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making news in america this morning, president-elect donald trump selects more people for his cabinet. his pick for epa head, though, is causing some controversy because of his stance on climate change. plus, the latest appointee, a co-founder of the wwe and overnight another trump tweet is creating conflict. arctic blast, the temperatures b morning where they're heading right now, plus why snow could cause big problems in the northwest. breaking overnight an inmate serving a life sentence escapes from prison. we have the latest on the massive manhunt under way. for the first time in decades the life expectancy in the u.s. drops. what's behind the decline? a good thursday morning to
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donald trump announcing more cabinet nominees as he prepares for his second rally of the week later today. >> and joining trump on stage tonight in iowa will be that state's governor, terry branstad. his choice for ambassador to china. now, trump also tapped john kelly to join the ranks as homeland security chief. but he's getting a pushback for choosing scott pruitt. janai norman has the latest from >> reporter: good morning. so, donald trump added a third general to his new administration as you said, retired general john kelly tapped for secretary of homeland security. but it's the president-elect's pick for head of the epa that has democrats up in arms. the man dubbed by "time" magazine president of the divided states of america continues to split the country. a new bloomberg poll shows donald trump's favorability rating at 50% with 49% of
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direction. >> i believe we're in the process of putting together one of the all-time great cabinets that has ever been assembled in our nation's history. >> reporter: the president-elect believes he and his cabinet will change that. though so far many of his choices for key roles have come with their fair share of controversy. the latest, trump's choice for oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt to lead the environmental protection agency. >> he has great qua oklahoma. >> reporter: his bio on the a.g. website shows he established the state's first federalism unit to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government and is a leading advocate against the epa's activist agenda. the pick has drawn sharp criticism from environmental advocates and democrats who say pruitt denies the science of climate change and has routinely chosen the big oil and coal industry over the well-being of
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nomination fight. senator brian scahatz says nominating a climate denier to run it is offensive. i will do everything i can to stop this. and trump nominating linda mcmahon to lead the small business administration. >> hey, look at this. >> reporter: the president-elect himself once wrestled mcmahon's husband on television. and the annou for epa comes as he met with leonardo dicaprio to talk about climate change and how focusing on renewable clean energy could create millions of jobs. kendis and diane. >> of course, that meeting comes just days after he met with al gore, a lot of people saying they're getting mixed signals when it comes to the environment there. janai, thank you. trump is now embroiled in a public spat with the union leader that represents the carrier workers in indianapolis.
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president chuck jones said he was grateful to trump to save jobs but he believed trump had lied about the number of jobs saved saying it was actually 800, not 1100 as trump claimed. >> trump fired back tweeting jones has done a terrible job. an hour later, a second tweet telling the union to spend more time working and less time talking. arctic air is invading much of the country this morning and setting the stage for winter weather in several states. >> it is brutal in some parts. take a look at some windchills. minus 11 in denver. 4 degrees in chicago. 0 in minneapolis. 25 degrees as far south as dallas. stay warm as much as you can out there. storms off the pacific are colliding with that cold weather and overnight snow started falling in northern california. this video coming to us from redding. that system is moving towards washington and oregon. abc's rob marciano explains why that could cause problems for the northwest. >> the problem with this cold air in place we have storms coming in from the pacific so
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snow event for portland and seattle could see 2 to 5 inches in those cities and they don't do well with that amount of snow. >> all of this comes as people in north dakota are digging out from a blizzard. here's an impact giving new meaning to the term snowed in. this is glen berg. they had a seven-foot snowdrift there that molded right into their front door. i think the kids had ray snow day. breaking overnight two major manhunts under way this morning in the south. south carolina prison officials are looking williamsson who say they broke out of mccormick correctional institution serving life in prison. now, police say williamsson may be the same man who stabbed a police officer rat a columbia walmart a few hours later. the officer was responding to a shoplifting call when an attacker stuck her several times with a knife and the attacker got away and the officer is hospitalized but expected to recover. then in neighboring georgia,
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fugitive accused of shooting two police officers killing one of them. investigators say the suspect minquell lembrick took off after a shoot-out considered armed and dangerous. officers responding to a domestic disturbance call. a message posted on lembrick's facebook page says not going to jail. to california now and some alarming new details this morning about the deadly warehouse intern another in oakland. officials say building inspectors despite the city investigating safety complaints around the time of last week's fire. now, last night oakland's mayor confirmed there were no working sprinklers or smoke detectors in the building. 36 people died in the fire. seven have not been identified. the investigation is expected to take several more weeks. and a new development in that deadly wildfire in tennessee. two teenagers are now in custody accused of aggravated arson.
