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and pointed it at him. however, scott was dozens of feet away from the officer and his stun gun before he was shot. >> i didn't know the distance, so i fired my firearm until the threat was stopped. >> slager had some trouble explaining what he's seen doing here, picking up the taser from one location and moving it closer to scott's body. he faces 30 years to life if convicted. an ohio state university professor injured in thursday's
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withholding judgment about the student who launched that isis called the student one of their soldiers and investigators are searching for ties to the attack. terrorist group. brian ross with more. >> reporter: isis is claiming the ohio state attack is carried out by what its called one of his soldiers of the islamic state. abdul razak artan cum laude. >> reporter: just ago, he was graduating with honors from community college in ohio. leading one of the victims to wonder what happened. >> pictures of the graduation shows a jubilant young man, so for this to happen four to five months later, yes, i would be very interested to know all the circumstances. >> reporter: all smiles in his facebook pictures, artan is now added to a long list of at least 14 young people linked to terrorist attacks in the u.s.
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wrote, if you want us muslims to stop carrying out lone wolf attacks, then make peace. authorities say artan was not known to the fbi and as agents seek to learn more, victims begin the healing process. 28-year-old served two tours in iraq uninjured, only to be injured on an american college campus. >> went, turned to swing the knife at me, and i reached up with the left nd and i ducked under the arm to get back in the building to get away from him. >> reporter: now to determine whether there was, in fact, a connection to isis, the fbi is going through his phone and his computer records looking to see who he might have been in contact with. brian ross, abc news, new york. iraqi forces are launching an assault on isis fighters trying to regain control of the city of mosul. the spokesperson said the front line in the city has been fully destroyed, but suicide bombers
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militants are said to be planting ieds in homes to stop the iraqis from advancing. across the border in syria, drone footage shows neighborhoods in eastern aleppo taken president the forces. captured monday and tuesday, and meanwhile, the u.s. blames human error for september's coalition air strike that killed syrian government allied forces. 62 troops killed, and the u.s. says it has only confirmed 15. back in this country, video showing a major pipeline explosion near the kansas city airport. flames lighting up the night sky could be seen from miles away. the fire eventually burned itself out after more than an hour. there was no damage and no one was injured and the flights were not affected. the cause is under investigation. health officials are warning those in the san francisco anyway who took home leftovers from a free thanksgiving dinner to throw them out. three died and 17 others sick after eating the meal at the
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it's likely the result of a food-born illness, but they haven't yet pinpointed the exact cause. dozens of people arrested in the nationwide protest over the minimum wage. demonstrators in chicago, detroit, houston, minneapolis, los angeles, and new york demanded wages be increased to $15 an hour. many of those marching are fast food and child care workers who say they can't make ends meet. so long time viewers of the show know that we love our real estate here on "world news now." this is one that we've actually >> it's a huge home near houston, texas, and it's famous because it's said to have the largest closet in the whole country. the closet itself, three stories. with a floating staircase just in the closet. >> and a bar. and now it can be yourself. the house is back on the market for the second time in two years. it's listed -- this is actually a pretty good deal -- at just under $8 million. >> and that's for the whole
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right? >> the whole house. >> does it come with the shoes, too? that sort of deal? >> the list probably in 2014 was $12.9 million, so discount. >> it has gone down. >> there you go. coming up, the growing problem playing out at gun stores across america. the surge of frightening smash and grab robberies. what authorities tell abc news where the weapons are ultimately ending up. plus, how cutting the cord could cost you. states are trying to charge you money just for watching your tv shows online. let us know what you think on facebook at, and twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." @abcwnn. you're watching "world news new." nw." now."
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what started as a what started as a minor fender bender turned into road rage in england. the guy in the green upset after his flat bed was rear ended, and he wrestles the other dude. the green guy gets back in the flat bed slamming it into the front end of the other truck. that'll teach him. that's not enough. he gets out of the truck, and the other guy won't come out. >> he's going to climb in. >> smashes the guy's window with the shovel. police are trying to track the attacker down. >> oh, okay. that's one way to handle a situation. >> calm, relax, folks.
