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land safety back on earth. attempts to recapture the nose cone upon re-entry failed, but it is rocket science, so we'll give them a pass on that. >> they're so grateful that you've done that. instagram has rolled out a new feature to stop offensive comments and trolls. >> think of it as a reality check and a second chance. if you're about to post something that instagram considers potentially bullying, then you'll have an option to make a change before doing something regrettable. abc's rebecca jarvis has more. >> reporter: instagram is working to combat bullying on its platform and employing artificial intelligence to help do it. the social media giant is rolling out a new feature to its billion-plus users. now if a user writes a caption on a photo or video that the a.i. deems offensive, like this, that user will receive a prompt alerting them their language could be considered bullying. giving them the chance to possibly change or delete their words before posting.
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smith college's rachel simmons has seen social media's impact on her students firsthand. >> when you are being cyber bullied, it follows you 24 hours a day. it's public, and everyone can see it. and so that can really make a kid afraid to go to school, it can disrupt their sleep, it can make them feel like there's nowhere they can be where the bullying won't be. >> reporter: the new tool giving her hope. >> this is a great step in the right direction. we want to see social media platforms like instagram stopping bullies before they start. >> reporter: instagram partnering with suicide prevention programs to create the product. the latest change to the platform coming after instagram opted to begin removing "likes" from posts. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to rebecca. instagram says it's working to make more changes. police armed with cameras in hot pursuit. it's "live p.d." with millions watching. >> it's the same show that's sparking concern. the same show that's
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it's crime on primetime. the cameras are always recognize on "live p.d.," the hit show starring law enforcement in hot pursuit on the beat. >> but it's also sparking questions about racism, police tactics and invasion of privacy. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: some are calling it one of the best shows on television. >> i like the show, it's loud, it's fun, it's exciting. >> reporter: others say it's one of the most disturbing. >> stop, stop, stop. get off, please! >> reporter: what's causing all the different opinions, "live p.d." it's real as it gets. law enforcement -- >> if you want to see policing, this is policing. >> reporter: real officers, real suspects in realtime. >> show us your hands! >> reporter: the show features live camera feeds from police departments scattered across the country. they've been set up with the latest technology to show the ups and downs of a typical shift on the streets. >> i think people are liking to watch it through the officers' eyes. they get to see it the way the officers are seeing it.
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>> reporter: dan abrahams, the host, juggles the 32 different feeds that pour in during three intense hours each friday and saturday night. >> we are live with the tallahassee police department -- >> reporter: he's joined by analyst tom morris and sergeant sean larkin from the tulsa police department. the success of this series comes as the country is having a painful debate over the policing policies on american streets. in 2014, a police officer shot michael brown in ferguson, missouri, which essentially began the black lives matter movement. less than a year later, walter scott was shot in the back and killed by an officer in charleston, south carolina. in 2016, philando castille was killed by an officer in minnesota. his death was broadcast live on facebook. >> an officer just shot him in his arm. >> reporter: earlier this year tatiana k. jefferson was playing video games in her bedroom with her 8-year-old nephew when a police officer shot and killed her through a window. the police departments on the show believe that broadcasting their work helps both the police
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and the public. the richland county sheriff's department in south carolina has been on "live p.d." since the first episode. sheriff leon lott decided to take a chae on this new transparency. >> i'm sure that there were some worried that you had because it's live. >> i think what i want people to do is see that we were human, we were just like anybody else. had no worries, was not scared one bit. >> reporter: when the program became a hit, some of his officers became celebrities. >> is it okay to call you a star of the show? >> sure, sure. >> do you like that word? >> i don't feel so much like a star, but it's -- it's been very positive. >> reporter: but some police officers -- >> ain't no [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: don't always have good face-to-face encounters. >> keep it in your hand, you're going to get pepper sprayed. >> reporter: critics say it violates privacy and exploits a person's lowest moments. over a three-hour show, there are countless arrests. of course getting arrested doesn't necessarily mean you're guilty, but the perception can be there. >> right now you're being detained -- >> reporter: even when people are not charged, or acquitted at trial. to some it seems like people of color in particular black
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americans, make up a big percentage of chases and arrests. >> what you see is dependant on where you are. missoula, montana, you're not going to see a lot of interactions with african-americans. if you're in richland county, south carolina and you're dealing with maybe the more high crime areas, those tend to be the more african-american communities. >> reporter: in richland county, sheriff lott says "live p.d." has dramatically improved relations between his police force and the community. he now has a waiting list of officers hoping to join his department. so the show keeps racing along. trying to humanize the hard-working people who protect us and trying to lessen the tensions on the police beat. for "nightline," i'm steve osunsami in richland county, south carolina. >> thank you, steve. "live p.d." is in its fourth season on a&e which is owned by disney, the parent company of abc news.
