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 supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park has substantially more magma reservoir under the caldera than scientists previously thought, according to new research. In addition, the newly found lava is flowing at shallow depths that fueled prior eruptions, according to a paper published Thursday in Science. Researchers mapped the seismic wave speed below the Yellowstone volcano using a technique called seismic tomography.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it will review the legality of President Joe Biden's federal student loan debt relief plan, putting borrowers on track to get clarity on the fate of the program by next summer. The program, which would grant up to either $10,000 or $20,000 in federal debt relief to student borrowers who make under a certain income, depending on the kind of loan they used, has been blocked by lower courts since November. The administration initially planned to start rolling out cancellations by the end of this month.
On Thursday, former President Barack Obama is set to stump for Sen. Raphael Warnock for a second time this campaign cycle -- five days before the Democratic incumbent runs for a full Senate term in next week's runoff against Republican Herschel Walker. Obama, who enjoys a broad following among Democrats, will appear with Warnock in Atlanta to "encourage Georgians to cast their ballots ahead of the final day of early voting," Obama's office said. Warnock moved to a runoff with Walker after neither clinched 50% of the vote last month.
A panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday to overturn the appointment of a special master tasked with reviewing thousands of documents seized by the FBI from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate this summer. The ruling by the three-judge panel, including two Trump appointees, goes into effect in seven days, absent intervention by the full circuit court or the Supreme Court. The order effectively eliminates what federal authorities had described as a major obstacle in their ongoing criminal investigation into whether Trump illegally retained highly classified records after leaving the presidency and obstructed efforts by the government to recover them.
The families of American tourists who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while staying in an Airbnb in Mexico are warning those who plan to travel during the busy holiday season of the potential dangers that could arise while vacationing abroad. The victims -- Jordan Marshall and Courtez Hall, both schoolteachers from New Orleans, and Kandace Florence, a business owner in Virginia Beach, Virginia -- were found dead in a Mexico City apartment they booked on Airbnb in October, according to the Attorney General's Office of Mexico City.
The company behind a popular line of laundry detergent and cleaning products has issued a voluntary recall due to possible bacterial contamination. The Laundress first issued a safety notice on Nov. 17, urging customers to stop using its products completely. "We have identified the potential presence of elevated levels of bacteria in some of our products that present a safety concern," the company wrote in part, before adding that it would provide an update at a later date.
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.
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 so-called 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.