And wildlife authorities aren’t too happy. ABC News’ Will Ganss reports.
And wildlife authorities aren’t too happy. ABC News’ Will Ganss reports.
Hawaiian cuisine is about much more than the delicious local dishes. The rich culture, respect for native ingredients and influence from other Asian cultures through the decades have created a spirit of generosity that's intrinsic to the islands' unique flavors and food. Sheldon Simeon is a "through and through Hawaii-born chef" who has spent nearly 99% of his life living in the Aloha State, so his deep-rooted connection through cooking with family to professional kitchens, including his own acclaimed restaurants, makes him the perfect expert to answer the question: How do you define your culture's cuisine?
House Republicans gathered behind closed doors Thursday evening to hear from candidates vying to fill the No. 3 role previously held by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who signaled in an interview she might run for president in order to keep former President Donald Trump out of the White House. GOP members are expected to meet behind closed doors Friday morning to elect a new conference chair, with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik remaining the leading candidate, despite some members not satisfied with her conservative credentials. On NBC's "Today" show, asked three times if she would run for president to stop Trump from regaining the Oval Office and to "restore" the GOP, Cheney did not rule it out, saying only she would do "whatever it takes."
Israeli air and ground troops have carried out strikes into the Gaza Strip, authorities said, as the latest round of fighting between Israel's military and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group ruling the Gaza Strip, continued. Israel Defense Forces tanks and artillery operating at the border fired into Gaza, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told ABC News.
The price of Bitcoin nosedived after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his company would no longer be accepting the cryptocurrency as payment due to its ties to fossil fuels in a tweet that sparked a heated debate on the digital currency's environmental impact. The electric vehicle company chief executive added that Tesla will not be selling any of the Bitcoin it currently holds -- which amounts to some $1.5 billion, according to a February SEC filing -- but will use it for transactions "as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy."
About a month after Colton Underwood publicly came out as gay in an interview with "Good Morning America," he said that he did so, in part, because he was "blackmailed." Underwood told the outlet he received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have nude photos of him at a Los Angeles spa known for its gay clientele, which he had recently visited.
A Georgia judge on Thursday said he wants to review Ahmaud Arbery's mental health records in private to determine if he will allow them to be used at the trial of three white defendants accused of tracking down the 25-year-old Black man and shooting him to death. Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley, who was appointed to preside over the the Glynn County, Georgia, case, ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys to submit the records to him and prepare him written briefs within 20 to 30 days on why they are or are not relevant in the high-profile murder case. Lawyers for defendants Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan, have asked for permission to use the records they contend are essential to show Arbery's diagnoses of mental illness played a role in a pattern of "angry and aggressive" behavior and may have contributed to his fatal encounter on Feb. 23, 2020.
President Joe Biden on Thursday celebrated the federal government’s new guidance on mask-wearing as "a great milestone." "I think it’s a great milestone, a great day," Biden said during remarks after walking out into the White House Rose Garden not wearing a mask. Biden spoke shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance saying fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is getting even more personal about his mental health struggles, his tensions with being a royal and his life today in California with his wife Duchess Meghan and their son, Archie. Harry, who lives with his family in Montecito, California, opened up in an in-depth interview on actor Dax Shepard's popular "Armchair Expert" podcast. The casual but revealing conversation between Harry, Shepard and podcast co-host Monica Padman marked the first time Harry has given a sit-down interview since he and Meghan spoke with Oprah Winfrey in March.
Dan Smyers of country music duo Dan + Shay has said goodbye to a beloved member of his household: A 16-year-old rescue chihuahua named Missy. Fans who follow Smyers on social media have gotten regular updates from the singer and his wife, Abby Smyers, about Missy's ongoing health challenges. The couple, who are passionate advocates for shelter pets and have four other dogs, adopted Missy just weeks ago after first taking her in as a foster.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has amended its guidance for fully vaccinated Americans, no longer recommending masks indoors or outdoors, including in crowds, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced at a White House briefing Thursday. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic," Walensky said, announcing the sweeping change. "We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy," Walensky said.