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there are pros and cons when it comes to this show, no pun intended, because it's entertainment as well. it does show you some reality, but it is also -- there's entertainment factor here. >> you can call it entertainment, you can call it infotainment. it's a robust discussion that needs to take place either way, whichever side of the aisle that you're on. having covered law enforcement here in new york for ten years, been on the streets of america in the south and here in new york for almost 20, you know -- transparency is still the best way. one thing i love about the nypd, they're really transparent. so i can see it potentially helping. >> the show definitely has people talking. >> you know what, and the debate is what we need. coming up, it's #goodnewstues, stay with us.
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these hard-working employees. >> they gave $1,200. >> $1,200. yesterday was $1,400 in dayton ohio, today $1,200 in paterson, new jersey. she was so humble she gave the money back. she was, no, it's too much money, take it. >> oh, wow, she's better than me. >> they call this shock and klaus. breakfast santas, now shock and klaus, taking care of this hard-working waitress. >> i love that good news. this good news, a man saw some deer in need on a frozen-over lake there. he was doing a little ice skating. he skated out to them, to the deer. >> oh wow, wow. >> see actually, now i'm kind of like, uh -- those deer, can be a little dicey with them. >> you can't leave him out there by himself, look at him. >> put a rope around him. he had some distance, a little bit of distance. they were on an icy surface, they probably couldn't jump up on him, right? >> oh my gosh, look at this,
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dragging the deer. >> i don't know if dragging him by the neck is the right place he did what he could. the deer's life, #goodnewstues and all. >> that's all that matters. >> happily ever after, it's not a bambi situation here with his mom. >> it's #goodnewstues, you can't talk about that. >> sorry, #goodnewstues, #goodnewstues, everybody. how about this for #goodnewstues. so this dad likes to pick his daughter up at the airport in different hilarious costumes. >> he's a great dad, look at him. look at her face. she looks mortified, like why is my father dressed like the grinch plus santa? >> that's doug paine there in kansas. so his daughter, this started back in november 2018 when he was picking her up, she'd come home from oregon state. he's a kardashian? holding up a sign that says -- is kim kardashian coming? >> oh, i love it. >> he reminds me of the dad from "modern family" who always has to do fun things. welcome to k.c., miss oregon. >> he loves her very much. we'll talk to you about this dog who gets a final home after 500 days in the animal shelter.
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this morning on "world news now," dangerous weather on the move. >> a severe storm has spawned tornados, killing at least three people. this morning the system is set to affect millions more. from the deep south to the northeast. mid-air scares. two flights forced to make emergency landings. one when flames started to shoot from the engine, the other when some liquid substance was seen spewing from the wing. what officials are saying about it all. also this morning the search is on to find the people responsible for a multimillion-dollar heist. $65 million worth of jewelry stolen from a home near kensington palace. plus the force is strong with these little ones. you'll want to get your day going with these baby yodas on this tuesday, december 17th.
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good tuesday morning, everyone. darla miles from wabc, she came back for round two. just couldn't get enough of us. >> never, never enough. >> actually there's a slow clap that's actually happening right now. jack is doing that slow clap, but what's funny is jack is in a completely separate room but i can still hear the clap right now. >> jack abandoned you. >> we still have some renovations happening here in the studio. he's not even to the right of us right now. jack, can you hear us, jack? >> yes. >> okay, there he is. now we just kind of have the voice of jack throughout the morning. >> good morning, everyone. >> the voice of jack is cooler, i think. we like having you here, but you're elevated to a new level if we only hear your voice. >> it's better that we hear him instead of see him. >> yeah. >> oh, thanks. >> we will hear more from jack later on. we begin with the deadly storms in the deep south. >> that's right. at least three people have been killed by suspected tornados in alabama and louisiana, and another tornado was reported in mississippi.
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first responders are going door to door in many communities overnight. >> the storm system is due on the east coast for this morning's rush hour. now it's raining in times square, but elsewhere in the northeast there will be snow and ice. >> on the radar you can see that line of severe storms stretches from louisiana all the way into northern new york state. those yellow areas are at greatest risk for tornados like the ones that caused deaths in the deep south yesterday. abc's marcus moore reports. >> reporter: this twister estimated to be on the ground for more than 60 miles claiming at least one life. ripping apart businesses and homes in louisiana. >> trees are down. people are walking out. >> reporter: striking this church in alexandria. schoolchildren carried to safety. first responders making sure everyone is okay. multiple tornados tearing through louisiana and mississippi. >> edwards, you are in the path of this, be in your shelter right now.
