging on gifts. the average shopper is expected to spend $30 on pet gifts. spending for human family members is up, too, about 6.5%. for the shopper who has trouble picking out the right presents, the gift card has been a life saver. especially in the final hours, you can sing carols about it. >> but there are a lot of draw backs, including fees that chip away at their value. >> reporter: wait until the last minute for that holiday shopping? you may be tempted by the racks and rows of those stocking stuffers, gift cards.
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an estimated $32 billion in gift cards are being bought right now. the average person spending 174 bucks on these plastic gifts. what you might not know is that these convenient gifts could end up costing you and even the person you're giving it to. >> gift cards have all of the disadvantages of money and none of the advantages. >> reporter: the things not on your wish list from santa -- purchase fees. paying money for money. those affiliated with credit cards instead of stores have an up-front fee just to buy it. >> the people who issue the gift cards to make money. >> reporter: next, dormancy fees. if the recipient doesn't use it after a certain amount of time, the fees start chipping away at the total value. >> card companies start to charge a monthly fee for basically doing nothing except keeping track of the fact you have this card out there.
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>> in many cases, no fraud protection. these are like cash, not credit. if someone steals the card number, you're out of luck. add your own value gift cards are the perfect target. recording the numbers on blank cards. then as soon as you activate it, they can drain its value before you even get home. still, the national retail federation saying gift cards are the perfect practical gift, 6 in 10 of those celebrating the holidays say they want a gift card. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> it's funny. sometimes i feel bad giving them, but i love getting them. >> it's the money. people like money. and that's money. so, yeah, nothing wrong. i'm nervous now because i did do one gift card. some of the stuff he mentioned. i didn't think about that. >> that can be -- i guess it can be tricky. >> if they drained it already. what if somebody drained it? >> t.j. gave me a $1 gift card. how dare he? >> and you never know because they'd never tell you. you'll never know. >> hopefully it works out. coming up here, remembering one of rock's greatest voices. >> and find out which celebrity couple has a mom trying to keep
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them apart this christmas. this is juicy. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ all right. we begin with the loss of a rock 'n' roll legend. joe cocker lost yesterday. >> known for his powerful voice and that legendary woodstock performance. he could also tug at your heart strings with a cover of billy preston's "you are so beautiful." >> they took to social media to express their grief and respect. you don't listen to joe cocker records. you sing along with them. >> aerosmith's steven tyler saying, we loved you forever. we will miss you for always. >> and ringo starr saying good-bye from one of his friends. and peace and love. >> wow.
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peace and love in generous supply when it comes to miley cyrus. she can be seen on instagram dressed up as one of santa's little helpers. always known to be provocative. not necessarily a kennedy virtue. her relationship to maria shriver and arnold schwarzenegger's son has been making heads turn. according to the examiner, mom, maria shriver has banned miley cyrus from christmas celebrations with the family this year. but the son patrick is fighting for his girl. >> spread it news reports the 21-year-old schwarzenegger is saying he'll not be coming on a family trip unless miley is invited. this is a tough one. >> mama is going to win this one. >> she's also taking miley a little more tempting. >> what? >> it's like taboo. the thing you can't have you want the most. >> miley. what if miley shows up on the family trip wearing that outfit?
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>> that's true. and -- that would be a problem. or christmas in her outfit. >> some more issues of a-listers. rapper, rappie iggy azalea has been embroiled in a war of woods with azalea banks. she's been criticized for -- by banks for being silent on black issues and was not a fan of the grammy nominations she's received. >> iggy decided to fight back. and her response caught the eye of the international hacking group known as anonymous. anonymous angered by that response threatened azalea. the threat was to leak snapshots of the supposed sex tape featuring the star. >> if you are still with us, which i got lost about a paragraph ago, reacting to that threat, twitter has decided to shut down the anonymous account citing their harassment policy. so that's the key to the whole story. twitter has shut down an account
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of anonymous which has been out there and been out in front of a lot of things. has shut it down because of threats they made to iggy azalea. enough about that beef. let's get back to some love. nothing says love like gingerbread houses. when it's martha stewart, gingerbread houses are going to be special. >> the queen of crafts unveiled her latest masterpiece. fans of "downton abbey" will have plenty to love. they used 66 cups of flour, 11 cups of molasses and a partridge in a pear tree to create a replica of the estate from the show. >> 65 caramel windows, friendly dog, the gingerbread abbey. >> pretty cool. >> always cool with martha stewart. celebrity birthdays. the big day for longtime spinal tap member harry shearer. turning 71. >> wesley clark turns 70.
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>> the queen of the soaps, susan lucci, 68. >> and eddie vedder of pearl job, 58. happy birthday. .
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♪ with christmas eve tomorrow, it's getting down to the ♪ with christmas eve tomorrow, it's getting down to the wire with shopping. >> rather than just giving up, splurging on anything in sight, how about an inexpensive one-stop shopping experience. abc's becky worley takes us to the dollar store. >> reporter: it seems like money just flies away during the holidays. to keep the cash in your wallet, how about some hacks from the dollar store. hack number one. holiday basics. way cheaper here. 20 christmas cards for $1? yes. and then the decorations. wow. there's a lot of holiday stuff in these stores. lisa quinn design genius offers hack number two.
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>> what you are looking for is a color scheme. >> combine metallics and then add accents. >> for a buck. >> this is a parmesan shaker. with metallic balls and the l.e.d. bulb cut out of this candle? i found that idea on pinterest. now the gift ideas. combine items in a creative way. mason jar plus nail items equals pedicure in a jar. here's a healthy snack stash for a colleague. >> compared to the grocery store, $1 for these nuts? that's a steal. >> baking pan, three pairs of socks, pom-poms. and the infamous spa basket. container, sunglasses. >> a buck for a pair of sunglasses. >> and a loofah. >> the spa basket, get things that are a treat, not things too personal. no deodorant. final hacks, all about combining dollar store items with things from home.