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near gatlinburg last month killing 14 people and leveling or destroying more than 2400 buildings. now, prosecutors say the teens could face more charges and their case could move to an adult court. former astronaut john glenn is being treated at a hospital in ohio. the 95-year-old has been there for more than a week but hospital officials are being tight-lipped about his condition. he then served four terps in the senate and retur 1998 while still a sitting senator at the age of 77. well, still ahead, new tests highlighting the safest vehicles on the road. we have new pictures from inside the plane as a pilot was forced to make an emergency landing and passengers forced to put on oxygen masks. a man hooks a whopper in the water but this was no fish. the bundle found bobbing in the water worth thousands of
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in seattle a man suspected of being under the influence of drugs drove the wrong way on busy interstate 5 at the height of the evening commute. he slammed into as many as ten cars before stopping then taking off on foot. that's until police caught him there. amazingly the few injuries were only minor but traffic was a southwest airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing and gave passengers some frightening moments there. the pilot, this all happened in dallas, oxygen masks deployed on the plane after it suffered some pressurization problems and it's been a rough week for them. a similar pressure issue on another flight and report of smoke on board a third flight. this is from the san francisco international airport.
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tarmac. he had reportedly been lying on the floor receiving medical treatment at a ticket counter when out of nowhere he just got up and ran off. he wound up on the air feel as you can see when he eventually then got tired and was apprehended. >> all right. a good thing it happened now and not next week. the christmas holiday travel season starts in a week and the industry expects it to be busy. the group airlines for america forecasts 3.5% increase on u.s. carriers. that's more than 45 million passengers thanks to lower airfares and an improvement economy. it also says the airlines are adding 99,000 seats a day for the holidays. and less than half as many vehicles earned top marks from the insurance industry this year compared to last year. the reason is tougher headlight standards. the insurance institutes for highway safety gave its top rating to only 38 new models down from 79 the year before.
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fancy new headlights don't do as good a job as the old-fashioned ones. if you've ever been told tickets to an event were sold out as soon as they went on sale, well, congress is trying to prevent that from happening again. a new bill awaiting the president's signature will make it against the law to use bots to use up huge quantities of tickets in seconds. they corner the market on events and buy everything up with the bot and get to upcharge anyone with a ticket. >> it still won't tickets. >> i still won't get to go? >> probably not. when we come back, life expectancy in the u.s. is dropping for the first time in 20 years. plus, the dramatic moment at a high school. a student shot by a police officer after he pulls out a large knife. an update on the investigation and his condition. walgreens presents, a holiday mini miracle.
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the satellite blasted off from cape canaveral as scheduled. the mission to launch that satellite had been rescheduled five times since september 22nd when it was originally set to take off. so finally, boom, they got it. delays on the roads are most likely in the pacific northwest with snow and ice in the western mountains and around the great lakes where there will be heavy snow. if expect delays in san francisco and salt lake city. a nevada high school student is in critical condition after he was shot by a police officer. the 14-year-old had allegedly threatened another student with a knife during a fight. the cop ordered him to drop the weapon but he refused. >> dozens of others witnessed the entire encounter and it was captured by several on youtube videos. classes will be held at that school today with counselors available for any students who want to talk with them about the
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today in the death penalty trial of dpylann roof who confessed t gunning down nine black people who invited him to their bible study. some who survived describe their horrifying ordeals in court. abc's steve osunsami is there. >> reporter: the united states versus dylann roof is moving forward this morning in this charleston courthouse with more testimony from first responders who raced to this historic black church after reports of the shooting. police are telling dif they found nine people killed in the house of their lord in this basement of mother emanuel ame methodist church. the u.s. attorney spoke eloquently saying parishioners welcomed 22-year-old dylann roof to their bible study but little did they know what a cold heart he had. instead of a bible to study the defendant brought a 45 caliber pistol. he sat in his prison stripes staring silently into space.
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a two-hour lifelong interview recorded by the fbi. steve osunsami, abc news, charleston. and life expectancy in the united states has dipped slightly for the first time in decades. the rate went from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 years last year. now, that's after seeing no decline since 1993. on average women are still living five years longer than men. cdc analysts did not speculate on the cause of the drop but the rise in the tallest land mammal on the extinction watch list. the population of giraffes plunged 40% over the last 30 years according to a conservation advocacy group. reasons for that are increasing human population, habitat loss, civil unrest as well as illegal hunting. a fishing boat crew had a memorable trip off the coast of south florida. so they come upon this in the
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fish but when they bring it on board, nope, eighth a bundle of what is believed to be a kilo of cocaine. >> wow go they call the coast guard, handed the package over at sea. the boat's captain says it's the first time in his 40-year career he's come across cocaine just floating by in the water like that. >> quite a fish tale. sports and hard to believe we're saying this right now but tonight's thursday night football game is actually a big one. it's between the oakland raiders and kansas city chiefs. good game. action from our guys over at espn. good morning, america. steve osunsami, neil everett. we're in los angeles back together again for you. >> warriors and clippers back together again at staples center. last six times they've gotten together anywhere. it's been all warriors and it was again, steph curry no look pass to kevin durant for the slam. durant just one for five on threes. steph curry 0 for 8 on threes
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klay thompson hit three threes, didn't have 60 this time. led all scorers with 24. won seven straight over the clippers. lebron james and the cavaliers are add madison square garden where security is tight. the knicks defense was not tight. kevin love, that pass was tight. lebron james, some thought he was uptight because of what phil jackson had said about his business associates. take that. a chip on his shoulder, didn't affect his jumpingable. james was huge, kyrie irving was huge, spike lee has seen enough. >> time to get on the train. >> yeah. >> also the rockets 134-95 over the likers and aroldis chapman back to the yankee. >> wow. >> now back to you. >> we'll take it. one more item from that cavaliers/knicks game.
