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good morning, america. as more than 100 million americans take to the roads and skies t holiday travel nightmare already unfolding. planes, stranded on the tarmac for hours. back-to-back storms hitting in the west set to bring heavy rain and snow across the country. the ripple effect coast to coast. and the major concerns as the record weekend of travel now gets under way. breaking news for our viewers in the west. we are learning two americans were injured in that christmas market attack in berlin. as the global manhunt for this man considered armed and dangerous is on the run tonight. officials tracking him before his escape. trump calling this disgraceful. >> it's got to be stopped.
caught on camera, the frightening moment the semi swerved out of control on the highway. crossing several lanes. the drunk trucker falling out of the truck. how officers managed to but the brakes on this dangerous drive. and terrifying home invasion. >> hello, please. i need help. >> a young girl home alone when burglars break in. >> they're breaking into my house. please come really quick. >> racing to hide in a closet her quick thinking that helped police catch the suspects and what the 911 dispatcher said she did right that helped her survive. good morning, america. we were just figuring out -- >> christmas eve eve eve. so merry christmas eve eve eve. >> we're excited about santa's visit, and the big holiday travel weekend though, is getting started on this
christmas' christmas eve eve eve. take a look at l.a.x., the lines starting to cause a headache for travelers and just probably going to get worse. >> look at this. the tarmac, so many planes backed up there. a record 4.3 million people are expected to go through l.a.x., i gather they're not singing christmas carols on those planes. they are stuck there. more than 100 million americans are hitting the roads and skies. fighting the weather warnings this holiday weekend. speaking of weather, who covers weather? ginger. >> nobody better. >> ginger, you've been covering both the storms sweeping across the west and the rest of the country. what's travel going to be like? >> that's the thing. you see video like that and hear we're number 47 for takeoff. right? you will see a lot more of that, and weather will be a small part of it. we're already seeing rain in parts of arizona. you can see las vegas this morning earlier, and los angeles rain. that rain impacting not only flights there, but of course, that storm is going to move east. and then there will be another one. that's why we see so many states in the west with winter weather alerts.
that bright green in the dakotas is a blizzard watch. two low pressure systems, the first slides across the nation. if you are traveling through chicago friday night, that's the first one i have to warn you about. that may impact you. it's late friday, but still something to note. and if you are traveling on the east coast on christmas eve itself, most rain on i-95. inland higher elevations in new england, that's going to impact you. another storm i have to talk about. i'll come back with that. >> don't you love it when they get you on the plane then they tell you? >> yeah. >> let's get to david kerley. he has more on this at the united airlines command center in chicago tracking thousands of flights. that record holiday travel is getting under way. hey, david. >> reporter: david, when you were sleeping these folks were really busy. the problems in l.a. this is united's command center and they have been dealing with that l.a. problem all night. larry here, who is in charge of the entire network tells me they got the l.a. picture figured out. overnight, the holiday travel rush leading to this mess, hundreds of flights delayed at l.a.x. >> over on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours.
>> reporter: jets backed up on runways and tarmacs for hours even after landing. >> our pilot was telling us it would be, like, another 20 minutes. he hasn't seen so much airplanes on one track in a few years. >> reporter: it was a perfect storm of weather, construction and so many fliers even backing up roads. >> it's pretty nuts. >> reporter: a busy night for centers like this. >> is that thing ready to go? >> reporter: it's these workers -- >> you have runway 11 for overthrow. >> reporter: 1,200 of them watching computer screens, trying to keep everything on time. >> this room exists just to minimize that disruption. we'll try to reroute airplanes and flight crews, develop flight plans that get away from the weather. >> reporter: this time of year, it's all about the weather and more fliers. today and tomorrow are the busiest christmas air travel days. it's estimated nearly 5 million flyers will take to the skies to get home for the holidays. >> we'll have dulles take a look at it. >> reporter: united's share, nearly 500,000 passengers each
day. many of them, far from frequent fliers. but people are trying to get home for christmas. patience? >> patience is helpful. you know, about 75% of our passengers travel once a year, so we'll see a lot of those one time a year travellers over the next couple of days. >> reporter: they are all traveling now. we are not at the airport. this is a skyscraper in downtown chicago. that's the domestic side of united's operations. on the other side of the floor, international but the most important board right now is this one right here. weather, and they are expecting some snow here in chicago. it's really the factor that affects travel the christmas holiday. amy. >> yeah, unfortunately mother nature doesn't look like it's cooperating this time. thanks so much. now to overseas and the global manhunt for the suspect in that deadly attack on the berlin christmas market. german authorities are searching for a 24-year-old tunisian might. there he is. he is on the loose, and he is considered armed and dangerous. abc's matt gutman has been covering the latest developments
from berlin. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, amy. german officials saying they launched two raids overnight. one of them against a refugee camp trying to find the man suspected in the attack behind me. that dragnet across europe is only intensifying. this morning, it's the face seen across europe. german officials putting out this europewide apb, 24-year-old anis amri from tunisia. he's known to use at least six ail yachts and have three different nationalities and warns he's under urgent suspicion and could be armed and dangerous. police say he's suspected of hijacking this semi truck at this depot here just a few miles from the christmas market. the original truck driver, a polish man, found dead in the cabin, seen here on cctv footage just hours before the attack. that trunk loaded with 50,000 pounds of steel bulldozing
through the market. smashing stalls and crushing people. leaving at least 11 dead. over 20 people still hospitalized. inside that cab, officials made a shocking discovery, a wallet found with amri's i.d. inside. german officials saying he had been on their radar for months because of suspected ties to radicals, which is why his asylum request was rejected earlier this year. authorities offering a more than $100,000 reward for information leading to amri's capture saying he is a suspect but not necessarily the perpetrator of the monday attack. isis is claiming responsibility for the carnage after sending out recent messages calling for supporters to use trucks to attack public gatherings. this morning, after a breakneck effort to patch it up, the christmas market is back open. the stalls here have been rebuilt. the crowds are back out. the only difference, these freshly cleaned pavings and the heightened security here. but germans still fearful. is this a new normal for germany? >> i hope not.
but it might be. >> reporter: now we're learning that two americans were among the wounded, and this is only going to increase the outrage about how germany let this man out of their grasp. he had been under surveillance for months, but for some reason, that was called off in september. he was last mentioned in intelligence bulletins in november, amy. >> in fact, matt, germany actually tried to deport this man this past summer but that didn't happen. why? >> reporter: that's right. they tried to deport him back in june, but they couldn't because he didn't have the right papers, so they allowed him to stay here in berlin, and those papers finally allowing his deportation arrived yesterday, amy. >> oh, horrible timing there. okay, matt gutman, thank you. we appreciate it. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas is in washington with more on the manhunt and the threat here at home. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, amy. german authorities clearly considered amri a suspected islamic radical before the
attack, and i'm being told by sources that germans shared some of this intelligence about amri with u.s. national security officials. of particular interest whether he can be tied in any way to isis, there's an urgent investigation under way in germany to determine if he was part of a cell or if he has a support network helping him hide right now. this is a tense moment for law enforcement worldwide, especially throughout the holiday season with concern that so-called lone wolves or people inspired by isis might attack on short notice. although no specific plot has been identified, everyone here is on alert, amy. >> speaking to that authorities here in the u.s. put out a security bulletin. >> reporter: that's right. laying out security concerns for the big celebrations in times square on new year's eve. again, no specific threat has been identified, but this bulletin specifically mentions what just happened in germany. it also states that terror attacks here at home and in europe have, quote, heightened concern about similar attacks being replicated in the near term. end quote. everyone is being vigilant,
case in point, florida authorities and the fbi are investigating a tampa man after he got into a violent confrontation with his parents and police. his parents had become suspicious about a weird smell coming from the residence. authorities are checking to see if there are explosives, and the local sheriff specifically mentioned germany as a reason to take no chances. >> all right, pierre, thank you so much for that update. as you know, president-elect donald trump reacting to the tragedy in berlin calling it a, quote, an attack on humanity as he briefly spoke with reporters outside his florida estate. we'll speak with donald trump's senior adviser, kellyanne conway, in a moment. big news to break on that front. but first abc's cecilia vega is here with more on trump's comments. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: good morning. an attack on humanity and what's going on is, quote, terrible. that is the latest response from donald trump. it's clear where he stands on that attack in germany. what's not so clear this morning is where he stands on that proposed plan to ban muslims. president-elect donald trump emerging from the confines of his mar-a-lago estate.
