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the outside comes in. (doorbell) it's a swiffer wetjet! oh, i love this! i could do this everyday. ewww. sunshine is overrated, now we can get messy. stock markets across asia have staged full powerful overnight rallies rebounding after positive news from the
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united states federal reserve. janet yellen sparked a buying spree saying the fed would be patient when it comes to raising interest rates. that sent u.s. markets to their best day in more than a year. all three major averages gaining. the pioneer smartphonemaker's new phone is the black berry classic. it brings back the physical keyboard legal that means a smaller screen than other smartphones. its design will remind fans of the 9900, a much-loved phone. but the classic can run some android apps, too. >> you love the blackberry. >> i love the blackberry. >> buyou had to give yours up. >> i had to give mine up over the summer and i think the time has passed for the blackberry. >> don't tell me that. >> i hope they prove me wrong. how about that. another high-tech tool to tell you about that could help you in an emergency. >> it's being hailed as a
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personal safety game changer. abc's abby boudreau has the details. >> reporter: a mother's frantic search. >> my daughter is missing. >> reporter: a woman stranded in her car with poor cell reception. >> i can't hear you at all. >> reporter: and a man trapped inside his burning home. >> i can hear you coughing. is this dan? >> reporter: all of these are actual 911 recordings. all of them with happy endings thanks in part to smart 911. an enhanced 911 system where you can prepare for an emergency before it happens. >> i like to describe smart 911 as 911 on steroids. >> reporter: lieutenant jason sims from culver city, california, police department says they are the first city in california to use smart 911. >> dramatically increases the amount of information that we have available to our first responders. >> reporter: here's how it works. you create a safety profile online which can include your name, home address, photos of
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family members, even your medical history. your profile is then stored in secure national databases. if you call 911 from an area that uses the smarts 911 system, your profile will instantly pop up on the dispatcher's screen. >> they can talk that information and pass it on to the first responders and have them en route much faster. >> reporter: remember this 911 caller? choking on the smoke from inside his burning home. >> dan? your smart 911 that you signed up for has your address, and we have help coming for you. >> reporter: and that smart 911 profile, it cut 11 minutes off the response time. >> it saved me. saved my life. every day i'm here is a blessing. >> reporter: abby boudreau, abc news, culver city, california. >> incredible technology. coming up -- coming together through technology, the incredible new way americans can talk with people from other countries. also a first look at these
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real-life portals. yes, portals. that's next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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talks between iran and the u.s. made international headlines this week as an impending nuclear deal seems
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closser than ever before. >> for a group of artists the more important talks are happening between groups from both countries. a real-life portal. >> reporter: in the movies, portals come in many forms, whether they are rabbit holes or back doors. but real life portals don't exist. until now. >> we're at an art gallery in new york city. this looks like an oord shipping container but it's a portal to tehran. >> we're enabling people to meet who wouldn't be able otherwise. >> reporter: omar is part of an artist that's created portals. it's a converted shipping container that allows people to enter 15 minutes at a time to speak realtime with a citizen in tehran. >> you have to start from scratch. >> reporter: in tehran, the set-up is the same.
