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good morning, america. deadly devastation. 23 reported tornadoes tear through the south. >> there's a tornado right there. >> destroying homes and demolishing a day-care center. as those massive wildfires rip through tennessee. >> go, go, go, go. >> the largest there in a century. forcing thousands to flee through a terrifying path of flames. >> my house is on fire. >> leaving a trail of destruction. now more severe weather is on the way. breaking news, president-elect trump with a major announcement about his new cabinet this morning and that dinner with former rival mitt romney overnight. >> president-elect trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future. >> speculation now growing over the race to be secretary of state. and the major news this morning about what he plans to do with
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wildfires in tennessee. their home state. we're going to get right to that. deadly one-two punch. those major wildfires sparking thousands of evacuations and tornadoes as robin said tearing through the south. the system is on the move. rob marciano tracking it all. good morning, rob. >> good morning. we thought it would happen and did. just a frightening night across the south. dozens of structures damaged. nearly a dozen tornadoes across four states. powerful storms that made for a frightening night, no doubt. >> there's the tornado right there. >> let's go. >> reporter: overnight, 23 tornadoes reported from louisiana to tennessee. this is what it looked like in northeast alabama after a twister slammed into homes damaging businesses as animals roamed the roads. at least five people killed in two states. three people killed all in the same trailer. four children in critical condition after a day-care center was completely destroyed. thousands without power this morning. in mississippi, strong wunds
over 60 miles per hour, flipping over truck, damaging barns. >> trees and some 18-wheeler beds and things that were tilted over or near tilted over and we're really lucky nobody was hurt here tonight. you know, it could be the other way. >> reporter: police out in force make sure everyone's okay. >> we had deputies stationed from the north end of the county to the south end. >> reporter: this is not unusual in this area this time of year. we call it dixie alley but heartbreaking nonetheless. it moves east. atlanta back through mobile, new orleans, you're under a tornado watch right now and they stretch up through chattanooga where the severe line is getting into the fire zone. there's gatlinburg, some rain heading there, and we expect heavy rain there, but unfortunately, the damage is done. >> yes, it is and, rob, we have linzie janis standing by there in gatlinburg, the heart of the fire zone. good morning, linzie. >> reporter: good morning, robin. there are hot spots all over this area. you can see this restaurant is
still smoldering. the metal tables and chairs, melted. firefighters out overnight, battling the blaze, even going door to door searching for the missing. >> go, go, go, go. >> reporter: the governor is calling it the largest forest fire in tennessee in 100 years. responsible for at least three deaths. >> completely gone. >> reporter: scorching hundreds of homes and businesses. >> we're not going to make it across the road. >> reporter: more than 14,000 forced to flee the resort towns of gatlinburg and pigeon forge, dollywood theme park narrowly escaping after desperate attempts from firefighters to snuff out the flames. several cabins there destroyed but the main park safe. in a statement, parton saying she is praying for all the families affected by the fire. this time lapse shows how quickly the flames spread. sweeping across the nearby mountainside. these aerial shots show homes flattened. buildings reduced to rubble. cars burned out.
the only thing standing here, a charred washer and dryer. the mayor says the next 24 hours will be critical in putting out fires like this one in this burned down motel. this man, searching frantically for his mother. >> she called me at 8:30, and said that the house was on fire. i told her to get out immediately, and we got disconnected, and have not been able to get back in touch ever since, and she is not anywhere to be found as far as we know right now. >> reporter: the rain has begun falling here. it's expected to continue throughout the day. officials say they hope it will help put an end to a very dangerous situation. george. >> we certainly hope they are right. linzie, thanks very much. the latest on the trump cabinet. the president-elect making key appointments to his economic team as speculation swirls around mitt romney as secretary of state after that intimate dinner last night. our chief white house correspondent jon karl is on the story. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. it must have been quite a
dinner. after a gourmet meal at one of the restaurants in one of trump's buildings here in new york, mitt romney who once called trump a dangerous fraud and a phony, emerged to praise the president-elect as someone with an inclusive message who will lead america to a brighter future. the longtime rivals were greeted with applause as they entered the pricey french restaurant inside the trump international hotel and tower. trump's new chief of staff reince priebus in tow. the menu, garlic soup with sauteed frog legs. prime sirloin for trump, lamb chops for romney. on the side, conversation about romney, who called trump a fraud during the campaign as a potential secretary of state. >> i happen to think that america's best days are ahead of us. president-elect trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future. >> reporter: but there is serious opposition to romney from some of trump's top aides. the former massachusetts governor isn't the only option on trump's radar. another contender, tennessee
senator, bob corker, also met with trump about the job on tuesday. >> he needs to choose someone he's very comfortable with that he knows there's going to be no daylight between him and them. >> reporter: trump is quickly filling up other cabinet posts including his first major economic appointment. treasury secretary trump is expected to tap his campaign finance chairman, steven mnuchin who spent 17 years working for goldman sachs. former bush administration labor secretary, elaine chao is expected to head the transportation department. chao is well known on capitol hill as the wife of senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, but as his cabinet comes together, one trump advocate is chiding the president-elect's continued use of twitter. newt gingrich criticized him for pushing allegations of voter fraud. >> the president of the united states can't randomly tweet without having somebody check it