appearing before the cameras and addressing the terror attacks in europe. his national security adviser retired general michael flynn behind him. >> what's going on is terrible. in fact, we have intelligence here right now but what's going on is terrible. >> reporter: but this was no press conference. today marks 148 days since his last one. in fact, trump took questions for you will all of 90 seconds, and even then, he did not answer when asked whether he is now reconsidering his proposed muslim ban. >> you know my plans all along and it's -- i've been proven to be right 100% correct. what's happening is disgraceful. anyway, make sure everything is fine, folks. nice to have you here. >> reporter: and with that, it was over. but then, three hours later, trump emerged once again. before the cameras, a handshake with admirals and generals, and then questions about his meeting
with the heads of lockheed martin and boeing. >> trying to get costs down, costs. primarily the f-35. we're trying to get the costs down. it's a program that is very, very expensive. it's a little bit of a dance. but we're going to get the costs down, and we're going to get it done beautifully. >> reporter: this time, 35 seconds' worth of questions, and then the pet-elect went back inside. and this morning, president-elect trump is close to having a full cabinet. he has just two slots left to fill. agriculture and v.a. >> great to have you with us and president-elect trump's senior adviser kellyanne conway. a new role just announced for you. you're going to serve as counselor to the president. >> i am. >> you'll be in the west wing. >> i will. >> will you counsel him to have more press conferences, 148 days without an official press conference, 44 days since the election. no press conference and here's what you said about hillary clinton and her folks not having a press conference during the campaign.
>> her supporters are protecting her by not letting her talk to the press. i'm happy to talk to you, but apparently we don't respect you the way we do. she won't even give a press conference. >> what do you think? have the people waited long enough to hear from their president-elect? >> i was always surprised when hillary clinton was running for president she didn't make herself more available to the press but also to the public. she took five days off before the last debate. off at fund-raisers and not out at rallies like mr. trump was with tens of thousands of people -- >> a rally is much different than a press conference where americans can hear from their president-elect. george w. bush spoke a couple days after, barack obama three days after he was elected. we're at 44 days now. >> right, but let me say this. donald trump and mike pence have been forming their cabinet at rapid pace. so, their record speed with which they've done their cabinet and senior team is something to behold. we're way ahead of schedule even george herbert walker bush who was a sitting president and he's busy with that and about to announce our press secretary, communications director and more
of our senior communications team. this will be a traditional white house in the sense that you will have a great deal of press availability on a daily basis and have a president who continues to be engaged with the press. >> announce press secretary do you want to do it here on "gma"? >> no, i wouldn't. >> i had to try. the president-elect did talk yesterday briefly at mar-a-lago talking about the terror attack in berlin and asked about the muslim been that had been proposed during the campaign. you heard what he said in cec e cecilia's piece. he said, i have been proven to be right, 100% correct, so what does that mean as far as the registry is concerned or some of the list? >> the comment went to the fact he was immediately criticized when he presumed that these attacks in germany and in turkey had to do with isis and then, of course, he is correct and that's what he's saying. he is the guy out there saying we need extreme vetting policies and we need to have a better center, vis-a-vis countries, that train, harbor and export terrorists because right now, we
have a very uncertain, very chaotic, poor -- >> has he backed away from the idea of a registry? >> he said long after he proposed that that this would be more strictly tied to countries where we know they have a history of terrorism and that this is not -- this is not a complete ban. >> you were on the campaign obviously. you remember this well. donald trump often bashed hillary clinton for her ties to wall street and as we've watched the cabinet form we've seen three former executives from goldman sachs who will have close proximity to the president, by one estimate the net worth of the president-elect's cabinet is now at least $13 billion. 34 times greater than george w. bush, five times greater than barack obama. are you concerned that with the president-elect's message being about the forgotten people in america that that doesn't necessarily represent who they are? >> no, the two are not related in this way. the people on the cabinet are very successful men and women who have been job creators, and true american success stories, who are now bringing those skills to bear in the cabinet to help the forgotten man and forgotten woman. many of them are the original
american dream stories and i would also say this, there's a difference in hillary clinton's relationship with wall street where she's getting tens of millions of dollars in speeches, tens of millions of dollars in contributions for our foundation even while she's sitting at the state department. and donald trump tapping some of the greatest talents that we've seen on wall street to go and serve on his cabinet. >> a few weeks until the inauguration. we heard andreas bocelli and heard he's not performing. can you give us anyone on the list? >> i cannot. but i will tell you this is not the academy awards. but for the people. this is the people's president. >> anyone lined up yet? >> yes. >> all right. >> nobody put me in charge of the entertainment. i'm a little too geeky for that. >> thank you very much on the new role. i know you have four little ones waiting for santa. >> i am too. >> you deserve it. >> thank you. michael? now to the latest on those health concerns about queen elizabeth and her husband prince philip. they've delayed their usual christmas trip and are home at buckingham palace and lama hasan
is there. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning to you, michael. we just witnessed the queen and philli philip take off in a helicopter. the flag was immediately lowered. yesterday, the queen and prince philip were get ready to take off five weeks of festivities to celebrate with other members of the royal family, but we found out they had to delay that trip because they were suffering from, quote, heavy colds. michael. >> we have been seeing less of the queen and prince these days. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, michael. the queen is 90 years old, and prince philip is 95. the queen gave up many of her patronages, and handing over the rings to her family. they are pretty akctive, and thy try to carry out as many
engagements as they can. michael. >> we'll talk more about the royal -- >> i'm so immersed in everything royal and queen elizabeth. >> top of my list. we have had this election this year. i haven't watched a thing. >> i'm with you. >> i'm watching ginger every day and so is america. >> my netflix queue is very long. that low pressure system. i promised you another storm coming out of the gulf of alaska moving on land by friday night could affect airports, san francisco, los angeles and certainly some of those snowier passes in the mountains. as it moves east on christmas day, through the afternoon, minneapolis and rhinelander, wisconsin for example, would have that mix of sleet or rain and we'll keep following that christmas and holiday travel forecast, but first, we have to get your local weather brought to you by walmart.
hello, i'm meteorologist mike nicco from abc 7 mornings. it is going to be hazy today. spare the air. no wood burping up until midnight. tomorrow's storm coming in faster and not as wet and i'm dreaming of a wet christmas. today, temperatures around 56 to 60. a mild day but our last one for a while. look at this tonight. yellows and ornls moderate to heavy rain and temperatures in the 40s. we'll get half an inch in the south bay to an inch and a half in the north bay and it is breezy at times friday. but >> not as many visitors at yell yellowstone when it's zero, but this is what old faithful looks like when it's zero so you get that cloud come up. beautiful. >> looking at it from the warmth of our studio. thanks, ginger.