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i decided to try it out meeting the collaborator who is located there. >> hi. >> hi. >> so we just walked inside this portal. it's wall to ceiling carpet all around for the noise cancellation, i'm assuming. >> i think the noise is important when working with lower bandwidth. we want to focus transmission and everything on the face. we light it that way. >> reporter: inside the portal, a camera captures and projects a life size image of each party giving the feeling of an in-person conversation. >> it is sort of cozy. i think at least. and people -- i've slept in here. >> have you? >> not on purpose, but i've fallin asleep in here. and people come out feeling like it's a warm space in more the symbolic sense. >> you actually almost forget where the person is you're speaking to. >> reporter: that seems to be the point to show that perhaps
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americans and oiranians have muh in common. >> i've never been to iran and the girl i was paired up with studies photojournalism like me. i made a friend today. >> reporter: the best experience may just be an open mind. tina trinh, abc news, new york. >> the next phase is they want to open up portals to haiti, mexico and new delhi. it could be look a bridge to other countries. you think about cuba, right? >> exactly. >> we just don't know much. a lot of people who may not have cuban heritage. could be a way for people to better understand the world. technology is incredible. >> can we just use this from new york to arkansas. >> you and your arkansas. >> yeah, it's my home state. is that okay? >> you can -- >> i never go home. mama needs me to get in a portal. >> call him up, mama. give him a call. if you are watch, please, any
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♪ britney spears is one superstar that knows how to get attention. lots of people are talking about her latest photo shoot. >> she's sharing her secrets to staying in shape in "women's health" magazine. abc's sara haines has more. >> reporter: there she is. britney spears, the queen of pop. showing off her sculpted abs an the brand new cover of "women's health" magazine, looking just as great as she did when she hit us one more time. ♪ hit me baby one more time standing at just 5'4', the
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pint-sized superstar says she works hard for these killer results. i started noticing changes in my body. my hips are a little bit wider because i've had kids so it was crucial for me to be continuous with my exerseuss. what's her secret? spears seen in this behind the scenes footage likes to work up a sweat by attending group fitness classes and yoga. and get this. she doesn't have a personal training saying, i don't mind working out. trainers keep you motivated, but i didn't have a problem being moetsivated. >> she does a 45-minute workout. 20 minutes of cardio. usually does running and then moves on to free weights or squats, sit-ups, push-ups, things we can all do. >> reporter: it's not just about working out. spears says her svelte physique is also thanks to healthy eating. >> she makes scrambled egg whites with whole wheat toast. eats a lot of sushi.
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when she's snacking she specifically called out nut thins. >> reporter: but there's one indulgence she can't give up. sweet tea. >> you need a lot of discipline and a lot of motivation. >> reporter: simple steps to an intoxicating figure. for "good morning america," sara haines, abc news, new york. >> i found that refreshing she doesn't have a personal trainer, right? and only 20 minutes of cardio. >> you like that part? >> some people think you have to sweat for an hour. >> just 20 minutes and you, too, will look just like that. >> why didn't the graphics department try to put my face an her body. >> why would they need to put your face an that body? that is how you look. they could just put you up there and you'd be good to go. >> how would you know that about my body? >> there's all koonds of photos of you floating around here.
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this morning on "world news now" -- historic accord. the white house and cuba making a deal to release prisoners and improve relations. >> there's going to be generational chaun aal change i. >> the president's comments. how the pope was involved and a deal that impacts the world. major developments in the sony pictures cyberattack. the big decision about the movie "the interview." new details about who may be responsible. >> they use new tactics and techniques we haven't often seen. >> as the damage done by the hackers gets costlier every day. consumer alert. warnings to holiday shop bers pickpockets. the latest tactics to rip you off and what you can do to avoid becoming the next victim. it's thursday, december 18th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm t.j. holmes. thank you for being withes. we begin with that surprise deal. an historic prisoner swap restoring ties between the u.s. and cuba for the first time in more than half a century. >> alan gross was released after spending five years in a cuban prison for espionage. also back on u.s. soil. a u.s. intelligence agent locked up in cuba for two decades in exchange for the u.s. released three jailed cuban spies. here's a look at gross reuniting with help wiis wife after touch down at andrews air force base. >> i'm incredibly blessed to have the freedom to rezooum a positive and constructive life. >> reporter: the deal follows more than a year of secret meetings between the u.s. and cuba and personal interventions by pope francis. >> just hours after president obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations and open an