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>> reporter: west of jackson, mississippi, trees snapping like toothpicks crashing onto homes. the cleanup now under way. all part of a deadly winter storm system marching east. snow, ice, and rain making travel treacherous in the wichita, kansas, area. in kansas city, missouri this pickup truck changing lanes and then spinning out on a slick i-435. the storm creating near zero visibility at times, claiming at least 11 lives so far. including three people killed in this multi-vehicle wreck on interstate 80 southwest of omaha sunday. that tornado that hit alexandria, louisiana, was on the ground for about 63 miles, and officials were able to put out an early warning, otherwise the casualties could have been much worse. marcus moore, abc news, austin, texas. >> and the south will see more storms today but nothing like yesterday. >> that's right. accuweather meteorologist adam del rosso has the forecast. adam, good morning. >> kenneth and darla, good morning. after those severe storms yesterday across the south, we're talking more activity. however, it is not going to be
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as strong, just some rain, perhaps a couple of thunderstorms as this boundary continues to make its way toward the east coast. behind it some drier air, but cooler air working on in for the day. here in the northeast a mess on our hands here as we've got phase two of this winter storm working on by. perhaps quite a bit of some ice from the poconos toward the cape cod area northward where we've got the colder air. we're generally going to see snow out of this. southward where it's warmer. pretty much south of new york city, we're talking some rain showers. where we've got the ice, perhaps significant amounts, scranton toward the hudson river valley. doesn't sound like much but enough to make it icy. we turn to capitol hill where house lawmakers are a day away from voting to impeach president trump. >> yes, that's right, kenneth. over in the senate democratic leader chuck schumer is doubling down on his demand to hear from four key witnesses at the upcoming trial saying he wants to get all of the facts. meanwhile vulnerable members of congress face contentious town halls as they announce their decisions on impeachment.
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abc's mary bruce has more on this. >> reporter: as the house barrels towards a vote, the pressure is on for moderate democrats from districts trump won. in michigan, congresswoman elissa slotkin got an earful from both sides. >> thank you. >> reporter: slotkin revealing she will vote to impeach. >> i will be voting yes on obstruction of congress. >> reporter: in colorado, representative jason crow announced he's also a yes. >> i have no other option but to vote for articles of impeachment this week. >> reporter: congressman jeff van drew of new jersey is opposed to impeachment, and now plans to switch parties and become a republican. most of his staff resigning at the news. the house is all but certain to impeach on wednesday. the judiciary committee
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releasing their 658-page report, saying president trump has realized the framers' worst nightmare, and warning he is engaged in a pattern of misconduct that will continue if left unchecked. in the senate, both sides are already fighting over the trial to come. republicans promising quote total coordination with the president. >> i am clearly made up my mind, i'm not trying to hide the fact that i have disdain for the accusations and the process, so i don't need any witnesses. >> trials have witnesses. that's what trials are all about. >> reporter: democrats want to hear from four witnesses the white house has blocked from testifying, including acting chief of staff mick mulvaney and former trump national security adviser john bolton. >> if house democrats feel they have enough evidence to impeach without hearing from these four witnesses why isn't that enough here in the senate? >> these people know better than anybody else the facts. there is no reason on god's green earth why they shouldn't
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be called and testify. unless you're afraid of what they might say. >> reporter: now mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer do plan to sit down at some point soon to map out what a trial in the senate will look like. but ultimately here in the senate, the ball is largely in mcconnell's court, and he has made it clear he plans to be in lockstep with the president. mary bruce, abc news, capitol hill. the trump administration is reportedly planning to send asylum seekers to honduras even if they're from another country. it's a move that would end their chances for applying for asylum here in the united states. >> the "l.a. times" is reporting that honduras signed an agreement with the homeland security department aimed at restricting migrants at the southern border. one congresswoman says the administration is jeopardizing lives by shipping asylum seekers to the same danger zones they are fleeing. boeing is temporarily suspending production of its most important jet, the 737 max. all maxes have been on the ground since march following two deadly crashes.
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the company says next month it will halt production at a 12,000-employee plant in washington state. boeing says despite the halt, it doesn't expect to lay off any workers at this time. the affected workers could be reassigned to other projects. the shutdown is very likely to affect the 900 companies that make parts for the 737. nearly 350 people were killed in those two max crashes. investigators say a major factor was a flight control system which boeing has been working to fix. if you missed the deadline to enroll in obamacare health coverage, you're getting some extra time. the government is extending the deadline to 3:00 a.m. eastern time wednesday morning, just about 24 hours from now. the extension is because of problems with the website. one estimate says as many as 100,000 people may have had trouble with the site. amazon says fedex ground service is too slow, in fact, the e-commerce giant is blocking its third-party sellers from using fedex.