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good morning, it is 7:23, i'm reggie aqui from abc 7 mornings. starting on january 2nd, people caught parking illegally in b.a.r.t. lots will face stiffer fines. $55 for parking in daily spots without paying and $75 for packing in spots that require permits. so alexis, people need to get right. >> definitely need to follow the rules on that one. and taking a look at the bay bridge toll plaza, not too bad if you want to drive into the city today. we do still have metering lights on holiday light volumes and we could have some icy patches in the north bay. and also some fog and working on cleaning up a rollover on southbound 101 northbound of rohnert park and i had had a little bit of yellow on southbound 101 a few seconds ago and it looks like that is
as alexis mentioned, half mile visibility in novato. patchy fog across the north bay. freezing cold in novato and tort san santa rosa. so at sfo, no delays but if you are traveling through l.a., it is not good. a lot of wet weather. and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s with increasing high clouds. this time tomorrow, that is when the moderate rain will be rolling through and small hail and even mountain snow tomorrow afternoon, reggie. >> thanks for the warning. another abc 7 news update in about 30 minutes and always on the news app and abc7news.com. here we're every week day morning from 4:30 to 7:00 and we hope to see you tomorrow morning
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welcome back to "gma." you are looking live at l.a.x. overnight passengers experiencing a travel nightmare as rain and construction led to major delays on the tarmac. looks like there are a lot of lines out there as well. a record number of travelers already starting their holiday travel this morning. more than 100 million expected to hit the roads and skies and bracing for back-to-back storms hitting the west all moving across the country right now. not going to be cooperating for holiday travel. ♪ it's the most wonderful time >> exactly. just keep singing that to yourself. >> you'll get to where you're going. >> eventually. >> exactly. also happening right now we are learning more about the attack overseas. we've learned two americans were injured in the berlin christmas market attack as a global manhunt is under way for this
man. the raids intensifying overnight. here at home security stepped up. there are also new developments in that deadly explosion at a fireworks center. investigating whether security was too lax as families now search for answers. as people gear up for the holidays, it's the biggest weekend at the box office. did you know that? >> i like to see a movie around christmas. >> great time. family is in town and something you can all do together. we'll find out the must see films of the season coming up in our big board. looking forward to that, but we begin with that atlanta attorney now facing charges accused of killing his wife from the backseat of a car. abc's ryan smith is here with the new twist in this case. good morning, ryan. >> reporter: good morning, amy. overnight, tex mciver turns himself in to police, expected in court today. the atlanta power broker admitting he shot his wife in the back but claiming it was all a terrible accident. this morning, prominent atlanta attorney, claude "tex" mciver is behind bars charged with involuntary manslaughter after
shooting his wife to death from the backseat of an suv. according to authorities, this 73-year-old and his wife diane were being driven home by a friend after a dinner in late september. ending up in an unfamiliar neighborhood. >> he looked around him and said, basically i wish we hadn't gotten off here. he asked diane if she would reach into the console and hand him his pistol. >> reporter: mciver's spokesman saying the pair feared unrest surrounding recent black lives matter protests in the area. but the suv moved on without incident. moments later, according to the spokesman mciver fell asleep and that the loaded gun in a plastic grocery bag on his lap accidentally went off when the car hit a bump on the road. a bullet striking diane in the back. >> diane said something to the effect of, tex, i think you've shot me. >> reporter: mciver never called 911. his wife dying in the hospital that night. now mciver contradicting his own
spokesman's story about the incident telling the atlanta journal constitution that the pair wasn't fearful of black lives matter but it was pulled out as a precaution in an area with homeless people and the car never hit a bump. mrk iver saying, i was suddenly awoken. i lurched, and i saw a flash. atlanta police have been investigating the incident for nearly three months. mciver passing a polygraph. now the man who is vice chairman of georgia state board of elections is facing trial, saying he's innocent. when talking about his wife saying, i'm not feeling guilty, i'm feeling grief. now, the driver of the car also believes this was an accident. mciver faced gun-related charges 26 years ago, accused of firing shots near three teens. aggravated assault charges were later dropped. he'll have his first appearance in court today, his 74th birthday. if convicted he could face up to a decade in prisone, amy.
>> let's bring in veteran felony prosecutor, nancy grace, in atlanta with more on this and, nancy, we just heard in ryan's report it took three months for police to charge mciver. why did it take so long? >> well, i can tell you this, if he had not been a prominent member of the atlanta society and wealthy to boot, he would have been in jail that night and then they would ask questions later. but this is what we know. we know that that night, she goes into the hospital at emory, even though there were hospitals much closer. they say they thought it was the best hospital in the area. but then later that night around 5:00 a.m., he checks himself into the hospital with a panic attack and does not speak to police for two full days. that's going to be an issue. now, another thing is they just had an estate sale of all of her belon belongsin belongsings, including about 100 fur coats. now, i would have advised him to hold on to her clothes until the legal matter is settled.
