A Look at Gio's journey to the anchor desk
A familiar face at ABC News, Gio Benitez, is named GMA weekend co-anchor.
A familiar face at ABC News, Gio Benitez, is named GMA weekend co-anchor.
President Joe Biden will address the nation in a prime-time speech Friday after Congress averted an economically disastrous default by just days by passing legislation to raise the nation's $31.4 trillion debt ceiling. The president is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Eastern from behind the Resolute desk in what will be his first Oval Office address. Biden is expected to tout the deal he made with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as a win for American families, and proof of his ability to compromise to keep the nation on track, themes he's using in his 2024 reelection campaign.
Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, will likely be extradited to the United States on Saturday, sources confirmed to ABC News. The Dutch citizen has been serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old college student Stephany Flores. In the U.S., van der Sloot faces extortion and wire fraud charges stemming from an accusation that he tried to profit from his connection to the Holloway case.
A New York City man accused of fatally shooting an apparent assailant outside his apartment building now faces more than a dozen weapons charges after detectives allegedly discovered an arsenal of firearms and body armor in his home, court records show. Charles Foehner, 65, was arrested on multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon on Thursday -- a day after police say he shot and killed a 32-year-old man outside a parking garage in Queens. Foehner has not been charged for the shooting itself.
Former President Donald Trump on Friday asked the judge overseeing his criminal prosecution in New York City to step aside, citing the judge's daughter's ties to a Democratic organization. Judge Juan Merchan is presiding over the case, in which Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in connection to a hush payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Three people have been killed and three others injured in a Northern California crime spree, the motive for which authorities say remains under investigation. The suspect, 31-year-old Kevin Parkourana of San Jose, was taken into custody following the Thursday afternoon attacks. The spree began at about 3:11 p.m. when Parkourana allegedly stabbed and carjacked a victim in San Jose, according to police.
Branneisha Cooper of Texas said she was diagnosed during her senior year of high school with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, a reproductive hormone imbalance that can cause problems with the menstrual cycle and lead to the formation of multiple ovarian cysts and infertility, according to the U.S. Office on Women's Health. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but people with this condition have higher levels of androgens, such as testosterone, and insulin that can lead to insulin resistance which is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Cooper, now 26, said she suffered for over a decade with irregular menstrual cycles, hormonal imbalances and weight gain.
COVID-19 cases may be increasing again in New York City, new wastewater data hints. Nearly all of the 14 wastewater treatments plants in the city are currently in the "high" detection level category, meaning likely 50 or more cases per 100,000 people, according to the NYS Wastewater Surveillance Network dashboard, which was updated Friday. What's more, two-week trend data shows that just three of the plants are seeing decreases in virus detection.
President Joe Biden has successfully fended off calls from his opponents for him to participate in primary debates, a move that would be unprecedented in recent memory. Democrats have so far opted to tune out the primary challenges levied against him, with the Democratic National Committee throwing its support behind Biden. As former President Donald Trump sought re-election in 2020, the Republican National Committee didn’t hold primary debates, nor did former President Barack Obama during his second bid.
Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka is pregnant with a girl. Osaka, 25, shared photos on social media from her baby shower, posing in front of a sign that reads, "A little princess is on the way." Osaka previously confirmed her pregnancy in January, sharing a photo on Twitter of an ultrasound.
"Top Chef" host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi announced Friday that she will be leaving the culinary competition TV show at the end of the current season. Lakshmi, 52, took to Instagram to share the news with her followers, writing, "After much soul searching, I have made the difficult decision to leave Top Chef." "Having completed a glorious 20th season as host and executive producer, I am extremely proud to have been part of building such a successful show and of the impact it has had in the worlds of television and food," she continued.
Ethnic cleansing campaigns have continued in Ethiopia's Tigray region, despite a November 2022 peace agreement, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. "The November truce in northern Ethiopia has not brought about an end to the ethnic cleansing of Tigrayans in Western Tigray Zone," Laetitia Bader, deputy Africa director for Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. "If the Ethiopian government is really serious about ensuring justice for abuses, then it should stop opposing independent investigations into the atrocities in Western Tigray and hold abusive officials and commanders to account."
Alicia Keys has announced the world premiere of her upcoming original stage musical, "Hell's Kitchen." The production, which is inspired by and loosely based on part of Keys' New York City childhood, is slated to run between Oct. 24 and Dec. 10, with the debut set for Nov. 19, during The Public Theater's 2023-24 season. The musical, which Keys says she has been working on for 13 years, will feature new music from the singer.
The Department of Justice has notified former Vice President Mike Pence that no criminal charges will be sought in their investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving office, according to a letter sent to Pence's attorneys by the DOJ that ABC News has reviewed. Earlier this year lawyers for Pence informed the Justice Department that a small number of classified documents had been found at his home in Indiana. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the letter to ABC News, but declined to comment further.
Beanie Feldstein and her partner of five years, Bonnie-Chance Roberts, are officially married. The couple told Vogue they wed in a summer camp-themed wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate in the Hudson Valley in New York.
A settlement has been approved in the wrongful death suit filed by Matthew Hutchins and his son following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set of "Rust." The cinematographer died in October 2021 after allegedly being shot by a prop gun that Alec Baldwin, also a producer for the film, was holding during rehearsals on the set, according to police. The actor was practicing a cross-draw when the gun fired, striking Hutchins.
A Pennsylvania teen who went viral for his reaction to being accepted into college will graduate high school on Saturday -- and his entire college tuition has already been paid for. Amir Staten, 17, of Philadelphia gained national attention in February when he sprinted down a street, crying and yelling in joy after learning he was accepted into Morehouse College, an all-male historically black university in Atlanta. A few months later, the soon-to-be high school graduate learned that he had also earned a four-year, full-ride scholarship to Morehouse.
Dev Shah hoisted the coveted Scripps Cup after correctly spelling the word psammophile -- an organism that prefers or thrives in sandy areas -- to win the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. "It felt good knowing that I accomplished something I worked hard for," Shah told "Good Morning America" Friday morning in the wake of his monumental accomplishment. When asked, "were you ever in doubt when you first heard the word?" Shah replied confidently and succinctly, "no."
A breast cancer drug already on the market has been found to lower the chances of breast cancer recurring, an advancement that could open the drug to a broader range of patients. The pharmaceutical company Novartis announced the findings Friday about its breast cancer treatment Kisqali, a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people with more advanced stages of breast cancer. The vast majority of breast cancer patients are diagnosed in the early stages of disease.
Keith Russell began his day with a trip to the airport to pick up some supplies. It ended with a scene that could have been pulled from an adventure movie when he rescued five travelers from an airplane submerged in the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas. A single-engine Piper PA-32 aircraft carrying five people crashed roughly 10 miles north of Andros, Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to the Bahamas' Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority.
When Heather Frank reported to police that an argument with her boyfriend led to him allegedly throwing punches, she was lying injured in a Denver hospital bed. It was April 2019, and she was one of more than 59 million women in America to report domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to a 2022 CDC report based on data from the 2016 to 2017 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. According to police reports obtained by ABC News and interviews with Frank’s friends and family, this was not her first brush with domestic violence – she had reported suffering abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, Kevin Eastman, for years.