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good morning, america. and here comes the white stuff. the first winter blast of the season, heading for the east. with heavy snow, torrential rains, possible tornadoes from florida all the way to ohio. sam is tracking the storm front, sure to bring massive delays on this busy travel day. courage in the flames. new details on what started that horrific mansion fire. as we learn the grandfather famous for playing saks fifth avenue santa was just seconds from plucking his grandchild from the inferno. stopped in his tracks. and prince philip leaving the hospital after his serious heart scare. the 90-year-old joining the queen today, waving and smiling as he departs. and sticky fingers. the photo op causing talk around
the world, when little cooper wagner stuck his hand right in president obama's mouth. today, we talk to the family about that kodak moment he'll never live down. a beautiful shot here in the pre-dawn in times square. good morning, everyone. so much to get to again. george and robin are off today. once again, i'm joined by elizabeth vargas. and i know, elizabeth, here in the city, and in the tristate area, that fire continues to resound. what exactly happened in that mansion in connecticut. >> three children, two grandparents killed in that. firefighters needed counseling after working on that blaze. so we're going to get more into that in just a moment. of course, it's one week to go before the votes are cast in iowa. a brand-new poll is showing front-runners mitt romney and newt gingrich are almost tied right now. we're going to get the very latest on that in just a few moments. >> it is going to go down to the final minute. >> it is.
also, the biggest divorce payout in the history of hollywood. almost $500 million. big numbers behind mel gibson's breakup. first, let's get right to the developing stories around the country. and, sam, we're going to start with this storm front that's pushing through and threatening to make life nasty. >> it's a big storm, josh. it's giant, really. good morning, josh, elizabeth, dan. good morning, everybody. here's what we're talking about. if about 43 million people hit the air for this holiday season, and another 80 million people are on the road at some point, everybody has to get home. this is what's waiting if you're traveling today. this is a massive storm system that has it all. it has powerful thunderstorms. it has rain. and it's even got a kick of snow. behind all of that, once you have the moisture, you have the gusty winds. this is where the storms are rolling today. in the carolinas, the first hub hit is that raleigh-durham area. with some strong storms. then it's got heavy rain. it will get into northern new england later tonight. look at the areas. the raleigh area. washington, d.c., philly,
pittsburgh, new york, boston. all coming in with what will probably be delays from the rain itself. and the wind that kicks behind it. for many areas, this is the first snow. the first big snow. cleveland will get some. detroit will get some. buffalo will get some. all the way toward burlington, vermont. every one of those airports, again -- pittsburgh has the double-whammy, starting with rain and going to snow, as well. an awful lot of delays. make sure you check with your air carriers even tomorrow morning. there's strong wind behind this storm. josh? elizabeth? >> all right, sam. let's welcome "gma weekend" anchor, dan harris, with the morning headlines. >> good morning, everybody. we're going to start in indiana where the search for a missing 9-year-old has ended in the worst possible way. aliahna lemmon was found dead last night, three days after she vanished from the mobile home park in ft. wayne, indiana, where she lived. her neighbor and family friend mike plumadore was baby-sitting her and her younger sisters while their mom had the flu.
police releasing few details, only to saying the body was found less than a mile away. in florida this morning, investigators trying to figure out what caused a medical helicopter to crash, killing a cardiac surgeon, a medical technician and the pilot. they were flying from the mayo clinic in jacksonville to gainesville to pick up a heart for a transplant patient. crashes involving medical helicopters have been on the rise recently, with more pilots flying in dangerous conditions. we have word out of london, that queen elizabeth's husband, prince philip, has been released from the hospital. so let's get straight to abc's kelly cobiella, who is on the story this morning. hey, kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. philip was itching to get out of the hospital and rejoin his family, according to buckingham palace. and doctors gave the okay this morning. the 90-year-old duke appeared to be in great shape as he left the hospital. he rolled down the window and waved to cameras as he was going to sandringham. he apparently walked down the stairs at the hospital. no wheelchair. no elevator. then thanked the doctors and nurses before he left. prince philip will stay with the
queen at sandringham until february 6th, that's the usual schedule. it's also a quiet place for him to relax and recover. from that surgery to replace a stent in a blocked artery. prince philip missed all of the christmas events at sandringham. but we're told he arrived in time for a post-christmas lunch with the royal family today. dan? >> he looks good. tough guy. kelly, thank you. we have breaking news this morning. a former tv producer accused of murdering his wife in mexico, has waived extradition. the former "survivor" producer, bruce beresford-redman was accused of killing his wife in a family vacation in cancun last year. he's been in jail in los angeles on a fugitive warrant. this morning, his lawyers says his client has waived extradition and is eager to clear his name at trial in mexico. finally, from the world of sports. one of the longest-standing records has a new owner this morning. he is the new orleans saints quarterback, drew brees. who, with this touchdown right here -- that touchdown pass, against the falcons last night, set the all-time nfl season passing record.
brees has passed for 5,087 yards. and there's still one more game left in the season. the previous record was held by dan marino for 27 years. we should say, by the way, the saints won last night. 45-16. and i'm not a huge -- >> 27 years? >> 27 years. >> i have to say i'm not a huge sports fan. but ever since i covered hurricane katrina, i root for the saints. >> you root for the saints. if robin were here, she'd be doing the who dat. >> probably is right now as we speak. >> i will say, he's going to probably put that record perhaps out of reach. thank you for that, dan. we want to turn now to this incredible story of courage and tragedy. we're learning more details this morning about this, the massive fire that engulfed a coastal mansion in connecticut. investigators revealing the cause of the fire. and abc's linsey davis has the latest from the scene. good morning to you, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, josh. this pile of rubble behind me is all that remains of the house where five family members lost their lives on christmas morning. and that blaze reportedly started as much as an hour
before anyone inside even realized it. and by the time they did, it was, of course, too late. the massive fire that turned this $1.7 million home from this, into this charred skeleton, reportedly was started by the embers of yule logs. investigators say madonna badger, a well-known ad executive, was wrapping gifts by the fireplace, until 3:00 in the morning, along with friend mike borcina. seen here on his facebook page. they then reportedly collected the embers from the fireplace and put them in a bucket. it was those embers officials believe were blown throughout the house and started the blaze. not long after that, around 5:00 a.m., 911 calls of a fire. and within a matter of minutes, the house was fully engulfed in flames. >> it moves tremendously fast. the fire starts. and within a minute, it can involve a whole room. >> reporter: the blaze killed badger's 10-year-old daughter, lily, her 7-year-old twin girls, grace and sarah, and her
parents, pauline and lomer johnson, seen here dressed as santa. badger and borcina, the president of tiberius construction and the contractor doing the renovations on the house, were the only two to survive. when they arrived and they knew there were kids still inside, why weren't they able to get in to the kids? >> it was a wall of flame. >> reporter: lomer fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing santa claus at saks fifth avenue, at the urging of his granddaughter. he reportedly tried to grab his granddaughter and go out the window. but they were overcome with carbon monoxide poising. only a few years ago he retired as the safety and security director in louisville, kentucky. and then he and his wife moved to the area to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. this small memorial of flowers and teddy bears has been created just outside the house. by friends and neighbors. a press conference will take
today at 5:00 for fire officials to give the press some sense of what weptnt wrong here. josh? >> thank you, linsey. joining us is acting fire chief, antonio conte. chief, it's good to have you this morning. again, as we hear the reports now, the embers that may have been at the root of this tragedy. i want to show our audience the before and after photos of what the house looked like before and after the fire struck. and ask you about these embers. how hot do the embers have to be to cause the destruction that they caused? >> well, let me start by saying that the fire marshal, at this point in time, has not given us the cause of this fire, as of yet. i don't know where these embers cause started from. but we will find out early this morning, after we have our meeting, probably what the actual cause of the fire was. at this point, no one has, from the office of the fire marshal,