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embassy in havana, david muir sat down with the president for an exclusive interview covering everything from secret talks to the pope and the phone call that made it all official. >> mr. president, we all saw that first handshake a year ago with president castro. it went worldwide. now we're aware of the phone call in the last 24 hours. i'm curious if there's something in that phone call you can share with the american people that assured you that cuba is actually changing. >> i'm not sure that raul castro at the age of octobe80-somethin going to be changing significantly but there's going to be generational change in cuba. this last conversation was substantive. i was insistent that we'd continue to promote democracy and human rights and speak out forcefully on behalf of the freedom of the people of cuba. >> fidel castro, is he aware of what's happened? does he approve? >> i'm not sure. i don't know what fidif fidel cs
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health status is. >> the pope. he reached out to you and president castro. we now hear about this secret meeting at the vatican. what role did the pope play in all of this? >> he played an important role. pope france sis the deal real. a remarkable man and an inspiration to all. >> alan gross. he looked a lot healthier than images we had seen before. did you talk to him yet? >> i did. i had a chance to talk to him an his flight home. the first thing he said, mr. president, for you, i don't mind interrupting my corned beef sandwich. i told him he had mustard an his upper lip. we had a nice conversation. he, obviously, is joyful about being reunited with his family. it was tough while he was locked up. >> former florida governor jeb bush who says he's now exploring looking at whether or not he'll
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run for president said that cuba is a dictatorship, pure and simple. do you agree? is president castro a dictator? >> it's a one-party state. so is china. so is vietnam. what we found is we're in a position to have more influence on the course of events in those countries when we have an active ambassador there, people to people exchanges. >> but there are those who argue the embargo should be strengthened, not weakened, pointing to the political prisoners that still exist. the fact they can't have demonstrations. few have access to the internet. will you visit cuba in your final two years as president? >> i don't have any current plans to visit cuba. >> not ruling it out? >> let's see how things evolve. >> many cuban americans are outraged over the thaw in u.s./cuban relations. hundreds of cuban exiles in miami gathered outside a popular restaurant, slamming him as a
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comrade of the castro brothers. they say the cuban government doesn't deserve to have a normal relationship with the united states and republican senator marco rubio agreed. >> the could bean people aren't any more free today than they were yesterday. >> many of the younger people are welcoming the president's announcement. they say any change at this point would be good. stay with abc news as we cover the far-reaching impact of the accord with cuba. more reaction coming up on "america this morning" and "good morning america." angry reaction after sony decided to cancel the release of "the interview." some believe sony gave in to those anonymous threats, like rob lowe who tweeted the hackers won. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: federal investigators say they have enough evidence to connect north korea to the devastating cyberattack against sony pictures. that the secretive authoritarian regime sponsored it or directed an individual or group to carry
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out the attack. a formal announcement from the justice department expected on thursday. this as sony pulled the plug on the christmas release of its controversial comedy "the interview" in light of recent threats. >> you want us to kill the leader of norlth korea? >> yes. >> reporter: executives making the decision after some of the biggest theater chains decided not to screen the movie because of concerns for patrons safety. the group, the guardiabs of peace warned people from seeing the movie. we recommend you to keep yourself distant. soon all the world will see what an awful movie sony has made. the world will be full of fear. sources tell abc news the main suspects are members of an elite cybersecurity team known as bureau 121 believed to be behind several hack attacks an south korea last year. >> they use sophisticated malware, new tactics and techniques we haven't often seen. >> reporter: while the department of homeland security says there's no credible intelligence to indicate an
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active plot against movie theaters in the united states "the interview" for now is being canned. sony staying we stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome. at this point, it is unclear if the movie will ever be released. t.j. and reena? >> marci, thank you. a major manhunt near ft. worth, texas, for a murder suspect. he is considered armed and dangerous. residents have been told to stay inside their homes and lock doors and windows. the murderer took place last friday in ft. worth. it's also the biggest krminal case in the u.s. over contaminated medicine. 14 former owners or employees of a massachusetts pharmacy are charged in a meningitis outbrack. they fond a host of issues including mold and dirty equipment. disturbing news about older
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americans and anti-anxiety drugs. they take those three times as much as younger people. the drugs can hamper thinking, movement and driving and increase the risk of falls. new hope for smokers who want to quit this morning. a naturally occurring plant compound may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy. it's been used in eastern europe for decades but it's not widely available here. callers calling a quit line got better results with it. >> seems like it's hard to smoke. somewhere like new york that's so expensive and you can't smoke inside anymore. >> were you ever a smoker? >> never a smoker. >> it's hard to break. people try the patch, the gum. president obama has done the gum. >> think he's really done? every once in a while we hear about him sneaking a cigarette.
