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sworn in, he declared it would be closed within one year. that year is coming up, january 22nd. guantanamo is not going to be increased. so that's going to take some time. the question is what's going to happen with these guys down at guantanamo? there's about 198 right now down there. i think 90 or so are yemenis. i think the last train to yemen has left the station. >> now, the u.s. has actually launched several attacks on yemen terrorist bases in recent
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weeks and that's before we've been talking about the attempted attack on christmas day. >> you heard jan crawford on cbs talk about this whole yemen issue at guantanamo. nearly 90 or so of the remaining detainees are from yemen. they're set to be released to yemen. now what do you do with them? insomemy yak theater's coming up. ...at night or after i eat ...makes a big difference. vo: a good diet and testing your blood sugar regularly can help you manage-even reduce-the risk of complications. vo: that's why liberty offers accu-chek aviva meter, that lets you test right the first time. vo: if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free meter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. vo: and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. vo: join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. vo: call now and receive a free accu-chek aviva meter.
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2009 oscar ballots have been mailed out. the nominees will be announced next month. >> jeremy and i already have some ideas of our own as far as what could get best picture of the year. for me it goes to "precious." i thought that the acting knocked my socks off. it's set in harlem in 1987. where precious is a 16-year-old african-american girl who's
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pregnant for the second time by her absent father. she's abused emotionally and physically by her mom who you see there played by monique. precious can't read or write but her life changes when she starts going to an alternative school. it's at that point she begins a journey of love and self-determination. let's show you a clip from her first day in her new classroom. >> my name, clarice precious jones. i go by precious. i live in harlem. i like yellow. and -- i had problems at my other school so i come here. >> something you do well? >> nothing. >> what i loved about this movie is how much it just made you feel. it was the most heart-wrenching movie i've seen in a long time. gabby, monique, they are so different from what they played
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and that makes the acting even better. >> they sell it pretty well. it's an important movie, i think that's a good word to say. go see it, it is important. i wanted to pick it, there were so many good choices. "star trek," "precious," all these ones i liked. i went with an unconventional pick. one you liked too i think. not the best. i liked it. $500 days of summer." the kid from "third rock from the sun." looking for love, he gets hung up on zoe deschanel, their romance lasts 500 days then summer cools on the romance. >> we've been like sid and nancy for months now. >> summer, sid stabbed nancy. seven times with a kitchen knife. we have disagreements, but i hardly think i'm sid vicious. >> no. i'm sid. >> oh, so i'm nancy? >> that sort of sets the tone for the relationship. she's in the driver's seat. everybody's dumbstruck by her in the movie and it's hard not to
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be. i didn't expect to like it and i think that's why i ended up liking it the best of any movie think that's why i ended up liking it the best of any movie [ kick ] stronger, healthier babies. learn more about healthy babies at... rob, what's up? how's it going? how's it going? guys, this is my cousin rob from michigan. whazzup! he's a teenager. totally. hey, what's up?
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terror watch. the u.s. makes a dramatic move, closing an embassy in yemen due to new fears. then, travel trouble. the frustrating security breach at a busy airport hours before strict new tsa rules go into effect. and, airborne icon. the goodyear blimp and its presence at big sports events. >> the scene of college football is the best thing about the blimp. >> a major milestone. it's monday, january 4th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> the hol air in those blimps give us some nice pictures. >> we'll try to keep the hot air
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down to a minimum in the studio. >> good morning, everyone, i'm linsey davis in for vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. the u.s. and british embassies in yemen locked up tight this morning after threat of attack. >> both countries promise to help security forces in yemen as fears grow over the terror threat. sonia gallego is joining us from london with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, linsey and jeremy. the recent setup in security is intensifying as both the u.s. and british embassies in yemen remain closed for yet another day. they stay closed on sunday following warnings of an al qaeda attack. all local staff was sent home and the head of u.s. central command in the region, general david petraeus, visited the country over the weekend with a promise to look at ways to enhance security with the yemeni government. the u.s. government has been rapidly increasing those efforts in aiding yemen military to hit up al qaeda targets in the country. these efforts have escalated since the failed christmas day
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bomb plot. the main suspect abdulmutallab claimed to have intended to carry out the attack, as well as militants based in yemen. yemen itself is coming over increasing scrutiny over the weekend. president obama directly accused an offshoot of the al qaeda base as being responsible for the airline bomb plot. his administration is growing more vocal about the country's ability to deal with extremism. the u.s. will look at case-by-case whether to repatriate the 90 or so yemeni detainees held at guantanamo bay. the fallout from the failed bomb plot is still echoing around washington. >> it is unacceptable that nine years, or eight years, after richard reid used the exact same explosive, that we still don't have a system in place that can detect that kind of explosive. >> it's time to take a fresh, nonpartisan look. not to knock down the department of homeland security or the 9/11 reforms.
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but frankly to fix and build them up. >> reporter: and that look, again, is at the forefront ever since al qaeda's attack on the ""uss cole"" nearly ten years ago first highlighted how deadly this organization had come to be. linsey, jeremy? >> sonia gallego joining us from london, thanks. we are just learning this morning that at least four u.s. service members have been killed in southern afghanistan. nato says the troops died in roadside bombings over the weekend. these are the first combat-related deaths so far this year. passengers are boarding their flights at the newark, new jersey airport this morning after a security breach grounded planes and stranded travelers for hours. it happened just hours before new tsa regulations go into effect for passengers flying into the u.s. here's lucy yang. >> we saw security chasing after somebody. everybody was yelling. tsa people were yelling "10-9." >> reporter: jennifer had been
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cleared through security and was putting her shoes back on when pans inside terminal c were told to freeze. >> couldn't move, they said -- they didn't want us to reach into our bags, we basically stood there. >> reporter: newark airport went into lockdown after officials were informed a man had walked through a security exit into the secure side of terminal c around 5:30 p.m. unable to locate that man or determine if he had been cleared into the area, officials reacted with heightened precaution and shut down the whole terminal. >> they find the guy who's responsible for all this, he's -- i mean, he's going to be in trouble. he's going to get hurt. >> reporter: for army private john davis who is due back at ft. lewis in seattle by 6:00 a.m. monday morning it means big problems if he doesn't get on a flight. >> i i'm going to get demoted, i'm going to lose my money. >> reporter: as high drama, high anxiety, and high stress play out at newark nationwide officials are still scrambling to plug gaping security holes which allowed an alleged terrorist back on christmas day
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to board a northwest international flight with explosives in his underwear. >> i'm calling for the united states government to impose penalties for foreign airports that don't comply with u.s. security rules. if you want to fly to the united states, you're going to have to play by our security rules, no questions asked. >> reporter: in response to the christmas day near-disaster, the tsa has announced that beginning monday, all international passengers coming to the u.s. from high-risk countries will be subject to tighter security. lucy yang, abc news, at newark airport. the federal aviation administration says it's stepping up its investigation of american airlines. it follows three botched landings by the carrier over an 11-day period. that includes the accident in kingston, jamaica, where the jet overshot the runway during a rainstorm. investigators want to know why airplane wing tips hit the ground during recent landings in austin and charlotte. a man suspected of killing
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four family members over the thanksgiving holiday is now in custody. the five-month manhunt ended thanks to a motel manager who was watching "america's most wanted." stephanie sy reports. >> reporter: after more than a month on the lam, paul her ring was arrested saturday night. the 35-year-old is accused of gunning down his twin cities, elderly aunt, and cousin's 6-year-old daughter on thanksgiving. >> i'm really happy that, you know, the monster's in a cane. >> reporter: after months of plastering florida neighborhoods with wanted posters, it was a few seconds on tv that led to the arrest. the owners of the motel saw his picture flash on-screen during a commercial for "america's most wanted." >> there was no doubt because we have a big-screen tv in the house. it just shocked him to the core and he came up front and he says, i can't believe this, but he's upstairs. >> reporter: it was the fourth time the story aired on the program. with an urgent plea from john
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walsh. >> few stories have made me as angry or as sad as our first case tonight. >> reporter: in 20 years, "america's most wanted" has helped to put more than 1,000 criminals behind bars. >> have you seen jaycee lee dugard? >> reporter: and like so many high-profile crimes before it, the host made this one personal. >> if anybody knows how they're feeling, it's us. and you need to do everything you can to help them. >> reporter: paul merhige is being held without bond and facing four counts of first degree murder. stephanie sy, abc news, new york. now overseas where the worst winter storm in years has brought beijing to a standstill. the snow was so heavy, roads are impassable and schools closed this morning. passengers at the main airport in beijing are stranded. forecasters say temperatures have hit a record low. here in this country a similar scene in parts of new england. a winter storm dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on burling ton, vermont. temperatures dipped into the teens.
