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us for "good morning america" and have a great tuesday. . making news in america this morning -- call for calm after the ambush killing of two new york city police officers. the mayor's message to protesters as an officer's widow breaks hear s her silence. plus what eric garner's daughter says at the memorial. chased off a highway and nearly forced off the highway. >> she just hit our car. she's pushing us off the road. >> an extreme case of road rage caught on camera. bowl brawl on the football field. what cause the melee after the game. and let it go. some teachers surprised their students in a performance going viral this morning.
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good morning to you all, i'm t.j. holmes. >> and i'm tai hernandez. there's a growing memorial where the two new york police officers were killed. and among those bringing flowers, eric garner's daughter. >> the mayor is appealing for harmony. elizabeth hur is joining us. >> reporter: while the mayor is appealing for harmony, police are being warned to take extra precautions. this is because while investigators believe the attacker acted alone, threats from copy cats have police on alert. a brutal attack against two nypd officer has police in new york and cities nationwide on guard. >> when a guy in new york is gunned down murdered in cold blood. it opens our eyes.
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>> reporter: shot dead at point blank ring, wenjian liu and rafael ramos were assassinated. their families reeling just days before christmas. >> this is a difficult time for both of our families. but we will stand together and get through this together. >> reporter: officer liu got married two months ago. officer ramos leaves behind a wife and two sons. killed, police say, at the hands of 28-year-old ish may yell brinsley. his gun, police inside the plastic bag. back in brooklyn, hundreds paying tribute. among them, eric garner's daughter. >> you're still a human being, you had a family, you had a and children. >> reporter: and again new york city's mayor is asking for peace. asking that the protests be put on hold, at least until after
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the officers' funerals. back to you. >> thank you. well, police officers across the country are being warned now about becoming possible targets of a possible ambush. >> and a number of cases, officers are being told not to go on principals alopatrols aloa careful. and in houston, police are looking at this facebook posting which read, in part, two down, 49,000 to go. a major storm is moving into the midwest and east just in time for the holiday. brought heavy, wet snow to the rockies. >> interstate 70s shut down because so many skiers were heading down to the sploeps as you can see there, they could move a little faster on their skis. >> it didn't look like three days before christmas at the bengals/broncos game in cincinnati. fans and players were brenched by heavy rain late in the game.
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it wasn't too cold. >> cincinnati won't be alone under the umbrellas today. >> let's get the weather from justin povick. >> reporter: thank you. while the southwest deals with sunshine early week, anything but into the central plains. well, we're pulling down colder air and we have precipitation available. you know it's going to be in the form of snow. that's the case through much of minnesota, wisconsin, the eastern dakotas and eastern nebraska. travel delays along 94, 35 and i-80. but belief it or not, it's mostly rain. it's a wet go this time around with snows continuing into the central great lakes. and for your holiday, blustery conditions. chilly temperatures in the great lakes. t.j. and tai, back you. north korean websites are back online. but the country's internet
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service was unavailable for more than nine hours. just last week, president obama accused them of orchestrating the hack attack against sony. the state department wouldn't say if they were involved. >> if the u.s. did this, not only north korea, but other nation states participate in this type of activity, there are going to be repercussions. >>, however, sources say the u.s. was not involved. it's possible it was a technical glitch. but experts say it had all the hallmarks of a denial of service attack. now the alarming story of a bag full of guns brought on to a passenger flight. a gun smuggling ring was bringing the weapons from atlanta to new york and some were loaded. one of the accused is a delta baggage handler which is now they got around security. the scheme unravelled when the
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guns were sold to an undercover officer. hearing for the first time from the texas weatherman recovering from an attack. patrick crawford told reporters his main focus is returning home from the hospital in temple where he's receiving care. he said he did not know the man who shot him in the parking lot of the tv station. >> the one thing i do want to state about the incident that i was reading online and everything, is that the man that shot me didn't say any words to me. there was no interaction whatsoever. >> police have released a sketch of the suspect. there is no word on a motive. a high profile congressman from new york is expected to plead guilty later today to felony tax evasion. republican michael grimm, remembered for this, he threatened to throw a reporter over a balcony. the reporter asked him about a campaign finance investigation. it will likely end his political
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career. pope francis issued a stunning indictment of top officials in the church during the christmas greeting. he said they suffered from, quote, spiritual alzheimer's. others were accused of the terrorism of gossip. watchers have never seen anything like it. still ahead, how ereaders and tablets are disrupting your sleep. plus contract killing. a wife under arrest accused of hiring a hitman to kill her husband. video investigators say is proof. and bowl brawl. a football game comes down to the wire and ends with a wild fight on the field.
