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good morning, america. mall mayhem. violence erupting at malls across the country. strong winds f forced flight police even had to rush in and now they're revealing what may be to blame. >> severe storms on the move for millions. the return home has been dangerous. a massive weather system stretching from texas to maine. what's in store for you today. donald trump is responding after president obama said he could have beaten trump if he were able to run again. this as trump announces he's closing his charity, but one investigator says not so fast. and the new video just in. a plane with more than 150 people on board skidding off the runway overnight.
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a good tuesday morning. we begin with some concern from coast to coast as violence erupted at shopping malls packed post-holiday shoppers. >> wild scenes like this in ft. worth, texas, repeated in at least 15 malls. here at least in this situation, 60 officers were needed to break up the fighting between at least 100 teenagers. the violence now being linked to social media. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: overnight mall mayhem. >> they had rifles in the mall and they had batons to get people out of the mall. >> reporter: scared shoppers sent scrambling. disturbances at more than a dozen malls causing panic from colorado to ohio, north carolina to new york. the beechwood place mall near cleveland put on lockdown after a group of teens caused a disturbance. police using pepper spray to break up the crowd. the fight led to dozens of shoppers rushing to the exits. in suburban chicago several fights broke out among large groups of teenagers at the fox
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valley mall. police officers attempted to break things up. >> folks, the mall is closed. >> reporter: ten people were injured in the chaos at a mall in elizabeth, new jersey. a fight in the food court here led to false reports of a shooting. and this morning, police in several states confirming these incidents were organized on social media. >> the crowd began to circle our officers, and so our officers had to call for help. >> reporter: in aurora, colorado, a social media media post told people there would be a fight at the mall. not clear who was behind the post, but expect beefed up security today at malls near you. and we should point out several arrests were made overnight mostly young people accused of disorderly conduct but no serious injuries. >> the christmas spirit right out the window. >> yeah, gone. now to this morning's other big story, the severe weather on the move. the storm buried the plains and the midwest in several inches of snow. some cars you can see are barely visible beneath it all. >> those scenes are incredible. that system, though, is now on
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the move, moving east. take a look. stretching from the deep south all the way to new england. abc's janai norman just filed this report. she's tracking the damage. >> reporter: treacherous travel across the country. >> this is a holiday travel nightmare. >> reporter: winter weather making going home a widespread problem. in the dakotas over a foot of snow falling. >> i'm on the second story and the snow is right there. >> reporter: near whiteout conditions leading to more than 500 miles of highways getting shut down. authorities issuing a no travel advisory. in parts of north dakota, cars careening off ice covered roadways causing pileups in salt lake city. in nebraska, wind gusting up to 75 miles per hour. flipping this semi on its side. bringing traffic to a standstill backing up cars for miles. those dangerous winds putting about 3 million people in arkansas, missouri, kentucky and tennessee at risk for isolated tornadoes. in minnesota, high winds knocked
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out power leaving more than 19,000 customers in the dark and grounding flights. janai norman, abc news, washington. our thanks to janai. let's check in with accuweather's paul williams with the latest forecast. good morning, paul. >> reporter: good morning to you, as well, kendis, diane. we're looking for terrible conditions throughout portions of north dakota, south dakota, going into montana. we're expecting poor travel conditions. they received over 18 inches of snow and even for the dakotas that's a bit much. better travel conditions just about everywhere else. where you see green think all right, we can go right ahead and travel without seeing much of a problem. the northwest, about to become really messy because we're going to see a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow covering the entire northwest corner of the country bearing down towards salt lake city. kendis, diane. >> all right, paul, thank you. and president-elect trump is making headlines with his twitter account sounding off about the united nations, his foundation and his predecessor. >> he is reacting to president obama's assertion that he would have defeated trump had he run for a third term.