has relayed information to my staff or myself, as to the cause of the fire. >> chief conte, we hear about the grandfather here involved, who, reports suggest, actually had one of his granddaughters almost to safety before they were both overcome. what can you tell us about all the heroism displayed in the moments this fire consumed the house? >> well, when the first arriving engine arrived on the scene, it was the shippan firehouse, was first due. they laddered the building. and they made entry to the third floor bedroom, as directed by ms. badger, as to where the children were. they pushed through two rooms. but they were unable to find the children. and the intense heat and flames pushed them back out. they tried a second time to get in. and again, they were pushed out. the grandfather was found just outside the structure on a
small, flat roof. and he was covered in debris. and inside the window, we found one of the children. so, it appears that the grandfather had one of the children with him. tried to exit the structure but was overcome and passed away. and the little one passed away just inside the window. >> chief conte, we saw that the house has now been reduced to rubble. to an average person, they might think why tear the house down before the investigation is complete? why was the house taken down? >> the house was taken down -- the technical end of the investigation for the fire marshal's office was concluded early yesterday morning. during the recovery efforts to retrieve the bodies, the house was so badly burned, that we had to span ladders across the floor joists in order to distribute the weight of the firefighters
to try to even search the upper floors. once we had removed everyone, and once our investigation of the property was complete, we deemed the property unsafe. we didn't want more tragedy by a curious onlooker going in and have something happen to him. so, at that point, we didn't need the structure anymore. that's why it was taken down. >> chief conte, this tragedy has hit this entire town so very hard. you've been on the job for almost four decades. how are members of your fire department holding up today? >> not very well. i have 70 firefighters that i ordered back today for counseling. they're big, burly guys. and to see them break down at the scene was too much to bear. it's really tough. we have psychologists coming in. we have members of fdny coming in to help us with the debriefing of these firefighters.
>> again, our best to you, and of course, to the family. and we expect to learn more details this afternoon. chief conte, we appreciate your time this morning. >> thank you very much. >> elizabeth? shifting gears to politics. your voice, your vote. six days until iowa. and a brand-new poll overnight, showing the two front-runners there neck and neck right now. jonathan karl has the latest on the race. good morning to you, jonathan. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. they took a short break for christmas. but now, the sprint is on. i count 25 separate campaign events today alone, as the candidates make the final push in iowa. fire up the campaign buses. it's the home stretch in iowa. michele bachmann, rick perry, and newt gingrich are all motoring across the state, starting today. just the three of them, with 17 campaign events today alone. as for mitt romney, he's making the case to iowa republicans with a new television ad, portraying himself as a conservative businessman.
>> i'm going to make it simpler, and smaller, and smarter. hi, there. >> reporter: romney starts the day off in new hampshire. but he'll be in iowa tonight. and is launching his own bus tour tomorrow. the latest national gallup poll, shows newt gingrich on top, but just barely ahead of romney. and in new hampshire, which will vote just one week after iowa, a new poll shows romney with a commanding lead. newt gingrich and ron paul, tied for second place. long-shot rick santorum did a little pheasant hunting in adel, iowa, yesterday. and was the only one campaigning the day after christmas. he's picked up key support from christian conservatives in iowa and is looking for an upset. >> i think we're doing pretty good. >> reporter: over the christmas holiday, the candidates declared a truce, no negative advertising. that truce, officially broken. rick perry, the first to go on the attack. >> among them, they spent 63 years in congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks and bailouts. >> reporter: the only opponent
perry's ad doesn't attack is mitt romney. who, like perry, has not served in washington. newt gingrich has hit romney hard over that health care bill he passed in massachusetts. but we learned late last night that five years ago, gingrich wrote a memo praising romney's health care plan after it was passed. saying we agree entirely with governor romney. massachusetts leaders should be commended for coming up with a bipartisan plan on health care. now, elizabeth in this final stretch in iowa the race is completely in flux. in fact, republican leaders in the state say they have never seen it this close and this much in question a week before the caucus. >> i think the word was "muddled." muddled. jon, thanks so much. and joining us from san diego, republican national committee chair, reince priebus. i would like to pick up with just what jonathan was just talking about.
how muddled this race is a week out. why hasn't one candidate managed to capture and keep public momentum? >> well, i mean, i don't know if i -- if i would get too uptight over that, elizabeth. the fact of the matter is, people around the country and especially in iowa, want to make sure their decision is sound. i think it's really important to this country that we put up a candidate that's smart, and articulate, that can beat this president. and save this country economically. what you're seeing is a lot of excitement on the republican side of the aisle. it's a horse race. there's no doubt about it. but, you know let's put it in perspective. we haven't had one single primary yet. there's going to be 50 of them. this is going to be just the start. we're excited about this. and we're going to see where it goes. >> right. >> and we'll get there. and we'll have a nominee pretty quickly. >> right now, one of the leaders in the polls is newt gingrich. it's no secret that many of the republican congressmen that served with mr. gingrich do not think he is fit to be president. do you think he is fit to be president? >> of course, i think he's fit
to be president. obviously, we have a president in the white house that, you know, before he took office, two years earlier, was a state senator from illinois. how has that served our country? i mean, quite frankly, there's fewer people employed today than there were four years ago. and i just think that america's ready to put a person in the white house that can make a promise and keep a promise. i think that's where this election is going to go. it's going to be a referendum on barack obama. and i think people are ready to move on. >> and given the fact, however, that we have seen, as somebody put it, almost the flavor of the week when it comes to a republican front-runner, how concerned are you about a third party candidate? a donald trump, for example, jumping in the race at the last minute and siphoning off republican votes. >> you know, i'm not worried about that, elizabeth. i have to worry about the republican side of the aisle. and quite frankly, i think the
third-party candidates will take more votes away from barack obama than from our candidates. i'm not worried about that. what i'm worried about is making sure we put a good candidate on the ballot, because 70% of americans across the country feel that we're on the wrong track. and i think that's really bad news for this president. and so, it's an opportunity for us to do our part on the republican side of the aisle and come through for the american people with a candidate that they can believe in and that we can put in the white house to help save this country. >> there have been whispers in the party that some haven't given up on a candidacy, say, for example, by new jersey governor chris christie or even jeb bush. what are the chances we might see one of those gentlemen jump into the race at the last minute? >> personally, i think it's pretty small. but the primary process is going to take some time. we've got some early states here in january. we have nevada coming up in february. actually, nevada's the only state that has a full slate of delegates. and that doesn't come until february. then, there's going to be a
break. and then, there's super tuesday, on march 6th. it's a race to a little over 1,100 delegates. it will take some time. but in the end, this is the better for our country. >> mr. priebus, thanks so much for being here with us this morning. we'll see what happens a week from today in iowa. >> have a great week. >> thanks. you, too. now, it's time to check in with sam champion and the weather this morning. good morning, sam. >> good morning, elizabeth, josh. we all have our eyes on this east coast storm. in the next 24 hours, just about everywhere on the eastern seaboard will be punched with this storm. heavy rain, gusty winds and snow. and even that first snow for some of the people into the northeast. and from virginia, will get the first kick of snow. northwest also gets some powerful weather today.
