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making news in america this morning, winter weather. snow and ice finally hitting parts of the u.s. after record-breaking december warmth. the massive system on the move right now. we're tracking it all. breaking overnight, manhunt over. ethan couch and his mother taken into custody. his new look, darker hair. the so-called affluenza teen on his way back to the u.s. new this morning, a drone hovering over the president's motorcade. secret service stepping in. the pilot's explanation. and gigantic game in the record books. dropped from a blimp, the supersized version of a tailgating tradition. good tuesday morning, everyone.
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after record-breaking december warmth, the first major winter storm battering several states right now. >> absolutely. let's get right to the radar. that massive system stretching from wisconsin to maine bringing everything from snow to ice to heavy downpours. this is the scene right now overnight outside of boston. the snow and ice snarling traffic and delaying flights on one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. >> all this after the same system spawned deadly tornadoes in texas. abc's megan hughes has the latest. >> reporter: after an unusually warm december, the first snow falls in massachusetts this morning. ice melt and shovels fly off the shelves. >> it was kind of like black friday-ish. >> reporter: in new york state, plow trucks are ready. >> first storm of the year. there's a lot of accidents. hopefully they'll be very minor. >> reporter: weather around the country has given them a preview from high winds and icy roads creating treacherous conditions in wisconsin to floods in missouri where the state's death toll climbed into the double digits.
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a snowdrift in new mexico trapped betty and jimmy anderson in their car for 20 hours until rescuers broke the windshield to free them. >> my wife, she was just shivering and shaking so i got into the passenger seat because the driver's seat was full of snow from us trying to dig out so we cuddled up together. >> reporter: air travelers also had nothing to do but wait. >> i've been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours. >> reporter: almost 3,000 flights canceled across the united states yesterday according to flight tracking service, flight aware. the weather system spawned more tornadoes bringing terror to florida and arkansas. >> drive. get on the gas and go. >> that's it. that's a tornado. >> reporter: while cleanup began near dallas where a 40-mile scar of splintered homes and debris show the aftermath of tornados that took 11 lives there. megan hughes, abc news, washington. >> thank you, megan, and that storm system still on the move. >> this morning, it will be a slick commute for most of the
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northeast. on the map here, albany, hartford, boston, all cities in that pink icy area. mostly rain for new york city and south. at least 6 to 12 inches of snow from wisconsin to maine when it's all over with. okay, let's get to the other major breaking news story from overnight. the capture of the so-called affluenza teen, ethan couch. >> this is the first image right here of couch since he was detained in mexico. note that he's dyed his hair black in an obvious attempt to avoid detection. >> couch and his mother are now on their way to guadalajara where they're expected to eventually be transferred back to texas. couch was found responsible for a drunk driving crash that killed four people back in 2013. >> but his lawyers claimed his privileged upbringing prevented him from being able to distinguish right from wrong and he avoided jail time. authorities have been searching for couch since december 10th for allegedly violating his
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probation. well, now to the race for the white house and donald trump is on the attack. he's taking aim at someone new, new jersey governor chris christie, and mr. trump still firing shots at possible rival hillary clinton and her husband, the former president. donald trump's new target. >> chris christie. >> chris christie. >> christie. >> christie. >> christie. >> reporter: going after chris christie last night in new hampshire ripping the new jersey governor for embracing president obama after hurricane sandy. >> it was unbelievable. he was like a little boy, oh, i'm with the president. >> reporter: the republican front-runner also blasting christie for the bridgegate scandal suggesting the governor knew about the lane closures. >> they're closing the biggest bridge in the united states, the most traveled on bridge, one of them in the world and most traveled on in the united states. you're doing that and you're not telling the governor. and you're with him all the time. >> reporter: the latest attack coming after "the new hampshire union leader" endorsed christie. >> what a pile of garbage that newspaper is. >> reporter: an editorial from the paper's publisher comparing trump to biff in "back to the