out. it makes you wonder about whatever else he's doing. >> reporter: tomorrow president-elect trump heads to indiana to begin what his team is calling a thank you tour. he'll start with a big announcement, a deal to keep a factory operated by the air conditioner company carrier in indiana. the company had planned to move the facility and its 1,400 jobs to mexico, but george, details of what carrier has offered in the way of incentives to keep that factory in end have not been revealed. >> governor mike pence working on that. more with matt dowd about that we don't know all the details but likely to save 1,000 jobs. pretty big win for president-elect trump. >> it'll be a win. people in the midwest think nobody has advocated for them. if donald trump gets the win it's a big deal for him. the question as jon says, what did he have to give away and what other companies are going to show up saying, give us something? >> the public courtship of mitt romney and donald trump right
now. pretty remarkable given what romney said during the campaign. but it's not a done deal yet. >> no, it's not done and i don't think anything is done with donald trump until it's formally announced. especially this kind of deal. i think the reversal on this is stunning. the degree of difficulty on this dive for mitt romney is more than a 4 1/2 reverse somersault with a tuck position. it's greater than that and i would actually think it would make more sense for jim harbaugh to go to work for urban meyer of the ohio state buckeyes as an assistant coach than this move mitt romney is making. >> a reversal for both. trump called romney entirely unimpressive. >> and a loser and romney called him a fake, a phony, a fraud and con man. >> what romney did not do is apologize. the question, is that required in trump's mind? we don't know the answer to that yet president-elect on twitter early this morning. several different tweets including one that could be very significant saying that on december 15th he and his children will have a press conference announcing how they'll handle the business going forward. >> he says it will be a big press conference. the kids will be there. he says it will be him removing
himself in total from his company. this was interesting. actually, several tweets on this, george. one says, i feel it is visually important as president to in no way, have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. if he turns the company over to his children, as he has said before, ivanka trump is a big part of that. ivanka trump's husband jared kushner is i am told going to be going to washington, in the west wing with the president-elect. >> devil in the details on this. we'll watch that press conference. >> the fascinating thing we're getting more information from donald trump on twitter than we are from press conferences. >> the way he's communicating right now. over to robin. now to charleston, south carolina, where police officer michael slager is on trial for a fatal shooting. he took the stand on tuesday breaking down during his testimony. abc's steve osunsami is there in charleston with the details and reaction. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning to you, robin. this case could go to the jury today. we could hear closing arguments
this afternoon. michael slager didn't have to testify. but he clearly wanted to tell his own story in his own words. at times, he was tearful. >> my family has been destroyed by this. scott's family has been destroyed by this. it's horrible. >> reporter: former north charleston police officer, michael slager, trying to convince jurors least not a murderer, saying that he killed walter scott in 2015 because at the time, he says he felt threatened. >> and at that point i made the decision to use lethal force because mr. scott never stopped, he's always dangerous. >> reporter: but prosecutors asked how dangerous could scott have been as he was running away from the officer unarmed. they even made slager stand up and hold a tape ruler to show how far scott ran before slager started firing. it was 18 feet. >> i didn't know what was going on with all that so i fired my firearm until the threat was
stopped. >> reporter: shortly after the shooting slager told investigators he thought scott was running away with his taser. on the witness stand, he said he now knows that's not true. that it fell to the ground. slager says the two fought over the taser in a struggle that happened before the cell phone recording. but he had trouble explaining what he's seen doing here. picking up the taser from one location and moving it closer to scott's body. >> i don't know why i dropped it on the ground, but i did pick it up seconds later. was it because i was policing my gear? i can't even answer to that. >> reporter: lawyers for scott's family says it looks to them like slager was planting evidence. >> you always wonder why exactly did he run back and pick it up? and then actually drop it by mr. scott's dead body. >> reporter: it is possible the court could take a field trip to the crime scene today. slager is pleading not guilty. if he is convicted he could get up to life in prison. robin. >> keeping a close eye on this. michael. >> to that devastating plane crash with the brazilian soccer team on board.
this young fan is mourning the loss. six people miraculously made it out. and david kerley has more. they've recovered the black boxes. >> reporter: that's right, michael. yes, they have the black boxes but the question this morning is, the true reported an electrical problem. so do those boxes stop recording information that could solve this mystery? having pulled six survivors from this crash scene, teams recovered 71 bodies of those who did not survive. and the black boxes which could answer why the commuter jet crashed, taking a brazilian soccer team. stunned fans overnight, holding a vigil. the shock seen on the face of one of the youngest fans and two injured players who didn't make the trip to the team's first ever finals. the jet was headed to the medellin airport which is surrounded by mountains. abc's steve ganyard has flown into that airport with the colombian military. >> even in the daytime, it's a very sporty place, because not
only do you have this very ruggru rugged terrain, but it's oft oftentimes weather, and very high altitude. >> reporter: the pilots reported an electrical failure and an emergency before the aircraft tail hit a mountain and the rest of the jet slid down the other side. but how did those six people survive? the wreckage will help provide the answer. increasing the odds of survival, those sitting within five rows of an exit, and passengers in the aisle fair better than those in window seats. >> there's no way to game it and say if i sit in the front the back will hit first. it depends on the mishap. every mishap is a little unique. >> reporter: and the odds are already on the flier's side. more than 95% of plane crash victims survive. in fact, a professor who studies this says you have a better chance of becoming president of the united states or winning an olympic gold medal or a nobel prize, michael, than ever dying in a plane crash. >> wow. i have one question for you. why is it better to sit in an aisle than a window seat?
