ABC News' Meghan Ryte reports on the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
ABC News' Meghan Ryte reports on the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
Josie Hull and Teresa Cajas are celebrating a huge milestone many didn’t think would happen. Hull and Cajas were just girls when they traveled from a small village in Guatemala to undergo a high-risk separation surgery at UCLA in 2002, a journey ABC station KABC in Los Angeles followed over the years. Dr. Mark Urata, an oral and plastic surgeon at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, was on the team that operated on Hull and Cajas.
Since the first case of monkeypox was detected in the United States in mid-May, the outbreak has led to more than 10,300 reported cases across the country as of Wednesday. The evolving situation moved the Department of Health and Human Services to declare a public health emergency last week. Many questions have emerged over the last 2 1/2 months including how the disease spreads, how it's treated and which vaccines can prevent infection.
In the wake of a mass shooting that killed 21 in its hometown of Uvalde, Texas, a prominent local paper announced it would be happy for the day when the nation's media spotlight would shine anywhere else. It is an initiative called "Uvalde:365" and is being led by the ABC News Investigative Unit. "The usual trajectory for mass shooting coverage involved an invasion by the national media, followed by a hasty retreat," the newspaper reported.
Law enforcement agencies around the country are actively monitoring online threats and rhetoric that has emerged in the wake of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate Monday, sources tell ABC News. Agencies are also preparing for possible acts of violence they fear could occur at or near pro-Trump demonstrations that some supporters are calling for, law enforcement sources said. Authorities on Monday morning searched Trump's Florida estate in what sources told ABC News was part of a probe into documents that Trump improperly took to Mar-a-Lago when he departed the White House, some of which the National Archives has said were marked classified.
The national average price for a gallon of gas fell below $4 on Thursday for the first time since early March, according to AAA data. The national average price for a gallon of gas, which stands at $3.99, has fallen more than 20% since it reached a peak of $5.01 in mid-June, according to data AAA provided to ABC News. In Texas, the state with the lowest average gas price, a gallon costs $3.49, AAA data showed.
A Nebraska mother and teenage daughter are facing criminal charges after the teen allegedly got an illegal abortion and police say the two buried the fetus. While the abortion allegedly occurred before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a constitutional right to abortion, a state law on the books since 2010 bans abortions in Nebraska at 20 weeks. According to police, Celeste Burgess received help from her mother Jessica Burgess, 41, in taking abortion pills to end the pregnancy and the two allegedly buried and reburied the fetus together three times at different locations.
As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to deal with staffing issues on a nearly daily basis, the agency says it has received 57,956 applications for this year's 1,500 open air traffic controller positions. The median annual salary for air traffic controllers (ATCs) was $138,556 in 2021. "In 2011, there were over 11,750 Certified Professional Controllers and additional trainees yielding over 15,000 total controllers on board at the FAA," Rich Santa said at an industry conference last week.
Three people are dead after a house exploded Wednesday in southern Indiana, officials said. Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene in Evansville, after the blast occurred Wednesday afternoon on the 1000 block of North Weinbach Avenue, officials said. The home where the explosion occurred was destroyed and 39 other structures were "damaged severely or suffered minor damage," Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters Wednesday evening.
Answering questions at the FBI Omaha, Nebraska field office, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday he couldn't talk about FBI agents searching Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Donald Trump, but did say that he is "always concerned" about the threats to law enforcement. "Well, as I'm sure you can appreciate that's not something I can talk about," Wray said, becoming the first senior Justice Department official to decline to comment on the record and on camera about the search of the former president's estate.
Millie Bobby Brown is shining bright on the cover of Allure's September 2022 issue. The "Stranger Things" star is seen with colorful, accessorized eye appliques, green eyeliner and blushed-toned gloss along with the cover line, "At Least 11 Reasons to Love Her." Brown spoke with Allure about everything from growing up feeling lonely to navigating through the public eye and more.
Authorities are urging people to come forward with tips as they continue searching for a missing 16-year-old who was last seen early Saturday at a large party near a campground in northern California. Kiely Rodni was last seen at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday near the Prosser Family Campground in the small town of Truckee, some 20 miles north of Lake Tahoe, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office. The teen had attended a large party that night alongside upward of 300 young people, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the ongoing investigation and search.
In a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers found that climate change is expected to aggravate 58% of the world’s infectious diseases. “The societal disruption caused by pathogenic diseases, as clearly revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the authors wrote in the study published Monday, “provides worrisome glimpses into the potential consequences of looming health crises driven by climate change.” Dr. Aaron Bernstein, director of the Climate MD program at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health, sat down with ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast to discuss the study’s findings, as well as its far-reaching implications.
The coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia, where Ahmaud Arbery was killed, is honoring the slain 25-year-old with a street sign. "The hardest part is knowing he is no longer with me," Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said at Tuesday's unveiling. Thank you to everyone who came out to the very special and historic unveiling of the Honorary Ahmaud Arbery Street Sign today.
Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against testifying against himself during an hours-long deposition as part of the New York attorney general's civil investigation into his family real estate business. A source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to ABC News that Trump declined to answer questions from investigators in the deposition and, the source said, it is unlikely he will return for any additional questions. A spokesperson for Attorney General Letitia James declined to comment.
Inflation in July held steady even as the costs of housing and food rose, according to findings by the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Wednesday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which serves as an illustration of how inflation changes each month. Despite gasoline prices falling by 7.7%, this deflation was offset by inflation in food and shelter, resulting in no change in the overall CPI of urban consumers through July.
Emmett Till's cousin and advocates for justice in the decades-old case expressed disappointment in a grand jury's decision not to indict the woman who accused Till of making advances at her before the 14-year-old was kidnapped and murdered. A grand jury in Leflore County, Mississippi, determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham, 88, on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter, Dewayne Richardson, the country's district attorney, said. Bryant Donham's statement allegedly led to Till's kidnapping and murder in August 1955 at the hands of her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam.
The demand for tickets to the U.S. Open are soaring after Serena Williams announced she's preparing to say goodbye to tennis. In a first-person essay for Vogue, Williams said she is "evolving away" from the sport and instead choosing to focus on her family. "I have never liked the word retirement," Williams wrote.
Primary voting in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin on Tuesday brought both a nail-bitingly close call for one of the country's most prominent -- or polarizing, depending on the view -- progressives in the House and opened the door to deliver several historic firsts to Washington. In Minnesota's 5th District, Rep. Ilhan Omar eked out a win over challenger Don Samuels by some 2% while in Vermont and Wisconsin, state Sen. Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, respectively, won their Democratic nominations to seek House and gubernatorial seats.
Olivia Newton-John's husband, John Easterling, and only child, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, are paying tribute to the late actress. Easterling on Wednesday shared a moving letter he penned to his late wife to her social media pages alongside a photo of them together. Easterling called Newton-John "the most courageous woman I've ever known," adding that she was a "healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch" and that her caring nature always wowed him.
In the month since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, at least 15 states have ceased nearly all abortion services. California Congresswoman Judy Chu is the lead sponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act. Along with the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act, these two pieces of legislation aim to cement protections to reproductive rights by ensuring a federal right to abortion and ability to travel across state lines to get an abortion although neither are expected to pass the Senate.