ABC News Live Rundown: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Stay up to date on the developing stories making headlines.
Stay up to date on the developing stories making headlines.
The debt ceiling deal brokered by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy cleared a major procedural hurdle on Tuesday night, just days before a potential default by the U.S. government. The House Rules Committee gave the green light for the Fiscal Responsibility Act to advance to the full House so members can hold a planned vote on Wednesday night before sending the legislation to the Senate ahead of Monday’s default deadline. "Today's bill is a product of compromise and reflects the realities of a divided government," Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole, who supported the rule for the proposal, said as he began the meeting.
A South Carolina gas station owner was charged with murder on Monday after allegedly shooting and killing a 14-year-old boy he falsely believed was shoplifting bottles of water, according to police. Rick Chow, 58, was arrested and charged in connection to the fatal shooting of Cyrus Carmack-Belton in Columbia, South Carolina, the Richland County Sheriff's Office said. In a news conference on Monday, Sheriff Leon Lott said the teenager did not shoplift from the Shell gas station, despite Chow's belief that he did.
More than 50 people were shot, 11 fatally, over a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, police said. The gunshot victims included two toddlers who were accidentally shot and wounded in separate incidents and two teenagers, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, who were hurt in unrelated shootings while standing on sidewalks, according to a review by ABC News of the weekend incident reports from the Chicago Police Department. On Tuesday, police officials said at least 53 people were shot across the city in 42 separate incidents that occurred between 6 p.m. on Friday and 11:59 p.m. on Monday.
A passenger sitting next to the man on the Asiana Airlines flight who opened an emergency exit door in mid-air has spoken out about those terrifying moments on the plane. Lee Yoon-Joon told the Yonhap News Agency that he initially didn't have a good impression of his seatmate, claiming the man gave off a "bad vibe." After the man opened the door, Lee said he jumped into action, pulling the man back with the help of the flight attendants.
Police are searching for suspects after nine people, including children, were shot and injured along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Florida's east coast. Four children between the ages of 1 and 17 were shot Monday night, including a baby between 15 and 18 months old, according to Hollywood police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi. The other five victims were adults ages 25 to 65.
The family of Aderrien Murry, the 11-year-old boy who was shot by police on May 20 after calling 911, said they are filing a federal lawsuit against the city and police. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Aderrien and his mother, Nakala Murry. The city of Indianola, Indianola Police Chief Ronald Sampson and officers Greg Capers and John Does were named in the suit.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has been diagnosed with dementia, The Carter Center announced on Tuesday. "She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains [in Georgia] and visits with loved ones," The Carter Center said in a statement. The Carter Center pointed to the first lady's advocacy for mental health and said it was making the announcement to decrease stigma.
A Chinese J-16 jet fighter flew directly in front of an American surveillance plane flying in international airspace over the South China Sea last Friday, forcing the U.S. Air Force plane to fly through the fighter's wake turbulence and causing the U.S. aircraft to shake. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command labeled the Chinese intercept as "unprofessional" and "an unnecessarily aggressive maneuver" and released a video taken from inside the American plane's cockpit that captured the incident. "A People's Republic of China J-16 fighter pilot performed an unnecessarily aggressive maneuver during the intercept of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft, May 26, 2023," said a statement from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
A Virginia man has been arrested for the murder of New Jersey councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, who was gunned down outside her home in February. Rashid Ali Bynum, 28, who apparently knew Dwumfour from church, was taken into custody Tuesday morning on charges including first-degree murder, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced at a news conference Tuesday. On Feb. 1, Dwumfour, a 30-year-old mom and church leader, was shot multiple times while she was in her SUV outside her townhouse.
An 11-month-old baby girl has died after being left in a car for three hours while her parents attended a Florida church service, police said. Police in Palm Bay responded Sunday around 1 p.m. to a report of an unresponsive infant in a vehicle. "When they arrived, they learned the infant had been left in a car for approximately three hours while the parents went to the church service," the Palm Bay Police Department said in a statement.
Reese Witherspoon is living it up in Paris. The "Legally Blonde" actress and Hello Sunshine co-founder, 47, shared a few posts to Instagram over the holiday weekend of herself, her mom Betty and her nieces Abby James and Draper. "Paris with the girls is always a good idea," Witherspoon captioned a video of the group's Parisian getaway set to Rayelle's "Ooo La La La La."
In the wake of the partial collapse of an Iowa apartment building, five people remain unaccounted for, including two people who may still be inside the building, officials announced Tuesday. Officials have met with the families of the two people who may be inside, Davenport Mayor Mike Matson said, calling it an "unthinkable situation." On Monday, officials had said there was no credible information that anyone was missing and the city was moving forward with plans for staging a demolition beginning Tuesday.
Environmental officials in Italy said they have solved the mystery of what turned the waterways in the historic Venice Canal a bright shade of green. Venice residents reported on Sunday that the waters in the canal stretching to the Rialto Bridgehad had transformed to a fluorescent green color, prompting a police investigation. Environmental authorities conducted chemical and biological tests on the water and discovered the bright green color was the result of the presence of fluorescein, a non-toxic substance used to test wastewater networks, according to a press release by the Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection of Veneto.
Beyoncé continues to present dazzling performances and fashion moments on her Renaissance World Tour. The Grammy Award-winning singer most recently performed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Monday night. The singer's 11-year-old daughter Blue Ivy also appeared onstage during Monday's show.
Six months after Ben Platt first popped the question, his now-fiance Noah Galvin returned the favor. Platt took to his Instagram story on Memorial Day to share that Galvin had "proposed back" to him and showed off a ring similar to the one he'd given the "Real O'Neals" alum when the couple, both 29, announced their engagement in November 2022. The "Pitch Perfect" alum also shared a photo of their dog holding a rose in its mouth with flower petals spread across the floor.
A 35-year-old man is missing after falling from a cruise ship off the coast of Florida, authorities said. The U.S. Coast Guard said it is searching for a passenger who went overboard from the Carnival Magic cruise ship traveling 186 miles east of Jacksonville on Monday. #Breaking @USCG crews are searching for a 35 year-old man who went overboard from the Carnaval Magic cruise ship 186 miles east of #Jacksonville, Monday.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court on Tuesday opened the trial of Niloofar Hamedi, the first journalist in Iran who reported on Mahsa Amini's death in police custody in September. Hamedi's report came ahead of spiraling mass protests across the country, posing one of the biggest threats against the Islamic regime in over four decades.
Hundreds of business leaders and public figures sounded a sobering alarm on Tuesday over what they described as the threat of mass extinction posed by artificial intelligence. Among the 350 signatories of the public statement are Sam Altman, the chief executive of OpenAI, the company behind the popular conversation bot ChatGPT; and Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google DeepMind, the tech giant's AI division. "Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war," said the one-sentence statement released by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Center for AI Safety.
The Coast Guard suspended its search late Monday for four missing people after a charter fishing boat sank off the coast of Alaska. Rescuers located one deceased individual and the vessel partially submerged near a small island 10 miles from Sitka, Alaska, according to the Coast Guard. Kingfisher Charters, a Sitka-based company that operates all-inclusive fishing trips, reported the missing vessel to the Coast Guard on Sunday evening.
Several drones struck Moscow early on Tuesday, damaging residential buildings in the Russian capital, the mayor said. The pre-dawn attack "caused minor damage to several buildings" in a residential area, according to Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. "All municipal emergency services are currently at the scene of the incident," the mayor wrote on his official Telegram channel.