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♪ januany, any [ male announcer ] subway. eat fresh. good morning, america. breaking right now, a massive snowstorm blanketing the midwest and moving east. dumping more than a foot of snow in chicago. 25 states in its crosshairs. sub zero temperatures, freezing water almost instantly. parts of the east coast bracing for a blizzard. our extreme weather team, tracking it all. dramatic rescue. the 52 stranded passengers stuck in antarctica more than a week, air-lifted off their stranded ship. this morning, what they are saying right now. just imagine that you're here with me. >> new clues this morning and questions in the mysterious disappearance of that michigan doctor, missing nearly a month now. brand-new youtube videos surfacing today. who is she talking to? and why the family's private investigator says she may have wanted to disappear.
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and celebrity chef, nigella lawson, live, sitting down to answer questions about allegations from that bombshell trial. and what really happened with her personal assistants that led to that million-dollar fraud case? good morning, america. david and amy with the team. robin and george picking a great couple of days to be off. >> hunkering down. >> it is a mess of a morning across america. more than 100 million americans in the path of this first storm of 2014. look at the drive this morning. 22 states going to get hit with this one. >> here is a live shot we have of chicago. look at the snow coming down. the huge storm moving east as we speak. some snow falling here in new york this morning. roads everywhere are slick. and thousands of flights are already canceled or delayed this morning. >> it's how mother nature says happy new year. >> welcome back. >> our extreme weather team, live with it all.
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let's get to ginger zee, live in times square. ginger, it is coming. >> it's the day after new year's. and you can see right here in times square, some of this confetti that's been a little bit smushy and gross after the new year. i want to start with cleveland. the breadth of this storm is huge. you saw pictures from chicago, detroit, cleveland, a snowy, icky mess. if you're going back to work or school, here's what is going to happen with this storm. we are 12 hours from the worst of it here in new york city. i want to give you timing, for everyone else. through pennsylvania it comes. then, it starts wrapping in the low that's going to go offshore. getting some moisture. that's 6:00 p.m., but overnight is the worst of it. from new york, through long island, which has a blizzard warning, parts of connecticut up through boston, and eventually maine. the big next question, how much more snow? and chicago already had in some places more than a foot. they're going to see lake-effect, three to six inches with a ring around the lake. and look at that. philadelphia, just under four. new york could see close to a half-foot. locally, a lot of places, a foot or more.
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and certainly more in boston, it's going to come along with winds. and behind it, some of the coldest air in decades. chicago overnight lows by the end of the weekend, 13 below. and it gets even more worse from there. that's where we find our gio benitez. he's in rose mont, illinois, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ginger. if this is what's heading your way, get ready. it is freezing. check out all of this fluffy snow. it may look like a winter wonderland but don't be mistaken. this is actually a nightmare for so many people here in chicago and in this area. in the midwest, you have people trying to get through and they just can't drive through all of this weather. and take a look at what's happening all across this nation. a monster winter storm, driving hard across the nation. >> it's pretty bad out there. >> reporter: more than 20 states, from kansas to new england, in the crosshairs. a three-alarm fire in sub zero minneapolis. rescue crews there battling the blaze and the bitter cold. water from their hoses quickly
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freezing and coating everything it touches in solid ice. >> it's like working on a skating rink. >> reporter: firefhters, even hacking ice off their ladders. this train in eastern iowa derailed after frosty temps warped the rails. overnight, the chicago area hit with its biggest snow of the season. up to a foot of white. >> it keeps piling up. it has not stopped. >> reporter: this car sliding right into a traffic light and a stop sign before slamming into the side of a store. and the northeast, now bracing for the blow. residents from philly to boston, stocking up, ahead of plummeting single-digit pumps and blizzard-like conditions likely to hit some areas with more than two feet of snow. in burlington, vermont, salt is going fast. most stores there, already sold out. and back here in chicago, it's going to keep snowing all day long. we've already had a foot of snow in some parts of you heard ginger say it's going to be even
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worse all along the east coast. get ready, because this is the exact same system that's heading your way, david. >> we're warned. gio benitez in the middle of it all for us. gio, appreciate it. it's going to be a mess on the roads and in the air already this morning. thousands of flights canceled and delayed. let's get to muhammad lila in new york's laguardia airport for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, david. i'm live in the departures hall of laguardia airport. all morning, we've been seeing a steady stream of passengers scrambling here. hoping their flights aren't delayed. you can see some of the passengers over my shoulder. new york, so far, hasn't been hit by the big blast of winter. that's not the case in a lot of other cities in america. let's look at some of the numbers. so far, more than 1,700 flights have been delayed. more than 1,100 flights have been canceled outright. express jet, commute air are meeting the deadlines. and united airlines. and let's look at the airports. no surprises here. newark's liberty international, chicago's o'hare, and cleveland
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international, the top three airports right now that are suffering from delays and outright cancellations. as for new york's laguardia, one of the reasons it's moving so well, people have told me they've come here several hours ahead of time knowing the storm was going to hit today. and clearly, david, on a day like today, that's some of the best travel advice there is. >> muhammad lila at the airport for us this morning. thanks. we're going to stay on the storm all morning long here. >> a lot of kids going back to school today. we'll see how that goes. we'll keep you updated. we also have some breaking news for you this morning. dramatic rescue halfway around the world, the 52 passengers who were stranded on a ship in antarctica, all have been air-lifted to safety just a short while ago. abc's alex marquardt has all of the details. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, amy. that's right. we learned that moments ago, 52 scientists and tourists were air-lifted out. to a ship that is now taking them out. they're air-lifted by helicopter, 12 at a time and and after a week and a half stuck in that ice, they say they're relieved to finally be going home.
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this morning, the clear blue skies the rescue teams have been waiting for. this was the moment the stranded passengers realized their ordeal was almost over. a helicopter from a chinese ice breaker, testing the landing pad the passengers had stomped in the snow. >> if all goes well, we'll be off in about an hour's time. >> reporter: expedition leader, professor chris turney had been tweeting and posting video throughout. and soon confirmed the rescue was on the way. >> the helicopter that's come to take us home. >> thanks, everyone. >> reporter: then, a second, carrying another 12 passengers out. there were expected to be seven trips in all, flying passengers and gear to an ice flow next to the australian ice breaker that will take them out. then, a tweet from turney. we made it to the "aurora australis" safe and sound. a huge thanks to the chinese and ausantarctic for all their hard work. inpenetrable arctic ice, and
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driving rain and thick fog had dropped multiple attempts by three ice breakers from reaching the stranded russian ship with its 74 scientists, tourists, and crew. over the past ten days they were never in any real danger. with plenty of supplies and good cheer, on full display in this new year's video. ♪ ice cold, cha, cha, cha ♪ ice cold, cha, cha, cha >> reporter: and they'll have a little bit more down time. it will take until about mid-january to get to the island of tasmania, from which they will finally fly home. as for the stranded ship, its 22-man russian crew is staying with it until they break free, because they aren't in any danger. david? >> remarkable good spirits through the whole thing. alex marquardt, thank you. we're going to turn to the young, reclusive north korean dictator, kim jong-un, beginning the new year with alarming new comments, aimed at america and at the powerful uncle he had executed. i want to bring in our global affairs correspondent martha raddatz this morning. martha, we're used to rhetoric out of north korea, but what did you make of this?
