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us for "good morning . good morning, america. developing right now, christmas eve storm. floods, tornados and damaging winds poised for the season. are your holiday plans about to be wiped out by the severe weather on the way? a record number of travelers hit the road. this morning, knocked out. the internet down in north korea. the system mysteriously collapsing overnight. did the u.s. fight back? without a trace, the armored truck found without the driver and empty. the urgent search under way. looked like one of those unmanned drones was on the final. >> and everyone wants a drone. whether you have been naughty or nice, it's flying off shelves. but a new warning from the
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government about what you're really wrapping up. and good morning, america. that song is happily stuck in our heads this morning, now it's stuck in yours as well. >> a little gift for you all on this tuesday morning. there's no breakout christmas song since mariah carey. we're about to get a new holiday hit. >> 20 years ago. 1994. we want to get to the weather right now. so much snow out west. look who's taking a break from christmas prep. not us. >> i was about to reenact it for you. >> rob, that's santa claus. >> it is, but with technology today, he's able to take a quick break. ahead of schedule, happy to report. he will be busy, and he will have a strong jet stream to ride in on.
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that jet stream is bringing three storms that are going to come together, one, two, three. they are going to collide and strengthen through time here. as that happens, we have a couple of concerns. namely, severe weather and heavy rain across the south. gulf of mexico moisture. you know what happens when that happens this time of year. it's up to atlanta, i-95, a wet go. well, today, yes, and especially tomorrow. and even this morning, there are some pockets of frozen precipitation. and the backside of this, there will be snow in places like chicago. the question is will it stick and give you a white christmas? might be enough to make it festive. the travel is a headache. and more specifically today, the severe threat there as well, from new orleans to jackson, mobile, tallahassee to the i-10 corridor. strong thunderstorms, isolated tornados. watching it throughout the day today and the travel weather through tomorrow. back over to you. >> thank you very much. and a perfect storm on the roads, the strong economy and
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the low gas prices adding up to record holiday travel and traffic. david kerley has the story from a gas station in new jersey. and good morning, david. >> reporter: morning. rob has it right. it's a mess tomorrow for those hitting the roads. there is some good news, though, with the bad news, and that is the good news behind me, the gas prices. according to aaa almost 90 million of us will hit the road through new year's. and the roads are getting filled up because you can fill up pretty cheaply at the gas pump. they have dropped 86 cents since a year ago. it's down to $2.40 a gallon in the weekly average from the government. that's 15 cents less than last week. 27 states, half the states, have gas under $2 a gallon. the riders are going to share in
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the misery of the slick roads, but saving. and the big hubs tomorrow, atlanta, d.c., new york, the only good news is its expected to be light air travel tomorrow. >> all right. bide your time. it's going happen. turn now to the latest twist in the sony hack attack. president obama promised to respond at a time and place of the u.s.'s choosing, and north korea's internet has crashed. >> some fearing this may be the beginning of a cyber war. no one is talking. but for most of the day, north korea was scrambling to fix their servers. this morning, north korea back online. the internet coming back overnight just adds mysteriously as it went out monday. collapsing for nearly ten hours. coming amid a war of words over the sony cyber attack. >> if the u.s. did this, they're
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clearly defining the parameters for this kind of activity. this could be devastating if it leads to an escalation for this type of warfare. >> reporter: and blaming the hacking over the planned release of "the interview." >> you are entering into the most dangerous country on earth. >> reporter: president obama warning there would be a response. but the state department neither confirming nor denying monday that it's behind the north korea outage. >> as we implement our responses, some may be seen, some not. >> reporter: hacking the system in a denial of service attack is not complicated because of the limited technology. satellite photos show how little electricity runs through the hermit nation at night. china and south korea, bright, north korea, a black void from space. >> they have 1,024 to service the country. that compares to hundreds of
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millions for china and the united states. >> reporter: meanwhile, back in the united states, "the interview" is not coming to a theater near you. but there's a live stage reading in new york. a two-hour production with an authentic script all in the name of the freedom of speech. sony has not authorized that reading. and sony threatening to sue twitter over tweets linked to their hacked information. and back to north korea, the u.s. is not talking. but in the past, many believe they hacked iraq and iran's systems and didn't take credit. one cyber security expert i spoke to said it could be the u.s. or a 15-year-old. we don't know. >> thanks very much. now it call for calm and an end to the anti-police protests in new york until after the funerals for the two officers executed at point blank range over the weekend. police using this surveillance video to map out the time line in the hours before the attack.
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linsey davis is here with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. baltimore police have talked to brinsley's ex-girlfriend who he allegedly shot in the stomach on saturday morning. she's in critical condition. he gave no indication that he intended to commit violence against police officers. this morning, dramatic cell phone video revealing the time they tried to save the officers after they were shot in their patrol car saturday. this is a police try to piece together the gunman's movements just before the ambush. according to the nypd, this newly-released surveillance footage shows brinsley about two hours before the shooting. his gun, they say, in that bag. after that, no sign of brinsley until he opens fire. >> we have a very disturbed young man here. >> reporter: he attended a protest in new york city earlier this month rally against alleged
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police misconduct. while police say brinsley didn't directly participate in the protest, he did reference garner and michael brown in an instagram post discovered one hour before the ambush. they take one of ours, take two of theirs. but on monday, his daughter rejecting violence in her father's name. joining the hundreds coming to pay respects to the fallen officers. >> i have to come out and let the family know we stand with them. >> reporter: new york mayor bill de blasio and william bratton visiting with the victim's families. he had offered to fill in on the shift for a coworker who was running late the day he was killed. >> our family. we will stand together and thank you. >> reporter: bill de blasio has been criticized by police
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officers for being anti-cop. they turned their backs saturday night. he's urging protesters to hold off until after the officers are laid to rest. >> the assassination was an attack on the city of new york as a whole, on our values, on our democracy. we can not tolerate such attack. >> reporter: the funeral for officer ramos is going to take place on saturday. both al sharpton and eric garner's youngest daughter say it was metal health and not as a result of anything the mayor said or supported. >> thanks very much. and new details about an attempt to smuggle guns on delta airlines. some guns, some loaded, were found on a flight out of atlanta. they were part of a trafficking ring. it could be a huge security risk. and pierre thomas has more. one arrest has been made. >> reporter: it appears it was an inside job.
