Scientists say one new vaccine appears to reduce transmission of the virus. ABC’s Kenneth Moton reports.
Scientists say one new vaccine appears to reduce transmission of the virus. ABC’s Kenneth Moton reports.
"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has addressed the controversy over the long-running animated series' white actors voicing characters of other races. The comments came on the heels of Harry Shearer's announcement that he'd no longer voice Dr. Julius Hibbert, or any other Black characters, as well as Hank Azaria's hanging up playing Indian immigrant Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on the show in 2017. "Times change, but I actually didn't have a problem with the way we were doing it," Groening told the BBC.
For Carrie Underwood, "Softly and Tenderly" is a message of healing she hopes to share with fans. "It felt like at the time, that song just brought a lot of healing into the room," Underwood reflected in the video. "My Savior," the companion to Underwood's Christmas album, "My Gift," features a variety of other gospel songs she grew up singing, including "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
New York City's highest-ranking uniformed police officer, Terence Monahan, who memorably took a knee with George Floyd protesters in Washington Square Park, is retiring, a source familiar with the decision told ABC News. Monahan's retirement as NYPD chief of department is expected to prompt another shakeup of top officials, including the elevation of Rodney Harrison from chief of detectives to chief of department. Monahan joined the NYPD in 1982 and was named chief of department in January 2018.
The beautiful and tranquil weather around the country is over on Thursday as several storms systems are expected to move from West to East with heavy rain, strong to severe thunderstorms, heavy snow and damaging winds. In the West, a snowstorm hit Colorado overnight with Denver getting 6 to 12 inches of snow which caused numerous accidents, spinouts and stalled vehicles. On Thursday morning, 10 states are on alert from California to Montana with damaging winds, heavy snow and avalanche danger as a winter storm warning continues for Denver early today.
Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, is speaking out to tell his side of the story, via his lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, regarding his daughter's conservatorship in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America." The conservatorship, established in 2008, has put Jamie in control of Britney's financial affairs for the past 13 years, as well as her personal affairs up until 2019. The case has dominated headlines as of late, largely due to the release of "Framing Britney Spears," a documentary from The New York Times, and the now-famous #FreeBritney movement.
New data now reveals that the same racial and ethnic disparities which have affected adults throughout the pandemic, also extend to children of color. Black and Latino children have been affected by more illness and death than other children, during the pandemic. More than 3.1 million children have tested positive for coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic, accounting for approximately 13.1% of all cases in states reporting cases by age, according to a weekly report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.
Nearly 60 years ago, Calvin Tyler was forced to drop out of college in his hometown of Baltimore because he couldn't afford tuition. Now he and his wife, Tina, have pledged $20 million to endow scholarships for students needing financial aid at the historically Black school. "Morgan is so proud to call this son and daughter of the great City of Baltimore our own, and through their historic giving, the doors of higher education will most certainly be kept open for generations of aspiring leaders whose financial shortfalls may have kept them from realizing their academic dreams," David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, said in a statement Monday.
"This is a very different trial than the trials that were done last fall," said Dr. Dan Barouch, director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a lead researcher for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While Pfizer and Moderna are conducting further research on their vaccines' efficacy against variants -- or if a booster will be required -- Barouch emphasized that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a leg-up in terms of its data, because it's the only one so far that's been tested against variant strains.
The 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters, were the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. Their accomplishments and heroism stood in stark contrast to the racism and discrimination they faced on the home front. In 1916, New York Gov. Charles Whitman formed the 15th New York (Colored) National Guard Regiment, which became the 369th Infantry Regiment after the U.S. entered World War I. The majority of the men were from Harlem -- in their ranks were hotel porters, mailmen and doormen. The men were the first Black soldiers in New York's National Guard.
Any former teammate of Shaquille O'Neal would likely tell you that having him on the court was the sports equivalent of a great insurance policy. The NBA Hall of Famer told "Good Morning America" that "trust and credibility were very important" throughout his 19-year NBA career, and now he's applying those values to a new campaign with a brand that's been by his side since college. Shaq first teamed up with the brand nearly a decade ago.
From gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition to starring in such blockbusters as "Just Go With It" and "Battleship," Brooklyn Decker's move from magazines to movies wasn't easy. The model-turned-actress has starred alongside powerhouses such as Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, all of whom have shared some of their wisdom with her. "I've noticed that when people just sink into themselves fully without any sort of fear or trepidation, they're really the fullest version of themselves," Decker told "Good Morning America."
To kick things off, Justin Chapple, author of "Just Cook It!" and culinary director-at-large for Food & Wine, shared his insights about the essential types of pans every home cook should have on hand. Not only will this be for soups and stews but braises and even deep-fried foods.
Kristyn Watkins got her first menstrual cycle when she was 10 years old and then suffered from what she describes as debilitating, heavy periods for nearly the next three decades. Watkins said her mother had experienced the same complications, as had Watkins's grandmother, whom she said underwent a hysterectomy at age 32 because of her excessive bleeding. Watkins lived with her heavy periods -- which would often force her to stay home or stay near a restroom -- without knowing any better or having any relief until the age of 33, when she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Georgia.
As a teenager, Ceyenne Doroshow, the founder and now-executive director of Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S), said she was rejected by her family because she identified as a woman. Doroshow is not alone in her struggles. One in five transgender people have experienced homelessness during their lives, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality, and more than one in 10 transgender people have been evicted from their homes because of their gender identity.
A teenage girl has died after saving her brother when they both fell into a frozen lake in Ohio, officials said. An officer who responded to the drowning incident also died, authorities said. The 16-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy fell through the ice near boat docks at Rocky Fork State Park in Hillsboro on Tuesday evening, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Wednesday mandating a 100-day review of critical product supply chains in the U.S., focused on those for computer chips, large capacity batteries, active pharmaceutical ingredients and critical minerals and strategic materials, including rare-earth minerals. The order is part of the administration's effort to secure domestic supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that highlighted vulnerabilities that currently exist. "The bottom line is simple: The American people should never face shortages in the goods and services they rely on, whether that's their car or their prescription medicines or the food at the local grocery store," Biden said in remarks prior to signing the order.
According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 5.6% of United States adults identify as LGBT. For the first time, Gallup also asked respondents to indicate their precise sexual orientation, as opposed to responding "yes" or "no" to whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The poll found that more than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual, about a quarter (24.5%) as gay, 11.7% as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender.
The #MeToo movement, National Women’s Law Center and Time’s Up Foundation have launched a new campaign designed to support Black survivors of sexual violence. The new initiative, called "We, As Ourselves," launched Wednesday and was created "to change the conversation about sexual violence and its impact on Black communities," the organizations said in a press release. The campaign revolves around three main components: reshaping narratives that have the potential to negatively impact or silence Black survivors of sexual violence, creating new support structures where Black survivors can be "believed, heard, and supported" and building "safe spaces where Black survivors can confront their stories."
For millions of Americans like 27-year-old Edvonte Copeland, stimulus checks from the federal government have provided a financial lifeline. A special education assistant and assistant athletic director at a high school in Minneapolis, Copeland’s work became unpredictable as the pandemic forced classrooms to go virtual. When the most recent $600 check arrived in the mail, Copeland immediately used it to help pay his bills.
Nearly a week after the South Dakota attorney general was charged with three misdemeanors for fatally striking a pedestrian on a highway last year, the South Dakota governor has called on him to resign and released investigation interviews that detail the incident, and state lawmakers have begun impeachment proceedings against him. Jason Ravnsborg, 44, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile device, lane driving violation and careless driving stemming from the Sept. 12 crash. Ravnsborg was not on his cell phone at the time of the impact but was outside the lanes of travel, state attorneys said, when he hit the 55-year-old victim, Joseph Boever, on U.S. Highway 14, about a mile west of Highmore, South Dakota.