it's never a good look to sell off your wife's belongings. i mean, you might as well open the garage and let people pick through them. not a good look. does it prove guilt? no. but it doesn't help anything. >> what do you make of the chavrn charges? it is not a murder charge but involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. >> one of those is a felony. one is a misdemeanor. involuntary manslaughter is normally when something happens negligently or doing a legal act carrying a gun in an illegal manner. you shoot somebody. so, that's what they're looking at here. a felony, but involuntary manslaughter carries a much lesser sentence. but this is just the beginning. these are police warrants. this is going to go to a grand jury. they will hear the evidence. now, mciver's camp is hopeful that the grand jury will dismiss the whole thing. they have also been complaining that he is arrested this close
to christmas. you know, she's dead. he should not be complaining about the timing of the arrest. now, does this prove he's guilty? no, but it's all going to come out in front of a jury. now he's had those 1990 charges dismissed. that was settled out of court where he was accused of shooting into the car, a ford mustang of three teens. that went away. now, there's this. his other problem is he's got too many people talking. he's got people blaming black lives matter and people saying he woke up. if he was afraid of a carjacking, how did he fall asleep? they said there was a bump in the road. then there wasn't a bump in the road. so all these people are giving conflicting accounts of what a that -- what happened that night. that's bad. and any minute he'll be going to court for a bond hearing. i predict he'll get out on a low bond, he'll be out in about 18
hours and the case will proceed from there. >> all right, nancy, i got the play-by-play, blow-by-blow from you. i know you'll be watching. thank you very much. nancy grace. >> i will. >> she made a few points there. all right, we turn to that new dash cam video out showing a terrifying moment. a truck swerving all over this minnesota highway with a a drunk driver is behind the wheel and he tested at more than three times the legal limit and when he is pulled over he falls out of the door and abc's gio benitez is here with more. gio? >> reporter: hey, david. good morning. when you see this video, it's just truly incredible that nobody was hurt. but the damage could have been catastrophic and it's all caught on camera. >> i don't know exactly what's going on yet. >> reporter: you're watching a commercial semi truck waving out of control because the driver, police say, was very, very drunk. off minnesota's highway 10 you can see it swerving off to the right shoulder, hitting a sign, struggling to get back on the road, then crossing several
lanes of traffic before finally stopping. but that wasn't the end of it. the driver, barely able to walk, much less drive, shutting down the entire highway because he was crawling on pit. -- it. >> get up on your feet here. >> reporter: the driver, 48-year-old jonathan czech was transporting a walmart trailer but working for a third party company at the time crete carrier. walmart telling abc news it takes this seriously and contacted crete carrier to express our concerns. crete carrier telling us he was fired. the moment they learned of his dui arrest. police finding two large bottles of vodka right next to the driver's seat. >> we have two bottles of barton charcoal vodka. >> reporter: it's a very serious issue. every day in this country, 28 people die of an alcohol-related crash. more than 10,000 deaths in 2015 alone. >> do you feel the effects of the alcohol you drank? >> yep. >> reporter: meanwhile, the driver of that semi truck has
been charged with driving under the influence. we've not been able to reach him but, boy, oh, boy, when you look at that video that was incredibly dangerous. >> when he falls out too it says it all. lrkts gio. thank y thank you so much. over to michael at the big board. you're with us. >> i am, i am. >> well, you know what coming up on our big board, you guys, google under fire. did they run a spy program on their employees? plus, the holiday movie season is heating up. and the biggest blockbuster week of the year starting tomorrow. what will be the breakout movie this weekend? we'll find that out when we come back. hey! ♪ this is for you. did you really? didn't have too! ♪ getting the gift you almost kept for yourself? now that's a holiday mini miracle. and it's easy to create your own at walgreens... with most stores open till midnight, and till 10 p.m. on christmas day. walgreens. at the corner of happy and healthy.
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all right. welcome back, everybody. time for our big board. we'll get right to it with dan abrams at the desk for our first story. let's start with that bombshell google lawsuit accusing a company of encouraging employees to spy on each other and silencing complaints with their confidentiality agreement and, dan, a lot of companies have confidentiality agreements, and what's the difference of this one? >> look, i read through the
lawsuit, and it seems that the confidentiality clause here is pretty similar to confidentiality clauses you'd have in a big technology-based company. what the plaintiff is saying that may or may not have merit is that the way google's enforcing it effectively becomes a situation where you can't talk to your spouse, you can't talk to your attorney. they have an in-house spying agency, they say, that makes sure people don't rat on each other, so that's going to be the question here, is whether that's actually true because the claim that this confidentiality agreement is so fundamentally different than others, at least based on what i have seen, doesn't really hold water. >> google issued a statement saying that the suit is baseless. our employee confidential requirements are designed to protect propriety business information while not preventing employees were disclosing workplace concerns. how difficult will this case be to prove for the plaintiff? >> yeah, it's not an easy case. the first thing that the plaintiff is going to have to
overcome is what's called a motion for summary judgment. it means google will say this ought to be thrown out. there should be no jury in this case, and as a legal matter, google will say it should end now. if the plaintiff is able to survive that, then there's a shot here. but that's going to be the most important hurdle for the plaintiff to overcome now. >> if you want to complain about senior management how safe is it for you to speak up and somehow smart is it for you to speak up? >> if the complaint is i'm not getting a promotion and i'm better than the guy next to me and that's frustrating for me, i'm not getting promoted -- >> keep that to yourself. >> maybe tell that to your colleagues and friends. >> tell that to your wife. >> exactly, exactly but if the complaint is that my boss is engaging in illegal conduct, in discrimination, et cetera, anything like that, all major companies now are set up such that there should be a way to safely report that to an hr
department, and be able to tell them what's happening and not be able to suffer any sort of retaliation, and if that ever happens, that's when you have yourself a lawsuit. >> all right. dan, thank you for that. next up, it is movie time and the biggest week of the year for movies. it kicks off tomorrow. a slew of new films hitting the big screen in a battle for the box office all hoping to dethrone the runaway hit "rogue one." larry hackett is here with more. i say good luck on that one but, larry, setting up to be a record-breaking year once again so what's the big story line here? >> well, it is. you're absolutely right. we are at about $10.7 billion right now. the record last year was at $11.2 billion. i think we'll beat it and the reason why in addition to ticket prices going up the success of family movies. pictures like "sing" opening this weekend and "rogue one," "moana," the number one movie of the year, "finding dory." all of these saved the bacon of hollywood. back in june, there were stories saying this year would be the worst year ever. instead one summer hit and these movie, four of the top six of
the year is why hollywood is doing so well this year. >> larry, you just named so many movies. so many choices. so what are the hits and what are the misses in your opinion? >> well, let's look at this weekend alone. you have got "sing" coming out, which i mentioned. same people that brought you "the secret life of pets." good reviews so far. i think that's the kind of picture people will take their family to. that's number one. number two is "passengers." the reviews have not been great. the real issue whether jennifer lawrence can carry a movie on her own. i mean, she was obviously, the heart of "the hunger games" franchise, and david o. russell films. the third is "assassin's creed" based on a video game and you know it's the young guys in the video gamers in all of us and the picture i'm looking forward to is "fences" starring denzel washington and viola davis and you can be almost assured both of them will get nominations and looks like a beautiful movie testing through the roof.
the critics love it and see how that does. >> i want to see that. >> and denzel directed that movie, as well. >> that's correct. he did direct that movie. >> all right, larry hackett, thank you so much. dan, thank you. >> see you at the movies. >> "rogue one" is the one i want to see. >> i'm going to see four or five movies. you know what? everybody stay right there because coming up in two minutes, that dramatic 911 call, and what a terrified 11-year-old did that helped her survive. dramatic 911 call that a terrified 11-year-old did that helped her survive.
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unknown vehicle pull into her driveway. >> what's going on? >> they're breaking into my house, please come really quick. >> what is the address? >> reporter: ashley retreated to a closet in her upstairs bedroom last tuesday as the three prowlers burglarized her home taking an estimated $13,000 worth of items. >> i was trying to be very quiet while in the closet so that they can't hear me. >> reporter: when the intruders made their way to the bedroom where young ashley was hiding, they kicked down the door. >> oh, no, please, please. i won't say anything. i promise you. >> reporter: according to police, the thieves fled after seeing this young girl. they were later caught after crashing their getaway car into a flatbed truck. authorities credit ashley's level head in these extreme circumstances as part of the reason the suspects were apprehended so quickly. >> she followed all the instructions. she did a great job being 11 years old. she did better than any adult out there. >> she was kind of a lifesaver for me. >> reporter: and wednesday night, "gma" was there. >> i want to thank her because when she did was really, really, really important to me.
