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For her, the biggest shift during the pandemic was not being able to provide support to students the way she would’ve in a classroom setting. According to the 2021 State of the U.S. Teacher Survey conducted by the RAND Corporation, job-related stress, burnout and symptoms of depression seem to be almost universal among teachers. While it gave her a chance to experiment with her teaching style, keeping both sets of students engaged was the biggest challenge.
It reached orbit about 12 minutes later. The crew said goodbye to their families, suited up and were driven in Teslas to Kennedy Space Center's historic pad 39A Wednesday afternoon. SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission is the third recent billionaire-backed space launch, but it's gone where neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos could -- into orbit.
A British court on Wednesday indicated that it intends to formally provide notice to Prince Andrew of a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him in New York, according to a court statement and documents obtained by ABC News. The court's decision came over the objections of the prince's legal team, who have argued that lawyers for the prince's accuser, Virginia Giuffre, are not authorized to receive assistance from the U.K. courts to serve a summons on the prince. Giuffre, 38, sued the prince in a U.S. federal court last month, accusing the prince of sexually assaulting her in 2001 at the Manhattan home of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and at other locations.
Fencing outside the U.S. Capitol was reinstalled late Wednesday ahead of the "Justice for J6" rally this weekend. "Justice for J6" is being billed by organizers as a protest for defendants who are being detained by the government in connection to the January insurrection at the Capitol. The fencing is just the latest security measure for a rally that has some in law enforcement on high alert.
Police have named the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old woman who went missing during a couple's cross-country road trip, a person of interest in her disappearance. Brian Laundrie raised flags among Petito's family after he returned home to their home in North Port, Florida, with Petito's white Ford van -- but Petito was nowhere to be found. The couple embarked on their trip in July from New York, where Petito is originally from, and made stops in Colorado and Utah, her family told ABC News.
Walmart on Wednesday announced plans to launch a new delivery service using self-driving vehicles in three U.S. cities, with autonomous test vehicles expected to hit the streets later this year. The world's largest retailer is partnering with Ford and Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle tech firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, to launch the driverless delivery services in Miami, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. The group said it expects to expand to other markets over time, and initial integration testing of the vehicles to begin within months.
When U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman testified before Congress Wednesday, they painted a portrait of a system that failed them when they reported sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. The gymnasts also shared a vivid picture of what it is like to recover emotionally from sexual abuse, and described how the system's failures delayed their ongoing recovery. "I personally don't think that people realize how much experiencing a type of abuse is not something that one just suffers in the moment," said Raisman, who testified against Nassar shortly before he was sentenced in 2018 to up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women.
The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $2 million to Rickia Young, who was pulled from her vehicle, beaten by police and separated from her 2-year-old son in October 2020, according to the mayor's office. "She's still dealing with the trauma, even though it's been almost a year," Young's attorney, Kevin Mincey, told ABC News. "She's still dealing with that, and she's dealing with the trauma being exhibited by her son as well."
A Texas school district that included masks as part of its dress code has been hit with a temporary restraining order. Paris Independent School District (ISD), which serves about 3,900 students in northeast Texas, amended its dress code in early August to include masks in a loophole to Gov. Greg Abbott's ban on mandates, and was sued earlier this week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to court documents.
A 14-month probe into the actions of the Aurora Police Department in Colorado following the death of Elijah McClain found the department "has a pattern and practice of violating state and federal law through racially biased policing, using excessive force, and failing to record legally required information when interacting with the community," Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said Wednesday. Investigators found that Aurora Police have used force against people of color almost two and a half times more than against white people based on their relative percentage of the population, according to the attorney general's report. The report, which was conducted in response to the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, also found Aurora Police arrested people of color "1.3 times more than whites based on population percentage alone."
The United Nations Human Rights chief on Wednesday called for a moratorium on the sale of and use of artificial intelligence technology that poses human rights risks -- including the state use of facial recognition software -- until adequate safeguards are put in place. The plea comes as artificial intelligence develops at a rapid clip, despite myriad concerns ranging from privacy to racial bias plaguing the emerging technology.
Duchess Kate made her first public appearance in more than two months on Wednesday. The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, visited RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England, to meet with those involved in the United Kingdom's evacuation of thousands of people from Afghanistan. In the wake of the Taliban's takeover of the country, the Royal Air Force undertook the largest humanitarian aid operation in more than 70 years as the UK ended its 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan.
U.S. elite gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman are testifying before Congress Wednesday about what they say were failures in FBI's handling of the sexual abuse case against Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Nassar, a former doctor, was sentenced in 2018 to up to 175 years in prison are pleading guilty to sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women. "We have been failed, and we deserve answers," Biles, the first gymnast to speak, said while fighting back tears during parts of her testimony.
There is a high school sophomore from Texas who wakes up at 6 a.m. on the weekends when she knows her parents are asleep, so she can secretly and quietly make calls as an ambassador for a teen pro-vaccine group, fighting off vaccine misinformation. The 15-year-old, who asked to be called Rain (not her real name), is the daughter of QAnon followers who hold strident views against mask wearing, social distancing and the coronavirus vaccine. “Students are thinking for themselves,” said Dr. Douglas Diekema, a University of Washington Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Seattle Children’s Physician.
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released new data from Pfizer's submitted application to approve booster doses of its Covid-19 vaccine. In it, Pfizer demonstrates what it sees as proof that third shot will be both safe and necessary for most Americans to take, arguing that immunity wanes over time -- regardless of any new variant of concern. It comes two days ahead of a critical juncture in the COVID-19 vaccine booster approval process: Friday, the Food and Drug Administration's independent advisory committee (VRBPAC) is set to convene to review and discuss the latest data on potential booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
"Fast and Furious" star Jordana Brewster announced Tuesday that she is engaged to Mason Morfit. Brewster and Morfit first sparked dating rumors last year but have remained relatively private about their love life. The actress was previously married to movie producer Andrew Form, her husband of 13 years.
Daily, Latinos in the U.S. are reminded that they are different -- whether it's because of their different skin tones or the accents in their names -- so for many, getting a month to celebrate their culture seems like both an understatement and an overcorrection. "We are Latino every day, we're here every day, our communities exist every day, we care about our jobs and education every single day," said Geraldo Cadava, the director of the Latino and Latina Studies Program at Northwestern University. Experts like Stephen Pitti, the founding director of Yale's Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration said that when it comes to educating Americans on the heritage of the Hispanic community, having a month is simply not enough to educate people on Hispanic background, history, and even the terms used when labeling Latinos.
Nicholas, now slamming Louisiana with heavy rain, is expected to stall over the state through Friday, bringing more destruction as residents still recover from deadly Hurricane Ida. Six to 14 inches of rain has already inundated Texas and Louisiana, with more on the way. Flash flood watches have been issued in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
The new look at Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" is here! "Good Morning America" exclusively debuted a look at the official trailer on Wednesday for the film, an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which hits theaters Friday, Dec. 10. Starring in Spielberg's movie musical are newcomer Rachel Zegler, Golden Globe nominee Ansel Elgort and the iconic Rita Moreno, among others.
Positive results on handling the pandemic, unfavorable views of the Republican Party and a turnout advantage among Democrats cemented Gov. Gavin Newsom's efforts to retain his seat in California's recall election, according to exit poll results. ABC News projected shortly after polls closed that Newsom would not be recalled, according to preliminary exit polling data and early vote totals. More voters called the pandemic the state's top issue, 31%, than picked any of four other issues offered in the exit poll -- and 80% of those voters supported retaining Newsom in office.