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making news in america this morning, debate day. the stage is set on the vegas strip. the republican candidates preparing to face off for the last time this year as donald trump hits a new high in the polls. we're live in washington. and donald trump's doctor making news of his own issuing a letter about the billionaire's health. why it's getting a lot of scrutiny. disgruntled guest. a man accused of purposely slamming his truck into a hotel. the dramatic crash caught on camera. and "star wars: the force awakens," the lucky few with a chance to see the movie. >> it's amazing. it's wonderful. >> smiling faces leaving the world premiere overnight. the first reactions are in.
well, good tuesday morning. i'm reena ninan. >> and i'm richard bacon. and the clock is ticking this morning toward the final republican presidential showdown of the year. the stage is set there at the venetian hotel in las vegas ahead of tonight's debate. >> so much material. it's the first debate since the terror attacks in paris and california and since donald trump announced a plan to ban muslims. it's "your voice, your vote" and abc's stephanie ramos joins us with more. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: reena, good morning to you. well, there is a new high and new challenge for donald trump as he continues to soar in the polls. the stage is set for the last gop debate of 2015. nine candidates will stand on stage for the most critical event heading into the iowa caucuses. >> i think we're doing great in iowa, and i expect to win iowa. >> reporter: at a rally in las vegas last night, trump took aim at some of his main sticking points like mexico and the wall he intends to build.
>> and i know how to build it and i know how to get them to pay for it. it's very simple. folks, you're killing us. you're making too much money. now, the wall is going to cost $9 billion. okay, it's a lot of money. >> reporter: this talk has trump supporters hanging on. brand-new numbers out showing trump hitting 41% with republicans. the highest support he's had yet in a national poll, nearly three times as much as his closest rival. but this debate may be a two-man race between trump and senator ted cruz. in iowa the two are in a virtual tie. on the debate stage trump will be flanked by cruz and ben carson. carson recently calling coverage of him and his campaign dishonest. >> in my case, they can't find any scandals, therefore, let's see if we can somehow make this guy look crazy. >> reporter: the six remaining candidates will be florida senator marco rubio, former florida governor jeb bush, businesswoman carly fiorina, ohio governor john kasich, kentucky senator rand paul and
new jersey governor chris christie. >> we love you, trump. >> i love you too, man. >> reporter: while trump predicts he'll be the punching bag at this debate, he also says -- >> it's gonna be good. >> reporter: here's what's also good, donald trump's health. after vowing to release his full medical report, trump instead offered up just a short note from his doctor saying trump's physical strength and stamina are extraordinary. richard, reena, back to you. >> stephanie, you did mention that report there from his doctor, but what else was revealed about his health, anything else? >> reporter: yeah, well, the doctor declared that if elected, mr. trump will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. serious statement there. >> yeah, okay. thank you. it sounds a little bit north korea. that's all. doesn't it? stephanie ramos live in washington, thank you very much, indeed. well, experts say that terrorism will be the focus of tonight's debate, especially with alarming new details from the investigation to the san bernardino attack. abc news was first to report that homeland security will
increase scrutiny of social media websites in the visa application process, this after it was revealed that tashfeen malik posted online messages about jihad before coming to the u.s. but officials were prevented from seeing those messages because of a secret policy to save the administration embarrassment. >> the primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly, and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing. >> also part of the investigation, that search of a nearby lake turned up no new evidence according to law enforcement officials. as for fighting terror overseas, president obama says the u.s. is making progress against isis. the president spoke after a meeting with high-level advisers at the pentagon. he named a number of top terror leaders who have been killed in recent months, and he said that that momentum continues. >> we're also taking out isil leaders, commanders and killers one by one, and our next message to them is simple, you are next. >> and saudi arabia, a key u.s. ally in the region has just
announced that 34 nations have agreed to form a new islamic military alliance to fight terrorism. the joint operations command will be headquartered in the saudi capital. prosecutors say a maryland man received thousands of dollars from isis in order to carry out a terror attack on american soil. mohamed elshinawy was arrested last friday for attempting to provide material support to a terror organization. he denies the charges. bowe bergdahl will be court-martialed for walking away from his army unit in afghanistan. he faces charges of desertion and endangering his unit for which he could be sentenced to life in prison. the decision to try him overturns a preliminary review that recommended he not be charged. bergdahl spent five years as a taliban captive after leaving his unit. bill cosby is fighting back against 7 of the more than 50 live women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. he's filed a defamation countersuit against them
claiming that he suffered serious financial and personal harm because of their groundless accusations. the women's lawyer says cosby's move is just simple retaliation. next, thank you, america, for the very warm welcome. more than a thousand daily high records have been broken since the beginning of december. even in buffalo, they're taking lakeside walks instead of shoveling snow across the northeast and midwest. runners are out in shorts. meanwhile, to the west, some daily snowfall records have been -- have fallen. utah got its largest snow accumulation in two years on monday. 6.6 inches fell at the salt lake city airport breaking a record set in 1922. lake-effect snow is adding to the trouble. salt lake city is in for what looks like more snow today. the radar shows the cascades and parts of the rockies can expect some snow showers too. as for temperatures, it is 15 degrees warmer in new york right
now than it is in los angeles. >> we'll take it. >> damn straight. >> we'll take it. still ahead -- >> that's becoming sort of a catchphrase. >> that's your phrase. >> do you like it? an important christmas shipping deadline happening today. plus, an american plumber's truck ending up in the hands of isis. this morning he's talking about how that truck got there. and the first reaction overnight to a film few have seen, "star wars: the force awakens," the premiere in hollywood with all the stars, droids and fans.
