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making news in america this morning -- >> not giving up. a glimmer of hope overnight, that a family reunion can still take place between an american and his son in brazil. climate talks. the president has arrived to attempt a global agreement. without it, some leaders say the results would be apocalyptic. and anchors away. remembering a remarkable career at abc news, that ends today, december 18th, 2009. good morning. and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm mike von fremd, in for jeremy hubbard. there's new hope this morning that an american father could bring his son home from brazil by christmas. >> this comes after yesterday's crushing news that today's planned transfer of david
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goldman's 9-year-old son would not be happening. abc news learned overnight that goldman's lawyer will file an appeal today to get yesterday's ruling immediately overturned. although a congressman traveling with goldman puts that chance at 40% to 50%. all of this, taking a toll on goldman, of a dozen trips to brazil. >> i honestly believe that the justice system does not want to be looked at as a country that is a safe haven for kidnappers, that will allow a child to remain separated from their only parent. and try to turn that child against that parent. >> the two have been apart for years now. since the boy's mother took him to brazil and later died. if today's appeal does not go in goldman's favor, he must wait until february for another chance. and abc news has a team of reporters in brazil. we will have an update to this developing story, coming up on "good morning america." negotiators in copenhagen have been working all night, trying to hammer out a final agreement on global warming.
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>> with the clock ticking toward the end of the two-week summit, that is proving to be difficult. this morning, they're hoping the arrival of president obama and other world leaders will help seal the deal. viviana hurtado joins us now from washington with more. good morning, viviana. >> reporter: this promises to be a day of tense negotiations. and many critics are saying for leaders, it's time to stop talking and to lead with actions. president obama arrived in copenhagen on the last day of the u.n. climate conference. he's attempting to break the 192-nation deadlock on how to limit greenhouse emissions and combat climate change. at first, this conference was supposed to produce a legally-binding framework for participating nations. that fell apart. but a more informal agreement to be ratified next year hangs by a thread. the two, major obstacles remain. will china agree to allow international pledges to reduce core ban emissions.
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will wealthier nations keep promises to help developing nations financially? the u.s. pledged to raise $100 billion to held poorer countries for their needs. >> there is a way forward. >> reporter: china matched by offering to open its books on carbon emissions to international review. protesters say the time for action, not words, is now. and while their tactics are condemned by many leaders, others share their message that the stakes are high. >> we face a nightmare of humanity, becoming the species that dies out, just as a parasite does, as it devours its host. >> reporter: and the conference is supposed to end tonight. but many speculate that the negotiations are going to continue until tomorrow, saturday. mike and vinita? >> viviana hurtado in washington for us this morning. also in copenhagen today,
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president obama is expected to meet with russian president medvedev. on the agenda, details of an arms reduction treaty. negotiators on both sides have been trying to hammer out an agreement to replace the treaty that expired earlier this month. but those talks have bogged down. and a deal is not likely by the end of the year. senate democrats are zeroing in on the votes they need to pass health care reform. but after working well past midnight, they were still short one vote. so, for now, they're setting aside health care. and between now and saturday morning, senators need to finish voting on a defense spending bill. then, they'll get back to health care. a first vote is scheduled for 1:00 a.m. monday morning. followed by a final vote on christmas eve. well, the east coast is bracing for its first, major snowstorm of the season. transportation workers were out last night, salting the roads in north carolina, where they could get up to a foot of mountain snow by tomorrow. charlotte and raleigh are expecting about two inches
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before the snowmaker dumps up to a foot of snow in the northeast. and now, for this morning's weather around the nation. by tonight, that eastern snowstorm will span ten states, from tennessee to new york. it brings heavy rain and flooding to the south. to new orleans, atlanta and miami. plus, a chance of tornadoes. lingering rain and mountain know in the northwest. 40s in seattle and portland. 58 in sacramento. and 81 in phoenix. fargo only gets up to 20. minneapolis 26. and kansas city 33. 27 in boston. 30s here in new york. and baltimore, as well. 81 in miami. now, to the end of an era at abc news. tonight, our friend and colleague, charlie gibson, will anchor his last broadcast of "world news." >> after more than three decades on the job, charlie celebrated with hundreds of co-workers, friends and family at the lincoln center. bill ritter was there. >> reporter: on thursday night at new york's lincoln center, his family paid him tribute. his real family, of course.