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amazon says it fears orders will not arrive for christmas based on the recent performance of fed ex ground. the company already stopped using fedex itself, and fedex says its impact on it is quote minuscule. babies in pittsburgh are taking on a "star wars" look. >> yeah, it's really adorable. newborns at upmc magee-women's hospital are being decked out as baby yodas. wow. this year's annual holiday dress-up look includes crocheted hats with little green ears. >> okay. and the outfits also come with yoda-esque onesies which include phrases like "merry i must be" and "cute i am." that's my best yoda right there. these babies are adorable. i think you could dress them up as anything. obviously the parents were involved here. and i heard some parents are very, very involved, in fact, one family was really into it, their birth announcement was the dad wearing a darth vader "i am a father" t-shirt. >> i think you need to work on your baby yoda.
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>> you think so? >> oh, absolutely. >> janai says the same thing. >> cute i am. >> there you are. >> cute i am. kenneth last night moton. >> give me more. >> i do a lot of yoda. you do or try. there is no do not. no, you do or do not, there is no try. that's a mantra to live by. >> so many talents. >> hidden talents. >> for the viewers here in new york, next time you see darla out on the streets for wabc, remember that she can do that. >> you do or do not, there is no try. >> there it is, i love it. coming up, the search to find whoever stole millions of dollars of jewelry from a formula 1 racing heiress. plus, the midair scares caught on cameras, what passengers saw right before pilots made emergency landings. we'll introduce you to the woman who didn't know she was pregnant until days away from giving birth, we've got the details on that one coming up. e details on that one coming up.
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emergency landing in manchester, england. >> and another flight made an emergency landing in albuquerque after flames were seen shooting from the engine. abc's gio benitez has the details. >> reporter: this is what some passengers saw right outside their windows. sparks or flames shooting out of the engine. passenger thomas torney posting this video writing, strange to sit there and think, what if this is it? the pilot declaring an emergency and diverting the san diego to chicago flight to albuquerque. >> united 366, for the emergency vehicles, which engine is it? is it number 1 or number 2? >> number 2, right engine. >> reporter: the 737 with 158 people on board landed safely and got another aircraft. it was the second incident in two days for a united jet headed to chicago. this 767 took off from paris but passengers saw something spewing from the wing. that jet diverted to england where it was met by emergency vehicles and mechanics found what was called a fuel seepage problem. in this latest incident with the sparks, united has not said what
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caused the problem with the engine. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> thank you, gio. a tennessee woman is celebrating her early christmas surprise. >> yes, lauren chalk gave birth to her son wyatt two weeks ago. but check this out, mom had absolutely no idea she was pregnant until just before thanksgiving. chalk had nine days to prepare for her bundle of joy. she says prior health issues contributed to the holiday miracle. >> given the history of miscarriages that i had, you know, i would think that i was pregnant before and take a pregnancy test, it would be negative. i think i subconsciously was like, well, it's not going to be true anyway. >> chalk said her clothes didn't fit any differently so she had no idea she was pregnant. now she calls her son the best christmas gift since jesus. >> she was 38 weeks along when she found out. 38 weeks. >> the biggest miracle is 38 weeks without any prenatal care, the baby came out healthy. >> healthy, happy, looks so cute
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and adorable. and again, she's got a christmas present. >> absolutely. so many women suffer from miscarriages so it's just a blessing that she could have a healthy child. maybe it was a blessing in disguise. if she'd had so many miscarriages she didn't have to stress out. no stress on her. >> hopefully now she can get all those gifts and toys and things that she missed out on a baby shower. >> never too late for a party. coming up next half hour, james vanderbeek opens up weeks after he and his wife suffered a miscarriage. lessons about heartache and healing. first, more than $60 million in jewels stolen from a home on london's billionaires row near kensington palace. was it an inside job? ar kensington palace. was it an inside job? ll them, ir detergent... that's why more dishwasher brands recommend cascade platinum... ...with the soaking, scrubbing and rinsing built right in. for sparkling-clean dishes, the first time. cascade platinum.