>> reporter: it's because if something does happen, and you do go down, you can move quicker to that exit and get out, rather than somebody who has to move two seats, get to the aisle and then get to the exit. >> all right, david, makes a lot of sense. to amy with the morning's other stop stories starting with the big development in that escape from the california jail. >> that's right. as you might imagine people have been on edge around san jose for a week now but overnight we learned one of the inmates who escaped last wednesday has been captured nearby. laron campbell was one of four men who sawed their way out of a second floor window in the jail and then used bed sheets to repel to the ground. one escapee is still on the run. well, isis now claims the somali refugee who went on that rampage at ohio state university was one of its soldiers. students held a vigil for the 11 people injured overnight. the attacker's family says he gave no lint that he was planning anything. police say he bought the knife
used in the attack just one day earlier. well, hundreds of thousands of cubans gathered in havana to say good-bye to fidel castro castro's ashes will now be taken to the eastern part of the island where the revolution started. president obama is sending a white house aide and a diplomat to sunday's funeral. well, a fender bender sparked a dramatic case of road rage in england. the guy in the green there you see, started wrestling the other driver, and then he got back behind the wheel and crashed -- look at that. into the other truck. moments later he returned with a shovel and went on the attack smashing the guy's window. police are now trying to find that man. and finally, one daredevil took riding his bike to new heights. he rode across -- look at that. this is the top of a 650-foot-high dam balancing on it. that's a railing barly as wide as his tire. he had a rope and guide and said it wasn't a safe way to do it as you might imagine. it was all for a gopro camera contest and took him seven tries to get across.
he backed up because of the high winds. he said it was the biggest adrenaline rush he ever had. >> i'm sure. >> what did he win? another gopro? >> i don't know. >> all for a camera, guys. >> more power to him. >> what do you got, rob? george, we have some rain that will be moving across much of the eastern third of the country. check it out. time it out, new orleans is getting some of atlanta will get it. d.c. will get it, as well and 95 around rush hour, and even some wintry mix across parts of maine by 2:00 in the morning. still looking at heavy rain in the northeast including new england under extreme drought conditions, so we'll take it as miserable as it is. locally 3 inches possible and right there into the fire zone, we aring looing at the potential for seeing more than 3 inches. that will certainly help put the fires out.
hey good morning, i'm mike nicco from abc 7 mornings, here is a look at the accuweather highlights. isolated showers today, and some of the coolest weather coming next week. get ready for frost inland. temperatures today, mainly in the upper 50s palo alto may make it to 60. accuweather forecast, if you get some wet >> mentioned the winter weather across parts of maine. this is mt. washington in new hampshire. about 6,000 feet if you like the winter weather. i know all of you do. just feast your eyes on that.
it's coming at some point. >> it will get here. >> reminds me of christmas. and you know what? it is the final christmas with the obamas in the white house. first lady michelle obama got choked up as she unveiled the amazing decorations surrounded by military families and the theme for this year is the gift of holidays. and take a look at the beautiful tree in the blue room, and these giant replicas of the obamas' dogs, sunny and bo. those are made out of yarn so very skillfully well done and here's a white house gingerbread house made with 150 pounds of gingerbread. 100 pounds of dough and 20 pounds of icing. >> whoo. >> who is brave enough to break off the first piece? >> i like a gingerbread house. i got to say. >> almost looks too good to eat. almost. going to dive in i'm sure. coming up, the mystery growing over those terrifying new details in that california supermom's abduction. what was the message branded on her body?
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experienced physical pain and severe mental forture, during her 22 days being held aptive adding that, ultimately, it was sherri's will to survive that brought her home. this morning, the terrifying details of sherri papini's alleged kidnapping coming to light. among her injuries, police now say she was branded, a message burned into her skin. >> i would think that that was some sort of either an exertion of power or control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained. >> did they say something or was it a symbol? >> it is not a symbol, but it was a message. >> reporter: her husband, keith, described an agonizing three weeks in which his wife was tormented physically and mentally. telling "gma," she weighed just 87 pounds, and was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain marks. her signature long blonde hair had been chopped off. >> obviously a very sick person who may have wanted to not only cut it off to change her
physical appearance, but also to humiliate them, wear her down. >> reporter: authorities say the 34-year-old stay-at-home mom was abducted while jogging near her home in redding. a small town in northern california where she lived with her husband, keith, an electronics salesman and their two kids. 22 days later, she was recovered in restraints on the side of a highway 150 miles away. >> releasing this victim after holding her for a pretty extended period of time does not make sense to me. it just doesn't. because it's -- it really does increase the risk level of the offender exponentially. >> reporter: according to the fbi, in 2015, there were nearly 85,000 missing persons in the u.s. over 18,000 of them involuntary abductions. only about half of those victims ever returning home alive. investigators interviewing sherri papini for a third time
yesterday. so we're hoping to hear today what they learned, and it's possible if she could remember enough, they could release a composite sketch of her captors. >> that would be a big advance, okay, let's get more from former fbi special agent brad garrett, our abc news consultant. so many disturbing details, the weight loss, the hair cut off. the branding. >> this is about to destroy her identity, george. the branding is so she will become part of their group. they want to eliminate her past. they cut her hair, they basically starved her. they beat her, maybe torture, et cetera and it's to make her part of whatever they are. >> which leads to the next question, why let her go? >> well, we don't know the circumstances. did these two women -- are they part of this group organization, whatever it might be decide this is too much? they pick her up and place her along the side of the road so the context of those two women is unclear. >> that's all we know now from her, the two women seemed to have taken her. is it likely though that other people were involved with something like this? >> i think so, because there's
too many steps, george. to go through the starvation, the branding, the cutting of the hair. it's, like, i'm trying to make you part of whatever we are. whatever the group -- whatever their extremist thinking might be. and the longer you do that, the person then becomes more dependent on you to survive, and that's what they want. >> we have seen this. a lot of internet traffic, oh, was this some kind of hoax. the sheriff saying he ruled that out. knowing from what you know from the outside do you rule that out as well? >> absolutely. if you're going to disappear are you going to go to this much trouble and have somebody brutalize you, brand you, starve you? not likely. >> the final question, random or targeted? any clues there? >> i'm going to guess random and random because she's a woman out jogging. maybe she does it the same time each day. perhaps this group were looking for a particular size person, shape, et cetera. and they just grabbed her. it could be an opportunity grab is what i'm trying to say. >> okay, brad garrett, thanks very much. over to michael.