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welcome back. wall street opens this morning with the dow at an all-time high. just 41 points shy of the 18,000 mark. all three major averages closed higher yesterday, the market's third consecutive day of gains. it's a classic santa clause rally. and volumes should decrease as everyone looks forward to christmas. and cars are getting safer. new crash results test show that honors from the insurance industry doubled this year. toyota has the most models. they have automatic braking. but in most cases you'll need to buy an option package to get that. bmw is the fifth auto maker to agree to the expanded recall to all parts of the country. some driver's side air bags can explode. takata says that's only a risk
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in humid areas of the country. the federal government disagrees. drones are flying off the shelve this is christmas. so the faa is teaming up with industry groups to warn operators about safety. it was launched after a number of drone and aircraft incidents rose dramatically. called know before you fly, it reminds operators to stay under 400 feet and avoid planes. and encourages newcomers to take a lesson before trying their hand. holiday shoppers are sclu splurging on their furry come pan yans. consumers are expected to spend $30. and spending on humans is up 6.5%. petco and pet smart have santa hats and pet shirts that read happy pawnakkah. to you too. a submerged plane in crystal
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tiss. it's winding down today. they were out in force. and, of course, everybody looking for the perfect wave. and the surfers find driving to the beach or anywhere else easy in the western half of the country. the only wet roads in the northwest. that's not the case in the eastern half, roads in the upper midwest may be slippery. and airport delays possible in new orleans, atlanta, minneapolis, new york city as well as boston. and turn now to florida where a woman is in custody in connection with an alleged plot to have her husband killed. >> tonya demur was caught after contacting someone to make her husband, quote, go away. she offered, apparently, $10,000 to make it happen. or instead she offered him four cars to the hit man. she even signed a fake title agreement on camera. >> yep, your name and sign it and date it. >> i never in my life heard of anybody that was silly enough to sign a note.
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but she did. >> her alleged motive remains unclear. she is in jail charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder. an empty lot. this is where a missing person case started in texas. it's where an armored car was found running, but the driver was gone. driver is a 24-year-old named trent michael cook. their first concern is cook's welfare, then what happened to that missing truck. a florida man has been rescued after his small plane crashed into the water in the bahamas. you can see the crew from a coast guard helicopter jump into the water. they helped him into a rescue basket and he was pulled to safety. he is going to be okay. joe cocker is being remembered by friends and fans for his unique song stylings. ♪ lend me your ears and i'll sing you a song ♪ well, the british soul singer died on monday at his home in
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colorado from lung cancer. he was as well known for the phonetic gestures on stage as his raspy voice. he was propelled no term one for with a little help from my friends. he was 71 years old. almost six months after his death, casey kasem has been laid to rest. he was buried in norway after a small ceremony. his death was part of a bitter family dispute. his children said he wanted to be buried in the u.s. and their stepmother made the decision without asking them. and papi vab, it's for people who can't swallow pills. it's the first intravenous drug for influenza. expected to be on the market soon, maybe before the flu season is over. a woman in northern
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california is in a bit of trouble after a road rage incident caught on camera. two young women were attacked by the woman in a truck. they were nearly forced off the road by the truck driver who slammed on her brakes several times and was weaving between lanes. the friend of the driver being harassed was recording this whole thing. >> i can kind of laugh about it now because it was such a crazy experience. but in the moment, absolutely terrifying. >> at one point the woman got out, was pounding on the car's window, telling the women inside she was a police officer. they called 911, met a cop at the next exit. that woman, right there, who was po a crazy college football game got only more crazy after the game got only more crazy after the final whistle. this was the inaugural miami beach bowl. memphis kicker jake elliott hitting the longest ever overtime field goal in big time college football history, 54 yards. >> okay.
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great game. great ending to the game, even against byu. so memphis goes on to win. this is what happened after that. the teams brawled in the middle of the field. we don't have word on discipline just yet or exactly what set somebody off. but this was an ugly scene for a little while. discipline certainly going to come down. pros put on the finale of monday night football. >> highlights from espn. >> happy holidays, he's stan, i'm neil. this is the "sportscenter" set in los angeles. we do sports here. >> lots on the line on monday night football. the bengals and the broncos. peyton manning and company trying to get a first round bye. bengals trying to get into the playoffs. and jeremy hill trying get them there. he got hit behind the line. this counts as an 85-yard touchdown run. he had 86 yards after contact. and that's the most on any run in the last five seasons. >> maybe too much. >> bengals tied the game at seven. peyton manning had four interceptions.
