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CBN NewsWatch: January 1, 2015

CBN NewsWatch: January 1, 2015: Massive celebrations around the world welcome 2015; Pastor prays with families of doomed AirAsia flight; Florida judge clears gay marriage to start on Jan. 6; and more. Read Transcript


WELCOME TO THIS EDITION

"OF ""NEWSWATCH."""

I'M LORI JOHNSON.

Efrem: AND I'M EFREM

GRAHAM.

FRIGID TEMPERATURES DID

NOT FREEZE OUT NEW YEAR'S

CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

MILLIONS TOOK TO THE

STREETS IN MULTIPLE CITIES TO

CELEBRATE THE END OF

"2014, A YEAR THAT ENDED IN"

"TRAGEDY IN CHINA, WHERE"

DOZENS WERE KILLED IN A

STAMPEDE BEFORE THE STROKE

OF MIDNIGHT.

FROM SEVEN TONS OF

FIREWORKS ILLUMINATING THE

"SKY OVER SYDNEY HARBOR, TO"

STRIKING THE BELL 108

"TIMES IN SOUTH KOREA, TO"

THE CLASSIC CRYSTAL BALL

DROPPING BEFORE MORE THAN

A MILLION PEOPLE IN NEW

"YORK'S TIMES SQUARE, ONE"

"AFTER THE OTHER, ICONIC"

CITIES AROUND THE GLOBE

WELCOMED 2015 WITH

CELEBRATION.

" WE PAUSE, WE THINK"

ABOUT THE THINGS IN LIFE

"THAT ARE GOOD, THE PEOPLE"

"WE LOVE, THE BRIGHT LIGHTS"

IN OUR LIFE.

"AND WE SAY, MAYBE NEXT"

YEAR WE'LL DO A LITTLE

BETTER.

Efrem: NEW YORK

CITY'S FINEST WERE ALSO ON

HIGH ALERT TO KEEP THE

PEACE.

IT WAS ALSO A ROUGH END TO

SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

WEATHER-WISE.

"IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,"

DEADLY WINDS AND CHOPPY

WATER TOSSED BOATS ON TO

CATALINA ISLAND.

"IN THE MOUNTAINS, DRIVERS"

WERE CAUGHT OFF-GUARD BY

ICY CONDITIONS.

"SOME SLID OFF THE ROADS,"

WHILE OTHERS WERE TRAPPED

IN THEIR CARS.

WE'RE KIND OF STUCK.

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THE

"TRUCK HERE, PARKED."

Efrem: AND BEYOND THE

"BAD WEATHER IN THE STATES,"

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS

DID BRING TRAGEDY IN

ANOTHER PART OF THE WORLD.

AS THE MASSIVE CROWD

GATHERED IN DOWNTOWN

SHANGHAI TO WATCH

"FIREWORKS, A STAMPEDE"

ERUPTED.

"IN THE CHAOS, 35 PEOPLE"

WERE KILLED AND MORE THAN

40 WERE INJURED.

AND THIS FIRST DAY OF THE

YEAR WILL BRING MORE COLD

TO THE CALIFORNIA

MOUNTAINS WITH

TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO

THE 30s.

FORECASTERS SAY THIS COULD

POSSIBLY MEAN THE COLDEST

WEATHER FOR THE ROSE

PARADE SINCE 1952.

Lori: THE SEARCH FOR

VICTIMS IN THE WRECKAGE

FROM ASIA AIR LIGHT IS

TURNING INTO A RACE

AGAINST TIME.

SEARCH CREWS BEGAN FINDING

WRECKAGE AND CORPSES IN

THE SEA.

BUT BAD WEATHER AND HEAVY

RAIN ARE DERAILING EFFORTS

TO FIND THE BLACK BOXES.

SO FAR ONLY SEVEN BODIES

HAVE BEEN RECOVERED OF THE

162 PEOPLE WHO WERE ABOARD

THE PLANE.