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prosecutors say a delta employee smuggled 18 handguns past security in the airport. they were handed over to a former delta employee inside of a bathroom. from there, the weapons, including seven loaded were slipped into carry on luggage on a plane that flew to new york. it raises serious questions about the vetting of employees and whether there's enough to catch the dirty employees. several have been charged with or convicted of smuggle guns. we are expected to learn more later today. >> not good news for delta around the holiday travel time. >> reporter: they're working with authorities and take this matter seriously. >> okay, pierre thomas, thanks very much. now the other top stories from paula faris. good morning. we begin with new video of a dramatic rescue at sea. the coast guard rushing to the scene after a small plane from florida crashedbahamas.
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it was submerged in the water. they pulled the pilot into a basket and hoisted him up to the coast guard helicopter. he is recovering from the juris. and a high profile congressman from new york is expected to plead guilty today to to $1 million in felony tax fraud. republican michael grimm may be best-remembered for this video, threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony for asking about a campaign finance allegation. it could end his congressional career. and a major labor dispute that is correct impact the entire economy. overnight, a federal mediator was asked to intervene saying contract talks were at an impasse despite months of negotiation. a port shutdown could cost the economy as much as $2 billion a day. and a terrifying case of
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road rage caught on camera in california. two women driving on route 80 say a truck cut them off. then the driver harassed them, weaving back and forth, nearly forcing them off the road. when both vehicles stopped, the driver starts pounding on their window. claiming she was a police officer. back on the road, it started again. this time her truck hit them. >> she just hit our car. she just hit our car. she's pushing us off of the road. >> the women called 911 and met a police officer who arrested the suspect. it turns out she had just gotten out of jail for a hit and run. and speaking of rage, a brawl erupting on the field at college football's miami beach bowl where punches were thrown, helmets swung, and at least one player, already bleeding, seemed to throw a cheap shot. it followed an overtime win by memphis. their coach later saying they
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need to learn how to handle success. i'd say so. but the big headline, the shocker from monday night. peyton manning threwing four interceptions. the bengals stunning the broncos, and the bengals punching their ticket to the playoff. don't see that very often. and finally, a thief with a real, sorry about this, leg up on the criminal past. we remember the leg lamp from a ""a christmas story" in buffalo, a story puts this up every year. but some grinch, he looks left, he looks right, and then he swipes the leg lamp before making a run for it. we can't wait until they put him on trial. he's not going to have a leg to stand on. bad joke. i'm all about bad joke this is morning. do you have leg lamps? >> no. you know -- >> you would. >> i would. if given the opportunity. >> free market finds.
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it's not happening right there. >> thanks, paula. a new health study now that may explain why we can't get a good night's sleep. 43% of americans say it's a struggle. dr. jen ashton is here. it could be the tablets and iphones and computers. >> absolutely. this is a researcher at penn state university. they compared two groups of adults, those who read at night from an ereader or back lit electronic book and traditional hard cover books. those who read off an ebook were less sleepy, less r.e.m. sleep, the deep stage of leasleep, and less morning alertness. all these things can worsen the sleep problem. >> connected to the blue light in the tablet? >> yes, it's the short wavelength blue light. it disrupts the circadian rhythms that set our sleep and
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wake cycle. it suppresses me la to anyone, the hormone that helps us fall asleep. >> no ereader companies have responded yet. is this a matter of unplugging before bedtime? >> it's not don't use them at all, but just before sleep. unplug 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. it's for our kids also. this is a startling statistic, the average american teenager spends seven and a half hours a day engaged in a combination of recreational media on their tech device and doing homework, a lot of which is done on a screen. exactly. >> thanks. >> you bet. remember right now one of the most unique singing voices of our time. joe cocker passing away at the age of 70 and leaving behind a remarkable legacy. ♪ what would you do if i sang out of tune ♪ his distinctive voice spanned 40
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years. ♪ lend me your ears and i'll sing you a song ♪ ♪ i will try not to sing out of tune ♪ ♪ i want to get by with a little help from my friends ♪ a prolific rocker who fronted some of the most memorable songs of our time. ♪ you can leave your head on ♪ love lift us up where we belong ♪ ♪ you are so beautiful ♪ to me ♪ a little help from my friends ♪ his eight-minute performance of the beatles' "a little help from
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my friends quotes stole the show at woodstock, making cocker a household name. ♪ what do i do this morning, paul mccartney remembering his friend as a mind-blowing singer who turned a beatles song into a soul anthem. soulful, raspy, just one of a kind. remember how he moved. like he was dancing in a trans. he was frustrated he didn't play piano or guitar. got the musicty out of his body. >> tremendous energy. we showed santa skiing earlier, we to want give equal due to the >> check out video of fresh powder across veil colorado. go pro camera. through aspen trees there with over a foot of it.
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you got to love that. and joy it. we've got more in break enrich over 2 feet of snow. a lot of face shots as they say and there's more snow coming your way. here is that low that's going across parts of the great lakes. minneapolis chicago, i'm not sure how much of this is going to stick. most of us will see a wet green brown christmas some of that rain will be heavy at team. severe thunderstorms as well as we mentioned some of those could have strong winds and some isolated tornadoes and then one maybe 2-inches of rainfall today through christmas morning across parts of 71 degrees. your local forecast is just 30 seconds away but first your tuesday trivia brought to you by walgreens. >> ♪
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>> good morning, i'm meteorologist karen rogers with your accuweather update. some light showers and drizzle in place. it's wet out there. let's take you outside. at least it's mild. as we look at philadelphia international airport, 110 minute flight delays because of fog reducing visibility to just two and a half miles there so be careful and call ahead. 52 for your high today. second half of the day going to feature clouds and just a touch of drizzle. tomorrow rainy and breezy, a high of 63. 57 on christmas day and we're dry. the northeast. you know, who's up at white face? amy robach. back on the slopes and doing well. >> thank you, rob. coming up on "gma," the tv weatherman shot outside his
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station speaks out for the first time as them manhunt for the shooter heats up. and what happened to the army man behind the wheel? and drones are the most popular presents, but a new warning from the government what you're really putting under the tree. why is it so hard to create a hit that everyone wants to sing along to. we're cracking the code. ♪ this year you saved me from tears ♪ people across america are taking advantage of sprint's cut your bill in half event. what's that in your hand? um... my at&t bill. my verizon bill. what's the monthly rate? $85 about $160 what if sprint could cut your rate plan in half? i... would love to cut that in half. and give you unlimited talk and text in the u.s., and match your data. that's incredible. bring in your verizon or at&t bill, turn in your old phone, and we'll cut your rate plan in half.