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we welcome you back. we welcome you back. time for the big board breaking down more of this morning's top stories. dan abrams here at the table and we'll get to your story in just a moment. first let's start with kanye west. the rapper canceling his tour and hospitalized last week for exhaustion. now, "people" magazine is reporting west is under, quote, constant watch for his safety. "people's" executive editor kate coyne joins us now with details on this. always good too see you, kate. a lot of concern here. what can you tell us? >> you know, i think it's right for people to be concerned.
we're entering into a full week now that kanye west has been hospitalized. i think that tells you first and foremost this is more than exhaustion. sources are telling us he's grappling with paranoia. that they are trying to figure out a course of medication that may help. but that there's still very many unanswered questions at this time and it's an ongoing struggle. >> and his wife, kim kardashian, she already has two young kids at home she needs to worry about and now she has to worry about this with kanye. how is she handling all this? >> you know, she's also, of course, still dealing with the trauma of what happened to her in paris, so in the wake of all this, she is not bringing the kids to see kanye in the hospital which i think is actually kind of understandable. you know, it could be very traumatic especially for their daughter, north, to see their dad in a hospital room, in a hospital bed. so she's keeping them away for now. but it remains to be seen how much longer he's even going to be in the hospital. saint's birthday is coming up on december 5th. >> that's true. >> we're thinking of both.
all right, kate. thank you. >> we'll keep our eye on that, and the latest issue of "people" magazine is out this friday if you want to read more on that story. up next, a heated debate about random drug testing. an indiana school board is facing backlash for a measure that was approved that requires certain high school students to consent to surprise screening. and dan, we sat down and you said, boy, we have a debate going on here. a lot of parents, this is dividing the community. a lot of them feel like this is invasion of privacy. others think it's fair. >> it was a 3-2 vote and the board -- it's definitely legal, right? the reason it's legal is because you're talking about extracurricular activities and students who park on campus. those are the ones who are subject to the random drug screenings. the supreme court weighed in on this in 1995 and said it's okay to test kids playing sports in 2002. they said it's okay to test kids more broadly involved in extracurricular activities. now whether it's a good idea is a separate issue from whether it's legal. and it actually exists in about half of the public schools in indiana right now.
>> almost -- so if you want to play sports, i have to do this, but if i don't play sports, i don't have to get tested. >> if you don't engage in extracurricular activities. that's one of my arguments for why this is such a bad idea. i think if you say to people if you engage in extracurricular activities you're suddenly subject to drug testing. what does that mean? that means that some kids are going to say, i just won't do extracurricular activities. there's also the ability to cheat on these tests, and there's also the fact that these testing isn't effective. the american academy of pediatrics is strongly coming out against it. >> that's one side. we got two dads here. we got two moms on the board as well. >> dan is fired up. >> becky wants to weigh in. >> i'll jump in here because at the high school in our town, they breathalyze at the school dances, and that makes sense to me, when they are breathalyzing for alcohol. now, as a parent my philosophy is a lot like u.s. foreign policy, trust but verify. but that's my responsibility as a parent. i don't want an organization necessarily doing that for my
kid, and maybe having it on their record. >> that's true. how about you, kate? >> i'm coming down somewhere in the middle on this one. i have two boys who are approaching adolescence in just a few years, and for me, at this point, anything that serves as a potential deterrent if this testing proves to have that impact to deter people as opposed to just punish them after the fact, has a sort of appeal to me. i can see the allure to something that would scare my kids off of maybe going a little too far on the weekends. >> i'm with kate on that one. i like that. i just -- i was the subject of random drug testing as an athlete. and you would go in, and be, like, come over here right now, and if you do the right things, you have nothing to worry about, but i don't want they want punished for something, a mistake they make that stays with them for the rest of their lives, but i do agree with kate if there's something that deters them. >> the remedy is surprised to be counseling. in this kind of case. and also, they can cheat, and there's also the argument that
marijuana is much more detectible than harder drugs, so it could actually encourage kids -- anyway. a lot of stuff. >> you know how we feel here so at home, so we'd love the hear you weigh in as well. now to what could be one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season, drones and cue the drone. >> yeah. >> but there is a new report out this morning in that is a tiny drone. sounding the alarm bells about the rise of drone jackings where hackers literally take over the device. becky, you are our expert on this. i know this was a gift for your twins last holiday season, so tell us more about this. what do you think? what ash the jackings? >> we've heard stories of drones taken out by annoyed neighbors with a shotgun, but this report predicts we'll see a drone taken over hackers. they can use simple stuff, a laptop, software, directional
antenna. you have a drone in the studio. it's basically a flying computer. but i think before parents freak out that the kid's holiday toy will be poached out of thin air think amazon drone. the security report anticipates this will start with high-end stuff, maybe aerial photography or law enforcement, but i have an image of it carrying a package and a hacker hacks it down. it's like a pinata for a sophisticated thief. >> forget about walking into somebody's door and taking a package. they literally hijack your drone. >> no drone zone i say. in terms of -- >> so -- >> easier to grab it off the porch. >> does anybody here have a drone on the christmas list? >> no. i'm actually really thrilled by this report, because i had crossed it off my list already, and now i feel fully vindicated. i wasn't getting one because i was convinced my boys would smash it within the first 48 hours which they would have, and now it's like, great, hacking. another reason not to do it. >> as a mom you're always justified, kate. you're a mom. >> exactly. they really would have destroyed it in about 48 hours. >> how do the twins like the drones from last christmas, becky?