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powerful winds created whiteout conditions. but kids made the best of it. broke out some sleds and snow tubes and took to the hills. >> i'm glad somebody enjoyed it because i didn't leave the house. it was terrible here. here's monday weather. a cold snap from the plains to the new england states and along the gulf coast with most of florida under freeze warnings today. windy with lake-effect snow from the great lakes to the northeast. the heaviest between cleveland and buffalo. and rain and mountain snow in the northwest. >> 49 degrees in portland and 33 in boise. kansas city and minneapolis barely climb out of the single digits. chicago gets up to 19 degrees. 30s in dallas and much of the east coast. >> it's pretty much cold everywhere. a mouth-watering sight for sweet teeth in mexico city. they couldn't wait to sink their teeth into this. >> they lined up in droves for a savory slice of a gigantic traditional holiday sweetbread that weighed a record 11 tons. bakers whipped up the oversized
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pastry in celebration of three kings day. >> 50,000 eggs, more than 6,000 pounds of sugar. we said it was sweet. the cost, $128,000. >> what recession? >> that's right. >> let's let them eat cake. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now."
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welcome back to "world news now." you watch any football this weekend this. >> just a little bit. >> most of us did. for so many of us the new year's holiday is about watching football. as much as it is about turning the calendar. >> you're right. this years day was also the 50th anniversary of a breakthrough in covering sporting events, the blimp cam. from our partners at espn, chris
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connelly reports. >> reporter: it was first revealed to the sports world a half century ago. and it's been the biggest thing in college football ever since. >> okay, here we go. >> reporter: high and wide and majestic. looming large over the game and its colorful pageantry. not the blimp, but the blimp shot. >> five, four, three, two, one -- >> reporter: the highest of overhead panoramas. >> you don't need a single word, not a single word uttered, with a picture like that from above. it says it all. >> reporter: frank serkinney, legendary producer with cbs, says it was 60 years ago, january 1st, 1960, a camera from a blimp was first used live in sports television. for the orange bowl between
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georgia and missouri. he says he was inspired by an overhead photo he saw in the paper. >> and i thought, wait a minute. i've got to have that shot. and that's when i called the goodyear people and said, can i put a tv camera up in that blimp? and they wanted to know how much does it weigh? i said, well, the camera itself, probably about 50 pounds. and i've got a little skinny cameraman named herman lang who weighs 150 pounds. >> reporter: for $3,000, the deal was done. ever since the blimp shot has been a treasured staple. identified with one of the best-loved phrases in tv sports. >> you are looking live at the famed horseshoe in columbus, ohio. >> i can say it all afternoon long. but it just does not make the same impact as a blimp several thousand feet in the sky, the camera looking down.
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that meaade you are looking liv come alive, if you will. >> reporter: 50 years of blimp shots have captured hard news as they did during a postseason game at yankee stadium in 1977. >> i credit my friend howard cosell with directing the blimp during a world series game to focus further to the north in the bronx because there was a giant blaze. thus the phrase the bronx is burning. >> so the oakland a's take -- >> reporter: at the 1989 world series, shots from the blimp told another story. >> you are looking now at a shot of the bay bridge. that apparently is where the major damage has been done. >> reporter: for other sports the blimp shot served up images that clarify the fast-paced action. >> coming on through, mine that bird. >> if i see something from up above and it is one continuous
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shot, then i'm going to be able to understand what happened during that event much better. >> okay. zooming back into the stadium. >> thank you for that. >> the scene of college football is the best thing about the blimp. anybody that doesn't see the grandeur of having the blimp there and what it can give you just doesn't understand what college football is all about. >> reporter: and it all began 50 years ago. or did it? this clip from the miami herald says the first year of the blich for the orange bowl came one year earlier, in 1959. proof that a shot as great as this one is timeless. >> maybe it was 51 years ago. chris connelly reporting there. i would love to travel in a zeppelin. >> it seems it would be really fascinating. >> i think people think hindenburg when they think zeppelin travel. that was hydrogen, this is helium, it won't blow up, no worries there. >> the from interesting thing is
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there's no internal support as far as framework or anything like that. basically it's just a balloon and the only solid part is actually the passenger car. >> that's cool, we've got to arrange a ride in one of those. i want to do it badly. >> inn in a moment how an unreleased michael jackson song got released. an unlikely pair. elton john is helping eminem. are best learned in the home.
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this is momentous. it is the first "skinny" of 2010. >> i'm here to witness it. >> is it 2010. >> we'll figure it out. we'll cover our bases. so the first "skinny" story of 2010 involves michael jackson. perhaps the biggest "skinny" story of 2009. there's a new m.j. song. we had "this is it" which came out posthumously too.
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there's another new one. it's sort of the compilation or collaboration with lenny kravitz. let's listen to a little bit of it. ♪ my life has taken me beyond the planets and the stars ♪ ♪ and you're the only one that could take me this far ♪ >> the song is called "another day." there's a little blip of it with lenny kravitz. the verse that michael's singing seems to be the same as from an older kravitz storm called "storm." apparently they recorded this a few years back and lenny kravitz said it was the best sort of recording studio experience he's ever had. he said michael was funny, he laughed the whole time, i saw what a beautiful dad he was, what a beautiful human being, he's the reason i wanted to be a performer. now perhaps we'll be seeing more of this and hearing more of this song. >> do you like the song? >> it's pretty good. i love everything michael jackson sang pretty much. >> just keep them coming. >> the creditors are after michael's estate.
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there's some claims of up to $20 million now. >> some of them thought to be bogus so we'll see. >> no doubt, yes. >> you know, remember in december when alexa ray joel was hospitalized after a bad break-up, i guess, heartbreak. now she's speaking out on her facebook, thanking fans for their support. and it's actually encouraged her to help out the community with a new project. she says to help young girls with something i feel i know a great deal about, heartbreak-related depression. so this whole thing happened last december when she almost took her life after breaking up a long-term relationship with rocker jimmy riot. moving forward she says she's going to continue her education to better understand her depression and try and help out girls line herself. >> they said when she went into the hospital she had swallowed a bunch of homeopathic pills. i don't know what that is. >> doctors say you couldn't die from it but her roommate i guess was really worried and she had taken too many of them. >> glad to see she's rebounded nicely.
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good for her. speaking of celebrities with drug issues eminem has had his drug issues. he's getting help from an unlikely source, an expert on the matter, elton john. they had a dust-up in 2001. elton john was critical of his homophobic lyrics. then they sang together, i think it's at the grammys. they've had a lasting friendship since then. when eminem started overusing prescription drugs he called elton john and the two have been talking for the last year and a half. elton's been sort of coaching him through this. eminem said, when i wanted to get sober i called him because he's somebody in the business who can relate to this lifestyle and how hectic things can be. sponsors sort of if you will. >> i think another collaboration will be in store from the two of them coming up. >> i'd less season to that. >> a new book out says that warren beatty is quite the ladies' man. he's apparently had even more women than you, mr. hubbard. his new book is out called "star: how warren beatty seduced
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america." the color calculates 12,775 women. beatty says that's not true.