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>> good morning, it's 7:26. matt pelman is here taking a look at the roads. hey, matt. >> it's not the nicest morning for a ride, matt. we had a number of accidents and including a pretty bad one along the 42 freeway northbound side at 681 which is lower landing road. some people were injured. you still have the right lane
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blocked so the speeds not so pleasant, just 9 miles per hour as you come north of the a.c. expressway through that point at lower landing road. this is 422 eastbound side definitely busy from this point past oaks into 23. in the inn pottstown use 422 and maybe high street. 724 is closed. peco pole in flames there so fire crews are on the scene. northbound at gypsy lane a crash, also pennsauken 130 southbound at marlton pike, matt. >> thank matt. taking a live look at philadelphia international airport. the faa reporting delays of nearly two hours for arriving flights because of low cloud cover there. david is off, meteorologist karen rogers has the forecast. >> visibility reports got worse at philadelphia international airport, now 1.7-mile visibility. that's a issue with fog. rain is not him. we can see light rain on storm tracker 6 live double scan throughout much of the area. the wettest half of the day
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will be the first half and the afternoon and evening will just have a touch of drizzle. so some early showers and drizzle this afternoon clouds and drizzle, 52 for your high. tomorrow rainy heavy at times, breezy, a high of 63. it starts early in the morning and doesn't end until the overnight hours on christmas eve, matt. >> thanks karen. seven-year-old south jersey girl who asked to help the homeless for her birthday. >> ♪
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♪ i don't want a lot for christmas there is just one thing i need ♪ it's not as good as mine. >> we all know the song. sara haines, what's the movie that made it famous? >> "love actually." and that's what made it famous. i did my research. >> big breakout, mariah carey wrote it. why it is so hard to write a holiday hit. >> it's a mistery. and a real mystery this morning, an abandoned armored truck, and the urgent search to find the driver. and drones, the hottest gift, a serious warning from the government about them. and an important alert for
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social media. what you need to know up next? >> important information. begin with the meteorologist shot in the parking lot of his waco tv station. describing the gunman who is still on the loose. ryan owens has the story. >> a lot of you know, i'm in the tv news business. >> reporter: patrick crawford is used to being on camera. but never like this. >> he started shooting as i was leaving the parking lot. >> reporter: the 34-year-old said he was ambushed as he was leaving work in waco, texas, just six days ago. he appeared before the cameras to emphasize he doesn't know the suspect known in the sense. and correct something that people said, that he exchanged words with the shooter. >> the man said no words, there was no interaction whatsoever. >> reporter: he saw the man long enough to help officers create
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that sketch. detectives say they have released more than a hundred tips since releasing it. and the reward has doubled again. it's now $20,000 after crawford's station chipped in another 10,000. >> hopefully the description will help bring this person to justice for what he did and the crime he committed. >> reporter: crawford's wife, heather, a meteorologist at the same station, chose not to speak at the news conference. on her facebook page, she calls crawford her hero. she and many others have changed the profile picture to the logo of his favorite super hero. you may have noticed his favorite super man shirt. >> i want to get better and get home for me and my family. >> reporter: he is in a wheelchair but expects to be home by christmas. he's hoping the man he says did this to him will be behind bars by then. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas.
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>> ryan, thank you. and now turn to an armored truck heist in texas. the vehicle has been found, but what was in it and the driver are missing, and police believe he could be in dangerous. david wright has the story. >> reporter: good morning. this is a real mystery and an urgent manhunt is underway for the drive. he's listed as missing and/or endangered. in amarillo, texas, a big money mystery with a life possibly on the line. an armored truck abandoned in a vacant lot. >> the armored truck was here facing the truck in this area right here. that's where the police officers were at. >> reporter: the engine running, the vehicle empty. driver, 24-year-old trent cook vanished without a trace. and police are not saying what was in the truck. >> is he okay? did he leave that truck because he wanted to or somebody made him? >> reporter: police issued an all points bulletin, 5'6", blond
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hair, and last seen wearing a company uniform. he's not an armed employee. >> first concern is the welfare of the driver. >> reporter: cook's parents are adamant it's not an inside job. he's a family man, honorable to the core. >> i want to know that he's all right. >> none of us believe that trent has anything to do with this. we want him found and to come home. >> reporter: he is not a suspect. police listed him as missing and/or endangered. >> looking for anything to give us information. >> reporter: the armored car does transport money. this time of year, lots of it. >> a real mystery. thank you. and time for the weather. and the weather outside is frightful for most of the country. but l.a. not looking bad at all. >> not bad. the winds keeping it mild.
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and high surf leading to this. ventura county. they are riding the waves. the wing tide around the winter solstice. and they are not worried about that. and the wind advisories, the offshore winds hold you have the face of the waves. the surfers love that. 75 in san diego, and dry across the southwest. another storm is moving into the pacific northwest. this will dive, again, into the mountains of the rockies, more fresh powder there. heavy rain across seattle and portland through today and tomorrow. and high tides again in seattle today as you reach the peak cycle. and dallas, and the mess is east of the mississippi river. i-95, and snow on the backside. 36 degrees for a high
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we're back at 7:40 with the holiday safety campaign. and anyone operating a drone, they are very popular as gifts. but the faa is concerned they can be dangerous if not used properly. gio benitez is here with the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lara. experts believe tens of thousands of kids will end up with a drone under their tree. but think about it, kids are not aviation experts. so this morning the aviation authority is reaching out to them. forget simple gifts like sleds. or snow globes. >> oh. >> reporter: the christmas gift flying off shelve this is holiday season, drones. some stores reporting demand soaring four times higher than last christmas. as more and more states try to figure out how to deal with private drone use, aviation
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officials are not only sounding the alarm this morning, they're launching a new campaign. know before you fly. >> how do you make sure you stay off the naughty list? we want you to know before you fly. >> reporter: posting online safety videos, easy for kids to understand. >> fly your unmanned aircraft below 400 feet. don't fly beyond your line of sight. >> reporter: they range from 50 bucks to thousands and sold at walmart, best buy and even toys are us. and amazon, with a safety website of their own, urging customers to fly responsibly. more like this guy -- and less like this one. but some are feeling more holiday fear than cheer over the new high-tech trend. aviation powerhouses, including the faa and the association for unmanned vehicle systems international now warning that drones in the wrong hands could equal disaster. >> the problem is that people
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don't have the warnings necessary to know that if they get too high or in the wrong place, they could interfere with air traffic with people aboard. >> reporter: those small drones createsing dangers in the air. listen to this jetblue pilot last month. >> about two miles out, 4 to 300 feet. an unmanned drone right on the final. >> reporter: more than a dozen close calls between planes and drones. even out of the sky, a small drone plummeting on to a busy manhattan street during rush hour, feet from a personn't ground. >> we have people using these things innocently and don't realize they could be dangerous. >> and, again, the new website is knowbeforeyoufly.com. lots of people live within airports. if you're within five miles, give them a ring that you're taking the drone for a spin. there's a real dangers they could go through a windshield of
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a plane or into the engine. >> any way to regulate them? >> there's a few local laws in place, and how do you find the owner of the drone? >> looking up. >> all right, thank you so much. and coming up, everybody, the science behind beating belly fat. what kind of exercise you're doing might be good, might be bad. we'll explain. >> i need to hear this story. and the secret to looking like you have gotten a good night's sleep. how you can appear well-rested. and why it can be so hard to write a holiday hit. cracking the code on what really makes a christmas classic. >> have you got one yet? >> i have one. a hot chocolate?
