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this morning on "world news now" -- sailors detained. the ten americans on navy patrol boats taken into custody by iran. the breaking developments overnight. historic address. president obama looks to the future as he makes his last state of the union address. his message to the next president and both parties in congress. we're live on capitol hill. and new this half hour, can pot help you lose weight? >> the latest research into marijuana users and the munchies. does getting high necessarily lead to pigging out? and later in "the skinny," drama in the skies. khloe kardashian's flight to new york to appear on "gma." did her emergency landing turn into reality tv? it's wednesday january 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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all those stories. good morning. on a busy wednesday, i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm reena ninan. we're going to actually start with the drama involving u.s. sailors held by iranian forces in the persian gulf. >> and we're anxiously waiting for an update on this one. the ten u.s. servicemen were on a training mission in two small boats when one of the vessels became disabled. iran's revolutionary guard navy took them into custody for what the country's official news agency called snooping. officials say they were to be released at daylight iranian time, but at this hour the sailors and their boats are still in iranian hands. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with more. >> reporter: the two small navy vessels with the sailors on board were transiting between kuwait and bahrain when an official says one of the boats experienced a mechanical problem, with both then possibly drifting into iranian territorial waters near farsi island.
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according to u.s. officials, the iranians have given assurances that the sailors will be allowed to continue their journey. secretary of state john kerry personally reaching out to his iranian counterpart to find a diplomatic resolution to the situation. incidents with iran have exacerbated tensions in the already tense persian gulf region. last month as the aircraft carrier "harry s. truman" was entering the gulf, iranian navy boats conducted live fire exercises just 1,500 yards away. over the summer u.s. officials claim iranians targeted u.s. ships and helicopters with laser devices. and in 2007 the iranians held british sailors for 13 days despite early promises to release them, claiming they had entered their territorial waters. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> and we'll stay on top of that story. also new this morning,
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developments after isis targeted an area of turkey popular with tourists. the turkish prime minister is pledging to fight isis until it's no longer a threat to his country or the world. the pledge comes after an isis suicide bomber killed ten people in the historic district of istanbul. most of the dead were german tourists. it's believed that 28-year-old bomber recently entered turkey from syria. and there are also some new developments in the crisis with north korea. the south has just fired shots at a north korean drone that crossed the border. in the meantime, the south wants china to punish the north for its so-called h-bomb nuclear test, specifically enforcement of international sanctions. there are doubts, though, about that test and also about north korea's claim of a successful missile launch from a submarine. analysts say the video was probably faked. president obama made his own history, delivering his eighth and final state of the union address. >> and rather than introducing new legislative proposals, he focused instead on his broader visions for the future. in his words, it can only happen
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if we fix our politics. abc's bazi kanani is up late this morning on capitol hill for us. >> the president of the united states! >> making his way up the house chamber aisle for his last state of the union address, president obama called for more civility in politics. >> how can we make our politics reflect what's best in us and not what's worst? >> reporter: flanked by his vice president and for the first time by new house speaker paul ryan, president obama focused his message on the future, saying the country must figure out how to adjust to a changing economy to tackle climate change and to fight terrorism. >> if this congress is serious about winning this war and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, authorize the use of military force against isil. take a vote. >> reporter: but republicans challenged the president. >> the president's record has often fallen far short of his soaring words. >> reporter: gop response from
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south carolina governor nikki haley also included a swipe at donald trump. >> it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. we must resist that temptation. >> reporter: it was among the ints of agreement. the president also referencing the heated rhetoric in the campaign for his successor. >> we need to reject any politics, any politics that targets people because of race or religion. this is not a matter of political correctness. >> and bazi is joining us now live from capitol hill. and baz, we want to as there were 20 guests in the first lady's box. and who were some of those vips that were there? >> reporter: well, obviously those guests there were intended to send a political message. they included a syrian refugee, an undocumented immigrant who later went on to serve in the u.s. military, and the plaintiff in the u.s. supreme court case that legalized gay marriage. the president also left one of his seats empty. that was a symbolic gesture
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meant in remembrance of the victims of gun violence. >> and we know, bazi, kim davis, who is the county clerk from kentucky who refused to issue those same-sex marriage licenses, was actually there as well. what did she think? >> reporter: well, reena, it was a surprising reaction from kim davis. she obviously wanted to make a statement with her appearance there but perhaps not with her words. a reporter asked her on her way out what she thought of the speech and she said simply, "it was good." >> wow. >> that was all. >> she looks really entertained there when you see that image. >> i'm surprised that she said that. that's pretty interesting. >> well, yeah. she didn't elaborate, though. bazi kanani on capitol hill. thank you, bazi. stay with abc news as we get more reaction following last night's address, and we'll take you live to d.c. that's later on "america this morning." winter storms are creating whiteout conditions near the great lakes, in indiana just west of cincinnati. two big pile-ups on interstate 74 within a half mile of each
