Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in “GMA” Pop News.
Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in “GMA” Pop News.
The House voted 230-201 to pass the stopgap legislation, which will keep the government funded through mid-December -- past the midterm elections. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden's desk. The Senate voted 72-25 to advance the legislation on Thursday afternoon after some stumbles earlier this week over energy permitting reform.
Rhea Perlman can't believe "Cheers" is officially 40, calling the milestone "incomprehensible." The legendary actress, who played wisecracking waitress Carla Tortelli and was a main character for the iconic sitcom's 11-season run, joked that she's been playing "a grandmother since before I was 40," as Carla begrudgingly became one in season 6. Perlman found it impossible to narrow down a favorite memory from "Cheers," but said her "favorite thing" was "the people I worked with."
While celebrity memes are often traded as harmless fun, actress Chloe Grace Moretz says one about her body was so "horrific" that she "basically became a recluse." In a frank conversation with Hunger, the star of upcoming series "The Peripheral" said that at one point she was subjected to an "onslaught of horrific memes."
Hurricane Ian has passed through Florida, leaving a path of destruction in its wake as it now targets the Carolinas. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called the impacts and damage from the storm "historic" based on initial assessments. As damage assessments are underway, many residents may be unable to return to their homes due to flooding, curfews or damaged infrastructure.
Areas within Lee County, including Sanibel Island and Fort Myers, are facing major damage in the wake of Hurricane Ian. A video posted by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno Thursday afternoon showed continued flooding across Lee County as well as destruction to roads, including bridges that appear partially sunken. "Florida Guard has about 5,000 soldiers and airmen on duty throughout the state, primarily focused right now on Lee and Charlotte Counties," Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel R. Hokanson told "GMA3" Friday.
For John Stamos, losing friend Bob Saget in January was "heartbreaking" for more than the obvious reason. "It was so heartbreaking to see [that] he didn't know how loved he was," Stamos told ABC Audio.
Ketanji Brown Jackson descended the Supreme Court's marble steps for the first time as justice on Friday morning, flanked by Chief Justice John Roberts and with a smile on her face, appearing to soak up her momentous, history-making installation as the 116th member of the court. Jackson has already been sworn in and begun participating in cases, but on Friday she was feted with the investiture celebration in the historic courtroom, alongside her peer justices and a gallery full of friends, family and supporters including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Jackson sat in the same chair used by Chief Justice John Marshall in the 19th century as she was formally introduced to the court.
Hurricane Ian flooded major cities and devastated homes after it made landfall in Florida -- but the damage isn’t done. After temporarily becoming a tropical storm, Hurricane Ian accelerated to Category 1 strength on Thursday night as it barreled toward South Carolina, with landfall expected on Friday. In all, the economic damage wrought by the hurricane could reach up to $65 billion, according to a projection released on Thursday by data firm Enki Research, which studies the financial impact of storms.
At least 21 people in Florida may have died due to Hurricane Ian, officials said during a press conference Friday morning. Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, told reporters one death in Polk County, in the central part of the state, has been directly linked to Ian.
Hurricane Ian developed into the monstrous, devastating storm meteorologists predicted it would be. Ian barreled into the southwest coast of Florida as a major Category 4 hurricane before slowing to a crawl as it made its way across the peninsula, causing widespread destruction in its wake. The storm will come to be known as "The Big One" in the Fort Myers area, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters in a news conference Wednesday as the hurricane continued its damage.
Government prosecutors in the case of Tom Barrack on Thursday read aloud hundreds of emails and texts sent by the former Trump fundraiser, who is on trial at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, for allegedly illegally lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. The hours-long recitation included messages to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and Trump's 2016 campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Barrack, a billionaire California-based businessman and longtime Trump associate, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he acted as a foreign agent for the UAE from 2016 to 2018 and failed to register with Justice Department, which prosecutors say constitutes a crime.
The centerpiece for Thanksgiving tables across the country will cost more than ever this holiday season. The American Farm Bureau Federation announced Wednesday that "families can expect to pay record high prices at the grocery store for turkey" due to bird flu and inflation. The organization analyzed turkey costs in their latest Market Intel, finding retail prices on fresh boneless, skinless turkey breast reached a record high of $6.70 per pound in September, which is up 112% from 2021.
With just a little over a month before the Nov. 8 elections, Dr. Mehmet Oz tells ABC News that he is gearing up for a tight campaign schedule as he tries to convince Pennsylvania voters that he's the best choice for their U.S. Senator. Oz laid out more specifics of his agenda and responded to criticism by his opponent, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, in a wide-ranging interview and run with ABC News' Linsey Davis. Oz, a former heart surgeon turned TV talk show host, said he decided to run for office because of the legacy he has as a first-generation American.
When 16-year-old Haley Meche stepped out onto the flag football field, she didn't know it would nearly kill her. "My brain hurt so bad," Meche told "Good Morning America." Meche almost died from sudden cardiac arrest.
The surge in children's respiratory illnesses, including rhinovirus and enterovirus, is pushing pediatric emergency departments and health systems toward capacity in some parts of the country. Infectious disease experts say they are seeing a higher-than-expected rate of certain pediatric infections other than COVID-19. Hospitals across at least four states -- Washington, Louisiana, New Jersey and Massachusetts -- have told ABC News they are feeling this crush and expect things to worsen as the school year proceeds and winter approaches.
On Friday -- for the first and only time -- Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic challenger, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, will meet face-to-face for a debate less than six weeks before Election Day. Abbott has been governor since 2015 -- the position has no term limits -- and was the state attorney general and a member of the Texas Supreme Court before that.
The number of suicides increased in the United States in 2021 after two consecutive years of declines, new federal data finds. In 2021, there were 47,646 suicides, according to provisional data featured in the report, published Friday morning by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "Suicide is a major contributor to premature death in the United States," the authors wrote.
Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared in person at the House Jan. 6 committee's offices on Thursday morning for a closed-door interview. Cameras caught Ginni Thomas walking to the conference room around 9:30 a.m. Her meeting ended around 2 p.m. The select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol attack has sought to question Ginni Thomas over her efforts to push state officials to reject the outcome of the 2020 election.
Three children who survived the Robb Elementary School shooting and their parents filed the first federal lawsuit since the May 24 massacre in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Del Rio, Texas, names the Uvalde school district, police force and gun distributors. It also names several public officials including Pete Arredondo, the school district police chief who was fired in August, and Mandy Gutierrez, the former principal of Robb Elementary who has taken on a new role in the school district administration.
President Joe Biden's administration is scaling back his federal student loan cancellation program to protect against legal challenges, including two suits filed this week -- with new guidelines now excluding at least hundreds of thousands of borrowers initially told they qualified for the forgiveness. On Thursday, the Department of Education quietly updated its instructions on who qualifies for the debt forgiveness program of up to $20,000 for some Americans. The new guidance excludes people who took out federal loans that, while they were guaranteed by the government, were technically handled by private banks.