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. president obama returns to washington today cutting short his hawaiian holiday. he's ready to address national security after the christmas day terror plot. the tallest building in the world opens today in dubai. nobody has said exactly how high this tower stands but there are reports it's 2,700 feet tall. that's bigger than any other building in the world. and nfl league officials, congressional investigators and safety experts meet today in detroit to discuss football helmets. players want better protection from head injuries. finally this half hour, it's every weekend warrior's dream. to give up your job and do the fun stuff full-time. >> losing your job would seem to
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push that dream even farther away. for one amateur bowler chris bury met it was a very lucky strike. >> reporter: tom smallword, a man with a mean left hook, dreamed of making his living on the lanes. but like so many in michigan, he earned his pay on an assembly line. until he was laid off from this gm factory two days before christmas in 2008. >> i have a 2-year-old and a house and car payments. you know, you don't just go find another job that paid the same amount. so it was tough. >> reporter: he'd always bowled on the side, bringing home trophies and amateur prize money. tom made a deal with his wife. he'd make it as a pro within a year or find another job. she understood. their romance began at the local lanes. >> i think i knew i was going to end up with a bowler because i bowled myself. >> reporter: last summer, still out of work, tom scraped together $1,500 to enter the pro tour qualifying school. out of nearly 120 aspiring pros,
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only eight would make the cut. that was just the beginning. in august, he qualified for the world championship. in december, the raw rookie made it to the final to face the reigning king of bowler. in the tenth and final frame, small would need one strike just to survive. seven more pins to win it. what was going through your mind at that exact moment? >> you've waited 32 years for this. make it count. >> dreams do come true! >> try to fight back tears. because to hold that trophy up is a dream come true. >> reporter: a dream realized. $50,000 in prize money and two years of guaranteed qualifying on the pro tour. for this one-time auto worker with that mean left hook, a striking success. chris bury, abc news, saginaw,
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michigan. >> and recently smallwood got a call from gm offering his job back. he said, no thanks [vibrates] g morning, sunshine. wakey, wakey. text me back. [chattering] [vibrates] hey. did you tell your parents about us? let's skip first period together. did you get all my texts? is practice over yet? where you at?
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are you with your friends? that's laaaa-mee. capital "x," lower-case "o," capital "x," lower-case "o," i love you. jk. i hate you. jk. are you ignoring me? we're in a huge fight right now. is it something i did? i can see your lights on. i'm coming over. this isn't a joke. what did you dream about? [overlapping] is it me? i'm lonely. holla back. holla back. let's try something new. nude pics. send me some. text me.
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tougher rules. why international passengers will see tighter security today when they fly to the u.s. then, terror fears. the u.s. takes no chances, closing the embassy in yemen. >> just demonstrates that al qaeda is determined to carry out these attacks. >> as the president ends his vacation a day early. and, taking heat. the nba star in trouble accused of keeping a gun in the locker room. it's monday, january 4th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> interesting that this allegedly happened in the locker room of the washington wizards, a team that used to be called the bullets but changed the name
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out of violence concerns. it's a big issue in professional athletics and we'll take a look at it coming up. crazy stuff. we'll talk about that this half hour. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm linsey davis in for vinita nair. we begin with tough new security measures for some international air travelers headed to the united states. >> passengers with passports from or who have traveled through countries that sponsor terrorism are subject to extra screening now and it is all because of that christmas day bomb attempt. here's lisa stark. >> reporter: the new security guidelines continue to focus on flights coming into the u.s. from abroad. the transportation security administration says passengers on those flights who have passports from or who have traveled through countries that harbor terrorists or other suspect nations will be subject to extra security scrutiny before they're allowed to board the airplane. now there are about 14 countries on that list. and they include ones that you
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might expect. pakistan, afghanistan, iraq, yemen, for example. now, other passengers coming from abroad will also be subject to extra scrutiny, extra security checks, on a random basis. >> i think you may see different threshold for what makes you a selectee or what makes you a no-fly. right now those are very limited. i suspect they'll probably broaden those definitions. >> reporter: the transportation security administration says these measures will be in place for the foreseeable future, and they say most international travelers will notice them. lisa stark, abc news, reagan national airport. passengers at new jersey's largest airport are finally boarding their flights this morning after a security breach grounded planes and stranded travelers for hours. investigators at newark airport are still searching for a man who walked through a checkpoint exit into a secured side of the terminal. the terminal was evacuated and flights were grounded until a security sweep was complete. there are increasing fears this morning about the terror
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threat in yemen. the u.s. and british embassies in that country are closed down for a second day. here's abc's laura setrakian. >> reporter: yemen is the new big word in america's fight against terrorism. home to al qaeda's regional base and a weak central government that's tried and failed to stamp it out. recently, the training ground for botched airline bomber omar mutallab. >> we're working to address the threat that is out there. it demonstrates al qaeda is determined to carry out these attacks and we're determined to thwart those attacks. >> reporter: a day after general petraeus visited the country the u.s. and british embassies were shut down citing ongoing threats from al qaeda. yemen has a special place in the history of al qaeda. osama bin laden's family is from there. and it was the scene of the 2000 bombing of the "uss cole" in which 17 american sailors died. now terrorists are believed to be flooding into the country. seeking safe haven from u.s. air strikes in pakistan and afghanistan.
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>> one of our american personnel there said to us, and i thought quite wisely, that iraq is yesterday's war. afghanistan is today's war. and if we don't act preemptively, yemen will be tomorrow's war. >> reporter: analysts say some of the fighters are coming from saudi arabia. others previously released from guantanamo bay. >> these are people that were held in gitmo, have been returned and have now gone back to the battlefield. >> reporter: that's raised controversy over plans to release the 90 remaining yemenis. but president obama's top terrorism adviser says the transfers will proceed on a case-by-case basis and nothing will be done to put u.s. citizens at risk. laura setrakian, abc news, dubai. >> the u.s. promises to help yemen fight the terror threat. abc's senior national security correspondent martha raddatz in yemen this morning and reports how the country's leaders are responding to an increased presence from al qaeda. >> i talked to the foreign minister this weekend and he said that he thought there might
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be 200, 300 al qaeda members scattered around the country. but it's really impossible to say. and he'll admit that right away. but they do consider this a grave threat. and i think they're getting much more serious about this because of what happened over detroit. >> and martha raddatz reports all week from yemen. we'll get the latest from our own "good morning america" and later on today on "world news with diane sawyer." we are learning this morning that four u.s. service members have been killed in southern afghanistan. nato says the four troops along with a british soldier died in two separate roadside bombings. these are the first combat-related deaths for the u.s. in afghanistan in the new year. in canada, hundreds of mourners braved bitter temperatures to pay their respects to four soldiers and a journalist who were killed in afghanistan. all five died when a roadside bomb hit their armored vehicle just south of kandahar last week. among the dead was michelle lang, the first reporter from canada to be killed while
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covering the war. rescue workers in southeast brazil are searching for survivors of a deadly mudslide. at least 75 were killed in the mudslides. fierce downpours fell on the region last week and one of the mudslides buried a luxury resort. the brazilian government is considering shutning down nuclear power plants as a precaution. wind gusts as high as 45 miles an hour caused damage in washington, d.c. the fierce winds and low temperatures downed trees and power lines. there were scattered power outages in a few neighborhoods during a very chilly weekend when they could have used the heater. strawberry farmers in florida are taking drastic action to save their crops from the coldest weather in winter. farmers say they're trying to protect the plants' flower buds. they do this by watering the plants so it leaves a coat of protective ice around them. here's a look at your weather. up to 25 degrees colder than normal from the midwest to the southeast with those freeze