"MEANWHILE, ABOUT 100"

RELATIVES HAVE REMAINED AT

THE SERABIA AIRPORT IN

"INDONESIA, WHERE THE"

PASTOR OF A LOCAL CHURCH

PRAYED WITH THEM ON NEW

YEAR'S EVE.

THE REVEREND SAYS ABOUT 40

MEMBERS OF HIS CHURCH WERE

ABOARD FLIGHT 8501.

NEARLY ALL OF THE

PASSENGERS ON THE PLANE

WHERE INDONESIAN AND MANY

WERE CHRISTIANS OF CHINESE

DESCENT.

Efrem: THE MILITARY

JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BACK IN

THE SPOTLIGHT AFTER A NEW

STUDY SAYS REPORTS OF

RAPES AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS

ARE ON THE RISE.

SOME LAWMAKERS THINK THE

PROSECUTION OF SEXUAL

ASSAULT CASES SHOULD BE

TAKEN AWAY FROM THE

MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND.

BUT THOSE WHO WANT THE

MILITARY TO KEEP

JURISDICTION SAY THE

REPORT SUGGESTS VICTIMS

ARE MORE WILLING TO COME

FORWARD.

CAITLIN BURKE HAS THIS

STORY.

Reporter: RAPES AND

SEXUAL ASSAULTS REPORTED

BY MILITARY SERVICE

MEMBERS INCREASED BY 8% IN

2014

RENEWING A NATIONAL DEBATE

OVER HOW THE MILITARY

HANDLED THESE CASES.

I THINK THE MILITARY IS

DOING A MUCH BETTER JOB OF

MAKING IT A HOSPITABLE

ENVIRONMENT FOR SOMEBODY

"TO COME IN AND SAY, HEY,"

I'VE BEEN VICTIMIZED BY

SOMEBODY.

WE ARE HERE TO SAY THAT

THE MILITARY HAS NOT BEEN

ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THEY

HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.

Reporter: PENTAGON

OFFICIALS SAY THE MILITARY

HAS MADE REAL PROGRESS.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF

VICTIMS SAYING THEY FACED

UNWANTED SEXUAL CONTACT

"FELL FROM 26,000 IN 2012"

"TO 19,000 IN 2014."

BUT THERE IS A CONCERN

THAT 62% OF FEMALE VICTIMS

SAY THEY FACE

REPERCUSSIONS FOR

REPORTING THE ASSAULTS.

THIS ISN'T GOING AWAY.

WE ARE NEVER GOING TO STOP

FIGHTING FOR THE MEN AND

WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE

MILITARY.

Reporter: THIS

SENATOR HAS BEEN PUSHING

FOR REFORM OF THE MILITARY

JUSTICE SYSTEM AND FOR

TRANSFERRING THE AUTHORITY

TO PROSECUTE SEXUAL

ASSAULTS OUT OF THE

MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND.

BUT OPPONENTS OF HERS SAY

THAT WOULDN'T BE THE

CHANGES THEY'RE LOOKING

FOR.

THIS MAN SAYS MANY OF THE

MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT

CASES THAT HE SEES AREN'T

WHAT THE PUBLIC MAY

EXPECT.

" IT IS NOT ONE OF THOSE,"

"YOU KNOW, JUMP OUT OF THE"

"BUSHES, STRANGER-RAPE"

SCENARIOS.

IT IS SOMETHING WHERE IT

IS VERY MUCH HE SAID/SHE

SAID.

AND THERE ARE BAD

DECISIONS MADE MAYBE ON

BOTH SIDES.

THERE IS A TON OF ALCOHOL.

YOU DON'T SEE THOSE CASES

PROSECUTED VERY OFTEN IN

CIVILIAN COURT AT ALL.

Reporter: THE 2014

CENSUS AUTHORIZATION

INCLUDED ADDITIONAL

ATTEMPTS TO ADDRESS SEXUAL

ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY.

AND THE SENATOR PLANS TO

CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR

TOUGHER GUIDELINES WHEN IT

COMES TO TRYING THESE

CASES.

"CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS."

TWO FIREMEN IN RHODE

ISLAND SAY THEIR

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WERE

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