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>> seventh grade summer camp. i did some string art. >> dollar store nails and string with wood pieces lisa had at home. as you try to keep the greenbacks from flying away, the dollar store may be your best holiday hope. >> just to make sure to take that 99 cent tag off the stuff before you give it. we've all -- have you ever gone into a drug store to get the last-minute gift? >> of course. >> why not? save a couple of bucks on the way. >> brilliant. she put together some good stuff for a buck. the little stuff you need around the holiday. >> i like the pedicure in the little mason jar. >> i could use another nail file. >> that's your mission. >> $4, i can hook you up. >> all right. thanks for watching, folks. >> don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. >> don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm tai hernandez. her are some of the top headlines we're following. >> federal law enforcement officials have broken up a gun smuggling pipeline that brought weapons on delta airlines jets. a baggage handler is among those under arrest. the texas weatherman shot in a parking lot of his tv station says he did not know his attacker and they did not exchange words. patrick crawford is still recovering at the hospital. north korea has internet access again after an outage of more than nine hours. it appears to have been a cyberattack just a week after the sony pictures attack. but the state department will not confirm or deny u.s. involvement. a woman in a car was videotaping a wild road rage incident on a california highway.
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the woman in the truck even claimed to be a police officer while pounding on the window. she was arrested. those are some of our top stories on this tuesday, december 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> let's start with this alarming story of a bag full of guns being brought right on to an airline flight. >> federal agents say a gun smuggling ring was bringing the weapons from atlanta to new york. joe torres reports, one of the suspects worked for the airline and didn't have to go through security. >> security is only as good as the people providing the security. >> reporter: it seems there's a major security loophole for flights from atlanta hartsfield jackson to jfk. earlier this month, investigators in new york arrested a delta baggage handler who arranged for the transfer of 18 firearms and ammunition inside a carry-on bag. seven of those guns were loaded. >> people have to be policed. several levels of security and protection so that this doesn't
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occur again. this is way too easily done. >> security has to take everything off. they double check your bags. must video knew somebody on the inside. >> reporter: the delta employee somehow got the weapons past security, then used a man's bathroom to hand off the bag to a ticketed gun runner. the armed passenger then boarded delta flight 2352 and flew from atlanta to new york. on december 10th, authorities arrested the gun runner who then shared the details of the gun trafficking operation. >> it doesn't inspire confidence in the people who are responsible for monitoring this. >> reporter: an airline spokesperson issued this statement. delta is cooperate with authorities in this investigation. we take seriously any activity that fails to uphold our strict commitment to the safety and security of our customers and employees. this was a joint investigation involving the federal government, new york city police, the brooklyn district attorney's office and police in
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atlanta. three of the defendants have already been arraigned in brooklyn. the fourth, the delta employee, remains in atlanta awaiting extradition. for "world news now," i'm joe torres at jfk airport in new york. the mayor of new york is calling for harmony in the aftermath of the weekend murders two of police officers. a memorial at the scene of the murders continues to grow as police officers and citizens mourn. the mayor who has been heavily criticized by police unions says the focus to be on the families of the victims. >> put aside protests, put aside demonstrations until these funerals are passed. let's focus just on these families and what they have lost. >> the funeral for officer rafael ramos is set for this saturday. final arrangements for the other officer are on hold until his parents can travel to new york from china. a woman in central florida is in custody after being busted for a plot to have her husband kills. -- killed. she was arrested when the hit
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man she hired turned out to be an undercover sheriff's deputy. josh haskell with the details on this story. >> reporter: that sounds like a woman distraught over the death of her husband. but authorities say it's all an act. tonya demeron doesn't known these officers are lying to her. but the next interrogation is different. >> the guy you gave this title to and who met you to sign this paper is a cop. he works with me. >> reporter: demeron contacted someone last week because she wanted her husband to go away. without the $10,000 needed to finish the job, she offered four cars to the hit man who was actually a cop. she was caught on camera signing this fake title agreement. >> okay. my name -- >> your name, sign it and date it. >> i've never in my life heard of someone silly enough to sign a note, but she did. >> at one point the fake hit man seen in this green shirt walks
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into the interrogation room and shows demeron his badge. >> i don't want to kill my husband. >> yes, you do. >> i don't want to kill my husband. >> that's not what you told me. >> reporter: they own this pizza restaurant in lakeland, florida. her alleged motive unclear. >> i am totally shocked. she's a sweet lady, easy going. that really blows my socks off. >> reporter: tonya demeron is behind bars in a polk county jail charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder. josh haskell, abc news, new york. investigators say it was a tragic accident that killed six people in glasgow. a garbage truck veered out of control. the driver became ill and lost control. the streets were crowded with christmas shoppers.
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at least eight others -- there was supposed to be a christmas greeting. wasn't very merry in the message. abc's terry moran has more. there was more. a lot more. in scorching words he blasted the top officials in the catholic church for being more ambitious than pius. he said many are sick, suffering from a spiritual alzheimer's. they've forgotten, he said, their personal history with the lord. but there was more. a lot more. some cardinals practiced the terrorism of gossip, the pope thundered, powerful clicks, reprehensible he called that. some lead hidden lives. others had the disease of accumulation of material goods. >> it tells us that pope france sis not afraid of anybody. not afraid of anything and not afraid to ruffle some feathers. >> reporter: so francis' real message -- merry christmas. try practicing what we preach. terry moran, abc news, new york. major storms moving into the midwest and east just in time for the christmas holiday.