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warnings in florida extending to much of the gulf coast. windy with lake-effect snow from michigan to upstate new york. rain and mountain snow from washington to montana. >> 36 in billings. 37 in colorado springs. a bitter minus 3 in fargo. 11 in the twin cities. 30s for most of the east coast today. 63 in miami. 44 in new orleans. well, die-hard football fans in minnesota certainly aren't letting anything tampen their team spirit, not even subzero temperatures. >> about 13 below in the twin cities yesterday morning. the vikings tailgaters came out in force. they bundled up, they threw burgers on the grill and they warmed up, you won't be surprised to learn, with a few drinks. their loyalty wasn't in vain. the vikings beat the new york giants 44-7, securing home field advantage in the playoffs. i imagine those drinks, that's got to keep you a little extra warm. >> and those brats. looks like it was a festive occasion out there, that's for sure. all the giants fans here in the
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studio are not happy that we repeated the score. jets fans have to be pleased because they stomped the bengals and now the playoff picture is coming into folk discuss. once again my beloved kansas chiefs are nowhere to be found. we'll get 'em next year. we've been saying that for four decades and we'll keep saying it. >> we'll be right back with more "world news." renee: diabetes scared me to death. there's so much to learn. i just shut down. but liberty walked me through it all ...like when i test ...at night or after i eat ...makes a big difference. vo: a good diet and testing your blood sugar regularly can help you manage-even reduce-the risk of complications. vo: that's why liberty offers accu-chek aviva meter, that lets you test right the first time. vo: if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free meter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can
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members of congress meet with the nfl today in detroit to review football helmet safety. they're considering new rule changes to provide players with more protection from head injuries. today's hearings at wayne state university follow a recent crash dummy test done on several newly designed helmets. and nba star gilbert arenas is scheduled to meet with police today. the w washington wizards point guard and teammate are under investigation following a locker room incident involving guns. >> arenas admitted he brought guns to the locker room but initially he stonewalled. >> reporter: under heat for
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packing heat. the nba all-star had little to say at wizards practice friday. asked if he was involved in a locker room gun showdown, gilbert arenas told a reporter "i don't know." according to yahoo! sports and the "new york post" arenas and a teammate crittenden drew guns on each other during a locker room dispute. arenas says that is not the story. both arenas and the team acknowledged he had kept unloaded guns in his locker. >> the team released a statement. ongoing investigation. that's basically our comment. >> people are going to investigate, look into it. they're going to do our job, we'll do ours. >> reporter: it's hardly the first time a professional athlete has run into trouble. plaxico burress is in prison after accidentally shooting himself with an illegal handgun in 2008. >> you're a professional athlete and you know that you're the one out there paying the bills with your talent. you feel above the law. >> reporter: it is a matter of
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security, some athletes argue, pointing to the murders of sean taylor of the washington redskins, shot to death at a robbery in his home two years ago, and darrent williams of the denver broncos killed in a drive high by on new year's day 2007. >> people walk up to you that you don't know from all parts, all walks of life, and they want something from you. >> reporter: former nfl player marcellus wily carried an an illegal gun for his first two seasons. he now tries to convince other professional athletes not to carry them because of the trouble they can cause. trouble gilbert arenas is familiar with. back in 2004, he was suspended after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge. and not to even mention the strict handgun possession laws that exist in washington, d.c. the league has come down pretty hard on this too. the collective bargaining agreement bans any firearm from a facility. he could face a fine and suspension from the team. the commissioner said he's going to take a hard look at this. >> crittenden's agent says he
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didn't have a gun at all? >> yeah. >> interesting. >> i think it's happening more than we have any idea about, a lot more of these players -- the one guy, marcellus wily, said he knew players who kept these weapons in their cars during games. >> perhaps for protection. >> perhaps how a tv crime fighter helped police track down another fugitive. >> the determined john walsh, his success, and what drives him every week.
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a fugitive wanted in the thanksgiving day murders of four family members is in custody tonight thanks to a tv show. paul merhige was arrested at a florida motel after its owner saw his picture flashed on "america's most wanted" and phoned in a tip. merhige faces four counts of first degree murders in the deaths of his aunt, his twin sisters and a 6-year-old cuz sun sin.
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merhige's capture is the latest victory for the tv show "america's most wanted" which has often succeeded where the police has failed. >> john walsh created the program after his young son was murdered. now from the abc news vault, ryan owens' profile of walsh from "nightline," november 13th, 2009. >> reporter: in more than two decades john walsh has been hunting the country's most dangerous criminals. >> next time i see alan white's face i want to see bars in front of it. now it's time to do some business. >> reporter: he's helped put more than 1,000 of them behind bars. >> there's a desperate serial killer on the run. >> reporter: serial killers, rapists, child abductors. >> tonight, maybe you can help. >> this is "america's most wanted." >> i've caught some of the worst of the worst. we've caught 17 fy guys off the fbi's 10 most wanted. >> reporter: to find out more about the tough guy in the black leather jacket, we went behind
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the scenes of his show "america's most wanted." we spent a full day with him on location near san francisco. >> go, "nightline." one of my favorite shows. >> reporter: he's in the bay area on the trail of an alleged gangland killer. rafael campbell. >> these are the rifles like the ones cops say campbell and his crew use. >> reporter: the murder of charles c.j. davis is virtually unknown. but walsh has a way of turning these local cases into national stories. he's done it for years. >> we're doing everything we possibly can to help you. >> reporter: from elizabeth smart -- >> have you seen jaycee lee dugard? >> reporter: to jaycee dugard. >> both a man and a woman were in the car. jaycee's father only got a good look at the woman. >> reporter: he first highlighted her in 1991. just four days after she was abducted from a northern california bus stop. >> please, this little girl needs to be returned to her family. >> reporter: did you think that girl would ever be found?
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>> it's a miracle. it's a wonderful, wonderful ending to a really sad story. >> reporter: what drives walsh is his own really sad story. minus that wonderful ending. >> 6-year-old adam was kidnapped from a sears department store at a hollywood mall. >> reporter: it's a story as tragic as it is well-known. his 6-year-old son adam was abducted from a shopping mall in florida on july 27th, 1981. >> we just appreciate anything that anyone could do, has any information on him. >> reporter: as it turned out the only information was heartbreaking. adam's severed head was found in a canal. the rest of his body, never recovered. and for years, his killer was never caught. >> you waited your whole life for this little boy. you kiss him good-bye one morning. and you never see him again. and then you find out two weeks later that somebody decapitated him. >> reporter: but walsh managed to turn that tragedy into action. he and his wife created the national center for missing and
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exploited children. and he began hosting "america's most wanted" in 1988. >> welcome to the premiere of "america's most wanted." >> reporter: last year the walsh family got the closest thing to justice they will ever get. a new police chief in hollywood, florida, closed adam's case. officially declaring that otis toole murdered adam. >> if otis toole was alive today he'd be arrested for the abduction and murder of adam walsh on july 27, 1981. >> reporter: walsh doesn't give up easily. he did a total of eight shows on the case of elizabeth smart. a case he ultimately helped solve. nine months after the 14-year-old utah girl was abducted from her bedroom -- >> please let her go. please. >> reporter: an elderly couple who'd seen elizabeth's story on "america's most wanted" recognized the suspect and a disguised elizabeth smart. >> it's real!