lawmakers in kosovo oppose any deal with neighboring serbia and montenegro. it's the sixth time in the past two months that the opposition members have set off tear gas there. it doesn't happen on capitol hill that often, huh? don't have health insurance yet, today is the deadline for obamacare coverage beganing january 1st the federal government wants 10 million people enrolled in the new year. that's 900,000 more than this year, but participants can expect to pay about 7.5% more for coverage as health care costs go up. >> you've got a little longer to register your drone. by late february hundreds of thousands of drones will need to be registered with the faa. if you register in the first month, it's free. after that it's $5. but be warned, if you get a drone for christmas, which you might if your friends are very generous, how quite exciting, you have to register it right away. drivers for uber and lyft have won a labor victory in seattle. in a first of its kind or the
first kind -- first type of move like this in this country, the seattle city council has voted unanimously to allow drivers for ride hailing apps to organize into labor unions, however, legal experts say the measure could violate federal labor laws. at issue is whether the drivers are independent contractors or employees. well, christmas shoppers are facing a deadline today at the post office. the postal service says today is the last day to mail those packages, so they'll be there by christmas eve with no extra charge. december 19th is the deadline for first class. the 21st is the last day for priority services. packages can still be mailed as late as 23rd but you have to pay up for that, priority express. when we come back, important information for pregnant women. what they could be taking possibly raising the risk of having a child with autism. and close call. a man unhappy with his hotel stay slamming his truck into the lobby. you know that "wow, i'm starving" feeling?
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across to northern michigan. and in northern new england pockets of rain in the northwest, east texas and north florida too. if you're flying airport delays possible in minneapolis, denver and salt lake city. ever wonder what happens to your old car or truck when you trade or sell it in, many are shipped overseas. >> that proved a nightmare for a texas business. ever since this photo of a truck used by isis went viral, mark-1 plumbing has been getting threats and abuse and business is way off. the company owner is suing the auto dealer saying it didn't do enough to help him. >> if they had just tried to work with me and tried to tell what happened with the truck, i probably wouldn't have done this but it has affected my business. >> wants $1 million in damages. police say a disgruntled customer drove his truck through the lobby of this comfort inn in oklahoma. surveillance video you see shows two people jumping out of the way just seconds before the truck crashed through the front
doors and then the front desk, the driver was apparently angry over not getting a cash refund. he faces several serious charges. >> wow, reminiscent of a famous scene in "terminator." no charges however when a florida panhandle hospital became an accident scene in itself after an suv crashed into the emergency room. two people were hospitalized and several others injured in the crash. the elderly driver was not among them pulling into a parking space but somehow accelerated as you can see there into the building. we have a health alert for expectant moms taking antidepressants. researchers finding women who take antidepressants in their third and second trimesters are 87% more likely to have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, however, they also warn it may be dangerous for pregnant women to go off their meds without first checking with their doctors. pete rose received a harsh response to his plea for reinstatement from the commissioner of major league baseball. rose has been banned from the
game for gambling since 1989. his petition to end that ban was rejected because of rose's continued legal gambling on sports including baseball, among the reasons given for maintaining the ban, new evidence about rose's betting on games during his career. well, time for highlights involving those still playing their chosen sports. >> yeah, we get those from our good friends, we like these guys. >> our bestest. >> from our friends at es -- >> pn. >> he's stan, i'm neil. he's got a football highlight. i have a basketball highlight. >> monday night football to be exact, dolphins and giants. odell beckham jr. and jarvis landry played together at lsu. beckham called it complete. he wants that challenge. they do challenge it and find out it is indeed a touchdown, 7 catches, 166 yards, pair of touchdowns six 100-yard games