Millions of Americans on Thursday were still feeling the effects of the ransomware attack that led to the shutdown of one of the biggest gas pipelines on the East Coast. While Colonial Pipeline said operations were starting to return to normal, at gas stations that haven't run out of fuel in North Carolina and other southeastern states, drivers continued to wait in lines to fill up. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident highlights the huge fallout cyberattacks can have on the country's critical infrastructure and raises new questions about why the U.S. is so vulnerable to such crippling strikes.
A bill named after Army specialist Vanessa Guillen, who was allegedly murdered at the Fort Hood Army base last year, was reintroduced Thursday in Washington, D.C. California Rep. Jackie Speier and Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin are championing the bipartisan I Am Vanessa Guillen Act, which seeks to reform the way the military handles sexual assault and harassment cases. Speier hosted a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday afternoon to call for the passage of the bill, which was first introduced last September in a previous session of Congress but was never voted on.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the Biden administration's handling of a variety of immigration issues at a Senate hearing Thursday where the characterization of conditions at the border split largely along party lines. Mayorkas repeatedly touted the progress made in reducing the number of children sitting in Customs and Border Protection custody and pointed out that the number has dropped in recent months. The number of unaccompanied children taken into custody roughly doubled from February to March, accounting for about 18,890 individuals, according to officials.
The suspect who allegedly hit an Asian woman in the head with a hammer earlier this month has been arrested. Ebony Jackson, 37, who officials describe as a homeless woman, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, the New York Police Department said. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident and the probe is ongoing.
"American Idol" contestant Caleb Kennedy took to Instagram on Wednesday to address an old Snapchat video in which he's seated beside someone wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan-style hood. The production company behind "American Idol" confirmed to ABC News that Kennedy, who was in the top five, is no longer on the show. “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse," Kennedy said in the post.
Hoping to ease concerns of millions of Americans experiencing gasoline shortages and rising prices following the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, President Joe Biden gave an update on the situation Thursday, looking to deal with a potentially damaging political problem and on the heels of his new executive order aimed to prevent future attacks. "I want to be clear -- we will not feel the effects at the pump immediately," Biden said in remarks from the White House and carried on national television. Biden said that he expects to see a "region-by-region return to normalcy" starting this weekend and into next week, but told Americans not to be alarmed or hoard gasoline.
The state trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is being delayed until March 2022, Judge Peter Cahill said Thursday. The former officers -- Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng -- have been charged by the state with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter for their alleged roles in Floyd’s May 25 death. A federal grand jury has also indicted the three officers, as well as former officer Derek Chauvin, with federal civil rights crimes related to the killing.
The cyberattackers that compromised Colonial Pipeline's systems demanded "millions" of dollars in ransom, sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News, and the company declined to comment Thursday on whether a ransom had been paid as its fuel delivery operations restarted. Colonial Pipeline said Thursday that it has made "substantial progress" in its reopening following the cyberattack, and that fuel delivery has commenced in a majority of the markets it serves. The shutdown has been linked to gas prices hiking, fuel shortages and panic-buying throughout parts of the Southeast.
There's a newly launched cosmetics collection that has "Clueless" vibes written all over it. HipDot announced its latest line of makeup products that are inspired by the hit 1995 teen movie starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy. "Clueless has become a cultural revolution — from the fashion styles to iconic catchphrases, we created a makeup collection that embodies that 'teen nostalgia' that Clueless captures so well," Jeff Sellinger, CEO of HipDot Cosmetics, said in a statement.
More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, have signed a letter threatening to break from the GOP and form a third party, taking aim at the party's embrace of former President Donald Trump and his continued false claims that the 2020 election was "stolen." "We, therefore, declare our intent to catalyze an American renewal, and to either reimagine a party dedicated to our founding ideals or else hasten the creation of such an alternative." Naming the effort, "A Call for American Renewal," the group is calling for the Republican Party "to rededicate itself to founding ideals—or else hasten the creation of an alternative."