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>> the highlight of the 23 years is when the smart family asked me to fly to salt lake city the day that elizabeth was recovered. and when i saw elizabeth walk down the stairs that night, i said, this is good. it's a home run. >> this twisted hunk of junk was once a shiny '93 cadillac. >> reporter: with more than 1,000 shows in the can -- >> time to really get busy, really go to work. >> reporter: and more than 1,000 criminals behind bars, walsh remains a man on a mission. do you think adam would be proud of his dad? >> i don't know. i hope so. i love that little boy. >> reporter: i'm ryan owens in oakland, california. >> the fourth time is apparently the charm. "america's most wanted" broadcast the information on the search for merhige on saturday, which was the fourth time they had done that apparently the motel owner told the miami
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> welcome back, everybody. okay, so you had a good new year's eve celebration? >> i did, yeah. >> about 30 guys from a cross country ski club in england, they went out to have a pub night for new year's eve, they planned on leaving new year's day, they got stranded for three days due to heavy snow. in some areas, 7 feet of snow. >> sure it was the snow. they planned this all along. >> well apparently they weren't too worried or distraught about being stuck for three days, they had plenty of food and spirits to go around. >> i hope they had like cell phone call ras so they could
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send pictures along to the wife saying, honey, i am not making this up, there really is snow on the ground and i'm stuck. >> so far we haven't seen any pictures from inside, just seeing the outside pictures. apparently the inn is one of the highest points in england. >> yeah. i heard morale was surprisingly good. >> yes. >> considering they were stuck there for three days. >> that's what a warm drink will do for you. >> they dealt with it pretty well. hey, were you -- not to call your parents out at all. did they spare the rod and spoil the child? >> you know, one time i was kind of misbehaving and i got spanked by mom. >> with the belt? >> i still remember it. >> of course. mine was more than once. maybe it's a good thing. willis knows too. maybe it's a good thing because there's a new study that finds that youngsters smacked up to the age of 6 did better at school and were more optimistic about their lives than those who were never hit by their parents. now, when we say smacked we should caution, we're not
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saying -- >> a little spank, perhaps. >> a little swat. >> a little tap. >> also more likely to undertake volunteer work, they were more likely to attend college according to this research that was done here in the united states. basically the researcher is saying that these claims that people make against spanking your children, they don't hold up considering what i found. she said that if up to the age of 6, just a minor spanking here and there, makes you a pretty successful person. >> some parents are rustling up the belts right now. >> this does not give you permission to do anything untoward toward your children. >> 2010, i found it interesting, tieing to the piece we did on single black females, essentially that black women have the most difficult time getting married than any other race or gender. and so nina pickett, i don't know if you remember her, she had a quest on a social networking site to find herman in 2009. things did not work out. still single. now she says she's swearing off
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strict security. new rules for airline passengers flying to the u.s. starting today. the big changes and who's affected the most. then, terror threats so great the u.s. and great britain close embassies and amplified fear in yemen. and, world's largest. celebrating the biggest skyscraper anywhere. >> you have to give them credit for an engineering feat. >> it's monday, january 4th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i'm not sure engineering feat even adequately describes it. it's more than a half mile tall. they say if you took the sears
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tower or willis tower and put the hancock center on top of it in chicago also, it still wouldn't be as tall as the burj dubai. >> twice the size of the empire state building. must have an amazing view. my concern would be elevator issues. it's a long time. >> one of those breaks, you're in trouble. we'll take a look at the world's tallest building just opening this morning. thanks for joining us this monday. i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm linsey davis sitting in for vinita nair. starting today citizens from 14 nations flying to the u.s. face tough new security at the airport, including full-body pat-downs. >> the rules are also for passengers that passed through a country that may be less than friendly to the u.s. here's lisa stark. >> reporter: immediately after the christmas day bomb attempt the government ordered pat-downs and extra luggage checks for all travelers on international flights to the u.s. the new measures try to narrow that down to those who may pose the biggest threat.
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passengers with passports from or who have traveled through countries that sponsor terrorism or other suspect nations will be subject to extra screening. many other passengers traveling from abroad can also expect extra scrutiny on a random basis. but will those measures close the gaps that allowed abdulmutallab to bring a bomb on a plane? >> the biggest hole is that people get on board airplanes who should not get on an airplane without going through secondary screening, which is what happened here. >> reporter: the goal, of course, is to keep a potential terrorist off a plane in the first place. abdulmutallab was in a terrorism database but not one that triggered extra aviation security checks. that is now likely to change. >> i think you may see different threshold for what makes you a selectee or what makes you a no-fly. right now those are very, very limited. i suspect they'll probably broaden those definitions. >> reporter: tsa is also buying more full-body scanners for use in the u.s. and adding air marshals to international
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flights. what's critical, say many, is tighter security at foreign airports. >> it's at airports across the globe where terrorists are trying to slip through the cracks and attack us. >> reporter: and what countries on someone's travel itinerary might subject them to extra scrutiny? not surprisingly it includes pakistan, afghanistan, iraq, and yemen. among other countries. lisa stark, abc news, reagan national airport. and passengers at newark airport this morning are finally boarding flights after a security breach there. it happened last night when a man managed to walk through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of a continental airlines terminal. flights were grounded for hours. passengers in that terminal had to be evacuated until a security sweep was finished hours later. president obama is cutting his vacation in hawaii short to meet with top advisers over intelligence failures. much of the focus will likely center on the country of yemen where the u.s. embassy is
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closed for a second day due to threats. rachel martin reports from washington. >> reporter: in yemen, security forces step up training in their fight against al qaeda. >> this is a real threat. this is an imminent threat that is coming from the al qaeda arabian peninsula area. >> reporter: the top u.s. commander in the middle east traveled to yemen. he met with the president, promising $140 million in aid, double the amount from last year. the move won republican support. >> the increased assistance that we are providing to yemen is absolutely essential. >> reporter: in 2009 alone there were three attacks in the u.s. with links to yemen. the muslim convert who killed a u.s. army recruiter in little rock, arkansas. the ft. hood shooting in texas. and the christmas day attack on a plane above detroit. >> every one of those three is connected in one way or another to yemen. so we've got to focus there preemptively. >> reporter: deputy national security adviser john brennan was out in force tamping down suggestions of major military
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action. >> the yemeni government has demonstrated their willingness to take their fight to al qaeda. they're willing to accept our support. or we're providing them everything they've asked for. >> reporter: some lawmakers say fighting al qaeda in yemen is complicated by the administration's effort to close guantanamo bay. >> the core group of al qaeda on the arabian peninsula is formed by former gitmo detainees. these are people who were held in gitmo, have returned, have now gone back to the battlefield. >> reporter: there are roughly nine yemenis still detained at guantanamo bay. and despite calls to stop detainee transfers to yemen, national security adviser john brennan says the program will continue and future transfers will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. rachel martin, abc news, washington. and our senior national security correspondent martha raddatz is in yemen this morning. she reports how the country's armed forces are responding to the growing al qaeda threat. >> reporter: we traveled down to
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the gulf of aden and i watched a review of security forces with the general who commands those forces. he gave a very powerful speech. he said they are going to fight al qaeda. they're going to sacrifice their blood and their souls to fight al qaeda. they want to take care of this themselves but they do want help and they're getting a lot more help. a lot more trainers are coming in here to train the counterterrorist forces here in yemen. but i don't think you'll see a huge force here. >> the yemeni foreign minister estimates hundreds of al qaeda members are in the country. martha raddatz continues her week of reporting from yemen coming up on "good morning america" and later tonight on "world news with diane sawyer." the federal aviation administration says it's investigating american airlines. the faa said the carrier had three botched landings just last month. that includes the accident in kingston, jamaica, where the jet overshot the runway in a rainstorm. investigators are also looking into incidents in charlotte and austin where airplane wing tips
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actually touched the ground during landings. when the leader of a california mega church discovered christmas donations fell very short he made a plea asking for nearly $1 million to keep saddleback church running. evangelical minister rick warren's prayer was answered in a big way. laura marquez reports. >> we met our goal, folks. we met our goal. >> reporter: their goal, and then some. $2.4 million raised in just a few days after pastor rick warren made an unusual plea on the saddleback church website. last week, warren posted a letter saying they were on target for the year. then this last weekend, the bottom dropped out. the weekly offering, less than half of what is normally received. plunging the church into the red. warren said he needed $900,000 by year's end. the donations came pouring in over the internet. small amounts, most under 100 bucks. and that's not even counting what came in the mail. warren shared from the pulpit some of the e-mails. >> even though this has been my
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worst year financially i still want to help my church. >> reporter: the tough economy is taking a toll on churches across the country. even one as popular as saddleback which has benefited hugely from sales of warren's popular book "the purpose-driven life." >> a very tough year financially. >> reporter: warren said 10% of his congregation is out of work, adding that such dire economic times means even more people in the community are in need. he showed just where much of the money will go. >> homeless and prison ministry. >> reporter: ministries that serve the poor and the homeless, including feeding 200,000 people. >> you're an incredible church, there's no church in the world like saddleback church. >> reporter: warren now starts the new year with a surplus. >> god bless you, everybody. >> reporter: laura marquez, abc news, los angeles. the worst cold snap to hit central florida in nine years could threaten the citrus crop. since friday it's been freezing around the orlando area. forecasters predict the cold snap will continue for several more days.
