Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in “GMA” Pop News.
Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in “GMA” Pop News.
The latest social media trend to be sweeping people's feeds is sharing virtual avatars generated through the Lensa AI app. Lensa, which has been around since 2018, lets users upload 10 to 20 photos of their selfies or portraits, and then it creates dozens, even hundreds, of digital images called "Magic Avatars." While the pictures could be considered pieces of digital art, those who are worried about personal online privacy have begun raising concerns about data collection.
Police were called to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's Houston home Tuesday night for reports of a teen with self-inflicted stab wounds, according to ABC station KTRK, citing Houston police. According to KTRK, the Houston Police Department said it received reports just before 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday of a 14-year-old with self-inflicted stab wounds on their arms in the neighborhood River Oaks, where the Republican lawmaker resides with his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters. Authorities said the unidentified teen was taken to the hospital but could not say whether the 911 call involved a member of Cruz's family.
Thousands of police officers have carried out a series of raids across much of Germany on Wednesday morning against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the state by force, according to the Attorney General at the Federal Court of Justice in Germany. Federal prosecutors said some 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany's 16 states against adherents of the so-called Reich Citizens movement. Prosecutors said 25 German citizens were detained on suspicion of "membership in a terrorist organization" and that the group, which was not identified in their statement announcing the raids, is alleged to have believed in a "conglomerate of conspiracy theories consisting of narratives from the so-called Reich Citizens as well as Q-Anon ideology," according to a statement by prosecutors.
Tom and Pam Trusdale were enjoying a bucket list trip to Antarctica, until their trip of a lifetime turned into a deadly disaster. "It was going real smoothly, and we were only anticipating nothing but smooth going forward," Tom Trusdale told ABC News. The Trusdales were passengers on the Viking Polaris cruise ship sailing toward Ushuaia, Argentina, when it was hit by a "rogue wave" last week, killing an American passenger, Sheri Zhu, and injuring four others.
Ten-year-old Caitlyne Gonzales' day began early when she and her family boarded a plane bound for Washington D.C, a flight that was crowded with people affected by the May shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Caitlyne, a survivor of the massacre, family members of some of the victims and local leaders traveled to the nation's capital on Tuesday to speak with members of Congress during a lame-duck session in an effort to ban the sale and possession of assault-style rifles before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives this January. The group's itinerary includes multiple meetings with U.S. senators, a vigil, and a silent protest outside the Capitol Building.
For a New Year's resolution that lasts, start now, start simple, and be specific. Almost half of all Americans make a New Year's resolution each year, research shows. "It takes about two to three months for someone to start feeling confident and comfortable with a new habit, but the repetition of the habit can start to become more of a routine after several days" Dr. Beth Frates, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, told ABC News.
ABC News projects that Raphael Warnock has won a full six-year term representing Georgia in the Senate, fending off GOP nominee Herschel Walker in Tuesday's runoff. The race attracted an avalanche of money and attention as well as record-high turnout from state voters as Democrats fought for a 51st Senate seat and Republicans vied to keep the chamber at 50-50 after neither candidate cracked 50% in the November general election, triggering a runoff. Warnock's win delivers Democrats an outright majority in the Senate, which will now be split 51-49.
A Manhattan jury has found former President Donald Trump's namesake real estate company guilty of criminal tax fraud, three weeks after Trump announced a third presidential run. The jury found the two entities of the Trump Organization guilty as charged on all counts, including scheme to defraud, conspiracy, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. The two entities -- the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation -- were accused of paying the personal expenses of some executives without reporting them as income, and of compensating them as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.
After record-breaking early voting turnout last week, Georgians continued to head to the polls in Tuesday's Senate runoff between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker. Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Georgia secretary of state's office, said in a news conference Tuesday evening that it looked like Georgia had 1.4 million people cast their votes on Election Day. "This was the most in-person voting we've had since the launch of the new system," Sterling said.