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>> one of the reasons the new year's address is so important and so closely watched is we know so little about the young north korean leader. but this 30-year-old is now issuing these fresh threats, accusing the u.s. and south korea of conducting military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war with the north. saying it would result in a deadly nuclear catastrophe. but at the same time, he said that the north and south should try to improve relations. that line really caught my eye because he said something similar last year at this time. and a few months later, when i was in south korea, he was threatening a military attack on seoul that had that nation and the u.s. on edge for weeks, david. >> yeah. we all remember what followed. we know he had his uncle executed, even though that uncle was instrumental in his rise to power. i wanted to show everybody at home those images, before and after. you see his uncle circled. and photoshopping him out of official photos. and very dark, very public words
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about his uncle. this was rare. >> indeed, david. photoshopped and executed within days of being accused of treason. he referred to his uncle as despicable human scum. this is clearly viewed as kim jong-un's effort to consolidate power. >> all right. not holding back. martha raddatz keeping us on top of it all. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, david, and everyone. bring it back to new york. bianna golodryga tracking the other news headlines. good morning, happy new year to everybody and happy new year to everybody at home. we begin with a developing story. two high-profile attacks on social media affecting millions of users. abc's chief business correspondent, rebecca jarvis, is here with details. >> reporter: good morning. troubling news for anyone who has used the photo sharing app, snapchat. it's a hugely popular app, that deletes photos just seconds after you view them. so big, that facebook wanted to buy it for $3 billion. hackers have gained access to user data, posting phone numbers and user names for an estimated 4.6 million snapchat accounts online.
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experts say the breach doesn't affect every user. but the biggest threat for those who have been affected, the hackers can gain access to apps like facebook and twitter since user names and passwords are quite frequently the same. there's another high-profile data breech also involving web calling service, skype. skype's twitter and facebook accounts were hacked with posts allegedly written by the syrian electronic army. skype has fixed the breach. and reassured users none of their info was compromised. they have also, this morning, bianna, apologized for the inconvenience. >> we'll see if that apology is enough. rebecca jarvis, thanks to you. we're going to turnover seas. a giant of international politics is believed to be near death. former israeli prime minister ariel sharon has been in a coma since 2006. is said to be suffering from kidney failure. doctors say his condition has deteriorated over the past two days. here at home, first lady barbara bush is recovering from a respiratory illness at a hospital in houston. she's said to be doing well.
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and is in good enough spirits to cheer on baylor during its bull game yesterday from her hospital room. and america's biggest cities seem to have gotten safer. new york had a 20% drop in murders last year to the lowest number in half a century. meantime, l.a.'s murder rate fell 17%. chicago's 18%, despite several high-profile shootings. let's hope that trend continues. skyrocketing in colorado are marijuana sales. the first day of legal sales of pot for recreational use saw long lines, enormous demand, and a lot of celebrating. despite colorado's new law, any use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. and this morning, hollywood is mourning actor james avery. he was best known for playing uncle phil on "the fresh prince of bel air." co-star, alfonso rivero, who played carlton, his son, one of many mourning the loss, calling avery a second father. james avery was 68 years old. and talk about a delivery mishap. a woman in suburban chicago
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expecting a christmas package, got this, instead. a present from sasha and malia obama. it was an obama photo album, already opened, meant for the girl's godmother. the woman contacted their godmother and plans to drop it in the mail today. what a surprise that is. and speaking of surprises, it was no ordinary new year's for two families. in washington, d.c., twin siblings born in different years. a woman gave birth to a daughter at 11:58 on new year's eve. her son arrived three minutes later in 2014. and the same thing happened in toronto. gabriela and sofia. aren't they so cute, separated on the clock by 8 1/2 minutes. on the calendar, a full year. i think that's the best of both worlds. they're twins and have each a day to celebrate. >> one already looks older and wiser. >> a full year older. >> one will be reminded by the other every time. thanks. turning to one mother's fight against an nfl team. the family of linebacker jovan belcher, has filed a wrongful
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death suit against the kansas city chiefs. he murdered his girlfriend and committed suicide a year ago. the mother says were it not for the team, her son would be alive today. abc's ron claiborne has the story. >> reporter: this morning, the kansas city chiefs are facing a lawsuit, accusing them of ignoring signs of brain damage, suffered by jovan belcher and pressuring him to play when he should not have. and it goes a step further. seeking to blame his 2012 suicide on the team's alleged negligence. >> they add on something new that the other lawsuits similar to this have not, and that's the wrongful death claim. >> reporter: in december of last year, the 25-year-old belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, 22-year-old kassandra perkins, in front of their 3-month-old daughter, before driving to the team's practice facility and killing himself. now, belcher's mother is bringing a lawsuit, saying the repeated blows to his head in his four seasons with the chiefs, caused him to suffer severe headaches, depression, mood swing, suicidal ideations.
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and insane impulses. it also says he didn't get proper medical care after two concussions. one in 2009, the in 2012. instead, it says the team berated him and bullied him to play through his injuries. >> if they can prove that there's permanent damage to his brain because of concussion and because of practicing and playing the game, that takes them a long way to proving what happened. >> reporter: the kansas city chiefs told abc news, they are aware of his family's lawsuit. but would not comment. belcher's body was exhumed this year to undergo medical tests as part of his family's effort to prove he suffered permanent brain damage from playing football. and the medical tests are key to the family's lawsuit. they need to prove that belcher did not just have concussions
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but was permanently brain-damaged from playing football. and more, that that was the reason he killed himself. amy, the lawsuit against the chiefs does not specify a dollar figure. they're hoping the jury will set that. >> much, much more to come in this month. ron claiborne, thank you. now, to a major break in the case of an american banker on the run, accused in a $20 million fraud case. authorities say he faked his own death. and look at this. what he looked like before and after being captured after a year and a half on the run. he's now headed for a courtroom today. and steve osunsami in atlanta this morning, where price was arrested. steve, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, david. investigators have been searching the world for this man and thought he might be sailing the seas. but after what was a routine traffic stop where he was pulled over for tinted windows, he's back home at georgia this morning and facing a judge. this was aubrey lee price, in happier days, when prosecutors say the former georgia bank official was stealing millions from unsuspecting investors. and this is what he looks like now, arrested in georgia on new year's eve, way different than the 47-year-old executive wanted by the fbi for more than a year.
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>> this is a great way to start out the new year for us. >> reporter: wendy cross is one of 115 investors from florida and georgia that prosecutors say he swindled. she lost $360,000. >> he's a thief and a liar. >> reporter: according to the criminal complaint, price collected about $40 million and used that money to invest in a failing georgia bank, where the government says he then stole, misappropriated and embezzled more than $21 million, directing much of that money to his own pockets. >> not just my money. but it was my dreams and my future and my freedom, gone. >> reporter: price disappeared before police could arrest him, convincing his family and his business associates that he had killed himself. he left a suicide note in june 2012, saying he was emotionally overwhelmed and incapable of continuing in this life. just a month later, there he was. appearing in surveillance videos posted online by the fbi. from the key west airport. and then, the ferry terminal.
