Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea just days after the second North Korea missile test in a week.
Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea just days after the second North Korea missile test in a week.
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday urged a federal judge in Florida to reject a lawsuit against her by a "disgruntled" Donald Trump. Trump, in the suit, is seeking emergency protection for the revocable trust in which he parked his ownership of the Trump Organization. The state attorney general's office, in a new court filing Wednesday, said Trump deserves no relief from the court.
An off-duty FBI agent appeared to fatally shoot a person at a metro station in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night, police said. Police responded to reports of multiple shots fired on the Red Line platform at the Metro Center station shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, D.C. Metro Transit Police said. Ashan Benedict, Metropolitan Police Department executive assistant chief of police, later said it appeared two individuals, including the agent, were involved in an altercation, where one apparently grabbed the other and both went over a side wall, away from the tracks, which was an 8-foot drop.
President Joe Biden Wednesday evening praised survivors and relatives of victims of gun violence and pledged to work to try and strengthen gun laws. Speaking at the 10th annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence at a church in Washington, D.C., he called it "commonsense" to ban assault weapons, limit the number of bullets allowed in a cartridge and restrict the types of weapons that can be bought and sold. Biden praised the attendees for turning "pain into purpose."
A Florida state representative behind the Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by critics, has been indicted on wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements charges. A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Florida returned a six-count indictment against state Rep. Joseph Harding, who is accused of scheming to defraud the Small Business Administration and obtaining COVID-19-related loans on false pretenses, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies on Wednesday to ban the use of social media platform TikTok on government-issued devices over concerns about how the China-owned app handles data on American infrastructure and other sensitive information. "TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users' devices -- including when, where and how they conduct internet activity -- and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government," Abbott said in a letter to state officials on Wednesday. TikTok has faced growing scrutiny from state and federal officials over fears that American data could fall into the possession of the Chinese government.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Wednesday that the panel's long-awaited report will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Thompson said the report's release would be coupled with some form of public presentation, the details of which are still being sorted out by committee members. The report and accompanying materials will be posted online, Thompson said.
Part-time faculty on strike at The New School university in New York City will stop receiving wages and premiums for health care benefits on Wednesday, three weeks into its strike. The workers are paid on a monthly basis, so they will not be affected until the end of the month, but many of them are scared, Lee-Sean Huang, a member of the bargaining committee and part-time faculty member at The New School's Parsons School of Design, told ABC News. Part-time faculty on strike are asking the university for affordable and reliable health insurance; pay that accounts for out-of-class work and inflation; job security; and recourse against discrimination and harassment, according to Huang.
The West Hollywood City Council unanimously approved a measure requiring all new construction or significant renovations to businesses to include only gender-neutral bathrooms. All single-stall restrooms throughout the city have been required to be designated "gender-neutral" since 2014, but this is the first mandate that all new multi-stall restrooms be marked "gender-neutral." "I noticed in my conversations that multi-stall gender-neutral bathrooms are kind of the future," Council member John M. Erickson told ABC News.
As police in Moscow, Idaho, continue their search for the suspect who killed four University of Idaho students, they're starting to remove some of the victims' personal belongings from the house where the gruesome crimes unfolded. Belongings "no longer needed for the investigation" started to get collected Wednesday to be returned to victims' families, who've asked for some of the items, police said. "It's time for us to get those things back that really mean something to those families, and hopefully help with some of their healing," Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Tuesday.
China loosened some key COVID-19 controls on Wednesday after residents began protesting against the strict measures in November. Authorities did not acknowledge the unrest in their decision but the sudden announcement by China’s State Council Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism directly addresses some of the key concerns of the demonstrators, including relaxing quarantine rules and allowing for home quarantine for mild and asymptomatic cases. Previously, residents who tested positive were sent to a central quarantine facility.