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♪ new day ♪ a nice crowd outside our times square studio this morning. getting ready to ring in the new year. you know they're already starting to build the stage for the celebration. >> there you see it. the barriers and the scaffolding. and leading up to the ball drop. >> they're getting ready to ring in a new day and a new year in a few short days. you know who else is probably looking forward to a new year? mel gibson. >> mel gibson. seriously. >> yeah. >> paying a rather big price, yeah, after his divorce, of nearly 30 years of marriage. how about $500 million? we're going inside one of the costliest breakups in history.
>> no prenup i think, is what that means. >> yeah. and california being the state. so elizabeth vargas in. robin and george again, enjoy a day off. it is well-deserved, too. we have everything you need to know this morning to stash the cash in the new year. it's all about clipping the coupons. i used to keep my organized in little legal-sized envelopes. >> you were a coupon clipper. >> i was a coupon clipper. >> we'll see you at the all-stars. and again, the picture that maybe you've seen by now. but take another look. there's little cooper wagner getting the mitt right up in the president's mouth. and his parents are standing by right now. and we're going to be talking to them live, via skype, about it all. we're going to switch gears and begin with new information in the search for missing maine toddler, ayla reynolds. police say they are certain that
she was taken from her home. the biggest reward in the state's history. and clamoring for little ayla's return. and bianna golodryga is here this morning. >> reporter: the search intensifies. a local attorney, along with businesses and individuals, are putting up $30,000 to help bring ayla back home safely. it's the largest reward ever in a missing person's case in maine's history. christmas came and went. and still, no sign of 20-month-old ayla reynolds. police said on monday they remain focused on finding her. >> we're confident that ayla did not walk out of the house by herself. we believe that someone was involved in taking her out of the house. >> reporter: police have been searching the waterville maine, area, since ayla's father, justin dipietro reported her missing on december 17th. >> police have narrowed it down, to they believe to someone took
her from her residence. >> reporter: according to dipietro, she was last seen when he put her to bed on december 16th, in his home. ayla's mother had recently had concerns for her safety and had filed for full custody of the toddler. >> what are the bruises? he said well you know, her and my niece like to go down on the stairs. it could be from that. and i just -- i didn't believe it. >> reporter: dipietro said in a statement last week i have no idea what happened to ayla or who is responsible. i will not make accusations or insinuations towards anyone until the police have been able to prove who's responsible. the community of waterville is banding together for ayla offering a reward. the largest ever for a missing person's case in maine. >> we ask for her safe return. and we offer a $30,000 reward for the person or persons providing us with this information. >> i want to know where she is.
i want her home. i go praying to god that the next person who comes knocking on my door is going to tell me that my daughter is safe and she is fine. >> reporter: the police say tips and leads are still coming in. and the reward may help even more. another thing that could help the crime-fighting show "america's most wanted" was in maine over the weekend. that often generates new leads. it's been more than a week. but they're not giving up hope. >> that reward, $30,000. biggest in the state's history. thank you, bianna. switching gears a bit now. we told you how people so many people, are cashing in on their gold, as the price surges. now, the price of copper is skyrocketing as well. and crime sprees involving the metal are on the rise. abc's dan harris has been tracking the very latest on that. this is an interesting twist. i didn't expect to see this. >> you don't see it with copper. this is interesting to me on a couple of levels. when copper gets expensive, it can provoke a nationwide crime
spree. second, it gives us a chance to see the incredibly stupid things that thieves will do to get their loot. why is this crook doing this? moments earlier, he got hurt as you can see in this grainy video, when he fell off the roof while trying to commit his crime. >> subject on the second story of this elementary school presumably to steal copper. >> reporter: that guy joins a rogue's gallery of other thieves, stealing copper from utility poles, churches you name it, all over america. >> copper prices have been elevated for quite some time. that's run of the reasons that makes copper attractive to them. >> reporter: as the price for copper climbs to $3.50 a pound, about five-times what it was worth a decade ago, crooks are getting more brazen. watch as copper thieves strike in broad daylight at a power station in washington state. or these thieves that walk away with a tub full of cop from a
substation in new york. and this pair, rolling away a huge spool of cable from this storage yard. this scrap metal business in orlando was hit so often, he set up a surveillance system routed directly to his home. >> we watch the video on live feed. >> reporter: and check out what he saw, the crook hiding in the back of a truck, when he hears cops show up. look at the left side of the screen. he hides while officers walk by him several times. eventually though they find his hiding spot and bust him. here's the thing that really burn, though. while the thieves just pocket a few hundred dollars, the cost to repair the equipment can run into thousands or tens of thousands. in total, copper theft costs the american economy an estimated $1 billion a year. >> and you said even copper pennies are now more valuable. >> yes. you don't have to steal those. >> you chuck them in the bowl or the drawer. >> scoop them up. off the floor of your car. >> thank you. let's get it over now to sam
champion. and again, sam, here we come. we were living on borrowed time. >> the snow? am i the only one who wonders where you roll up the giant spool of copper to cash it in? where do you go? i want some milk and orange juice. here's the giant spool of copper. >> i've been saving this copper for years. >> i rolled it up on this spool. dan, can you tell me -- >> next half hour sam. keep it here. >> next half hour. >> news. >> where to cash in your giant spool of copper. i can't -- all right. here's the wettest cities. this is not a surprise for the folks who live here. cincinnati, binghamton philadelphia, all more rain this past year than ever before. new york, your wettest summer. here comes more rain moving in overnight tonight. if you break this down in areas, this is during the day today. and this is overnight tonight. and that's how this rain moves in. it's one to two inches of rai
>> all that weather was brought to you by hertz. elizabeth? josh? >> dan just went to get that answer. >> you needed to know sam. >> thank you. coming up, one of the biggest breakups in hollywood history. why divorce is costing mel gibson almost $500 million. what's better than gold ? free gold ! we call that hertz gold plus rewards. you earn free days, free weeks and more fast. that's a plus. upgrade your ride. that's a plus. rewards with no blackout dates so you can redeem anytime. and it's easy to redeem your points online. already a gold member ? just select gold plus rewards in your profile