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this morning, his alleged victims, hoping he still has their money. right now, price is charged with one count of bank fraud and could get up to 30 years in prison. if convicted, he faces additional charges in new york. david? >> steve, thanks. it's like our before and after after filling in this week. i mean, that's drastic, right? >> speak for yourself, david. ginger tracking the storm. you came inside. and it's starting to come down in new york. >> exactly. here in new york. and we were talking about the chill and how cold it's going to be. i didn't want to leave out the south. look at dallas this morning, their windchill is 14. oklahoma city feels like 4. and of course, as you go north, it only gets worse, and really uncomfortable to nearly dang dangerous. 19 below to minneapolis. fargo starts the mourning feeling like 23 below. buffalo, 6 below. and burlington, vermont, 24 below. the cold is pretty much everywhere. and the cold front going to push through. the one that's going to give more snow in the southeast, going to bring storms. some of them could become severe.
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some damaging winds. maybe an isolated tornado in parts of florida today. orlando will go for a high of 81. you will see locally heavy rain showers. tallahassee, 64. atlanta behind it, 49. and birmingham, 47. everybody just going to be falling out. your local forecast coming up in 30 seconds.
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>> california had its driest year on record. there's actually a town where a gold rush town, underwater is now becoming exposed. we'll talk about it in the next half hour. >> any gold left? >> exactly. >> thanks, ginger. coming up next on "good morning america," new clues in the case of a missing michigan doctor and why the family's private investigators now says she may have wanted to disappear. also, one father's fight for his biological son after he was put up for adoption. what he's doing now that he hopes will bring him home. plus, taylor swift under fire. why some of the pop superstar's neighbors at her summer home are seeing red. and celebrity chef, nigella
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neighbors. time to get a check on the morning commute with sue hall in the abc7 traffic center. good morning. >> good morning, matt. thank you so much. a couple trouble spots out there. we've still got this stall on the sunol grade pass. chp finally getting on scene there. took them quite a while. should be clearing out shortly but you can still see a little bit of slow traffic coming off the grade there. in in san jose, a solo spinout 87 northbound past taylor, facing the wrong way. drivers slowing to take a look. muni experiencing system-wide delays. no other mass transit problems. matt?
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good morning. we're back and temperatures this morning not quite as cold as yesterday. the air quality is not quite as poor but it will be later on today. low to mid-30s up in the north bay valleys where it's coolest, mid to upper 30s in the east valleys and the south bay, then 40s for the rest of us, even 50 in san francisco. right now sun is almost up, almost cresting the hills as we look from our vantage point this morning. 7 to 11 degrees warmer than average. some records will fall today. your accuweather seven-day forecast, ab
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just imagine that you're here with me. even though i know that you're not. >> 7:30 on a thursday morning. and more video surfacing of that missing michigan doctor. her family wondering who those videos are for. and looking at the giant snowstorm moving eastward this hour. we have live pictures from cleveland of the snow. this is the drive into work for the new who have to go back on thursday and friday this week. we feel your pain already. delays and cancellations across several states. and ginger zee, tracking it all this morning. and also ahead here on "gma," taylor swift is in a bit of hot water. some of her neighbors near her rhode island estate are not so happy with the superstar.
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why they say she's messing with their beautiful coastline. and nigella lawson joins us live. she sets the record straight about that bombshell trial that made international headlines. all that coming up. first, new clues in the case of the missing doctor. she vanished almost a month ago. and new videos are surfacing online of the 30-year-old woman. her family wondering, just who she is talking to in these clips. abc's linsey davis is here with all of the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, amy. teleka patrick disappeared december 5th. just this week, another organized search for her. and a new billboard on the indiana interstate where investigators found her car. >> just imagine that you're here with me. even though i know that you're not. >> reporter: more mysterious videos have surfaced of missing michigan doctor teleka patrick. >> i just figured, you do your best and i do my best. and we give each other a chance.
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>> reporter: the bizarre videos show the 30-year-old talking to, singing, buying flowers and cooking for a mysterious possible love interest. >> i dressed up for you. >> reporter: teleka's family say they thought she was single. and now, because of this new discovery, police are scouring her computers. >> just to see if there's any patterns in her intercommunications. >> reporter: patrick is a first-year medical student in psychiatry, doing her residency in michigan. she was last seen on december 5th, in surveillance video, at a radison hotel five minutes from her home. a hotel employee said she appeared agitated after he turned her away for trying to pay for a room in cash. two hours later, more than 100 miles away, patrick's car was found in a ditch on the side of the road with a flat tire. inside, her wallet. but no sign of car keys. a private investigator hired by the family told fox 17, it seems
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she was trying to get off the grid. >> sometimes she would have trouble sleeping. she would communicate to friends that she was feeling unsafe. >> reporter: police say no one reported seeing anyone on the road that night. >> there's no word in the dictionary to describe my feeling right now. it's the worst nightmare. and i really want the nightmare to be over. >> reporter: teleka left her cell phone and purse at the hospital where she works. so far, police say they have no leads. but a man reporting to be her ex-husband, said teleka suffered from mental illness and she was delusional. but he does not believe she would harm herself. >> hope the family gets answers soon. we're going to turn to the mysterious death of a california priest, found dead new year's morning after he failed to show up for mass. police revealing few details right now. and abc's reena ninan has the story. >> reporter: this morning, mystery surrounding the murder of a beloved catholic priest, found dead inside the rectory of his own church.