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frightening scene was caught on camera at a gun store in tampa, florida. >> it's the latest in a series of smash and grab robberies in gun stores across america. the problem appears to be getting worse. abc news's pierre thomas with this investigation. >> reporter: the hunt on for brazen thieves who used an suv to smash into the florida gun store. up to 15 crooks swarming in, grabbing dozens of weapons. abc news has learned gun store burglaries are surging across the country. in texas, this thief smashing the door, seven seconds. ever creative, this gang uses a truck and steel cables to rip a metal gate off the hinges. some using blow torches. a disturbing 28% spike in gun store burglaries from 2013 to 2015. more than 12,000 weapons, including assault rifles, stolen. this year, the pace of
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than one per day. >> less than 30 seconds, they are in, get the guns, and out. >> reporter: in and out, 30 seconds? >> 30 seconds. >> reporter: leading directly to violence on the street. >> we know the guns are instantly used to commit violent crimes in our communities. >> reporter: a growing threat as ists get bigger and bigger. abc news, new york. >> that's really impressive and shocking, seven seconds for one, 30 seconds for the other? >> netting 40 weapons. >> insane. >> the atf and national shooting sports foundation are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in that case. >> sure they are out there on the street somewhere. coming up in the next half hour, new developments in the kidnapped mom case in california. her husband is now speaking out just days after she was found badly beaten and tied up. what he's saying about speculation that his wife's 22-day ordeal was a hoax. >> first, binge watching your favorite shows online may soon cost you. hear about the tax you could soon face for watching streaming services like netflix and amazon. you're watching "world news
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"world news now" continues after this from our abc
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so some of us are still recovering from a weekend of both binge eating and binge watching. >> yeah. whether your undulgence was "gilmore girls" or "murder, she wrote." >> what's wrong with that? >> always catches the bad guy. ? ?
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abc's nick watt tells us why. >> i mean it. this is my stress relief. do not make my stress relief more stressful. >> reporter: bad news, bingeing on netflix may become not quite so chill. dozens of cities across california are considering taxing netflix and other video streaming services. >> jeepers. this is bad. >> reporter: maybe for kimmy, but not for municipalities looking to recoup cash lost by all those cord cutters. their argume we're taxed on cable tv subscription, so why not streaming? with 47 million netflix subscribers in the u.s., a potential tax pot of half a billion dollars can a year. >> these cities are trying to use a decade's old utility tax to take a tax out of the apps like netflix, google, hulu and possibly others.
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>> reporter: netflix says it's a dangerous precedent. >> it's a slippery slope saying a website or app like netflix, hulu, others are utilities, frankly, anything can be a utility. >> pasadena, for example, considering a 9.4% levy. >> how much does it cost? >> reporter: a buck a month for each of us. some netflix users in chicago agree filing a class action lawsuit after their city imposed a 9% tax on streaming services last year. in pennsylvania, it's 6% statewide. >> tell me what to do. >> the voters are on our side, the law is on our side and we'll see what happens. >> i feel like the story had a lot of unnecessary details in it. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> say it isn't so. >> yeah. jessica fletcher has not found a crime that she hasn't solved. "murder she wrote." i was just reading about it. full of zest and life. >> good song too. >> good them. the tv show, not "murder, she wrote." >> i like them both.
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time now for the time now for "the mix," and we start with what i consider to be very good news, maybe my favorite study ever, so this happened in the u.k. close. a british study found that in studying over 80,000 adults over the course of 14 years, certain sports help you live longer. >> o >> they include biking, for example. >> yes. >> very healthy exercise. >> for bikers, yes. >> the president enjoying a nice bike ride. >> with his daughter. >> we've got racket sports are another good one, they say, to prolong your life. in addition to that, swimming and aerobics. and now here's where the good news comes in. running and jogging -- >> yeah. those are what we do. >> need not apply. those are not going to prolong
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same goes, by the way, for football or rugby in case you were planning on playing either one of those. but i just got a new excuse not to run. >> to not run, like, hey you want to run today to lose weight? nope. so christmas came early down in new zeeland. mystery solved down under in new zealand. the folks at the entrance of the tunnel noticed over time that these certain traffic cones, moved. take a look at the cones and you'll see. they didn't know why. finally, they set up a cctv, and apparently, this local bird native to the area would move the cones whenever people were not around. you see it down there? so construction folks kind of assumed that the bird was trying to get attention. >> had the bird is trying to punk them. >> and trying to get fed. but it was always weird to them, like, all right, why are these
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mysteriously when smon's watching. >> that's funny. and those birds are endangered and tough to spot there, so this one wanted attention. speaking of down under, we heard of bear hugs, but what about a kangaroo hug? i'd like you to meet abby, the hugging kangaroo. abby was rescued when she was five months old. she's been at this sanctuary in australia ever since. and she thanks the rescuers every single day by giving them a massive hug. and we're not jus one of those awkward where your butt is sticking out and you're -- >> no. >> she is getting in there and giving a big old hug. >> not a bear hug, but a kangaroo hug. >> she is now being called maybe the most affectionate animal in the world. >> there you go. this is a lovely sight. in singapore. emirates do great promotional stuff. this is what they did to the biggest passenger plane, it's
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this morning on "world news 5 million flowerings, taking this morning on "world news now," wildfire emergency, the rain fanning flames in some regions. we'll talk with an official on the ground there for the latest updates. and last nights's dinner between president-elect trump and mitt romney was apparently good enough to bury the hatchet. afterwards and hillary clinton's surprise appearance last night. find out what katy perry had to do with it. new this half hour, new development in the case of the missing california mom found alive after three weeks. >> her husband speaks to abc news about his wife's condition after she was badly beaten and how police officers warned him to, quote, brace himself before visiting her in the hospital. and "millennials: the musical," latest with the
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collaborating with that musical genius known had as "the rock." we'll have the full story on "the skinny". it's wednesday, november 30th. it'll catch on eventually, this song. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> yeah. >> i wonder if all the audience members watching the show will be on the phone. >> one show you're allowed to take photos of. >> snapchatting during it. >> d.j. kelly, like, no, not all right, a serious note this morning, though, with the devastating wildfires in eastern tennessee. the resort city of gatlinburg under a curfew until 6:00 a.m. to keep residents and tourists safe. >> the fire destroyed much of the town at the foot of the great smokey mountains. unbelievable footage we're seeing. gusts as strong as 60 miles per hour pushed flames over 20 square miles.
