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>> chris: this is the 21st year he has taken on his christmas wreath project at arlington and other veteran cemeteries in all. this year they reached a milestone. they have now placed one million wreaths to honor men and women who defended our nation. that is it for today. merry christmas to all of you and we'll see you next fox news sunday. >> fox weather alert now. right now we're watching a powerful storm system out west that's moving east and could
eventually complicate holiday travel for millions of americans. i'm harris falkner. for the next 48 hours, rather, highly active weather patterns will bring fresh snow to some regions. heavy rain to others and even the threat of twisters for some states. we're watching all of it. meteorologist maria molina is live in the fox extreme weather center now to tell us what each region of the country will face. >> that's right, we're tracking two storm systems, one is out west and another one is across portions of the the southeast and eventually, it will move northward. the one across the southeast not really that much of a powerful storm system. right now producing light showers and areas of light rain across areas of tennessee, western parts of the carolinas, northern portions of the florida. again, the storm is headed northbound so the areas in the northeast have temperatures and cold enough to see the precipitation come in the form of snow, and a nice light coating two to three inches is forecast for tomorrow. good news for interior portions of the northeast, but
as we head westbound, this storm system has been producing heavy snows across the sierras and the the cascades in the state of washington and oregon, feet of snow dumped on out here, good news for skiers, but not for those travelling out here. and the good news for the west coast, we'll start to see the system eastbound and you guys will clear out and parts of the rockies, and you can see stuff across parts of western colorado, utah, the state of new mexico and arizona and then as we head into later in the day, christmas eve and christmas day, the storm is going to ramp up. moving through portions of the central plains and produced about six inches of snow in some place that is typically don't see a white christmas and across parts of the texas panhandle, oklahoma, arkansas, missouri and a winter storm watch that has been issued across the state of oklahoma and you're likely going to continue to see these issued out as that system is headed
your way and again, significant snow accumulation with up to six inches forecast for some of you. but, unfortunately on the southern end of the system where temperatures are too warm to see snow, we do have some severe weather possible tomorrow. large hail, damaging wind gusts and even tornados will be possible in eastern texas and also parts of louisiana and as we head basically into christmas eve and christmas day, the storm will head eastbound and impact portions of the east coast. >> saw the blue on the map, that's tough for travelers, too, that's the wintery mix that can slow things down. maria will come back as the news warrants. thank you very much. triple-a reporting more than 93 million of you are expected to be on the move over christmas. and nearly nine out of the ten people will be on the road driving and the airport is also packed. as you know, there was a blast of winter weather last week that caused some flight delays
and cancellations and with the threat of new storms as maria just showed us on the way, travel on the ground or in the the air could cost you precious time and maybe even some cash if you get on an extra long layover. david lee miller we start there tonight. that airport saw some the greatest delays in the country. >> that's right, harris, what a difference a few days can make. this was positively an uneventful day, at least when it comes to travel, and that's the way many people like it. let's keep in mind this holiday season more than 5 1/2 million people are going to travel and for today at least, things did go smoothly. take a look over my shoulder. off in the distance, laguardia airport, the security check points only a handful of people in line. two days before christmas. it can be brutal, but today, very few delays and cancellations, not just here at laguardia, but system-wide as well. as for the passengers, they say they were prepared for the worst, but hoping for the the best. listen.