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♪ i don't want a lot for christmas ♪ well, that's a hit. we have been wondering all morning long why it's so hard to come up with a new one. mariah carey, 1994, it's the last big one. a lot of big stars taking a crack at it. >> they tried and failed miserably. if taylor swift ain't pulled it off, you're not going to get it right. the most popular and performed christmas song is actually "santa claus is coming to town." but it was written back in 1934. would you believe that the top 15 songs are from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. we have discovered that justin
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beiber is not bing crosby. for 20 years all we have wanted for christmas is a new song, a new holiday hit. you know, something like this 1994 classic by mariah carey. ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ or this one -- ♪ last christmas wham!'s last christmas, released in the late '80s. or run bmc's christmas in hollens. why hasn't anybody cracked the christmas song code since mariah? a blogger with the "washington post" says there are some tricky rules when it comes to writing a christmas classic. like you keep it religious, but not too religious, and make it personal but still include holiday themes like snowmen and chimn chimneys. faith hill came close in 2000 -- ♪ christmas is here
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and justin beiber in 2011, honorable mention. but like snow in october, they just didn't seem to stick. ♪ you better not cry where stars shine is holiday cover albums. michael buble's christmas, susan boyle's "the gift," and josh grow ban's neol. all in the top five. but a true original like this? ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ that may just be a theme of christmas past. and george, i was joking there about beiber and bing crosby -- >> a little bit. >> but the idea is that beiber, he can make something hot for right now. he can't make something that's going to live for years and years. >> a classic sound. i think upbeat is probably -- >> it has to be singable. so many of them, they're in a
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different octave or -- horrible. >> for those of us who can't sing, that would help. >> attach it to a rom-come. that's the secret. george agrees, that means i'm right. >> and we forgot about wham!'s "last christmas." i want to give -- ♪ last christmas >> that song, it was popular, but it still didn't have that classic feel to it. >> yeah. >> i can see taylor swift writing feverishly. you have thrown down the gauntlet. >> new kids on the block, it's a classic. >> and what's your favorite christmas song? vote now on goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo. >> we are cracking that code. and coming up, how what you pose on social media could make you a target for home invasions. what you need to know to protect your family in holiday season.
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♪ and still ahead on "gma," how you can appear well-rested even if you haven't gotten a good night's sleep. great tips you can start using this morning. and two amazing transformations. these people dropping half of their weight and they're sharing their secrets to slimming down. don't go anywhere.
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>> ♪ hey, it is sex:56 on this tuesday, december 23rd. a bit damp and rainy in spots. bets let's go matt pelman for a look on the road. >> happy festivus matt. several grievances to air. an earlier crash along 42 northbound gave us big delays this morning. it is by lower landing road now out of the way but now there's another one northbound at college drive. luckily that one is off to the south and still generally heavy the whole way from the a.c. expressway up to 295. also watching a crash in riverside burlington county along pavilion avenue near polk street. going across the ben franklin bridge good buddy ben this morning this is what you're looking at. you can't see very much. it's very foggy out there. the roads are wet.
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and we see the wet conditions here on the schuylkill as well eastbound taillights by montgomery drive. overall a 22 minute ride, an eight minute delay as you travel into center city this morning. on the big picture also watching a crash in southwest philadelphia along passyunk at 61st and one on lincoln drive northbound at gypsy lane but you can get by that. matt. >> thanks matt. that low cloud cover and fog is causing problems at philadelphia international airport. if the aa says arriving arthritis being delayed by up to two hours. >> clouds throughout much of the area reducing visibility >> clouds throughout much of right now light rain and drizzle. storm tracker 6 live double scan you can see showers and light rain spotty throughout the region. it's the first half of the day that's going to be wettest today. let's take a look at your exclusive accuweather 7-day. it's mild at least, a high of 52. early showers. this afternoon and evening will mostly be cloudy with a touch of drizzle. tomorrow is the heavy rain, especially the first half of the day. rainy and breezy, 63 degrees for your high. the rain comes in periods and
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doesn't end until the overnight hours into christmas morning, matt. >> thanks, karen. download the free storm tracker 6 app to see where the rain is the heaviest moves in tomorrow. it's free for apple and android devices. >> ♪ hershey's miniatures.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. and new information about the battle of the bulge. why your workout routine may be wrong. the surprising secret to slimming down right now. and as you head out for the holidays, watch what you post online. burglars may target oversharers on social media. how to protect yourself this season. and tired of being told you look tired? the tips and tricks you need to look well-rested right now. they're in your refrigerator. and friends in low places like you have never heard it before. ♪ what got garth brooks and justin timberlake for an unbelievable d d duet. all the details as we say --
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>> good morning, america. >> a big holiday crowd out in times jsquare this morning. festive hats, great smiles. just a few days to go. we are celebrating all week long on "gma." >> we are. good morning, america. and we are celebrating home for the holidays. one woman getting the chance to go home for christmas for the first time in years. and you will not believe what happens when she arrives. it is a tremendous -- >> that was yesterday. >> yeah. and looking back at the people and pop culture moments everyone was obsessed with. did your fairs make the list? >> that's coming up. >> and so many folks on the road this holiday season. and the storm that could delay hold travels. brought 75 mile per hour winds to southern california and
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dumped 3 feet of snow is moving east. it's discouraging news for the record number of folks hitting the roads to take advantage of the low gas prices. now below $2 a gal on in 27 states. roads from washington, d.c. to boston could be slick because of heavy rain. rob marciano's holiday forecast is coming up shortly. and north korea is back online. but it remains a mystery why they lost internet service for more than nine hours. it was just days after president obama promised the u.s. would respond in some manner to the hacking of sony pictures. but the state department will not confirm, will not deny any u.s. involvement in that outage. and the mayor of new york will lead a moment of silence today in honor of two police officers shot in their squad car on saturday. the mayor asking that all political debates and protests be paused until after the officers' funerals. police say the alleged gunman,
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brinsley, had a grudge, and attended a protest in new york earlier in the month. his ex-girlfriend who was shot in the stomach in baltimore hours before the shooting said there was no indication that he was about to target police. and millions of popular coffee makers are being recalled because of a safety hazard. keurig is recalling 70 million mini plus brewing systems because they could overheat and spray water during brewing. at least 90 brew-related injuries have been reported. the model number is aak-10. and you may want to recall packages after seeing this video. a family in colorado spotted the delivery truck door open, they had to swerve, and eventually caught up to the driver and yelled at him to stop. but fedex insisting all of the packages have been recovered and
