Officials provided context to the vote count and the timing to complete.
Officials provided context to the vote count and the timing to complete.
President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as surgeon general, a key role in the government's coronavirus response, multiple sources told ABC News. Biden will begin rolling out members of his health team early next week, though a transition spokesperson declined to comment on Biden's plan's for Murthy. Murthy, who has advised Biden on the pandemic throughout his campaign and transition, is expected to hold a broader portfolio in the next administration than he held under President Barack Obama.
T.R. Knight, the actor who played George O'Malley on the first five seasons of "Grey's Anatomy," returned at the end of the Dec. 3 episode for an emotional reunion with not just Ellen Pompeo's character, but with Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), too. As fans will recall, George, who had been a series regular since the series premiere, died in the season 5 finale, which aired on May 14, 2009, when he pushed a pedestrian out of the way of an oncoming bus, thereby saving their life.
For the first time in congressional history, the House of Representatives voted to pass a measure that would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level -- months after pulling the bill amid worries the controversial vote could cause some lawmakers to lose tight races in November. While the federal government continues to criminalize cannabis, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler stressed that 36 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis while 15 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. Nadler said the legislation "would reverse the failed policy of criminalizing marijuana on the federal level and would take steps to address the heavy toll this policy has taken across the country, particularly on communities of color."
The 26-year-old goes to graduate school in the United States, but she was born and raised in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, where a deadly conflict broke out last month between federal troops and rebellious regional forces. On Nov. 4, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced a military offensive against the Tigray People's Liberation Front, a powerful ethnically based political party that dominated the East African nation's federal government for almost 30 years, until Abiy came to power in 2018. The prime minister alleged that forces loyal to TPLF had attacked the headquarters of the Ethiopian military's Northern Command in Tigray's regional capital, Mekelle.
Mariah Carey is ringing in the holiday season with a little help from Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. "They say it's unrealistic / But I believe in you Saint Nick / So grant this wish for me right quick / Santa won't you come and make him mine this Christmas night," the three sing as they try to convince Kris Kringle why they deserve the special favor -- from being "really, really, really good this year" to promising they "won't forget the milk and cookies." "Oh Santa!" is part of the Apple TV+ holiday special, "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special," which is streaming now.
Justin Bieber on Thursday shared a brief glance of the online harassment he and wife Hailey Baldwin receive. Taking to Instagram Stories, the "Lonely" singer discussed a recent example that involved a woman sharing a video encouraging others to "bombard" Baldwin with disparaging remarks during her upcoming livestream.
As one of the undisputed living legends of songwriting, Dolly Parton has dozens of hits and even more songs to her name -- but she's not done yet. The superstar tells Billboard that when she turns 75 next month, she'll mark her birthday the way she always does: by writing a song. "It's a commemorative thing to write something on my birthday -- it's what I do and what I am," Parton explained in the magazine's Women in Music Issue, in which she's honored with Billboard's Hitmaker Award.
Two U.S. marshals were injured in a shootout with a suspect in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, New York, Friday morning. The marshals were rushed to Jacobi Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Suspect Andre Sterling was shot and killed on-site, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
U.S. employers added 245,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate slipped to 6.7%, the Department of Labor said Friday. The fresh economic data shows the labor market clawing its way out of the pandemic-induced downturn, but still far away from a full recovery. The unemployment rate in the U.S. was 3.5% in February before the crisis hit.
As companies race to create vaccines to alleviate the devastation caused by COVID-19, two companies -- Pfizer and Moderna -- say their vaccines are more than 90% effective in adults. "Since we've had these really quite phenomenal results reported at least in the press releases, the companies are shifting the focus to younger age groups," said Dr. David Kimberlin, an infectious disease pediatrician at the University of Alabama who previously served as the president of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. In November, Pfizer broadened its trials to start testing children as young as 12, with Moderna following suit this month.