>> i just got here, so far so good, checking in my bag and now going, the big luggage, and just carry on, seems like it's going to be-- overhead compartment. >> af gyou've got a lot of thin here. >> gifts and everybody wants something from new york and gifts and goodies and bringing half of new york back with me. >> and packed food just in case and my husband is busy checking the bags and going through dallas, three hours there, we're fot goi are not got to cabo a 12 hour day for us. >> and a word of caution, the weather could change and may see intense storms in the midwest and unfortunately we know that may be a make it a great deal more difficult to get home after that holiday dinner, harris. >> harris: a lot of people
coming back to their jobs. if you get delayed coming back in the other direction. let's take a look now if you would, david lee, about the roads this year. >> that's right, when we talk about the roads there's one crucial xocomponent is the cast of gas. it's down roughly 50 cents from september, nevertheless, it's a high for the year and triple-a though does say that the price of gasoline is not expected to make a significant impact on the number of travelers we see on the road. triple-a is now estimating there will be 84 million people on the roads, that is the most popular form of travel this holiday season, and one other thing to keep m mind, harris, as we look at these statistics, the experts are now saying that they expect this holiday season in total is going to be the busiest, at least in the the last six years, so plan ahead. harris? >> david lee miller, thank you very much. lawmakers speaking out on this
sunday about the looming fiscal cliff, at this moment the negotiations appear to be at a stand still, but we keep players in this on christmas break of course. and serious questions on whether compromise can be reached at all. as you probably know now, no deal would make a crippling amount of tax hikes and spending that could send us back into recession, you've heard that over and over. steve, at this point what are the chances that a grand bargain can still be struck? >> well, harris, it's possible, but getting less likely because it just really isn't a lot of time left. house speaker john boehner will be back next year and for now, he's thrown the ball into the democrats court and some republicans are saying the president isn't really trying to avoid that fiscal cliff. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all of this additional tax revenue for new programs
and gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame the republicans for it. >> and independent senator lieberman saying it's likely that it will pass with no action, harris. >> harris: how soon can we expect negotiations to get back underway. >> not until after christmas. and wednesday, most likely on thursday. president obama on vacation in hawaii until after christmas has insisted taxes on the wealthy be increased aen one of his democratic allies said today that position should come as no surprise to anyone. >> on taxes, i know it's hard for the republicans, but the president ran on that platform, 250, no tax increases people below, but taxes for people above. he won 60% of the voters said they were for it in the exit polls, including some republicans. >> and of course, if nothing is done by year's end, taxes will go up for everyone, harris. >> harris: steve centanni, thank you very much. new information tonight on the
condition of president george h.w. bush. as you may know he's been hospitalized just before thanksgiving with a lingering cough from a bout with bronchitis. and doctors say that president bush is recovering, but he must build up his strength where he can go home. he's 88 years old and undergoing physical therapy to do just that, to build up his energy. however, right now, doctors are not sure if he'll be able to go home for christmas. >> right now, a new warning, north korea can deliver the world's most destructive weapon farther than ever imagined, all the way, we're being told to the u.s. main land. what you're watching here 11 days ago was a test for north korea. but south korea now asking, what if the next one is not actually a test? where would it land? and did you know that, there's been a change to america's deportation policy and it's not without controversy. what it could mean for the
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>> a new warning tonight about north korea's missile program. south korean defense officials saying the north's new missiles can now reach the u.s. mainlands, comes from evidence they recovered after the banned missile test that happened earlier this month. but they say they're still not sure if north korea has mastered reentry technology which would be necessary for any inter-continental ballistic missile to hit an actual target. south korean officials also say they've found evidence the launch was meant to test missile technology, not for peaceful space purposes as the north has claimed. president obama and the first family tonight on vacation in hawaii, he and the first lady attended a memorial service for the late senator daniel
aa a inouye he died this past monday at age 88. and didn't the president have a personal connection to the senator? >> good evening, harris, he did. they're both from hawaii, different generations, but the president remembers that as a child, he looked up to senator inouye, on the watergate committee and doing public service more than 50 years in the senate, but we should remember longer than that the public service to the nation started on the battlefield, world war ii and lost his arm in battle. bottom line, he was wounded just one hill away in italy from where former senator bob dole was also wounded and senate majority leader harry reid was here hawaii today