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the storm brought heavy wet snow. interstate 70 was all but shut down because so many skiers were heading to the slopes. as one person demonstrated, they could have made better time on skis. practically all the eastern third of the country will get rain today with severe storms along the gulf coast and a new storm system is bringing rain to the pacific northwest. >> temperatures will be fairly mild today in the upper 40s and 50s. 30s in minneapolis and salt lake city. 70s in los angeles. 80s in miami. and you would think that with santa's big round the world trip set for tomorrow, that he would be resting up at the north poll. -- north pole. think again.
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>> he got right into one. the big tank at the national aquarium in baltimore yesterday bringing treats for fish. a little elf in there somewhere. >> there he is. seemed like santa liked it so much that he stuck around. he's going back under water today as well. >> he's a renaissance man. >> he needs to slow down. too much stress. >> don't want to get the bends way down deep in the water and high up in the sky. watch out, santa. our music critic's favorite holiday songs of 2014. is your favorite on the list? >> also your last chance today to ship a christmas gift to make sure it arrives under the tree in time. the grandma with a chainsaw who starts up her engine to make artistic creations for the holidays. you're watching "world news now." a health headline this
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one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. a health headline this morning. eating fast food could lead to lower student test scores. fast food consumption by fifth graders forecast lower academic achievement in read, math and science by kids in eighth grade. kids eating fast food may be getting lower levels of nutrients and more fat and sugar. maybe your family is planning on a turkey or ham for christmas dinner. that's not the case in the czech republic. they're getting ready for their annual dinner of carp. it's the most popular holiday meal there. 80% of families will have a carp on the table to celebrate on thursday. why not? >> delicious. it's different and interesting. >> i want to try -- i've never had the feast of the seven fishes.
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it's on my list. >> are you doing the turkey? >> i'm not doing anything. i did thanksgiving. i'm off the hook. >> off the hook dance? >> i'm going to relax and say can i have a gin and tonic please? it's all good. the holidays with you sound like a good time. >> when i'm not hosting, it's great. we talked about this last-minute rush for christmas presents. it might not be too late still. here we are on the 23rd. >> all right. for those of you looking to shop and ship some last-minute deals that may have made your wait worthwhile. abc's mara schiavocampo has the details. >> reporter: looming deadlines for shopping and shipping. some stores open around the clock offering deals, not seen in years. >> i just got a pair of shoes for 70% off.
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>> reporter: online sales up an estimated 13% this year leading to a whole lot of deliveries. after reports of missed christmas deliveries last year, shipping giants u.p.s. and fedex each hired an additional 10,000 workers. some of their most crucial employees, teams of meteorologists. 15 at fedex, five at u.p.s. helping route precious cargo flights around unpredictable winter weather. >> they can really look into the future for us and help us better plan contingencies to make sure our customers get their packages every time. >> reporter: time is running out for sending those last-minute gifts. but you can still get them there in time for christmas if you send them out today using next day service. although at this point it will cost you. >> a lot of free shipping deadlines have passed. if you haven't gotten things ordered yet you may be paying a hefty price. >> that shipping rush doesn't end at christmas.
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u.p.s. expects to deliver about 4 million gift returns back to retailers in the coming weeks. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> that's right. when you want to send it back, there's the next shipping rush. it happens, folks. >> you done? anything to do today? >> no, i'm good. i did get a lot of my things shipped this year. very convenient. but you have to deal with all the cardboard at the end of the day. >> it's all well worth it. talking still about christmas but songs of the season. christmas without all that great quote/unquote music. >> all right. let's check out the latest holiday track and see what t.j. thinks about them, coming up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ ♪ whether you prefer the faintly familiar or the biggest songs from holidays past, music is a clear sign that christmas is here. and every year there are new tunes to try that try to break into that class. >> what about the new tunes of 2014. let's get insight from bruno del granado as we close in on the big day. >> hey, guys. this has been a great year for christmas music. with the return of a holiday hitmaker and new renditions of christmas classics.
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♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ >> that's one of the year's most buzzed about new songs. sam smith singing a stripped down somewhat somber version of the iconic tune immortalized by judy garland 70 years ago. ♪ troubles will be miles away >> the song caps an incredible year for the breakthrough brit. six grammy nominations including best new artist. he was only 2 when this happened. ♪ i don't want a lot for christmas there is just one thing i need ♪ >> yes, mariah carey's instant classic is 20 years old. first released in 1994, it's become the ultimate contemporary christmas mash hit selling 15 million albums. this year it has topped
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spotify's radio chart since early november. it's been 30 years since "do they know it's christmas" featuring u2, sting, duran duran and boy george. it's a christmas radio must play year after year. getting a reworking this year. ♪ how can they know it's christmas time at all ♪ >> hit maker bob geldof wrote the original to spotlight ethiopia. >> this year it was to spotlight the ebola crisis. >> and coldplay and one direction lending voices to create the fastest selling single of the year in britain and raising much-needed funds for africa. the original has long battled
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another 1984 release for christmas song chart supremacy. wham's "last christmas." ♪ last christmas i gave you my heart the very next day you gave it away ♪ >> the george michael classic, another of those rare modern songs to top the charts year after year was last year's most streamed song on spotify on christmas day. so wham and mariah carey still are modern favorites after all these years. and if you didn't get enough of them this year, we'll probably hear them again about 11 month -- 11 months from now. back to you. >> don't remind us, bruno. some of these songs are great. we hate christmas music because we go into a store and hear these jingles playing constantly. >> over and over. >> and some of them are great. it's hard to remake them. hard to find a good one. once you do, it's yours for
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life. >> you hold on to it. coming up, grandma with a chainsaw. >> christmas decorations fit for a lumberjack. a lumberjack. hd-5 hd-5
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♪ ♪ nothing says christmas like a chain saw. at least for one connecticut mother. she's found her calling by using the tool to create detailed wood carvings. >> checking out granny in action with her trusty chainsaw is a gift that keeps on giving.