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pastor eric freed seen here during his installation in 2011. overnight, the town's mayor telling us, he was a beloved man of god whose murder has rocked the community. >> he was a real caring person. was willing to help anybody at all times. >> reporter: freed's body was found wednesday morning after he failed to show up for a 9:00 a.m. new year's mass. overnight, his parishioners gathered not for a sermon. but for a somber press conference outside the church. their place of refuge, now surrounded by yellow crime scene tape. >> i want to assure the residents of eureka, this is not a larger situation where people need to be concerned. but we are spending every resource possible to make sure this investigation is as thorough as possible. >> reporter: freed taught religious studies at hum bolt state university. police have not revealed details
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about a possibleotive, cause of death or suspect. >> the community is devastating. these things don't happen here. >> reporter: father freed was apparently killed between tuesday night and wednesday morning's mass. we reached out to st. bernard's overnight. they told us freed was planning to use his sermon to announce his goals for the new year. to be happy, thankful and aware that faith and understanding is all in god's hands. for "good morning america," reena ninan, abc news, new york. >> just feel for that community, all gathered there waiting for some sort of answer on that. >> horrible story. all right. we'll be continuing to keep you updated on that, as well. we have a bitter custody case in utah to bring you this morning. the biological father, suing to get his son back and $130 million in damages, claiming he was defrauded and his baby given up for adoption out his knowledge. aditi roy has the story. >> my son doesn't deserve to go
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through this. i don't deserve to go through this. >> reporter: jay strickland says his son was placed for adoption at birth, without his knowledge or consent. and he's fighting for custody of a 3-year-old son he's never met. he filed a $130 million federal lawsuit, claiming the boy's mother, whitney patterson dempsey lied to him. >> she put him up for adoption the next day. >> reporter: the unmarried pair broke up before the child was born. but they remained friendly and agreed to share custody. >> i helped her as much as i could. i gave her money when she needed it. >> reporter: strickland said they picked a game together, jack. one day after jack's birth, strickland said pettersson put the baby up for adoption and didn't tell him until one week later. >> the moment i found out, i filed for paternity, which was already too late. i know i should have filed earlier but i trusted her. >> reporter: one legal barrier,
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he thought pettersson was divorced. but she was actually still married to her estranged husband, who, under utah law, was the presumed father, and had the right to give away custody. >> under current utah law, if you're a biological father and have not filed every paper that's required, you could permanently lose your child. >> reporter: strickland says that pettersson confessed him, she had been planning on putting him up for adoption since the beginning. abc news reached out to pettersson and co-defendant, lds family services, which facilitated the adoption and has not heard back. strickland continues to send messages to his son. hoping someday, he will deliver them in person. for "good morning america," aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. >> our thanks to aditi. it's throwback thursday, here. ginger zee, what have you got behind you? >> this is really throwback. from the 1940s, a crane you can now see because lake shasta in california is 130 feet below
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where they should be. 130 feet low. california, having their driest year on record. you can see it all over that state. and not just california. more than half of the west is some sort of moderate or greater drought. look at some of the numbers. portland, oregon, had their fifth-driest year on record. los angeles had only 3.6 inches of rain last year. they usually have closer to 15. san francisco, bad. redding, same deal. they need some moisture. doesn't look like it's going to happen. 78, palm springs. warm and dry. the winds are relaxing for fire danger. san francisco 64. sacramento, just shy of 70. we want to check in because we have the snowstorm happening in the midwest and great lakes, all the way through the northeast, this is novi, michigan, just outside detroit. i've driven the roads many times. i-96, that's not a fun drive this morning. please, be c
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on her rhode island property. >> reporter: taylor swift may have recently been crowned 2013 tennessean of the year. but don't expect rhode islandeners to say the same anytime soon. she has gotten into hot water for the plans she has for her multimillion-dollar waterfront property. known more for her ballads and breakups. ♪ i knew you were trouble when you walked in ♪ >> reporter: some are saying taylor swift is causing trouble. she spent $7 million for this mansion. 16 rooms and 5 acres, it's located in the exclusive neighborhood of westerly. the pop singer is spending big bucks on improvement to the property, including a seawall, that some locals claim will restrict access to a public beach. >> i don't think any celebrity should have the right to do that
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with such a historic area. >> reporter: swift maintains she has all the required permits for the work and is restoring the wall after it was damaged in hurricane sandy. others say huge boulders being placed by construction crews restrict use of the area popular with fishermen and bathers. >> that's something that's just going to stick. and we won't be able to surf there. >> reporter: the historical preservation and heritage commission for rhode island tells abc news, they have, quote, no issues with the project. and the group that regulates coastal development have told local newspapers it approved the work and it's up to snuff. there's some reports that swift was actually asked to move the boulders by the state of rhode island itself. whether it was originated from state officials or not, it's clear that residents there are protective of their land. >> bouldergate. the next scandal. coming up, the women who dropped 130 pounds. they reveal their incredible transformation live, right here. and "the play of the day."
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>> wow. >> we have a tri-fer. whatever you want to say it. this is a favorite. a photographer getting up and close and personal with a buck. i don't know how current that is. yeah. looking dumb and dumber as it keeps going. he's getting quite a pounding. >> i think he didn't want to him to run after him. >> i think running -- >> if you show your fear -- >> see? he's all right. >> then, we move on to a ram. here you are on a motorbike, right. and it's a game of chicken with a ram, not a chicken. and the ram has horns. that's probably not a good idea. i just say, i believe there is a reverse mechanism on that bike, right? reverse, dude. come on. >> not to do with a ram. >> a ram truck? >> now, we go to what you think would be a gentle creature, a
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wild turkey. no. he's on the attack. attacking a fedex delivery driver in minnesota. actually chasing him around the truck. look at that. and the guy is running. the u.p.s. driver actually running around a fedex truck. that's kind of funny. and the best part is, the people taking the video up in this office are laughing hysterically. the guy has no idea he has an audience of millions, being chased by a wild turkey. maybe this will happen to all of the christmas packages. the turkey's gotten in the way. (beeping of c♪ffee maker.)
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good morning. i'm kristen sze. happening today, b.a.r.t.'s board of directors votes this morning on that tentative labor contract that had been modified. union leaders are urging members to ratify it. their votes won't come, though, until after b.a.r.t. approves the deal. meteorologist mike nicco checks out our forecast with another spare-the-air day. >> air quality a little better but still spare-the-air so no burning through midnight. record high temperatures one of the stories, 67 in santa rosa. here's your accuweather seven-day forecast. above average until at least the middle of next week. sue? all right. we still have a couple incidents out there this thursday morning.
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go to san jose with a solo spinout still blocking lanes north 87 past taylor. we have a car into a ditch, a van into a ditch west 37th past mare island and still a delay on the muni line. the news anncr: at jennie-o a where every thursday people ride 10 miles for tacos. we thought wsurprise them with a better kind of taco made with jennie-o ground turkey
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cooked thoroughly to 165. i feed my kids turkey tacos over regular tacos any day. i think they are light and they are just fresh tasting. yeah. when i eat well, i feel well. anncr: it's time for a better taco. the tacos tonight were pretty much perfect. make the switch. look for jennie-o ground turkey in a store near you.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m., in a frigid times square. this morning, we get a taste of abc's hit show, "the taste," with star, nigella lawson, speaking out. what she has to say about the scandal that put her on the witness stand. and we show you the incredible transformations of people who have lost half their size. their emotional stories and the tricks for keeping off the pounds for good. we fell in love with her on "full house." now, she has one of her own. how candace cameron bure balances her career with being a mom. as we say -- >> good morning, america.
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welcome back. that crowd anticipating a lot of snow out there in times square, in short order. inside the studio, we have the stars of "the taste." there they are. the show is back for a second season. this morning, they've got a special taste test planned for me. woo hoo. can't wait for that. good morning, america. robin, george, lara and josh are all off this morning. we're glad to be with you. david muir, bianna golodryga, rachel smith, ginger zee, all here. >> we're glad to be here with you, too. also coming up this half hour, so many getting into the new year with a healthy start, hitting the gym. >> no. yep? >> or trying. there's becky worley on the elliptical. i got to get this straight. you don't have time to shower afterwards. you don't have time to work these days? she's trying out the dry shampoos. >> don't take a show afterwards? really? >> something i need to try
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there. >> did you shower before work? >> well, you know, last week -- >> it's a necessity, david. it really does work. >> a little tmi. plus, anyone who has bought clothing for kids knows they can ruin them or grow out of them after wearing them just once. so, a lot of high-end designers making clothing for kids, why pay top dollar. this morning, we're going to tell you how to dress your kids in designer duds. >> that's the kid from "modern family." >> i don't think so. >> looks perfect. and we have william proving yet again he's the people's prince. how he made one little girl's new year already. >> looking forward to that. let's turn to bianna golodryga with the top stories. >> hey, thanks, amy. >> we begin with some 70 million people in the northeast bracing for a monster winter storm. it's already slamming the midwest with more than one foot of snow and frigid temperatures. as it marches eastward, eventually affecting 21 states.
