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making news in america this morning, heated debate. accusations, attacks and clashes overnight hillary clinton and bernie sanders getting aggressive on the debate stage. we're live in washington with the details. prisoner swap. americans tasting freedom released by iran after improved relations between the countries, so where are they right now? plus, the one american still missing in iran. dramatic crash, the spacex rocket tipping over and bursting into flames. plus, big winner at the critics' choice awards, a young
>> this is super cool. this is the best day of my life. >> yes, it is, the adorable acceptance speech melting hearts. well, good monday morning, everyone. it was the most confrontational meeting yet between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. >> yeah, the last democratic debate before the iowa caucuses got so heated at times the third candidate, martin o'malley was pleading for a chance to speak. our coverage begins with abc's megan hughes in washington. megan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and reena, yeah, the timing is critical. the fact this was the last debate before the iowa caucuses, it was very clear that for hillary clinton and for bernie sanders, the gloves are now off. in south carolina, front-runners hillary clinton and bernie sanders come out swinging debating health care.
legacy. >> i'm not sure whether we're talking about the plan you just introduced tonight or we're talking about the plan you introduced nine times in the congress. >> reporter: sanders says clinton is lying about his plans for health care. >> that is nonsense. we're not going to tear up the affordable care act. >> reporter: clinton slams sanders on gun control. >> he voted to let guns go onto amtrak, goes go into national parks. he voted against doing research to figure out how we can save lives. >> reporter: the debate step as way from the charleston church where a white gunman killed nine black worshippers in june and martin o'malley hoping to get an edge on the issue? i'm the one candidate on this stage that actually brought people together to pass comprehensive gun legislation. >> reporter: he refused to discuss bill clinton and his past indiscretion. >> yes, his behavior was deplorable. have i ever said a word about it, no, i have not.
facing the american people, not bill clinton's personal behavior. >> reporter: in contrast to earlier debates, donald trump was not a big conversation topic, in fact, kendis and reena, hillary clinton didn't mention his name once. back to you. >> megan hughes, live in washington, thank you so much. okay, so the latest poll by nbc shows either leading democrats soundly beating donald trump but the billionaire has fellow republicans right now in his crosshairs as he steps up his attacks on ted cruz, the front-runner telling abc's george stephanopoulos that cruz doesn't have a great chance of winning the nomination because of his unpleasant personality. >> he's a nasty guy. nobody likes him. nobody in congress likes him. nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. he's a very -- he's got an edge that's not good. you can't make deals with people like that. it's not a good thing for the country. very nasty guy. >> well, trump also keeps hammering cruz for taking loans
failing to report them on election forms. cruz calls it an oversight. he has yet however to blast trump during a campaign speech. this morning's other major story, the united states and iran in a stunning act of diplomacy after 35 years of hostility. >> this is huge, take a look at these photos, five americans are tasting freedom following their release from iranian prisons. and the youngest of them is already back home in boston. abc's jonathan karl reports on the secret negotiations that set them free. >> reporter: that first image of freed "the washington post" reporter jason rezaian greeted in geneva from a state department official who helped negotiate his release. also on that flight out of iran, amir hekmati, the former marine held for more than four years in the notorious evin prison. his sister and brother-in-law were all smiles on their way to meet him in germany and pastor saeed abedini who has been separated from his wife for years.
years and the kids, uniting with him i think will be a precious moment. >> reporter: at the white house president obama celebrated the prisoners' long overdue release. >> tonight we're united in welcoming sons and husbands and brothers who have endured an absolute nightmare. >> reporter: "the washington post" tehran bureau chief was jailed in july of 2014, just six weeks after discussing life in iran on anthony bourdain's "parts unknown." it's home. it's become home. >> reporter: his mother and wife now reunited with him made this tearful plea during his imprisonment. >> he's been in prison for the last year. he and his wife who is also a journalist have not been able to. she's not able to speak to the press. >> reporter: his extended family tonight is in germany. the dramatic days, the culmination of 14 months of negotiations, mostly in switzerland, u.s. officials calling the discussions very
ago no one knew how it would end up. not included in 9 prisoner swap was former fbi agent robert levenson, the 67-year-old disappeared in iran in 2007. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> but as those americans are now out of iran, three others have gone missing, this time in iraq. u.s. officials say that the three are civilian contractors not part of the military. the ap reports that they were kidnapped from their interpreter's home in baghdad taken to another neighborhood where all communications cut off. so far no group has claimed responsibility. in hawaii conditions are expected to improve today in the waters where teams are looking for 12 missing marines and two helicopters, crews have been fighting waves as high as 30 feet. but still working around the clock. the two helicopters crashed during night exercises on thursday, the marine corps has now identified the missing who range in age from 21 to 41 and who come from nine states.
