Melissa Highsmith never knew she was kidnapped but just this week she reunited with her birth parents.
Melissa Highsmith never knew she was kidnapped but just this week she reunited with her birth parents.
Cade McHenry might have lost his fantasy football league, but he ended up winning a following on TikTok for his viral dances. McHenry's friends posed the penalty as a result of losing the league: record a TikTok dance every day for 30 days. On "Good Morning America" Wednesday, McHenry shared his 30th and final dance live, set to Justin Bieber's hit "Yummy."
When disaster strikes in war-ravaged Syria and the world watches from afar, a group of ordinary Syrians don their trademark white helmets and rush in to save lives. The Syria Civil Defence, better known as the White Helmets, consists of about 3,000 volunteer first responders who "come from all walks of life," including bakers, tailors, pharmacists, firefighters and engineers, according to the organization's website. Unpaid and unarmed, they risk their lives to help those in need "in all areas" of Syria that they "can access," the organization says.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Parliament in London on Wednesday, as the United Kingdom planns to increase its deliveries of "lethal aid." "I have come here to stand before you on behalf of the brave," Zelenskyy said after receiving a standing ovation from members of both Houses of Parliament. The trip will underscore the United Kingdom's "unbreakable friendship" with Ukraine, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a statement.
President Joe Biden stood at the lectern in front of Congress to deliver his second State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night -- a speech in front of the nation that saw him plead for bipartisan cooperation amid both cheers and jeers from his legislative branch colleagues. For much of the night, President Biden was on the offensive. One of the night's more contentious moments came when Biden was discussing the debt ceiling and the White House's disagreements with Republicans on government borrowing and spending.
Authorities were first notified of the incident at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday when officials from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a juvenile who had been brought into the emergency room with severe injuries and was dead upon arrival at Nash UNC Healthcare in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, about 50 miles east of Raleigh. Deputies and detectives from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the hospital to further investigate the cause of death and it was determined that the 8-year-old girl lived in the 5000 block of Dutchman Road in Nashville, North Carolina, only several miles away from the hospital. “Based on the investigation, it was determined that the 8-year old juvenile was beaten so severe by the Grandmother that she died from the injuries,” Nash County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement announcing the death of the young girl.
An infant has been shot and two adults have been pronounced dead following a shooting inside a North Carolina home, police said. “When officers arrived on scene they located two adult victims inside a residence suffering from gunshot wounds and they were pronounced deceased on scene,” the Fayetteville Police Department said in a statement following the shooting. The Fayetteville Police Department did not give any further details on the condition of the baby or the severity of the injuries suffered in the shooting.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday delivered his second State of the Union address, balancing a push for bipartisanship in a divided Washington and advocacy for his own policies heading into next year's election. Standing in front of Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. -- a visual reminder of the back-and-forth in store for at least the next two years -- Biden drew applause lines for pleas for cooperation and heckles over thrown elbows for Republican policies.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James set the record for most career points in NBA history Tuesday, toppling Hall of Famer and fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Late in the third quarter during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, James scored his 36th point of the night, for a career total of 38,388 points. Abdul-Jabbar -- who was in attendance at Tuesday's game -- set the record April 5, 1984, and increased the record total to 38,387 points by the time he stepped away from the game five years later.
Tuesday night brought touches of defiance as well as conciliation from President Joe Biden -- and a call for unity amid signs pointing toward anything but, up to and including among Republicans who grew rowdy at times in response. It shaped an unusual State of the Union address that comes at an uncertain moment for the president and for the nation. Just past the midpoint of his first term, and just weeks after his 80th birthday, Biden made a broad and energetic case for doing more of what he's done to date, in much the way that he's done it.
President Joe Biden said America needs to "finish the job on police reform" during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The anticipated comments come nearly a month after 29-year-old Tyre Nichols was beaten during a confrontation with Memphis police officers after he fled a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Five officers involved in the beating were fired and have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nichols' death.