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now, to the divorce settlement between mel gibson and his wife of 31 years, robyn moore. the nearly $451 million agreement, believed to be the biggest celebrity divorce payout in hollywood history. and lara spencer has much more on this expensive story. >> oh yes. don't shed too many tears for mr. mel gibson. not in jeopardy of going broke. but his bank account is certainly a lot smaller this morning, mm by about half. by divorce standards, the divorce settlement is a whopper. robyn and mel gibson were married for nearly 30 years. during which time the actor and
director built up a net worth of $850 million. now, the former couple will reportedly split that down the middle, leaving them with each nearly a $500 million. according to "people" magazine the couple had no prenup. >> marriage and prenups go together like peas and carrots in today's time. 30 years ago, prenups were never spoken of let alone entered into. >> reporter: that catapults gibson to the top of a not-enviable heap. settlements between harrison ford and his ex-wife. steven spielberg, and amy irving. neil diamond and asha murphy. and michael jordan and his ex-wife, juanita. but it's less than what media mogul rupert murdoch to his ex anna, in what is still the most expensive divorce in history. gibson had just filmed "mad max"
in 1980 when he careyed robynmarried robyn. it was during his contentious legal fight with his then-girlfriend that robyn released a statement in support of her ex. stating, he was never abusive. neither have commented publicly since the divorce was finalized. as for the nearly $1 billion gibson empire a few hundred mill down may not break the bank. >> while robyn is walking away with a lot of money, ease the are big numbers. mel gibson is not going to starve. it just so happens that the numbers are so big because mel gibson was worth so much. >> and robyn's $425 million will grow. she is entitled to half of every film residual check mel gibson receives for the movies made during their marriage. we may never know if they have
to split the island in fiji that mel bought a few years ago. >> some details should remain private. thank you very much. coming up, we have a bo-fer for you, in "the play of the day." and couponing all-stars like elizabeth vargas reveal their secrets. >> yeah. >> to work their way. >> use scissors. ♪ i think i'll grab me a bowl and spoon now ♪ ♪ crispy flakes calling my name ♪ ♪ i'm hungry now. ♪ ♪ who can resist those honey kissed bunches. ♪ ♪ gotta get a bowl, get me some of that yaaaaay! ♪ ♪ everybody's... ♪ imagine nutrition in perfect harmony with great taste. that's honey bunches of oats. four healthy grains come together in crispy flakes and crunchy granola bunches. honey bunches of oats. [ female announcer ] new crest complete multi-benefit plus deep clean. you feel it working, so you know you're ready for whatever the day brings. compared to ordinary toothpaste you feel a deeper clean. up to a
he sneaked in through the basement window. >> on the table. >> he's good-natured. the family actually posed for photos with him. they waited two hours for wildlife officers to come get him out. fair to say, a memorable christmas. all right. this is the one we've been promising you. it's a follow on "the play of the day" because we cannot stop enjoying the photo of 8-month-old cooper wagner sticking his hand in the mouth of president obama. >> go for it. there it is. >> i love how president obama -- the facial expressions. of course. >> meredith and cathy gray wagner, the parents of cooper joining us from kailua hawaii. good morning to both of you. i want to say, the first christmas you two have been able
to spend together anssince he returned from afghanistan. and we want to wish them a happy anniversary today. >> what does it feel to have your baby sticking the hand in the president's mouth? >> what did you say? >> losing your audio. >> oh no. >> what was it like when you saw cooper shoving his hand in the mouth of the president? what did you think? >> i was mortified. i was so embarrassed. >> i actually didn't even see it until the president had already left. she had to tell me about it. >> how did the secret service react? >> i don't think they did. >> i don't know. >> they didn't say anything to us. no one came by and said anything. it didn't appear anybody made any movements toward us. so, i think they played it off like the president did. >> we saw the president actually say something. what did he say after cooper finally got the mouth -- the hand back out of his mouth? >> he said -- he kind of laughed
and said you know cooper looked up and saw a big nose and just wanted to get ahold of it. so, he played it off really well and got a good chuckle. it worked out. >> terrific stuff. again, meredith captain greg wagner, we appreciate your time this morning. a happy anniversary from all of us at "good morning america." still to come, kate's crown jewels. we'll tell you what the duchess got. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. if you have painful, swollen joints i've been in your shoes. one day i'm on top of the world... the next i'm saying...
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the san jose man charged with the shooting death of his estranged wife is scheduled to be in court today. 23-year-old parcus casillas was picked up for a probation -- probation violation after his wife disappeared from her east san jose home her body was found october 5th. frances has the weather. fog and low clouds causing one hour arrival delays at fo a few 30s 31 fairfield. by this afternoon partly cloudy most temperatures
around the mid 50s around the bay 54 san francisco. ace train number 5 is running 20 minutes late. at the bay bridge toll no delays no metering lights. back to you eric. lynn thank you very much. the news continues now with "good morning america." beth! hi. looking good! you've lost some weight. thanks! you noticed! you know these clothes are too big now, so i'm donating them. nogoing back the again.
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♪ money, money, money must be funny ♪ ♪ in the rich man's world ♪ ah, look at that crowd outside, gathering on a brisk day here in times square. >> warmer than yesterday, don't you think? >> i do. >> i check with sam. >> it's a matter of degree. sam, tracking the forecast. coming up, all kinds of ways to save ahead. we're introducing you to the couponing all-stars going to extremes to save on their bills. just like elizabeth revealed to us moments ago. apparently -- >> i hate that jagged edge. i'd rip them out. >> that must have driven you crazy. >> it drove me crazy. >> right on the dotted line.
>> and had them in my envelopes. categories. very telling conversation. i've grown. >> lara and i are color-coded today. >> we wanted to wake up america. >> she is in canary yellow. and i'm in pepto-bismol pink. we have great ways to save on your kids' toys. what if you could rent toys, instead of having to buy them? we'll have the latest. also, we'll tell you what you need to think about with regard to your taxes right this second. >> important step to take right now to save a lot of money. >> in the next couple of days. then, we have emeril. he's cooking up some of your favorite comfort food without the guilt. i've been guilty a lot lately, in the food department with the holidays. >> really? >> yeah. but i'm almost there. we're going to get through new year's. then, we're going to get it together. today, we enjoy emeril. >> we always do. let's turn again to dan harris for a look at the morning headlines. >> good morning, everybody. good morning, once again. we're going the start with politics.