are dead after a pair of diddley tornadoes, both came within minutes of each other in the middle of the night. the first picked up the couple's mobile home and smashed it. their son and grandchildren who were visiting were injured. the sheriff says he's amazed that anyone got out of that alive. the winds topped 125 miles an hour. and new yorkers got a preview of winter weather yesterday. just a dusting of snow, but that combined with plunging temperatures was enough to make roads a little slick in some parts. take a look at the radar, why don't you. the entire northeast will see snow squaws and showers today and frigid temperatures, highs today will be in the 20s and possibly in the teens for some parts of new england. and the mercury in washington, d.c. won't rise above freezing at all today. that's the first time it's happened all winter long. got to get jackets if you haven't already. >> and then some. still ahead gas prices plunging even below 50 cents a gallon. hard landing, the spacex rocket's latest attempt to land ending in a dramatic crash.
well, this is a strange sight at newark liberty airport last night. those are passengers walking on the tracks of the airport monorail. a power failure had brought all trains to a standstill. crews arrived to rescue riders and get them safely on buses. service was restored but after two hours. a georgia psychiatrist behind bars accused of operating a pill mill. the dea raided the offices of this doctor, prosecutors allege that 36 of his patients died while holding prescriptions he
controlled substances. autopsies confirmed that 12 of those were overdoses. his attorney says he is innocent and will fight the charges. oil prices are sliding overnight as the industry braces for even more crude on the market. now that iran's sanctions have been lifted. and that could make gas station signs like this a common sight. you're reading that right, folks, 47 krintss a gallon in northern michigan. at one point yesterday, other stations there were also below a dollar but the price war won't last. didn't last and then in gas there right now is about $1.50 a gallon. nationally it's $1.90 this morning. moviegoers decided to ride along and see something other than "star wars." the kevin hart and ice cube sequel was tops, "ride along 2" brought in $34 million, "the revenant" was second with $29.5 million and "star wars" from our parent company was third with $25 million.
for the first time one of his albums has reached the top of the chars talking about "black star worth which was released two days before his death. it sold the equivalent of 181,000 albums knocking adele out of the top spot. battling cancer. camera. firefighters storm a burning building. and her baby. plus, down to four. the afc and nfc championship games are set. highlights from espn plus the must see moment of a young fan getting a football. pepper discovers a wholesome breakfast with jimmy dean delights, made with real egg whites, lean cut meats, and whole grains. an excellent source of protein, it's a delicious way to fuel up on energy to help power through her morning run. which motivates these bikers to pedal faster,
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effects are mild and vomiting. anti-flu? go antiviral with tamiflu. checking our morning drive, watch out for ice buildup around the great lakes and northern new england. there will also be snow on the roads in the sierras, cascades and the rockies. watch out for wet roads along the west coast. if you're flying, airport delays likeliest in boston, salt lake city, los angeles and san francisco. parts of our abc family are grieving this morning after the mysterious murder of one of our own. >> anne swaney was a producer at our chicago station on vacation in the central american country belize when she disappeared last week and decided to skip a horseback riding trip and instead go down to the river to practice yoga. her body was found floating in
offs now confirm she was strangled, no one arrested and was only 39 years old. in michigan there's a growing outrage over the contamination of water in the city of flint. reverend jesse jackson told a sunday congregation there should be tape around the city because it's a crime scene. jackson's comments came a day after president obama signed an emergency declaration to clear the way for federal help. the water became contaminated after flint switched its supply to save money. we've got incredible new video overnight of the latest attempt by a spacex rocket to land, instead of just falling into the ocean but this one didn't go as planned, take a look, the rocket had just successfully deployed a satellite but as it was sitting dunn, ouch, it toppled over and exploded on impact. it's founder elon musting said one of the leg-locking mechanisms failed perhaps due to ice buildup. a firefighter's helmet
rescue that revealed a desperate mother handing her baby through a window to a firefighter on a ladder and climbed out and her husband too. it broke out before dawn trapping them as they slept. one man called the fire department to the rescue. to an incredibly close call for a woman shopping. things are just okay at the grocery store, then, whoa. this was in australia. the force by which that vehicle slammed there is pretty incredible. amazingly no one inside the store was seriously injured. so lucky. they were taken to the hospital, the driver fled and that woman in the purple squirt refused help and walked away. incredibly close. time now for sports and the nfl playoffs. >> nearly three dozen teams down to the final four with sunday's highlights here are our guys at espn. >> steve levy along with john buccigross and championship
>> nfl has 32 teams. >> you like them all equally. >> now down to four. i hope one is yours. if you're a bronco fan you're happy, your team is one of those. look how windy it is through ben roethlisberger's wind-blown hair. fourth quarter, steelers looking good, up by one, looks like first down but fitzgerald toussaint, bless his heart fumbles and broncos take the lead, last play of the game for the steelers and that didn't turn out well so it's the broncos and patriots. peyton manning versus tom brady next sunday in denver afc championship game. cardinals need an opponent in the nfc. cam newton and the panthers? hosting russell wilson and the seattle seahawks. wilson is pressured, throne, picked by luke kuechly. that's a pick six for them to the hizzy or end zone, 24-0. finds gregg olson.