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evacuated. some managed to get out with just the clothes on their backs. three deaths are being blamed on the flames. investigators say the fire that started it all was caused by humans. >> earlier we spoke with mark nagi with the department of transportation, spending all day driving around the coupe. >> i know you toured the area, what did you tell us about the destruction there? >> caller: good news is downtown gatlinburg is pretty much all in tact streets and maybe within a half a mile of that main strip, it looks like a bomb has gone off. >> wow. >> caller: homes that are -- you only know they were there because the foundation is all that remains, and it's something that's going to take a long time for the folks in gatlinburg to rebuild. >> as you drove around the area, were you stunned but how devastating this was? >> caller: absolutely. i mean, you hear the reports from the night before about the high winds or 60 miles per hour, but only until you really see it
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there is in the area. it isn't just the folks vacationing there. this is also just the normal houses for the folks that live in gatlinburg, so these are the folks that are going to have to deal with this 365 days a year. >> can you speak to the ramifications of this? affecting both the residents that live there, but also the many, many tourists that go there every year. >> caller: yeah, certainly. you just wonder what it's going to be like when you get the busi t this is, perhaps, the worst fire seen in east tennessee in about a century. the governor toured the area. this is something that's going to take a while for folks to deal with. >> give us the latest overall as far as you know, the fire is under control and it did not have much of an impact on
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right? >> caller: that's correct. dollywood is based in pigoen ford, and the fire did not get into the area. we have seen heavy rains helping smaller fires that remean in the gatlinburg area. >> i wonder, any semblance of the a plan to move forward and rebuild? >> caller: well, i think it's way too early to say, but this has been something that governor is well aware of everything going on in the area, and it's something that the state will deal with, and i'm sure we'll get federal assistance as well. >> thanks to mark nagi from the tennessee department of transportation joining us with the latest on the devastation, mark. >> caller: thank you. >> another note about the nichgs right now, high wind watches and warnings in the fire zone today, however, more rain is on the way. >> hoping the rain helps with the fire, but the same system is bringing tornados to louisiana and mississippi creating a dangerous situation in that region. >> this breaking news overnight, the powerful storms have been tearing across the south, and we've just learned those storms have turned deadly.
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people have been killed in jackson county. there's also multiple buildings destroyed across the state. we'll stay on top of the breaking news story. now to mitt romeny's stunning aboutface on donald trump turning his criticism to now compliments. months after romney blasted trump as a phoney conman, they sat down together with the secretary of state within reach, romney heaped some praise on the president-elect saying america's best days are ahead. >> he did something i tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing. he won the general election. and he continues with a message of inclusion of bringing people together. and his vision is something which obviously connected with the american people in a very powerful way. >> romney said he's been impressed with trump ever since his victory speech. he said they discussed world affairs over dinner calling the conversation enlightening and engaging.