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>> it's really fun because you create something. >> reporter: 71-year-old june mirwin picked up this hobby and the chainsaw for the first time when she retired two years ago. she wanted to carve one of these bears. >> i always enjoyed seeing them when we went to alaska and vermont and all that. >> reporter: now her nativity scene is getting a lot of attention. she has mary, joseph, jesus, three angels and three sheep. >> one of the sheep is black because every family has to have a black sheep. these are special chaps that if the chain saw, the gas powered chain saws hit them it will turn off the saw. and i've done that, so it does work. >> reporter: most of her creations start out with a 3-foot log and a sketch. >> you have to plan it out. >> you do. because once you cut, it's all over. you can't go back. >> and then the chainsaw takes over. she now has three. >> i work out every day at the
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gym. you really have to be strong. >> reporter: she also has three grandkids who are proud of their wood-carving grandmother. >> they kind of accept me for my novelty. automatic not i'm not the typical grandmother. >> this is her latest creation, a rabbit, if you couldn't tell, for easter. in clinton, tina detelj, news 8. >> i like that nativity. >> that's was a lot of characters. she carved all of those. >> she's fast. she's really into it. >> wonder if she takes request. >> me and my chainsaw. >> i don't know you well but nothing about you says chainsaw. >> i think i look pretty good in that picture with a chainsaw. time to run to the hardware store. >> that's the news for this half hour. >> follow us on facebook. news for this half hour. >> follow us on facebook.
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m this morning on "world news now" -- pl this morning on "world news now" -- plea for peace. new york's mayor has a message for protesters after the ambush killing two of officers. the families in grief. >> this is a difficult time for both of our families. >> the support for the officer's family and the growing anti-police tension nationwide. ♪ remembering joe cocker. he could turn any song into his song. the loss of a unique rocker as the tributes come in. later, calm down. this internet sensation known for her whispering has found a world of believers. >> it puts you in this euphoric like --
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>> can her voice lull you to sleep or cure depression? listen for yourself on this tuesday, december 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> a good morning on this tuesday. i'm tai hernandez. >> i'm t.j. holmes. we start with the mayor of new york city calling for protests to be put aside for now as the two murdered police officers are mourned. >> the widow of one of the officers has spoken to reporters and his parents have issued a statement from china. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: two days after wenjian liu and rafael ramos were shot execution-style while sitting in their patrol car, investigators are piecing together the movements of their attacker. ismaaiyl brinsley, a troubled 28-year-old with a long history of prior arrests who ultimately took his own life as s.w.a.t. teams chased him to a nearby subway station. nypd releasing this video from a brooklyn mall showing him
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several hours prior to the shooting holding a white bag that police believe contained the murder weapon. at the scene of those homicides, a growing memorial. members of the nypd family, even the daughter of eric garner, the man who died this past july after police took him down. >> my family stands with their family. >> reporter: they visited the families of both officers. >> you can only imagine what a family member is going through at that moment where their lives have suddenly been made unimaginable. >> reporter: and liu's wife's tearful message. >> this is a difficult time for both of our families. but we will stand together and get through this together. >> reporter: the mayor who many in nypd say has been too sympathetic to anti-police protesters called for calm. >> put aside demonstrations
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until these funerals are passed, let's focus just on these families and what they've lost. >> reporter: tom llamas, abc news, new york. protesters in milwaukee are demanding a federal investigation of the police department after a former police officer was killed in the shooting of a black man. he was fired from the police force after the shooting but the prosecutor says he shot dontre hamilton in self-defense. that doesn't sit well with hamilton's family. >> the death of dontre hamilton is a tragedy for everyone involved. >> we're not going to be laid back and stay sheltered from justice. we deserve justice. >> dontre hamilton was shot 14 times during a struggle at a milwaukee park. the justice department is reviewing the case. authorities have shut down a pipeline to funnel guns into new york city. a delta airlines baggage handler in atlanta was arrested. detectives say he allowed a former baggage handler into a
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secure area bypassing security. he allegedly flew to new york with 18 guns in his backpack. since may the ring is accused of smuggling dozens of weapons. we're hearing for the first time from the texas weatherman recovering from a mysterious attack. patrick crawford said his main focus is returning home with his family from the hospital. he had surgery after he was shot. he didn't know the man who shot him in front of the parking lot of the tv station. >> the one thing that i do want to state about the incident that i was reading online and everything is that the man that shot me didn't say any words to me. there was no interaction whatsoever. >> police have released a sketch of the suspect. no word on the motive. north korean websites are back online again after a major blackout. the country's internet service was unavailable for about nine
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hours. last week the president accused the north of orchestrating the hack against sony pictures. the president said the u.s. would respond. didn't say exactly how. the state department would not confirm or deny u.s. involvement in the north korean outage. >> if the u.s. did this, they are clearly defining what the parameters are for this type of activity. not only north korea but other nation states participate in this type of activity. there are going to be repercussions. >> you have people on both sides saying maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. several experts saying the u.s. was not involved in north korea's internet blackout. powerful winter storm may make it hard to get home for the holidays or anywhere else. gusty winds, torrential snow, thunderstorms, rain and fog moving into the midwest and east. more from rob marciano. >> for the more than 98 million of us hitting the roads and skies for the holiday, the first full day of winter is in full force. blizzard warnings for the rocky mountains. these motorists were making their way to california for the holidays. >> another perfect example of how horrible these conditions can be. >> watch this traffic camera. i-70 in colorado.
