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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, the deadly christmas market crash in berlin. now being called a suspected terror attack. what we know about the people inside the truck as we're hearing from witnesses for the first time. >> a lot of people running away and a lot of people crying, shouting, talking on the phone. >> this morning, investigators on the scene as security is stepped up here in the u.s. and an assassination in turkey. the russian ambassador there gunned down while delivering a speech. we have new details about the shooter. what he said about syria and how did he get so close to the ambassador. michelle obama's exit interview with oprah. will she run for office and tells oprah which member of the first family is saying, bye, felicia to the white house. a car screens off the road then catches on fire.
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we'll show you what happened next. good morning, everyone. on a tuesday it is a busy one for us. we'll start with the breaking news from germany. officials now saying terrorists may be to blame for that horrific scene in berlin. >> a truck plowed into a popular christmas market in the capital city last night killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50 more. >> it is daybreak right now in berlin and we're taking a live picture right now. you see the black cab of that or the back of that truck amid the debris. authorities assume it was a deliberate act and say the truck apparently accelerated before slamming into the crowd leaving a deadly trail of destruction. >> we were just having fun with my friends and the market started to close. first we heard glass breaking. we didn't know it was happening but a lot of people running away and a lot of people crying,
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shouting, talking on the phone. we knew something was wrong but started seeing people with blood on their faces and fainting and sitting on the floor and, yeah, we knew something was wrong. we tried to ask people but nobody knew so -- >> there were a lot of witnesses there. the truck narrowly missing them as it smashed through tables and knocked over christmas trees. they jumped in to help. the injured until the paramedics arrived. >> a suspect believed to be the driver is now being questioned by police. >> a passenger in the truck who died we are learning was a polish national but authorities are not saying if he had anything to do with the attack. abc's angelica spanos has the latest on the rampage. >> reporter: thousands were enjoying the opening air christmas market in berlin when the festivities turned to a horror scene. >> it went just past me, past my girlfriend. >> reporter: monday night a truck barreled into shoppers just a few days before christmas. >> it missed me by three meters.
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missed her by five. it came into the entrance, hit the sides of the barriers and then carried on past us. >> reporter: police say the driver of this delivery truck filled with steel supports jumped the curb at a high speed and ripped through kiosks, crowds and pop-up shops. a path of destruction left behind for first responders captured by eyewitness video. officials say there were two people in the truck, one died in the crash and another fled the scene but was later captured. berlin police say he was driving the truck, no word yet on their identities. >> anywhere large numbers of people gather, you certainly have the potential for one of these types of attacks. that's what concerns law enforcement officials. the ease with something like this can be done. >> reporter: this is the second time this year a truck has become a weapon of destruction. in july an isis follower rammed through a crowd at a bass still day celebration in nice, france. here at home homeland security
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officials issuing a warning that holiday celebrations lasting through the inauguration could be targeted. and in new york the nypd on alert at holiday markets with armed guards. angelica spanos, abc news, new york. >> of course, we'll continue to follow that story all morning long and matt gutman is there in berlin for us on "good morning america." but the other big story that we're following, the assassination of russia's ambassador to turkey. take a look at new photo of the shooter, 22-year-old off-duty cop seen here in his police graduation album. he gunned down andrei karlov at a photography exhibit. >> after shooting him he shouted don't forget aleppo. don't forget syria before he was then killed by other police officers. turkish president says it was aimed at disrupting cooperation with russia on syria. abc's terry moran agrees. >> reporter: think the major implication is that it will hopefully put the fear of god a little bit in the powers
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including the united states, including turkey, including russia, including saudi arabia and qatar, so many countries that got involved in the syrian civil war that this kind of terrorism and the kind, frankly, that we see in europe, as well, the spillover from syria has become a global problem. >> the assassin was shot and later died at the hospital. his sister, mother and father were all detained and are now being questioned. >> authorities aren't sure if it's connected but overnight a man fired a shotgun outside the u.s. embassy in ankara and was quickly arrested. no injuries. one report indicated he was attempting to enter the embassy. the u.s. embassy in ankara and two u.s. consulates in turkey are closed today. in switzerland a man dressed in black stormed a mosque in zurich and opened fire wounding three adult men. he then fled and had not been caught yet. though a body was found at a nearby bridge. two of the victims were seriously injured.