with only a week left before the iowa caucuses, the republican presidential hopefuls are going negative. >> among them, they've spent 63 years in congress. >> rick perry, the first to break the christmas truce, painting all of his rivals, except for mitt romney, who has never served in washington, as washington insiders. newt gingrich, who has railed against negative ads, is labeling romney as a, quote, massachusetts moderate that cannot be trusted to uphold conservative ideals. there's a new national poll out this morning, showing the once-solid lead gingrich held over romney has evaporated. and nowthey're now, in a tie. as the republican race rages on, president obama enjoying more support. a new gallup poll shows more americans approve than disapprove. economists predict unemployment will drop 0.2 points to 8.4% by next year's elections. along those lines, we're learning about the coming closure of 120 sears and kmart
stores. sears blaming disappointing holiday sales and tough competition from macy's and target. we don't know which stores will be closed or how many jobs will be lost. a missing girl in indiana has been found. she was found dead, unfortunately. and a family friend is under arrest. that's the last the 9-year-old aliahna lemmon was seen. at the trailer park in ft. wayne, on friday. the family friend mike plumadore has been charged with murder. police are not discussing the cause of death or the possible motive. and in connecticut this morning, embers from a fireplace are being blamed for a fire in maine, killing three little girls and their grandparents. their mother, a new york ad executive and her friend were the only ones to survive that fire. prince philip is back home this morning. the 90-year-old spent four nights in the hospital after being treated for a blocked artery. he returned this morning to the family country estate. and a remarkable feat of
engineering, allowing thousands of people to take a new step forward in one of the largest cities in south america. the city is medellin, colombia. they just unveiled this massive escalator, scaling the hillside, to that city's poorest neighborhood. before this was built, people had to climb stairs equivalent of a 30-story building to reach their homes from downtown. an incredible feat of technology. one last story. hell hath no fury like a female packers fan scorn. look at this sign that this woman was holding at the green bay packers game on sunday. this young lady obtained two tickets to the game. she apparently planned to take her boyfriend. then, she found out he was cheating. as the sign said, she went to the game. little bit of a prediction, i don't think this relationship's going to last. >> he could buy her season tickets and maybe make it up to her. dinner. flowers. >> a big clue, the ex on there. i don't think it's going anywhere. >> i would agree.
>> funny story. >> thank you, dan. >> pleasure. all right, guys. we begin with "pop news." and kate's christmas carats. not the kind we left out for santa's reindeer. it seems that the world was so captivated by the plum coat and hat designed for the duchess of came bring by jane corbett, that we almost missed the stunners hanging from kate's ears. turns outs they were made by kiki mcdonough. a jeweler once favored by princess diana. royal watchers are speculating that the earrings were a gift from prince william. speaking of william, we have pictures of the sporty guy playing a hardcore game of soccer. or football in england, near his grandmother's country estate. the 29-year-old future king played with locals and state workers. and he won, 4-2. next up, if lady gaga next look is amish-inspired, we may
know why. the pop star is reportedly looking to buy a house in dutch country. about 70 miles from philadelphia and the center of the amish community. her boyfriend, actor taylor kinney, is from the area. if she's looking for a place to get away from it all and blend in, we're not sure how this is going to work. but it's beautiful countryside, indeed. and one of rock 'n' roll's longest running feuds is over. van halen's original lead singer, and best, as far as i'm concerned, david lee roth, will reunite with alex and eddie for a tour in 2012. they're reported to be working on their first new album together in 30 years. i could do a whole jump for joy line. i won't, though. >> so, they tried this once. and it really -- it fell apart quickly. let's hope the second time's a charm. i'm with you. right, dan? >> i feel like if they bring back the mullet, it will work. >> oh, please.
oh, please. the mullet has been buried. it's dead. >> bring it back. >> i don't think it's physically possible. if you know what i mean. >> oh, there is that. >> i don't know what you mean, lara. what do you mean? i don't know what you mean. not at all. a final story. i have one. you had that cool sign. check out this one. we dare you not to smile, along with bailey, the golden retriever. whatever you do, don't stop the music. check out what i mean. ♪ [ laughter ] ♪ >> hasn't stopped it yet. there he goes. >> is that for real? >> that's for real. >> wow. >> over 1 million people have smiled at this youtube video made by a university of connecticut student, who was
playing guitar in his friend's basement. and he noticed bailey enjoying the jam session. and was not happy when it ended. and that is pop news. let's get it outside for a look at the weather. and sam champion. oh, sam? >> good morning, guys. just watching you through the windows as folks can do. here's a good idea. lenay, nice to meet you. you decided to have a family reunion, a lot of folks you haven't seen, together, and have it right here at "gma." who is with you? >> my parents from north dakota. and my sister, laura, from colorado. >> you don't get a chance to see each other a lot. so, meeting at "gma" is a great thing. >> yes, sir. >> welcome back. welcome home. and let's get to the boards. here's what's going on this morning. we're going to start with the picture out of atlanta for you. we have some showery weather pulling out of atlanta. you're right on the edge of severe storms today. i wouldn't get too concerned about you getting storms. savannah does. jacksonville does. charleston. here's the concern. in that area next to the coastline, there could be a tornado that pops up. stay with your local abc news stations.
in c >> so, are you staying here, all the way through new year's? are you going to stand right here? >> no. >> you're going to do some other stuff, too? >> yes, i am. >> where are you from? >> pensacola, florida. >> we're glad you're here. lara? >> thanks, sam. here's what's coming up on our "gma morning menu." they're the extreme couponing
all-stars. in a race to save big bucks. the real winner in this is you when they reveal their coupon-clipping secrets. and why buy when you can rent? we'll show you the new way parents are saving a bundle when it comes to kids' toys. plus, last-minute year-end tax strategies. what you can do to avoid taking a hit on april 15th. you don't want to miss that, coming up on "gma.
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it is a full-on competitive sport. a true pro knows how to get through the checkout line without spending a dime. and if you want to learn how to score the deepest discounts, you should check out "extreme couponing all-stars" tonight on tlc, where the best of the best go head-to-head for top honors and the biggest savings. bianna golodryga is here with a sneak peek. i love this show. >> reporter: are you ready to be amazed? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: dazzled? >> bring it. >> reporter: who will reign coupon king or queen? over the next few weeks, we'll see some of the highlights and some of the sabres from the original "extreme couponing" series, compete head-to-head in the semifinals. you're about to see two different couponers with different strategies. each one packed with valuable saving lessons that can teach you how to go to the store. meet two of tlc's extreme couponing all-stars.
michelle wagner from fulton, missouri. she lives off coupons and her own land. >> i can take down a 185-pound deer. i don't think you can beat me. >> reporter: and chris duff, from outside pittsburgh, pennsylvania, who coupons almost exclusively for charity. >> if you run around ragged, you'll be tired and not going to finish. >> reporter: the duo were pitted against each other to see who was the best at saving dollars with coupons. first, the rules. each team has 30 minutes on the clock to gather all their groceries. and must purchase at least $500 worth of retail items. the carts must have at least 15 different items. and no preordering more than three on the list. in addition, the teams are allowed to prep. >> first thing you're going to pick up? >> razor. >> how many come to a pack? >> there's six. >> what aisle is the hot -- >> what aisle are the protein bars in? >> six. >> let's go. >> reporter: there's one thing
these shoppers are always armed with, their own secrets of the trade. >> the strategy for my shop is going to be keep a good, even pace. >> reporter: chris duff, a ministry student, clips coupons with his wife every sunday. they spend about an hour thumbing through inserts and circulars. >> these are a dollar. >> reporter: how can you get some of their savings? listen up to these tips. number one, do not hand over all of your coupons at once. >> it's not a matter of trust. it's a matter of human error. if i hand someone $100 of coupons for a $100 product, and one of the coupons is sticking together, i have to pay the difference of that one. >> reporter: number two, the internet is your friend. >> there's hidden deals out there, that you wouldn't know, unless you went on a certain website. also, using facebook. liking the manufacturer's website, click like. and they allow you to print off high-value coupons.