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are the right you can see the only way to get around was on skis. the mountains hammered with over two feet of snow. and all that snow causing avalanches. in california, more mudslides closing down part of a highway. >> this is a significant amount of earth. >> treacherous travel in the upper midwest, too. frozen roads in wisconsin and de-icing planes in minneapolis. all this after at least seven people were injured in a lightning strike just outside this tampa football stadium. and there's more severe weather threatening the gulf coast on tuesday along i-10 from tallahassee back through new orleans. that same system traverses the east coast on christmas eve for a wet and windy travel day. rob marciano, abc news, new york. investors burned by bernie madoff could be getting back more of their money. they want to distribute more
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than $300 million. that would bring the total returned to more than $7 billion, or half of what madoff lost. some investors will be getting back everything they invested with madoff. no one could interpret a song like the british rocker joe cocker. he's remembered for his raspy voice, body contortions and making any song his own. cocker was 70 when he died of lung cancer in colorado yesterday. abc's john donvan has our tribute. >> reporter: a voice that could do this with words -- ♪ what would you do >> reporter: joe cocker lasted through transformation. he was woodstock, a little help from my friends. ♪ lend me your ear and i'll sing you a song ♪ ♪ i will try not to sing out of key ♪ >> reporter: a generation later, listen. "the wonder years." same voice. ♪ a little help from my friends ♪ >> reporter: in between the
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rocker in joe cocker receded a little bit. somewhat of a balladeer emerged. ♪ you are so beautiful >> reporter: one thing stayed there always. the grind around the syllables. the gravel. "you are so beautiful" -- ♪ to me >> reporter: yes, and so is the sound. listen. ♪ >> reporter: john donvan, abc news, washington. >> word is muhammad ali is winning his fight against pneumonia. the champ has vastly improved since being admitted to a louisville hospital with a mild case of the illness over the weekend. they hope ali can be discharged from the hospital soon. the murder trial of former new england patriots tight end
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aaron hernandez is set to begin with jury selection two weeks from friday. hernandez was in court yesterday for one of his final pretrial hearings. he's pleaded not guilty in the murder of odin lloyd. the trial is expected to take six to ten weeks. a wild one on "monday night football." peyton manning and the broncos visiting the bengals in cincinnati. bengals up at halftime. manning went to work. you knew he would. a couple of short touchdown passes. denver up a point. after retaking the lead with a field goal, cincinnati ends up putting the game away with a pick six. would you believe they actually picked off peyton manning four times in this game? four interceptions for him. bengals claim a playoff spot in a wing over the broncos. -- a win over the broncos. the inaugural miami beach bowl. elliott hit the longest ever overtime in big-time college bowl history.
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then got ugly. they are playing byu. the game ends and a brawl ensues. you see that? teams brawling in the middle of the field. not sure what set off who. but it got ugly, got nasty and took away from what was a great college football game. but this is what everybody is going to be talking about after this game. i'm sure some punishment is going to be handed out. >> oh, yeah. it's christmas almost upon us. new year's is just over a week away. making plans to start a new tradition in indianapolis. >> it involves, what else, an indy car. no engine in this one. it's a bit lighter than shall. it's going to be hung up from a crane in downtown indy on new year's eve. >> is that guy going to be in it? or that guy? at midnight it will be much lower like the ball in new york. it's part of a street party they are planning that will include music and fireworks. you have your 2015 glasses yet? >> yeah. >> i'm just getting to christmas
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and you already got us to new year's. >> i shouldn't have because i'm not done yet either. getting ahead of myself as usual. a department score scare. a scorpion found hiding in the women's apparel department. the common household hazards that could make your tree erupt in flames. find out three easy steps to avoid this disaster. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airborne dual action. disaster. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airborne dual action.
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go long™. ♪ a california woman got quite a scare while trying on a dress at jcpenney. sandra hernandez was pulling the dress over her head when a scorpion fell out. she cornered it and called for help. hernandez said the scorpion was three inches long and full of personality. >> when i gave it a shake, the
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scorpion, that i thought was string, opened up and went down to the floor. >> i was shopping and looked down. oh, my god. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> hernandez is a former employee. she worked at jcpenney for years. she believes the scorpion came in through an out-of-state warehouse shipment. bad news. those are creepy. >> this one had personality apparently. it's that time of year. all those bright decorations are gorgeous to look at. they can also be dangerous if you aren't careful. >> christmastime is a busy one for firefighters with all the household hazards. gio benitez has three ways to keep your family safe. >> reporter: it's the most wonderful time of the year. but christmas decorations can turn it into the nightmare before christmas. fire departments respond to hundreds of fires in the holiday period and they are more likely to be fatal. like this one days ago in ohio.
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three members of a family died. it's believed to have started with the christmas tree. when it catches fire it can go up quickly. just watch. how can you keep your family safe? the syracuse fire department's bill elderbroom takes us to a training session at the burn house. we set up a few decorations doing everything wrong. >> what do you think might happen here? >> the fact there's no water pan for this tree as these needles start to get dry, people will notice when these are shaken that the needles will fall. >> that's the first tip. >> reporter: keep your tree watered. if the tree isn't drinking the water in the tray, cut an extra inch or two from the base. tip two, do not use extension cords. and one we didn't know -- never keep those cords under the carpet. >> by keep walking on that carpet, that will wear that insulation off. that creates a serious fire
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hazard. >> reporter: watch out for pets knocking things over. >> we've got open flames. pets that come by. or if they are too close to other combustible materials, now we'll have a fire that's going to start. >> reporter: it turns out most fires happen after christmas when those trees really dry out. don't let your guard down until that tree is on the cash. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> has your tree been watered? >> no tree this year because we have a little one and she'll pull it down. we're -- we're going to be traveling. >> you wanted to avoid the disaster. >> a different kind of disaster. not as serious but christmas tree on baby's head is never a good thing. >> probably did right. >> we get in the spirit in other ways. lots of other decorations going on. the soothing sounds of the human voice. the subtle speech of a youtube sensation helping thousands fall asleep. how she's able to do it and even cure depression among her faithful. ahead, how to finish off
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♪i am beautiful in every single way♪ ♪words, can't bring me down♪ ♪ ♪ all right. the latest viral video star is one of the few rising to fame while refusing to adhere to the old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." >> she is quietly getting popularity by doing what most of us avoid -- putting you to sleep. >> abc's bazi kanani has her story. >> reporter: a youtube sensation. millions watching maria fold towels, flip pages or tap her
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wooden brush. her fans hanging on her every quiet word. >> soft voices. >> a whisper feels very intimate. >> it is. almost as though you're part of something secret. >> reporter: what is the secret? why would anyone want to watch this? >> it puts you in this euphoric like bubbly champagne bubbling in your head. >> reporter: maria is describing a condition called asmr, autonomous sensory meridian response. for people asmr sensitive look her, there are certain sounds or images that trigger a sublime sensation. >> do you explain this to people at a cocktail party, and how do you do that? >> most of the time, i give them a video to watch. >> reporter: this one a video of her pretending to be a makeup artist.
