ABC News’ Britt Clennett reports with the latest developments from the war in Ukraine.
ABC News’ Britt Clennett reports with the latest developments from the war in Ukraine.
Former President Donald Trump "knew exactly what was going on with his top executives," a prosecutor claimed Thursday during closing statements in the criminal tax fraud trial of Trump's namesake real estate company. Two entities of the Trump Organization -- the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation -- are on trial for paying the personal expenses of some executives without reporting them as income and for compensating them as independent contractors instead of full-time employees. Prosecutor Josh Steinglass' assertion about the former president prompted defense attorney Alan Futerfas to raise a concern outside the jury's presence, saying jurors had been told from the outset that the criminal trial did not involve Trump personally.
The singer announced this week that he's extending his "Garth Brooks/Plus ONE" Vegas residency due to massive fan demand for the 27-date 2023 residency that he initially put on the books. Brooks previously shared that his 2023 shows sold out in the first day of presale and hinted that he was working on a way to expand his Vegas stay. The answer to that question, it seems, is to stay in Vegas through 2024.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it will review the legality of President Joe Biden's federal student loan debt relief plan in expedited oral arguments scheduled for February. The program, which would grant up to $20,000 in federal debt relief to student borrowers who make under a certain income, has been blocked by lower courts since November though the administration had planned to start rolling out cancellations by the end of this month after first announcing the plan in August. The White House appealed the lower court decisions and asked the Supreme Court to vacate the injunctions that are stopping loan forgiveness from being disbursed.
An arrest warrant has been issued in Florida for former NFL star Antonio Brown in connection with a domestic violence incident earlier this week. Brown, who is not yet in custody, allegedly got into a verbal argument with a woman and threw a shoe at her on Nov. 28, according to the Tampa Police Department. The troubled former wide receiver also "attempted to evict" the woman and then locked her outside of the South Tampa home, Tampa police said.
The Senate on Thursday voted to avert a looming strike of the nation's railway workers by forcing a labor agreement. A bipartisan majority of senators approved a House bill that will codify a tentative agreement between the rail companies and rail unions, which was brokered in September and subsequently rejected by some of the workers. The Senate separately voted down two additional provisions to address the labor dispute: whether to institute a 60-day extension of the cooling-off period between both sides and whether to grant workers seven days of paid sick leave.
The "Transformers" franchise is literally roaring back to life with the new teaser trailer for the upcoming film "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts." The movie, which stars "In The Heights" lead Anthony Ramos and hits theaters on June 9, 2023, has fan favorites like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) coming face to face with once-hidden robots in disguise that take the form of fearsome jungle creatures. Ramos' military vet character Noah becomes an unwitting soldier in the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, thanks to a white-knuckled ride -- against his will -- in the driver's seat of a classic Porsche named Mirage.
Harrison Ford is back as Indiana Jones in the first-look trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," the fifth film in the beloved franchise. The trailer, which dropped Thursday on the movie's official Twitter account after debuting at Brazil Comic Con, begins with Ford's Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr. seemingly hesitant to revert back to his action-filled ways and enjoying a simpler life as an archaeology professor -- until an old friend tempts him. Joining Ford on this adventure are Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Jones' goddaughter Helena, as well as Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas and Boyd Holbrook, among others.
Nearly four decades after the HIV/AIDS epidemic began in the United States, activists, scientists and doctors admit there is still work to be done. There are 1.2 million people who are currently living with HIV in the U.S. and nearly 1 in 8 of those people do not know that they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highest rates of new diagnoses are in the South, according to the CDC, and the top five cities with the highest number of new cases are all below the Mason-Dixon line.
A huge 2,300-year-old funerary building and a number of mummy portraits were discovered in Egypt's southern province of Fayoum, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of Cairo, the country's antiquities ministry said on Thursday. The building and the paintings, which are famously known as the Fayoum portraits, date back to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras in the 3rd century B.C. They were found in Fayoum's Gerza village, which was known as Philadelphia during the Roman period.