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he had a problem with interceptions. this was the one that really hurt. kirkpatrick takes it in for a touchdown. bengals in the playoffs for the fourth-straight season. last time portland and houston played, damian lillard hit a shot that ended the series and portland advanced and houston went home. james harden hasn't shaved since. hits the three there, the steal there for harden. and up and down. no aldrige for portland. didn't matter. rockets were up 20 at the half. harden, 44 to go with 5 steals. and houston win this is game 110-95. >> that's all we got. back to you. >> all right, thanks, fellas. here's an example of the apple not falling far from the tree. check this kid out. he's got game. check him out. little guy at this point. you can tell, he's better than the other little guys on the court. >> he better be, he's the son of lebron james. 10-year-old lebron james jr., also known as brony. seems like he can do it all, dribble, shoot, pass and score just like his dad. >> okay.
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the one thing he needs time on, dunking. he needs to stretch out a little bit. but brony. and this is always cool to happen. these sons of pro athletes and coaches. these guys can't help but become good ballplayers themselves. he didn't have a choice. >> no, he didn't. it's in his blood. up next in "the pulse," dressing room drama. the nasty surprise one woman got while trying on a dress. and the surprise for these students when their teachers start a "frozen" flash mob. students from their teachers. students from thinker teachers. go. o here's your invoice, ladies. a few stops later, and it looks like big ollie is on the mend. it might not seem that glamorous having an old pickup truck for an office... or filling your days looking down the south end of a heifer, but...i wouldn't have it any other way. look at that, i had my best month ever. and earned a shiny new office upgrade. i run on quickbooks. that's how i own it.
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time for us to check "the pulse" now, stories you'll be talking about today. your ereader may be keeping you awake. many people read to help them relax and fall asleep. but a new study finds that what you read may make a big difference. >> researchers compared ipads and printed books. and the device lost. they took longer to fall asleep.
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they were more groggy the next morning. it seems tablets and similar devices emit a bluish light that might interfere with sleep. >> makes perfect sense. >> i wonder if the same is true for those kindles. the things that are all flat? >> next study. well, a california woman got a scary surprise while trying on a dress at jcpenny. sandra hernandez had just pulled the dress over her head when a scorpion fell out. it landed on her feet. she cornered it and called for help. >> the store employee tried to catch it in a bag, but it slipped away. she said it was 3 inches long and full of personality. >> when i gave it a shake, the scorpion kind of, well, what i thought was string, opened up and went down to the floor. i was shocked. i looked down, i said, oh, my god. >> she carried that dress around for a half hour before heading to the dressing room. she used to work at the store and thinks the scorpion came from a warehouse out of state. hundreds of kids and their parents in england got quite the surprise during a christmas church service. >> take a look at this.
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hilarious moment when teachers wowed them by bursting into song by performing, what else? "let it go." ♪ let it go ♪ let it go ♪ let it go ♪ let it go >> i heard that was accompanied by an organ. sounds great. surprising the kids at the service has become annual tradition. but everyone agreed this flash mob was the best yet. >> that song is never going away, is it? >> it's here to stay. >> i kind of want it to. >> i like the variations. i think the organ adds a little gravitas to the lyrics. >> cool video there. for some of you out there, your local news is coming next. >> for everyone else, "america this morning" will continue after this. stay with us.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good morning. thank you for joining us. it is december 23rd. the 23rd. trying to give you an extra shopping day but i can't do it. leyla gulen is here with traffic and meteorologist mike nicco has the weather. are with in store for more rain? >> tomorrow. a slight chance of rain tomorrow. this morning we have fog. it is thickest in the south bay in the central valley. it is much better commute as far as the streets not flooding and the fog is not too widespread. look how beautiful it is from the bay bridge from emeryville.
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we are in the mid-to-upper 50's by 7:00. a mild and warm day. bright and warm today. >> we will take it. the driving? >> better than yesterday but we have a solo accident at half moon bay. it was foggy yesterday. we have a fog advisory along 880 if you are to the south you can see there is a fog advisory until further notice. >> a man and his rescue dogs recovering from a vicious pitt bull attack, which were so out of control police had to shoot and kill them. our reporter is in san lenadro with the search for the owners. >> that is right. police are still looking for the owner of the dogs. larry osborne said he and his two dogs, rescue dogs, were out
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for a walk on sunday as the san leandro marina and they were attacked by two pit bulls. he said the dogs locked jaws on his dogs and would not let go. >> they were on us in month time, 100 yards when i first saw them and they were on us like this and they both immediately went and attacked my large dog. >> he and the dogs were hurt in the attack. people at the marina inn, saw the attack happen and helped beat the dogs off with chairs and tables. the hope now is images from a surveillance video can help police find the owner of the dogs who got away. a blue toyota pickup was spotted, the car they believe the dogs were let loose from and


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