ABC News' Will Ganss spoke to Jake Adams in the middle of his epic journey.
ABC News' Will Ganss spoke to Jake Adams in the middle of his epic journey.
Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller testified Wednesday that he was concerned in the days before the Jan. 6 insurrection that sending troops to the Capitol would fan fears of a military coup or conspiracies that advisers to the president were advocating martial law -- which could cause a repeat of the deadly 1970 Kent State University shooting in which Ohio National Guard troops fired at demonstrators and killed four American civilians. "Historically military responses to domestic protests have resulted in violations of American civil rights, and even in the case of the Kent State protests of the Vietnam War tragic deaths," he said.
For Dolly Parton, family is everything. "People always brag about the staff here at Dollywood," Parton, 75, told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts on Wednesday, live from the iconic theme park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Dollywood staff came together to weather the COVID-19 pandemic after having to close down on short notice last March, before returning to work when the theme park reopened on a limited basis and continue to adapt as restrictions have been lifting.
Personal information belonging to officers of the U.S. capital's primary law enforcement agency has been leaked on the dark web by a Russian-speaking ransomware gang, according to a source briefed on the investigation. The source told ABC News late Tuesday that the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia was notifying the affected officers. The group behind the leak, called Babuk, said in a statement on its darknet site late Monday that it would release "all the data" it stole from the police department if it did not "raise the price."
With over a third of the United States population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, scientists hope to preserve this newly acquired immunity as the pandemic continues. Now, researchers are exploring whether we might all need booster shots in the coming months and years in order to maintain immunity or to protect against newly emerging variants. The Biden administration said during a Senate hearing Tuesday that the government has enough funding to buy booster shots if needed.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas are set to testify in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday at a hearing centered around the domestic violent extremist threat facing the country. Both are expected to highlight new initiatives put forward by their respective departments as they push lawmakers to approve $100 million of additional funds in President Joe Biden's budget request dedicated to addressing rising domestic terrorism threats. On Tuesday, Mayorkas established a domestic terrorism branch in the DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis and established the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, which is an effort to combat terrorism and targeted violence.
A growing consensus among public health experts that the U.S. could soon safely end mask mandates has put pressure on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to update its guidance in the weeks ahead or risk losing credibility with the public. All adult Americans who want to get a vaccine will have had the chance to do so in the next two months, the thinking goes, and they should then be able to make their own risk assessment based on the strong efficacy of the vaccines, which experts believe largely protects fully vaccinated Americans from getting severely ill with the virus and from transmitting it. "What's happening in the past week or so is that we're seeing the effect of the vaccine winning this race against the variants, winning the race against the virus, and that's freeing us up -- and forcing us, rightly so -- to reevaluate our control strategies that are in place," said Joe Allen, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
As vaccination numbers continue to rise, Americans are expected to travel this summer -- taking their first big trip since the start of the pandemic. "I think folks are really eager to make their first trip back, they've been vaccinated and feel safe and comfortable traveling, they want to make their first trip a big one," Scott Keyes, founder of Scott's Cheap Flights and author of "Take More Vacations," told ABC News. Despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance against non-essential travel, more than a million people have passed through U.S. airports each day since early March, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., remained defiant Tuesday just hours before Republicans are expected to remove her from House GOP leadership, warning that former President Donald Trump's continued attacks against the 2020 election threaten American democracy and risk inciting more violence. Taking to the House floor in a near-empty chamber after several conservative colleagues railed against "cancel culture," Cheney delivered a searing indictment of House GOP leaders seeking to expel her from their ranks after she voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and her continued denunciations of the former president. "Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar," Cheney said.
The most populous city in New Jersey has launched a pilot program to give guaranteed income to some residents, as the pandemic has exacerbated the racial wealth gap and exposed the economic vulnerabilities millions of Americans face. Experts say success in Newark, New Jersey, a neighbor of New York City, could set a precedent for other communities around the country to follow suit as the nation seeks to equitably recover from the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19. "We must emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with new purpose, new vision and new ideas to transform our community and truly improve the quality of life of our residents," Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, a Democrat, said in a statement earlier this week.
A car matching the description of one belonging to a Texas mother who went missing three weeks ago was found in a pond with a body inside, authorities said Tuesday. Erica Hernandez, 40, was last seen leaving a friend's house in southwest Houston in the early morning hours of April 18. Information gathered from the FBI led authorities to a retention pond in Pearland, southeast of Houston, where they searched the area and "found a location that was consistent with a vehicle striking the curb and entering a body of water at the end of the road," Houston Police Department Commander Kevin Deese said during a press briefing Tuesday evening.