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cabinet together with nominees for treasury and transportation. he's sparking new debate with a single tweet, punishment about burning the american flag. here's more now from tom llamas. >> reporter: president-elect trump starting his day with an out of the blue declaration on twitter. nobody should be allowed to burn the american flag. if they do, there must be consequences. perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail. no explanation for the trigger, but it came 30 minutes after a fox news segment that a massachusetts college removed all american flags after someone set one ablaze to protest trump. >> they took down the flag after >> reporter: flag burns is protected under the first amendment, 26 years ago, the supreme court decided it was freedom of speech. one of the justices who agreed was scalia, who trump often praised. >> in this country, we have a long tradition of protecting unpleasant speech. >> we have a responsibility as a
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constitution. >> reporter: trump's tweet taking attention from a busy they for the transition team. republican congressman tom price of georgia picked as secretary of health and human services. price is an orthopedic surgeon and fierce critic of obamacare. >> this is bad for patients, of all americans. >> one of the few americans with are detailed plan for replacing the health care law, repealing medicaid, providing insurance for millions of low income americans. he also nominated chao, and for treasury secretary, trump picking his campaign finance chairman who spent 17 years working for goldman sachs where he was a partner. but the powerful job of secretary of state, still unfilled. trump meeting with tennessee senator bob corker. tom llamas, abc news, new york.
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surprise one of the most famous and loyal supporters. she dropped in on a unicef gala in manhattan to present katy perry with a humanitarian award, moving the singer to tears. she said we need champions like perry now more than ever. perry credited clinton with lighting a voice inside her that will never go out. hundreds of thousands of cubans gathered for a final farewell. there was a speech thanking world leaders for their words of praise, and castro's official funeral is on sunday where two american diplomats will represent the u.s. there. and there's overwhelming grief in brazil after that plane crash that killed almost an entire professional soccer team. the plane went down near medellin, colombia, where the team would play the biggest match in its history tonight. 71 people were killed, but somehow six survived.
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electrical failure, the plane's tail struck the top of the mountain and the rest slid down the other side of the mountain. the plane's black boxes have been recovered from the wreckage. among the victims was a 22-year-old employer who, just a week ago, was captured on video after learning he would soon be a dad. you see the excitement there. he scored the goal that led the team to dance in the competition. and the tennessee school bus driver accused in the death of for the first time. jonathanny walker was led in court in shackles and handcuffs. his attorney immediately asking for a delay. he's due back in court december 13th. ecstasy closer to being available by prescription to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. the fda has approved a clinical trial of the drug sold under the name mdma. phase three would be the last step before possible approval as
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it's well into wednesday morning in italy, we'll presume the world's oldest living person is not watching this morning. it's okay. a belated happy birthday anyway. >> emma moreno celebrated her 117th birthday yesterday at her home in northern italy. she blew the candles on her cake out all by herself. go, emma. >> yeah. there to celebrate with her were a couple of her nieces, some care givers and her doctor. moreono is the world's ohm living person who was born in the 1800s. >> i would love to chat with her. she's seen a lot, especially living in italy, the history she's seen. it's a title i don't want. >> the oldest living person? >> no. >> you don't? >> next time she's in the news? >> oh, don't -- it'll be her next birthday, 118, emma. >> yes, exactly. way to positively think. coming up, the new development in the case of that missing mom in california found alive after more than three weeks. >> what her husband is now saying about the extent of her
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otect your home lysol that. new development in the case of the new development in the case of the missing california mother badly beaten after disappearing for more than three weeks. >> her husband speaks about about her injuries and reacting to speculation that her abduction was possibly a host. sherri
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sherri papini's husband, keith, speaking out, revealing to "gma" mixture of horror and elation upon first seeing his fe in the hospital. the officers warned me to brace myself. her face covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings, bridge of the nose, broken. weighing just 87 pounds, her emaciated body covered in severe burns. she's been branded. that branding on is now being scrutinized. >> it is not a symbol, but it was a message. >> to who? >> could be a message to her. it could be a message to others. >> reporter: authorities are still hunting for papini's capitalers described as two armed hispanic women driving a dark suv. keith said his wife was released with a chain around her waist and bag over her head and keeps pushing back against speculation the 22-day ordeal was some sort of hoax, calling the rumors
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saying the long blond hair chopped off. the sheriff saying her captors could have used that as some kind of psychological warfare to destroy her identity. kayna whitworth, abc news, california. when we come back, the beauties who stripped off their clothes and makeup for an iconic calendar. >> "millennials: the musical"
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? skinny so skinny ? time now for "the skinny" starting with the first peek at 2017 calendar. >> will be the 44th edition of the italian tire company exclusive calendar featuring the stars. but next year, like this year, they're focusing on natural beauty and this photo, showing 55-year-old juliann julianne moore in a black piece, one of the photos, and a profound expression on her face. >> uma thurman involved this year, she, by the way, looks half her 46 years in age. no other way about that. without makeup. and also getting extremely up close and personal to nicole kidman who said after the shoot that female power is the courage