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future" movies. >> you have a very dishonest newspaper up here. it's also a failing newspaper. it's going down the tubers. >> reporter: trump also going after not just one clinton, but two tweeting "if hillary thinks she can unleash her husband with his terrible record of women abuse while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong." that tweet coming after hillary clinton accused trump of sexism in an interview last week. and in an interview with abc news back in 2013, trump seemed proud to consider bill clinton a friend and he told cnn back in 2008 that clinton's infidelity was, quote, totally unimportant. >> only five weeks till the caucuses in iowa. new this morning, family members of a little syrian boy who drowned while seeking freedom have arrived in canada. the image of alan kurdi's body on a turkish beach drew international outcry. the 3-year-old died with his mother while trying to reach greece. well, now kurdi's aunt
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and uncle and their five children have arrived in canada to start a new life. the kurdis are among 25,000 syrian refugees the canadian government has pledged to welcome by the end of february. a potential security breach during the president's vacation in hawaii. a drone briefly flew next to mr. obama's motorcade before secret service agents approached the man controlling the aircraft. the motorcade was in traffic and driving slowly at the time and didn't speed up or alter course. no charges will be filed since it was apparently an accident. and speaking of president obama, we're getting our second glimpse of him on the golf course during his current vacation in hawaii. there he was on the 18th green unable to repeat the successful 40-foot chip into the hole that we saw a couple of days ago. eventually he got the ball in the hole. good going, mr. president. >> okay, so the president possibly wanting to say good riddance to that round of golf right there. and that's exactly what a lot of people here in new york city's times square did during the ninth annual good riddance day. >> participants ditched whatever they needed to get out of their lives.
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they put it into a shredder. the shredder, it shredded paper and will be used as confetti to help ring in the new year. >> so it all comes full circle come january 1st. >> better to rain down on someone else, right, your old things. still ahead, taking over your news feed, the facebook post, now confirmed a hoax. and lost in the woods, in near zero temperature, a teenager found with no time to spare. plus, caught on camera dangling high in the air, skiers and snowboarders forced to rappel down a ski lift.
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daring rescues caught on camera. more than 100 skiers and snowboarders at a ski resort in canada. this snowboarder seen dangling
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high up in the air, he was among a group forced to climb down a ski lift that broke down. 2015 is going out with a whimper on wall street. both the dow jones industrial average and s&p 500 are lower now than at the beginning of the year. it's the first time either could end the year in the red since the recession. the dow yesterday lost 24 points, s&p was off 4 1/2 and the nasdaq slid 7 1/2 yesterday. whole foods is paying a hefty fine to settle claims it overcharged new york city customers for prepackaged foods. the grocery chain is paying $500,000. it's also expanding policies to prevent mislabeling and incorrect pricing. city regulators had initially demanded $1.5 million. just last year whole foods paid $800,000 to los angeles, santa monica and san diego for pricing violations. so apparently getting hacked may be the best thing that ever happened to the ashley madison dating site.
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the site, which specializes in arranging extramarital affairs, says its membership has spiked since the data breach. there are more than 4 million additional members. there's still class action lawsuits pending as a result of that breach. so, what's in your investment portfolio? stocks, bonds, gold? maybe you should put money into legos. a study finds that the set of popular children's building blocks have increased in value 12% each year since 2000. gold, on the other hand, just missed 10%, but that's only for lego sets that have never been opened. you got to have the box. >> so, that's what we have to tell our financial adviser that we're going to invest in legos. >> he'll probably think you're crazy. >> yes, and he would be right. when we come back, right place at the right time. a driver saved after a fire chief jumped in action. and fined for watching his daughter's halftime show. the nfl player forced to pay $10,000.