>> kate's hit the nail on the head except half as much. it was trashed by the end of the christmas day. >> wow. not long. >> going to be under your christmas tree? >> absolutely not. particularly, i don't want my neighbors to have them. yeah, i mean i don't want it but that's the more important to me than not on my -- >> i had a neighbor who had one. it wasn't a very good neighborly thing to have. >> that's quiet. >> it's tiny. >> waiting to see how close he can get to strahan. >> there, i caught it. all right, everybody. coming up in two minutes, the luckiest co-workers ever. the tennessee 20 powerball winners are joining us live to talk about that $420.9 million jackpot. ♪
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little bit. >> he's been a lifelong "star wars" fan, so what a dream. you know we asked all of you to start sending in your best christmas cookie recipes. your videos, pictures, how you make them. the story behind them. we got this picture already from one of our viewers, sally reece there in front of a christmas tree in new york, and accompanied by a story about her grandma's recipe. they're joining us this morning with norwegian christmas cookies. i want to say, i was wondering, i was curious, i had never seen anything like this. i have already decimated -- >> they're good. >> butter cookies with meringue and coconut on top. you will, viewers, want this recipe. >> really good. >> this is really good. >> and very moist. >> really, really good. we'll finish while amy does the morning rundown. good morning. the big story this morning, the deadly storms in the south. nearly two dozen tornadoes have been reported from louisiana to tennessee. at least three people were killed in alabama and among the injured, four children in critical condition after their day-care center in northeast alabama was destroyed. strong winds damaged hundreds of buildings there. meanwhile, people are just beginning to survey the damage
after those raging wildfires swept through a resort area in eastern tennessee. three people are confirmed dead. 14,000 people had to evacuate the area, and abc's linzie janis is there with all the latest. good morning, linzie. >> reporter: good morning, amy. the rain has started to come down here. it's expected to last for much of the day, and officials hope it will help put an end to what has been a very dangerous situation. more than 14,000 people forced to flee their homes in gatlinburg and pigeon forge. two very popular tourist towns. what has been so incredible is their stories of how they got to safety. some people running from burning homes. others describing it as driving out of hell. this fire simply so unpredictable, people didn't have much time as all to react. you can see this restaurant behind me is still smoldering. it is one of hundreds of buildings, businesses, homes that have been almost completely
destroyed. you can see the melted tables and chairs are melted, amy? >> what a horrible situation there. linzie, thank you. well, a new announcement this morning from president-elect donald trump. he says he will remove himself from his companies so he can, quote, fully focus on running the country. trump says he will discuss the details in a press conference on december 15th. today he is heading to indianapolis after reaching a deal with carrier to keep nearly 1,000 jobs from moving to mexico and last night, he had dinner with mitt romney, who later praised trump and expressed confidence in his loif, aeaders and that's a stunning about-face from earlier this year when romney slammed him as a fraud. trump has yet to say if he will choose romney for secretary of state. meanwhile, trump has picked former goldman sachs executive steve mnuchin for treasury secretary. and a deadly accident at cirque du soleil in san francisco. officials say a technician died after being struck by a piece of lifting equipment. it happened during rehearsal. police and safety regulators are investigating. and a brazen theft in new york city. take a look at this man. he walked up to an armored truck
and then stole a bucket full of gold flakes worth $1.6 million. that bucket weighed about 90 pounds, and the man is still on the run this morning. and finally, a mystery that's truly for the birds. construction workers in new zealand baffled by their orange traffic cones which were moving on their own. well, they went to videotape to check it out. and look what they found. birds flying under the cones to move them. the workers think the birds were doing tricks to get some human attention and hopefully some human food. i was going to sparrow you from a bird pun, but that's what i call fowl play. >> i love when you pause. it's like wait for it, wait for it. bring it on home. >> well done as always, amy. thank you. >> how about "pop news." >> thank you. hey, robin. welcome back. "pop news" time. oscar winner matthew mcconaughey raised some eyebrows when he starred in that series of lincoln commercials. now he's trading luxury for
safety. check out the golf cart at his alma mater, the university of texas, mcconaughey hitting the streets monday night. for a great cause. it's the sure walk program, that program giving students free rides or providing someone to walk home with them on campus any time needed between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. to ensure a safe return to their dorm in case they're perhaps a little dazed and confused. the program is not new, but it has become so important in the aftermath of that young female student killed on campus last year. so matthew, we thank you for bringing that. and, george, i know it's a friend of yours. >> paul begala, the student body president back when it started in the 1980s. you said it was a walk program for the longest time, but after this killing, he and his wife bought the golf cart and it's really making a difference out there. >> yep. and thank you for bringing that to us. also in "pop news," this morning, happy to report wedding vows for a favorite "dancing with the stars" pro. mark ballas tying the knot with his girlfriend. >> when did this happen? >> of four years. this past weekend. singer/songwriter, bc jean and
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we are back with a bitter battle between leah remini and the church of scientology. remini has been an outspoken critic of the church. she left three years ago and now she's fronting a new docu-series for a&e, the church firing back and "nightline" anchor dan harris has the story. >> what you're about to see sheds light on the truth of what's really going on with this church. a church that i promoted, defended and believed in most of
my life. >> reporter: leah remini's battle against the church of scientology reached a whole new level tuesday night with the first episode of her new docu-series "leah remini: scientology and the aftermath." >> i hope that this project at least validates your pain is real. >> reporter: a&e's eight-part series follows former members of the church and tells their stories. remini's fight against the church in which she was raised began when she quit three years ago, and then escalated last year with the release of her book "troublemaker" in which she described her life within scientology. >> i really did believe that i had one-up on everybody because i had this scientology thing. >> reporter: the church said her book was a pathetic quest to get publicity. as for her new show, the church insists it is full of lies and said it is doomed to be a cheap reality tv show. >> she needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion,