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and now to that multimillion-dollar heist, police looking for three burglars who swiped jewelry from the home of a formula 1 racing heiress just hours after she left for vacation. >> now here comes the kanye question. no, i'm just joking. has nothing to do with that. >> bye! >> will, this was an insane one. billionaires row, right? >> oh yeah. they have some super-famous neighbors. that's right, you guys. it all happened so quickly. now officials are looking into whether her social media posts played a role in the heist. tamara ecclestone the hairess to the formula one fortune shares a lot on instagram, nights out. movie premieres. police are wondering whether this photo tipped off thieves she and her family were going out of town for the holidays, allowing intruders to carry out a heist in her london home friday night, making off with
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$65 million worth of jewelry. like the ring on her hand in this photo. or the watches and bracelets in this one, both from her public instagram account. thieves reportedly in the mansion, just blocks from kensington palace where prince william and his family, for just under an hour. the suspects, three men, making their way through the home's 57 rooms cracking at least two safes, before being discovered by onsite security. by the time the police were even called, the suspects were gone. a spokesperson for the ecclestone family saying in a statement, tamara and family are well but obviously angry and shaken by the incident. this morning tamara is back on instagram posting a bible verse that appears to be a response to the robbery. "for there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." as for tamara's father, formula 1 boss bernie ecclestone, he said just yesterday considering all the security around the house and the neighborhood, he thinks the robbery was an inside
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job. >> does he give any more insight to why he thinks it's an inside job? >> i mean, there are multiple security checkpoints throughout the neighborhood, there are 24/7 security staff on the home's premises. he's saying for those guys to be in there for 50 minutes and to make off with all of that stuff, he said there has to be an inside person. >> they knew exactly where to go, because you just can't find two safes in 57 rooms just off the top of your head. >> and crack them, right. experts are saying, reminding folks, don't post your location, turn off location services on social media, there's a lot of things to remember to not alert thieves that you're going to be out of the house. >> you don't have to be $67 million. >> exactly. >> exactly. and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three p's. what are the three p's? the three p's of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price. a price you can afford,
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♪ insomniacs, it time now for "the mix," our favorite part of the day. we're going to kick off "the mix" by topeka, kansas. >> what's going on there? >> if you work in -- let me make sure i get this right -- animal health science, financial services, or any other industry, for that matter, they're going to pay you $10,000 to $15,000 to move to topeka, kansas. they're going to give you money to move there. $10,000 for renters, $15,000 for those purchasing the home. the average median price to purchase a home is $113,000.
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topeka is the capital of kansas. you have to wonder what's going on there to pay you to come there. >> i don't have anything against you, topeka, just wondering what's going on. >> i just like to say topeka, kansas. i'm a texan, if i can just say topeka, kansas. >> no, i do get it. i think of my own hometown, abbeville, south carolina. you know the population, just talking about how even in my hometown, sometimes in certain cities it's dwindling. so they've got to pull people in. we've heard about other places trying to pull people, young people, to live there, to build the town up. >> absolutely. i'm mad that i missed one of those villas in italy. they were giving away properties. that is what i would have definitely gone for. >> that's a retirement right there. >> topeka, kansas, if you want to say that's my hometown, they're going to pay you to live there. >> so sign up, move to topeka, everybody. how about this, so we've heard of the ugly sweater contest or day at school. i thought of literally just buy the ugliest sweater, typically it's one that grandma would knit for you. apparently parents are going all out. take a look at this girl right here.
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she has a whole setup here. laila here, it's like a chimney, santa's coming down it. that is -- >> so creative. >> so creative, it's got a fire, even. i love that. mom obviously made it for her daughter there. it even plays music. that's pretty cool. >> this is an hdtv series, "the ugly sweater" production. >> "whose ugly sweater is it anyway?" i don't know, yeah. >> i don't know how we get from an ugly sweater to an ugly pet. >> there it is. she's a pro. she's a pro. >> snakes on a plane, what about a possum on a plane? check out this one air traveler. she was not allowed to bring her possum on the plane on her first flight. somehow she sneaks it on the second flight. here's my thing. if you're breaking the rules bringing an animal on the plane, why do you have to brag about it after the fact? >> i made it, i did it, i got the possum on. opossum. if the possum got caught, all it
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would have to do is play possum? that's right. >>
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this morning on "world news now," the deadly storm ripping through the deep south. a tornado on the ground for more than 60 miles. it's the same system bringing ice, sleet, and rain in the northeast, making it a dangerous commute for millions of americans. boeing bombshell. the remarkable move by the embattled aviation company, suspending the production line of its most important plane. what this halt in production means for thousands of employees. new this half hour, former president obama's comments about women. >> hear why he says there would be significant improvement if countries were led by women. grab your wing man, it's time to get back on that highway to the danger zone. tom cruise dropping a brand-new trailer for the "top gun" sequel.
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see what the maverick is doing more than 30 years later. i've got a need, a need for speed, and it's coming up in "the skinny" on this tuesday, december 17th. i got a need for a guest coanchor, and it's darla miles, everybody, from wabc. >> having a great time, everybody's taking great care of me. >> yes, back for day two. >> back for day two. >> what are those people at wabc going to do without you for the past couple of days? >> that's a great question. >> you're a critical, critical part. >> i'm there for the comic relief, what can i say? >> i do love that you're here with us, i know you're going to be back there on that job very soon. our top story is the severe and deadly weather in the deep south already blamed for at least three deaths. >> tornados have been reported in alabama, louisiana, and mississippi. one was on the ground for 63 miles, destroying buildings and causing deaths and injuries.