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and his tv family, as well. because he's lived with them for 34 years. charlie gibson has left an indelible mark with anyone he's ever worked with. on abc as an organization, and on journalism. he is curious and smart, always. but it has been his compassion and his huge heart that have allowed him to be welcomed into the homes of america. in the morning. and in the evening. >> tonight on the brink. >> reporter: covering every, major event. every triumph. every tragedy, since 1975. >> i hope there will never be a story to cover like 9/11. and i think that's obviously something that will just live with me and everybody who covered it forever. >> reporter: at the good-bye party, abc news president, dave weston, talking about what charlie meant to abc and to weston personally. >> charlie has always stepped up. not just for me, but for all the men and women at abc who he cares so deeply. >> reporter: the most moving tributes were from charlie's
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daughters. and what dad wouldn't want his kids to remember him like this? >> listening is a skill. and my father is a master. and as a result, people love to talk to him. >> reporter: charlie, modest throughout, left his friends and family with some advice about news, where it's going an what's most important. >> it is important what we do. that we need to keep doing it. and we need to keep doing it in an objective and fair manner. it has been an honor to work with all of you. truly, an honor. >> reporter: bill ritter, abc news, new york. >> such a wonderful night. we were certainly lucky to get to be there. >> it was wonderful. coming up, how the swine flu is preventing the seasonal flu in much of the country. plus, rising mortgage rates. below 5% could soon be history. and new images from the deep. a major discovery at the bottom of the ocean. ♪ - can you help me? - of course! what do you want? some of these and some of these and some of these...
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it is time, now, for a check of market activity, starting overseas. tokyo's nikkei average fell 21 points today. hong kong's hang seng fell 175. in london, the ftse gained ground in early trading. wall street starts the day with the dow jones industrial average at 10,308, after falling 132 points yesterday. the nasdaq index fell 26 points to close at 2180. mortgage rates below 5% may not be here to stay. for the past two months, rates have been just below the 5% mark. but affording to freddie mac's
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widely-followed mortgage survey, rates are creeping up. and experts say it's because the economy appears to be proving. the recent lower rates have given some homeowners the chance to refinance their mortgages. blackberry users should have full e-mail after a blackout thursday afternoon. it only affected e-mails. the blackberrymaker says it's investigating the cause. but won't say how many customers lost service. the new windows 7 operating system is reportedly giving users a lot less problems than previous versions of windows. "ouz today's" ed baig says windows 7 is so good, that mac users may want to rethink their choice. >> i've preferred macs to windows over the years. but with windows 7, microsoft narrows the advantage. it's a polished, snappy operating system. and it works pretty well. i've been using it now for most of the past year.
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>> and you can read ed's column at usa pepsi says it will not run any commercials in this season's big game. the company was one of the biggest advertisers at the last super bowl. but says its focusing on a new marketing effort that's mostly online. coming up next on this friday, the $500 billion spng bill that gives the military many items it doesn't want. and on a roll. a still flawless record for the indianapolis colts. at the first sign of a cold... ( sneezing ) i didn't take zicam cold remedy... but i did. zicam reduces the duration of a cold. ( sneezing ) no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no... can you do it by 3:00 ? yes, i can. how about 2:00 ? hmm... ( sneezing ) ( moaning ) get over your cold faster.
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minutes to pack what they could and get out. now, a look at the road conditions you can expect for your morning commute. snow and rain on highways from the mid-atlantic to the southeast, such as i-10, 95 and 40. rain and snow could also cause slowdowns in the northwest. >> if you're flying today, expect airport delays in seattle and much of the east coast. washington, d.c., charlotte, orlando, atlanta and miami. the senate is expected to pass a $636 million defense bill tomorrow. lawmakers worked until 1:00 this morning, as they worked to pass the legislation, that includes billions of items that the pentagon doesn't need. here's our senior congressional correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: at about $250 million apiece, the c-17 is a big, expensive airplane. and the pentagon says it has plenty of them. >> the secretary believes we have enough lift, as is. >> reporter: but that doesn't matter to congress, which is about to force the pentagon to buy another ten c-17s. the spending is pushed by
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members from missouri and california, where the plane and its components are built. the defense spending bill is stuffed with projects the pentagon does not want. $500 million for nine f-18s. $465 million for an extra engine for the f-35 fighter jet. the defense bill also includes $4.2 billion for more than 1,700 earmarks, those special projects inserted by powerful members of congress. $20 million for the expansion of a world war ii museum in new orleans, thanks to louisiana senators, landrieu and vitter. $5 million for the presidio heritage center in san francisco, courtesy of nancy pelosi. and $18.9 million for the edward m. kennedy institute for the u.s. senate, inserted by kennedy, kirk, inouye and markey. the president intends to sign the bill -- >> i have to deal with 535 members of congress, of both