>> reporter: as the 11-year-old, many are now hailing as a hero finally met the woman who helped her keep calm on the other end of the phone. police say they would have arrived sooner, but the gps coordinates they used took them to the right neighborhood but the wrong house. all three people have since been arrested. deputies say they plan to honor ashley for her bravery, and she did everything right. the burglars would have heard me sobbing from the door but she remained calm. >> she called the woman on the other end of the line her lifesaver. >> such a sweet story. >> thank you for that. coming up in our next hour, royal romance. we have brand-new details about prince harry's relationship with actress meghan markle. we'll tell you how they're spending the holidays. and michael, what's going on upstairs? >> answering your holiday questions with the best holiday acts and ultimate broadway mash-up coming up, three of your favorite musicals joining forces on stage. you don't want miss that. we're in 8th grade. miss that. to miss that. on sketchbook,
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good morning, it is 7:56, i'm reggie aqui from abc 7 mornings. let's check in with meteorologist mike nicco. >> hi, everybody. still have an issue with the possibility of freezing fog and black ice up in the north bay. for about an another hour or so and that will go away. and we'll have our warmest temperatures moving forward. today 56 to 60. look at the weather seven-day forecast, barely in the 50s by saturday with a chilly breeze. now the rain is coming in much sooner, at this time tomorrow, moderate rain. >> taking a look at roads. we had a crash on southbound 880 around oracle arena. and still seeing stop-and-go traffic in both directions but an early christmas present for everyone, bay bridge metering lights are off and we're flying through this. >> i feel like i'm in a time machine. it is amazing to see at this time of the day. coming up, oprah's big weight loss announcement next on gma.
good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. holiday travel nightmare. back-to-back holiday storms about to slam the country. heavy rain and snow on the way as more than 100 million americans get ready to travel. could we be set for a white christmas? ♪ new this morning. oprah's dramatic reveal. how much weight she's just lost. >> i can honestly tell you i struggle no more. >> the huge milestone she's reached in her weight loss journey, and why she says it's easier than it's ever been. royal romance. new details on prince harry and meghan markle. her reported meeting with prince william. will they celebrate christmas together? and could they be getting engaged in 2017? are you ready for this? three of the biggest musicals on broadway. one blockbuster mash-up.
"cats," "phantom," "school of rock" like you've never seen them as we say -- ♪ wake up, it's good morning america ♪ [ cheers and applause ] well, if that didn't wake you up, i don't know what will. good morning, america. we're glad to have everybody with us on this thursday before christmas. and as you know, it gets really busy here sometimes on camera. but for some of us, it's even busy off cam remarks or when they think they're off camera. >> in the middle of this really important story. >> amy is texting. >> i don't know if you could hear, but angie, our floor director is going, amy, amy. >> but i'm going to vouch for you because you are an incredible mom and you were checking in on the kids. >> i was electronic parenting. >> they were texting going, mom, mom, where is the secret santa gift for kelly?
and it was just nonstop, so i was, like, trying to parent from afar, and got busted on camera. >> your kids don't care if they have work. >> can you not -- turn on the tv. here's why i'm not answering you right now. >> it's live. we all know that. >> it is live. i love that we had the replay. thank you. >> we might even do it again. we have a lot coming up in this half hour, including the ultimate musical mash-up. "cats," "phantom of the opera" and "school of rock" on "gma." we have a one-time only performance, of course, right here on "gma." >> and we have someone here in our audience, who inspires me, and i guarantee you he will inspire you. eric legrand who turned a paralyzing play on the football field to a life of giving back, an amazing young man, and we're really looking forward to talking to him in a little bit. that's coming up, and there he is right there. and we have a big surprise also for someone in our audience. which is just in time for christmas. can't wait to make their holiday special.
hey, cecilia. >> amy, i'm coming up for you soon. we begin with a travel nightmare playing out just as the holiday rush kicks off. hundreds of flights delayed in los angeles. leaving passengers stranded. one major factor in all of this, that nasty weather potentially impacting travel for millions. ginger is keeping track of it all. hey, ginger. >> cecilia, those delays average three hours at l.a.x. you can see the picture behind me. look at this video just sitting on the tarmac for hours. this holiday travel, oh, it is going to be tough. especially because of two storm, so let's track it. you have flood watches and winter weather advisories. so much going on on the map, north dakota, south dakota with the blizzard watch, and this is how it times out for you. the first making its way through the southwest. by friday night gets to chicago and that's where i'm concerned about the mix. if you're traveling friday night through o'hare or midway, keep an eye on that. also, though, by saturday on christmas eve itself, i-95 will be wet.
inland will be a little rough on the roadways, and certainly could affect some of the roadways on the airports as well. here's a look at the road conditions and we'll follow both storms because there is another one right behind it. >> brutal out there. thank you. to our other top story, the intense global manhunt for the suspect in that christmas market terror attack in berlin. german police carrying out rays in two locations this morning including at a refugee camp as part of their search for 24-year-old anis amri, they say the tunisian man was on their radar for months because of his suspected ties to islamic extremists. sources say germany shared that information with u.s. intelligence officials, and we also learn this morning, that two americans were injured in that market attack. u.s. law enforcement authorities are issuing a security bulletin amid growing fears that a similar attack could happen here
at home. they are laying out concerns for the new year's eve celebration right here in times square but they do insist there is no specific threat. and turning to politics now, an announcement from the trump transition team. senior adviser kellyanne conway will be appointed counselor to the president, the highest ranking woman in the trump white house, and she spoke to david early why are on "gma." >> this will be a traditional white house in the sense that you will have a great deal of press availability on a daily basis and a president who continues to be engaged in the west. >> conway reportedly turned down an earlier offer to become press secretary. north carolina's controversial bathroom law still stands this morning after lawmakers there failed to repeal it. a deal between republicans and democrats fell apart. the law requires people to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender at birth, and limits protections for lgbt people. there is also a health alert this morning about melanoma. new figures show more americans than ever are dying from it. better detection may explain some of the increase, but also experts blame tanning for the spike in cases. and finally, if you are like me, sometimes you're not the
best at parking the car. sometimes you accidentally take up two spaces. no big deal, right? well, the it was a big deal at this busy walmart in maine, especially during this holiday shopping crush. this driver took two spaces. she came back to her car to find this. a frustrated customer getting very even. it turns out the car belongs to an employee, guys. her friend said she was trying to avoid the ice. lesson learned. one parking space. >> i love the applause here. >> i know, right? >> everybody got excited about it. >> group holiday therapy. everybody was like, we love the shopping cart. >> cecilia, thank you, by the way. now, new details about the royal romance. we wondered what was going on. prince harry and meghan markle getting ready for the holidays and let's go back to lama hasan back at buckingham palace, and lama, what are the plans for the
young couple? >> reporter: yeah, and good morning again to you, michael. that's right. they are gearing up for the holidays but sadly and i hate to be the one to break this to you, they will not be spending christmas together. meghan has already headed home. meghan markle now back in toronto spotted getting a ride in a royal chariot of sorts, or a royal taxi. the 35-year-old "suits" actress getting back foo her routine after a romantic visit with prince harry in london. the pair spotted on a trip to the theater. ma markle was introduced to harry's brother, prince william. >> i heard they got on well and meghan is a hit with all the friends harry introduced her to and i'm sure she'll meet the rest of the family soon. >> reporter: harry set to spend the holiday with the royals at sandringham. while meghan is expected to celebrate with her loved ones in los angeles. traditionally, only married couples only take part in the royal festivities. >> the time we see meghan at sandringham for christmas, she'll have to at least have a ring on her finger. >> reporter: sources say the
prince and markle will celebrate the new year with a low key and romantic vacation after the holidays. >> they are very much in love. they really, really are so into each other, and they want to spend as much time as they can together. >> reporter: and we're learning a bit more about the american stealing the prince's heart this morning. meghan writing an essay in a new book, "game changers" about who the real meghan is versus who we see on tv. the prince and the starlet have been getting serious since their relationship became public last month. now many asking, could american meghan markle become a princess in 2017? >> everyone wants to know are they going to get engaged? i think it's highly probable given how in love they are that's something very much now in the cards. >> reporter: that is the burning question, are we going to be hearing wedding bells for prince harry and meghan markle any time soon? according to the bookies, the betting shops in this country, they have slashed the odds on an
engagement. michael. >> thank you, lama. some of the bookies are really good. they are right on. we'll keep our eye on the royal romance. >> i like the royal cab picked her up. very classy. coming up here on "good morning america," oprah and her big reveal this morning. really her dramatic new weight loss and says she really doesn't struggle about weight anymore got our attention and dr. ashton will be here with how we can jump on board. >> all right. sounds good. and we have our musical mashup, celebrating three different broadway shows, all coming together, and that's live right here on "gma." -up, celebrt broadway shows, all coming together, and that's live right here on "gma." mash-up, celebrat different broadway shows, all coming together, and that's live right here on "gma."