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>> that line of severe storms right now is on the march eastward, bringing heavy rain, hail, and damaging winds. overnight the death toll rising from tornados in the south. authorities in alabama say a husband and wife were killed after a twister touched down near huntsville. the couple was found off their property along with a 7-year-old child who is in critical condition. the county coroner was one of the first responders on the scene. >> it was just total chaos. we just had to make do the best we could. >> reporter: in louisiana, two suspected tornadoes touched down south of shreveport. >> a tornado came through. >> reporter: police say a 59-year-old woman was killed when her mobile home was destroyed. pictures and videos posted by the vernon parrish sheriff's office shows widespread damage. including downed power lines and a tree on top of a home. authorities say the wonderful winds destroyed a church and public works building. >> trees are down. power is knocked out. >> reporter: meanwhile, the same storm system is packing a powerful punch of snow, sleet,
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and rain for the northeast this morning. from central pennsylvania into southern new england, snow and a glaze of ice is making travel treacherous. boston bracing for snow today. while new york city and philadelphia get rain for the morning commute. got to be careful on those roads. just how bad your morning commute will be depends on how far north you are. >> that's right. let's get the details from accuweather meteorologist adam del rosso. good morning, adam. >> darla, kenneth, good morning. an icy mess on our hands across the northeast, as this next round of weather me ofs on by. lots of ice across the poconos, toward the cape cod area. northward we're talking snow where it's colder, south, basically south of new york city, we're talking mainly rain out of this. perhaps more than .25 of ice across scranton into the hudson river valley. doesn't sound like much but when it comes to ice that is enough to create a mess on the roads. in terms of snowfall, 3 to 6 inches from upstate new york across the rest of new england. as we make our way to the southeast we don't have to worry about any more severe thunderstorms, but this cold front continuing to move through bringing more shower and storm activity to the region with
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colder, drier air working on in behind that boundary. kenneth, darla. >> thanks, adam. now on to the impeachment showdown coming to a head with a historic vote set for tomorrow. >> moderate democrats in districts won by president trump got an earful at town halls from constituents on both sides of the issue. many of those lawmakers say they'll vote to impeach the president even if it means losing their seats in congress. >> meanwhile senate democrats are not backing down from their demand for key witnesses who can testify about why aid to ukraine was withheld. senate republicans are calling the shots. congress is considering a measure to raise the age to buy tobacco to 21. it's part of an effort to keep vaping products out of the hands of young americans. the bipartisan legislation would be included in a massive government spending bill expected to pass this week. if approved it would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase vape products, e-cigarettes, and traditional tobacco products amid growing concerns about health risks.
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here in new york there are new developments in the investigation of a college student's murder. an autopsy confirms 18-year-old tessa majors died from multiple stab wounds to the torso. new york cops fanned out across parts of northern manhattan last night searching for a 14-year-old suspect in connection with majors' death. they believe the teen was going to surrender last evening but he did not. a 13-year-old boy is already in custody and he has a court appearance today. boeing has suspended production of its 737 max jet, and that could have a serious impact on boeing's suppliers. some 900 companies provide parts for the 737 max. an industry analyst says boeing's production halt could result in layoffs at those suppliers. meanwhile boeing isn't putting a timeline on when it expects the max to be back in the air. abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: it's never happened
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before. boeing's remarkable move to shut down the production line of the max as the fleet of the latest 737 remains grounded and no set date for a return to service. the u.s.'s largest exporter already has nearly 400 brand-new jets stored and expected to return that jet to service by the end of this year. but the faa has made it clear that won't happen. the regulator wants to learn more about the changes boeing has made to the max's software after those two crashes which killed nearly 350 people. just days ago congress revealed an faa document that there could have been 15 more fatal crashes if the problem was not addressed. boeing says it has made those fixes but the line will be shut down in january. boeing says it has no plans to lay off or furlough any of those 12,000 workers. it hopes to reassign them to other lines or to 737 programs. david kerley, abc news, washington. wall street's major averages opened at record highs this morning following a rally fueled by positive economic news. >> analysts say several factors are reducing concerns about an economic slowdown.
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among those are a new trade deal between the u.s. and china and federal reserve saying it is pausing interest rate cuts. but there are some areas of concern, including the actions boeing is taking. economists are saying europe's economic slowdown remains a serious problem as well. former president obama says the world would be a better place if women were in charge. >> yeah. former president obama put men on blast speaking in singapore. he says most of the problems around the globe came from older people, mostly men, holding positions of power. he went on to say if women ran every country in the world there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes. the former president said women aren't perfect but they're indisputably better than men. we obviously know he has a lot of strong women surrounding him. his daughters, his wife, grandma. >> what do you think? >> all there. >> do you have opposition, if every single country in the world was run by a woman, it would be a better place?