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delivers. not sure if they're in one piece. and finally, millions of americans are flying home. in addition to the frustrating weather delays and long lines, there's a new survey finding that one-third of travelers admit committing a travel crime. 16% admit they hog the armrest. if it's happened to you, it's no fun. 19% admit the carry on is too big, and create long lines trying to get on the plane. we doubt it's only 9%. 8% say they talk too much to their neighbor in the next seat. but that whole armrest situation, i don't know how to deal with it. because it's happened so many times. it's like every man for himself. >> yeah. thank you, paula. get health news right now. a new study about the best way to beat belly fat. dr. jen ashton is here to talk about it. it's not just exercise, but the kind of exercise. >> exactly. this was a large study out of harvard, looked at middle aged
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men, followed them for 12 years. the men who lifted weights for more than 25 minutes a day gained less fat. >> it sounds like a lot. >> it is a lot. but a lot of people are trying to get a little bit of a workout in every day. they found the men who engaged in hard cardio gained less overall body weight, but the waist circumference was a surprise. >> you think lifting weights is going to build up your arms or legs, but it's core. why not a combination of both? >> that's the ideal. physiology, two things. as we age, everyone loses lean muscle mass. that's not create for our health. the other thing that happens as we age, get a little wider around the midsection. the belly fat, that's bad for us. to find an exercise that does both, that's the key. and the fact that the weights helped the weight circumference
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was surprising. >> what types of exercise, and it this the same for women? >> great for men and women. you need to pump iron. we need to get into the gym, lift weights, and you can do a little bit every day, that's important. cardio, you have to get your cardio on. that's important for cardiovascular well-being as well as body fat. and the other thing is good nutrition. none of this matters if we don't eat well. that's kind of a no-brainer. but the lifting weights to combat the mid-section. get into the gym. >> another thing to add. thanks very much. "pop news" and weather coming up. >> that was my cue. today we got it. and doing this from the social square powered by samsung galaxy. in "pop news," justin timberlake and garth brooks, why they are friends in low places. and what you post on social media could make you a target for home invasion. how to protect yourself.
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♪ take me home oh. >> oh. >> a salsa for that dog. very excited. keep it going. i don't get that when i go home. this dog's unbelievable. >> you need a dog, george. >> look at it. >> come on, give him some relief. 1 million views so far. >> that is unbelievable. oh, my gosh. >> he does the creepy shoulders
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and everything. >> yeah. >> how do i follow up? come on, george. justin timberlake may be one of the biggest stars in the world, but apparently has friends in low places. mainly garth brookes. he surprised fans by appearing in nashville on friday. they sang garth's song together. posting this video on his instagram account. take a look. ♪ ♪ in low places isn't that awesome? i don't think i could ever hear that song enough. >> it's so good in concert, too. >> look at the crowd. >> great to have him back on tour after a ten year hiatus. >> the crowd went crazy. it was a big deal for j.t. who said that garth is one of his idols. i wonder if you get nervous if you're justin timberlake and your idol steps on stage?
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kind of like when george is next to you. george gets nervous every time i'm here. and rumor has it adel is just as polite as she is talented. she couldn't attend sir elton john and david furnish's wedding, but had a note. i almost did this in an accent, biggest congratulations, my loves. have a wonderful day. sorry we're not there. signed from adele, her husband and her baby. receiving it was the perfect end to a perfect day. >> you did the accent -- >> no, i end up insulting everyone when i do accents. i'll keep the iowa accent going. don't go british well. secret santas are a surprise. you imagine this woman's surprise when she received a box from bill gates in the annual
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gift exchange. inside was a loki helmet, she had been dying to own ever since "thor" was released. and a book about africa and a card saying a donation had been made in her name to an organization that provides vaccines to kids. it was a win for the cat who apparently enjoyed all the paper in the box. i pulled someone lucky in the gift exchange. he got me -- this is a safari hat with ma lef sent. kind of a la thor. you know fon swree. and a $1 lottery ticket for himself. >> that's not a gift. >> that's a great look on you. >> i think so. >> not everyone can pull off horns, but i am doing it right now. >> i know amy robach -- >> thanks, sara. >> thank you. heat index coming up, let's go to rob. >> you got that, we got
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>> where are you guys from. >> michigan. >> we go to the pan handle of florida. also kind of a thumb i guess if you're playing along. panama city nice shot there. you have severe weather today. some of those thunderstorms cog strong. isolated tornadoes potentially with winds gusting over 60 miles an hour over to tallahassee. we've had severe weather warnings in mississippi and georgia this morning. 48 degrees heavier rain expected across the northeast tomorrow. temperatures in the 40's, maybe 60's tomorrow west of the mississippi better weather with more snow in the mountains. that's a quick check of your national. here's what's happening locally. >> hi, i'm meteorologist karen rogers with your accuweather update. grab that umbrella. we've got light rain throughout the region. it's mild though, 48 degrees. here's your forecast. headed up to 52.
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we're dealing with early showers and then later this afternoon and evening it will be a lot of clouds an touch of drizzle. tomorrow rainy and breezy. it could be heavy at times. periods of rain through early in the morning until late at night, 63 degrees for your high. it's very mild. thursday christmas day windy with some sunshine 57. weather to you by ashley furniture. where are you from? >> south central michigan in jackson. right here. the best part of the state. the michigan -- all see it? that's my michigan. j-town. >> a lot of talent here today. >> thank you. okay. the heat index, big warning about social media this holiday season. exerts say sharing too much online can make you a target for burglars and you might not know it. here is aditi roy with what you need to know.
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>> i thought you said they were gone. >> reporter: back in the day, you would have to peer in the window to know if they were home alone. but all it takes to know if the home is empty, rummage through social media. >> you think that posting is okay, but you're letting people know, hey, i'm gone. go over and take what you want. >> reporter: laverne should know, her home was cleaned out after her daughter posted the vegas vacation on her facebook page. tipping off the burglars that the family is out of town. >> most people are checking in constantly on their device. so we're telling everybody elsewhere we are and what we're doing. and the fact that we're not home. we're out somewhere else. >> reporter: one survey out of the uk said more than 78% of burglars are using social media to find their targets. how you protect yourself from winter break break ins? don't overshare on social media.