so that highlight doesn't exactly tell the entire story but you get the idea. we don't have a whole lot of time. >> they do on espn have a fresh "sportscenter" starting at 9 a.m. eastern time. >> enjoy your martin luther king holiday. >> they got their plug in. >> nice job, guys. one more note from the panthers/seahawks game. after a touchdown jonathan stewart handed the ball to a little fan who possley jumped for joy and it lit up social media. pure joy. >> oh, that was a surprise, huh? >> yes. she's so excited. >> she is adorable. >> great. up pecks in "the pulse" stealing the show, a young actress speech at the critics' choice awards, you've got to hear this. his better half, will sthma... life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine, i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control
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time now to check "the pulse," what the critics' choice awards might reveal about the oscars, "spotlight" collected three big trophies last night for best picture, best ensemble and best original screenplay. >> but "mad max: fury road" tripled that with nine awards including best director and best action movie. >> not bad. all right. so best acting awards went to leonardo dicaprio for "the revenant" and brie larson for "room." >> but the biggest scene stealer was little jacob tremblay aaccepting his award for best young actor. >> this is super cool. this is the best day of my life. i also want to thank my parents and i lover them very much. and i know where to put this, right on the shelf right beside
>> top five best speeches ever. >> up near the top. >> he is just 9 years old but already so poised. >> yeah, a lot of people say that he'll have a future ahead of him. can't wait to see what he achieves down the road. >> what a cutie. >> his dad is actually a really good cop in vancouver, in fact, well respected police officer. >> did not know that. >> yeah. >> okay, so imagine the surprise at a hollywood party friday night, will forte who, of course, normally looks like that, all that hair and showed up looking like this. the other one. clean shaven on one side, long hair and beard on the other side. even the eyebrows, are they there? >> they're gone. >> the big question, why? is the last man on earth star trying to start a fashion trend? was he in the midst of shaving all that hair off and just kind of got distracted, forgot to do the other half? we're not half convinced about any of those. >> we still haven't heard what the deal is or fully convinced
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well, you know over the weekend there was quite a bit of panda-monium in washington. if there's one thing our nation's capital loves almost as much as politics it is pandas. >> i think you're right. the zoo's latest pride and joy made his debut publicly this weekend before thousands of eager fans and abc's gloria riviera was there. >> reporter: this was the moment, a panda cub making his public debut to squeals of delight. the first thing a sleepy baby bear does, shy away from the spotlight. meet beibei the 5-month-old panda. >> my heart is like -- oh, my gosh. >> reporter: since his birth beibei has enjoyed babyhood in private. but thousands from all over the world waited for hours in line to see him for the very first time. >> panda-monium. >> reporter: beibei's name means precious treasure in chinese.
third cub to this rive at the zoo. beibei is a social media darling. 5 million hits and counting on the national zoo's giant panda cam since he was born. >> he is immensely popular. >> reporter: said to be a charmer an a bit of a rascal beibei spent most of his business day snoozing flat on his furry back making his eager fans wait. >> we're waiting for him to wake up. >> we really want him to wake up. >> reporter: after all, being that adorable has got to be exhausting. gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> he is adorable. >> he is adorable and there was this controversy earlier last year when michelle obama and the first lady of china named beibei. there were people that beyonce. >> no lie. conspiracy theorists are out there. >> when he turns 4 he goes back >> tough life. >> good future.