After a federal advisory committee recommended this week that health care workers, nursing home residents and staff be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines, discussions turned to who should be next in line, as initial supplies remain limited. Prisoners should be high on the list, according to the American Medical Association, the nation's largest physician group, which this month called for incarcerated people to "be prioritized in receiving access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines in the initial phases of distribution." The risk of getting COVID-19 in prison is 5.5 times higher than for the general population, according to JAMA, the AMA's peer-reviewed journal.
ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton has been reporting on the novel coronavirus daily, helping Americans understand the medical updates throughout this public health crisis that has changed daily life. From finding emotional balance, to exercise, to diet, to general health, Dr. Ashton shares the tools to teach you to think like a doctor and take charge of your own wellbeing and mental health.
Like millions of families around the world, Britain's royal family plans to celebrate Christmas differently this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The family will break a decades-long tradition of spending Christmas at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth's estate in Norfolk. Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will instead spend the Christmas holiday at Windsor Castle, their home outside London where they have spent much of their time since March, when the United Kingdom began its first stay-at-home orders.
A Major Santa Ana wind event unfolded Thursday with wind gusts as high as 95 mph in Southern California. The highest wind gust of 95 mph was recorded in the San Diego county mountains, while in Chino Hills, Orange County winds gusted up to 79 mph and up to 49 mph in Silverado Canyon. As of Friday morning, fires are still burning in Southern California.
People who were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine still had elevated antibodies three months after their second dose, according to new data published Thursday as a letter to the editor in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. "These data give us further optimism to expect that the high level of efficacy recently demonstrated by mRNA-1273 to prevent COVID-19 disease will be durable," Dr. Tal Zaks, chief medical officer of Moderna, said in a press release. Moderna's vaccine has already demonstrated it's more than 94% effective in a massive phase 3 trial, but those results only show the vaccine is safe and effective for roughly two months after the last dose.
Although front-runner COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna boast efficacy rates of greater than 90%, scientists say it is crucial to continue to study new vaccines, which could be even better than the first-generation shots. As these vaccines near the finish line, scientists will face a predicament: Successful authorization of the first vaccines will make it difficult, if not impossible, to continue to study COVID-19 vaccines of the future. If their results pan out in humans, the findings could help researchers side-step the need for massive, phase 3, placebo-controlled clinical trials, like the ones that are being conducted today for the current COVID-19 vaccines.
The man who is leading Operation Warp Speed said there is one thing that keeps him up at night: the possibility of making coronavirus vaccines available to people who then don't bother to get them. "We get vaccines to the American people and they don't take them," Gen. Gus Perna told CBS "60 Minutes" of his worst nightmare in November. 'Hey, I don't believe in vaccines.'
As President Donald Trump keeps a lower profile during his final weeks in office, behind the scenes the administration is racing to solidify his legacy, fulfill campaign promises and overhaul federal regulations that could take President-elect Joe Biden years to undo. "I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and the 20th of January, a lot of things," Trump asserted in an Oval Office appearance on Thanksgiving. From immigration to environmental protections, the Trump administration is quietly pushing to finalize more than three dozen rule changes that could have significant impact for years.
The president and vice president are heading to Georgia to headline rallies for the state's two senators as a growing number of Republicans express direct and indirect concerns that rhetoric coming from President Donald Trump and some allies claiming the presidential election was "rigged" could suppress GOP turnout for the runoff election in January. In the nearly four weeks since Joe Biden was projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Trump has refused to concede, peddling false claims and outright conspiracies of mass election fraud and voting switching, even as Republican elected officials who supported his reelection increasingly acknowledge that Trump lost, and that claims of widespread voter fraud that have been rejected in more than two dozen lawsuits in battleground states across the country are without merit.
A teacher shortage that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic has become a nationwide issue, prompting parents to step in as substitute teachers in their children's schools. Lisa Ursy is from Charleston, South Carolina, and is a substitute teacher at Murray-LaSaine Montessori School, where her partner is the principal and their children are in 7th and 8th grade. Ursy told "Good Morning America" that being in the building has given her a "sense of calm and assurance because I can see everything."