A look at the top photos from around the globe.
A look at the top photos from around the globe.
House Democrats on Wednesday elected a historic new generation of leaders. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York will succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader of the Democratic Caucus. The 52-year-old Jeffries will be the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress.
The House Ways and Means Committee has received former President Donald Trump's tax returns following a Supreme Court ruling last week. "Treasury has complied with last week's court decision," a spokesperson for the department said. The chairman of the House committee, Richard Neal, declined to comment earlier today when asked if they had officially received the documents.
A court has granted animal protection groups' request for an emergency court challenge to stop a black bear hunt from taking place next Monday in New Jersey. The state's Fish and Game Council authorized the hunt earlier this month. The Fish and Game Council approved emergency regulations on Nov. 15 to "control the black bear population and reduce the threat of dangerous encounters between bears and humans through regulated hunting and non-lethal management measures," according to the council's website.
Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie has died at the age of 79, the band announced Wednesday. "There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie," the band shared in a statement posted to their social media accounts. A statement on behalf of McVie's family was issued to the late musician's social media accounts as well, noting that McVie "passed away peacefully" in the hospital on Nov. 30 "following a short illness" while "in the company of her family."
Danielle Boyer knew she was interested in robotics from a young age. Now, as the founder of the nonprofit The STEAM Connection, Boyer, 22, is on a mission to promote technical and cultural educational opportunities among Native American youth like herself -- sometimes combining both in the form of robots that teach Indigenous languages, as they face risks of dying out. "I believe in equipping students with 21st century skills to be able to create solutions for our communities," said Boyer, who has since dropped out of college to run the nonprofit full-time.
A manhunt is underway for a suspect accused of stabbing and bludgeoning an elderly couple to death in their Massachusetts home in an apparent targeted attack, officials said. Police conducting a welfare check on the married couple Tuesday night found both dead with "obvious signs of trauma," according to Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. The victims were identified as the homeowners -- Carl Mattson and his wife, Vicki Mattson, both 70.
Jennifer Lopez has starred in so many memorable films throughout her career but there's one in particular she hopes will get a sequel. "Gigli," a romantic comedy crime film directed by Martin Brest, was a failure both critically and commercially. It won worst picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards as well as worst actor and worst actress for Affleck and Lopez, respectively.
The Luzerne County Board of Elections in Pennsylvania met on Wednesday and voted to certify the county's results from the 2022 midterm election -- two days after an unusual delay caused by two Republicans and one Democrat on the board. The Democratic member who initially abstained from Monday's vote, Daniel Schramm, voted to certify on Wednesday. According to ABC affiliate WNEP, two Republican members of the board voted at a Monday meeting against certifying the results while two Democrats voted to certify and Schramm abstained, leading to the delay.
University of Idaho students, back on campus following Thanksgiving break, will gather Wednesday night for a vigil for their four classmates who were mysteriously stabbed to death this month. Kaylee Goncalves, 21, her lifelong best friend, Madison Mogen, 21, another roommate Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle's boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were killed in the girls' off-campus house in the early hours of Nov. 13. "You can't imagine sending your girl to college and they come back ... in an urn," Goncalves' father, Steve Goncalves, told ABC News this week. "You're numb ... you can't absorb that amount of pain and agony."
Four pilot whales that had been stranded on a Massachusetts beach have been euthanized, according to conservationists. The health of the whales had "greatly declined" after three days of being stranded, with the whales initially being lifted by the high tide but then getting stranded again, Stacey Hedman, communications director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team, told ABC News. The weather and the exhausted state of the whales contributed to the grim outlook for the large mammals, Hedman said.
A new ABC News Live special, “Viral: A World Without AIDS,” will look at the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the perspective of people impacted most. ABC News spoke with family members of people who died of AIDS, doctors who have witnessed the transformation in treatment options and people currently living with an HIV diagnosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 1.2 million people are currently living with HIV in the U.S., and that nearly 1 in 8 do not know that they are HIV positive.
The Invictus Games are still less than a year away, but Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are getting ready for the international event. On Wednesday, the Invictus Games Foundation released a new promotional video for the paralympic-style competition featuring several Invictus competitors facing off in a ping-pong match -- Prince Harry and Meghan appear in the video. Be a part of it to experience the power of sport in recovery in Düsseldorf 9-16 Sept 2023.
Darrell Brooks is seeking to appeal his conviction for driving his SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more. Brooks was found guilty by a jury in the attack and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Brooks, 40, filed a handwritten notice of intent on Tuesday to seek post-conviction relief in Waukesha County Circuit Court, initiating the appeal process.
Former reality TV show child star Collin Gosselin opened up in a new TV interview weeks after a car crash earlier this month. The former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star is now 18 and is speaking out for the first time about his family relationships and what life has been like for him since he, his parents Jon and Kate, his sextuplet siblings -- Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Leah and Joel -- and older twin sisters, Mady and Cara were all under the spotlight on the reality TV show. According to "Entertainment Tonight," Gosselin has been living with his father, Jon, and sister Hannah in recent years, after his parents' divorce in 2009 and after leaving an institution that he had been placed in by his mom Kate.
A grieving family is pleading with parents to monitor their children's online activity after a former Virginia police officer "catfished" a 15-year-old girl online and then traveled to her Riverside, California, home, where he allegedly killed her mother and grandparents. "Nobody could imagine this crime happening ... especially it just being one day after Thanksgiving," Mychelle Blandin, the sister and daughter of the three victims, said at a news conference Wednesday.
The official trailer for "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" is finally here -- and it's filled with beloved characters and references to the video games. In the trailer, released Tuesday during a Nintendo Direct presentation, fans were able to hear more of Chris Pratt as Mario as well as meet Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), Donkey Kong (Seth Rogen) and Luigi (Charlie Day) -- the latter of whom was briefly introduced in the final moments of the teaser trailer. The trailer shows Mario facing off against Donkey Kong, Bowser (Jack Black) questioning Luigi, Peach rallying an army of Toads (the head Toad is voiced by Keegan-Michael Key), a quick glimpse at a colorful herd of Yoshis and more.
The 2024 presidential race is still two years away but a major change to Democrats' long-term primary process -- affecting which candidates run and which states get first crack at voting on their chances -- could come any day now. For months, members of the Democratic National Committee's group focused on rules and bylaws have been meeting in an effort to refresh the order of states in the party's presidential nominating contest. Many Democrats believe the current starting schedule of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and then South Carolina does not accurately represent the makeup of the party's voters and, as such, shuts out candidates who might ultimately do better nationwide.
The suspect accused of opening fire inside an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been praised by online extremists who have called for copycat attacks, according to a Department of Homeland Security bulletin made public Wednesday. "Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents."
President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced "long overdue" commitments to Native American nations. "On my watch, we're ushering in a new era and advancing a way for the federal government to work with tribal nations," Biden said as he spoke at the first in-person White House Tribal Nations Summit in six years, knocking his predecessor for not hosting any such forum. Biden announced $135 million to help tribal communities impacted by climate change.
The House on Wednesday voted to block a strike by the nation's railway workers, intervening in a labor dispute with wide-ranging economic and political implications. The House voted 290-137 to adopt the tentative deal between the rail companies and employees reached in September and brokered by the White House. In a second, separate 221-207 vote -- aimed at addressing progressive Democrats' concerns over protecting workers -- the House added seven days of paid sick leave to the agreement, which currently calls for only one.