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for the most part growers have seen no major damage. the sut truss business is a $9 billion industry in florida. and here's a look at your monday forecast. no relief in florida. freeze warnings and windchill advisories are posted from ft. lauderdale and the gulf coast. windy and cold with up to 1 foot of lake-effect snow from michigan to upstate new york. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. >> 50 in seattle today. 30s in the northern rockies. fargo's minus 3. omaha 9. the twin cities 11. 30s from atlanta to boston. a chilly 63 in miami. they are literally dripping with pride in the big easy, taking a plunge all in the name of team spirit. >> with good reason. saints fever was running high. and even down deep at the new orleans aquarium. divers sported saints paraphernalia. you can see the logo there on the tank as they clean tanks and fed fish and sharks. there were saints logos on hats, jerseys, even the oxygen tank right there. you can see it. >> all the fanfare in celebration of the saints'
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number one standing in the nfc south. >> and they should be proud of that, well done, saints. we'll be right back with more "world news now." whoo!
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awake again? welcome back. the tallest building in the world opens to the public today
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in dubai. the tiny arab emirate for outsized ambition. >> but the kingdom has fallen on leaner times. so with today's debut it hopes to get visitors to look up again. laura setrakian is in dubai. good morning to you, laura. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and linsey. today is the grand unveiling of the burj dubai. the world's tallest skyscraper and the crowning achievement of the ten-year construction boom. standing at more than 2,600 feet the burj dubai has over 160 floors, the world's highest elevator, and enough steel rebar to go one-quarter of the way around the world. >> you have to give them credit for an engineering feat. it's also very symbolic. >> reporter: when the tower was first conceived, dubai's fortunes seemed bright and limitless. today the city is in much different shape. mired in as much as $150 billion of debt with unpaid bills and millions owed to builders, banks and service providers hired during the peak years.
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>> it puts dubai on the map in an ironic way. because real estate housing downturn is what's responsible for the current economic down cycle. >> reporter: there have been scores of layoffs and billions of dollars in canceled projects. last month, dubai teetered on the brink of default. but that won't stop today's fanfare. we've been told to expect 10,000 fireworks, a dancing fountain show, and a hypnotic light display all in honor of dubai's new big building. jeremy and linsey? >> the actual height is a secret, for whatever reason, i don't know why. it's reportedly near 2,700 feet. >> they probably don't want anybody to know so no architect gets the idea to go do something. >> one inch bigger. >> all this competition. i remember when the sears tower because the tall in the world, now it's like number five. falling down the list. i'd like to see that thing. >> i think that the view has to
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be matchless. >> you have to squint to see the ground, probably. when we return, the president's agenda as he returns to washington today. >> the security threats from yemen and the white house response.
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welcome back to "world news now." security in yemen was the hot topic on the sunday talk shows as al qaeda's growing strength there has come into much sharper focus. >> president obama's chief counterterrorism chief insists the administration is on top of the threat but not everyone was convinced. >> "this week with george stephanopoulos." filling in this morning, abc news "nightline" anchor terry moran. >> deputy national security adviser john brennan. good morning. thanks for being with us. there was news out of yemen the united states embassy has been closed for security reasons and the british embassy closed as well. what can you tell us about the intelligence? >> looked at the intelligence that's available as far as the plans for al qaeda to carry out attacks possibly defense our embassy, possibly against u.s. personnel. decided it was the prudent thing to do to shut the embassy. we're working very closely with
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the yemeni authorities to address the threat that's out there. again it just demonstrates that al qaeda is determined to carry out these attacks and we're determined to thwart these attacks. >> there's a live threat, there's an active threat? >> there is. al qaeda has several hundred members in yemen and they've grown in strength. that's why from the first day of this administration we've focused on yemen. i've traveled out to yemen twice to talk to the president. in fact, this past week. we're continuing this dialogue. we've provided equipment training, we're cooperating very closely. >> there's a report that the british and the united states are now setting up a counterterrorism police force in yemen. the efforts that you've described, counterterrorism police force, is this evidence that this is a new front and does it require more american boots on the ground in yemen? >> we've been investing in yemen for many, many months now and we're working very closely, not just with the yemenis but with our international partners, the
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british, the saudis and others, to make sure we provide the yemeni government the wherewithal to carry out this fight against al qaeda. >> this is "meet the press with david gregory." >> we're joined by the former director of the cia. michael hayden. reaction to what you've heard here? >> i agree totally with what john pointed out. we've been watching yemen for some time. in fessureas on al qaeda in pakistan, we look to yemen and somalia as a place the senior leadership could flee to. the senior leadership has not gone there but we have seen a steady growth in al qaeda, in yemen, since about 2006. if you really then, david, there was a massive jailbreak in yemen. about two dozen al qaeda members that were incarcerated there escaped. from that point on where we've seen a steady growth of al qaeda and their use of yemen as a safe haven. >> should there be some accountability on the part of bush national security officials like yourself at a time when there were detainees from
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amo bacere detainees from yemen, at a time yemen and al qaeda there was becoming morre robu robust, that the administration did not do more to specifically target the al qaeda threat? >> we worked very hard on this. contionn oint ptraton esids administration with regar these national securitys. now, true to be said that we did release some folks from guantanamo, despite our best efforts making this threat assessment, that actually returned to the battlefield to return to terrorism. certainly we bear responsibility for that. >> "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. >> chip reid is with the president in hawaii. i take it the president was what else is going on out there? >> reporter: they're talking a lot about what's going to happen when the president gets back to gton the president gets back to i think hat goi see, beginnn tuen in the situa heads of al var agencies related to hom security, is kind of another version of the afghanistan review
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it's going to be very it's going to be very comprehensive government-wide. and the president's going to sit down in that table and g ar the room and find out all the ow. room and find out all the e >> some of the people involved in this plot were alumni of guantanamo. is this going to cause us, the administration, to rethink what w >> it certainly is going to complicate whatever happens at guantanamo. i don't think the administration, certainly we're getting no signals they're going to rethink the decision to close guantanamo. remember, that was a major campaign issue that obama ran on with great fanfare after he was sworn in, he declared it would losen onr that year is coming up, january 22nd. guantanamo is not going to be closed. so that's going to take some time. the question is what's going to happen ese wn a there's about 198 right now down there. i think 90 or so are yemenis. i think the last train to yemen has left the station. >> now, the u.s. has actually
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launched several attacks on yemen terrorist bases in recent weeks and that's before we've been talking about the attempted attack on christmas d. >> you heard jan crawford on cbs talk about this whole yemen issue at guantanamo. nearly 90 or so of the remaining detainees are from yemen. they're set to be released to yemen. now what do you do with them? ...at night or after i eat ...makes a big difference. vo: a good diet and testing your blood sugar regularly can help you manage-even reduce-the risk of complications. vo: that's why liberty offers accu-chek aviva meter, that lets you test right the first time. vo: if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free meter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. vo: and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. vo: join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. vo: call now and receive a free accu-chek aviva meter.
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2009 oscar ballots have been mailed out. the nominees will be announced next month. >> jeremy and i already have some ideas of our own as far as what could get best picture of the year. for me it goes to "precious." i thought that the acting knocked my socks off. it's set in harlem in 1987. where precious is a 16-year-old african-american girl who's
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pregnant for the second time by her absent father. she's abused emotionally and physically by her mom who you see there played by mo'nique. precious can't read or write but her life changes when she starts going to an alternative school. it's at that point she begins a journey of love and self-determination. let's show you a clip from her first day in her new classroom. >> my name, clarice precious jones. i go by precious. i live in harlem. i like yellow. and -- i had problems at my other school so i come here. >> something you do well? >> nothing. >> what i loved about this movie is how much it just made you feel. it was the most heart-wrenching movie i've seen in a long time. gabby, mo'nique, they are so different from who they played. and that makes the acting even
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better. >> they sell it pretty well. it's an important movie, i think that's a good word to say. if you haven't seen it yet, go see it, it is important. i wanted to pick it, there were so many good choices. "star trek," "precious," all these ones i liked. i went with an unconventional pick. one you liked too i think. not the best. i liked it. it was "500 days of summer." joseph gordon, remember the kid from "third rock from the sun." he's a greeting card writer looking for love, he gets hung up on zoe deschanel, their romance lasts 500 days then summer cools on the romance. >> we've been like sid and nancy for months now. >> summer, sid stabs nancy. seven times with a kitchen knife. we have disagreements, but i hardly think i'm sid vicious. >> no. i'm sid. >> oh, so i'm nancy? >> that sort of sets the tone for the relationship. she's in the driver's seat. everybody's dumbstruck by her in the movie and it's hard not to be. i didn't expect to like it and i
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terror watch. the u.s. makes a dramatic move, closing an embassy in yemen due to new fears. then, travel trouble. the frustrating security breach at a busy airport hours before strict new tsa rules go into effect. and, airborne icon. the goodyear blimp and its presence at big sports events. >> the scene of college football is the best thing about the blimp. >> a major milestone. it's monday, january 4th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> the hot air in those blimps give us some nice pictures. >> we'll try to keep the hot air down to a minimum in the studio.