her former friends and other celebrities for money. >> reporter: remini tells "the hollywood reporter," quote, they were trying to stop this show from happening. they were trying to disparage my name. >> when you stop [ bleep ] up people's lives and families i'll stop too. >> reporter: remini is now demanding $1.5 million from the church. she tells "the hollywood reporter" it's a response to the horrific and libelous letters they sent me. also in that "hollywood reporter" interview, remini claims that back when she was starring in the cbs sitcom "the king of queens," tom cruise and the church urged her to call her then boss, les moonves, the chief executive officer of cbs corporation. she says, i got pressured to call les moonves at cbs to try and get a "60 minutes" report squashed. she says she made the call but moonves refused to intervene. we reached out to cruise and cbs for a statement, and they did not respond to our inquiries. i sat down for an interview with leah remini just last year in which she described the power and allure of the church for her
when she joined as a child. so for a kid who was always looking around comparing herself to other people, to be part of a faith where you had a mission to save -- >> the planet. save the planet. >> that must have been a big deal. >> yes, and because scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you're not treated as a kid. so you're given a lot of responsibility. your ego becomes extremely inflated. >> reporter: remini says her new show is about families that the church has torn apart, something she says she knows all too well after losing a best friend to the religion. the church of scientology says in a statement to abc news, it is sad that leah remini wishes to exploit for money those who tirelessly worked to help her when no one else was willing to tolerate her behavior. adding that remini needs to stop blaming the church. for "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. >> and we are back with our chief legal analyst dan abrams and, dan, given her history remini must have known and a&e
must have known this was coming from the church. >> absolutely. look, scientology is notoriously litigious and they will protect what they view as their reputation to great length. so as a result, you can count on the fact that a&e went through everything she said line by line and separating out opinion from fact, right. as a legal matter, she can give her opinion about things. the dangers as a legal matter are stating something as a fact and so a&e clearly believed that they had enough support for the various factual claims that she's making here. >> what is the standard there for a church as opposed to a public figure on the factual claims? is it enough for it just to be wrong? >> look, it would be the same because the church isn't an individual, but basically, the same legal standards apply as would apply to any other church. and as a result, it's a hard lawsuit to take, so we're seeing a lot of back and forth here
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a great crowd out here. people from all over the country. this is emily from atlanta. you have something to say, emily. >> good morning, america. >> that's right. good morning, america. [ cheers and applause ] we got some fog and rain coming in later. we are standing by for "star wars" actor diego luna coming up hey good morning, i'm mike nicco from abc 7 mornings, here is a look at the accuweather highlights. isolated showers today, and some of the coolest weather coming next week.
get ready for frost inland. temperatures today, mainly in the upper 50s palo alto may make it to 60. accuweather forecast, if you get some wet all right. now to those dating dangers you can face online. millions are using apps to find love, but many women are becoming targets of sexual harassment, and abc's rebecca jarvis is here with more on our new series, "crossing the line." and good morning, rebecca. >> good morning, michael. well, more than 91 million people are using dating apps for companionship, but many of them say they've been sexually harassed. even the ceo of tinder recently admitted there is a bad behavior problem on his site, and the company is working on tools to fix it. here's how some women are fighting back. >> reporter: online dating apps have changed the way we date, but these apps have also
transformed the world of sexual harassment. >> this whole concept of those people are too sensitive. i think people aren't sensitive enough. >> reporter: take a look at some of these real images sent to women online. vulgar messages ranging from you look doable to the more aggressive, i want to get you accidentally pregnant and others too obscene to repeat. and when guys are rejected, the vulgarity continues. slut, says one, and you could be a model if you lost a little weight, sweetheart. do you think sexual harassment on dating apps has become the norm? >> i think it's become an unhealthy part of the dating app world. >> reporter: 29-year-old alexandra tweeten says she received dozens of harassing messages while using dating apps. >> sexist and hateful and, yeah, that really surprised me. >> reporter: so she decided to fight back, creating this instagram page, bye felipe.
publicly shaming harassing suitors and even started a petition on change.org to stop harassing messages and pictures on social media. >> not every man harasses women but every woman you know has been harassed at some point. >> reporter: in august, this post on twitter went viral after a young woman publicly showed how even a picture of her headphones sparked lewd sexual advances, with one man's response, you wearing those and nothing else, that would be heaven. >> this is an assault of the person who is getting the comments. this is really the fault of the person who is sending the comments. >> reporter: according to the pew research center, 42% of women who online date have been harassed and while online, 26% of young women say they experience stalking, and 25% are targets of online sexual harassment. >> what's the spillover effect of this kind of behavior in these types of interactions in real life? >> you feel afraid. you feel that you can't go out into the cyberworld without being harmed.
>> i definitely think that anonymity probably adds to some people just posting whatever they want to post but what should someone do if they get these ugly comments? >> you can obviously speak out to the offender. tell them to stop in no uncertain terms and block them. but i think as these websites are businesses, you have to think of yourself as a customer, a consumer. you tell the website what's going on. you speak out. you talk about the fact that this is going on or you even consider stop using the website because ultimately that's going to hit them at their bottom line. that's going to have the biggest impact for the business. >> the bottom line has the biggest impact every time. thank you, rebecca. with you appreciate that. and now let's go upstairs to lara. all right. thank you so much. we are with diego luna, one of the stars of the holiday's hottest movie, "star wars: rogue one," no secrets yet. we're going to fete some. o secrets yet. g some. e some. t some.
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much cooler next. >> it is cold outside. thank you, mike. another update in about 30 minutes and always on our news app. ♪ and the trumpets they go [ applause ] ♪ and the trumpets they go we welcome you back. what a wonderful audience that we have here. i'm telling you. [ cheers and applause ] >> yeah, i love it. >> love that. why don't you kick things off for us, michael? >> it is the holiday season. we are very festive here at "gma" in the holiday mood. a lot of holiday parties. george and i were at a party last night. but all of us, we go to these parties and it comes to the point you're done dancing, ready to go home. >> is that like 6:30? >> yeah, 6:30. george, we were out until 8:45 last night. that was a late night. we put in our time last night. but do you say good-bye to the host?