>> reporter: number three, travel and trial sizes are very different. but the savings can be just as big. >> the trial size is tiny. the travel size is small. and you have the full size. if the coupon says not valid on trial size, you can use them on travel size. that's a good way to maximize the use of the coupon, as well. >> reporter: now, back to the competition. shoppers, are you ready? >> get your cart. >> we'll start in three, two, one. >> let's go, go, go. go, go, go. >> reporter: chris' philosophy of slow and steady wins the race. but can he beat a ticking clock? >> pardon me. >> he's not even running. he's walking. >> reporter: michelle looks like she's done shopping in less than ten minutes. but where are all those important preordered items? if she doesn't get them to checkout in time, she's going to be disqualified. >> i have to get the preordered stuff. >> reporter: chris gets his preordered items first.
>> they want to sell ten for ten. we had a matching coupon. that makes it to a dollar. that means they're all free. >> reporter: he gets to the checkout with a few minutes left. while going through his checklist, realized his preordered items are not there. and the clock is ticking. chris and michelle are ready to measure their carts against the register. so, who will come out on top? >> this is it. >> i think i'm ready to stop the clock. >> reporter: i'm exhausted watching it. >> i know. >> reporter: they are fierce. to give you an idea the pedigree of the contestants, in his original episode chris saves 100% of his $1,178 purchase. in the second season, that's right, josh. he saved 100% of the $1,735 purchase he made. he's amazing. michelle didn't do quite so well. the bill came to $857. she only paid 484 bucks. >> no. $4.84. >> amazing.
>> i love this show. >> all of the proceeds, all of the food going to a food bank. it goes to a good cause. >> i love the tip go to the manufacturer's website. "extreme couponing all-stars" tonight on tlc. we're watching, elizabeth, right? >> you guys put me to shame. there's another way to save big on your kids' toys that may be welcome news for a lot of parents, like us. abc's becky worley is back with us, via skype this morning, to talk about a new toy rental service that can save you hundreds each year and keep the kids entertained. becky becky? >> reporter: good morning. it's two days after christmas. my kids haven't squabbled. they say please and thank you. and it's all because of new toys for christmas. who wouldn't want that feeling to last all year long? ♪ toys at christmas. joy.
[ screaming ] >> reporter: excitement. [ screaming ] >> reporter: something brand-new to play with. >> t-rex. >> reporter: then, those shiny objects start to dull. tag still on it. yikes. i have whole tubs of toys that my kids just don't want to play with anymore. but what if christmas came more than just once a year? you must be santa's helper? nikki pope is the founder of toygaroo, a web-based toy business that bills itself as -- >> we are the netflix of toys. >> reporter: moms and dads subscribe. and they get toys shipped to their home. according to the toy association, parents spend an average of $22 billion a year on toys. some parents try to sell toys on ebay. the hassle and relatively low
retail value are inhibitors. when it comes to finding a bargain on toys, some hunt garage sales. or shell up and give up the cash for new toys. nikki says you can save with toygaroo. >> we see savings of $1,800. boxes ship out as often as six times a year. pilar demman uses toygaroo for her daughter. >> she loves it. it's like her getting a present every time a new box comes. she has a present or a new box of toys that she gets so excited to open up. >> reporter: toygaroo employees, inspect, reastumble and sanitize them. >> we've had no complaints so far. >> reporter: aimed at kids 1 to 7, they mail out puzzles,
learning tablets and -- mr. potato hud, buzz lightyear edition. and this year, these like-new toys may be the best option for families stretching a dollar as far as their children's love of play. right now, toygaroo is a pretty small operation. but nikki was a contestant on the tv show "shark tank," and got both kevin o'leary and mark cuban to invest in her company. so, elizabeth, they are poised to go big. >> we know how often the toys go out the window after a month or so. that's a great idea. becky, thanks so much. josh? new year's parties are the fun part of the season. somewhat less exciting, the end of the tax year. mellody hobson, president of ariel investments is here to tell you about all of the things you can do right to make april 15th that much less painful. which for the long run, it might make next new year's party that much more fun. let's get right into it. let's start with the year that's
now ending. is there any tax relief we should be looking for particularly in this year? >> yes. there's one that's expiring at the end of this year. it was put on the books in 2004. so, it says that you can deduct your state and local sales tax, or your state and local income tax, but not both. this is particularly of interest to people who live in tax-free states. if you think that you're going to make a big purchase and you live in one of those states, you want to make it before the end of the year so you can deduct that sales tax. >> all right. get it done. what about a tax tip that people frequently miss out on? where should we be paying attention? >> this is my favorite one. you can shore up your retirement and save on your taxes by putting more money into your 401(k) plan by the end of this year. it's very simple. the more you put in, the lower your tax bill because you're putting in pretax dollars. and if your company matches in any way, it's even better. that one is simple and easy to do. >> so many homeowners are
feeling that pinch right now. is there a tip for them to save some money? to shave one side or the other? >> yes. i have two tips. if you're going to pay your mortgage when you pay it, and you normally pay it on january 1st, pay it one day early, so you can get the interest tax deduction in 2011, instead of 2012. so, just move the payment by one day. and make sure the check is dated december 31st. and that will help your tax bill this year. the other thing, if you're thinking of making any kind of home improvement, related to energy inefficiency, do it before december 31st when you can't get the deduction anymore. if you were thinking of a new water heater or boiler, you can deduct 10% of that cost, up to $500, as long as you do it before december 31st. >> okay. so, again, really get out there and do it before december 31st.
maybe get paid a little after. i want to ask you. a lot of my friends are still dealing with their student loans. higher education. students are feeling it so much this time of year. is there anything they can do to offset some of the debt they're carrying? >> this is a big one. and it's often missed. that is, you can deduct up to $4,000. it's called the tuition and fees deduction. if you're a couple filing together and you make less than $130,000 a year, or an individual filing alone, and you make $65,000 a year or less, you can deduct up to $4,000 for those tuition and fees. there's other deductions you can get if you make more money. but they're not as rich as that $4,000 deduction. while i'm on the subject of education, if you're a teacher and you're buying supplies for your classroom, many teachers don't know you can deduct up to $250 that you spend on supplies by the end of this year. >> so many teachers are doing just that these days. quickly, mellody, it's fair to call charitable contributions
the gifts that give back come tax time. >> yes. this is a great one. it's a big one. a lot of people are in need. that's the charitable deductions. so, if you make a contribution, you need to make it by december 31st. >> give now. donate now. pay now and maybe get paid a bit later. mellody hobson, thanks, as always, for all the tips. >> thanks. >> that was a nice, little tax tip segment. >> indeed, it was. who have you got there? >> my little buddy. hello, sweetheart. what have we got coming up? >> we have judith light here, talking about her brand-new role on broadway. people like her more than the cat likes you. >> oh, stop. look at that. more of these adorable animals, straight ahead. your best pet products of the year. you're going nowhere.