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we are back now with oprah's dramatic weight loss. she is on a personal journey to live her best life and this morning, oprah has reached a major milestone, and abc's mara schiavocampo is here with all of the exclusive details. mara, this was embargoed. >> because we're hearing for the first time what she has done over the last year. like so many of us, oprah made a weight loss resolution last year
and now, we're learning she has made good big time. revealing in a new weight watcher's ad campaign, just how much she has lost. crediting her success to an entire lifestyle shift. >> reporter: this morning, oprah is revealing she has accomplished one of her goals since setting this 2016 resolution last december. >> i don't have, like, a dress or some big red carpet thing i have to do. i have to do -- i'm just looking at 2016 as the year of my best body. >> reporter: the 62-year-old announcing a huge milestone in her weight loss journey. >> since i started weight watchers, i have lost over 40 pounds. i can honestly tell you i struggle no more. >> reporter: through the years, oprah's shared her struggles with weight. >> it's not about the food. it's no using food. >> reporter: now the media mogul is getting results from the beyond the scale program and encouraging others to live fully with the help of the company she owns a portion of u calling
weight watchers, a lifestyle, a way of living and eating that is so freeing. >> i live well while losing weight. it is easier than it's ever been. >> reporter: weight watchers new campaign encouraging people to live the life they want. >> i've eaten everything i love, tacos, pasta. i have never felt deprived. >> reporter: and, of course, one of oprah's favorite things, bread a food she spoke about back in january. >> i don't deny myself bread. i have bread every day. >> reporter: telling "gma" the program is one of the things helping her live her best life. >> how is weight watchers? you've got your hands in a lot of different projects. >> so i'm at a point in my life where i actually for years in the magazine "o" magazine talked about balance and living your best life. i actually am doing it. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: and weight watchers said with their new program,
people are now losing 15% more weight than before and oprah, of course, is not just a happy customer she also owns 10% of weight watchers and she says another really big key for her having a weight loss partner her diet buddy is stedman and i'm a big fan of having a buddy. you got to do it with someone. it makes it more fun. >> it absolutely helps, and you feel like you're in it with someone else. look who we have here now our senior medical contributor dr. jen ashton. thanks for being with usus. >> good morning, you guys. >> important to know you are board certified in obesity medicine. talk about the significance of oprah's weight loss. >> let's do simple math. in the world of obesity medicine the gold standard is the loss of just 5% to 10% of your starting body weight, so while people who are overweight and obese want to lose a lot more than that, just 5% has been shown to do some dramatic positive things internally for meth benefits. talk about 40 pounds unless you started at 800 pounds that is significant weight loss. 800 pounds that is significant weight loss. benefits.'s ken the weight off talk about 40 pounds unless you started at 800 pounds that is significant weight loss. benefi. talk about 40 pounds unless you started at 800 pounds that is
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equilibri equilibrium. it's so key. >> power of positivity and stedman apparently. >> yes. >> let's all get a stedman. >> coming up, holiday 911. we are answering your emergency food questions. we have so much more. > coming u. we are answering your emergency food questions. we have so much more. toys deal just arrived! of this thursday's toys, can i get a picture? hey siri, take a selfie! hashtag squad goals! get 20% off top toy brands today only at target. sometino big deal.shing my gums bleed. but my hygienist said, it is a big deal.
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♪ back here on "good morning america" we are rocking out on a thursday morning with three epic performances coming together just for you this morning. don't go anywhere. you get to see all of this mashed up together in just a hello, i'm meteorologist mike nicco from abc 7 mornings. it is going to be hazy today. spare the air. no wood burping up until midnight. tomorrow's storm coming in faster and not as wet and i'm dreaming of a wet christmas. today, temperatures around 56 to 60. a mild day but our last one for a while. look at this tonight. yellows and ornls moderate to heavy rain and temperatures in the 40s. we'll get half an inch in the south bay to an inch and a half in the north bay and it is breezy at times friday. but the rain will turn over to showers for the afternoon and evenin all right, it is time now
for holiday 911 and "good housekeeping" style director lori bergamotto is here with the best holiday hacks to survive the season and we've been getting a lot of holiday 911 questions on our twitter feed and we'll get right to it. we got to help some people out. the first one is helen who writes i'm in the middle of making chicken parm but out of bread crumbs. help? >> you'll help. do you think you could use cereal like cornflake, pretzels or potato chips. >> i think i would go with cereal. >> you're -- it's a trick question. you're half right or third right. the truth is it's all of them. it's all of them. so if you take your frying pan there and just start mashing, i'll use my rolling pin and essentially because you're making these so little you may way more brute strength and better than a food processor. >> let me help you out. any will work because you're
baking them and even if they're stale you can still use them. once you cook them it'll still taste as good. >> i never would have thought of that. >> so we have another one? >> this is a dilemma from evan who says, holiday party tonight but table looks terrible. stains and wrinkles galore, what do you do? >> first we'll get evan a subscription to "good housekeeping" to clean the stain but what happens is with tablecloths, the stains are usually in the middle. if you don't have a runner get wrapping paper as a runner, roll this out. ow beautiful is that. the key is making sure you get wrapping paper that has weight to it. a little weight so it doesn't crinkle and wrinkle. it's super easy and affordable. >> that wasn't from evan but me but last but not least a wardrobe worry who tweeted holiday party tonight, nothing to wear. no time to shop. how can i look party ready, festive in a flash. >> we have you.