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>> can you blame him trying to get immigration reform through. cuba thing comes through. calling the pope. >> have a smoke. >> i don't advocate smoking but he's one who could use a pass every now and then. we almost hate to show you this video. it seems to suggest not everyone is a fan of santa claus. >> a guy set a small santa. in front of the video camera he uses to record wildlife. >> everything seems cool. this may be a cool christmas video. then he took out santa. we don't know what happened there but he roughed santa up here. santa's left down in the dirt. maybe just his way of getting acquai acquainted. >> my smelling santa's tush? >> it's a bear. it's a wild animal. they do things we don't understand. coming up, a letter sent from a little girl to santa. and revised. she no longer wants toys.
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only in georgia could this next story take place. police there have a tough nut to crack. three men are charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of pecans from a form. they are looking for a fourth suspect now. this may sound odd but they are quite common. the farm has surveillance cameras put up. there was a high-speed chase over pecans. these things are fairly expensive. >> you're from the south. >> yeah, pecans are a big deal. are you a pecan or pecan? >> pecan. >> in the south it's pecan. >> you see pecan? >> today in our makeup department they brought up these pecans -- >> you just went back to saying pecans.
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>> i just said -- >> maybe the influence of your sorn roots. >> i say pecans. who is on first routine? >> let's go to thieves. they are certainly busy this time of year. it might be a good time for a refresher. >> if you are carrying pecans, be careful out there. cecilia vega gives us tips an how to avoid pickpocket pros. >> reporter: while you're busy running last-minute holiday errands, make insure someone isn't running away withior wallet. this shopper turned away from her cart. he takes her wallet and hides it under a tote bag. he then hands off the wallet to his partner. >> guts to do it just when she's reaching. >> bob knows the game. >> she's getting her fruit.
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he's getting her purse. >> he's not a thief. he gives advice on how to catch neechs the women an the right leaves her purse hanging on her chair. bob swoops in and steals her wallet. >> did you have any idea what he was doing behind you? check out these cell phones. the one on the left is going, going, gone. >> oh, my phone. >> think men's wallets are harder to swipe? while i talk with this man, bob slides it right out of his front pocket and hands it over. >> how much is about your quick fingers and them not paying attention? >> i think it's more about them not paying attention. >> reporter: tip one -- don't be distracted by nice conversation from someone who appears well dressed. >> how do you not become a victim? >> this is fairly safe. it's always here.
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never behind me like this. >> reporter: that's tip two. always keep your belongings in your line of sight. >> i also think having as few credit cards as possible is important. >> reporter: keep your wallet and phone in the bottom of your purse, not the top. if it's easy for you to access, it's also easy for thieves as these folks found out. >> you are clutching your purse. >> now i don't trust you. >> cecilia vega, abc news. >> pickpockets. seems like we don't hear so bch it. apparently they're still out there. >> an old school problem that still exists. coming up -- are you a simpson's fan? >> yeah. >> it's turning 25 years old. what is behind the secret to the longevity of this cartoon family. and why are they all yellow? we find out next. ahead in our next half hour -- crashing and cashing in. slamming stolen cars right into
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♪ very few shows can boast 25 years on the air.
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we're hoping we make it there. "world news now" celebrating 23 years next month. >> enough about us. it's all about "the simpsons." bart still hasn't grown up. here now clayton sandell. ♪ the simpsons >> reporter: one of the reasons "the simpsons" have enjoyed a quarter century of pop culture skewing success starts with that attention-grabbing skin color. no accident. >> the characters are yellow so when you are with your remote control and tuning around, the tv, you can only -- if you go by a flash of yellow, it's either simpsons, sponge bob or tweety bird. >> reporter: there are inside jokes galore. that price when maggie gets scanned at the market. the cost of raising a child in 1989. actors often pull quadruple duty. >> me fail english? that's impossible.