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this morning, so far, more than 2,100 flights have been delayed or canceled. folks in the storm path are already prepping, salting down, and stocking up. ginger will have an update in a moment. all of the would-be arctic adventurers are off their cruise ship. a helicopter crew rescued all 52 of them overnight. the crew became stuck on ice on christmas eve. but the passengers luckily had plenty of food, water and skype. it's not something you see every day. at least not if you live in central florida. an orange county woman called 911, after spotting this kangaroo hopping around her neighborhood. any other day. animal control officers eventually chased it down and returned it to its owner. no reports of any injuries either to people or to that kangaroo. there's reason to celebrate lsu's victory yesterday, even if you're not a football fan. and here's why. outback steakhouse is giving away free bloomin' onions today.
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they're so good. because the tigers won the outback bowl. if iowa had won, it would have been coconut shrimp, equally good. and finally, it's mission accomplished for a starbucks superfan. a ph.d. student just completed a 365-day challenge, eating nothing but starbucks meals for an entire year. that's breakfast, lunch and dinner at the coffee chain, even on christmas and thanks giving. she said she did it because she likes to explore new things. i don't know if that fits. how many new things do they have? it cost her about 600 bucks a month. not very cheap. and by the way, her name is beautiful existence. >> i think she just likes hearing them say her name when her coffee is ready. beautiful existence. >> go to the head of the line. amy robach, line 2. time for the weather.
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and ginger zee, this is a massive storm on the move. but they're cheerful outside. they're bundled up and ready. >> i'm telling you, david. every time you come out here, it's hard to hear because we have such a great crowd. these folks are from atlanta. we have a serious storm coming this way. but evan, you're a little excited for the snow? >> yes. >> yes, he says. perfect timing, y'all are leave right after. by saturday, the flights should be back on time. but, boy, is it going to be a mess the next couple of days. it really started in parts of the great lakes and midwest. this picture from wisconsin because it wasn't just chicago area that had snow. it was kansas. it was missouri. it was parts of southeastern iowa. and look what happens behind that cold front. evan, look at the temperatures. you're from atlanta. look at that. 22 is what it's going to feel like tomorrow morning. 4 below in the northern plains. here are all of the advisories and warnings. yes, there are blizzard warnings for long island and cape cod. blizzard, remember, doesn't have to do with the snow. it has to do with the wind and snow. it will be blowing snow. you'll be seeing drifting. it's going to be an absolute
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wreck on the roads and certainly going to be a problem for air travel. the worst of it, remember, comes right along the east coast tonight through early tomorrow. we'll have updates throughout the show. for now, that's the big picture. >> all of the folks are excited for the storm. they're staying put, they say. that's good news. rachel? >> here's a look at what's ahead on the "gma morning menu." why prince william is proving he's the king of the selfie. "full house" star candace
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cameron bure is talking about how she juggles hollywood and other hits. and nigella lawson is here, talking about those incendiary headlines. she's here with the hosts of "the taste." that's coming up live on "gma," in times square. [ male announcer ] introducing new fast acting advil. with an ultra-thin coating and fast absorbing advil ion core™ technology, it stops pain before it gets worse. nothing works faster. new fast acting advil. look for it in the white box.
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others have performed at cirque du soleil. shockingly impressive stuff. getting a lot of buzz online. and rachel smith is here to give us the latest in "pop news." what else is popping? >> there's lots of things popping this morning. >> those guys are always like 19 years old. when you get up close. they're always very young. no wonder that i can flip like that. >> i don't feel so bad. >> why do you get up so close to them? >> happy 2014 to you all. it feels like the holidays come and go so quickly, right? let's have a little throwback moment. a throwback thursday moment for you. this young girl had a royally awesome christmas day, thanks to prince william. check it out. 12-year-old madison here. she was visiting sandringham estate. she was with her mom. she was hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal family walking from home to church. and she is on her cell phone posing for a selfie with prince william himself. she could not operate the camera.
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prince william snapped it for her. and you have to have a good old selfie on christmas day. >> one or two. >> you probably can't convince anyone that's him. >> looks like the real thing. >> that's legit. that's a profile pic, right. a new year, and the top 50 bachelors. we have a "gma" exclusive from "town and country" magazine. and it's hot. the top hunk, scott eastwood. he's the son of clint and dina eastwood. you remember the spread he did for "town and country" over the summer? it was pretty nice. >> happy we have him now. >> very handsome then. >> i knew there was something. i'm going to get right on it. >> the full list is definitely a treat. leonardo dicaprio, prince harry. theo's on there.
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and an honorary spot, how about little prince george. >> oh. >> not even 1 yet. already on the list. welcome to the royals. are you fans of "sleepless in seattle"? >> of course. >> tom hanks, meg ryan? >> yeah. >> a lot of people flock to seattle after that movie hit. and apparently, there's a new reason people are flocking to seattle these days. a chinese rom-com, "finding mr. right." it was a smash hit. it seems to be inspiring chinese tourists to hop on a plane, high-tail it to seattle. they're taking romantic vacas. getting married, have a little honeymoon, all because of the movie. >> set in seattle? >> all set in seattle. >> it's like speeding up. >> that was our edit machine. >> oh, okay. >> we can do that at abc. >> i guess maybe fast forward. i don't know. >> basically, a local tourism company says their phone have been ringing off the hook. they did a special new year's
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eve broadcast from seattle. >> love seattle. >> i've never been. >> you haven't? >> oh. you fall in love right away. do it. >> maybe with one of the 50 most eligible bachelors. now, on to a way to keep love alive. mark thompson had to leave his girlfriend, meredith, in new york, during his tour of duty in the army. but she gave him this stuffed penguin named mumbles to keep him company. this is so cute. mark has been snapping pictures with mumbles in different areas. it's almost like a flat stanley type of thing. there he is with some actual penguins. this pose is one where he was -- oh, yeah. a little smooch from a kitten. just fun stuff. that's one nice way to keep love alive. yeah. that's meredith. that's not mumbles. >> back together. >> that's so precious. not a cutout. >> good way to end. thank you, rachel. also here on "good morning america," we're going to be talking about a problem that so
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many moms struggle with, balancing work and parenting. hollywood mom, one may think have an easier time with it. they have help from nannies who make time for their careers. but one famous mom, candace cameron bure, chose to raise her three kids herself while she worked. and bianna found out -- you didn't know already. >> i never had heard of this. >> how did she do it? >> reporter: we grew up watching the show. we still watch it every night. this is a great story. unlike so many other child stars, she ended up perfectly well. and she has kids of her own. she's explaining how she gets it done. ♪ everywhere you look >> reporter: she grew up before our eyes as the lovable d.j. tanner on "full house." >> stephanie is a child. i am a woman. >> reporter: and currently warming hearts as the star of "let it snow." >> i could never imagine there
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could be so much magic in christmas. >> reporter: now, at 37, candace cameron bure is opening up about managing marriage, motherhood, and a hollywood career in a new book "balancing it all." >> it's like an autobiography. and it takes you through my life story of picking out the moment where's i had to make choices that would help me balance my life. >> hugs for everybody. >> reporter: one of the choices included taking a break from acting to start a family. bure has been murrayed for 17 years to former hockey star, valerie bure. and they have three, growing kids. >> i had the piece of mind to know that if i wanted to return to acting, if that were meant to be, the door would open. if it stayed closed, i knew my life just had a different path for me. >> reporter: this is bure's second turn as an author. in her first book, she wrote candidly about her struggle with bulimia in her early 20s. healthy now, bure is
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concentrating on finding balance amidst the everyday chaos. and doing it all without a nanny or personal assistant. she hopes her new book will knock down the misconceptions about mothers in hollywood. >> i don't have any of those things. i've done this with my husband, with our partnership together. and we've just done it ourselves. and i don't think i'm any better of a mom because i don't have them. >> and she says most of the time, the anxieties mom face really come from within. >> i have to take it day by day. that's part of balancing it all. we can beat ourselves up in our minds when we're not driving to what we think we should or could be doing. >> reporter: and one thing bure is not ruling out, a "full house" reunion. >> we've all talked about it. who knows? it would be really fun. i always said i would be up for it. >> that would be heaven on earth if they had a reunion. wouldn't that be so much fun? >> that would be great. >> she looks like she did as d.j. tanner.