The special counsel investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election has issued subpoenas to officials from multiple states that were targeted by former President Donald Trump and his allies in the failed attempt to reverse his loss to Joe Biden. According to a copy of a subpoena from special counsel Jack Smith, obtained by ABC News, the Justice Department is seeking any and all records related to communications by state election officials with Trump or his advisers and allies, including Kenneth Chesebro, Justin Clark, Joe DiGenova, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn, Bernard Kerik, Bruce Marks, Cleta Mitchell, Matthew Morgan, Kurt Olsen, William Olsen, Stefan Passantino, Sidney Powell, Bill Stepien, Victoria Toensing, James Troupis and Lin Wood, between June 1, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out in New York City Tuesday night to receive an award for their work on racism and mental health. The couple received the Ripple of Hope Award, an honor given by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization to leaders who have "demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice, and human rights." Meghan arrived on the blue carpet in a white off-the-shoulder dress, while Harry opted for a classic suit.
Just three days before two electrical substations were shot up, causing tens of thousands of customers to lose power in North Carolina, the federal Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin warning "lone offenders and small groups" could be plotting attacks and that the nation's critical infrastructure was among the possible targets. The warning became a reality on Saturday when widespread power outages in North Carolina were reported after a perpetrator or perpetrators shot up the power stations in Moore County. The incident left up to 45,000 utility customers without electricity and prompted local officials to declare a state of emergency.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are celebrating their daughter Audrey McGraw turning 21. The country superstars, who were married in October 1996, each took to Instagram to share sweet posts dedicated to their youngest child on her special day. Tim McGraw, 55, shared a video montage of photos of his daughter throughout the years, aptly set to his song "My Little Girl."
About 35,000 utility customers in a North Carolina county were bracing for a fourth night Tuesday without electricity as a search for those responsible for sabotaging two key power substations continued and crews scrambled to repair what authorities described as "millions of dollars" in damages. The crisis in Moore County has prompted local law enforcement to call in the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to help in the probe of what has been deemed a criminal act. The White House is also closely monitoring the situation, officials said.
Three University of Virginia football players killed in a mass shooting on the Charlottesville campus have been honored with posthumous degrees from the university. Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D'Sean Perry were fatally shot on the night of Nov. 13 while on a bus that had just returned from a class trip to see a play in Washington, D.C. Two other students were injured in the incident. Chandler was a second-year student majoring in American studies.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, but women may not be receiving the same treatment, according to a new study. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital examined the advice doctors gave to patients at high risk for heart disease to help prevent their first cardiac event and found that women were advised more often to make lifestyle changes alone. "Our study found that women are advised to lose weight, exercise and improve their diet to avoid cardiovascular disease, but men are prescribed lipid-lowering medication," Dr. Prima Wulandari, a cardiology clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in the study findings.
Actor Bill Cosby is facing new accusations of sexual assault and battery from five women under New York's new Adult Survivors Act, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit was filed in New York state court by actresses Lili Bernard and Eden Tirl, who each appeared on "The Cosby Show," as well as Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson and Cindra Ladd and accuses Cosby of assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment and accuses the media companies of negligence. The lawsuit also names NBC, the studio where "The Cosby Show" was taped and the show's production company.
Nancy Meyers is setting the record straight about rumors regarding a sequel happening for her 2006 film, “The Holiday.” Following reports of a sequel 17 years after the film’s release, Meyers said “it’s not true” in an Instagram post. The romantic comedy, which stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black, is about two women who swap homes in each other’s countries to escape heartbreak during the Christmas season.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White are synonymous with "Wheel of Fortune," but what of a future in which the dynamic duo is no longer leading the show? "I don't even want to think about that," White told People when asked about Sajak telling Entertainment Tonight that the pair is "certainly closer to the end than the beginning" of their time on the game show last year. Sajak joined "Wheel of Fortune" as host in 1981 and White joined as the series' beloved letter turner the following year.
Catherine Zeta-Jones knows how to turn heads on a red carpet, and lately, she's been doing just that alongside her family. While she opted to wear a sparkling burgundy Elie Saab dress that included a deep-V plunging neckline, her son wore a stylish brown three-piece suit with an orange tie. Zeta-Jones' look was topped off with sultry smokey eye makeup and glowing pink lipstick.