As Republicans plan to aggressively challenge President Biden's border and immigration policies in the House next year, one border-district Republican is drawing attention an alarming number of suicides in the ranks of Customs and Border Protection agents. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers plan this week to introduce the TAPS Act to direct resources to Border Patrol agents -- modeled on a past effort at the Pentagon to address mental health issues in the military. "There's a lot of things that should unite us," Gonzales said at a news conference Wednesday.
An 11-year-old cancer patient was sworn in as an honorary police officer for 53 different police departments at a ceremony held Monday at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Devarjaye "DJ" Daniel's journey to becoming an honorary police officer started several years ago, according to his father Theodis Daniel. Daniel told "Good Morning America" that DJ, who was diagnosed four years ago with anaplastic ependymoma, a terminal cancer of the brain and spine, set his goal after three police officers helped the Daniel family in 2017 when they were displaced by Hurricane Harvey and were temporarily living at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.
A mysterious object that began appearing along Florida's eastern shore after Hurricanes Ian and Nicole is likely the remnants of a 19th-century shipwreck, archaeologists said. The wooden ship was unearthed in recent weeks by beach erosion in Daytona Beach Shores but has now been partially buried again due to the tides, according to the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program. A team with the archaeological program was on site this week to study the wreckage, which is believed to be 80 to 100 feet long.
Just before Thanksgiving, about 9 million people who applied for student debt relief from the federal government got an email from the Department of Education with a subject line indicating their application had been "approved," according to a copy of the email obtained by ABC News. The email explained as much in the email body, informing borrowers that "lawsuits are preventing the Department of Education from implementing its one-time student loan debt relief program." Acknowledging the misfire this week -- about two weeks later -- the Department of Education told ABC News that borrowers will get an updated email soon that corrects the subject line and clarifies the state of the program.
No incumbent senator lost his or her job, and Georgia's runoff win on Tuesday means Democrats will add a single seat to the Senate majority they already had. Republicans picked up only nine seats in the House, enough to take control by the mirror image of the narrow margin that left them in the minority after 2020. "This will make it easier for us to get some things done," Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock told President Joe Biden in celebrating his victory on Tuesday night.
Former President Donald Trump had an outside team conduct a deeper search for any government documents at four properties which turned up at least two more documents marked classified, ABC News has confirmed according to sources familiar with the matter. The documents were recovered at a storage unit that is owned by the federal government, and maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA) in West Palm Beach, Florida, the sources told ABC News. The Department of Justice has been notified of the documents' existence.
A respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, vaccine for older adults could be on the horizon after Pfizer announced Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would fast-track review of its experimental vaccine. "This is huge," Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic's vaccine research group, told ABC News. How does RSV affect older adults?
In an extraordinary and tense debate stretching three hours on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court entertained an unprecedented call to give state legislatures nearly unchecked power to dictate when, where and how Americans vote for president and Congress. While a majority of justices appeared skeptical of entirely removing state courts from the process of reviewing state election laws, a majority did seem willing to impose new limits on the role judges can play in election policy. The plaintiffs argue that the U.S. Constitution's elections clause expressly empowers the state legislature, and legislature alone, to dictate the "time, places and manner" of federal elections -- free from substantive review by state courts.
Republicans are celebrating a major political win as they head into the new Congress with a House majority -- forcing Democrats to concede on ending the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate in order to get the must-pass national defense bill across the finish line. The move would be a major concession for Democrats and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy took a victory lap on Tuesday night when the National Defense Authorization Act was revealed to have included a provision to get rid of the mandate, writing on Twitter, "Last week I told Biden directly: it's time to end your COVID vaccine mandate on our military & rehire our service members."
At a time when the present-day impacts of climate change are unavoidable, millions of Americans are reevaluating whether they want to have children, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll. According to the new poll conducted using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, nearly a quarter of U.S. adults ages 18 to 45 (23%) say that climate change has made them reconsider having a biological child. A quarter say that climate change has made them consider having fewer children, and 12% say it has made them consider adoption instead of having a biological child.