The Powerball jackpot has hit a world record, with the Saturday drawing worth $1.6 billion.
The Powerball jackpot has hit a world record, with the Saturday drawing worth $1.6 billion.
The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to codify protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, marking a historic win for Democrats anxious to secure the rights amid growing concern that a conservative Supreme Court majority could take them away. The final vote was 61 to 36. "What a great day," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said soon after passage.
Five pilot whales that were stranded on a Massachusetts beach have been returned to the ocean, but they may still be in peril, according to experts. Conservationists from the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team were sent to Sunken Meadow Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, Monday night after six live pilot whales were spotted swimming close to shore around 4:45 p.m. ET, just after dark, Stacey Hedman, communications director for the research center, told ABC News. All of the whales were briefly examined, and two were given satellite tags, Hedman said.
A jury on Tuesday convicted Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and associate Kelly Meggs of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol while also convicting three others of various crimes in the insurrection -- but jurors acquitted the five defendants of other charges brought against them by the federal government. Along with Rhodes and Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Thomas Caldwell and Jessica Watkins – all fellow Oath Keeper members and associates – were on trial on various charges, including and beyond seditious conspiracy.
Adam Sandler was in attendance at the 2022 Gotham Awards in New York City Monday night, but his teen daughters Sadie and Sunny were not -- and yet they managed to bring the house down nonetheless. Sandler explained that they wrote his acceptance speech for one of the night's two performer tributes and dictated he must perform it in "that goofy Southern accent" he "always" does. "Just know while daddy is with you tonight, we're doing everything we're not allowed to do when daddy's home, like ... dare we say, laugh out loud at Ben Stiller movies."
A Wisconsin man accused of financially preying on women he met on dating apps, and is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of a woman he was with when she collapsed at a bar, has been taken into custody, police said. Police had warned the public to be on the lookout for Timothy Olson, 52, for several weeks. Another warned that Olson "has met women on dating apps and victimizes them, resulting in financial loss."
A woman in Florida has sued Kraft Heinz Foods Company, claiming the time it takes to make its microwaveable cup of Velveeta macaroni and cheese is longer than what the claims on the label indicate. Amanda Ramirez filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against the company earlier in November over the "ready in 3 1/2 minutes" claim on the packaging of Velveeta Shells & Cheese cups. "Consumers are misled to expect the Product will be ready for consumption in a shorter amount of time than it really takes to prepare," the lawsuit reads.
Christina Applegate will join Brendan Fraser for the upcoming charity virtual table read of the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life." The event is the third annual fundraiser of its kind benefiting the Los Angeles-based Ed Asner Family Center, which serves individuals with disabilities and their families, and will take place on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. ET. Per the announcement, the "one-night-only live broadcast will celebrate the incredible life and legacy of Ed Asner" and raise funds for the family center created in the late comedian's name, which is described as "providing community enrichment and mental health support to neurodivergent and special needs families."
As the holiday season gets underway, confectioners are busily unveiling new festive sweets. Hershey's recently shared a peek at some brand new holiday candy, including its first-ever hot chocolate bombs, which are available with marshmallows or cinnamon chips. The chocolate balls will be available for a limited time and melt into a perfect cup of hot cocoa with the addition of warm milk poured directly over top.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled for more than two hours with a perennial Washington pickle: how to square immigration enforcement mandates in federal law with Congress' failure to provide sufficient funding to do the job. The justices also took on whether states like Texas and Louisiana, suffering alleged harm from illegal immigration, can sue the government to force it to crack down.
A top jailed Belarus opposition leader, who became the face of its pro-democracy movement, is reportedly in intensive care after being hospitalized for an unknown reason, according to her supporters. Maria Kalesnikava was one of three women who found themselves at the head of mass street protests in 2020 that came close to toppling Belarus' long-ruling dictator Alexander Lukashenko. Kalesnikava, 39, was imprisoned after she tore up her passport to prevent Lukashenko's security forces from forcibly deporting her in 2020.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, the likely next House speaker, defended former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, a week after Trump dined at his Mar-a-Lago resort with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, who has made antisemitic remarks. "I don't think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes," McCarthy told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Mary Bruce after meeting with President Joe Biden and other congressional leaders.
A judge presiding over the Delphi, Indiana, double murder case issued an order on Tuesday unsealing the probable cause affidavit related to suspect Richard Allen's arrest. Judge Frances Gull found that "public interest is not served by prohibiting access" to the evidence in the murders of Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14. The newly released probable cause affidavit said one of the girls mentioned "gun" as a man approached, according to video recovered from one of the victim's phones.
Kate Hudson is opening up about co-parenting her three children, whom she shares with their three different fathers, and how her modern, blended family unit is "seriously strong." The actress, who stars in the new film "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," shares son Ryder, 18, with The Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson; son Bing, 11, with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy; and daughter Rani Rose, 4, with fiancé Danny Fujikawa, a musician and the founder of Lightwave Records. "It might not look traditional from the outside, but on the inside I feel like we're killing it," Hudson told The Sunday Times, in an interview published Nov. 27.
Hailey Bieber, who suffered a mini-stroke earlier this year, is opening up about another health complication. Bieber, 26, shared on Instagram Monday that she has a cyst the size of an apple on her ovary. "It's painful and achey [sic] and makes me feel nauseous and bloated and crampy and emotional," Bieber wrote over a photo of herself, posted on her Instagram story.
Hundreds of thousands of rail workers stand on the brink of a nationwide strike that would paralyze the U.S. supply chain and passenger rail service ahead of the busy holiday season. "Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy," President Joe Biden said on Monday. "Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down."
President Joe Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and avert a potential strike of the nation's railway workers -- which could upend huge parts of the economy that depend on freight to move goods -- by forcing the workers' unions to accept a deal negotiated earlier this year. In a statement, Biden described himself as a "proud pro-labor" president and said his decision was a difficult one. As at least one of the unions involved express dismay at the move, trade groups applauded Biden's request of Congress.
Numerous, intense tornadoes are possible as severe weather takes aim on the Gulf Coast and the Tennessee River Valley. A tornado watch has been issued for parts of southeast Arkansas, northern and central Louisiana, and central Mississippi. The National Weather Service is calling it a "particularly dangerous situation."
Early voting in Georgia's Senate runoff race between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican opponent Herschel Walker opened statewide to all registered voters on Monday, following record-breaking turnout this weekend in the 34 counties that offered early voting on Saturday or Sunday. Voting locations for the Dec. 6 runoff are now open in all 159 of the state's counties through Friday, with more than 500,000 Georgians -- about 7% of all active voters -- having cast their ballots either in-person or absentee through Monday, according to state election data. Monday's total set a new single-day record, with 301,545 people voting early in person, according to state data.
Two-thirds of states across the country are reporting either "very high" or "high" levels of influenza-like activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report. As of the week ending Nov. 19, the latest date for which data is available, 16 states as well as New York City and Washington, D.C. are reporting "very high" levels while 17 states are reporting "high" levels. The data comes as experts have warned that the flu season has begun earlier than usual, with cases on par with those seen typically seen in winter and causing hospital beds to fill up quickly.
China continues to rapidly build its stockpile of nuclear warheads, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on China's military that now estimates China could have as many as 1,500 warheads by 2035. The U.S. is also concerned by what a senior defense official described as China's establishment of "a new normal" of heightened military activity around the island following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in August.