we also got joy who is an audience member and her before wearing what most women have in their closets. a white button down and black pant, joy, come on out. what we did here was we tucked her in. tucked the shirt in, buttoned up to the top and gift wrap ribbon is all it is. double looped it. really feminine. help me out here and unbutton that. if that look is not for you -- >> unwrapping the gift. >> and we're adding -- whoops. we're adding another layer to it so you can put a jacket on, right. unbuttoned and use broaches to really -- >> broach. >> we have them here. what you want to do, in place of a statement necklace, cluster them together and mix metals and shapes, three or four is good then you don't have to worry about a statement necklace and you are good to go. >> the broach adds some pizazz. >> gives it a little holiday
. . thank you for joining us. i'm natasha zouves from abc 7 mornings. for the first time in decades, san francisco's police department is changing the use of force policy. from now on officers will no longer be able to use chokehold or restraints or shoot at moving cars except for exceptional circumstances. bill scott the incoming police chief will be sworn in next month. let's get over to alexis smith with a check of your commute. >> i have good news for everybody. this is my early christmas present to you. wide open bay bridge toll plaza. in fact the metering lights were turned off about 40 minutes ago and drive times, we are in the green all the way around, even westbound 580, tracy to dublin
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thanks for sticking around. still freezing cold in one area on this map. 31 in santa rosa. so the frost is out of here about 9:00. look at sunshine but increasing high clouds is the next storm and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s today. this time tomorrow we say good buy to the steading rain and transition over to showers. still a moderate storm on the storm impact scale. >> we'll have another update in 30 minutes and always on the free abc 7 news app.
join, reggie, mike, alexis and jessica and me ♪ it's beginning to look a lot like christmas ♪ ♪ everywhere you go all right. welcome back to "gma," everybody. we've got a great, i got to say, great christmas festive audience with us this morning. [ cheers and applause ] >> great holiday audience. >> if you weren't already in the holiday spirit,this story is definitely going to put you in it. it starts with a mail mix-up that turned into a global movement. one couple mistakenly started getting hundreds of letters meant for santa sent right to their apartment door. so jim glaub and dylan parker decided to start miracle on 22nd street. it's a project that helps make those christmas wishes come true. our friends at "people" profiled them in an amazing story and now jim and dylan are joining us now
live from boston. thank you for all that you do. >> thank you for having us. >> happy holidays. >> happy holidays. >> happy holidays. >> so tell us how this all started. you had an apartment on 22nd street kind of far from the north pole. >> yeah. yeah, a little bit. >> a little bit farther. chelsea, north pole. yeah, no, we moved into this apartment,and the people that lived there before us, who were awesome, had said, you might be getting some letters to santa. we didn't really think anything of it at the time. but then a couple years went by, and in 2010 we had over -- i mean, over 300, 400 letters that had come into our mailbox coming every day, 20, batches of 20, 30, 40 every day. >> yeah. >> it was a really crazy thing. >> that is crazy. no explanation as to why 22nd and the north pole got mixed up. what made you decide to start answering some of those letters? >> yeah, i mean, that was the question i think we had at the time, and we both sort of
struggled with that, and i think this brought out a lot for us to figure out together. i initially thought we should take them to an organization or something. but as we talked with our friends and more and more people wanted to take a letter and fulfill it, we had so much response from people that we knew and people that we didn't know that we figured we would at least try to get them fulfilled that first year with our friends, and we've since gone on to create a facebook page, and you see that group, you know, has really come up, especially with the "people" article. >> so we unofficially teamed up with beanelf.org and they're taking letters up till christmas eve. >> so inspiring to hear what you do and, by the way, it's such an amazing and life-changing story for you, and i understand it's actually going to become a movie? >> i know.
>> the whole time we're like, this is a movie. why are we in the middle of a movie? yeah, we're working with tina fey to do a movie. >> wow, tina fey. >> that's amazing. >> we can't wait to watch the movie. it's so inspirational. thank you so much for joining us, and have a merry, merry christmas. >> merry christmas. [ cheers and applause ] >> great story. >> i love that. >> good things come to good people who give and inspire others. >> i thought they were excited about being on "gma." they got a movie with tina fey. >> and they're very inspiring. and speaking of another inspiring story this holiday season, it's about my friend, eric legrand, he was a star player on the rutgers university football team before a devastating injury ended his career. but it's what he's done since that's truly remarkable. take a look. >> fumbled it. rutgers says they have it. looks like eric legrand was at the bottom of that pile. >> reporter: at 6'2" and 275 pounds, eric legrand was a star player on the rutgers football team when one tackle changed his life.
ooh. >> oh, hit on eric legrand. >> reporter: fracturing his c-3 and c-4 vertebra paralyzing him from the neck down. in 2011 he told espn -- >> my body was stuck. tried to get up, but i couldn't. i was like, could i pass out, may i die here? >> reporter: but eric's spirit was unbreakable. >> it's not about the impossible, it's about the possible. >> reporter: his fox sports digital series "mission possible" pays tribute to inspiring athletes overcoming adversity. >> people see wheelchairs. i don't see wheelchairs. i see a brotherhood. >> reporter: like pro wheelchair basketball player jeremy. >> did you see that? >> bam. >> reporter: and 5-year-old golf sensation, tommy. >> i'm the only bilateral woman who ever finished the boston marathon. >> reporter: and jamie, a
double amputee. for eric life has no limits and any mission is possible. [ cheers and applause ] >> wow. >> wow! chills from head to toe right now. >> chills from head to toe. you know what, eric is here. eric legrand is here in our audience this morning, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] eric, thank you for joining us. and not only you, we get your mom, karen, too, which i'm excited about. and so you're so inspiring and you do so much for so many people and these stories of "mission possible" is inspiring. what inspires you to tell these stories? >> it all started when i put together at a foundation event for my foundation, you know, michael luciano was a guy who came up to me and was paralyzed and told me he did a documentary with this group called "mission possible" and they wanted to tell me all about it. when they came to my house they just came as normal people and i got to meet them and explaining to me how they wanted to pay it forward and show other people's stories and wanted me to be the host and use my platform to share these stories. i was like, this is what i want
to do in my life. this is perfect and the incredible people i've gotten to meet on the journey, they actually help and inspire me as we get to share their stories each and every day and help me get through my injury and helping them too getting introduced to cool things maybe they've never been able to do before. >> and inspires all of us. karen, you must be so proud of everything he's doing. >> michael, yes, i'm very proud of eric. the fact that he's been able to overcome, you know, just to fight through this injury and accomplish so much, and then now he wants to showcase other people and their stories and put, you know, put them in a light where they may not normally have been is just, you know, a testament to his character. [ applause ] >> yes, very much so. and do you have any, for lack of a better word, favorite stories that are coming out of the ones you're telling?
>> i've gotten, like i said, to do incredible ones. one of my favorite places to be is down in miami in the 305 so down there was cool to get out on a boat and haven't been out on a boat since my injury so that was a cool experience and seeing him play basketball but all these stories like 5-year-old tommy, you know, one-arm golfer, just, it's crazy watching him. you know on the golf course and gianna and bringing her to the prom. incredible moment. her whole family, the e-mail i got that day made me realize i need to do this and seeing those stories with celeste and jamie and it goes on. >> all of it all of them. you're the perfect person for this. i've known you a long time and been so active with everything and helped so many people, we wanted to bring you here today to like shine some light on your show on foxsports.com but i kind of told you a little story. i brought you here for more than that. i'm going to turn the tables a little bit and going to honor you for everything that you've done, okay. so we teamed up with sears, and they are donating $10,000 to
team legrand, which is your charity. there you go. [ applause ] and team legrand is part of the christopher and dana reeve foundation to help find a cure for paralysis, which you do so much for so many people, and that is the goal of that, and sears, it's the holiday time. have you done all your shopping? >> no, i haven't. >> have you done all your shopping? >> i have. >> you're done. >> yes, i did. >> in case you have a little something special you want to get someone, sears is also going to give each of you a thousand dollar gift card, so you can have that little last-minute shopping spree. >> i like that. i like that. >> and since you're done with all your shopping, mom is like, you can still get me a little something. >> i know she is. i know off camera, yeah. >> you know, eric, you're so inspiring, and, karen, thank you both for being here this morning. we want to thank sears for its generosity and let everyone know it's not too late to get your last-minute holiday shopping done.