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>> i love that. >> yeah. okay. speaking of body image and standards of beauty, the actor adam driver, big fan, opens up about extreme weight loss in the role for "silence." >> check out these pictures. he looks nearly unrecognizable in the role. 50 pounds lighter than usual. basically emaciated, a christian missionary in japan. >> and he's certainly a far cry from the build that he supported for his character in last year's "star wars the force awakens." >> driver did not go into detail for the interview as to how he lost all the weight, but he did say that the overwhelming hunger helped him to deliver a more raw performance. >> or hangry performance. >> wonder if he was cranky, because if so, i understand. >> "silence" hits theaters limited release december 23rd before nationwide in january. christian bale did a similar thing for a movie winning him an oscar. >> yeah. and matthew mcconaughey for
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christian bale for "the machinist." >> yes. >> we've seen a trend of people who want to go through massive transformations. >> it's not healthy. >> are we encouraging actors to do things that are bad for their bodies because it's a guaranteed oscar? >> i would do it. >> anything for the arts. >> you'd do it? no, i would be hangry. >> we have two cameras, three cameras, there are cameras all around here each of them adding ten pounds. >> unless the role requires doing this, i would not do a good job. hitting the internet, the brain johnson, and the "hamilton" creator manuel mellina. >> titled perfectly enough "millennials: the musical." here's a look. >> i'm going to purge all my technology. i'm going to actually commit to something. i'm going to commit millennial suicide. ? this is all too complicated so confusing overrated ?
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try to figure out how to use it ? ? stop wasting data delete my instagram my facebook, tinder, snap chat, twitter ? ? i'll even get a real dog ? >> so the entire musical focuses on millennials' obsession with technology, and it runs less than 15 minutes. perfect for a millennial's short attention span. >> it's a little short -- a little long even for millennials. wait, are you trying to say that you're a millennial? >> what? all right. okay. all right. we won't have -- okay. moving on. next story. moving along. hitch ago ride with a celebrity teacher at the university of texas. >> oscar winning actor and adjunct professor matthew mcconaughey traded in his golf cart to give some students a lift. >> part of the shore walk program created to help students get home safely when walking home from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. >> the university of texas student government posted the photo writing, longhorns care for each other, and it's safe to
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snoeths ? ? all right. i guess we couldn't afford the real version. >> taylor's not on spotify. no. we got ryan adams, just as cool. here's something that taylor swift fans had not considered, not even in their wildest dreams. >> everything has changed now that the ten-time grammy winner is filling some blank space on directv with her very own channel. get it? >> channel? >> here's abc's dan harris.
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i'm feeling 22 ? >> reporter: fans of taylor swift will soon enjoy feeling 22 24/7. the multiplatinum pop star is getting her own tv channel, striking a deal witht&t to launch taylor swift now. >> are you ready? >> reporter: swifties can access never before seen performances and exclusive content through u-verse, directv and directv now, a new to launch on wednesday. fans tweeting their excitement. screaming, dying, crying. i can't contain my emotions. they are also saying good-bye to their social lives. last month, at&t announced swift would headline their super saturday night event on the eve of super bowl sunday in houston. swift tweeted out a picture of a customized jersey dawning her lucky number 13. swift is not the only superstar teaming up with the company. reece witherspoon is providing
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no word as to how swiftly the content will hit the screen, but it turns out for some -- ? wildest dreams ? >> reporter: wildest dreams do come true. ? say you'll remember me ? dan harris, abc news, new york. >> dan harris likes taylor swift puns, see! >> he does. >> i feel vindicated now. >> he had a few of them. entire directv package or does it make you more or less likely -- >> just to get the channel, you mean? >> yeah. >> will i get it? >> i don't know. >> i know every word to every song, i don't know how much more i need. >> it's not that deep. >> is there such a thick as too much? i don't know. >> a long list of starbucks lovers. >> you know every word, too. this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. news
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good morning, i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm diane macedo. hire's some of the top stories we're following this morning on "world news now." the crew of the doomed plane in colombia reported an electrical failure before disappearing from radar. the crash killed almost every member of a brazil yap soccer club. three dead, 14,000 evacuated. details in gatlinburg, tennessee where wildfires consumed more than 20 square miles. authorities say the main fire was human caused. there's breaking news from alabama. three people have reportedly been killed in severe storms that have been tearing across the state overnight, and there's many structures damaged. and a big surprise for katy perry. hillary clinton making a rare post election appearance to
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humanitarian award, bringing the singer to tears. those are some of the top stories on this wednesday, november 30th. from abc news, this is "world news now." these are tough times this morning in south america. the outpouring of brief is unbelievable following that plane crash in colombia that killed just about everyone who was involved with a professional soccer team. >> so many fans gathered at the club's stadium to poubly mourn their heros who were c brazil's most recognizable symbol, the christ the redeemer statue in rio, lit in the club's colors. a mass held there to honor the crash victims. abc's david kerley has the details on the disaster. >> reporter: only part of the fuselage of the jet was left in tact having slammed into a hill above medellin. throughout the day, the grim task of recovering bodies of the 71 on board who were killed. but remarkably, those six