that is the new debate that's out there right now. >> sure. >> well, there is a study. there are different ways to look at it. they said, okay, if you're at a party, there are more than a dozen people in attendance, you should say good-bye to the host. that's one way to look at it. >> if there's more or less. >> if there are fewer than a dozen you have to say good-bye. >> but otherwise you can do the -- >> right. >> they call it ghosting, and if there's more than a dozen, you don't necessarily have to say good-bye to the host. >> here's the caveat i have. because we have to -- i have to leave things early a lot because of this and if it's like a dinner party, you don't want to break it up. you don't want to do this whole thing, oh, i'm leaving now but you kind of want to slip out and maybe tell the host ahead of time but you don't want -- >> you don't want to get yelled at by the host. >> right. >> lara, we know this especially and maybe you have -- he is masterful. this man right here at getting out of dinners. >> oh, yeah. >> you do it so well. >> we have actually had george lead the charge and all hid behind george. >> in his wake.
yeah. i think it all depends on the circumstances. >> it depends on how well you know the people, but they say a lot of times, if you are going to the host -- this is a good one. make sure you're thanking them. thank them and that gives them the hint that i'm thanking you because i got to go. >> but real simple now, if there are more than 12 people there, you can sneak out and then just send a little thank you e-mail and you are not being rude? >> and you're not being rude. but if there's less, you should probably take the time to say good-bye to your host. >> all right, great. >> and it's always great to send a little thank you note. >> a little thank you note. [ applause ] well done. >> all right. i'm going to bring a little football to the table here. >> football? >> over the weekend you know a lot of rivalries and jets and patriots and patriots won that game. >> yes. >> i know it pains you. all right. patriots fans. [ cheers and applause ] tom brady like a lot of players has a radio show so tom brady goes on his radio show, and it gets hijacked by his 6-year-old son.
listen. >> did you watch your daddy play yesterday? >> yeah. he was playing against the green guys. i don't know what they're called, but they are very good. >> how did you think your dad did yesterday? >> great. he flipped his chest. >> he flipped his chest. >> and he tripped too. >> he sure did. he got tripped a few times, didn't he? >> and he got even more hurt. >> more hurt? well, maybe you'll tell us what's wrong with him. >> i don't know. he's like a donkey. [ laughter ] >> in what way? >> in a crazy way. next fight with the broncos, it's gonna be crazy. he's gonna be like a horse next time. >> oh, wow, you're already looking ahead, aren't you, benny? >> yeah, he can look ahead. i can't. >> his son can look ahead to the next game. he can't. >> i love that. i absolutely love that. i do. because you know you get to play
a game for a living, and here's your kid who gets to see you play that game and just his understanding of the game as a 6-year-old to say my dad is a donkey. >> exactly. >> flipped his chest. >> what does that mean? >> i don't know what that means. i have no idea. i'm not able to decipher the 6-year-old mind. >> you usually am but not this time. >> do your kids watch in the morning and critique you? >> yeah, i try to not have that happen too much anymore. they are preteen and teen so, the critiques are rough. >> yeah. >> yeah, right? >> they get out of the house a little earlier now so that's okay. >> your girls always weigh in. they're so sweet. >> they weigh in on everything. yeah, that's the truth, all the time. >> it gets less sweet as they get older. >> oh, does it? it's been wonderful to see your kids grow up. >> oh, thank you. you can have them. >> we're at the age where we can do nothing right. >> did your kids really pay attention to what you do or know you go to work? >> they don't pay attention. >> it comes and goes. >> yeah. >> mostly i think that they're -- they just want us to be regular parents, and it's
sort of when we're out in public, it's, like, uncomfortable. they get a little embarrassed. >> yeah, with the exception of when one of their heroes comes on the show. >> oh, yeah. >> all of a sudden, hey, we want to watch kylie jenner coming on, okay. [ applause ] >> great show, dad. great show. >> i love what you do, dad. >> totally. >> you got a special guest. >> i do have a special guest. let's bring in diego luna. coming in. [ cheers and applause ] [ playing the theme to "star wars" ] ♪ [ applause ] >> good to see you, man. >> hey. hi. >> always good to see you. >> same. >> how are you? >> very good. good to see you. >> so we're talking about kids. you have a little boy, a little girl, right? >> i have both, yeah. i have the most beautiful boy and girl. they're 8 and 6. >> 8. and your little boy got -- >> i'm sorry to tell you that. you might be the second most beautiful, yeah. >> so your little boy got to see a piece of you. >> yeah.
>> in "star wars." >> my boy is -- i mean, our whole relation has changed since this came out. >> wow. >> oh. >> i mean -- >> because -- >> hero. >> coolest dad ever. >> he's a huge fan of "star wars" and when i told him, he just went crazy. you know, it's like work normally used to separate us, you know, he hated my job. he was like, where are you going? why for a month? yeah, you crazy. you're going to leave me here? and then he was, like, yeah, dad, you got to go, right? 6:00 a.m. in the morning, what are you doing here? i mean, and please behave. you know that kind of thing, that talk you have when they're going to go to school, it was the other way around. make sure you do what the director says. come in on time. >> he wants you coming back. >> did he get a chance to go on set or -- >> yeah, they both went to set and it was beautiful because they came to the rebel station and it's an amazing set where you have all the ships and the people running around and droids
and -- everything. >> it's a woman's dream. that's great. >> my son was just looking at that like going this is paradise. finally, i mean, we're never going to go back home, right, dad? >> diego, i know your son is not alone. you grew up a giant fan and i love the story. your first day on the set. >> yeah, of course. [ applause ] >> thank you. your first day on the set. you were probably as excited as your son, it sounds like. >> i arrived to london, and the producer goes like, oh, gareth, gareth edwards, he's the director and he's like, go meet him. he's on the set. he's doing a camera test and i arrive and he's like, welcome. we're going to have so much fun and he's in front of a monitor and then i started listening, [ darth vader breathing sounds ] and i just went, like, oh, no. and i could see gareth's face and he had the same expression like we suddenly went to
6-year-old kids, and i turn and there he is. dark, like, standing there. like he's taller than you, my friend. you would feel terrible next to him, and he's like there just -- [ darth vader breathing sounds ] and then he says,, like, should i come in through the left or the right? >> oh. >> you're doing a movie. this is fantastic. >> so, we had felicity jones the other day. she said she did kung fu martial arts. you did military training for this? >> yeah, my character is a captain, an intelligence officer so, yeah, i had to do a lot of military training to understand like how the mind of someone in the military works, you know, because i'm supposed to keep this team together through the mission, and i know nothing about war, you know. >> thankfully. >> it's a good thing, right. >> so i had to do a lot of research, and it was a lot of fun. also just the physical training to be able to do the stuff we made on this film because there
was in, like, the double will do that. the double will do that. this was awesome. >> you got some injuries, right? >> yeah, of course. i mean, it's a "star wars" film. you don't want to look like -- you want to go for it, right? [ applause ] >> do you get a lightsaber? >> no, i can't -- the trailer -- we're rebels. i cannot say that one. the trailers, make it very clear. it's about the people. it's about heroes like you and i and, you know, like regular people doing extraordinary things. what it's saying is we can all be part of change and we could all make great things happen. >> that's a beautiful message. >> we work as a team and we're very powerful, differences aside. >> so but since you're such a big fan and you've already shot this movie, did you take anything with you as a reminder? if you did, maybe you don't want to tell us. >> a confession moment. you know what? i am mexican.