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this is while their teammates are still playing. >> trying to close out the game. lebron james there took the bottle and the bottle ended up on the court. we can't blame them. it's a long season and you have to pass the time doing something especially when you're playing the knicks the way the knicks are playing. >> when your own teammates are so bored they don't want to watch you play anymore. >> what does it say about the knicks. >> could be a better point. up next in "the pulse," "forbes" out with his its list of the most "time" magazine responds to criticism that they put the wrong person on the cover and, look, donald trump, they're saying they gave him devil
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"pulse" starting with donald trump praising "time" magazine after being selected as the person of the year but some people are saying we should take a closer look at this part of the graphic itself. >> in that cover photo the president-elect is perfectly centered under the "m" in the world "time" and many are saying it makes him look like he has devil horns. the magazine insists this is entirely coincidence. >> time treated out their other clinton, vladimir putin and, of course, the pope. >> hollywood is chock-full of actors who are apparently bad investments for movie studios. >> yes, so "forbes" magazine is out with this year's list of most overpaid actors. number four, will ferrell. >> channing tatum, believe it or not, the third least profitable actor. >> in second place, will smith. >> and for the second year in a row can you guess who tops the
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measly $2.80 for every dollar that he takes home. >> he had a couple of bombs this year. finally the big public christmas tree now standing in montreal was inspired by the tree in new york's rockefeller center and now it's inspiring all kinds of criticism. >> it stands 85 feet tall with plenty of lights but some critics are saying it really isn't much better than that pathetic tree in the charlie brown spec up with us on this friday eve. it's december 8th. a chilly start to the day.. and the weekend will be even colder. meteorologist eileen whelan will break down the temperatures in just a few moments . but first-- we are just a few hours away from the official grand opening of the mgm grand casino. the gaming resort is expected to bring big crowds to national harbor-- and that is causing a lot of concerns about
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need to know right now. the grand opening is set for 11-o-clock tonight. and if you are planning on attending-- you should know that the parking garage will open a little while before that, at 10:30pm. we will have complete team coverage from inside and outside mgm on the opening coming up. good morning washington. i'm jummy olabanji.. in for larry smith. toss to eileen - arctic airmass approaches today - unseasonably cold through sunday - rain/snow mix sunday night, chilly rain monday - another arctic blast late next week (highs low morning, becoming mostly sunny after noon. breezy & cold. highs: 43-49 winds: wnw 5-15 mph tonight: mainly clear. cold & breezy. lows: 26-30 feels: 15-20 winds: nw 10-15 g 20 mph friday: partly to mostly sunny. unseasonably cold & windy. highs: 37-43 feels: 26-33 winds: nw 10-15 g 25+
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with a plan to provide more paid sick leave for workers. under the proposal- businesses with 50 or more workers would be required to give at least 40 hours of sick time per year. part time workers who work at least 30 hours would be covered. businesses with fewer employees will be eligible for
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leave. hogan says he has support from both parties on this issue. the proposal will likely be introducted in the next general assembly. the transportation security administration is taking action after a cancer patient complained about her experience going through security. she called it the most humiliating experience of her life. denise albert is battling breast cancer. she says she was aggressively patted down by the t-s-a -- even when she told them not to touch her. got worse- and she even removed her wig, which she rarely does in public. the t-s-a says it eventually provided her with a private room for screening. it also said it regrets what happened -- and it's retraining the three officers who dealt with her. in missouri-- police are trying to catch up with a holiday vandal. look at this video-- a man, jumps out of a car -- then stabs a giant, inflatable frosty the
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shocked- that he posted the video on facebook to catch who did it. as a joke, he set up a go-fund-me for frosty's medical expenses. he says he plans to donate all proceeds to charity for children. and speaking of doing good -- first lady michelle obama is participating in the annual toys for tots toy drive. she dropped off some toys and helped collect at joint base anacostia-bolling. abc 7 is also helping in the annual effort to collect toys. if you can't make send one to our studio. just five days left, go to w-j-l-a dot com, slash toys by december 13th to donate. it's xx and we're just getting started. let the good times roll! the games begin in a few hours at the mgm grand casino, and we have complete coverage inside and outside the building. a live report...
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- arctic airmass approaches today - unseasonably cold through sunday - rain/snow mix sunday night, chilly rain monday - another arctic blast late next week (highs low 30s!) today: cloudy morning, becoming mostly sunny after noon. breezy & cold. highs: 43-49 winds: wnw 5-15 mph tonight: mainly clear. cold & breezy. lows: 26-30 feels: 15-20 winds: nw 10-15 g 20 mph friday: partly to mostly sunny. unseasonably cold & windy. highs: 37-43 feels: 26-33 winds: nw 10-15 g 25+

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