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the regional brazilian soccer team. making a big tournament for the first time in its history, documenting its trip in the airport and then selfies on board and the tale of these two players. allen rouchelle, with the beard, a defender, one of the two players who survived and next to him, the goalie, found alive. he was actually able to call his family, but then died from his injuries. and the heart breaking story of killed. his family releasing this video from just last week when he learned that he would be a father. ? in their hometown, fans stunned by the loss. the jet, a british aerospace 146 was owned by a charter company. it's often used to get into difficult airports, which medellin is. abc's steve ganyert has flown
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>> even in the daytime, it's a very sporty place because not only do you have the rugged terrain, but there's oftentimes weather. >> reporter: on the last leg of the flight, five hours from bolivia, the short hall jet circles around the airport in bad weather. the crew reports electrical failure, declaring emergency, then disappearing from radar. the black boxes have been recovered, but with an electrical failure, did they continue to record? and did the crew have enough navigational instruments? >> if you're battery power, you don't know where you are. this case, when you throw weather, nighttime, high terrain, and no navigation, that's a recipe for disaster. >> reporter: colombia authorities say the tail hit the top of the mountain with the rest of the jet sliding down the other side. where were the six survivors sitting, and how did they survive when so many others perished? two players did not make the trip. they were injured and stayed home as did the coach's son, who forgot his passport when they went to the airport. david kerley, abc, washington. >> unbelievable. david, thank you.
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flames that have ripped through eastern tennessee. wildfires in and around gatlinburg have destroyed 20 square miles. look at the flames here. they're being blamed for three deaths. 14,000 people have been evacuated, but the neighboring nearby dollywood resorted has been spared. kelly ranke of knoxville, tennessee station has the latest. >> reporter: the scene calmer, no longer a red glow in the mountains. we finally got to see the devastation that the wildfire has left. the mayor of siever county telling us three people have died in this fire, 14 people injured, but we they do have rescue operations underway. do not know the extent of those injuries. people going house to house, going to some of the homes they were not able to get to. the governor telling us in a press conference that this is the worst fire tennessee has seen in 100 years. and some of our crews got to see why going to some of these neighborhoods where their homes are completely gutted.
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this evacuation center behind me waiting to be let in to see if their homes survived this wildfire. people anxiously waiting to go back. gatlinburg was closed and is going to remain closed. fire officials telling us they hope to let people in, but, again, there is no guarantee. abc news, gatlinburg. and we have breaking news from northern california where an inmate who escaped jail is in custody. leron campbell has been on the run for nearly a week after jail with three other inmates. two inmates found immediately, and the search continues for the fourth, chavez. mitt romney says he had a wonderful evening with donald trump last night as trump looks to name a secretary of state. romney was deeply critical of trump in the campaign, slamming him as a fraud and a con man. he now says the president-elect can lead us to a better future. >> and he continues with a message of enconclusion and
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and his vision is something which, obviously, connected with the american people in a very powerful way. trump's administration is taking shape with more appointments, and former goldman sachs executive steve ma mutualin is expected to be named treasury secretary and for transportation, he picked chao, wife of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. the president-elect and vice president-elect kick off a thank you tour tomorrow evening, first stop, ohio. they'll hold a rally in cincinnati and other areas that now iowa may be the next stop, and the others have yet to be announced. now to the attack at ohio state university. isis now says the student responsible for that rampage was one of its, quote, soldiers. investigators are trying to confirm that now independently. here's more from columbus. >> reporter: it was back to class for an ohio state university community on edge. >> i don't think campus is as packed today, but there's
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the air. >> reporter: talk of the campus, the fellow buckeye, 18-year-old abdul artan who is a accused of slamming his car into a crowded sidewalk and then stabbing victims with a butcher knife. osu student anderson payne was stabbed. >> initially, it felt like someone punched me in the hand. you get that dull pain in your hand, and i looked down, and i saw my hand was full of blood. >> reporter: local and federal authorities searched the suspect's columbus home, walked door to door in his neighborhood, and skocoured ove his social media posts. >> abdul razak artan, cum lade. >> five months ago, the honor student jumped across the graduation stage at a community college. by fall, he was at osu, upset about the treatment of muslims, he posted on facebook minutes before the attack, i can't take it anymore. this osu professor was also one
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the circumstances are that led to him doing this and all the history that led up to it. >> this well-known university community now coming together to show it is buckeye strong. as investigators work to figure out if the motive was terror related, isis has claimed the suspect was a, quote, soldier of the islamic state. however, the terror group did not say if it directed the 18-year-old to carry out the lone wolf attack. diane and kendis. columbus, ohio. in illinois, in the meantime, a man accidently locked inside a jail for more than a day has gotten $600,000 for his ordeal. get this. farad was visiting his son when he was directed to go down to hallway and turn to the right where he passed through an open door that closed behind him. he was stuck in the room for 32 hours. guards couldn't hear him yell for help. he was finally rescued by the fire department after he broke a sprinkler head. mcdonalds is playing with some new strategies to prepare its burgers.