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parties, who may, in the abstract, say we hate government waste and government spending. but when it comes to that project in their district, they think it's absolutely vital. >> reporter: defense analysts say one problem with all these extra projects is that the money, at least some of it, comes by squeezing other programs that the pentagon does need. including operations and maintenance budgets. jonathan karl, abc news, capitol hill. a florida man is free again, after 35 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. dna evidence has now shown that james bain did not kidnap and rape a 9-year-old boy in 1974. bain was just 19 years old when he was convicted on charges of kidnapping, burglary and rape. james bain was serving a life sentence. his mother says his exoneration is hard to believe. well, there appears to be a silver lining with this season's outbreak of swine flu. it may mean a mild year for the
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seasonal flu. medical experts say the h1n1 strain may have crowded out the seasonal bug. the federal health officials warn flu season is far from over. and all of this could change. they're calling on everyone to get vaccinated, especially now that the h1n1 vaccine is becoming easier to find. north carolina police say homicide detectives are now investigating the death of cincinnati bengals receiver chris henry. the five-year nfl veteran died under bizarre circumstances. police say henry fell out of the back of a moving pickup truck, during a domestic dispute with his fiancee. henry's bengals teammates are devastated by the death. >> you know, chris was -- especially when you're on the right path. i mean, he's going to be missed. the grieving bengals players say they'll dedicate the rest of the season to chris henry. emotions of a different kind
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elsewhere in the nfl, as the colts battle the jaguars last night to remain undefeated. here is mike yam at espn news. >> good morning. we start in the nfl, where the indianapolis colts, looking to stay perfect. 14-0, is the goal. taking on maurice jones-drew own the jaguars. they can clinch a playoff berth. a moment of silence. >> having a couple of problems with espn news. we'll move right along. most volcanos occur underwater. but we never got to see one happen there until now. >> scientists say these are the first images showing the eruption of a deep-sea volcano. the video was taken in the pacific ocean near samoa, 4,000 feet down below the surface. the fiery bubbles of molten lava freeze almost instantly in the cold water. they turn into rocks and sink to the sea floor. >> incredible images.
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they took a robot and submerged it. they've been waiting for these images for something like 25 years. >> a new frontier. it's incredible what's going on down there. >> it certainly is. coming up next, we'll take a look at the stories we'll be following today, including world leaders, coming together to reach an agreement on climate change. and a historic bill to be signed today in the nation's and a historic bill to be signed today in the nation's capital. orth carolina, ...and i smoked for 29 years. the one thing about smoking - is it dominates your life, and it dominated mine. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. it was very interesting that you could smoke on the first week. (announcer) chantix is a non-nicotine pill. in studies, 44% of chantix users were quit during weeks 9 to 12 of treatment, compared to 18% on sugar pill. it is proven to reduce the urge to smoke. i did have an unopen pack of cigarettes in my purse
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supreme court today in an attempt to overturn a ruling yesterday, that would keep the boy in brazil until at least february. today, washington, d.c.'s mayor, adrian fenty, will sign the city's gay marriage bill. it will then go to congress for review. the east coast is preparing for its first major snowstorm of the season. it's expected to hit today and tomorrow, from new york to tennessee, dumping up to a foot of snow in some areas. hard to believe it is already here. but "world news" anchor, charlie gibson, just hours away from his final broadcast. he said his farewells at a good-bye party last night, nearly 35 years after he first came to the network. and as you can see there, almost all of our correspondents were there. so many people just wanting to pay tribute to such a legend. >> such a lucky time for me to be in new york to watch that. i was touched by the introduction his daughters gave. you can tell he's just a fantastic father. and i was also touched by his kind of admonition that
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journalism is a sacred thing to bring. >> and a reminder all journalists need. one story to tell you about. a huge chunk of ancient egyptian history is on dry land for the first time since the 4th century. >> archaeologists in the city of alexandria, lifted a nine-ton gron nit pillar from the sea yesterday. it's from the god of fertility and magic. and it once stood next to cleopatra's palace. >> part of cleopatra's tomb will be hoisted from the water next year. both artifacts will be displayed in a planned underwater museum. coming up later on "good morning america," "avatar" arrives. >> the epic opens in theaters today. but are all of those special effects having a negative effect? why some say the movie is making them sick. that is coming up on "good morning america." for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, "america
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we have a winter storm warning now. it covers almost the entire state of maryland. our friends in pa have just a winter storm watch. officially this is what's going open. heavy snow saturday night into sunday morning. we'll give you a broad range because there's going to be near blizzard conditions tomorrow night. strong winds over 35 miles per hour for three hours and 1 inch of snow. delaware, ocean city, we could be dealing with winds over 60 miles per hour. we have the whole gamut here. when i try to hold back on that yesterday, it looks like now it will be ranking up there probably in the top 20 storms of all times. 22 right now


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