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and check your privacy settings and location services on your phone. >> go into settings and scroll down to privacy. and then location services. and then all the apps down there are all the apps that use the location services. for example, your camera, change it to never use location services. click that. or you can scroll back up to location services and just turn it off. >> reporter: just like that. >> just like that. >> reporter: also, don't check in on facebook from airports or hotels. that tells would be thieves that you're leaving town. and while it may be tempting, don't post photos while you're away. wait until you're back home before sharing them. make it a later gram. >> make it a later gram, yes. >> reporter: and if you just can't help yourself, choose your friends and followers carefully. keeping your home safe by securing your home page. for "good morning america," aditi roy, abc news, los
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angeles. >> and the big thing is the location services. >> you turning yours off? >> you want me to do it for you, george. >> please. >> i like the idea of the later-gram. waiting. everybody likes to share the note photos on vacation. do it later when you're back. >> and know who you're friending too. it's just an acquaintance. do you know who they are? >> be careful. also in the heat index, scrambling to pick up the last minute holiday gifts, maybe not getting enough sleep. but simple secrets to make it look like you're well-rested. featured in the latest issue of "dr. osz the good life." >> we don't get enough sleep, occupational hazard. since we can't add hours to the day to fit it in, here are a few hacks to fake it until you make it. the three words no one wants to hear. >> you look tired.
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means you look old. >> reporter: who can blame you? who has time for shut-eye? >> not so wonderful when you wake up looking exhausted and drained of color. >> reporter: there's nothing a good night's sleep can't fix. but if you're one of the one-third of americans not getting the recommended seven to eight hours and need to look fresh, the good life magazine gave us an inside look at refreshing beauty tips. >> combination of natural solutions and makeup tricks that anybody can do. >> reporter: first that green tea isn't just for drinking. you can apply frozen boiled green tea bags to your eyes in the morning. >> the cold and the caffeine bring down the redness. and there are great plant compounds that take the puffiness out as well. >> reporter: another trick is right in your fridge. >> pull out your whole milk. soak a wash cloth in it and gently lay it on your face for a
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few minutes. >> reporter: skin care professionals say the lactic acid has a natural exfoliating effect. >> and it feels good, right? >> reporter: white eye liner for the undereyelids. >> brightens your eye. >> reporter: make the focus the lips. >> a little pop of color. >> reporter: and nothing a good brush of blush can't freshen up. >> only have time for one thing, i would say make it a pop of blush. >> reporter: simple solutions to keep an eye on the prize, no sleep required. and an expert tip from the in-house resident, that's me, wear a really hot outfit. no one cares what your eyes look like. >> distraction. >> don't take that advice. >> check out those tips in the december issue of dr. oz: the good life. very good tips, especially the last one. and up next in the heat index, it was all about the bass in 2014. and the primetime special
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looking back at this year, "frozen" was red hot. and taylor swift filled all the blank places on our play list. ♪ i'm just gonna shake, shake, shake ♪ ♪ shake it off taylor swift's first pop album, "1989," sold over a million copies in the first week. shaking off even her harshest critics. >> why am i driving down the street? wait, what? oh, i like this song. >> realizing you love taylor swift has become the leading cause of vertigo in adults. >> the more she's criticized, the more popular she gets. she's going somebody please hate me. >> this was the year that taylor swift became totally kick -- >> the swifties are out. >> reporter: the swifties were everywhe everywhere, even in the urban dictionary. >> the way she's leveraged
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social media to connect. making sure they're more connected than any other fans in the business. >> she writes her own songs, she performs. she doesn't twerk. what's not to love? >> reporter: it was about girl power this year. and for those not quite ready for taylor -- ♪ let it go ♪ let it go ♪ can't hold it back anymore there was elsa, the heroine of "frozen." the highest grossing disney film ever. 3 million elsa dresses were sold worldwide. turning october 31st into what jimmy kimmel called elsa-pocalypse. >> what do we have here? >> every girl on my street and all the streets was dressed up as elsa. just elsa, elsa. i just wish we could move on. >> "frozen" is important, you
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have to be careful when you have a 4-year-old girl and she's playing d.j. on the ipod. she's going to let it go. the second thing, let it go. by the time you say just let it go, she's already prepped the button. >> those dads have never looked more adorable. >> i was home yesterday, harper was watching "frozen." i asked how many times have you seen "frozen"? five? closer to 15. >> watch it over and over. this is why, the associated press has announced "frozen" their entertainer of the year. taylor swift came in second behind it. >> you know she was trailing you -- >> girl power year. >> and the special, robin does a terrific job. and george, you're politics, and amy, the year in celebrity
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romance. and dan harris does the dis-honor roll. that's happening tonight at 9:00 on abc. and coming up, two people who lost half their weight.
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>> ♪ >> breaking news here at 8:27a school bus with 25 children on board crashed in newark, delaware, hit a light pole in the parking lot of sheen middle school. police say 11 students and the bus driver have what are considered minor injuries. the children have been taken to ai dupont hospital for children. we will continue to update this story on "action news" and 6abc.com. get some video for you as well. map man following the traffic angle. matt. >> matt, to give you a location, it's along route two capital trail near brewster drive there in newark pretty much all off in that school parking lot but with all the emergency activity around, i think you may be better off down on reutter four ogletown stanton road instead of route two capital trail this morning. headed north towards pennsylvania watch out for a crash on 495. approaching rejoin with 95.