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testing the use of fresh rather than frozen beef on hamburgers in the dallas area. now that trial is expanded to include restaurants in oklahoma. apparently, customers like the way the fresh burgers taste better. shareholders have also called on mcdonald's to improve its food quality overall. some mysterious things are being caught by trail cameras in kansas. those cameras put in place after reports of a mountain lion in the area. >> no mountain lion yet, but one of the cameras captured this image. >> okay. >> that's a fox. >> there's also a gorilla roaming there in the garden. >> oh, come on. >> oh, wait, actually, there's two gorillas there. >> oh, come on. a woman with a walker is also in one of them for some reason. are we being punked? oh, wait. check this out. oh, santa claus. >> santa! santa on a hike making a early christmas season visit, i suppose?
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there in a couple weeks. and he better have toys. >> santa! i can't do that high pitched santa. >> where is rudolph? the only reasonable thing to see were deer. and they were not in the photos. >> a nice look at nature for us. coming up, meeting the tennessee 20. so they all work together buying lottery tickets as a group for years. now they hit it big. so how much will each of them get splitting a $420 million powerball jackpo officer who killed an unarmed black man takes the stand in his own defense. what he said that stunned the courtroom. first, a look at today's temperatures. "world news now" weather
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a car veered off the 405 freeway in los angeles and landed on a homeless camp. three people were taken to the hospital after that accident which happened during last night's rush hour. the victim was a 40-year-old woman. >> the walmart truck driver who injured tracy morgan and killed his friend in an accident pled has pleaded guilty. kevin roper entered the plea in new jersey's superior court to vehicular homicide and four counts of aggravated assault. he could avoid jail time and won't have a performs community service and stays out of trouble. in south carolina, closing arguments set this morning in the case of a police officer who killed an unarmed black man. michael slager took the stand in his own defense yesterday. abc's steve osunsami has the details. >> i made the decision to use lethal force because mr. scott never stopped. >> reporter: this former police officer took a giant risk testifying. michael slager looked into the jury's eyes and told them that at this very moment when he started firing at walter scott
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afraid for his life. >> i fired until the threat was stopped. >> reporter: scott was unarmed and is clearly seen in the cell phone video running away. prosecutors say it was murder and made slager stand up and hold a tape ruler to show jurors how far scott ran, a whole 18 feet before slager started shooting. slager is claiming that scott grabbed his taser in a fight before the cell phone recording. >> me, coming at me like this. >> reporter: but he now admits that scott didn't run away holing it. people in the courtroom shook their heads as slager struggled to describe this, why he picked up the taser from this location and moved it closer to scott's dead body. >> was it because i was placing my gear? i can't even answer to that. >> reporter: slager told jurors he was not trying to plant
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courthouse in the blake neighborhoods where he once worked, they don't believe it. receive osunsami, abc news, charleston. we turn to sports now. tiger woods is a day away from returning to competitive golf. he's been on the sidelines for 15 months dealing with a variety of ailments, but he's in a tournament tomorrow, he has 14 major championships to his name, and now he says he's ready to go at it again. >> i've been away from it for a long time. i've been away from golf at periods throughout my career and i care about what i do out there. i want to win. and i want to place the ball in th >> he also admits he's a little bit nervous about getting back in the action. for the this weekend's tournament, he'll be using the putter he used to win 13 of his 14 majors. >> hopefully it brings him some good luck. and the obamas have hung their ornaments at the white house for the last time. >> first lady michelle obama unveiled this year's holiday decorations. the theme is the gift of the holidays. special decorations celebrate military families and the white
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ornaments honoring gold star families. there are also large replicas of the first pets bo and sonny there, as well. >> of course. you can't celebrate christmas without the pets. the tree, by the way, 19 feet tall. big one. >> that is huge. she -- they were a bunch of volunteers yesterday, holding parties at the white house for them. and michelle obama said she continues to be impressed by people giving up their team to be there at the event at the white house. >> there's a ginger bread white house, 150 pounds of ginger bread. >> oh, my gosh. i might almost eat that. >> i was going to say, a big group of people just go in and devour it on christmas. >> while mrs. obama gives you, like, the stank eye, nope, you know how many calories that is? >> that's not how it flies in my house. everyone would be just chomping down. all right. coming up, we will meet with a group of workers in an auto parts plant who hit it big on the powerball.