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other closed the highway for more than six hours. more than three dozen vehicles were involved in this one. eyewitnesses say the highway looked like a junk yard. yeah, it did. about ten people were injured, but all are expected to recover. and there were also many, many fender-benders and cars off the road to the north. in michigan. this is interstate 96, which looks like a country lane. drivers were warned to slow down, but obviously not all of them got that message. keeping police and tow trucks quite busy. the storm is heading to the northeast. accuweather's paul williams tracking it. paul, good morning. >> thanks, kendis, reena. well, it's about how cold it's going to feel throughout the northeast because this is where old man winter is concentrating all of his fury as far as potential additional snow but specifically how it's going to feel. below zero throughout the upstate new york area. now, as we change gears down to the southeast we're looking for more rain to begin to gel throughout the southeast with storms kicking in by thursday and this same system will move up the east coast and bring some
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rain toward the east giving some thunderstorms along the way. kendis, reena? >> looks very rainy down there. thank you, paul. well, we are only one month away from the most romantic day of the year. >> yes. and starbucks would like you to help sweeten your valentine this year with three new secret menu frappuccinos. they're the love bean, the java berry, and the valentine. >> can't get over the love bean. >> uh-huh. and they're available at every starbucks location as long as you know what to ask for. >> but you might also want to get your valentine to the gym because each of these pink concoctions contains an average of 19 teaspoons of sugar. that's equivalent of three full-sized hershey's chocolate bars. >> i'm going to protest. there's no like specialty declaration on the cups there, no hearts. there are no lovers kissing. there's a war obviously on valentine's by starbucks. >> i'll give you a magic marker to put in your own heart. >> coming up in the real "skinny" -- in "the skinny," real-life drama involving khloe kardashian. an emergency landing and her
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appearance today on "gma." also ahead, the jumping powerball jackpot now worth a billion and a half dollars or more. some advice from the ultra wealthy about how to handle that kind of money. and then there's this. the link between marijuana use and weight loss. what researchers are now saying about weed and the munchies. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather, brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. colonial penn life insurance. >> i'm alex trebek. if you're age 50 to 85, this is an important message.
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so this is fascinating. of course you know most people associate smoking pot with getting the munchies. or they use that as an excuse. but there is a new study that actually suggests marijuana may be the key to losing weight. >> who did the study, kendis? >> clearly not me. i'm still like -- yeah. >> okay. it's not just weight researchers are looking into. kristi krueger from our miami station reports on the surprising results. >> get some sour cream and onion chips with some dip, man. some beef jerky, some peanut butter. >> reporter: in the movies and in real life -- >> a whole lot of -- make sure chocolate. got to have chocolate, man. >> reporter: marijuana is synonymous with the munchies. >> graham crackers, marshmallows, little marshmallows and little chocolate bars and make some s'mores, man. >> reporter: but some researchers now think it could actually be used to fight obesity. several recent studies have shown an intriguing connection
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between pot smokers and good metabolic health. >> a lot of these people that are smoking marijuana on a regular basis have lower weights, lower insulin levels, lower cholesterol levels, and so the question comes is there a link to cannabis or what's in marijuana and lower weights? >> reporter: this is exactly what denise vidot has been studying for years. she's a researcher at the university of miami miller school of medicine and her most recent study on marijuana use and metabolic syndrome was just published. among the findings -- >> males who are current smokers of marijuana have a lower waist circumference than those who have never used marijuana. >> reporter: with the use of marijuana the highest it's been in about the last decade and more and more states approving its use for both recreational as well as medicinal purposes, researchers say studies like these are vital. to find out exactly what the relationship is between pot and blood pressure, cholesterol, and your weight. in mice two cannabis compounds found in the plant's leaves
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increase the amount of energy the body can burn. other studies suggest that marijuana has a direct impact on the part of the brain that tells you when you're full. >> they are linking it to a receptor in the brain that's a cb-1 receptor that we actually thought initially was stimulating the appetite and what they're finding is that with chronic use of some of these products it may actually have the opposite effect. >> reporter: of course all this interesting research is not an excuse to pass the pipe. but for researchers like denise vidot it's incentive to keep on digging because with obesity almost at an epidemic in the u.s. finding new ways to help people slim down is vital. >> it's something that intrigues me and i hope to keep studying it to find out why. and that's science, why, questions keep coming up. >> reporter: for abc news i'm kristi krueger. >> what do you make of that? [ coughing ] i do have the munchies right now. no apparent reason. for no reason whatsoever.