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>> reporter: hank azaria voices at least 16 different characters. >> you have to promise not to commit any more crimes. >> no. >> reporter: what about that classic homer trademark. it doesn't appear that way in scripts. they simply type annoyed grnt. with each episode taking up to nine months to finish, how does the show man tain that uncanny ability to say so topical. >> we seem to be really good at anticipating what's going to be happening. >> and for anyone who thinks the simpsons is going away any time soon, listen to bart. ♪ eat my shorts >> bart! >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> homer's expression "doh" is actually in the dictionary now. >> what's the definition of what? >> we should look it up. als there's a university of california berkeley offers a four-credit course on "the
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in australia they have also" who wants to be a millionaire," their version of it. the question was, which of these is not a piece of jewelry worn commonly. she chose anniversary ring and this is when she realized what a mistake she made. >> which is not a piece of jewelry -- not a piece of jewelry. oh, my god. that's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me. >> while that host there gave her a bag of burger rings. >> the mind goes under pressure. but anniversary ring wouldn't
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have come to mind as something you give easily. maybe i wouldn't have looked down "d" a burger ring. >> what is a burger ring? is it -- i'm imagining it's like the french fries with -- >> like burger king, burger ring? the movie we'll not be seeing any time soon, there's an activist group doing these air lifts, these air drops to north korea. you've seen clips from "the interview." the group wants to use these interviews to do air drops of the movie into north korea. who knows if they can pull this off. humanitarian drops. they drop food, information and whatnot from the outside world to the north koreans. what would you think about them dropping the movie "the interview" in to north korea. >> they're not really going to do that. >> i wish they'd drop it off in lower manhattan because i want to see that. >> they look like a little bit like kondoms. >> they are not dropping condoms
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into north korea. those are just the air in the balloon there. >> i'm just wondering. could be a safe sex campaign. >> it's not. >> we're trying to help the north koreans. >> in any way we can. safe sex -- oh, reena. >> are you blushing? >> i can't believe -- >> i'm a light skinned brother. when we laugh, we get red. >> here's a reason not to get red. a cute story about a girl who all she wants from santa, not toys. her house burned down in october. she's asking, instead of all the things i asked for, can i have cement blocks, heater, wood, wiring, doors. her house burned down. she's living with family in florida. all she wants is her home back so she can go back. >> i bet people are going to see this. i bet those materials end up coming from somewhere. lowe's, home depot. somebody is going to git on this. >> poor hi, anne.
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this morning on "world news now" -- dramatic deal. the white house and the cuban government restore relations. a prisoners exchange and the secret negotiations. another football scandal. the san francisco 49ers kick ray mcdonald off the team. the sex assault accusations and the first test of the league's tough new player conduct policy. storming the store. daring robbers smashing a car into a boutique. taking off with high-end merchandise. a jaw-dropping crime that was over in just seconds. and hollywood responds to the cyberattacks on sony pictures and the shutdown of a major film release. comments from celebrities in "the skinny" on this thursday, december 18th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good thursday morning. thank you for spending some time with us. i'm t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan.
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i was asking t.j. if he ever had a cuba libre. >> yeah. >> it's a traditional cuban drink. it's rum, right? >> i can't remember. >> i think it's rum and coke and a little lime. we should have them on set. i thought about it and then i realized abc's policy about the alcohol. >> what is it about this policy? >> i'll pull out the handbook. what an historic moment. remember a few days ago, our jim avila ran a story about cuban doctors. i find it interesting that jim is over there. he was ahead of the game on this. >> he always is. >> jim is. we really got an historic prisoner exchange ushering in a new era in u.s./cuban relations and sweeping away decades of hostility. >> more than a year of secret talks that led to the release of american prisoner alan gross. and a jailed u.s. intelligence agent. in turn, three convicted cuban spies were sent back to cuba. the aforementioned jim avila is
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in havana. >> reporter: just look at this scene provided exclusively to abc news by senator jeff flake who was on board the plane. this is alan gross looking out the window at freedom. on a plane stocked with popcorn and a sandwich, food he missed in captivity. >> u.s. air space. how is that? >> reporter: alan gross wastes no time breathing it in deeply. and these amazing pictures. the actual reunion with wife judy who he had told good-bye in july. it was too painful for her to visit him anymore. and then another emotional reunion with his washington attorney who worked both cuba and the u.s. for his release. gross' first words to his family, i'm free. arriving at andrews air force base in suburban washington, d.c., a brief glimpse before a thank you and a news conference. >> today is the first day of hanukkah. and i guess so far, it's the