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? ? ? if i had a million dollars i'd build a tree fort in our yard ? >> great song. if only it was a reality. it is, though. for a group of 20 factory workers in tennessee, they no longer have to worry about if. now it's when they will get the money. >> they'll find out if they had a million dollars what they'd do because they've been playing the lottery together faithfully for years, and now it's paid off big time. here is abc's li >> see how you did. first number down tonight is 21. >> 21. 37. 44. 16! and i was screaming! >> reporter: they call themselves the tennessee 20. >> check my e-mails, we won. we're just -- i mean, i was almost passed out. >> reporter: these employees of an auto parts manufacture in tennessee have played as a group for years. the split on that $420 million jackpot? $12.7 million each. >> last night, my check engine
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well, you know, i don't have to get frantic about that now. >> reporter: they are still pinching themselves and still staying on the job, at least for now. >> right now, i'm not planning on quitting. i'm planning on staying there. i may change my mind, but -- >> reporter: several million reasons that might change her mind. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> good for them. >> yeah. my new cousins. >> i like the nickname, the tennessee 20. >> >> by the way, they'll be on "gma" later on this morning. so we'll get to hear from them firsthand. apparently, they used to buy $120 of tickets every wednesday and every saturday. >> and $12.7 million, not bad at all. >> they consider themselves a family work 24 hours shifts sometimes and on top of that, they go on vacations together. i thought you and i spent a lot of time together. >> yeah. >> maybe we should go on vacation together. >> well, we do trips together, but we're broke. >> oh. >> we're not like the tennessee 20. >> maybe if we win the lottery we can.
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start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. a secret santa project has overtaken an entire country. >> and the little boy who lost his swimming goggles. here's abc will gantz with two truths and a why. good mor the truth can be overwhelming sometimes, especially when you meet your long time hero. just ask kya, a shiba inu in orlando, florida, whose favorite toy is a plush santa claus. when the owners brought her to their local mall for pet photos with santa, christmas came early for everybody. john tweeting kya's holly jolly reaction to meeting her idol.
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90,000 retweets and 150,000 likes since posted. easy to see why it's so adorable. next, let's unwrap a truth from new zealand warming the grinch's holiday-hating heart. over 2,000 new zealanders are participating in a country-wide secret santa project. starting ten years ago, the present swap is run by the new zealand post. they're assigned a t you can follow to get to know better and then buy a present and send to the new zealand post forwarding it on to the right place. i don't work in the north pole, but i bet they have the world's highest per capita population on the nice list. finally, why can't little aiden find what he's looking for and more importantly, why is it the cutest case of lost and found ever? he was enjoying the day at the pool when he stopped to ask his sister to help him find his goggles. the problem? well, take a look. >> what are you looking for? >> my goggles. >> where are they?
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>> no. >> i thought you had them. >> i did. >> what -- >> oh! >> oh! >> my goggles! >> that video has been retweeted 31 nous times since it was posted and for good with reason. i looked a lot less cute when i can't find the keys in my hand or the sun glasses that i'm already wearing. i mean, come on, you guys can feel my pain, too, right? >> of course. >> oh, amen. we -- i've done the sunglasses thing quite a few times, but especially anyone who works an overnight shift has done that normal people. >> the weird part is when you're in your car and you're like, where are -- where -- where is my car? >> you try to get in the wrong one, you ever played that game? >> oh, yeah. >> everyone looks at you like you're crazy.
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making news in america this morning, breaking right now, severe storms turning deadly. homes torn apart after tornado warnings overnight. where the storms are heading right now. and those storms are passing over tennessee where wildfires are still burning this morning. we're getting our first look now at the charred town and hearing video surrounded by flames while they evacuated. from enemies to potential allies, president-elect donald trump and mitt romney having dinner together. what romney said afterwards as trump announces new cabinet members and sets off a first amendment firestorm. and a pipeline explosion near a major airport sends fire shooting into the sky and leaves


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