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i swear. all right. coming up, khloe kardashian's emergency landing. >> and new clues leading up to the oscar nominations. "the skinny" is next. can i have one too?
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we finished the bag. leading "the skinny" this morning, khloe kardashian on a cross-country flight forced to make an emergency landing. >> yeah, khloe was flying from los angeles to new york when one of the pilots of the american airlines flight reported an electrical smell of smoke in the cockpit. that's when the flight was diverted to las vegas. it did safely land without any injuries. >> and that's when khloe did -- kept herself busy doing what many of us do at airports. what you should do at airports. she drank. she tweeted this picture, "having kocktails." cocktails with a k. and that's cocktails with a k. and with her friend and makeup artist joyce. > khloe was there. she's actuly on her way here, to abc to appear on "good morning america" later this morning. we're happy to report that she will indeed be there. >> she might not be sober, but she will be there. or she might be nursing a mean hangover. >> next, some big news ahead of tomorrow's oscar nominations. on the heels of "the revenant"
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and "the martian" winning best picture golden globes they're in the running for another honor, top prize at the director's guild awards. >> nominated yesterday was adam mckay for "the big short," tom mccarthy for "spotlight," george miller for "mad max: fury road." and all three of them getting their first nods from the dga. >> and rounding out the group is alejandro gonzalez ina- -- i can't ever pronounce his last name. inarritu. for "the revenant." he won last year for "birdman." ridley scott for "the martian." scott had been nominated previously for "black hawk dow"" "gladiator" and "thelma and louise." inarritu. we have to practice inarritu, right? >> yeah. he might have a career. next, a concert planned before david bowie's death will go on. the tribute concert at carnegie hall will proceed as a memorial with more than 20 artists performing bowie's music including cyndi lauper and the roots. the event will benefit a variety of music education programs for
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♪ i can tell you an app, like any of those, they won't help you win the lottery. but if you made one that could, you probably already would be rolling in the dough. >> and when it comes to tonight's powerball drawing, everyone will be looking for any edge they can get. here's abc's linsey davis. she has the numbers. >> reporter: the powerball jackpot is now so big in beverly hills, one of america's wealthiest neighborhoods, even the rich are trying to get richer. >> the housekeepers, they come
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and buy a couple hundred or two for the boss. like today there were this morning two girls that came and bought 400 for the bosses. >> reporter: but the wealthy have some stiff competition with the rest of us lining up in droves. last year alone americans spent more than $67 billion on lottery tickets. that's about $210 for every american. we spend more on lottery tickets than sports tickets, books, video games, movies, and music combined. one in 292 million odds of winning, that's like putting the name of every american into a bowl, a bowl much larger than this one, and still somehow managing to pull out your own name. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> interesting. >> yeah, it is. okay. so say, you actually do win. once you calm down and you start -- you stop freaking out, you're going to have to figure out what to do next. >> so how about these tips from billionaire shark mark cuban? first you've got to hire a tax attorney. and it's kind of a no-brainer there, right? got to get the tax attorney. >> that would be the first thing. next cuban says don't take the
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lump sum. who knew that? you don't want to blow it all in one spot, he says. >> and the next one, it's kind of a tough one. cuban says tell all your friends and relatives no. they will ask. tell them no. and he elaborates -- >> even the baby mamas? >> even the baby mamas. especially the baby mamas. if you're close to them you already know who needs what and feel free to help some but talk to your accountant before you do anything and remember this, no one needs $1 million from you. no one needs 100k for anything. anyone who asks is not a friend, according to mark cuban. >> what? i would be asking. >> yeah. >> of course. >> you would be asking. >> yeah. but this is our last day. i mean, we should point out this is our last day as a commoner with you all because come tomorrow night, you know, we would have won the lottery. >> i bet come tomorrow night you and i will be sitting right here. >> ah. jinx. we'll see. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades.
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makinnews in america this morning, breaking right now, the american sailors pulled off u.s. navy boats and held by iran, questioned overnight. what the country is saying about their release. state of the union. president obama addressing congress and the nation. a wide array of topic, the past, the future, the isis and a message for the man or woman who is in the white house after him. we're live in washington. relocating. an nfl team returning to los angeles and possibly one following. the fans reacting overnight. plus, ship accident. high winds and seas causing a huge ferry to smash into a pier. well, good wedneay


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