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she has not aged at all. this is such a great mission that she wants a life of normalcy. we have an idea that hollywood moms have it all. and she doesn't. and she doesn't want it. she doesn't want the help. she doesn't need the chef. she doesn't need the cooks and the nannies. she likes raising her kids on her own. she says if hollywood would call, she may return. >> and we're all doing that balancing act. we ask you on twitter, how do you do it? how do you balance work and motherhood. here's what some of you had to say. melissa tweeted that her trick is to compartmentalize. when i'm with kids, it's all about them. when i'm working, i'm 110% there. and allison said, take time for yourself. refill your tank. after becoming a mom, good enough becomes the new perfect. learn to say no. that's my mantra. good enough. you know? you can't do it all. but we try. >> go find another mom then. >> enjoy your therapist in 20 years. >> you're the one that i heard. go get another mom. you both are great moms. >> thanks. always one to top new year's
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resolutions. which is, what, get into shape? obviously we mentioned this earlier. there's not a lot of time to workout these days. we're trying to juggle so much. and abc's becky worley found out a way to make your lunch workout a real possibility by what you do afterwards. dry shampoos and going back to the office? >> reporter: one hour to work out and make it back to the office. one problem -- >> washing and drying my hair takes about 25 minutes. so, do you think the boss would let me have a two-hour lunch break? ah, no. when i read online that you can skip the gym wash by using dry shampoo, sprays that remove oil from the roots of your hair, i had to dry. step one, get sweaty. sports club l.a. lots of ways to do that. mission accomplished. i'm pouring with sweat, including my roots. now, for the big test. rinse off the sweat. no hair wash.
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just a one-minute blowout to get the sweat off the roots. now, for dry shampoo. i tried a bunch of these at home. and they seemed to work equally. they absorb oil from the roots. but their intended use is to let a wash and blow outlast a few days. but using it as a workout pick-me-up is another story. >> so, this gym test is sort of an off-label use, advised by bloggers online. we'll see if it works. hold eight inches away. spray liberally. shake it out. and give it a few minutes as you freshen up the rest of your look. it looks pretty freshly shampooed, if you is ask me. this is what my hair looked like before. and this is the after-gym dry shampoo look. nobody at the office will know how sweaty i was just five minutes ago. added bonus -- my hair smells pretty good. for "good morning america," becky worley, abc news, san francisco.
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>> ah, yes. becky always looks stunning for us. why did you put them all in front of me? >> you were so inquisitive. >> i'm inquisitive. >> i'm a believer in these bad boys. without a doubt. >> proof. >> are you okay? >> proof that the hair actually moves. >> i'll let you know how this go, amy. we're in the middle of an experiment here. >> i use these at the gym or between washes. >> i'm feeling cleaner. >> are you feeling fresh? >> it will change your life. >> yeah. it has changed my life. amy, over to you. >> thanks so much. abc's hit really cooking show, "the taste," returns tonight with a twist. season two has a two-hour format and a brand-new mentor chef. marcus samuelsson joins us with taste veteran anthony bourdain, nigella aweson and ludo
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lefebvre. did i say that right? . yes. nigella, you had quite a year. the trial against your two former assistants just wrapped up a few short weeks ago. and it was on public display. you went through a lot. and the focus turned sharply on you at times. this was a criminal lawsuit against them. but at times, did you feel like you on trial? >> well, i did. but it's one of the monsters of the english legal system that you're not allowed any counsel if you're a witness. maybe it will change. maybe that's good. >> what were the moments like on the witness stand for you? >> you know, i can't remember exactly because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability, that actually, you don't have the normal awareness of yourself. maybe that's a good thing. >> it's a good thing. >> my only desire was to protect my children as much as possible, which i wasn't always -- even i couldn't do. but that's what i wanted to do. and actually, you know, since then, i've eaten a lot of chocolate, had a good christmas. and i'm into the new year.
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>> speaking of that. you have the very private moments that you didn't want the world to know. to have them on public display. how do you handle that with your children and your family. obviously you went something this summer as well with your very public divorce? how do you protect your children? >> i don't know. to be honest, to have not only your private life, but distortions of your private life on display is mortifying. but, there are people going through an awful lot worse. and to dwell on it would be self-pity. and i don't like to do that. >> exactly. that was 2013. >> and there's pie. >> forget chocolate. lemon meringue pie is what we have. 2014, obviously, we just mentioned a new show, a new chef. very excited to see marcus there. your big smile. tell me what you bring to the table. >> i learned a lot from all the mentors and how to play the
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game. tony is a master of playing the game. i had a lot of fun. it was fun to work and to be on the show. it's an exciting show. >> tell me how the show works for people who don't know. i want to get a blow-by-blow. you get people to prepare dishes. and you taste them. and you have to be very frank, correct? >> we have to make all of our decisions based on a blind tasting of a single spoon. we have no idea who is cooking for us, whether they're a great chef. whether they're a professional home cook or a completely delusional character. we pick them for our team team based entirely on the taste. and then later, during the course of the game, we are deciding whether essentially to send them home or reward them, again, based on a blind tasting. we don't know if we're sending someone home from our own team or someone else's team. >> you can say it's terrible. and it's from your own kitchen. >> who is the most outspoken? who isn't afraid to say exactly what they think. >> well --
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>> tony too, huh. >> i hear you intimidate some contestants. is that true? >> he's passionate. you know? he's very passionate. >> they all want to be on my team. >> no, he's very passionate. >> and it begins with that smile. everyone thinks you're going to be all nice. >> no. we let it all out. >> wait until you get to my kitchen. >> i've seen you in your kitchen. >> he's a rookie. >> yes. >> believe me. >> the stories. >> i want to get some tasting done now. nigella, tell me what you brought. >> lemon meringue pie. i have to say that. the thing about food is it's texture as well as taste. that thing about the crisp underneath. better one there. and crisp underneath and then that smoothness and the meringue. and also, i think everyone underrates lemon as the perfect dessert.
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>> amazing. from lemons to meatballs. >> oh, my gosh. >> oh, my gosh, so good. nice and salty. >> the one from the muppets made. >> the swedish chef. >> and then -- >> meatballs, lemon meringue pie. i figure i'd make something really expensive on someone else's dime. >> are there truffles on here? >> fettuccine with white butter and truffles. >> that's what i need. >> that's good, huh? >> awesome. amazing. >> i'm not going to tell you what it is. you're supposed to tell blind. >> i don't have a blindfold on me. >> what is this? >> parmesan cheese -- >> and? >> and couscous?