eulogizing senator inouye, talking about how emotional he got as he saw the senator's casket in the rotunda. >> he wasn't satisfied just to be there, he wanted up on that platform so he could reach his friend of 60 years, dan inouye. he got up there, with a little struggle, but he got up there and soldier to soldier, with his left hand, he saluted his soldier friend of 60 years. >> reporter: now, i want to make clear that senator inouye, i said he was award theed medal of honor. he earned it, he's a recipient. not something he won in a contest. and they heard me say that or told i said that. i want to clarify that senator
inouye, all three of men received the honor, great, great honor, harris. >> harris: you've cleared it up for us, ed henry. now we'll see the flip side of this and talk about what's going on here in the mainland. the president is on vacation obviously, but is he doing other work that might bring him back to bring us back from the fiscal cliff? might we see him before the new year? >> oh, i think it's almost a guarantee at this point. he'll be working the phones here in hawaii and he saw senator reed today at the memorial service, but told by white house aides it's likely the president will interrupt this vacation shortly after christmas and get back to congress washington on the 27th of december. because with this looming deadline at the end of the year unlikely to stay here in hawaii and in the meantime, trying to get in family time and a little golf and is now on a hike with the first family. but there's the big budget
crisis. >> harris: hopefully with down time you get to hike diamondhead, it's great. >> good to see you. >> harris: a developing story last night on fox report. that marine held behind bars in mexico for months now back on u.s. soil. you know that, he's been in a car driving home to florida from coming across the border in texas. with his dad. he's not home yet and now a health scare prompting a detour on that road home. he's hospitalized tonight, what we're learning about john hammar's condition. also, another american goes free after a nightmarish ordeal. this missionary kidnapped while doing god's work. tonight, the family that thought they'd never see her again tells their story. stay close. ♪ begin.
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>> we have been following john hammar's story and he is the 27-year-old marine combat veteran back on u.s. soil, finally, this weekend. after months in a mexican prison. in august, hammar was thrown in a cell when a place run by thugs. and he was arrested after having an antique gun belonging to his grandfather. and lawmakers here working for his freedom. late friday night, as you know, we've been reporting on fox news, he was released from jail with a police escort and reunited with his dad across the border in texas. the two driving together to miami hoping to be home in time for christmas and hammar suffers from post traumatic
stress disorder ap his mother olivia told us he's been fighting some kind of a stomach bug, but today his mom said he had to go to the emergency room at a hospital in louisiana along the way. all we know right now is that they are awaiting test results to see exactly what the problem is. we'll bring you the very latest developments as we learn more. the family of an american missionary kidnapped in guatemala is counting its blessings tonight. 22-year-old sarah trevino of arizona is safe. she was serving a mission for the church of jesus christ, latter day saints in guatemala city. she was held captive and her kidnappers demanding ransom and the fbi and local police rescuing her and her family's grief now turning to joy. >> really didn't know what to do. my dad was crying and my mom was crying and i wasn't--
>> it was just like, wow, she's alive and it took her perspective. >> sarah was reportedly kept in a house blind folded with her hands tied and she says she went harmed and that she tried to teach her captors religious lessons and she's planning to stay in guatemala for the remained of her mission, wraps up in may. growing controversy over big changes to immigration and customs importation and customs policy. the agency saying they've no longer deport those with criminal histories even if they've been stopped for small crimes and traffic violations. dominic, the changes on the friday before the christmas holiday. >> oh, yeah, and trying to sort of sneak it under the news radar, really, harris, but immigration enforcement now being told not to case after just any unlawful immigrant and these are serious criminal charges, of
violence against them and anti-immigration lesson is pretty far, harris, and they're saying there are worse american immigration problems. >> everybody agrees that serious felons need to be removed from the country, but the message being sent is that if you don't commit a serious felly all you do is break our immigration laws there are going to be shabsolutely no consequences aen drain our tax dollars and no enforcement. >> reporter: record number of deportationin deportationings, 410,000 in all and over half committed felonies or misdemeanor, suggesting they're the priority. >> harris: dominic, kind of bottom line it for us. what do the changes tell us about the obama administration immigration polyat this point? >> if you listen to the immigration hawks, they say it's further evidence that the
president isn't serious about immigration. in his defense, the president publicly said that immigration law is broke and and while pro immigration activists welcome the change, claiming current legislation is too aggressive. the american civil liberties union today says that reforms still don't go far enough. and a statement from them reading this, the reforms do nothing to address this most basic constitutional problem that has led to the needless unlawful detention of both u.s. citizens aen noncitizens alike, and whether you agree with the new policy or not, harris, the white house needs to do an awful lot more work to get immigration right. >> harris: all right, they gave it to us the friday before christmas, but still makes the news. we'll talk about it more about this, thank you. a robbery caught on tape, but the target is by no means