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right lane blocked just 9 miles per hour. use northbound 95 instead. this is 95 here in port richmond sexual abuse taillights passing allegheny avenue. still slow past bridge street into girard. here's 42 northbound the delay easing after an earlier crash cleared but there's a crash in cumberland along lakehurst road. 70 may be a better bet matt. >> rain and fog in some spots. let's go to meteorologist karen rogers filling in for david. >> it's light rain but still falling out here. i want to show you the latest visibility reports. we're having a problem with fog at philadelphia international airport, only 1.5-mile visibility as well as trenton, wilmington down a mile in reading, a mount holly in mount pocono. you can see philadelphia international still really low visibility. here's how it's going to go today. we'll have a high of 52, early showers, then this afternoon lots of clouds and some drizzle. tomorrow rainy and breezy, a high of 63. dry were you the windy on
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♪ have a holly jolly christmas ♪ it's the best time of the year ♪ out in times square, that's right now. a couple days away from christmas. and all week long we are bringing together families again. the "gma" home for the holidays and this is a great one coming up today. a family finally together after spending years apart. there they are right there. >> a very moving story. and then what does it take to play the legendary martin luther king jr.? the star of selma is opening up about playing such an icon. >> the honor. and actress kristin whither talking about big eyes. why she calls it a dream come true. >> it's a really good movie. right now, to the amazing
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transformations. on monday we met two people who managed to lose half their size. no surgery, no gimmicks. just eating right and exercise. and two more in people magazine's half their size issue. first, though, their story. patty, a 40 year mother of two struggled with her weight since elementary school. >> my mom would have to buy my clothing in the women's section of the department store. >> reporter: she started gaining weight in college. eventually creeping up to 252 pounds. >> i was eating a lot of fast food. a lot of frozen meals. >> reporter: she's a self-pro claimed member of the clean plate club would eat more than her own dinner. >> if my kids left food, i'll just eat it. >> reporter: she knew she had to take charge when a fitness initiative was
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introduced to get the students healthy. >> i had to be able to give that to them, i was so overweight. i have to do it. >> reporter: for 31-year-old carlos, food was always a source of comfort. his weight climbing to 437 pounds. >> i was overeating. no idea what i was intaking. >> reporter: it wasn't until a serious medical diagnoses that he decided to turn his life around. >> i was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. i took at as a way to inspire others. >> reporter: inspiring others and proving that obstacles of any size can be overcome. they can indeed. and it is time for the big reveal. you saw patty. she weighed 252 pounds. she is 120 pounds. that's 132 pounds lost. patty, come on out. look at you. it shows.
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so excited for you. looking forward to talking to you. but first, we want to show everybody carlos. he was 437 pounds. so, a i want to bring over zoe, the people magazine features directors. why did you call them heros? >> this is the first year that in the half your size issue we decided to include heros. there are so many people not just losing weight, but inspiring others to do the same. for both of them, with patty, working in a school and got involved in an initiative. the kids needed an example. what was so sweet, the kids are motivating her too. >> both ways. >> and with this gentleman over here, it was about, you know, what can i do that feels
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impossible? and he started rock climbing with his muscular dystrophy. if i can do it, it will show others they can do the same. >> we're going to talk about that. but the tips that our viewers use at home. you work out before the meal. do it before the meal. >> absolutely. it's easy to promise yourself that you're going to work off the calories afterwards. but it doesn't happen. i believe in getting the work done first before you reward yourself. >> that's a great tip. and i want to ask you, patty. you turn every party into a dance party. i like your style. but there's a reason. >> absolutely. we get moving in our house. we don't just sit there after every meal and keep eating until our pants are about to bust. we have a zumba party, get out of the chairs and walk around. we enjoy one another's company a lot more. >> you started doing circuit training in commercial breaks. show us something they can do.
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>> absolutely. i would be sitting in the chair at home. just sitting there, get up, do squats. do some jump rope. you have 30 seconds. make sure to get moving in those 30 seconds. just like we tell the kids at the school, there's no fear and no embarrassment. you have to get out there and do it. just move. >> i love it. your attitude and energy. and i want to ask you, carlos, you work with two organizations looking for a treatment for fsh. >> i worked with the fsh society and the friends of fsh research making progress towards research here in the united states. and we are making profession towards the first treatment. >> and you are proof positive you can overcome. thank you for inspiring our viewers. and thank you so much. we love this issue. it's the people magazine half their size issue. it's on news stands now. and out to rob with the final check on your weather. hey, lara. take a look at the sign,
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adventure before ka moe. this is >> i'm in the air force and i'm a captain. >> fantastic. where are you from. >> she's from abilene texas. i'm from connecticut. >> well well can up to new york and we salute you g luck on your next tour of duty. we'll taking you to the pacific northwest. things will begin to shake up. strong jet stream over british columbia clocked at 216 miles per hour an southwest flight shaved off 40 minutes of air time because they had a ground meter. tail wind. energy pouring into the rockies. little bit of light snow from minneapolis to chicago. ? end rally speaking much less snow this year for christmas. warm wet conditions as well. that's a quick check of are national. let's see what's happening locally. >> thanks rob, i'm meteorologist karen rogers. still drizzling out here and 49 degrees and areas of fog headed up to 52. early showers. this afternoon lots of clouds and some drizzle. tomorrow rainy and breezy but mild, a high of 63.
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back to "gma" niture home store. george, back to you. the british act eo eor davi transformed himself. he's earned early oscar buzz and sat down with amy robach to talk about the experience. >> we will not wait any longer. give us. >> that's right, no more. >> we're not asking, we're demanding. give us the vote. >> when i read this script, i just felt a deep, spiritual connection to it. i wasn't cast immediately. the director at the time didn't think i was right for the role. but once i had that knowing, i stuck with it for seven years and here we are. >> the right place, the right time. you stuck with it. and remarkable when this film is now being released. the story of martin luther king
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and the protests in the streets down south, obviously, in selma. what's happening here, across the country now. such a -- a shocking parallel to then and now. >> i know. the parallels are undeniable. and that's one of the things, you know, there were many frustrating bumps in the road towards this -- this moment. i actually got attached to the project officially in 2010. and still we struggled to get this film off the ground. but when i look at what's going on in the nation now, and it just being such a perfect time for this movie. you know, all of that frustration paves the way. >> i have to say you nailed that southern martin luther king cadence perfectly. how difficult was that? >> we must march. >> every day i would try to do something to try to get closer to him. because i knew this was going to be in my future at some point. i worked with an incredible dialect coach, and spent a lot
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of time with his friends. >> congressman john lewis was on the set. was that intimidates? >> it was extraordinary. i met him on the set. he walked straight up to me and said dr. king, it is so nice to see you again. >> wow. >> i was just frozen by that. because what a thing for him to say, having not seen his friend for nearly 50 years. >> and speaking to how you look, you sounded like mlk, looked like him. you had a physical transformati transformation. >> yeah. i put on quite a bit weight. about 30 pounds. shave mid hairline back. >> did you recognize yourself in the mirror at that point? >> it got a little strange at points, i have to say. because there was this weird spiritual exchange. it was the only way i can describe it. i looked in the mirror in the bathroom one day and i couldn't see myself anymore. it was a little bit strange.
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but i'm glad to be back to me. >> david, thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. >> he became martin luther king jr. "selma kwn opens in select cities on christmas day, honey bunches of oats!