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best hanukkah that i'll be celebrating for a long time. what a blessing it is to be a citizen of this country. >> reporter: here in havana, bells rang as cuba witnessed something people here thought they might never see. presidents from the u.s. and their home island agreeing on the future. a rare sense of optimism now in havana. i've been covering this country for more than 20 years. for the first time now, we're beginning to see hope from the people that a country so close in distance will soon be a country close in fact. jim avila, abc news, havana. president obama announced plans for a u.s. embassy in havan and high-level visits between the two governments. a final phone call with raul castro sealed the deal after more than a year of secret talks. and personal involvement by pope francis. in an exclusive interview with abc's david muir, president obama calling the pope the real deal. >> the assistance, not only of him and his office in providing
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a moral authority to the issue, but also his practical facilities in the vatican, i think was very important. >> will you visit cuba in your final two years as president? >> i don't have any current plans to visit cuba. >> not ruling it out? >> let's see how things evolve. >> a lot of fanfare in havana as the three cuban prisoners stepped off a plane greeted by president raul castro. they were arrested in 1998 and later convicted of spying on anti-castro groups in miami. you can stay with abc news as we cover the impact of this accord with cuba. more reaction coming up on "america this morning" and "good morning america." now to the fallout over sony's decision to shelve a movie because of threats from hackers linked to north korea. the studio could lose $100 million by not releasing "the interview," a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of north korea's leader. a group calling itself the
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guardians of peace had claimed responsibility for the hack. >> they used very sophisticated malware. they used new tactics and techniques we haven't often seen. >> we are expected to learn more today about the u.s. -- what the u.s. intends to do in response to the attack. the san francisco 49ers have used some of the bluntest language in releasing defensive lineman ray mcdonald. he's being investigated for possible sexual assault. a team statement said mcdonald had been, quote, released immediately effective immediately. abc's josh haskell reports. >> reporter: ray mcdonald who played in almost every game for the san francisco 49ers since 2008 no longer has a job. that's because of another run-in with police. accused of sexual assault. >> ray's demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated. >> reporter: san jose police
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searched mcdonald's home after a local hospital told them a patient they treated may be the victim of assault. no arrests had been made, but back in august, mcdonald was arrested after his pregnant fiancee reported she was the victim of domestic violence. the case was dropped last month due to a lack of evidence. in 2010, mcdonald was charged with drunken driving. >> this isn't about this one incident. this is about a pattern. >> reporter: this string of incidents for mcdonald comes during a season when the nfl has taken heat for its handling of domestic violence cases. if charged, mcdonald would be the first player punished under the league's new personal conduct policy approved last week. >> it's tough. he's a good friend to a lot of people on this team. no one around him ever thought bad of him. >> reporter: even though mcdonald is currently unsigned, he could face punishment from the league for these incidents. he faces no criminal charges
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at this time, but the san jose police department's investigation into this latest accusation is ongoing. josh haskell, abc news, new york. actor stephen collins now admits to doing something, quote, terribly wrong. the "7th heaven" star said he did have inappropriate sexual contact with three girls over a 20-year period but not in the past 20 years. collins admitted the behavior during a marriage therapy session three years ago which his then wife secretly recorded. he says he gave a statement to "people" because the rumors are much worse than what he actually did. disturbing new details about the kidnapping of a new hampshire teenager last year. court documents show that suspect nathaniel kibby used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control the girl during the nine months of her captivity. kibby has been held on a million-dollar bond since his arrest. a manhunt is under way after a tv meteorologist was shot outside his station yesterday morning.
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police in waco say the suspect and patrick crawford exchanged words before gunfire erupted. crawford was hit several times, but he is expected to be okay. not clear whether the two men knew each other. in southern california, a police chase for a stolen car suspect. the black bmw led cops through los angeles streets and on two freeways. it was even driven on a sidewalk and blew through three busy intersections. police caught up with it on the pacific coast highway in malibu where the suspect quickly surrendered. about 50 miles south of there, police investigating a fatal traffic collision. at least one person was killed and about a dozen others injured when a car ran a red light and struck them as it drove through an intersection. it's believed most of those had just attended a holiday service at a church. the car that hit them ultimately collided head-on with another vehicle. the driver who hit those people was taken into custody. we're going to turn to some weather now. light snow early today in kansas and missouri.