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>> i'm harris falkner, this is the fox report. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. the national rifle association doubling down on its opposition to any new gun laws in the wake of the newtown, connecticut massacre and the organization taking to the sunday talk shows, other options it will do more to address the gun violence program. peter doocy with the story tonight from washington. peter? >> harris, putting police and armed security in schools is
the one thing that will keep people safe, according to national rifle association ceo wayne laperriere who argued today you cannot legislate morality, he says legislation only works on the sane and doesn't stop criminals. and a former congresswoman hutchinson is leading that armed guards would be similar the way that government protects air travelers from terrorists. >> there was an intense it debate that on airplanes, guns have no place and yet, we have a federal air marshal program that i hoped to oversee in which is provided a deterrent. it's increased the safety of the airlines and it's not like it's an armed camp when you go on the airlines. >> virginia democratic senator mark warner has an a-rating from the n.r.a. and made year today he disagrees with their idea and thinks that multiple steps must be taken to avoid
mass murder. >> if my memory is correct, there actually was an armed individual at columbine years ago and didn't prevent that tragedy. so i think we need a comprehensive approach, i think it looks at mental health. i think it looks the at protecting our schools and i also think it looks at these high volume magazines, you know, and can fire off so many rounds. >> the n.r.a. ceo said this morning, banning those high capacity magazines won't make any difference when it comes to making people safer, harris. >> harris: peter, thank you. now to the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, and the community mourning the deaths of 20 children and six adults murdered at sandy hook elementary school. today at religious services church leaders received sustaining ovations from parishioners helping cope with the grief. monsignor robert weiss who leads the parish in newtown says, quote, this has been the worst week of my life, but he
also thanked the community for giving him strength to get through a week filled with funerals. the monsignor went on to say hearts will be broken again on christmas morning when that one special person isn't there. but he urged the people of newtown to celebrate christmas in its truest sense praying for hope, healing and peace. meantime, we're learning and hearing more from the family of one of the youngest shooting victims there, six-year-old ben wheeler was one ever the 20 children who died at sandy hook elementary. ben's father david has written a letter and we want to share some of it, reads in part, quote, so many people have told us they can't imagine or comprehend what we've been through or where we are. david goes on to write, what do we want? for you to hug each other and your children deeply, often, and to pause, take a breath, allow the warmth of the season into your homes and hearts and know that it will be all right. we will be all right.
end quote. ben wheeler was born in queens, new york and moved to newtown with his family a couple of years ago, the family says ben was a bright and spirited little boy who loved his teacher. newtown, connecticut was not the only american town victimized this month by a rampage. on december 11th, 15-year-old christina was walking through a mall in clackamas, oregon when she was shot in the chest. christina survived, two other victims did not. now, christina is home for the holidays and talking about her near death experience. kaitlin, with fox affiliate kptv in portland has the hero. >> it's family. >> surrounded by the arms of her family and on the mend from surviving the unthinkable, christina relives the moment she came face-to-face with a killer. >> i only saw him for an instant, only to see that he was wearing black, a mask and
carrying a gun. i didn't even realize that it was a real gun. i thought it was maybe a prank. >> reporter: it wasn't until the first shots rang out that christina realized not only was this gun real, but jacob roberts was headed in her direction. as bullets whizzed past her, she hid behind a pillar and h her best friend. she looked down and realized she had been shot. >> i felt a huge amount of pressure and pain and you can't describe what it feels like. >> christina was rushed to the hospital where doctors removed bullet fragments from her collapsed lung and bruised liver. her father says it's nothing short of a miracle that she's even here. >> and her presence for us for christmas, she is alive. otherwise, i'm not sure what it's going to be. >> the courageous teen who's endured so much struggles with many questions about that day,
including why two other innocent people died. >> it is hard to think that why should they have to be the ones that weren't able to-- they were just passing by, like regular, all other people. it shouldn't be that they have to be the ones that didn't get away. >> reporter: but when asked about the man who shot her, she harbors no hate. instead, hoping to remind others, just how precious life is. >> he might have had a hard life, i don't know what his life was like for -- or her reasons for doing what he did. so, i blame him. it only shows how prepared we have to be and how we have to cherish every moment because you never know when it can be the last. >> harris: wow, can you believe she's only 15? our thanks to kaitlin of fox affiliate kttv.