a man is hospital lighted in the east bay with a bullet wound to the neck. officers -- officers found the victim after he stumbled out of his truck and collapsed in front of them. it looks like he's going to be okay. no one in custody. there are surveillance cameras in the area oakland police hope those cameras captured the shooting. >> let's get an update on the commute. we have fog advisories on the richmond san rafael bridge and carquinez bridge, no advisory on the bay bridge. if you look at the toll plaza a bit foggy. no metering lights. san mateo bridge a little hazy traffic is moving to where it
[ female announcer ] martinelli's gold medal sparkling cider is the perfect choice for holiday gatherings. martinelli's is non-alcoholic festive like champagne and tastes great! martinelli's: since 1868. good morning. there's very thick fog in the north bay also temperatures in the 30s still in santa rosa 32 38 napa 40s around the bay 30s in watsonville salinas, also visibility is limited down to 1/4 of a mile. temperatures around the 50s
for the most part 54 in san francisco. francis, thank you. ♪ party rock is in the house tonight ♪ [ cheers and applause ] as you can see, this is the place to be. we're counting down to the biggest party of the year. four days until this whole place is filled with people confetti smiling faces. that ball drops. and ushers in 2012. good morning to you. as you can see, george and robin, enjoying well-deserved time off. again, we're joined by elizabeth vargas and dan harris. >> enthusiastic crowd out here. we're surrounded by animals in the studio this morning. they're here to test out the best products of the year. we've been playing with all the cats and puppies. >> indeed we have. and judith light is going to be joining us live in the studio.
we're going to talk to her in a few seconds. also coming up what may be a contradiction in terms. comfort food that's actually good for you. emeril is here. >> that is a contradiction. also again, we can't remind you enough. we're closing in on our goal of collecting 1 million coats. it's the warm coats, warm hearts drive. we're asking you to donate any coat. when you do, we want you to take a photo of yourself. tweet it to us using the hash tag, warm coats. and you might see yourself right here on "good morning america." >> that's right. we have two, special pictures of children who have received coats that our viewers donated. these girls are from a boys and girls club in springfield, missouri. about 250 children showed up and got coats. here is victoria hayes, a resident at cornerstone
outreach. it's a wonderful way to see you generosity make a difference in somebody's life. >> 1 million. we're getting close. every coat counts. let's head back inside and lara. >> every coat counts. very important to us all, america's favorite veterinarian, marty becker, gives us great advice on our four. legged friends. every year he polls the top professionals in the vet and pet field to get the best products. this year, marty's going to give us the top six. these are fun finds, starting with this fish tank. >> this is a sistine chapel. this is living art by aqua vista. it's for people that don't have the size or the space for an ordinary aquarium. there's different sizes. eight to ten fish in here. all programmable. it is easy to take care of. and it has removable frames
here. a little more pop art. yeah. >> it's not inexpensive. >> $299. it's reasonable. >> for a fish tank? >> it really is a beautiful -- it looks like a child's toy. i didn't realize it was real until i got close. >> it's really well. >> coming up next tell me about this situation. >> one out of two dogs is overweight or obese. we're going to show you a demonstration here. what i like about this thing, it's like a fishing pole. this has a toy on the end. a bungee squirrel with ergonomic handle. if you live in an apartment, it's snowing outside, you can get these dogs exhausted in just 30 seconds to 3 minutes. you can get a dog completely exhausted. >> stay over there. how is that? no? yeah? >> come on lowell. two squeakers in it. >> i love that. that's historical. >> any dog inside an apartment, on a yard on a walk. >> he's overwhelmed.
>> one out of two dogs are overweight in the united states. want to give them a treat. >> yep. >> i love this. this is a treat. it comes in bacon, liver and chicken. >> it's called the lickety -- >> lickety stik. you shake it up. you twist it off. there's a little plunger here. they lick this. right there. ten licks, one calorie. this happens to be chicken. >> he might like it. but it stinks. >> that's a smell they like. and you always want to have a flush toy for your dog. normally when you push the squeaker, it makes that sound. this squeaker there's no sound. the dog docks his head. this is the hear doggy. it's like going -- there's no sound coming out. >> dogs have that supersonic hearing. >> 28 kilohertz. >> what's her name? >> this is melody.
>> melly likes both of these. >> she's a maltese-yorkie cross. >> and something for the cat lover. >> as a veterinarian cats are chronically dehydrated. it holds two liters of water. it's cooler. it's filtered through foam and charcoal charcoal. but cats lay the water in their mouth. the way they take this water up it's contained here. and also it only uses four watts of energy. very energy-efficient. cats that are better hydrated are healthier. >> happier cats. >> good for a small dog or cat. >> how much on this? >> $50. >> you want the lickety stik. i'll bring it with me. this is for the cat lover that really loves their pet. >> can you imagine a cat owner that says, i don't have a scratching post. i have the enchanted forest. you see the cats just playing
here. it's a solid wood frame. it has carpet. and it had padded fur here. a scratching area here. they can go up a door and come out any of the little holes. you see how much fun they're having with this little fantasy forest. >> what is that? it's like a duplex condo. >> cats are prey and predator. they like to get up high. if they're in the prey mode they want to get up high. and predator mode they like to be in the nice sun. >> and give me the price real quick. we have to go. >> this is about $299. >> $299. these are the top six treats of the year for your beloved pet. if you guys love these guys lowell's over there, the cats all available, at humane society of new york. you can find out information on them. you can find out information on our products. the lickety stik is the product of the year. we'll give you details on goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! now, we go out to sam. >> i know.