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>> it feels very realistic. >> for people that have experienced it, they claim powerful results but this is untested. it's unvalidated, and it's really largely unresearched. >> reporter: and yet there are now more than a million videos on youtube designed to trigger the asmr response. maria says it's her turn to help others after they helped her de-stress and overcome depression. >> i'm trying to break the barriers of the camera and almost be with them there. >> reporter: bazi kanani, abc news, washington. >> wow. i tried it. one of our -- >> did you? >> yes. a guy that works on our team. i was having trouble sleeping. he said try these videos. they freaked me out a little bit. just something about it that was a little too intimate. it didn't work for me. >> i find when people whisper, you want to listen to what they're saying. >> you strain a little bit. it's more work.
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[announcer:] mucinex keeps working. not 4, not 6, but 12 hours. let's end this time for "the mix." we'll begin with two favorites coming together. disneyland and kermit the frog celebrating christmas. let's have a listen. ♪ it's going home and getting warm by the fire ♪ ♪ it's true wherever you find love it feels like christmas ♪ ♪ it is the season of the heart ♪ >> when you said disney, i thought he was going to be singing "let it go." >> he's celebrating christmas at disney land and singing "it feels like christmas" from >> "the muppets christmas carol." that's my favorite when he does
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that. he knows how to bring out the cheer and get the holiday season kicked off. keeping with the holiday cheer, a photographer in the uk. let me show you what he does to his dog. he puts his dog through this. he has the dog -- oh, you like that. he has the dog posing in these different -- >> it's great. >> that's scrooge. now the one here. that's the live turkey. but here's the one that's odd. can we stop on that one. you all see this? he has him on the plate and looking like he's being served. >> he's the stuffing in the turkey. >> that one is odd. >> i like all kinds of creative christmas cards. i like when people put in effort and do something funny. >> you'll appreciate this. those aren't bad. >> they keep coming. now -- keeping with the
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holiday theme. these folks were on a virgin atlantic flight. someone busting through the door. who is it? santa and his reindeer. and the passengers get a little special treat there. we're going to see. yeah, that's santa. he comes on board and gives out gifts. and he has a jolly old time. gave some pretty good gifts. surprised travelers with windows tablets and a chat with santa. >> oh, wow. >> i love the ski goggles. very stylish santa claus. you'd expect nothing less on a virgin atlantic. >> this is before takeoff or after landing? >> i think it's before takeoff because while reindeer can really fly, you know, i don't think they've ever been captured on video like that before.
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this m this morning on "world news now" -- holiday hassles. this morning on "world news now" -- holiday hassles. the winter storm bringing snow, ice and heavy rain to half of the country. the delays expected and accuweather's predictions. on alert. police officers across the country. the warnings going out to law enforcement after two cops were killed in a new york ambush. disturbing scenes. a road rage incident captured on video in california. the threatening behavior and the calls for help. ♪ what would you do and later, the tributes coming in for joe cocker, the rocker with a voice and style all his own. his fans and friends are sharing memories in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." good morning to you all on this tuesday morning. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm tai hernandez. we're going to begin with holiday travel mess shaping up for much of the country. the major storm brought heavy wet snow to the colorado mountains and is heading east. so many skiers tried to reach the mountains. a sky skier moved faster than the car. >> further west, it was a rock slide set off by the storm that blocked off major highway for several hours. our coverage of the travel mess begins with emmett miller. >> reporter: with some 99 million folks hitting the roads and another 45 million traveling by air, mother nature may put a wet blanket on holiday plans. more than 140 million americans are expected to travel between now and january 4th. the highest levels in more than a decade.
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blame gas prices at a five-year low. >> my own personal belief is because gas prices are down, people have a little more money in their pocket and are willing to travel more. particularly longer distances. >> reporter: the same weather system in the pacific northwest that brought 75-mile-an-hour winds to southern california and heavy snowfall to colorado and utah -- >> to me, i'd rather deal with the snow than the wind. >> reporter: -- may cause traffic headaches on the road and flight delays. on christmas eve it's expected to gather strength lashing areas from tampa to boston. >> i wouldn't characterize it as a travel nightmare but there's going to be delays. >> reporter: with only the mountain areas expected to see a significant amount of snow, this could be a wet, not white christmas. in los angeles, i'm emmet miller, abc news. t.j., tai, back to you. rain, wind and snow in the eastern half of the country could pose big problems. >> watches, warnings and advisories are already posted. our coverage continues with accuweather's justin povick.