a cruiseship docked in texas at this hour after more than 100 people on board got sick. the crown princess pulling into port in galveston after passengers and crew members came down with what's called the norovirus. it usually leaves its victims miserable with stomach flu-like symptoms. and some passenger credit the crew for containing the outbreak. >> we had the norovirus and they come fined us to our rooms for three days. >> it was terrible. i thought i was dying. >> they were very good at taking care of us and took care of all of our needs. >> the ship run by princess cruises left venice italy december 2nd for a 20 day cruise. a family trapped inside a burning home, the first stop on our trip across america. south dakota, firefighters say the home was already engulfed by the time they arrived at the scene just after eight
o'clock this morning. sioux falls say that three children did not make it out alive found in one room on the second floor of the home. two adults managed to escape and are hospitalized. no word what started the fire. >> florida, suburban orlando, a business robbed of $30,000 broad daylight outside of his store and the whole thing caught on tape. it takes the suspect only six seconds to get out of the van and fires a single shot into the area eventually getting away with a backpack loaded with cash. and police found the get away vehicle, abandoned a mile away. this guy targeting packages left on people's doors in suburban seattle. one theft captured by home surveillance camera. the home owner stunned. >> i can't believe people these days, i mean, that could be somebody's medication for
all they know. >> experts say you should request all the deliveries require a signature, the valuables are not left out in the open. >> colorado, in denver, welcome home military officers holiday style. >> and love to do it every year. >> shocked, a little overwhelmed, but it's a good feeling. >> most of these brave men and women will only be home for a few days, but they say that's okay. >> a little overwhelming. to get home and get back to my family. >> and merry christmas. >> that's a fox watch across america. >> nature's fury on display, and a towering volcano, spewing rock and ash into the sky and watching it cautiously. >> black friday usually the biggest holiday shopping day of the year. it got off to a strong season, but now will retailers have a merry christmas? what we're learning about the holiday shopping season as
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>> the syrian government taking aim at citizens on the ground. the air strike targeted a bakery, and witnesses say dozens of people were killed. women, children among them. many were lining up for bread at the time of the attack. such a toll confirms it's one of the deadliest strikes in the civil war. more than 40,000 people have been killed since the uprising against the government began in 2011. and word tonight rebels captured a military base in
northern syria and reportedly seized weapons they hope will repel further attacks by government forces, like what they saw today. a dangerous situation for people on the border of chile and argentina, a red alert because their towns border a volcano and it started spewing ash and gas yesterday. seismic activity throughout the region and so far officials are not ordering evacuations, but they're watching for possible mud flows at this point. another volcano in southern chile erupted last year you might recall, causing many to evacuate and cancellation of 400 flights. and our top story as we go around the world in 80 seconds. afghanistan, that fire raging through a fabric market in kabul. burning hundreds of shops and causing several hundred million dollars worth of
damage and one shop keeper saying he thinks an electrical problem sparked it. greece, thousands of people turning out in athens to donate food, clothing and toys to families in need. and nations called, i care, i share, and local stations struggling to meet basic needs. the unemployment in greece right now. 26%. israel, christmas coming early to jerusalem. >> merry christmas and happiness and peace. happy holidays! >> santa claus walking through the old city, calling on commission residents to pick up free christmas trees. tens of thousands of pilgrims visit jerusalem every year and during the holiday season it's second in tourism to the west bank city of bethlehem where jesus was born. peru, dogs dressing up, putting on the dog. and posing for a picture with
st. nick. and in lima, offering a new line of festive outfits for the four-legged friends and chihuahuas in custom gear all to make the holiday extra special and that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 seconds. >> well, i guess you could say it's christmas eve eve and thousands of shoppers are packing the stores in search of the last minute bargains or better just pay the prices and get the gift you need. come on. with the lingering worries tonight after weak economy and the looming fiscal cliff, many consumers are left saying bah humbug. here is brenda buttner, senior business correspondent and anchor of bulls and bears. >> harris, they are filling up the stores, but not emptying out their wallets. after a strong black friday, this holiday shopping season may not have a strong finish. consumer confidence is at a five month low and shopper track, cut its forecast for holiday spending down to 2.5% increase rf the expectations of 3.3% rise. what does it mean?