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zurich police are not yet calling this shooting terrorism. but apparently the president-elect thinks it is. he tweeted yesterday, today there were terror attacks in turkey, switzerland and germany and it is only getting worse. the civilized world must change thinking. mr. trump also took to twitter to celebrate the electoral college's certification of his victory. he is now officially the president-elect. >> finally. he says he did it despite the quote distorted and inaccurate media. abc's janai norman with more. >> reporter: from unlikely candidate to unstoppable president-elect, donald trump is set to officially become the 45th president of the united states. protesters shouting shame on you as electoral college members cast their votes in pennsylvania where trump beat hillary clinton by less than 1%. state by state elect tors casting their ballots including bill clinton in new york. in minnesota one elector going rogue replaced after refusing to cast his vote for hillary
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clinton. similarly in maine, one elector trying to vote for bernie sanders going against state law. that ballot was ruled out of order and in the end he voted for clinton. in the end it's the elect tors with the final say. in austin putting trump over the 270 votes he needed. >> we have for president donald trump, 36 votes. by the way, texas now puts president trump over the top. [ applause ] >> reporter: members of the house and senate will meet in the house chamber to count all the votes on january 6th. then vice president joe biden will announce the winner on that day marking two weeks until the inauguration. janai norman, abc news, washington. >> the fbi will unseal the search warrant used in the clinton e-mail probe. a federal judge ordered the release of documents related to the fbi's re-opening of that investigation in october. e-mails found were discovered
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during an unrelated investigation of former congressman anthony weiner. clinton said the fbi's action were a turning point in the campaign. and new overnight china has returned the u.s. underwater drone it seized last week. the pentagon says the drone was returned close to where it was taken in the south china sea. the seizure ramped up tensions between the u.s. and china. well, still ahead right here, the new interview with michelle obama on her time in the white house and whether she plans to run for office. the mix-up that nearly caused a collision at one of the nation's busiest airports. a car in flame after veering off the road. the driver trapped inside. the dramatic rescue
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well, this morning prosecutors are calling it the biggest ponzi scheme since bernie madoff. hedge fund founder mark norlik and six others are accused of cheating investors out of more than a billion. he pleaded not guilty. the fund was famous for double digit returns but prosecutors say those returns were too good to be true. >> the judge in that high-profile stanford sexual assault case was cleared of wrongdoing. aaron persky faced outrage after sentencing brock turner to six months in prison and served just three months but a judicial panel found him well within the law and showed no bias. in arkansas the reward has grown to $40,000 for information in a road rage case that left a 3-year-old boy dead. police in little rock say they're following up on every tip in an effort to find the killer of little aason king. he was in the backseat of his grandmother's car when the driver of another car fired one shot killing him. a high-profile journalist
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for "newsweek" magazine is claiming someone sent him a tweet that touched off an epileptic seize you are. kirk eischenwald said after his post critical of trump and his supporters says he has epilepsy and had flashing colors and said he deserved a seizure and since suspended the person's he and his lawyers are trying to the find the suspect. north carolina's bathroom law may soon be a thing of the past holding a special session to reconsider the controversial measure. the law requires transgendered people to use restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate. it also reversed lawed expanding protections for lgbt people. a police officer's cruiser hit by a car. see the new video and why police say this was deliberate. and the stunt on the nfl field.
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this was the scene in casper, wyoming. talk about a whiteout. this was snow blowing in near hurricane force winds. the area received nearly three feet of snow and wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. it's going to be tough driving around there. for your other morning road conditions heavy rain in the northwest. heavy snow in the mountains from the cascades to the northern rockies. the faa investigating after an air traffic controller sent a jet the path of another aircraft in the skies right above los angeles. >> the mistake happened when a boeing 777 left for tie pay, taiwan last friday. the air traffic controller based in san diego told the pilot to turn left instead of right. that put the jet in the path of an air canada plane which had just taken off. the controller quickly realizing her mistake and tried to correct it.
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>> eva 0155, heavy, what are you doing. turn southbound now. stop your climb. >> residents on the ground below said they were startled to hear planes flying so low especially with the san gabriel mountains nearby. an ohio woman deliberately slammed her suv into a police cruiser. officer ryan conal was writing a ticket and police say she was suicidal going at least 0 piles per hour. remarkably conal suffered good pull a man from his burning car. a car veering off the road near houston injuring the driver. that's when several people risked their own lives to pull him free. police say the outcome could have been much worse as you can tell. if not for those strangers who were willing to help. >> very lucky they were there. turning to sports now dallas running back ezekiel elliott is
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emerging as an impact player in a whole new area. after scoring a touchdown he jumped into a giant salvation army red kettle that was sitting in the end zone. >> he didn't spike the ball. he spiked the donations. they went up 61% and number 21 says he's also donating $21,000 to the charity, he was worried he would get penalized by the league. they didn't penalize him. he said i'll still give to charity. >> to fine so paying it forward. for the first time in his career, carolina quarterback cam newton had no rushing yards in the game last night. instead during monday night football he completed 21 of 37 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns leading the panthers to a 26-15 victory over the washington football team. washington's signal caller kirk cousins had an off night with an interception and fumble and no touchdowns for the redskins. >> can that a lazy day for him, i don't feel like running so