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>> thank you. the northeast preparing for more unsettled weather conditions on this tuesday. more travel delays due to rain up and down interstate 95 corridor. not a lot of cold air in place. much of the frozen precipitation will be confined to quebec and ontario and into the upper midwest and great lakes. mostly rain from washington, d.c. to boston this go around. over the southeast, severe weather a big kern along interstate 10 and i-10. isolated tornadoes possible from central and southern alabama into northwestern florida. heading in towards your holiday, some snow on the way over the intermountain northwest. a lot of cold in the north with blustery conditions in the great lakes. tai and t.j., back to you. here in new york, the mayor is appealing for calm after that shooting which killed two police officers. bill de blasio says the focus should be on the grieving families not on protests or political debates. officer wenjian liu's heartbroken wife spoke to
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reporters. >> this is a defendant time for both of our families. but we will stand together and get through this together. >> officer liu's parents are traveling from china for his funeral. he was their only child. a funeral for the other officer, rafael ramos, will be held saturday. pierre thomas reports, police officers across the country are being warned about the coming potential targets. >> reporter: not just in new york but also in the atlanta suburbs, boston, baltimore, new jersey, pittsburgh and other locations across the country. police leaders have issued warnings urging extra caution. telling their rank and file they could be targeted and ambushed. in a number of cases, officers are being told not to go on patrols alone. to be extra careful about their surroundings and be careful about what they post on social media. police deaths this year have been spiking compared to 2013. the number of officers killed in the line of duty has surged by
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23% with those killed by firearms up a staggering 58%. authorities say a lot of anti-government, anti-police sentiment out there right now. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. a woman in northern california is in some trouble after a road rage incident caught on camera. two women in their car over the weekend being attacked by a woman in a truck. they were nearly forced off the road by the truck. the driver who also slammed on her brakes several times and was weaving between the lanes. the woman behind the wheel had no idea her friend was recording the incident. >> i'm so glad that she did because i don't think anyone would believe us if we just told the story. >> reporter: the woman in the truck got out and was pounding on the window telling them she was a police officer. they called 911. internet service in north korea is back after an outage of more than nine hours. it could have been a technical glitch but experts say it sure looked like a hack attack. abc's tom llamas has the story. >> reporter: the loss of service comes four days after president
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obama blamed north korea for the sonny cyberattack vowing a proportional response. >> if the u.s. did this, they are clearly defining what the parameters are for this time of activity. not only north korea but other nation states participate in this kind of activity there will be repercussions. >> reporter: on state tv, north korea threatening an attack on the u.s. if there isn't a joint investigation to prove north korea did not hack into sony's computers. >> if they want to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate sony for the damages that's they caused. >> reporter: and sony is dealing with a new problem. >> want to go kill kim jong-un? >> reporter: theater owners fuming at the film studio for blaming them for not releasing the movie "the interview." >> the movie theaters came to us one by one over a short period of time.
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we were completely surprised by it. and announced they would not carry the movie. >> reporter: sony's ceo had to reach out to the major theater chains after those comments and say he did not mean theaters were wholly responsible. government sources tell us that hacking north korea's internet and the denial of service attack is not incredibly difficult. but if the u.s. government did do this, they aren't talking about it. tom llamas, abc news, new york. the envoy in charge of transferring detainees from the u.s. prison at guantanamo is resigning. cliff sloan has been on the job 18 months. he became frustrated by delays at the pentagon. closing the prison had been one of president obama's primary goals. a new weapon against the flu. the fda approved rapivab. the maker says it's the first intravenous drug approved to fight influenza. in tests, symptoms were gone within 24 hours. reading may help you relax and fall asleep but not reading from an electronic device. that is the finding of a boston
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study that compared the results from reading a book and reading an ipad. researchers say tablets and similar devices emit blue light which interferes with sleep. wall street opens this morning with the dow once again at an all-time high. traders sent all three major averages higher, despite some negative news about housing in the u.s. today the markets will seek a fifth consecutive day of gains. it's a classic santa claus rally. trading volumes are decreasing as everyone looking forward to christmas. from santa rally to a group of people in north carolina playing santa for their favorite worker at a local bagel place. >> shirley ratliff can't see what's going on. she's walking outside blindfolded by her favorite
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customers. they compiled their money and bought her a car. >> it has just 88,000 miles. now she'll be able to stop taking three buses to work and drive instead. first, though, she has to get her driver's license. good luck with that. it's so terrifying taking the road test. wonderful thing people do for folks on christmas. >> and they love her. they go in there. good, loyal customers. we have some great christmas stories these days. coming up, "the skinny" and a big christmas dispute involving miley cyrus and the schwarzenegger family. who is going to win this one. first, they consider the best gift and worst gift. the pros and cons of those convenient gift cards. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast-max. her brought to you by mucinex fast-max. now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast-max.
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atlanta. the world's largest soft drink maker shut down the service to simplify operations. voice mail has become obsolete with younger workers who prefer e-mail or text messaging. they predict productivity will increase and costs will decrease $100,000 a year. fido will have a very merry christmas. pet owners are splurging on gifts. the average shopper is expected to spend $30 on pet gifts. spending for human family members is up, too, about 6.5%. for the shopper who has trouble picking out the right presents, the gift card has been a life saver. especially in the final hours, you can sing carols about it. >> but there are a lot of draw backs, including fees that chip away at their value. >> reporter: wait until the last minute for that holiday shopping? you may be tempted by the racks and rows of those stocking stuffers, gift cards. an estimated $32 billion in gift
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cards are being bought right now. the average person spending 174 bucks on these plastic gifts. what you might not know is that these convenient gifts could end up costing you and even the person you're giving it to. >> gift cards have all of the disadvantages of money and none of the advantages. >> reporter: the things not on your wish list from santa -- purchase fees. paying money for money. those affiliated with credit cards instead of stores have an up-front fee just to buy it. >> the people who issue the gift cards to make money. >> reporter: next, dormancy fees. if the recipient doesn't use it after a certain amount of time, the fees start chipping away at the total value. >> card companies start to charge a monthly fee for basically doing nothing except keeping track of the fact you have this card out there. >> in many cases, no fraud protection. these are like cash, not credit. if someone steals the card
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number, you're out of luck. add your own value gift cards are the perfect target. recording the numbers on blank cards. then as soon as you activate it, they can drain its value before you even get home. still, the national retail federation saying gift cards are the perfect practical gift, 6 in 10 of those celebrating the holidays say they want a gift card. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> it's funny. sometimes i feel bad giving them, but i love getting them. >> it's the money. people like money. and that's money. so, yeah, nothing wrong. i'm nervous now because i did do one gift card. some of the stuff he mentioned. i didn't think about that. >> that can be -- i guess it can be tricky. >> if they drained it already. what if somebody drained it? >> t.j. gave me a $1 gift card. how dare he? >> and you never know because they'd never tell you. you'll never know. >> hopefully it works out. coming up here, remembering
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one of rock's greatest voices. >> and find out which celebrity couple has a mom trying to keep them apart this christmas. this is juicy. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ntinues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ all right. we begin with the loss of a rock 'n' roll legend. joe cocker lost yesterday. a battle with cancer. >> known for his powerful voice and that legendary woodstock performance. he could also tug at your heart strings with a cover of billy preston's "you are so beautiful." >> they took to social media to express their grief and respect. you don't listen to joe cocker records. you sing along with them. >> aerosmith's steven tyler saying, we loved you forever. we will miss you for always. >> and ringo starr saying good-bye from one of his friends. and peace and love. >> wow.