remember, the holiday season is huge for retailers. it can make up about a third of annual sales and half of profit for many chains, this final stretch is especially key as many buyers wait to get the deepest discounts. retailers are cutting. big discounts hit this final shopping weekend. better late than never perhaps for those looking for deals, but profits could suffer. almost anytime you save 50% off, retailers may be losing money. looking for a grinch in all this? d.c. gets the blame. the increasing chance we may fall off the fiscal cliff has americans worried. one in five surveyed by reuters says that's the reason they're spending less. in another survey, one in four shoppers said spontaneously that higher taxes mean smaller holiday budgets. harris, a ho-hum christmas, meaning tough times for the economy and we still have one more shopping day for christmas. the retail industry, indeed the economy may depend whether
people and damaged some 90 homes. we learned last week, that three people are facing murder charges for all of that. and this weekend, survivors came together and placed thousands of candles around the block where their homes once stood. >> i think with all the hassles going down and kept being darker and what can we do? and racking my brain, the luminary and i can stand here and smile. >> they had to demolish some 33 of the damaged homes and prosecutors say the explosion was deliberately sparked by a home owner who was trying to collect insurance money. police arrested her and two alleged accomplices. their job is protect and ser he of, but now ordinary citizens are being hired to replace police officers. taking on certain roles tip chi held by sworn in officers of the law. it's happening in departments across the country, including in denver. alicia acuna has more.
>> we've approximately 45 positions that sworn police officers are doing that civilians could do. >> the denver police department are joining several others hiring civilians for jobs traditionally held by sworn police officers, including crime scene analysis, evidence gathering and lab work. >> part of it is our responsibility to be stewards of taxpayers' dollars and maximize the use of our police officers. >> departments with tight budgets can save a lot of money. if you have a detective who, let's theoretically is making 90,000 and you can hire two people to fill that position. >> but can civilians, even as highly trained match the experience of a seasoned detective. >> it will depend on the training and some of it's done through college educational programs and there's a lot available. >> mary dodge directs the masters of criminal justice program at cu denver. she says highly trained civilians can bring a lot to the table.
>> they can go into a department and offer a great deal that a police officer may have no training in that area. >> she says the key to making it work is combining the years of experience, detectives have, with the skills, trained civilians bring. >> they may have the whole picture. if you have police officers, sworn officers fill in the the crime lab, they can put the puzzle together. >> for chief white, hiring civilians for position that is don't require a gun and badge makes sense. >> tens of thousands of hours being saved that will actually give police officers an opportunity to be out in those communities and really focusing on crimes. >> hiring the the first 45 civilians will be just the beginning. he envisions hiring another 40 to 50 in the coming years. >> in denver, alicia acuna, fox news. >> harris: okay, so it's 40 below outside and you havlittle what are you going to do? grab a bucket and make your
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