eli manning was spectacular. 337 yards and four touchdowns, and the giants pull into first place tie with washington and philly on top of the nfc east. all right, here we go, the clippers were in detroit. we're down to 24 seconds left. clippers are down three, stan van gundy elects not to foul, j.j. redick elects to tie the game. clippers bench, yeah. griffin, jamal crawford, i heard it said crawford is on the block as is josh smith as is stevens. clippers up three. look at all the chances that the pistons had at the end to tie it. then there was that chance that had no chance. the clippers hang on and win it, 105-103. griffin, 34 points. >> he was really good in that game. >> thank you. >> no, i meant blake griffin. >> i thought you meant my read. >> you weren't bad either. back to you. >> we like the read. >> thanks, guys. up next in "the pulse," the
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from john boyega to harrison ford and then there were the fans. >> incredible. it was so satisfying. >> it's incredible. >> so great. i'm sorry, it's great. >> so great. no, it is. it's amazing. everybody is going to love it. >> although everyone said that after "the phantom menace." so we'll see. "star wars: the force awakens" opens later this week on more than 4,000 screens from coast to coast. >> the big question who among last night's attendees would be the first to spoil one of hollywood's most tightly guarded secrets. maybe nobody. maybe nobody. i have faith. >> we're getting some hints, aren't we. "grey's anatomy," it is technically a breach of the embargo. "grey's anatomy" producer shonda rhimes tweeted, "holy crap, that "star wars: the force awakens" is so good in the best old-school way." >> oh, yes and also rob lowe said he cried like a baby and whooped like a teenager. >> and actress elizabeth banks said the movie totally delivers. no spoilers, i repeat, no spoilers. again, no spoilers, just wow.
>> wow, okay. and we should also say that no one that we know of has actually spoiled it. >> no, but remember when i was telling you about when i saw this footage of people leaving "the phantom menace" and they all said it was the best "star wars" ever and now the fans universally think not. >> how about a little weather? >> do it. >> warming up in the eastern half of the country but in chicago it's a hot, hot, hot, take a look at the hotness. you may remember tahman bradley. he works in the windy city. he pulled over this guy without a shirt. ethan, training and made it work for him. >> you're also like in shorts. >> yeah. >> like it's mid-december. how is that possible? >> it's awesome. i love running in the rain and i'm also single, so -- >> we're asking the ladies. >> way to go, ethan. that went viral even before he
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good tuesday or. so happen you are here. i am kristen sze. >> i am eric thomas. it is december 15. >> santa covering me money. i don't know how that works. mike? >> it is quiet. good morning, everyone, live doppler hd shows the next couple of days, put the umbrellas away. grab the sunglasses. and a heavier coat. we have a little bit of a breeze. you can see from our camera. the day planner is a slight breeze at 34-46 and cooler than that. grab sunglasses. total sunshine by noon at 52 to 56. around the mid-50s at 4:00. nothing but stars at 7:00 and
feeling 46 to 50. how are we feeling on the morning commute. how is it starting? >> quiet. 4:28 in the morning. san rafael southbound 101 beyond the north gay mall and the civic center looking good all the way to san francisco, no delays negotiation fog, we are down to three lanes and that will be improving to four lanes. road work in the lanes to be aware of, eastbound 580 from 35th to grand in the lanes until 6:30 this morning. >> a danger we have been wanting you hits home in the bay area. a brentwood family is lucky no one was hurt. a hover before that was a christmas present started a fire. we are in the home with the details. amy? >> it has happened. again. they are causing trouble all over the country. this time here in brentwood. the family said it was an early christmas present. they are grateful they already opened it.
they just finished challenging it. they say it exploded. look at the damage it caused. the flames were pretty big. they were able to save the house. >> my sister charged the hover board, she stood on it and it started popping and tried to drag it out the front door before it explode before she got to the front door. >> hover bars have captured the government's attention. the consumer product safety commission is investigating. amazon come has pulled hover periods from the website because of safety concerns. there have been 11 reported fires. in continue states. the good news is brentwood, no one was hurt. >> developing news in gilroy a police officer is on leave