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america this morning. making news in america this morning, winter weather making travel treacherous and not just on the roads. >> all of a sudden we started sliding, and then we started spinning and ended up in a snowbank. >> airline passengers get a scare when their flight goes skidding off a taxiway in boston, and near the great lakes some areas are expecting up to four feet of snow. this morning what to expect and the areas being hit the hardest. president trump takes to twitter over the holiday vowing to get back to work today with taxes behind him. the big issue he's taking on next and the challenges ahead. this morning, the rush to return on this day after christmas, the top tips to save you time, money and aggravation in the stores and when you should plan your trip to the mall. and two rescues, one family.
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>> and i realized, yeah, this house is on fire. >> a husband and wife each play holiday heroes at the same time miles apart. what they did to save christmas for two groups of total strangers. a good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm gio benitez in for kendis gibson. you know, winter weather is delaying travel for millions of americans trying to head home after the holiday. >> yes, it was a white christmas for millions, and that is expected to continue into the new year. one area east of the great lakes is bracing for up to 50 inches of snow while many other areas are preparing for icy conditions and dangerous below zero windchills. abc's elizabeth hur is here with the latest on that. good morning, elizabeth. >> reporter: well, diane and gio, good morning to you. there's more snow on the way but already we've seen plenty of snow, ice and rain, and so as you can imagine, trying to get anywhere for so many, it wasn't just messy, it got downright
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dangerous. whiteout conditions from upstate new york to maine, massachusetts, western pennsylvania and michigan with visibility so poor, authorities warning drivers to slow down or, better yet, stay home. for some easier said than done, especially when you're trying to fly to your destination and the airport tarmac looks like this. in boston the heavy snow temporarily shut down runways at logan international, the slick conditions also being blamed for a close call. >> boston tower, are you okay? >> everything is fine. we just skidded on the ice. >> reporter: a jetblue flight while landing hitting a patch of ice spinning and skidding off the runway. >> we were straight, and then all of a sudden it started fishtailing, and, yeah, it started getting rough. >> once i realized we were going off the runway, i was like, uh-oh. >> reporter: in a brief statement jetblue confirming the incident adding no one was hurt. snow and icy conditions also wreaking havoc out west.
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this the scene in portland, oregon, seeing a white christmas for only the sixth time since 1884, and in the midwest, some residents are waking up this morning to windchills as low as 48 degrees below zero. >> it's cold. cold is cold, and you got to adjust. >> reporter: well, here in the northeast it won't get that cold but forecasters say temperatures will drop below zero in some areas, and that bitter cold will be sticking around for days. diane and gio. >> all right, liz, thank you so much, and we'll have a closer look at the forecast for today coming up. >> bundling up. >> yeah, you are. it's going to be cold. all right, but first we go to president trump. he's ready to get down to business after spending christmas with his family at mar-a-lago. >> the president tweeted last night, tomorrow it's back to work in order to make america great again, which is happening faster than anyone anticipated. now, the president is facing a packed agenda when congress returns in january including a string of challenging issues. >> yeah, abc's kenneth moton is
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traveling with the president in florida. kenneth, good morning to you. >> reporter: gio and diane, good morning. president trump spent his first christmas as president with the first lady and other family members at his mar-a-lago resort. >> my fellow americans, melania and i are delighted to wish america and the entire world a very merry christmas. >> this christmas season we celebrate our blessings as americans, and we pray for peace all over the world. >> reporter: the president and mrs. trump recorded a christmas message to the american people. the president tweeted that video out with merry christmas in all caps. the president is now preparing to ring in the new year with an ambitious agenda. he's got his first legislative victory in the books after signing that $1.5 trillion gop tax bill into law before believing washington. now it's on to infrastructure, his planned wall on the southern border and immigration. the president is looking to work with democrats on infrastructure to fix roads and bridges, but democrats have signaled major