All federal inmates housed in private prisons have been moved to Bureau of Prisons facilities and the agency has ended all contracts with private facilities, officials said. Last year, in one of his first actions in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing BOP to move all inmates to federal facilities, rather than have them housed in private facilities. "We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, to state the obvious, that all people are created equal and have a right to be treated equally throughout their lives," Biden said just before signing the actions in January 2021.
Four furry refugees have added pride to a Minnesota animal sanctuary after being abandoned in Ukraine. The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota, welcomed four lion cubs, Taras, Stefania, Lesya and Prada, on Wednesday just months after they were found in a Kyiv breeding center in the war-torn country, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said. The cubs, roughly five months old, survived drone attacks and bombings and were transported to Poland in October to escape the dangers, according to the IFAW.
Two Yale University students and Elis for Rachel, an advocacy and support group at the university, filed a lawsuit against the school Wednesday, alleging the school discriminates against students with mental health disabilities by failing to provide necessary accommodations and pressuring them to withdraw. The nonprofit was founded last year after the suicide of freshman Rachael Shaw-Rosenbaum, who had contemplated the consequences of withdrawing from Yale in multiple online posts prior to her death. The plaintiffs argue the university's withdrawal policies foster a punitive rather than supportive environment for students with mental health disabilities, deterring many from seeking help.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek identified the victims as 4-year-old Ameila Kislak; 6-year-old Vivian Kisliak; 36-year-old Vera Kisliak; 39-year-old Andre Kisliak; and 67-year-old Lilia Kisliak. Police also found one animal dead, according to Brian Budds, Buffalo Grove's police chief.
Tyler Revel had fallen asleep in bed while watching football on Sunday when he was woken up by his dog nudging his head and whimpering, the Kansas resident said. "When I woke up, my bathroom, which is right across the hall from my bedroom, was already engulfed in flames," Revel, 41, of Wichita, told ABC News. Revel credits Monroe with saving his life and considers her his hero.
"Grey's Anatomy" fans can now see where star Ellen Pompeo spends her time when she isn't on set. Pompeo, who has starred as Meredith Grey on the ABC medical drama for more than 400 episodes since the show premiered in 2005, gave Architectural Digest a tour of her Malibu home where she lives with husband Chris Ivery and their children Stella Luna, 13, Sienna May, 8, and Eli Christopher, 6. The actress purchased the midcentury modern home, designed by architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman and decorated by interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, from "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman in 2013.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw is being sued by more than 25 survivors of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. McCraw is one of 19 defendants in a $27 billion class action lawsuit for psychological damages. The other defendants in the lawsuit filed this week include local lawmakers and top law enforcement officers, many of whom are already facing federal suits from other survivors of the shooting and one victim's mother.
Snoop Dogg is showing off his best SKIMS looks this holiday season. The rapper and his family were recently photographed by Donna Trope wearing several different matching looks from the solutions-oriented brand. This marks the first time the family has all been pictured all together, and they all seemed to be camera-ready.
Cookbook author and popular food creator Nicole Keshishian Modic shared her simple recipe that's packed with ingredients to help support a healthy immune system. "I adapted the Winter Immunity Smoothie from my blog and made the recipe into cubes, because it’s nice to have bunch of these in the freezer at all times to just toss in a cup of hot water during the colder months," Modic said. "Or you can blend them with milk of choice and make the smoothie, or even just defrost and drink a few cubes as a shot."
President Joe Biden said Thursday he's open to talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin about bringing an end to the war in Ukraine but only if the Russian leader is serious about peace negotiations. "The fact of the matter is I have no immediate plans to contact Mr. Putin," Biden told reporters as he stood alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at a joint news conference on Thursday. "I'm prepared to speak with Mr. Putin if in fact there is an interest in him deciding he's looking for a way to end the war," Biden said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering updating its blood donation policy, which currently places some restrictions on blood donations from sexually active gay and bisexual men. In a statement, an FDA spokesperson said, "While we can't comment on what might be in the content of the guidance, we can say that the screening policy we put forward will be gender neutral and science-based." The announcement on Wednesday was made on the eve of World AIDS Day, a day to spread awareness of and dismantle the stigma associated with the disease.