A Massachusetts 32-year-old woman charged with strangling her three young children to death last month planned the killings, prosecutors argued on Tuesday, disclosing new details about the alleged actions of the woman, Lindsay Clancy, on the day of the incident. Prosecutors, trying to prove that Clancy was not mentally compromised on Jan. 24, the day of the deaths, described in court a day that suggested nothing out of the ordinary. Later that afternoon, according to prosecutors, Clancy, who appeared in court Tuesday via Zoom from her hospital bed, searched on Apple Maps the time it would take to drive to and from a restaurant in an adjacent town.
Rescue efforts are ongoing after a massive earthquake and powerful aftershocks caused widespread devastation across southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. In hard-hit Turkey, over 6,000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed, officials said. Rescuers have been working feverishly in cold, wet weather while also facing the threat of aftershocks since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the region early Monday.
A former Brooklyn man, who became a sniper and weapons instructor for ISIS, was convicted Tuesday of providing material support to terrorism and other charges. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Bay Ridge, was found guilty on all five counts, including charges that his material support for ISIS resulted in death. “As proven at trial, Asainov was a member of ISIS, a violent foreign terrorist organization, which has committed numerous acts resulting in the deaths of many U.S. citizens and others,” said United States Attorney Breon Peace.
One of the former Memphis officers charged in connection with Tyre Nichols' death took a photo of Nichols after he was handcuffed and texted it to multiple people, according to newly obtained state records. Demetrius Haley took two pictures on his personal cell phone of the "obviously injured" Nichols after he had been handcuffed, according to a Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission document obtained by ABC News. The actions violated a Memphis Police regulation regarding confidential information, which states that officers cannot share information relating to official police matters "without prior approval or subpoena, except to authorized persons," according to the document.
The 26-year-old NYPD officer who was shot during a robbery while off-duty has died at Brookdale University Hospital, according to city and police officials. Adeed Fayaz had been on the force for five years, officials said, and is survived by a wife and two children. "Police Officer Adeed Fayaz was a father, a husband, a son and a protector of our great city," NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted.
The U.S. intelligence community's review of UFO incidents reported by U.S. military personnel in recent years played a role in the detection of China's fleet of surveillance balloons, according to a U.S. official. In the wake of the shootdown of a surveillance balloon this past weekend, U.S. officials have disclosed that China has developed a fleet of surveillance balloons like the one that traversed the United States last week before being shot down on Saturday. On Monday, Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, told reporters that there had been earlier intrusions near or in U.S. airspace by Chinese surveillance balloons during the Trump administration -- but that they had not been detected by his command at the time.
Superbugs are now a leading global health risk, according to a major U.N. report published Tuesday. Major industries like the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries are largely responsible for this growing threat, inadvertently driving dangerous pathogens to evolve to outsmart currently available medications, the report said.
Doctors and healthcare providers should monitor pregnant patients' blood pressure regularly during and after pregnancy, according to a new draft recommendation. The recommendation was published Tuesday by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, a volunteer panel of experts that is highly influential in setting medical guidance. The new draft guidance expands on existing recommendations to include screening for all types of blood pressure disorders during pregnancy.
Alec Baldwin's attorney moved on Tuesday to disqualify the special prosecutor in New Mexico who investigated him over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of "Rust." The special prosecutor, Andrea Reeb, is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives. "Under Section 1 of Article III of the New Mexico Constitution, however, a sitting member of the Legislature may not 'exercise any powers properly belonging' to either the executive or judicial branch," Baldwin's defense attorney, Luke Nikas, wrote in a motion filed on Tuesday.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg responded for the first time since the release of a book Tuesday by former special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz, which accuses Bragg of making a mistake by failing to bring a criminal case against former President Donald Trump at the onset of his tenure. "I bring hard cases when they are ready," Bragg said Tuesday in response to a question from ABC News. "Mark Pomerantz's case was not ready."