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pushback on the president's immigration policies. and just a reminder, the government is only funded until january 19th after congress passed a short-term funding measure before leaving for the holiday break, so he could be facing a major showdown. president trump anxious to get on the same page as gop leaders. the white house says he invited senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker paul ryan to camp david next week to discuss their 2018 legislative agenda. diane and gio. >> kenneth, thanks. and as the president gets back to work today, he is facing some new hostility from north korea. kim jong-un's regime has released a statement saying it would be a, quote, pipe dream for the u.s. to believe that north korea will give up its nuclear weapons, and the country warns, if the u.s. wishes to t s hostile policy toward north korea. the country is also demanding the u.s. provide evidence after announcing the north was behind a worldwide cyberattack last spring. all right, diane, the british royal navy confirms it escorted a russian warship through the north sea monday
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after the vessel passed near british territorial waters. the uk defense ministry says russian naval activity near britain had increased in recent days. a navy helicopter was sent to monitor two other russian vessels. moscow has not yet commented. and one of russian president vladimir putin's top critics has been banned from running in next year's presidential election. the russian election commission has ruled that alexei navalny is not eligible to enter the race because of his fraud conviction. the court case against him is widely viewed as being politically motivated to keep him from challenging putin. navalny is now calling on russians to boycott that march 18th election. and time now for a look at your weather forecast on this tuesday morning. >> good morning. snowfall through wednesday, locally three to five feet off lakes erie, ontario affecting
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i-75, 94, 90, as well as 81. up to two feet of snow in some areas. cold air punches its way through the north central part of the country once again and further northwest, light snow in montana. a mixture of snow and rain throughout the pacific northwest. wednesday travel, look for widespread thunderstorms making for poor travel on the gulf coast, the northwest and extreme northeast. i'm accuweather meteorologist paul williams. coming up, a peek at how they celebrated christmas on the international space station. also, a post-christmas tradition is about to get under way. returning those unwanted gifts. some tips on saving time and money if you're heading back to the stores today. and a new warning about spending too much time playing video games. so just how serious can the problem be? problem be?
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♪ ♪ why hang your christmas stockings on the mantel when you can just let them float up to the ceiling? apparently that's the strategy the space station crew went with this year per this great tweet from american astronaut mark vande hei. pretty cool. >> yeah, pretty cool. their gifts actually arrived from earth last month. they were given christmas off -- that's good -- to talk with their families and enjoy christmas dinner. >> and, of course, float around. >> that's right. now, back here on earth retailers are celebrating this holiday season. a stud found that sales in stores and online rose at their best pace since 2011. >> but then there is today when everyone goes to return all those unwanted gifts, so how do live we best manage that? abc's rebecca jarvis has some tips. ♪ >> reporter: if santa didn't quite deliver on your wish list, don't despair, you are not
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alone. americans return nearly $90 billion worth of gifts over the holiday season. that's almost a quarter of all returns for the year. but beware, not all return policies are created equal. what do people need to look out for with return policies? >> what is the length of a policy? some retailers do 15 days. some retailers don't allow you to return at all. other retailers will give you 30 or 45 days. you want to look at the condition of the returns that you send back. some people say if the box is open, you can't take it back, and then lastly you want to check if there's free shipping. >> reporter: with more than one-third of retailers offering free return shipping, there is also a chance you can skip that trip to the mall. and if you have to return in store, check those gift receipts. >> close to 40% of people who are doing their post-holiday returns will do it on the 26th and the 27th. >> reporter: so, december 26th not the day to make your returns? >> i wouldn't do it the day after christmas. i'd wait a week and probably return it the first or second week of january when you also see some major discounts, as
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well. >> reporter: and what about regifting? one survey found 56% of us admit to having done it. one of the most popular regifting items, gift cards. some retailers will even swap out a new card without christmas decorations if you're looking to regift post-holidays, or you can sell it. >> you actually can get up to 90% of the cash back when you sell it in many cases. >> reporter: apps like cardpool, raise and gift card granny let you post and sell gift cards with the click of a button. >> all right, our thanks to rebecca jarvis for that. you can swap out the christmas gift card for a generic one. >> i had no idea. >> very tricky. >> 90%. that's pretty good. all right. when we come back, remembering a mischievous member of the von trapp family. also ahead, united airlines saying sorry about a dispute over a seat taken by a congresswoman. and some late night drama on monday night football. that's coming up. >> and it's intercepted once again.