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good morning opinion i'm xi c kristen sze. a man in his late 20s was found early this morning on east san antonio street suffering from at least one gunshot wound. an ambulance took him to the hospital but he later died. police are interviewing neighbors now for information. your morning commute, folks going back after the holidays. sue hall as a look. a couple hotspots still out there and pretty mild all the way around. southbound 101, oregon expressway, reports of an accident on the peninsula, up to vallejo. this van in a ditch, west bound 37. emergency crews are making their way to the scene to pull that out. still a couple delays on mass transit, and they're
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experiencing a minor delay on b.a.r.t. daly city line in the airport direction. kristen. >> sue, thank
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welcome back. 48 in san francisco. still have a lot of mid to upper 30s inland. 43 in half moon bay. significantly warmer today. a little haze out there, a spare-the-air day. see a few condensation trails, a
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few high clouds out there, 7 to 11 degrees warmer than average. ♪ infiltrated here in times square. "good morning america." amy, your thoughts? >> what did they do? >> not going to get anything past them. spies everywhere. all to celebrate tonight's premiere of "the assets," a miniseries here on abc later. sandy graef inspired the miniseries. if you like "homeland," this is the real thing. >> i like "homeland." >> she is very cool. we're going to talk to her about it all. robin, george, josh, lara all off. they're back next week. also coming up on "gma," we're going to show you
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incredible transformations. we love this. each of these women lost at least 130 pounds. and this morning, they're going to reveal their stunning weight loss. >> no better way to start the year. >> exactly. so many high-end designers are making clothing for kids. this morning, we're going to tell you how you can dress your children in those designer duds without spending the big bucks. >> all right. by the way, we want to say thanks to our friends at "the taste." i was eating so much, i didn't get to tell everybody that the season premiere of the show is tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central here on abc. don't miss it. i still have truffles. story about that. >> yeah. >> david gets the dry shampoo. >> i draw shampoo. truffles. >> save us. a brand-new year means motivation to finally get in shape. you're about to meet three women who met that challenge head-on,
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all featured in "people" magazine's half their size blockbuster issue. i'm here with senior editor michelle tan. this is the 12th year that "people" had the size issue. what makes this year different? >> we wanted to provide more inspiration. more of the great weight loss transformations. we feature 14 real people who lost more than 100 pounds, half their size. some of them even losing more than 400 pounds. >> what do they have in common? >> they never said i want to fit into skinny jeans. they made goals for a longer, healthier life. >> these women are featured in this issue. they're about to join us with brand-new bodies and a new outlook on life. before we meet them, i want viewers to know what inspired them to make a change. >> i put on 100 pounds in 4 months. >> reporter: ginger's weight gain began after a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. >> that gave me the green light
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to eat as much as i wanted. >> reporter: she ballooned to 263 pounds by sneaking fast food and candy during trips to the grocery store. >> i would buy two to three pounds of candy and make sure i had it eaten before i got home. >> one night, she had horrible heart pains that scared her straight. >> i was afraid i wouldn't see my kids again. and i decided i was going to get healthy. >> reporter: having had heart surgery, at just 5. >> i wasn't going outside and playing with people, like i used to, food became my best friend. >> reporter: she was teased mercilessly. and she turned to food for comfort. >> i was trapped. i was a prisoner in my own body because i thought about food 24/7. >> reporter: she ballooned to 470 pounds before she was 18. >> i had a doctor's appointment. and he said, if you don't change your ways, you're not going to make it to the age of 21.
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the day i left that office, my goal was, i wanted to live. >> reporter: kate's long batter with her weight started at age 12. >> i was very active before, playing soccer and dancing. and i gave it up, because i was embarrassed because i was so big in comparison to everybody else. >> reporter: she steadily gained ten pounds a year for a decade, until she peaked at 263. >> i would eat a normal dinner with my family. and then, i would take a box of waffles and eat that as dessert. >> reporter: he turning point came when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. >> my family was trying to eat better foods to support her. and the idea that i was that person and i was okay with it. but wait a minute. i could actually be a thin person. it just sort of kept the wheels turning. >> reporter: these women are such an inspiration. we don't want to delay them anymore. we're going to get our first person out, our first guest. ginger. one last look at how she looked
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before. and now, the new and improved ginger. you look fantastic. fantastic. wow. you have the honor of telling us how much weight she lost. >> at her highest weight, ginger was 263 pounds. and today, she's 132 pounds. that means she lost 131 pounds. >> to give you a visual of what 131 pounds looks like, your weight loss was the equivalent of 43 50-ounce bottles of detergent. your fellow friends here. before she lost the weight. and -- hot momma. you look incredible. beautiful. tell us how much weight she
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lost. >> she was at 470 pounds. now, a petite 147 pounds. that means she's lost an astonishing 323 pounds. >> incredible. to give you another visual of how much weight she's lost, that's equivalent to 16 spare tires. that's how much weight, my friend, you have lost. >> wow. >> incredible to see it. we're going to talk to you more about your tips on how you lost weight in a moment. one more person to finally meet. >> kate. here you see kate before. and now, kate today. you look stunning. not only changed your weight, you changed your hair color, too. i'm liking the blonde. how much weight has she lost? >> kate was at 263 pounds. but today, she's at 127 pounds. that means she has lost 136 pounds. >> that's incredible.
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136 pounds. our last visual to give you an idea of what 136 pounds looks like, you lost the equivalent of this love seat and five little dogs. we've gone creative. the love seat and dogs. let's talk about how you were able to transform. ginger, how did you lose the weight you lost? >> i lost my weight through jenny craig. these are some of the snacks i learned portion control on. my favorites are apple straws. when i have a snack attack, i grab them. >> do you ever feel the urge to splurge? especially around the holidays. >> i do. i've come up with a recipe. my brownies are brownie mix with a can of pumpkins in place of the eggs and the fat. >> able to do it. you look incredible. >> thank you. >> and you are focused on food, as well. and portion control. >> yes. that is true. what i've learned to do is learn to eat like a kid. and i use my kids' plates. and i portion out my meals by
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using smaller portions. two servings of vegetables, vegetables should overpower your other two. your carbohydrates and your protein. >> that's a great tip. use your kid's plate. kate, come over here. you focus on exercising. >> yes. >> tell us what specific exercise you did. >> well, i did a little bit of yoga-bootee-ballet. but i lost the initial weight by walking my dog. we adopted a rescue dog. and i lost about 30 pounds in the first month we had him because i needed to walk him all the time. >> that's why we reference the dogs on the couch. walking the dogs. ladies, you look incredible. thank you for joining us and telling us our stories today. ginger, i never thought i would meet another jirng. but i have. >> another ginger as a unit. we're all so impressed out here by those stories and want to wish everyone a happy new year. what's your name? >> sabrina parker. >> and she's from --
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>> dallas, texas. >> also cold this morning. feels like the low teens in dallas this morning. we talked about the cold and where that's going. look how cool it was to freeze a bubble. that's a bubble chosen in arlington, washington. that was cool. tweet me your photos. also have to talk about the coldest air in decades. we're talking about since the mid-'90s. overnight lows for the next four nights. going into january, not looking better. st. louis starts the morning below zero. and the snow totals, most of it tonight through early friday. good morning. i'm mike nicco. some high clouds will mix with our sunshine but record near highs from low to mid-60s coast, mid to upper 60s the rest of us. a accuweather seven-day forecast, >> this weather report brought
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sleep number. comfort individualized. welcome back. any parent who has had to dress and redress a child several times a day is going to want to hear this one. there's a new service that lets you rent out high-end designer looks for the little ones. if they spill it, you take it
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back. rachel smith checked it out. >> i did. i don't have these labels in my closet, guys. dior, versace. the hottest names on the runway are catering to the youngest clientele. and now, parents can get the clothes without breaking the little piggy bank. what's in a name? just ask celebs like katie holmes, jennifer zoe and jennifer lopes. they're cute as a button. but $2,000 for a pint-sized chanel? but now, parents can adorn their kids in kiddie couture. >> versace, dior. fendi. think, rent-a-runway for kids. it probably looks great on you. you like versace? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: borrow minicouture offers kiddie high-end clothing with over 30 designers and thousands of outfits to choose from, starting at just 30 bucks.