that broadway musical mash-up. the show is about to start and ginger zee is right there on stage. hey, ginger. >> oh, michael, we are just moments from the magnificent i'll call it musical mash-up. we're about to rock her and -- ♪ >> three cats, one stage, all good morning, i'm meteorologist mike nicco. we have some frost and evening black ice up until about 9:00 and then we hit sunshine and mid to upper 50s this afternoon with high clouds coming in as we head toward the afternoon. that is the next storm which is going to be raining heavi [ applause ]raining heavi tony winning andrew lloyd webber has not one, not two,but three, i have all the flags in
my hand, "the phantom of the opera," "cats" and "school of rock," three shows on broadway and know it is a huge deal and brought them all together and they're about to perform for you but first we've got to show you this because lama hasan sat down with him, sat with andrew himself. check this out. ♪ >> and now, ladies and gentlemen -- >> reporter: he's been called the magician of the musical, lord andrew lloyd webber. for nearly 50 years he's been the composing wizard of the west end and great white way and now he is celebrating a rare feat, three shows on broadway at once. did you think with so many hits under your belt decades later that not only would you be the magician but you'd also be the king of broadway? >> well, i don't know that i'm the king of broadway. i think there are many others who could claim that title too, but it's great to have the three shows again. ♪ >> reporter: you've had so many successful shows. which would you say is your favorite? >> i always thought that "cats" was going to be the big one and,
of course, it was in many ways. "phantom" in a way changed everybody's lives who was involved with it. ♪ and listen to the music of the night ♪ >> and for me still there is something extraordinary whenever i see it. >> reporter: after starting his career with rock musicals like "jesus christ superstar," he's gone back to his rock 'n' roll roots. ♪ stick it to the man ♪ let's go >> the story of "school of rock" had a very, very special resonance with me and i really felt to get back to my roots and do something about kids making music would be great fun. ♪ i pledge allegiance to the fan ♪ >> reporter: so what's next for you? >> right now i'm an unemployed composer looking for a new subject. >> reporter: for "good morning america," lama hasan, abc news, london. >> and get this, next year "sunset boulevard" comes back to broadway. that means that andrew lloyd webber will have not just three,
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♪ you're in the band and we're back now with "gma's" magical, magnificent musical broadway mash-up. you have no idea what is about to come your way. it is taking "cats," "school of rock" and, of course, "the phantom of the opera" and putting them all together just for you, an ultimate one-time performance that's about to start right now. hit it, guys. >> music speaks to you and that is what matters. you, zack, come here. ♪ you ever play the electric
guitar? >> my dad said it's a waste of time. >> let's waste some time together. here we go. ♪ grab a hold of your axe and try to pluck out this riff ♪ ♪ let your shoulders relax you don't wanna be so stiff ♪ ♪ >> yeah. here we go. ♪ well keep on going don't stop take it over the top ♪ ♪ make each note really pop squeeze out every last drop ♪ ♪ give it one final whop and yes you're in the band ♪ >> you, what's your name? >> katie. >> you heifer play the cello? look at this. it's awesome. here we go. ♪ turn a cello this way and it's practically like a bass ♪ ♪ pop the strings when you play and watch how you shred my face ♪ >> what! ♪ if you offer me cream then i sniff and sneer for i only like what i find for myself ♪ ♪ yeah you're in the band
okay, get them. come here. >> lawrence. >> doesn't matter, dude. ♪ if you play the piano you can play the keys ♪ >> i want to play classical. ♪ so just loosen it up and strut your expertise ♪ >> i don't think i can. ♪ take a look at this music and let your mind expand ♪ ♪ you're in the band >> yeah, dude, okay. now who is going to be my drummer? awesome. ♪ sit your butt at the skins and try to whack out a beat ♪ >> not bad. ♪ but feel the groove in your pins then slowly turn up the heat ♪ ♪ >> what! you know these guys, right? ♪
♪ you're in the band okay. >> what about the rest of us? >> the rest of you, well, i'm going to need some backup singers, anybody. ♪ when the day's hustle and bustle is done then the grumbie cat's work is but hardly begun" begun ♪ >> sing. ♪ >> sing. ♪ touch me it's so easy to lift me all the love -- >> yo, backup singer, backup singers, groupie. freddie, you live in a pocket. don't change anything. katie, rock it in for us, rock star. let's go. in "g." oh, i like this. backup singers, this is you. let's go. ♪ >> yeah, everybody.
♪ ♪ a miracle ♪ the point no return ♪ now repeat after me i pledge allegiance to the band i pledge allegiance to the band ♪ ♪ and i promise to give mr. schneebly full command ♪ ♪ i promise to give mr. schneebly full command ♪ ♪ and with me in control of the band as a whole we will rock and we'll roll ♪ ♪ with our heart and our soul if you're in raise your hand ♪ >> yes. ♪ you're in the band you're in the band ♪ ♪ you're in the band ♪ you're in the band ♪ you're in the band [ cheers and applause ] afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine.
cold outside ♪ >> it's time to celebrate. >> ♪ baby it's cold outside >> with a spectacular garth and trisha duet only on "good morning america." ♪ you're in the band >> we want to say thank you to all of our broadway stars for that incredible performance this morning. >> wow, that was some mash-up and also want to say a big thank you to one of our amazing graphics artist, mark on his last day at abc after 35 years. most of his years were spent right here at "gma" and he will be missed by all. also don't forgoat to watch this guy, "world news tonight" anchor. >> everybody is coming uptown.
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good morning. i'm natasha zouves from abc 7 mornings. let's get over to meteorologist mike nicco for a quick look at the forecast. hey mike. >> good news. temperatures above freezing and even if there is fog out there, the likelihood of black ice is gone. we're in the 30s and 40s, a few 50s showing up down south. 56 to 60 today but this time tomorrow we're transitioning from a moderate steady rain to waves of showers through the evening. alexis. >> over all pretty quiet this morning as you would expect. just a few days before the holiday. i want to point out one drive time in particular, southbound 101 san francisco toward sfo, we don't have anything reported but we're up to 29 minutes so you may want to stick to 280 and take the long way to the airport or delay the trip a little bit if you can. >> good advice. thanks alexis. >> it is time for "live with kelly" and i'll be back at 11:00 a.m. for the midday news.
i hope you will j now. our reporting continues with our app. join us for >> announcer: it's "live with kelly." today, straight from the big screen, it's kyra sedgwick, and we get a lesson from dj khaled himself. plus, from "designated survivor," actor kal penn. also, things get sticky in today's holiday games, and our co-host is christian slater. all next on "live." [upbeat music] ♪ now here are kelly ripa and christian slater. ♪ >> kelly: hi, handsome. >> christian: oh! december 22nd, oh. >> kelly: yeah, yup. >> christian: there you go, love. yeah.