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it's got grains, which i like. i like the little bunches of oats. what i like is actually the flakes. it's got crunch, which i love. mmm. it's really good. honey bunches of oats. yay! . back now with day two of
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"gma's" home for the holidays. where we reunite families who have faced some major challenges. and today, a huge surprise for a retired military family. here's abc's rachel smith with the emotional reunion. >> reporter: meet the freemans, a loving family of five with just one wish this christmas. to go home for the holidays. >> and we facebook, we get to keep in contact. but nothing like hugging them. i really miss my family. >> reporter: karina is a mom of three and wife of a united states marine. but in 2013 their world was turned upside down when her husband, marvin, was honorably discharged. the transition wasn't easy. >> it was really financially hard. he didn't get a pension or anything like that because he did 12 years. and we had to live with his mother, all five of us in one
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room. we couldn't afford the down payment for a home. >> reporter: when they fell on hard times, they had to sacrifice christmas at home in new jersey and the family she misses so much. >> huge, huge family. but i haven't seen them in almost six years now. >> reporter: thing they're being interviewed by "gma" as a finalist. but little do they know we're already granting their wish. so this "gma" elf came knocking. we are about to deliver the ultimate news to the freeman family. they have no idea. >> somebody in an elf hat. >> in an elf hat? >> yes. >> reporter: hi. >> hello. >> i am here to tell you guys that your christmas wish is coming true. are you guys ready to go home for the holidays? >> yes. >> reporter: are you ready to go to new jersey? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: all right, we got to get this family packed up.
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are you excited? >> very. >> yes. >> reporter: may i -- may i give you a big hug? >> my mom's gonna cry. yeah. >> they're criers. everybody is going to cry. >> yeah. >> reporter: then the freemans and i come up with a master plan to surprise karina's mom, holly, and the rest of the family in new jersey. her cousin is our cocon spir a or, rounding up the family for what thing is a regular family dinner. after the freemans promise to keep this huge secret. >> pinky promise. >> reporter: pinky promise me, marvin. we're off from florida to the town of salem, new jersey, for surprise number two. we got santa in on the play. we are home for the holidays. >> home for the holidays. >> reporter: yay. ♪ hi, everyone. >> how are you? >> reporter: i am elf rachel
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from "good morning america." and you are? >> holly. >> reporter: you're holly? >> i'm holly. >> reporter: well, miss holly. you all want to join me? you have your coats on? we gathered almost 60 family members out on the lawn. let me just turn you around right here and let you see your beautiful surprise. ♪ what does it mean to have your daughter here? home for the holidays? >> a lot. a whole lot. >> reporter: yeah? >> a whole lot. >> reporter: isn't the same without her?
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a christmkmachristmas miracle t will never forget. hi, "good morning america," happy holidays. for "good morning america," rachel smith and the freeman family, abc news, salem, new jersey. >> great job, rachel. >> that mom's silence was so powerful. >> reminds you what the real reason is. so easy to get wrapped up -- pun intended -- in the gifts. >> family is a gift. and family is so important. so important. >> it's great. we want to say we take inspiration for the holiday reunions from the disney "frozen" christmas celebration. that's a holiday spectacular and airs on christmas day on abc after "gma." and, rob, you have a big one in there as well? >> we're in l.a., orlando and in hawaii. all over the place. >> at the same time? like a travel miracle? >> in a way, yes.
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you remember kristin ritter from breaking bad. and now on the big screen if big eyes. she calls the role a dream come true. talked about it with amy. take a look. >> reporter: the film big eyes tells the true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. >> i'm a keene, you're a keene. >> reporter: walter keene builds an empire on his paintings, but they weren't his. they were his wife, margaret's, he was passing off on his own. >> i painted every big eye. me. and no one will know but you. >> >> i sat down with kristin ritter. in big eyes you play the role of
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dianne, the voice of reason. >> sure. >> you didn't have a historic figure, but she was a come positive it of people perhaps in your best friend's life. >> she is the modern flare in the movie. progressive and bold. she's no wall flower. >> hey, baby, party. what's happening? >> not typical of that era. which was very refreshing and someone that margaret, amy adam's character needed at a very specific period of time. >> i'm a girl's girl. and i have so many female friendships that are so important to me. watching the film affected me more than other people. she lost her best friend. >> and then this incredible scene when you're both sitting in a booth and warning margaret, amy's character, that her husband may not be what she thinks. >> wow, this is happening mighty quick. >> i need your blessing. >> the movie is directed by the
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legend dare tim burton, a dream for rit per. i grew up obsessed with his movie. i wanted to be in a tim burton movie. >> we have heavy hitter kristin ritter. you like that. >> okay? >> who was your first celebrity crush growing up? >> leo in rome owe and juliet. >> the go-to kash owe key song? >> the jugs, or reba, fancy. >> what movie do you know all the dialogue for? >> dumb and dumber. >> what do you want for christmas? >> just a couple days off. >> amen. >> so, who is the artist? >> for "good morning america," amy robach, abc news, new york. >> "big eyes" opens on christmas day. we'll be right back. ♪ have a holly jolly
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♪ have a holly jolly christmas ♪ it's the best time of the year ♪ and tomorrow on "gma," oprah
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winfrey. >> christmas eve show always really special. hope you'll join us tomorrow. have a great day. get your shopping done. >> ♪ >> breaking news story. a school bus with 25 which were on board crashed in newark delaware. hit a light pole in the
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parking lot. police say 11 students and the bus driver have what are considered minor injuries. the children have been taken to ai dupont hospital for children. it is unclear what caused the bus to crash. 8:57. it is tuesday. let's go to matt pelman for traffic. >> hey, matt. the location of the accident, the location of the school is on capital trail near brewster drive. good spot to avoid as emergency crews remain on the scene. i think i would stay down on route four or stanton road as a better bet for your morning commute if that's possible for you. elsewhere in delaware 495 northbound crash blocking the right lane al proaching i-95. the merge there just 12 miles per hour headed towards that accident scene in this case i'd stay on 95 northbound as an alternate. chester county crash along business 30 eastbound approaching route 10 and a couple accidents in mercer county, spinout crashes there are a number of them out there this morning, matt. >> thanks matt. meteorologist karen rogers filling in for david with accuweather.
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>> matt fog is improving in some locations but not philadelphia international airport. latest visibility reports we dropped to 1.3-mile visibility at philadelphia international airport. go ahead and take a look. 2-mile visibility in trenton, 1.7-mile in allentown one in reading and wilmingtony ton so watch for low clouds causing problems. temperature 48 degrees its mild but today a high of 52, early showers and this afternoon drizzle. tomorrow it's rainy and breezy, a high of 63. christmas day is dry and mild, matt. >> thanks, karen. coming up on "action news" at noon the newly released cell phone video that captured the aftermath of the nypd "live with kelly and michael" is next. i'm matt o'donnell have a great tuesday. >> ♪
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