ABC's Ines de La Cuetara discusses the first pope to step down in nearly 600 years.
ABC's Ines de La Cuetara discusses the first pope to step down in nearly 600 years.
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 The new draft guidance expands on existing recommendations to include screening for all types of blood pressure disorders during pregnancy.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."
As the death toll continues to rise in Syria and Turkey following the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake non-profits, nongovernmental organizations and other humanitarian groups are scrambling to help rescue people, provide medical relief to the wounded and shelter for the displaced. The Red Crescent has set up multiple crisis centers in Syria and Turkey and is providing blood, clothing blankets and other support materials, the humanitarian group said. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it dispatched surgical material to treat 100 people in hospitals in Aleppo and is sending more to other medical facilities in the affected regions.
Seven additional Memphis police officers could face discipline in connection with the Tyre Nichols incident, the city's chief legal officer, Jennifer Sink, told ABC News Tuesday. "The administrative investigation is solely to determine if city policies were violated and what disciplinary action should be taken." Graphic footage of the Jan. 7 traffic stop, which showed officers beating Nichols, was released to the public last month and sparked nationwide outrage.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the central bank's fight against inflation has "a long way to go," citing a blockbuster jobs report last week that showed the labor market remains hot despite the Fed's efforts to cool the economy. "This process is likely to take quite a bit of time," Powell said. Consumer prices rose 6.5% over the yearlong period ending in December, which amounts to a significant slowdown from a summer peak but is more than triple the Federal Reserve's target of 2%.
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday released the first close-up photos of operations to recover parts of the Chinese surveillance balloon shot down on Saturday. The photos show debris recovery efforts on Sunday off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Navy said. Divers were working to retrieve other parts of the balloon's payload assembly -- estimated to be the size of three buses -- that likely sunk to the bottom in about 45 feet of water in the area.
The family of a 12-year-old girl in Kenosha, Wisconsin, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against police and the city after accusing an off-duty police officer of kneeling on the girl’s neck while trying to break up a fight she was allegedly involved in. The lawsuit, which was obtained by ABC News, was filed on behalf of the girl's father Jerrel Perez and his daughter, who is identified as Jane Doe because she is a minor. The complaint names the Kenosha Police Officer Shawn Guetschow, the City of Kenosha and the Kenosha Unified School District in the Eastern District of Wisconsin as defendants.
Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday it rejects any effort to reimplement the controversial Trump-era policy known as "remain in Mexico" for asylum-seekers. The policy, officially named the "Migrant Protection Protocols" (MPP), requires some asylum-seekers to be sent back to Mexico during immigration proceedings. In December, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk halted the Biden administration's latest attempt to end the program while a legal challenge, launched by Texas and Missouri aimed at forcing its reinstatement, is considered in court.
Amid national outrage after the release of the video showing the deadly beating of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police, Mona Hardin was reminded of the pain she felt after learning that her son Ronald Greene died after a struggle with Louisiana State Police in May 2019. "My legs went out from under me," Hardin said in an interview with ABC News, describing how she felt when she learned of her son's death. "It was so gut wrenching … it was like seeing Ronnie all over and then seeing a lot of the other victims all over," Hardin said.
The Queen of Salsa and Cuban icon Celia Cruz has been selected to appear on the U.S. quarter. Cruz, who died in 2003, was selected by the United States Mint to be one of the five honorees in the 2024 American Women Quarters Program. The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year initiative that honors the achievements and services of American women.
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday updated its use-of-force policy for when the 80,000 officers under the agency's authority encounter the public. DHS has nine law enforcement agencies under its purview, including Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Secret Service. The Department of Homeland Security said the update to the use of force policy has clear "standards" the policy sets forth "including prohibitions on the use of deadly force against a person whose actions are only a threat to themselves or property."
For the roughly 750,000 people who live in New York's 3rd Congressional District, embattled Rep. George Santos is more than the near-daily headlines he makes. As state Assemblymember Charles Lavine put it to ABC News, the scandals have severely curtailed Santos' ability to advocate for his constituents, leaving him as "a congressional representative in name only" -- who many residents would prefer to see out of office. A Newsday/Siena College survey released last week of 653 voters in Santos' district, conducted in late January, found that 78% said they want him to resign.
An official teaser for the upcoming adult animated series "Agent Elvis," with Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey voicing Elvis Presley, has arrived. The series posits that Elvis "trades his jumpsuit for a jetpack" after he's recruited into "a secret government spy program to battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves -- all while holding down his day job." It was co-created by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie.
A first-of-its-kind pill designed to help treat postpartum depression is one step closer to being available to new mothers. The drug, called Zuranolone, is now being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has until Aug. 5, 2023, to decide whether or not to approve the drug based on an evaluation of its effectiveness and safety. If approved, Zuranolone, made by Sage Therapeutics, Inc., and Biogen Inc., would be the first pill to treat postpartum depression, a type of depression that occurs after having a baby, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Donnese Tyler said she was at a routine PTA meeting at her son's Maryland school last year when she suddenly felt an unusual feeling. "I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, what was that?'" Tyler told "Good Morning America" of the symptoms she felt, which included a sharp pain in her chest and discomfort in her throat. Tyler, 52, also said that when she drank water, the water tasted salty -- an atypical symptom she said was a precursor to the medical emergency she quickly began experiencing.
The Justice Department on Monday charged a Texas couple with dealing pills laced with fentanyl, which it said led to three deaths of three students, according to court documents unsealed on Monday. Luis Eduardo Navarrete, 21, and Magaly Mejia Cano, 29 are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
A 38-year-old man suspected of shooting and gravely wounding an off-duty NYPD officer on Saturday night has been arrested in Rockland County, New York, where he was found hiding out in a hotel, according to police. Charges are pending against Randy Jones, who was apprehended at a Days Inn in Nanuet on Monday and taken into custody in the wounded officer's handcuffs, police said. When they said no, Jones allegedly put Fayaz in a headlock, pointed a gun at him and demanded money, police said.
First lady Jill Biden on Tuesday will sit during the State of the Union with the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., the parents of Tyre Nichols and the man who last month wrestled the gun away from a shooting suspect in Monterey Park, California. Many of the guests present in the first lady’s viewing box were invited because they “personify issues or themes” President Joe Biden is expected to address in his speech, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday. Nichols' mother and stepfather, RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, will sit in the first lady's box on Tuesday, weeks after their son died following a traffic stop that turned into a a violent altercation with police.