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>> good morning, everyone, i'm linsey davis in for vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. the u.s. and british embassies in yemen locked up tight this morning after threat of an attack. >> both countries promise to help security forces in yemen as fears grow over the terror threat. sonia gallego is joining us from london with the latest. good morning, sonia. >> reporter: good morning, linsey and jeremy. the recent setup in security is intensifying as both the u.s. and british embassies in yemen remain closed for yet another day. they stay closed on sunday following warnings of an al qaeda attack. all local staff was sent home and the head of u.s. central command in the region, general david petraeus, visited the country over the weekend with a promise to look at ways to enhance military and intelligence cooperation with the yemeni government. the u.s. government has been rapidly increasing those efforts in aiding yemen's own military to hit at al qaeda targets in the country. these efforts have escalated
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since the failed christmas day bomb plot. the main suspect, a nigerian, umar farouk abdulmutallab, claimed to have intended to carry out the attack, as well as militants based in yemen. yemen itself is coming over increasing scrutiny over the weekend. president obama directly accused an offshoot of the al qaeda base as being responsible for the airline bomb plot. his administration is growing more vocal about the country's ability to deal with extremism. the u.s. will look at case-by-case whether to repatriate the 90 or so yemeni detainees held at guantanamo bay prison camp. the fallout from the failed bomb plot is still echoing around washington. >> it is unacceptable that nine years, or eight years, after richard reid used the exact same explosive, that we still don't have a system in place that can detect that kind of explosive. >> it's time to take a fresh, nonpartisan look. not to knock down the department of homeland security or the 9/11 reforms. but frankly to fix and build
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them up. >> reporter: and that look, again, is at the forefront ever since al qaeda's attack on the "uss cole" nearly ten years ago first highlighted how deadly this organization had come to be. linsey, jeremy? >> all right, abc's sonia gallego joining us from london, thanks, sonia. we are just learning this morning that at least four u.s. service members have been killed in southern afghanistan. nato says the troops died in roadside bombings over the weekend. these are the first combat-related deaths so far this year. passengers are boarding their flights at the newark, new jersey airport this morning after a security breach grounded planes and stranded travelers for hours. it happened just hours before new tsa regulations go into effect for passengers flying into the u.s. here's lucy yang. >> we saw security chasing after somebody. everybody was yelling. tsa people were yelling "10-9." >> reporter: jennifer had been
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cleared through security and was putting her shoes back on when pans inside terminal c were told to freeze. >> couldn't move, they said -- they didn't want us to reach into our bags, we basically stood there. >> reporter: newark airport went into lockdown mode sunday night after officials were informed a man had walked through a security exit into the secure side of terminal c around 5:30 p.m. unable to locate that man or determine if he had been cleared into the area, officials reacted with heightened precaution and shut down the whole terminal. >> they find the guy who's responsible for all this, he's -- i mean, he's going to be in trouble. he's going to get hurt. >> reporter: for army private john davis who is due back at ft. lewis in seattle by 6:00 a.m. monday morning it means big problems if he doesn't get on a flight. >> i'm going to get demoted, i'm going to lose my money. >> reporter: as high drama, high anxiety, and high stress play out at newark nationwide officials are still scrambling to plug gaping security holes which allowed an alleged
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terrorist back on christmas day to board a northwest international flight with explosives in his underwear. >> i'm calling for the united states government to impose penalties for foreign airports that don't comply with u.s. security rules. if you want to fly to the united states, you're going to have to play by our security rules, no questions asked. >> reporter: in response to the christmas day near-disaster, the tsa has announced that beginning monday, all international passengers coming to the u.s. from high-risk countries will be subject to tighter security. lucy yang, abc news, at newark airport. the federal aviation administration says it's stepping up its investigation of american airlines. it follows three botched landings by the carrier over an 11-day period. that includes the accident in kingston, jamaica, where the jet overshot the runway during a rainstorm. investigators want to know why airplane wing tips hit the ground during recent landings in austin and charlotte.
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a florida man suspected of killing four family members over the thanksgiving holiday is now in custody. the five-week manhunt ended thanks to a motel manager who was watching "america's most wanted." stephanie sy reports. >> reporter: after more than a month on the lam, paul merhige was arrested saturday night. hiding out a at this motel. the 35-year-old is accused of gunning down his twin sisters, elderly aunt, and cousin's 6-year-old daughter on thanksgiving. >> i'm really happy that, you know, the monster's in a cage. >> reporter: after months of plastering florida neighborhoods with wanted posters, it was a few seconds on tv that led to the arrest. the owners of the motel saw his picture flash on-screen during a commercial for "america's most wanted." >> there was no doubt because we have a big-screen tv in the house. it just shocked him to the core and he came up front and he says, i can't believe this, but he's upstairs. >> reporter: it was the fourth time the story aired on the program. with an urgent plea from john
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walsh. >> few stories have made me as angry or as sad as our first case tonight. >> reporter: in 20 years, "america's most wanted" has helped to put more than 1,000 criminals behind bars. >> have you seen jaycee lee dugard? >> reporter: and like so many high-profile crimes before it, the host made this one personal. >> if anybody knows how they're feeling, it's us. and you need to do everything you can to help them. >> reporter: paul merhige is being held without bond and facing four counts of first degree murder. stephanie sy, abc news, new york. now overseas where the worst winter storm in years has brought beijing to a standstill. the snow was so heavy, roads are impassable and schools closed this morning. passengers at the main airport in beijing are stranded. forecasters say temperatures have hit a record low. here in this country a similar scene in parts of new england. a winter storm dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on burlington, vermont. to make things worse, temperatures dipped into the
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teens. powerful winds created whiteout conditions. but kids made the best of it. broke out some sleds and snow tubes and took to the hills. >> i'm glad somebody enjoyed it because i didn't leave the house. it was terrible here. here's monday weather. a cold snap from the plains to the new england states and along the gulf coast with most of florida under freeze warnings today. windy with lake-effect snow from the great lakes to the northeast. the heaviest between cleveland and buffalo. and rain and mountain snow in the northwest. >> 49 degrees in portland and 33 in boise. kansas city and minneapolis barely climb out of the single digits. chicago gets up to 19 degrees. 30s in dallas and much of the east coast. >> it's pretty much cold everywhere. >> yes. >> we can just say it like that. a mouth-watering sight for sweet teeth in mexico city. they couldn't wait to sink their teeth into this. >> they lined up in droves for a savory slice of a gigantic traditional holiday sweetbread
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that weighed a record 11 tons. bakers whipped up the oversized pastry in celebration of three kings day. >> looks good. they used 50,000 eggs, more than 6,000 pounds of sugar. we said it was sweet. the cost, $128,000. >> what recession? >> that's right. >> let's let them eat cake. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now."
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welcome back to "world news now." you watch any football this weekend? >> just a little bit. >> most of us did. for so many of us the new year's holiday is about watching football. as much as it is about turning the calendar. >> you're right. this new year's day was also the 50th anniversary of a breakthrough in covering sporting events, the blimp cam. from our partners at espn, chris connelly reports.