After spending 22 years in solitary confinement, Anthony Gay is trying to make sure no other prisoner in Illinois has to experience the same level of trauma that he went through. Gay is the face of the state's Anthony Gay Isolated Confinement Act, a bill developed over the last 10 years that would limit solitary confinement to no more than 10 days per six-month period. It's one of several bills currently moving through state legislatures across the country that aim to reform solitary confinement in prisons and reduce the severe mental health toll on prisoners.
Sisters Andrea and Natalia Tovar looked to a special friend as inspiration for their company -- their 13-year-old dog Bocce. In 2010, Andrea Tovar decided to start Bocce's Bakery after noticing all of the processed ingredients found in typical dog treats. "I flipped over one of the treat bags that I was giving him and I was shocked by the amount of ingredients, and the names that I couldn't pronounce that were in his treats," said Andrea Tovar.
A Georgia district attorney will seek the death penalty and hate crimes charges against Atlanta spa shootings suspect Robert Aaron Long. Long is accused of killing eight people, including six Asian women, in a spree targeting three Atlanta-area spas on March 16. Long was indicted Tuesday on murder and other charges stemming from the shootings.
Five young migrant children, including an 11-month-old, were found abandoned at the U.S.-Mexico border in scorching temperatures over the weekend, according to government officials. Eagle Pass Station Border Patrol said it received a call about five girls being found near Normandy, Texas, on Sunday, when the temperature would reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The children were identified as three Honduran nationals aged 2, 3 and 7 and two Guatemalan nationals, aged 5 and 11 months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.
Kylie Jenner and her daughter's latest snap might make your heart melt. "I love being your mommy," Jenner, 23, captioned the series of images. Since posting, the adorable pic has received over 12 million likes with lots of Instagrammers wishing Jenner a happy Mother's Day and admiring the adorable photo.
A new sunscreen contouring "hack" gaining popularity on TikTok has experts warning users to be very cautious about skin damage. TikTok user Eli Withrow shared a technique that she's convinced gives your face a chiseled, radiant boost. "You'll be naturally snatched all summer," said Withrow.
Thomas Rhett surprised fans this past weekend by announcing that he and his wife Lauren Akins are expecting their fourth daughter this November. While Rhett, 31, admitted that he wasn't always equipped to live in a house filled with five members of the opposite sex, the 31-year-old said he is confident he has the skills now. The second-generation country star is anything but miserable, having long ago admitted he dreamt of a house full of kids.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky was forced to defend her agency's guidance and even its integrity on Tuesday as Senate Republicans grilled her over CDC messaging on masks and other restrictions, arguing it's frustrating and unreasonable as more Americans get vaccinated. The Senate Health Committee hearing came hours after the Food and Drug Administration authorized coronavirus vaccinations for children ages 12 and up, widening the U.S. population that will be protected against the virus and bolstering chances for a safe return to full-time school in the fall. Asked what she would say to parents who are considering getting their kids vaccinated now, the CDC director, while acknowledging some parents may not want to be first in line, said she would encourage all parents to get their children vaccinated and for children to ask for the shot.
As the search continued Tuesday for a Bengal tiger that sparked panic in a Houston residential neighborhood, a lawyer for the man arrested in connection with the incident denied that his client is the big cat's owner and accused police of playing a cat-and-mouse game that has jeopardized his agreement to help locate the animal. Victor Hugo Cuevas, 28, was taken into custody Monday night on a felony charge of evading police, who alleged he fled in a vehicle with the tiger after it wandered out of his Houston home on Sunday evening and prompted a flood of 911 calls from concerned residents, including an off-duty law enforcement officer who pulled a gun on the tiger. Cuevas' attorney, Michael Elliott, told ABC News on Tuesday that Cuevas was about to voluntarily surrender and had agreed to help direct police to the tiger and its real owner but that he was betrayed at the last minute and arrested at his mother's home in Fort Bend County southeast of Houston.
Investigators say the suspect who killed six adults, including his girlfriend, and took his own life in front of young children at a Colorado Springs birthday party over the weekend was fueled by jealousy after he was not invited to the family gathering. The Colorado Springs Police Department identified the victims of Sunday's shooting as Melvin Perez, 30, Mayra Ibarra de Perez, 33, Jose Gutierrez-Cruz, 21, Joana Cruz, 52, Sandra Ibarra-Perez, 28, and Jose Ibarra, 26.