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flurries possible in western and upstate new york, as well as new england. thunderstorms in parts of texas and the western gulf coast. no rain this morning on the west coast, finally, until another storm moves in. >> high temperatures reach the mid-40s in the northeast and rockies. 26 in minneapolis. 31 chicago. 61 in los angeles. 50 in portland and seattle. so there's really no other way to describe this other than it's a pretty cool scene captured by a resident in park city, utah. she was looking out behind her house and saw a large pack of elk hanging out on the golf course. >> a number of them made a move toward the road. the whole pack followed suit. can you imagine seeing this? where did you say? utah? >> park city, utah. the woman who posted this online called it a beautiful sight to see, noting she was lucky to capture it on video. i love this. i kind of wish i had a backyard that was capable of attracting
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elk. >> so you can see elk in particular or just -- >> i have bunny rabbits that ate my halloween pumpkin. coming up in "the skinny," the latest hits dropped by backstreet boys comeback. the boy band actually growing up. our friend and former nfl great michael strahan is kicking it with the rockettes. this is a dance number you need to see. he was pretty doggone good. you're watching "world news now." look at that. >> giving a run for his money. let's see your moves. >> last time i made a move i ended up in the er. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex fast-max. eh, you don't want that one. yea, actually i do. it's mucinex fast-max night time and it's got a nasal decongestant. is that really a thing? it sounds made up. i can't sleep when i'm all stuffy. i take offense to that. i'm not going to argue with a talking ball of mucus. i think you're being a little hasty...
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welcome back. you'll not believe this story. a couple guys in central florida are locked up after an incredible performance at walmart. we see them walk in. security cameras are rolling. they fill it up with nearly $400 in toys. then one guy fakes a heart attack near the exit while others turn their attention to him, we see the guy with the cart, he walks out. rolls all that merchandise out without paying. the tape made it easy to identify them. they've been arrested and charged with grand theft. >> that's one tactic, faking a heart attack. it's christmas. >> it's christmas. you know, people -- >> thieves are doing their thing. of course, it's christmas. they are getting creative. and they are brazen. take this new tactic, the crash and grab. >> burglars crashing stolen cars into the store fronts. every moment tightly choreographed. abc's alex perez has the story. >> reporter: it happened in
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seconds. a car smashes into the louie vuitton store in suburban chicago. then as many as eight thieves dressed in dark clothes from head to toe storm into the store, clearing out shelves, making off with $120,000 in merchandise. the smash and grab robberies a growing problem in the chicago area. at least a dozen this year. a few weeks ago, burglars use a stolen pickup to ram through a brick wall, and then the gang rushes in stealing everything in sight. >> for them, it's like fun. we have no choice but to close the store. >> reporter: and it's not just chicago. take a look at this video in miami. masked burglars rush into this jewelry store, making off with millions. thieves are resorting to smash and grab because stores now have smarter alarm systems, more cameras and employees trained to spot thieves. in the windy city, the bad guys
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all seem to have the same m.o., working in groups. most incidents over in less than two minutes. these types of crimes climb during the holidays because thieves can get higher prices on stolen luxury goods. here in chicago, police are still working to track down those burglars. alex perez, abc news, chicago. we've got "the skinny" coming up. this movie has gotten so much press. the movie you will probably never see now. everybody is out there reacting to sony scrapping the release of "the interview." and backstreet's back, oh, yeah. isn't that part of the song? the band trying to find their way as men. oh, it's all right. >> there it is. >> "skinny" is up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ okay. leading us off, the reaction to the decision from sony heard round the world. that decision to not release "the interview." >> hollywood heavy hitters taking to social media to express their displeasure with sony's choice. actor rob lowe among them tweeting out he commiserated with the film's creator and star seth rogen noting the unprecedented nature of the studio's decision. >> the director who gave rogen his first big break saying it's disgraceful that theaters are not showing the movie and asking will they pull any movie that