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is that too much? >> is darla putting me on the spot? >> well, you know -- >> the answer is yes, yes, women run the world! >> his mom from south carolina is so, so happy. >> they run the world! >> she taught you so well. >> they have made households stronger, they've made communities stronger, they've made the men stronger. women, i'm all for you. >> we appreciate that. i wonder though why he made that statement. you know. at that time. >> yeah. >> and, you know, empirical data or just his opinion? either way, his mother would be proud of him as well. even if you don't believe it, you know to say it anyway. >> that's right. but i do believe it. >> you do. >> i do. coming up, an update on a deputy caught on camera body slamming a student, the new punishment he's facing today. plus james van der beek is opening up about that personal revelation he made on "dancing with the stars," his wife's mischarge and how they're handling it. and hold up, they don't love you like i love you, slow down. okay, i'm sorry.
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is beyonce about to get an oscar nod? we've got the details later in "the skinny."
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garage. a north carolina sheriff's deputy season on camera slamming a middle schooler to the ground has been fired. >> the stunning incident happened thursday. the deputy was working as a resource officer at vance middle school in henderson. state investigators are determining now whether to file criminal charges. the county sheriff says he sees no justifications for the deputy's actions. now to the personal struggle being shared by james van der beek who just competed on "dancing with the stars." >> he is opening up about the healing process after his wife's recent miscarriage just last month, saying they're still quote in repair. here's abc's paula faris. >> reporter: actor james van der beek sharing this heartwarming instagram photo of he and his wife kimberly over the weekend, saying the two are still in repair, rebuilding their lives following a recent miscarriage last month. writing, discovering that healing happens at its own pace, not the pace you'd like, and definitely not the pace at which the world keeps on moving, but
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it happens. and there's beauty in allowing yourself to be exactly where you're at. ♪ the "dawson's creek" star first shared the heartbreaking news while competing on this season of "dancing with the stars." >> my wife kimberly and i went through every expectant parent's worst nightmare. we lost the baby. >> reporter: shortly after that episode, kimberly posted details surrounding the tragedy on her instagram story. >> in, you know, 48 hours, we lost our baby boy. and -- i almost lost my life. >> reporter: the couple, already parents to five children, have been through miscarriages before. james saying back in october, miscarriage, a word that needs a replacement -- nobody failed to carry, these things sometimes just happen -- is something that people rarely talk about and
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often go through in secret, but there needs to be zero shame around it or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. the family committed to healing together. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to paula. so many families dealing with this and have dealt with this, and i'm pretty sure they can learn from seeing obviously what james van der beek and his family have gone through. >> you see they're family people. he has so many children already, and i come from a big family, so you always want to add to that. and a baby always brings joy into the household. so it's really good that he as a man is speaking out on miscarriage. because you often hear from women about this. i hear from my girlfriends all the time. but to hear a man publicly grieve about losing a child, he really is giving other men permission to grieve publicly as well. i think it's great what he's doing. >> when it comes to the grief, the professionals say remember to seek professional help. because you are going through a grieving process when that happens. >> very important. >> no matter what point of the pregnancy it happens in. all right, when we come back, we've got the need, the
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need for speed. tom cruise is back in action in a brand-new trailer for the "top gun" sequel. okay, kenneth, calm down. is beyonce about to pick up her first-ever oscar nomination? "the skinny" is next. ♪ that trap odors and release them back into the room. so, try febreze fabric refresher febreze finds odors trapped in fabrics (bubbles popping) and cleans them away as it dries. use febreze every time you tidy up to keep your whole house smelling fresh air clean. fabric refresher even works for clothes you want to wear another day. make febreze part of your clean routine for whole home freshness. ♪la la la la la.
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♪ you know that music. it's the reason we're in business here at disney/abc. >> we love that it's a part of our business. >> it is "skinny" time and the force was strong in hollywood a few hours ago for the biggest movie premiere in the galaxy. "star wars: the rise of skywalker." >> the movie from abc parent company disney opens this week, and all the stars were there on the blue carpet, including the biggest stars in "star wars," r2d2 and bb-8. "the rise of skywalker" is the ninth and final -- oh no, not the final one, the final "star wars" film.