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>> that was louisa von trapp introducing herself in "the sound of music." the mischievous louisa was played by heather menzies urich who was 15 when the oscar-winning musical was released back in 1965. now, menzies urich was diagnosed with brain cancer just four weeks ago. her family says she passed away over the weekend. heather menzies urich was 68 years old. and police officers in california are mourning the loss of one of their own. highway patrol officer andrew camilleri died on christmas eve after a suspected drunk driver hit his patrol vehicle on the side of the road. police say the driver was speeding while under the influence of alcohol and possibly marijuana. he's now in serious condition. camilleri was 33 years old, leaves behind a wife and three children. he joined the force just last year. >> incredible. and united airlines has now apologized to a passenger who accused the airline of bumping her for a politician. jean-marie simon said united gave her first class seat to
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texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee. an airline spokesman said its computer system showed simon had canceled her seat after a weather delay. united says it then upgraded the congresswoman automatically and not because she was a lawmaker but simon denies she ever canceled her seat from houston to washington. the airline has reportedly agreed to give her a $500 voucher. and the world health organization is about to recognize a new mental health problem, video games. the organization says it will declare that gaming disorder is the inability to control how often and how long someone plays video games. the designation would mean doctors and insurance companies can use gaming disorder as a diagnosis, however, it does not mean all video gaming is bad. in fact, gaming can improve hand/eye coordination and improve problem-solving abilities when done in moderation. now the nfl has announced some late changes, late season changes to its concussion protocol. the league now has a neurotrauma
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consultant not affiliated with any team watching all games in the league's command center. that specialist is keeping an eye out for incidents that could endanger players, and following a hard hit on houston quarterback tom savage earlier this season, a new rule says that any sign of a seizure will require players to leave that game. >> yeah, that was scary when you saw his hands shaking. >> oh, yeah, the whole time. and the monday night football game came down to the final seconds last night. >> yeah, the christmas highlights now from our friends at espn. >> good morning, america. i'm scott van pelt. sports takes no day off including christmas, a busy day. nfl, nba, the monday night game in philadelphia was a gruesome affair. turnovers all over the place, five raider turnovers in the second half including this derek carr pass picked by ronald darby, the ensuing eagles possession just needed 10, maybe 15 yards to set up their rookie kicker, jake elliott. they got the bulk of it there on a pass to nelson agholor and then here's jake elliott. never anywhere but right down
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the middle. 13-10 was the score then they tack on a late score win, 19-10. they've got home field throughout the playoffs as long as they remain standing in the nfc. meanwhile, a finals match-up the last three years in a christmas day game, warriors and cavs. great rebound. great ball movement. draymond green who had a triple-double sets up the klay thompson triple. steph curry on the bench loving it, then late the real topic of conversation was whether or not kevin durant was fouling lebron james. here lebron loses it and it goes out of bounds then here durant absolutely fouled lebron. no calls were coming. durant goes for 25, 5 blocks and 7 rebounds and the warriors win it by 7. incidentally, they have their match-up in cleveland in three weeks when steph curry and isaiah thomas figure to be there so all hands on deck. should be fun. enjoy the day. >> people are still tweeting about that block.
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>> that moment right there. coming up, a holiday fireworks show takes a dangerous turn. we'll show you that video. and up next, it's a great week to catch a movie. the ones worth your time and money this holiday week coming up on "america this morning." up on "america this morning." before you and your rheumatologist move to another treatment, ask if xeljanz xr is right for you. xeljanz xr is a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. it can reduce pain, swelling and further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz xr can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections, lymphoma and other cancers have happened. don't start xeljanz xr if you have an infection. tears in the stomach or intestines, low blood cell counts and higher liver tests and cholesterol levels have happened. your doctor should perform blood tests before you start and while taking xeljanz xr, and monitor certain liver tests. tell your doctor if you were in a region where fungal infections are common and if you have had tb,
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♪ sleep in heavenly peace something inside me has always been there. >> "star wars: the last jedi" on track to pass the $400 million mark at the box office today. it made an estimated 32 million on christmas alone. that's the second highest total ever behind "star wars: the force awakens," not too shabby. and, yes, there are plenty of other hollywood offerings of course to be seen during this holiday week, as well. >> yeah, many new films in theaters now are getting serious oscar buzz.