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roads in new england later. flying, airport delays likeliest in minneapolis, philadelphia, new york city, boston and atlanta. no criminal charges are being filed against the two cleveland police officers in the death of 12-year-old tamir rice. >> he was carrying a toy gun when he was shot dead last year. a rookie police officer killed rice within seconds of arriving at the scene. family members furious over the grand jury's decision called the investigation a charade. >> simply put, given this perfect storm of human error, the stakes and miscommunications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. >> it was so clear from the prosecutor's behavior that he was trying to lose the case, that he was trying to exonerate the officers. >> prosecutors say there's a long list of mistakes which led to the tragedy, among them, they say dispatchers failed to relay to police that the person scaring people at the park was probably a juvenile with a toy
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gun. heavy metal fans are morning the loss this morning of motorhead frontman, lemmy. ♪ the ace of spades ♪ the ace of spades >> ian "lemmy" kilmister died just two days after learning that he had a particularly aggressive form of cancer. on its facebook page the band is urging fans to play lemmy's music loud and to have a drink or two. lemmy died at his home in los angeles. he was 70 years old. a utah family thankful to have their son home after a harrowing ordeal. 14-year-old braden neilson became separated from friends during a hunting trip on saturday. he wound up spending nearly 30 hours in the frigid wilderness. during that time he walked 11 miles believing if he stopped he would have died. he was hypothermic when he was finally rescued. and a daring rescue in the meantime, in pennsylvania. watch this video carefully. dash cam here, this car slammed
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had into a pole and the unconscious driver is trapped inside the burning vehicle. within seconds that is yorktownship fire chief nate tracy jumping out of his truck pulling the driver out of the vehicle to safety. watch. the chief didn't even put on his firefighter jacket before racing into action. a favorite player among the fans of the san diego chargers has been slapped with a rather odd fine. safety eric weddle now fined $10,000. his offense, staying on the field at halftime during the chargers recent game against miami so that he could watch his daughter perform in a dance program. a team spokesman says players are required to be in the locker room when game plan adjustments are made. give me a break. >> the chargers making some bad moves all around this year. every nfl team will play next sunday the regular season's final day and that's when all the outstanding playoff issues will be decided. >> as for last night's action
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we get the highlights from our guys at espn. he's stan, i'm neil. we're going to do highlights. >> let's start with monday night football. we have the broncos and bengals. bengals already in the playoffs, broncos trying to get there. they went to overtime. it's tied at 17. brock osweiler, the backup quarterback in for the injured peyton manning to demaryius thomas. how does he make that catch? it's unbelievable. so, that led to this field goal attempt from brandon macmanus who had missed one earlier. >> badly. >> knocked that one down so it's 20-17 denver. a.j. mccarron and the bengals get a shot. so the broncos get their chance and broncos are in the playoffs. steph curry did not score a point in the first quarter and riley curry wants to know why. it was against the king, waryores, kings. then he went
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stepback bobby jack. his first of the game. see, he shot with 3:16 left in the half. dude's made like six in a row after that. 17 by half. this omri casspi guy was doing his best curry imitation. the warriors win again. they're 29-1. wow, they're good. >> i mean, those are terrible shots for anybody else, but they're routine for steph curry. back to you. >> thank you, gentlemen. up next in "the pulse," the scary moment on live tv a pregnant anchor fainting. what she's saying this morning. and netflix has the perfect solution to get your kids to bed early on new year's eve. when your cold is this bad... ...you need new theraflu expressmax. theraflu expressmax combines... maximum strength medicines
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with a scare from a news anchor while on the air. it happened to cnn's poppy harlow. she's six months pregnant and was talking about the war on terror when she appeared to pass out on air. her words slurring then unintelligible as the cnn graphic aired. >> bad news for the obama administration. we have this new cnn/orc poll which is quite a -- quite a turnaround in -- >> that's really scary to hear. isn't it? >> it really is even though you know she's okay. the network, by the way, quickly cut to a commercial while the twitterverse exploded over the news but harlow was back reassuring viewers that all was okay saying she just got a little hot. >> sometimes when you're pregnant you can have low blood sugar or feel faint. she did head to the hospital and harlow tweeting that she and her baby girl are just fine. good news. >> good news overall there. so you may have seen the messages on facebook promising