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peace and love in scarce supply when it comes to miley cyrus. she can be seen on instagram dressed up as one of santa's little helpers. always known to be provocative. not necessarily a kennedy virtue. her relationship to maria shriver and arnold schwarzenegger's son has been making heads turn. according to the examiner, mom, maria shriver has banned miley cyrus from christmas celebrations with the family this year. but the son patrick is fighting for his girl. >> spread it news reports the 21-year-old schwarzenegger is saying he'll not be coming on a family trip unless miley is invited. this is a tough one. >> mama is going to win this one. >> she's also taking miley a little more tempting. >> what? >> it's like taboo. the thing you can't have you want the most. >> miley. what if miley shows up on the family trip wearing that outfit?
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>> that's true. and -- that would be a problem. or christmas in her outfit. >> some more issues of a-listers. rapper, rappie iggy azalea has been embroiled in a war of woods with azalea banks. she's been criticized for -- by banks for being silent on black issues and was not a fan of the grammy nominations she's received. >> iggy decided to fight back. and her response caught the eye of the international hacking group known as anonymous. anonymous angered by that response threatened azalea. the threat was to leak snapshots of the supposed sex tape featuring the star. >> if you are still with us, which i got lost about a paragraph ago, reacting to that threat, twitter has decided to shut down the anonymous account citing their harassment policy.
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has shut it down because of threats they made to iggy azalea. enough about that beef. let's get back to some love. nothing says love like gingerbread houses. when it's martha stewart, gingerbread houses are going to be special. >> the queen of crafts unveiled her latest masterpiece. fans of "downton abbey" will have plenty to love. they used 66 cups of flour, 11 cups of molasses and a partridge in a pear tree to create a replica of the estate from the show. >> 65 caramel windows, friendly dog, the gingerbread abbey. >> pretty cool. >> always cool with martha stewart. celebrity birthdays. the big day for longtime spinal tap member harry shearer. turning 71. >> wesley clark turns 70.
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>> the queen of the soaps, susan lucci, 68. >> and eddie vedder of pearl job, 58. happy birthday.
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♪ ♪ with christmas eve tomorrow, it's getting down to the wire with shopping. >> rather than just giving up, splurging on anything in sight, how about an inexpensive one-stop shopping experience. abc's becky worley takes us to the dollar store. >> reporter: it seems like money just flies away during the holidays. to keep the cash in your wallet, how about some hacks from the dollar store. hack number one. holiday basics. way cheaper here. 20 christmas cards for $1? yes. and then the decorations. wow. there's a lot of holiday stuff in these stores. lisa quinn design genius offers hack number two. >> what you are looking for is a color scheme. >> combine metallics and then add accents. >> for a buck.
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>> this is a parmesan shaker. with metallic balls and the l.e.d. bulb cut out of this candle? i found that idea on pinterest. now the gift ideas. combine items in a creative way. mason jar plus nail items equals pedicure in a jar. here's a healthy snack stash for a colleague. >> compared to the grocery store, $1 for these nuts? that's a steal. >> baking pan, three pairs of socks, pom-poms. and the infamous spa basket. container, sunglasses. >> a buck for a pair of sunglasses. >> and a loofah. >> the spa basket, get things that are a treat, not things too personal. no deodorant. final hacks, all about combining dollar store items with things from home. >> seventh grade summer camp.
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i did some string art. >> dollar store nails and string with wood pieces lisa had at home. as you try to keep the greenbacks from flying away, the dollar store may be your best holiday hope. >> just to make sure to take that 99 cent tag off the stuff before you give it. we've all -- have you ever gone into a drug store to get the last-minute gift? >> of course. >> why not? save a couple of bucks on the way. >> brilliant. she put together some good stuff for a buck. the little stuff you need around the holiday. >> i like the pedicure in the little mason jar. >> i could use another nail file. >> that's your mission. >> $4, i can hook you up. >> all right. thanks for watching, folks. >> don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. iacs for two decades. us for "good morning
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america" and have a great tuesday. . making news in america this morning -- call for calm after the ambush killing of two new york city police officers. the mayor's message to protesters as an officer's widow breaks hear s her silence. plus what eric garner's daughter says at the memorial. chased off a highway and nearly forced off the highway. >> she just hit our car. she's pushing us off the road. >> an extreme case of road rage caught on camera. bowl brawl on the football field. what cause the melee after the game. and let it go. some teachers surprised their students in a performance going viral this morning.

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