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>> that retails about $233. you can rent it from us for about $63. >> reporter: a husband and wife due owe came up with the idea in 2011, after spending 200 bucks to a suit their son wore to a wedding. >> reporter: they last for five days and costs for shipping are covered. and all are insured. envision a milk stain or throwup. but you don't have to worry about it because there's the insurance policy. they deal directly with designers and wholesalers to stock up on the latest fashion-forward frocks. >> we can keep in our collection. and the other ones we would sale. >> like a sample sale. >> exactly. those that are left, we donate. >> reporter: while kids approve, moms adore. >> i'm a working mom.
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i pretty much do all my shopping online. the variety they have is just, you know, amazing. >> reporter: big savings for small but discerning customers. we've got a superdose of cuteness in the studio today, right? well, these right here, these lovely kids are dressed in and the sizes range from 9 months to 4 years. and the prices range from $30 to 100 bucks. it's not too bad, considering. and we've got some kids in some of the designer clothes. this is miss zoe right here. hi, hon. she's wearing a chloe dress. >> she's ready for her close-up. >> ready for her debut on tv. >> emma here. she's wearing a macino dress. you can rent it for $74. and you look like a stud, man. you look great. there you go. his suit retails for 384 bucks.
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you can rent it for $83. >> look at morgan in her dress. you want to wave as we say good-bye. coming up, the stars of a new drama with the woman who inspired the show.
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as you can see from our audience this morning, decked out in spy gear. anticipation building for the hot, new miniseries, "the assets." if you like secrets, spies and lies, this show has it. we're going to talk to the star and the woman who tracked down one of the biggest traitors in our country's history. first, abc's dan harris with the story behind "the assets." >> reporter: what you are watching is inspired by real-life events. one of the worst acts of treason in american history. at the height of the cold war, a
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cia officer walks into the russian embassy in washington, d.c., hands over a treasure trove of secrets and demands a meeting with the kgb. >> my name is aldrich ames. i work for the cia. >> reporter: this betrayal is at the heart of the new abc miniseries, "the assets." >> i think you'll want to meet with me after he reads this. >> reporter: it is based on the real-life case of aldrich ames, a cia mole who shocked the nation. >> tonight, aldrich ames. >> reporter: and was covered extensively ly bly by abc new e including this interview by ted koppel. >> what you did, you did for money. >> reporter: "the assets," takes us inside the hunt to track down ames, which was led, in part, by sandy grimes. it was june 13th, 1985, that
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aldrich ames, everyone knew as rick, gave the kgb ever known human asset that the cia had in the soviet union. it didn't take long for grimes to start to suspect rick ames. but bringing ames down would prove to be tricky and treacherous work. a story brought to life in "the assets." for "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. we're joined by the former cia agent who exposed the traitor, sandy grimes and wrote the book that the miniseries is based on. and paul rhys, the actor, who ditched the trench coat and glasses. you were the agent that first suspected this guy was a traitor. do you remember to this day what it felt like on the inside, the moment you started to suspect? >> all i felt, all i thought about, were the victims. those people who were executed because of his treason. that was my thoughts.
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>> among the soviets. >> among the soviets who were spying on behalf of the united states government. and it's their story that's being told tonight. >> paul, you didn't get a chance to meet aldrich. but i understand you tried. >> i tried. >> you had to rely on sandy's book? >> i loved sandy's book and other books. they were very authoritative and knew a great deal. my job is to find the human being underneath the traitor, which wasn't that hard to do because he was driven by greed and love, just like the rest of us. >> he wanted to impress his new wife, right? >> yes, he did. he felt not quite worthy of her. i suspect he would not have committed treason if it wasn't for her. >> sandy, i'm curious. you were a mom and a wife at the time, obviously. you had to try to keep this secret from your family about your real-life role at work.
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>> yes. >> how did you do it? >> easy. just play mom. >> what did they think you were doing? >> they didn't care. they were older girls, older teenagers. and their life centers around them. so, mom didn't have to talk about anything except ask them where they were going at night and reminding them what time they had to be home. >> your husband was fooled, too? >> he knew, obviously, i worked at the cia. and knew i worked on soviet matters. but other than that, he had no idea. and he, also, knew rick. yes. he was very surprised the day he heard that rick ames had been arrested for treason. >> was he surprised when he learned the cia agent that brought him down was his wife? >> he wasn't. he happened to be on a business trip in california. and i told him before he left that morning, please, listen to the news. >> and paul, so much attention on the series "homeland," which is a huge success. but this is the real thing.
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>> it's a real story. it's the most exciting script i've ever read. and it was all the more exciting because it's real. every event that happened over highly dramatic is real. >> you do a great job. sandy, thank you for your work and the book. i can't wait for this to premiere tonight. "the assets," 10:00 eastern, 9:00 central, on abc. participate in a session on redit, at 9:30 eastern. good luck tonight. i'll be watching. back in a moment, right here on "good morni
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we want to give a big thank you to the humane society of new york for bringing these adorable dogs here this morning. they are all available for adoption. >> yes. find good homes. tomorrow on "gma," tom hanks. more incredible transformations. and diane's become on "world news" later tonight. see you tomorrow. stay warm and dry.
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good morning. i'm kristen sze. meteorologist mike nicco has the forecast on another spare-the-air. >> 25 of them so far, 12 exceeding healthy levels. today record highs are possible, 65 in richmond, san rafael, 67 in santa rosa. your accuweather seven-day forecast, low to upper 60s, possible record highs tomorrow and poor air quality. hopefully with the cooler temperatures, cleaner air will come in by next week. sue? a lingering problem on the peninsula 101 near the oregon expressway, accident now cleared off to the side of the road but you may find residual slowdowns there. we still have a minor b.a.r.t. delay as well as the line on muni.
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take a lilt extra time. >> thank you for that. join us for our midday news today at announcer: it's "live with kelly and michael." today, an amaze performance from elton john. and "modern family" star sofia vergara pays us a visit. plus, two more lucky audience members compete in our new year's look back challenge. all next on "live." [captioning made possible by disney-abc domestic television] announcer: now here are kelly ripa and michael strahan. [cheers and applause] ♪ [cheers and applause]


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