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i'll throw. the obamas move out of the white house exactly one month from today. >> and they're now in hawaii as you know but before leaving michelle obama sat down with oprah winfrey to talk about life as first lady and what she absolutely will not be doing in the future. more now from abc's stephanie ramos. >> well, welcome to my home. >> thanks for having me here. >> as michelle obama prepares to leave the white house, she shares her reflections from the last eight years of being on the world stage in her final interview as first lady. >> let me just tell america, this is hard. it's a hard job. >> reporter: for those wanting michelle obama to run for office after the white house, sorry, folks. she says it's not happening. >> no. people don't really understand how hard this is. and it's not something that you cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again. >> reporter: mrs. obama in an emotional turn opening up about how race and class still impact the country. >> we're so afraid of each
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other, you know, color, wealth, these things that don't matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another. >> reporter: during the interview president obama walks in. >> we were talking about hope and whether or not your administration achieved that. >> absolutely. >> absolutely. >> i feel hopeful. >> what are you most hopeful about now? >> the next generation. >> okay, the next generation. >> you know, we've talked about this. history moves in cycles. >> reporter: as for michelle's mother who had a room at the white house for the last eight years. >> okay, where will your mother go? >> she is going back to chicago. she's like, bye, felicia. >> reporter: stephanie ramos, abc news, honolulu, hawaii. >> that really -- >> bye, felicia. >> that was my favorite moment right there. she was like, boy, bye. up next in the "pulse." merriam-webster's word of the year. some say it sums up 2016
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doctors do a better job of keeping their patients alive and keeping their patients from making a return trip to the hospital. >> harvard researchers couldn't say exactly why female doctors perform better than their male counterparts. >> i have a few suggestions. >> i bet you do. research has shown they're more likely to practice evidence-based medicine, stick to clinical guidelines and offer prevent tiff care. later on "gma" dr. besser and dr. ashton will weigh in on this debate. i'm not sure if those researchers were all female or male. >> it doesn't matter. this is clearly a concrete study and findings will live on forever. ever have an accident with your iphone just as a new model debuts. >> columbia business school researchers call it the upgrade effect and found users get more careless when there is a new model available. after all if the phone is broken then you have to buy a new one, right? no longer have to feel guilty about spending that extra money. >> makes sense. for some golfing is a
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>> ♪ >> good morning i'm matt o'donnell. 4:27 a.m., tuesday morning. here on "action news" we're following breaking news. a driver finds a woman injured along the side of a road in north philadelphia. police tell us she had been shot in the head. she's in critical condition. we'll have a live report on this story. developing this morning, new details on what authorities are calling a terror attack on a christmas market in germany. first lady michelle obama is reflecting on her time in a white house in a new interview with oprah winfrey. plus we'll have that accuweather forecast a look at traffic at this early hour. maybe you're going somewhere right now it's all next on "action news." >> ♪ keys. finally this morning, a couple that went from rags to riches in now spreading holiday cheer by sharing the wealth. >> doing so by shelling out
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thousands of dollars to peleaway bills for total strangers. kabc's annabel minos has their story. >> reporter: steven harley bryson grew up in memphis, tennessee, and says he came from humble beginnings. >> an area called nut bush. >> reporter: he moved to los angeles, served in the military and started his own company. he owns a credit card processing firm in torrance and says it's important for the bryson family to give back. >> over a decade we sponsored the long beach rescue mission, the orange county rescue mission. >> reporter: he and his wife learned about an anonymous donor that paid $,000 in layaway bills at a pennsylvania walmart. >> we started talking about where which came out to memphis and needs the help and looked at a map where the walmarts were to find one and one of the more important areas to come back to. >> reporter: the couple paid
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$30,000 in layaway bills last week and several thousand more this weekend at a detroit kmart. surprising dozens of customers. >> you get goose bumps. you get teary sometimes to be fortunate in life and to be blessed with so many things to have this opportunity to give back. >> reporter: they received messages from grateful family, some lost their jobs, others just having a rough time. one reads in part, thanks for getting my grandkids' layaway out because i didn't have the money to get it out. i'm interesting financial problems now but i promise i thank you. i can't thank you enough. >> so many people focus just on the holiday season when these people are in need 365 days a year an i think that's something we need to look at going forward. >> reporter: annabel munoz, abc 7, eyewitness news. >> nice of them to pay for it. >> can we get their home address and write them a really quick note. >> i have a few bills at nordstrom's. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." have a great tuesday and find us
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, it's 4:30 a.m., tuesday, december 20. >> and we're following some breaking news. philadelphia police are trying to figure out who shot a woman in the head. a passerby found this woman lying on the side of the road overnight. >> authorities in germany now say the driver who rammed a truck into a crowded christmas market killing 12 people did so intentionally. >> and health officials accuse a berks county dental office of putting patients at risk for contracting hepatitis or hiv. >> first up weather and traffic with meteorologist, david murphy and karen rogers. good morning. >> and it is another cold start. good morning, m

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