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gets an anonymous threat now. even kimmel responding calling sony's decision an un-american act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent. stern reaction from, really, a guy who is just funny. he's never really tough about that kind of stuff. >> would americans have gone to see it? would we have been fearful of going to the theater ourselves if they decided to still show the movie. >> i would have been fine going. but not everyone feels that way, right? >> we're not sure if we'll ever get to see that movie "the interview." some films we have seen are being honored by joining the national film registry. >> 25 titles including "saving private ryan" will join the registry. another notable, the 1971 childhood favorite starring gene wilder, oh, i love this one. it's "willy wonka and the chocolate factory." ♪ oompa loompa doompadee doo ♪ ♪ if you are wise you'll listen to reena ♪
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the film registry chooses movies that are at least ten years old which are considered culturally historic or have aesthetic cinematic treasures. >> yeah, well, you know, that's just like your opinion, man. >> yeah, many fans glad to see the cohen brothers cult favorite "the big lebowski" fits into that classification as well. a 6-year-old who landed an interview with sting. >> "the last ship" was a topic of conversation. before that, the kindergartner had to clear something up. >> how are you? >> hi. >> good to be here. so i have a question for you. why are you called mr. sting? that's kind of an unusual name. i like it, but why are you called that? >> okay. my given name is gordon. >> that's a good question. sting goes on to explain the story and also gives some well-dressed credit for saying it was one of his best
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interviews he's ever done. ever done. that's pretty impressive. and he really did do his homework that young guy. finally, backstreet is back. the boy band that burst on to the scene in the late 1990s is making a comeback with a brand new documentary answering a burning question. >> what do you do when you are a full grown man in a boy band? >> that's a great question. the documentary follows the band through the making of their 20th anniversary album "in a world like this." >> it's also chock full of flashbacks and drama giving fans a look inside the boys' rise to superstardom. "show them what you are made of" hits theaters and itunes january 30th. time to celebrate birthdays. >> legendary hollywood director and producer steven spielberg, 68. >> brad pitt. hunkadicious. so tongue tied he's so good looking. he's 51. >> really messed you up just then. also actress katie holmes, 36
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now. >> are you related? >> distant cousins. >> christina aguilera, 34. happy birthday. k-y yours & mine. yeah, we were nervous to try it. there's an amazing sensation for her. amazing. this one feels fantastic for me. and combined... ohh, it's a completely new sensation for us both. it's opened a whole new door for us. i've come to clean your pool. but we don't have a pool. i'll come in anyway. next week i'm going to be a maid. [ female announcer ] k-y yours & mine. his excites. hers delights. together feel them ignite. keep life sexy.
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from easy, breezy, beautiful covergirl ♪ it's a holiday tradition, the radio city christmas spectacular. it stars santa. but everyone knows it's all about those legendary rockettes. >> over 2 million people make their way to see the famed dancers. we're "up all nightline" with abc's michael strahan who is trying to add rockette to his resume. >> they make it all look so easy. the kicks, the costume changes, that makeup. but how hard is it really to be a rockette all day? lucky me, the ladies invited me to find out. i'm here at radio city music hall. i'm so excited. you know why? because i am about to become a rockette. they kick more than 300 times
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per performance. to prepare, they stretch and they stretch. >> i don't know about this. >> and they stretch. there are perks to all the hard work. they say there's no need for a special rockette diet. they burn up to 1,000 calories each performance. >> put your right arm across. >> it was time for the dancing to begin. >> drop it three, hold four. we're going to jump one and kick your right foot, together, kick your left foot and then do a big pose at the end. >> with the steps down. >> right center, four times in the center. >> well, pretty much down, it was time to add some music. check this out. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> okay. i don't know what just happened. but i liked it! one, two, three, rockettes! >> a day with the rockettes, that's what i call kicking the holidays into high gear. for "nightline," i'm michael strahan in new york. >> what? >> yeah. >> that's impressive. >> incredibly impressive. he's a tv host now, but that's a pro football hall of famer. he's a great athlete. stays in shape. >> he's a great athlete. he got his legs high up there, but -- >> whoa, whoa. >> when was that? is that your christmas card? my goodness. be careful who you send those
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. making news in america this morning -- restoring relations. united states and cuba slowly putting an end to a 50-year freeze. prisoner swap and how the pope played a key role. what it means for tourism and imports like cigars. they know which country is behind the sony hack as the studio decides to cancel "the interview". a car slams into people living church. the driver under arrest. and a deer comes out of nowhere into the path of a cyclist going 30 miles per hour. well, good thursday morning.


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