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that, you know, mark zuckerberg is going to give away millions to regular people because he's just great, even mentioning the story was on "good morning america." >> but the only problem is it's all a hoax. to be eligible to be among the 1,000 winners the post said you have to copy and paste the text and post it in your own status. facebook quickly responded saying zuckerberg's pledge to give money to improve the world is real unlike everything you read on the internet. i never fall for those cut and paste things. >> that was my get rich quick plan. back to legos. >> back to lottery tickets. >> lottery tickets. well, if you try with your kids begging to stay up until midnight on new year's eve netflix may have a solution. you can call up a countdown to the end of the year any time you want. that's the key, you can do it at 7:00 at night. there's a choice of hosts drawing from children's favorite shows. >> okay, so the streaming service says nearly half the parents in english speaking countries would like to put the kids in bed by 9:00 and more than 40% already use the countdown or plan to use it this year. netflix promises it will not
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tell the kids it's not midnight if you don't. >> or you can tell the kids it's going to be christmas tomorrow and then put them to bed early and then tell them in the morning santa forgot. >> once again -- wow, that's mean. don't do that. i'm just kidding. i'm kidding. finally a unique way to crank up some hype, a giant board used for the popular tailgate game cornhole set up at the goodyear blimp base in florida. >> that is huge then cheerleaders -- did somebody say cheerleaders -- from michigan state and alabama took turns tossing giant bean bags from the window of a blimp some 200 feet above the board. the spartans and crimson tide mascots were there. the school's football teams play on thursday night. >> you know the whole thing was an attempt to set a guinness world record for the largest ever cornhole game. >> even if they didn't get that. >> it's impressive. right? >> good job there. more news after this.
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give it a pop. live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. coming up on 4:29. i am natasha zouves. >> i a am reggie aqui. meteorologist mike nicco, a norm where you do not want to get out of bed. it is cold. >> hopefully you have an ice jailer. if not, a credit car, driver's license, that will work. it is frosty inland neighborhoods. live doppler hd is showing you do not need the umbrella today. look how quiet it is on sutro tower. 28-48. nearly 50 at noon. low 50s at 4:00. you need the sunglasses today. sue? >> we are looking good on the roads with light conditions. hopefully it will be holiday lite for tuesday morning. between golden gate field and the bay bridge toll plaza only five minutes. 14 minutes from hayward to
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foster city on the san mateo bridge. otherwise, just road work out there, toward the macarthur maze, both eastbound and westbound 80, toward 580 eastbound. that is in the lanes until after 5:00 this morning. >> develop right now, monitoring elephant seal would tried to cross highway 87 several times yesterday and was in the median with cars stopped all around her. our reporter is near 37. do we have any idea why the elephant seal was so persistent? athis reminds me of the joke, why did the seem try to cross the road? it was trying to get to the other side. that is what c.h.p. doesn't want her to do. they are now monitoring the 500-pound elephant seal because it is a public safety matter. animal rescuers and c.h.p. have described the mammal to be very determined and irritated. i checked with c.h.p. about an hour ago and they said the seal
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has not moved from the estuary and not tried to make its way to the road this morning. the seal appeared out of the bay at 1:00 p.m. yesterday and made its way in front of eastbound highway 37 traffic and tried to crawl over the median. the seal was coaxed back and the estuary but tried to cross the road sell more times. she could be trying to get to dry land for give birth. >> if she is about to give birth she is in her prime so she has a lot of weight, a lost strength on her and she could actually tear the board from her happens if you do not hold it the proper way. >> the concern is that a driver may not be able to see her in the dark and if she happens to be blocking traffic early this morning. but, again, c.h.p. said so far so good, the seal is right where she needs to be and not blocking the roadway. they will continue to monitor

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