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we'll get more now from abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: it's current versus future president. it started with president obama saying he could have taken on trump. >> i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i had run again and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> reporter: but trump firing back tweeting, president obama says he thinks he would have won against me. he should say that but i say no way. jobs leaving, isis, obamacare. a different tone from that oval office meeting. >> very, very good man. >> thank you. >> reporter: trump also slamming the u.n. just days after it passed a measure condemning israel saying it has such great potential but right now it's just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. these latest critical tweets coming 25 days before the inauguration as donald trump is racing to free himself from potential conflicts. announcing on christmas eve he's
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shutting down the trump foundation to avoid even the appearance of any conflict. in the same statement trump insisting that 100% of the money goes to charity. but there are questions about the foundation's spending including whether trump inappropriately used foundation money to purchase this $20,000 portrait. trump has already paid a penalty to the irs after the foundation made an improper campaign contribution and now trump's plan to shut it down is facing a major snag, the new york attorney general's office is investigating the foundation and says it cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete. and already trump's white house is facing its first staffing shake-up. just a few days ago trump announced jason miller as his communications director, but now miller's announced he won't be joining the team after all. instead, miller says his family needs to be his top priority. mary bruce, abc news, the white house. speaking of president obama,
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he and japanese prime minister shinzo abe make history at pearl harbor today visiting the "uss arizona" memorial together. prime minister abe laid a wreath at a national cemetery in hawaii yesterday to recognize japan's attack. now, the white house calls the visit a demonstration of strength of the u.s. and japan alliance. it comes months after president obama became the first sitting u.s. president to visit hiroshima. and still plenty of news ahead coming up, the inmates who escaped from jail because of a leaky toilet. plus, that new video just coming in overnight, an airliner skidding off a runway completely on its belly. we'll tell you what went wrong. and later in "the pulse," george michael's acts of kindness. fans are mourning his loss and we're learning more about his overwhelming and secret generosity. stay with us.
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frightening moments at an airport in western india. overnight a jet airways flight that was about to take off from mumbai skidded off a runway early this morning. witnesses say panicked passengers started jumping from the plane once it stopped. 12 people were injured mostly suffering broken bones. we learned overnight that rescue crews have recovered one of the black boxes from a russian military plane that crashed on christmas. the plane went down just minutes after taking off from sochi en route to syria. it's unclear if the recorder suffered any damage. all 92 people on board that plane are believed to be dead including dozens of singers from a renowned military choir. back in this country authorities are still on the lookout for one inmate that is still on the loose after six men escaped a tennessee jail. the men made their way out of the newport jail early sunday morning after removing a toilet from the wall and going through
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a hole behind it. prior plumbing repairs loosened the concrete holding the toilet and leaking water had rusted the bolts holding it. five of the escapees are back behind bars. now to some good news this morning. very happy to inform you no matter what you saw on twitter britney spears is not dead. sony music's twitter account early yesterday said that the singer had died in an accident and then promised more details. bob dylan's account then echoed that but it turns out the sony account had been hacked and sony actually manages dylan's twitter account. later in the day spears posted some photos of herself on her own account verifying she is very much alive. well, we've got some new solutions for one post-holiday problem. what to do with those gift cards that you didn't want in the first place. well, there are plenty of options actually. cardpool, among them, buys and sells the cards so there is no user-to-user interaction. card cash also buys and sells the cards itself but allows swaps, and sellers can also
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trade in cards for credit, and raise is sort of like ebay but with less risk for cards. sellers list their cards at whatever price they want but have to verify the cards with the site. >> or wrap them up, wait for birthdays to roll around and give them back to the people that gave them to you. >> or valentine's day. problem solved. >> here you go, free gas at mobil. love you. all right, when we come back, the monday night showdown. we have highlights from dallas versus detroit ahead from espn. plus, the incredible story of survival from a mom who went for help after a family got stuck in snow. details of her 26-mile trek next. you'farewell, cookie betdough ice cream.e! what's that you're drinking? it's trop50. it's fine. it tastes delicious and has 50% fewer calories with this taste? no way. give me fifty squats. but... it can't taste this good ...
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and chicago. a woman rescued near the grand canyon is sharing a survival story many are calling a christmas miracle. >> yeah, that's because she was stranded with her family on a snowy road in the arizona forest when they were forced to separate to find help. but after what really was a harrowing ordeal, they're all back together again. here's abc's matt gutman with who are. >> reporter: karen klein, her husband eric and 10-year-old son isaac set out on a family trip to the grand canyon, their gps serving as their guide. >> we were kind of thinking, well, this doesn't seem right but this is the way it's telling us to go. >> reporter: they were in the midst of a storm and their car got stuck. so she slogged back to the main road where she'd hoped to flag someone down or find a cell phone signal. finally after walking 30 miles for 30 hours with a pulled groin muscle, she noticed a cabin near the entrance to the park. she broke a window, crawled in and collapsed. >> i kept thinking this isn't how my life is supposed to end.
