Lyric Wise, a first-generation college student, defied all the odds to succeed in school.
Lyric Wise, a first-generation college student, defied all the odds to succeed in school.
More than 186,000 restaurants flooded the federal government with applications for money in the first two days of a program set up to ameliorate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said Wednesday. President Joe Biden touted the high interest in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, launched on Monday as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package he signed into law nearly two months ago, as an industry group warned the fund's popularity could cause it to quickly exhaust its $28.6 billion in funding. "Whether it's our economy or our sense of community, we're relying on restaurants to play a big role in our recovery," Biden said at the White House Wednesday afternoon.
No. 3 Rep. Liz Cheney -- the congresswoman wasn't backing down, but she wasn't openly fighting the move, either. The embattled Wyoming representative has told people she doesn't believe it's worth serving as the Republican Party's conference chair if it requires lying about the election results, a source familiar with the congresswoman's thinking told ABC News. Late Wednesday, Cheney published an opinion piece in The Washington Post laying out her case, writing, "The Republican Party is at a turning point, and Republicans must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution."
The Biden administration now says it supports waiving the intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, opening the door for their possible manufacturing by companies and countries around the world, beyond those that invented them. The U.S. had opposed the waiver, along with pharmaceutical companies like Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer who are concerned about the precedent it would set and accused the administration of taking "an unprecedented step that will undermine our global response to the pandemic and compromise safety." The World Trade Organization is holding negotiations on patent waivers for COVID-19 vaccine technology this week.
A D.C. district judge ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the authority to uphold a federal eviction moratorium, which was put in place to prevent those behind on rent because of the pandemic from being evicted from their homes. Judge Dabney Friedrich of the D.C. District Court ordered the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services to vacate the eviction moratorium, which has been in place since last year. "It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic," Friedrich wrote.
Serena Williams and her daughter, Olympia, had an adorable guest present during their latest outing. The mother-daughter duo and Olympia's doll Qai Qai made Instagrammers smile when they shared a fun photo where they all are wearing a pink swimsuit while standing poolside. "When @nike makes a swimsuit for not just @olympiaohanian but @realqaiqai too," Williams captioned the photo.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex won her final copyright claim in her lawsuit against a U.K. tabloid publisher over the publication of her handwritten letter to her estranged father. High Court Justice Mark Warby sided with Meghan's lawyers in his ruling Wednesday that the duchess's letter did not belong to the Crown, according to The Associated Press. Associated Newspapers Limited, the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, had argued in court that it believed Prince Harry and Meghan's former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, was a co-author of the letter, which Associated Newspapers argued meant the letter belonged to the Crown.
Rohan Aggarwal is 26 years old. As India's health care system teeters on the verge of collapse during a brutal second wave of the novel coronavirus, Aggarwal makes those decisions during a 27-hour workday that includes a grim overnight shift in charge of the emergency room at his New Delhi hospital. Everyone at Holy Family Hospital -- patients, relatives and staff -- knows there aren't enough beds, oxygen or ventilators to keep everyone who arrives at the hospital's front gates alive.
Former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of the charge of murder in the death of a young Islamic State detainee in Iraq in 2017, has made the bombshell allegation that the detainee died as part of a plan to practice medical procedures on him and that his fellow SEALs had all agreed to the idea. Gallagher, the senior enlisted leader of his SEAL platoon and a medic, provided medical care to the detainee including the insertion of a breathing tube to his throat, but denied allegations that the detainee died after he stabbed him.
It's official: Jonathan Van Ness' husband, Mark Peacock, is not going anywhere after receiving word he is now a permanent resident of the United States. The "Queer Eye" star celebrated the good news on Monday, sharing a photo of him embracing his significant other, who is from London, in front of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. "Yay he’s staying," Van Ness celebrated, noting the magnitude of the moment.
Ashley Tisdale welcomed daughter, Jupiter, on March 23, and every day is a new adventure for her. For example, she told ABC Audio that her newborn just learned to smile and hasn't stopped since. While the "High School Musical" star said she's still learning new things about her baby girl, there was one thing Jupiter had right from the start.
The Atlanta police officer who was fired after fatally shooting a Black man in a Wendy's parking lot last year has been reinstated by Atlanta's Civil Service Board. Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old husband, father and stepfather, was running away when he was shot by officer Garrett Rolfe on June 12, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said at the time. Rolfe, a seven-year veteran of the department, was fired and charged with felony murder.
The Indian delegation will not be in face-to-face meetings at the G7 summit after two individuals tested positive for COVID-19. "Was made aware yesterday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases," Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's minister of external affairs, posted on Twitter. India's delegation will have to self-isolate in line with U.K. government guidance.
Five years had passed since the 2004 murder of 3-year-old Riley Fox when FBI Special Agent Lori Warren began working on what she called "the most important case of my career." The agent had been eager to work the case for a while, she said, and she was determined to bring Riley's killer to justice. Nearly five months later, her father, Kevin Fox, was arrested after a 14-hour interrogation during which he said police coerced him into giving a false confession.
Never say never when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Actor Michael B. Jordan recently discussed the idea of his "Black Panther" character, Erik Killmonger, making a comeback even though he died in the first film. "There's always a love I have for those characters and Erik is definitely one of those that means a lot to me," he said.
A Nashville police officer was shot while responding to a 911 call of a woman shot at a house -- and the department says it believes the call was a "setup" by the shooter to get authorities to respond. Officers were fired upon as soon as they arrived at the house Tuesday evening, police spokesperson Kris Mumford told ABC News. Officer Brian Sherman was shot in the arm, the Metro Nashville Police Department said.
Former President Donald Trump will remain banned on Facebook for now, the Facebook Oversight Board announced Wednesday, adding that Facebook must review the matter in the next six months to determine a defined penalty. Facebook announced on Jan. 7 that Trump was locked out of his accounts on Facebook and Instagram indefinitely in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege, over concerns that his posts were inciting violence. In a separate statement released on Wednesday, Trump again baselessly claimed there was fraud in the 2020 election.
Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina Lohan, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to drunken driving charges stemming from a January 2020 crash in the parking lot of the Merrick Mall on Long Island in New York, ABC News has learned. Lohan, 58, was indicted by a grand jury in Nassau County on charges of felony drunk driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and leaving an accident scene after she rear-ended another vehicle with her Mercedes-Benz. According to court documents, the police officer who responded found Lohan in the driver's seat of her Mercedes with the engine on and observed her with the odor of alcohol on her breath, glassy eyes and slurred speech.
The legal team for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd last month, has filed a motion in a Minneapolis court requesting a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct. In the filing, Chauvin’s attorney says the former officer should have a new trial in the "interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law." "The jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations, in violation of Mr. Chauvin's constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial," attorney Eric Nelson writes in the filing.
Prosecutors in Manhattan have asked a federal judge to appoint a "special master" to sift through evidence belonging to Rudy Giuliani as the government continues investigating former President Donald Trump's personal attorney for possible lobbying infractions. In a sign of growing legal scrutiny targeting the former New York City mayor, FBI agents carried out a search warrant at Giuliani's home and office last week. The warrant was in relation to an ongoing probe led by federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York regarding Giuliani's alleged lobbying efforts abroad during the Trump presidency, which was a key focus of the first impeachment case against then-President Trump.
Mother's Day is nearly upon us, and in case you are still looking for some gift inspiration, Etsy, and its wide variety digital shops to browse through, could be just the answer. Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson has pointed out some of the best buys from the site's most-searched Mother's Day gifts. Keep scrolling to see some of the top Etsy trends, ranging from "mommy and me" gifts to amazing baking tools.