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abc's chris connelly takes a look right now. >> p.t. barnum at your service. >> reporter: a singing hugh jackman serving up circus impresario p.t. barnum in "the greatest showman." >> you clearly have a flair for show business. >> for show business? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: in "i, tonya," margot robbie as the fiery figure skater from in the '90s. allison janney killing it as tonya's mother. >> stop that. >> reporter: releases in december often mean real actors playing real people and this holiday season, filmmakers hope you'll want to be part of the year-end awards conversation. >> will you have dinner with me? >> reporter: "phantom thread" is said to be daniel day-lewis' adios to acting about a dressmaker and his muse a must see. "call me by your name" seeks to reinvent the first romance film with critics lauding its performances and its swoon-worthy visuals. >> i can show you around. >> that'd be great. thank you. >> reporter: guillermo del toro in "the shape of water" pits michael shannon against sally hawkins. it's been building oscar buzz
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for months. >> is she deaf? >> mute. >> reporter: while alexander payne shrinks matt damon for "downsizing." >> nervous? >> a little. >> reporter: and it's a good time to catch such bona fides in to win its as "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri" with frances mcdormand as a mother seeking justice. >> i don't think those billboards is very fair. >> reporter: saoirse ronan on a personal journey as "lady bird" which is a dazzling first time effort from writer/director greta gerwig. >> lady bird, is that your given name? >> given to me by me. >> reporter: gary oldman is churchill in "darkest hour." >> win or the lesson be learned. >> reporter: and willem dafoe in "the florida project." >> okay, i warned you, one drip and you're out. >> oh, come on. >> reporter: of course, nothing is keeping you from seeing "star wars: the last jedi" again. >> i've seen this raw strength only once before. >> reporter: in a galaxy closer to home, dwayne johnson and kevin hart buddy up for "jumanji: welcome to the jungle." >> don't cry, don't cry, don't cry.
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>> reporter: the wwe's john cena is the voice of the noncombatant bull ferdinand. >> i am not a fighting bull. >> reporter: and anna kendrick and a pitch's crew of a cappella bellas harmonize for a third go around in "pitch perfect 3." ♪ i'm coming out so you better get this party started ♪ >> reporter: contenders and crowd pleasers, all eager for your post-holiday attention at a theater near you. >> let's a ca finish this. >> reporter: chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. let's aca finish this. >> reporter: chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. i used to have no idea what the american cancer society did. research? yeah. but also free rides to chemo and free lodging near hospitals. i used to maybe give a little. then i got so much back. ... i used to have cancer. please give at
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let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> hope you had a wonderful holiday. good morning, i'm natasha zouves on this tuesday, december 26th. >> i'm jessica castro. reggie is off today and sue is in for alexis as she has been for several weeks now. hi, everyone, good morning. another cold day? >> i really think so, especially this morning, then we will warm up nicely this afternoon. we do have a little fog to contend with, different from yesterday morning. it goes from petaluma up towards ukiah, lowest visibility right now at the airport in santa rosa about a third of a mile and about three-quarters of a mile in petaluma, so something we will have to keep an eye on. plus you have a temperature of 32 in santa rosa which means black ice could be developing. 36 san ramone. low and mid 40s around the bay. take a look at your 12-hour day
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planner coming up next. pretty quiet right now, a lot of folks do have this week off. let's go to the east shore freeway, we had an earlier accident, fortunately it's cleared, it was in the eastbound direction near university. it was a fatality and they have concluded their investigation and cleared the roadway in the eastbound direction. westbound is looking pretty light all the way into the bay bridge toll plaza. no major stalls or accidents. we will come back and take a look at mass transit options for you this tuesday morning. this morning a memorial is growing for a chp officer who died in a crash on christmas eve. >> officer leaves behind a wife and three children. >> reporter: good morning. look at the flowers that have been left here at the chp office in memory of the officer. the chp actually put out a statement to thank everyone for this tremendous outpouring of support from the unit. 33-year-old officer andrew
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camilleri was killed at midnight christmas morning when the car he and his partner was in was slammed into by a red cadillac. it happened on southbound 880 in hayward. investigators say the driver of this car was speeding and was under the influence, that he had just left a party. >> this person, a 22-year-old from hayward, chose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and also drugs, and this needs to stop. >> reporter: in hayward friends and neighbors visited the home of the driver. the chp has not released his name yet. they said they offer their condolences to the officer's family, they also told us the 22-year-old driver is married and has a new baby. he is in the hospital in serious condition. when he is released the chp says he will face a number of felony charges. reporting live in hayward, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. governor jerry brown commented on andrew camilleri's
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death, saying, anne and i are depp lie saddened to learn of the tragic loss of officer camilleri. we join his family, friends and the entire california highway patrol in mourning his death and honoring his sacrifice. >> as people express their condolences and gratitude for officer andrew camilleri we have created this badge in his honor. you can share it from our abc 7 news facebook page. happening today muni will begin serving the new san francisco sales force transit sell ten. the buses will stop at the transit center from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. monday through friday. riders may board at the bus plaza at beil and mission streets or transit island on fremont and market. west cat, gray hound, bolt and amtrak may transfer at the bus stop on beil between market and mission. it is 4:30 if you are just joining us let's get a quick update on weather and traffic. >> hi, everybody. open up the weather window on


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