>> hey guys. i want to show you -- >> yeah. >> emily, eva, kayla. a homemade sign for us. emily, you wanted to see the show, right? >> yeah. >> you make this great sign for us. and all that's beautiful. you know i'm going to say it right? aw. the sign. okay. this is -- this little one. >> are you having a good time? she's shy. hi. can you say hi? >> hi. >> let's get to the boards. here's what's going on this morning. you send us your twitter and facebook pictures. we're throwing it on the air. we have great sunset and sunrise shots. right in times square where you're standing you're fine until this afternoon. i would time it to be 4:00 or 6:00, when the showers start
through the area. then, they work their way north. and there's a snowy edge on this. buffalo, you'll get snow. three inches so far in december? not very much snow for buffalo so far. >> all that weather was brought to you -- aw. >> can you say hi? >> hi. >> oh. i could listen to that on an endless loop. coming up judith light, coming to
she is starring in the play "other desert cities" a family drama that takes place over christmas. and critics are raveing about her performance. i want to read you some of the reviews. miss light dares to be lovable. four stars out of four. an impeccable cast at the top of its game. a broadway gem. that's pretty fantastic. >> that's really great. i don't read the reviews. my managers read them and tell me if i can relax. >> you don't like to? >> i don't like to. if you read the good ones and you believe those, you have to read the bad ones and believe those. i stay centered. they tell me about it. i don't get involved. thank you for doing that. fabulous. >> as we said in this show you play a recovering alcoholic, just out of rehab, visiting her sister and brother-in-law and nieces and nephews. we have a clip of you and
stockard channing illustrating a bitter and -- >> lovable. >> and funny relationship. let's look at the clip. >> you like what i'm wearing. >> i do. the quote/unquote gucci you're wearing? >> don't start with me. there was a sale. i had to fight off three old vultures for this gucci. >> that gucci was made in a basement in rangoon, please. all of the knockoff dresses. you're not fooling anybody, really. >> this gucci is quite, quite real. >> darling, i know when i'm being played. i know what's real and what isn't? >> they don't have fake annulments. >> they have arrangeals for $14.95. >> there's a big, dramatic secret that forces the show. >> yes. >> you have to pay attention to what's happening on stage. >> what's amazing to me about
this play. johnn robin baitz wrote this story. and they worked together for many years. and in this play it starts off very funny. and people think it's going to go in that direction. and then what happens, over time, these secrets begin to get revealed. and you find out this beach ball that the family has been holding under the water, trying to. >> wondering the whole show. you don't find out until the end. that's a big secret. i'm not going to reveal it here. >> thank you so much. >> people will come and see it. you're playing a recovering alcoholic. to prepare for the role you spent some time in rehab. >> i did. >> what was it like? >> i didn't stay over in rehab. but i went over to the hospital. they have -- there was a wonderful man named paul rinaldi. he's a therapist. he took me through their rehab program. the addiction treatment program at roosevelt hospital. it was extremely helpful. and i have good friends that
were kind enough to take me to their aa meetings. i did a lot of work and a lot of research on that. and i read dustin burrough's book, "dry." >> you see your character sniffing at a tumbler of whisky wishing she could have a drink. >> i think it's interesting. it doesn't have to be alcohol that's your addiction that helps you relate to something. in one way or another, in our society, there's many addictions. that's why people relate to her and her struggle to overcome and get herself to another level. >> among the people giving you a standing ovation one night in the audience, you could hear laughter from one of your old co-stars. >> my tony. >> tony danza. you're still close. >> he's been so supportive. so wonderful. and he's so incredibly talented. and i just adore him. we've been friends for a long time. >> we were talking about the
rigors being on broadway. how many shows do you do a week? >> we do it eight times a week. >> how do you do that? how exhausted you must be. >> it is exhausting. and the way that joel has directed it, you have to settle the emotions. i have four wonderful people that i'm working with. i have stockard channing and stacy keach, and thomas who is coming back. and i have a lot of help. i saw hugh jackman last night. >> okay. >> and my manager said to me that's how you do it? how he does it. >> judith light, a great show. on until march at least. thanks so much for being with us. >> lovely to see you. coming up a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a
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can help you with a new you, new year challenge. while your eat your favorite comfort foods, thanks in part to emeril. he's here. show us a good couple healthy recipes. i know one-pot cooking is a big part of what you try to do. so, we have chicken in a pot. >> we have chicken in a pot. i'm also going to show you acorn squash and apples. >> okay. >> and a wonderful vegetable soup. whatever vegetables you can get. we'll talk about that in a second. we'll get a fryer chicken. with a little bit of twine, you want to tie it. >> how easy is that? >> it's easy. like tying your shoes. >> okay. >> we'll take a little bit of pepper. sprinkle it all over real good. i like a lot. salt, sea salt kosher salt. okay? >> okay. >> now chicken. >> get right in there. >> we're going to get right here. and in the pot it goes. >> oh, yeah.
>> you see what i did. i rendered some bacon first. >> that's what was here on the bottom. >> that's what is in the bottom. what we want to do is sere this. we're searing the bottom. then, we want to get the topside. >> how long? >> two minutes a side. get nice color in there. we take the chicken out of the pot. now, what i'm going to do is add it to a slow cooker. that's just a chicken. >> okay. >> now, to the bacon that we rendered. >> we really smell that. >> we're going to add some carrots, celery little onion and garlic clove. we're going to cook this for four minutes. >> that's with the bacon on the bottom. >> right. now, what we're going to do is this. we have the bacon we rendered. we're going to put this inside here. >> don't be shy. >> come on baby. we're going to add half a cup of wine. you can use broth if you don't want to use wine. a little bit of thyme.
that's dry thyme. now, what we're going to do is take these vegetables. and we're going to add these vegetables. >> they've been sauteing for about how long? >> four or five minutes. not long because what's going to happen, in the slow cooker we're going to program it for about four hours. >> okay. >> that's the great thing. this is not a crock pot. this is a slow cooker. you can program it high. or you can prom it low. again, if you don't want to use wine, you can use chicken broth. >> all right. >> we're going to let that simmer. >> and walk away. >> simmer and walk away. go do your thing. >> i can do that. i can walk away. >> you can do it. >> i can do that. >> now, this is what it looks like. check this out. >> oh, wow. >> see that? >> nice and tender. >> that's beautiful. >> falling off the bones. >> is that how you know when it's done, when it's falling off the bone like that? >> i'll show you what i did. beside the onion and garlic cloves, i added little potatoes.
>> again when we added everything else? >> exactly. check this out. that's chicken in a pot. a little bit of chicken. while you're doing that let me talk to folks at home. >> okay. >> about -- look at this. vegetable soup. whatever vegetables you have. nice and steamy. nice and hot. look at that. >> oh, wow. >> and then i have acorn squash that we've cut and cubed. >> okay. >> and just basically braised with apples and cinnamon and a little chicken broth or a little water. great side vegetable. i'm going to give you a little secret. >> okay. >> you like cauliflower? >> not really. >> i could make you a cauliflower fan. >> let's make cauliflower. >> we could simmer a whole head of that in chicken broth until it's fork. tender. after it's fork-tender, you roast it. and you put a little parmesan cheese in there. >> sounds delicious. >> they can get the recipes.
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we are going to start off with the forecast. you can see how foggy it is. >> it is chilly and foggy especially in the valleys temperatures are in the 30s. 34 fairfield. hook out for low visibility in santa rosa and napa -- 38 in livermore. this afternoon partly cloudy in the 50s 54 san francisco 54 in san jose. here's a look at your seven day forecast a chance of rain in the north bay heading our way wednesday through friday. we have fog advisories for the benicia bridge richmond san rafael and carquinez bridge. 10 minute delays on bart. at the bay bridge no metering lights but a little fog. our next newscast is