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the series of course started 42 years ago back in 1977. >> 1977. and here we are, the final one. >> listen, i remember going to see the original "star wars" with my grandmother at the movies, i remember that day, i remember where we were sitting. it's just something, one of those memories, it's indelible. >> i think i was there too, in the back, eating some popcorn. >> gimme some more butter on that popcorn. fresh off her golden globe nomination beyonce has her eyes on an even bigger prize this morning, the oscars. >> remember her song "spirit" from "the lion king"? >> of course i do. >> she killed it as always. it is on the newly announced
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short list on the songs in the running for the best original song at the 2020 academy awards. but calm down, kenneth, it's not an official nomination just yet. but there are 15 songs on the list, and that list will be cut down to five. >> if she's nominated on january 13th, this would be beyonce's very first oscar nod. despite having performed some of the nominated songs from "dreamgirls" back in 2007. we were talking earlier this morning about the egot. we were like, okay, she doesn't have an emmy, right? she doesn't have a tony. she's got a bunch of grammys. so she has an oscar, that would be an "o." >> she's be an "og." >> there it is. >> that was my contribution. >> she's already an og, right? >> she is an og, the original. >> this is from the leon king. beyonce, where is she? is she around here, guys? >> beyonce? >> camera three, coming up, they know this. she's over here at the old jack location, if we can get a little shot of her over there. i'm not moving on until we see her in her beautiful "lion king" red carpet ensemble. there she is! jack, where -- jack, jack, where are you? beyonce took over your seat. >> the voice of jack. >> what can you do? >> jack, how do you feel about being replaced by beyonce? >> well -- >> he knew it was coming. >> you know how it goes. >> for the year that i've been
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here, he knew that it was coming eventually. >> okay, okay. also this morning we've got the need for speed. we're getting a brand-new look at the tom cruise upcoming sequel "top gun." >> more than 30 years after the original movie cruise is reprising his role of maverick in the appropriately titled "top gun: maverick." take a look. >> good morning, this is your captain speaking. today's exercise is dogfighting. >> two versus one? you've got to be kidding. >> what the hell? >> the new trailer provides glimpses of the never before seen aerial technology promised by the studio, but fans point out that val kilmer is noticeably absent. so where's iceman? we'll find out when the movie flies into theaters next summer. we're also counting down to another epic television event, the premiere of "the bachelor" in less than three weeks. >> it's a big day for jack. ahead of this event abc has introduced the cast of the 30 women who will vie for peter's heart. some of the fun facts about this cast is five of the women are from illinois. five are from my home state of texas. including miss texas 2019.
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>> they include a cattle rancher, a house flipper, and two victorias, victoria f. and victoria p. >> victoria square. >> there it is. peter was the pilot who was second runner-up last season. january 6th right here on abc. all right, next up, an incredible celebrity body transformation that absolutely no one saw coming. kumail nanjiani is known for hilarious performances in movies like "the big sick" and now shows like "silicon valley." >> look at him now, that crazy physique for a new movie role.
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♪ ♪ "skinny bonus round" time. we begin with the queen of christmas herself, mariah carey. mimi joining billy eichner on the street for an episode of his hit comedy show "billy on the street. >> that's right. the duo shocking pedestrians and revealing secrets about her hit holiday song along the way. >> oh, my god. >> it's mariah carey. all you want for christmas in less than an hour, is that true? >> an hour and a half. >> it took 90 minutes but there were bathroom breaks! >> mariah carey, happy holidays. >> eichner's so funny. in this episode mariah also
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proves that she knows her hanukkah songs too. they were running through the streets yelling at people. it was good stuff. people were so shocked, they were like, mariah, oh my god! back to that holiday smash hit. ♪ all i want for christmas >> that's not it. ♪ all i want for christmas da da da ♪ >> i never really heard it. >> what? street cred. >> it may have only taken 90 minutes to write but it's continued to keep generation after generation rocking around the christmas tree. >> two and a half decades after its release, the christmas classic is reaching a major milestone as we hear from david muir. ♪ >> reporter: 25 years after it came out, a wish come true. ♪ make my wish come true ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> reporter: what mariah carey
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got this year is a number one hit. "all i want for christmas is you" finally at the top. the billboard hot 100. mariah tweeting to her fans, we do it. ♪ baby all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> reporter: just this year, amazon music's documentary about the song. in it mariah says she hoped it would resonate like songs from a different time. >> it was really inspired by songs from the '60s or the '50s where you couldn't help but be happy when you heard them. >> reporter: she talks about her inspiration, her childhood, her mother. >> we didn't have a lot of money, so sometime she would like wrap up fruit and like whatever it was that she could afford. and i was like, when i grow up, i'm never going to let that happen, i'm going to make christmas perfect every year. >> reporter: that song certainly helped. and it's her 19th number one hit, putting her only behind the beatles. one christmas wish at a time. ♪ oh baby >> i love that song. >> can somebody give me a couch to perch up on like mariah was? >> only mariah carey can do an interview -- >> she can have as many couches
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as she wants, $60 million in royalties for that song. lties for that song.
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have a great day. >> stay with us for "gma." have a great day. making news in america this morning, deadly storm. new images of the destruction after tornadoes slammed the south amaging or destroying dozens of homes and how the same storm system takes aim at the northeast with snow, sleet and rain hitting millions for this morning's commute. the areas getting hit the hardest. urgent search. the growing mystery surrounding the disappearance of two young children in florida. the brother and sister last seen playing in their own front yard. why police say they could be anywhere. down to the wire. the new concern about holiday package deliveries. the new decision by amazon, plus the outage at u.p.s. this morning the best way to make sure your gifts arrive on


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