This weekend is expected to be the busiest pre-pandemic weekend for travel in three years.
This weekend is expected to be the busiest pre-pandemic weekend for travel in three years.
U.S. military medical teams have carried out medical missions in Central America for decades, but a recently completed mission to Honduras and Guatemala may set a new standard for future health care missions. During what was known as HEART 22, the military's acronym for Health Engagements Assistance Response Team, about 50 military medical personnel worked out of major medical facilities in Honduras and Guatemala, working alongside local doctors and medical staff who will provide enduring medical care to the patients treated during the mission.
A shooting at a high school homecoming football game has left one teenager dead and another one in critical condition with the suspect still at large. The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. at McLain High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the Tulsa Police Department was alerted to a shooting during McLain's homecoming football game in front of a crowd of hundreds against Miami High School. Officers found two teenage victims suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived on site.
Ahead of the Texas gubernatorial debate Friday evening, Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke held a "Standing with Uvalde" press conference in Edinburg, Texas, where the debate will be held, alongside family members of the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that resulted in the deaths of 19 students and two teachers in May. O'Rourke has visited Uvalde several times in support of the families as they advocate for gun safety reform measures, such as raising the legal purchasing age from 18 to 21, implementing red-flag laws and passing H.R. 1808, a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.
Spirit Airlines flight 2077 from Baltimore to Orlando returned safely to Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport Friday nearly 30 minutes after takeoff after experiencing a "mechanical issue," according to an initial statement provided by Spirit Airlines to ABC News. Spirit Airlines flight 2077's take-off time was 8:35 pm and the flight was back on the ground at 8:51 pm.
A sailor accused of setting a $1.2 billion Navy amphibious assault ship ablaze in San Diego was found not guilty by a military judge Friday. Ryan Sawyer Mays was charged with aggravated arson and willfully hazarding a vessel after a four-day inferno in July 2020 relegated the costly USS Bonhomme Richard to a scrap yard in Texas. Mays maintained his innocence from the beginning.
Florida election supervisors are scrambling after Hurricane Ian to get the power back on at their offices in order to meet next week's deadline to send out mail-in-ballots. Tommy Doyle, the elections supervisor of Lee County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the state, said he has worked nonstop to coordinate with Florida's largest power utility in the wake of the storm. "My office has no power, no water," Doyle told ABC News.
At least 33 people in Florida have died due to Hurricane Ian, ABC News has determined based on information from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission and inquiries with local officials and authorities. The deaths span multiple counties, including 16 in Lee County, six in Charlotte County, four in Volusia County, three in Collier County, two in Sarasota County, and one each in Lake and Manatee counties, ABC News has found.
Tyler Martin, a charter boat captain who lived on his fixer-upper sailboat in Florida's Key West, planned to set sail within weeks for Panama, where the boat would launch as the mainstay of his years-long passion project: a self-owned touring company. Martin is among hundreds of Key West residents who have faced devastation in recent days. Flooding broke power outlets and ruined belongings in nearly 100 apartments, a fire engulfed a building on a main thoroughfare and more than a dozen live-aboard boats were severely damaged, Alyson Crean, a public officer with the Key West Fire Department, told ABC News.
The veteran emergency medical worker who was killed in Queens, New York was stabbed approximately 19 times in the chest in an apparently random attack, officials said. The news came as Lt. Alison Russo-Elling's colleagues grieved for her. Russo "was the mother hen of the station," colleagues said after bunting was raised outside EMS Station 49 in Astoria, Queens.
Deanne Criswell was in Florida Friday with Gov. Ron DeSantis, assessing the historic damage from Hurricane Ian and facing her biggest challenge yet as the new head of FEMA -- the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Not only is she the first woman to hold that critical job -- the face of FEMA when desperate Americans are demanding help they can't get fast enough -- the agency, before her time, has been roundly criticized for not delivering on its core mission. Will Criswell make a difference when FEMA is needed most -- and have lessons been learned so it can respond better now?
The Texas Rangers, the FBI and several other agencies are investigating after two migrants were shot, one fatally, in a rural county outside El Paso, Texas. A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office notified them of a shooting death on Tuesday and reported that a preliminary investigation shows that a truck with two men inside pulled over and shot at a group of migrants standing alongside the road getting water. A female migrant was also shot but is recovering at a hospital in El Paso, the spokesperson added.
A Florida woman had an emotional reunion with her 78-year-old mother after using social media to find her in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Beth Booker of Naples, Florida, took to Twitter last week after seeing pictures of her mom's home in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, submerged in water. Booker, a mom of two, told "Good Morning America" that in the days before Ian made landfall, she and her husband helped her mom, Carole McDanel, prepare herself and her home for the hurricane.
A pregnant Florida woman braved strong winds and potentially dangerous flooding to get to a hospital after she went into labor during Hurricane Ian. Williams said she knew she was going to go into labor soon, so she, her fiancé and her mother drove through the treacherous conditions to Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center.
New York Attorney General Letitia James wants to accelerate her $250 million fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his children, his company, and two of its executives. James, in a letter to the state's chief administrative judge, signaled her intention to push for a trial before 2024 and asked him to keep the civil case before Judge Arthur Engoron, who had presided over disputes between the attorney general and the Trump legal team during the investigation. The Office of the Attorney General "intends to seek an expedited preliminary conference to set a trial date before the end of 2023," James' letter said.
On Thursday, the Department of Education scaled back President Joe Biden's federal student loan cancellation program to protect against legal challenges by six states, with new guidelines that excluded at least hundreds of thousands of borrowers initially told they qualified for the program. The move excludes people who took out federal loans that, while they were guaranteed by the government, were technically handled by private banks. ABC News' Senior National Policy Reporter Anne Flaherty spoke with "Start Here" Friday about the surprise move, what prompted it and how it will affect Americans with student loan debt.
World Central Kitchen has activated its network of chef resources in Florida to help feed hard-hit communities in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing damaging winds and massive flooding, and leaving millions of people without power as well as compromised access to food. Severe flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona displaced thousands in Higüey—a city in eastern Dominican Republic.
Hurricane Ian has passed through Florida, leaving a path of destruction in its wake as it now targets the Carolinas. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called the impacts and damage from the storm "historic" based on initial assessments. As damage assessments are underway, many residents may be unable to return to their homes due to flooding, curfews or damaged infrastructure.
Next year's Met Gala theme has been revealed and it is centered around the decades-long work of Karl Lagerfeld. The renowned German fashion designer died at the age of 85 in February 2019, and previously served as the creative director of luxury French fashion house Chanel from 1983 until his death. On Friday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that The Costume Institute's spring 2023 exhibition, "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty," will examine the work of the late fashion icon's 65-year career, specifically his stylistic language and timeless aesthetic themes.
Hurricane Ian left a trail of damage throughout Cuba and Florida. Organizations are already mobilizing to assist in the relief and recovery efforts following the destructive storm. GoFundMe has corralled many different funds focused on both long-term and short-term relief efforts in Florida following Hurricane Ian.
Since the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launched on July 16, call centers have seen a 45% increase in contacts -- primarily in people texting or sending messages seeking help -- compared to last year, according to new data from the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "What we've seen is a big increase in text and chat, and some increase in phone calls," said Tim Jansen, chief executive officer for Community Crisis Services, Inc., in Hyattsville, Maryland.