i want to be able to come back to this country. i'm not going to tell on national tv i stole something. [ applause ] >> oh, that's good. >> thank you for coming in. >> come back any time. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> "rogue one" hits theaters december 16th. oh, tell everybody. >> wait, wait, i have something to tell you. i have something to tell you. everybody in the audience is going home with imax tickets to "rogue one." [ cheers and applause ] big deal. get to see diego. coming up, michael's big interview with jeff gordon. stay with us. [ cheers and applause ]
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all right. look, the ohio contingent is here. sandusky. virginia. connecticut. tennessee. all right. our hearts go out to you from tennessee for sure. want to show you video from northern colorado. it is ski season. take a look. they are cutting tracks in steamboat. oh, the champagne powder is there. we will take it. a foot of it and they are open for the season with more on the way. all right. nascar fans, jeff gordon just a few minutes away but, matt, happy birthday. we're ge good morning. chance of a sprinkle, even a light shower through about 6:00. seven-day forecast, warm
this weathercast brought to you by state farm. can we get security on the people from ohio, please? so nice to have you. michael, back inside. >> all right, rob, thank you, man. nascar legend jeff gordon has 93 wins and 4 championships under his belt, so it's no surprise that his new biography is a winner as well. "jeff gordon: his dream, drive & destiny" is out now, and i had a chance to sit down with jeff to talk about his life, career and whether or not he's really retired. take a look. so happy to have you here with us. >> thank you so much. great to be on the show. >> and okay. we got to get to the bottom of this. because i've been wondering about this. you retired but then you drove for dale earnhardt jr., so are you retired or not? i'm a little confused. >> i'm confused too. i thought i was. i was in the south of france on vacation, and all of a sudden i get this call, and it's, we may need you in indianapolis.
and i hate to hear the situation with deal having, you know, the gyre, but man, i'm a team player so i came back. >> why did you decide to write this book now? >> well, because i was -- i thought i was wrapping up my career as a driver, but, no, seriously, you know, to go all the way back to the beginning. >> probably a little bit of therapy for yourself. >> oh, my gosh. >> probably some things you look back and say, man, i did that. i accomplished it. >> you know how when you are in it, you're not thinking about how it's affecting you or what the impact it has on your life. my parents had to work hard, sacrifice a lot. i mean, i've been at a racetrack probably every weekend just about since i was maybe 6 or 7 years old. >> speaking of family, john bickford your stepfather. >> he's the hero in this book. >> you gave him a lot of credit. >> luckily my mom met him when i was very young, and he presented the race car to me, and my sister. she wasn't interested. now she's like i could have been danica patrick. [ applause ] but, yeah, no, absolutely. he is the one and not just -- but he guided me along the way.
>> and i tell you. the book is very candid, and one thing you're very candid about is your ex-wife. and in reading it, i couldn't, you know, help but think about ricky nights." >> i wasn't -- i wasn't thinking of that when we wrote the book. but i've had a lot of people comment about that but honestly like i go back to that time of my life and i go, who was i? it was crazy. i mean life was good on one hand because of all the wins and the success and my lifestyle was just booming and blowing up and all that, but on the other side it was like, this is not me. this is not who i am and so, yeah, there was definitely some ricky bobby moments during that time. >> one thing i love, man, i'm a connoisseur of rap music. i love rap music, and there's this song that nelly did
called "e.i." >> it put me on the map. >> yeah. put you on the map but you're in the song, man. >> i know. ♪ call me jeff gordon in a black ss with the navigation ♪ [ cheers and applause ] that was terrible. by the way. that was horrible. >> rap career next. >> no. i don't think so. i don't think so. >> rap career is next for you. i feel it in my bones. >> maybe we can do a little -- >> collabo. >> yes. i like that. >> i'm feeling it. i tell you what. your career is a history within itself. it's incredible. trust me. >> thank you. >> appreciate you being here. [ cheers and applause ] >> that was a lot of fun with jeff gordon.
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we'll be back at 11:00 a.m. for the midday news. our reporting continues online and >> announcer: it's today, from the series "madam secretary," tim daly. and, from "rogue one: a star wars story," diego luna. and we continue "live's holiday gift guide." plus, from "the walking dead," jeffrey dean morgan joins kelly at the cohost desk. all next on "live!" and now, here are kelly ripa and jeffrey dean morgan! [cheering and applauding] ♪