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>> reporter: it was first revealed to the sports world a half century ago. and it's been the biggest thing in college football ever since. >> okay, here we go. >> reporter: high and wide and majestic. looming large over the game and its colorful pageantry. not the blimp, but the blimp shot. >> five, four, three, two, one -- >> reporter: the highest of overhead panoramas. >> you don't need a single word, not a single word uttered, with a picture like that from above. it says it all. >> reporter: a legendary producer with cbs says it was 60 years ago, january 1st, 1960, a camera from a blimp was first used live in sports television. for the orange bowl between georgia and missouri.
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he says he was inspired by an overhead photo he saw in the paper. >> and i thought, wait a minute. i've got to have that shot. and that's when i called the goodyear people and said, can i put a tv camera up in that blimp? and they wanted to know, how much does it weigh? i said, well, the camera itself, probably about 50 pounds. and i've got a little skinny cameraman named herman lang who weighs 150 pounds. >> reporter: for $3,000, the deal was done. ever since, the blimp shot has been a treasured staple. identified with one of the best-loved phrases in tv sports. >> you are looking live at the famed horseshoe in columbus, ohio. >> i can say it all afternoon long. but it just does not make the same impact as a blimp several thousand feet in the sky, the camera looking down.
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that made you are looking live come alive, if you will. >> reporter: 50 years of blimp shots have captured hard news as they did during a postseason game at yankee stadium in 1977. >> i credit my friend howard cosell with directing the blimp during a world series game to focus further to the north in the bronx because there was a giant blaze. thus the phrase the bronx is burning. >> so the oakland a's take -- >> reporter: at the 1989 world series, shots from the blimp told another story. >> you are looking now at a shot of the bay bridge. that apparently is where the major damage has been done. >> reporter: for other sports the blimp shot served up images that clarify the fast-paced action. >> coming on through, mine that bird. >> if i see something from up above and it is one continuous shot, then i'm going to be able
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to understand what happened during that event much better. >> okay. zooming back into the stadium. >> thank you for that. >> the scene of college football is the best thing about the blimp. anybody that doesn't see the grandeur of having the blimp there and what it can give you just doesn't understand what college football is all about. >> reporter: and it all began 50 years ago. or did it? this clip from "the miami herald" says the first use of the blimp for the orange bowl came one year earlier, in 1959. proof that a shot as great as this one is timeless. >> maybe it was 51 years ago. chris connelly reporting there. i would love to travel in a zeppelin. wouldn't that be so cool. >> it seems it would be really fascinating. >> i think people think "hindenburg" when they think zeppelin travel. that was hydrogen, this is helium, it won't blow up, no worries there. >> the interesting thing i think
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that is there's no internal support as far as framework or anything like that. basically it's just a balloon and the only solid part is actually the passenger car. >> that's cool, we've got to arrange a ride in one of those. i want to do it badly. >> in a moment, how an unreleased michael jackson song got released. an unlikely pair. elton john is helping eminem.
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this is momentous. it is the first "skinny" of 2010. >> i'm here to witness it. >> is it 2010. >> we'll figure it out. i'll say 2010. you can say twenty-ten. we'll cover our bases. so the first "skinny" story of 2010 involves michael jackson. perhaps the biggest "skinny" story of 2009. there's a new m.j. song. we had "this is it" which came
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out posthumously too. there's another new one. it's sort of the compilation or collaboration with lenny kravitz. let's listen to a little bit of it. ♪ my life has taken me beyond the planets and the stars ♪ ♪ and you're the only one that could take me this far ♪ >> the song is called "another day." there's a little blip of it with lenny kravitz. the verse that michael's singing seems to be the same as from an older kravitz song that's called "storm." apparently they recorded this a few years back and lenny kravitz said it was the best sort of recording studio experience he's ever had. he said michael was funny, he laughed the whole time, i saw what a beautiful dad he was, what a beautiful human being, michael was the first live concert i ever saw, he's the reason i wanted to be a performer. now perhaps we'll be seeing more of this and hearing more of this song. >> do you like the song? >> it's pretty good. i love everything michael jackson sang pretty much. >> just keep them coming.
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>> the creditors are after michael's estate. we should say that too now. there's some claims of up to $20 million now. >> some of them thought to be bogus so we'll see. >> no doubt, yes. >> you know, remember in december when alexa ray joel was hospitalized after a bad breakup, i guess, heartbreak. now she's speaking out on her facebook, thanking fans for their support. and it's actually encouraged her to help out the community with a new project. she says to help young girls with something i feel i know a great deal about, heartbreak-related depression. so this whole thing happened last december when she almost took her life after breaking up a long-term relationship with rocker jimmy riot. moving forward she says she's going to continue her education to better understand her depression and try and help out girls line herself. >> they said when she went into the hospital she had swallowed a bunch of homeopathic pills. i don't know what that is. >> doctors say you couldn't die from it but her roommate i guess was really worried and she had
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taken too many of them. >> glad to see she's rebounded nicely. good for her. speaking of celebrities with drug issues, eminem has had his drug issues. he's getting help from an unlikely source, an expert on the matter, elton john. these guys are unlikely friends. you may remember, they had a dust-up in 2001. elton john was critical of his homophobic lyrics. then they sang together, i think it's at the grammys. they've had a lasting friendship since then. when eminem started overusing prescription drugs and he was treated for a nearly deadly methadone overdose, he called elton john and the two have been talking the last year and a half. elton's been sort of coaching him through this. eminem said, when i wanted to get sober i called him because he's somebody in the business who can relate to this lifestyle and how hectic things can be. these are some unlikely friends who are now helping each other. sponsors sort of if you will. >> i think another collaboration will be in store from the two of them coming up. >> i'd listen to that.
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>> a new book out says that warren beatty is quite the ladies' he's apparently had evemen, mrbr he's nes ountly had evemen, mrbr ame the color calculates 12,75 women. beatty says that's not true.
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. president obama returns to washington today cutting short his hawaiian holiday. he's ready to address national security after the christmas day terror plot. the tallest building in the world opens today in dubai. nobody has said exactly how high this tower stands but there are reports it's 2,700 feet tall. that's bigger than any other building in the world. and nfl league officials, congressional investigators and safety experts meet today in detroit to discuss football helmets. players want better protection from head injuries. finally this half hour, it's every weekend warrior's dream. to give up your job and do the fun stuff full-time. >> losing your job would seem to push that dream even farther
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away. for one amateur bowler chris bury met it was a very lucky strike. >> reporter: tom smallwood, a man with a mean left hook, dreamed of making his living on the lanes. but like so many in michigan, he earned his pay on an assembly line. until he was laid off from this gm factory two days before christmas in 2008. >> i have a 2-year-old and a house and car payments. you know, you don't just go find another job that paid the same amount. so it was tough. >> reporter: he'd always bowled on the side, bringing home trophies and amateur prize money. tom made a deal with his wife. he'd make it as a pro within a year or find another job. she understood. their romance began at the local lanes. >> i think i knew i was going to end up with a bowler because i bowled myself. >> reporter: last summer, still out of work, tom scraped together $1,500 to enter the pro tour qualifying school. out of nearly 120 aspiring pros, only eight would make the cut.
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that was just the beginning. in august, he qualified for the world championship. in december, the raw rookie made it to the finals to face the reigning king of bowler. in the tenth and final frame, smallwood need one strike just to survive. seven more pins to win it. what was going through your mind at that exact moment? >> you've waited 32 years for this. make it count. >> dreams do come true! >> try to fight back tears. because to hold that trophy up is a dream come true. >> reporter: a dream realized. $50,000 in prize money and two years of guaranteed qualifying on the pro tour. for this one-time auto worker with that mean left hook, a striking success. chris bury, abc news, saginaw, michigan. >> and recently smallwood got a
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call from gm offering his job back. he said, no thanks. [vibrates] g morning, sunshine. wakey, wakey. text me back. [chattering] [vibrates] hey.
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