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>> reporter: finally emergency responders on snowmobiles were able to locate eric and isaac's car then they trekked karen to that cabin. matt gutman, abc news, los angeles. >> matt will have more on her incredible story later this morning on "good morning america." to michigan now, where 20 families are out of their homes this morning after a sinkhole in the detroit area. the hole opened over the holiday weekend swallowing one home and putting several others at risk. it could be weeks before residents can get back to their houses. >> loud noises, cracking throughout the evening that got progressively greater like, boom, boom, boom, so that's when we got up and couldn't get out of the garage door. >> reporter: it's believed a broken sewage pipe caused the sinkhole so city officials are taking drastic action and dumping raw sewage into the nearby clinton river. and in south florida a woman was rescued after her car plunged into a canal. a passerby saw the p.t. cruiser
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go into the water and he jumped in. it was sinking quickly. with the help of two other good samaritans they were able to pull the woman out of the window. she's now in stable condition. police are searching for the suspects in the robbery of a high-end store in new york city. the christmas eve heist was captured on surveillance cameras as the thieves stole millions of dollars in lavish fur coats from the dennis basso boutique. the suspects threw a brick through the window and seemed to know what they were doing beelining right for the sable and chinchilla furs. they got away with at least 20 major fur pieces. time now for sports and monday night showdown in dallas. >> here's john buccigross and john anderson from espn. good morning, america. so we have an nfl football game. cowboys and the lions, a lot of blue, a lot of silver and if the lions win, what happens? they go to the playoffs? >> they would clinch a wild card. >> like you never studied. >> so they'll come out and go tumults. >> you might have missed this because you're up so early now. last night, monday night
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football, ezekiel elliott had another big game. 55 yards for this score. elliott and the cowboys up 14-7. this was a game for awhile. in fact, the cowboys were down, yeah, emmitt smith likes it. the old cowboy running back looking at the new cowboy running back. i mentioned cowboys down, but dak prescott was good again, hit dez bryant. watch it again. puts one mitt on it. bounces around, secures it, game tied. 21. cowboys up 7 now in the third. prescott to dez, come on. jason witten waited, very patient. didn't go out for a pass right away to sell the run. watch him right there. he's engaging then he goes out. that's an easy pitch and catch. he fires back. left-handed pass for parcells. the idea. all right, now bowl mania tuesday. and we talk bowl mania. quadruple.
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if you just go by nicknames these are great. black knights against mean green, owls and demon deacons, gophers and cougar, broncos and bears, noon until midnight. we'll take you through a lot of college football. >> we say good-bye and happy new year. >> all right, we thank you, guys there at espn. so a rookie in the nba is making a lot of news this morning for two throws he made. it's how he made them. here is chinanu onuaku who made them underhanded. >> some call this granny style throwing which tells you what at least some players think about shooting that way, but, hey, it works. switching to underhanded raised his free-throw percentage 12 points in college. there you see him making two in a row. doesn't matter how you look when you throw it, nothing looks better than when it goes swish. in the nba, that's all that matters. quite a debut for him. up next in "the pulse," a superstar's secrets. what we're just learning about george michael. and it looked more like a concert than a birthday party so
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it's tuesday, december 27th. >> boy, we are all in red. we're festive. >> bringing the energy. >> yeah. trying to brighten things up. >> yeah. we are certainly cold this morning. freeze warning in effect in the north bay valleys, that will take us through at least 9:00. right now, not in the 20s yet because of this cloud cover. here is live doppler 7, that may allow some of thf the temperatu to hold up a few degrees. we are concerned about petaluma, napa, san rafael, down through napa valley. in the 40s closer to the water. alexa has a look at traffic.
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>> a quiet start this morning. i'm thinking a few more people will be on the roads this morning. one issue lingering from overnight, southbound 505 from east grant area in the winters area, a collision involving a fuel spill. that is partially blocking the off-ramp, far right lane. working on cleaning that up still. we have a collision around the altamont pass area. we'll look at that coming up next. >> thank you. police are investigating violence at a pleasant hill mall. bullets will fired into several open stores. >> amy hollyfield is live at the cro crossfield mall with more. >> they did a quick patchup job overnight. they put a piece of cardboard where there used to be a window here at this hawaii barbecue restaurant it was shot out last night. here's video of what it looked like last night when it happened. about 9:15 when they got reports of shots fired it happened at
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the cross roads shopping center in pleasant hill. police say the shooter got away, so did a key witness. >> witnesses are indicating that the shooter and victim both fled the scene prior to the police arriving. some of the area businesses were hit. windows were broken. no innocent bystanders hit or anything like that. >> now the mall was open at the time. so it was lucky that no one else was hit or hurt. this is a very busy popular shopping center. it's huge. there's a kohl's store dick's sporting goods. since those two people took off, they don't know what the motive was behind the shooting, if this was random or targeted. reporting live, aim my hollyfield, abc 7 news.

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