The erupting wildfires are creating dangerous conditions for firefighters.
The erupting wildfires are creating dangerous conditions for firefighters.
Since the early days of the monkeypox outbreak in the United States, Hispanic and Latino men may have been disproportionately affected. While data from the CDC is limited and fewer than 50% of cases include information about race/ethnicity, it indicates that there may be disparities for Hispanic and Latino Americans affected by monkeypox. Additionally, 47% of first doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine -- a two-dose vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent smallpox and monkeypox -- have been given to white Americans, despite accounting for less than 30% of weekly cases with reported demographics, according to the CDC.
At the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, his team returned a large batch of classified FBI documents and other government records to the Justice Department in such disarray that a year later -- in a letter to lawmakers -- the department said it still couldn’t tell which of the documents were the classified ones. The documents came from the FBI’s controversial probe in 2016 looking at alleged links between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign. Trump tried to make the documents public the night before he left office, issuing a “declassification” memo and secretly meeting with conservative writer John Solomon, who was allowed to review the documents, Solomon told ABC News this past week.
On Friday, North Carolina voters will see their candidates for Senate face off for the first and probably only time. The debate, hosted by Spectrum News 1, will take place in Raleigh and will start at 8 p.m. ET. Former state chief justice and Democratic candidate Cheri Beasley will meet GOP candidate Rep. Ted Budd on stage in a swing-state race that could help decide the control of Congress.
The first senatorial debate in the battleground state of Wisconsin is happening Friday evening, with incumbent Republican Ron Johnson facing off against the state's Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who, if elected, would be the state's first Black senator. The debate will be broadcast live from PBS studios in Milwaukee at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. local time and is presented by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation. Issues that voters can expect to hear Barnes take Johnson to task on will be the Republican senator's restrictive stance on abortion, past suggestions to end Social Security and Medicare, and Johnson's ties with his wealthy donors, according to the source.
The nation's democratic process has been dangerously tested after the 2020 presidential race and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, polls show and experts warn, leaving many Americans with little faith in the election system. Heading into the consequential midterm elections, when voters will decide which party will control Congress next year, more than two-thirds of Americans think our democracy is in danger of collapse, according to a an August poll from Quinnipiac University. An ABC NewsWashington Post poll conducted in January -- more than a year after the insurrection -- found only 20% of those surveyed saying they're very confident about the election system.
Wall Street will closely watch the release of new jobs data on Friday that will reveal whether U.S. hiring has cooled as the Federal Reserve aims to slow the economy in its fight against inflation. The September jobs data arrives less than two weeks after the Federal Reserve imposed a 0.75% hike in interest rates, the same hike percentage at its previous two meetings. The Fed has instituted a series of aggressive borrowing cost increases in recent months as it tries to slash near-historic inflation by slowing the economy and choking off demand.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski and two groups, Memorial, a human rights organization from Russia and the Center for Civil Liberties, which is based in Ukraine. Last year, the prize was given to two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, for their work in the Philippines and Russia respectively. Ressa co-founded an investigative journalism company and worked to shine a spotlight on former president Rodrigo Duterte's brutal anti-drug campaign, according to the prize announcement.
Two people are dead and three are in critical condition from a series of stabbings outside a Las Vegas casino on Thursday, according to police. There are eight victims total from the incident, which started around 11:40 a.m. local time, Las Vegas police said. The initial stabbing, which occurred on the sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard, appears to have been unprovoked, Deputy Chief James LaRochelle told reporters.
While attending the Georgia State Fair on Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp was asked if he would continue to support fellow Republican Herschel Walker's Senate candidacy following the allegations that the businessman and college football legend paid for an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion -- a claim that Walker has adamantly denied. Kemp responded by telling ABC News that he would support the Republican candidates on the ballot. During a gaggle with the press, Kemp told reporters that he was looking toward the November elections and working toward getting voters’ support.
A suspect has been taken into custody following a deadly shooting and hourslong negotiations with authorities at a Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Michigan, the Michigan State Police said. "The barricaded gunman has been taken into custody without incident," police said Thursday night. The barricaded gunman has been taken into custody without incident.
The Grieving Families Act, which was passed by the New York State Legislature prior to the May 14 massacre at Tops supermarket on the East Side of Buffalo and sent to Gov. Kathy Hochul's desk, would update the wrongful death law and bring equitable justice to grieving families. "Our mother's life mattered, all of our loved one's lives mattered, and to have them looked at as something less-than based on whether they worked or not, it's outrageous, it's discriminatory and it's wrong," said former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr., whose mother, Ruth Whitfield, was among the 10 Black people allegedly killed by a self-professed white supremacist on May 14 at a Tops supermarket on Buffalo's East Side.
U.S. warships from the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group teamed up with South Korean and Japanese destroyers to practice shooting down missiles in the Sea of Japan Thursday, a show of force following multiple launches by North Korea this week. "The exercises also demonstrate the deep strength of our trilateral relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea, which is resolute against those who challenge regional stability," Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a press briefing Thursday. The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville and guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold joined one South Korean vessel and two Japanese destroyers in the Sea of Japan for the exercise, according to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
Elon Musk accused Twitter on Thursday of failing to accept his restored offer to purchase the social media platform at the original price of $54.20 per share. The billionaire entrepreneur also asked the Delaware Chancery Court to halt a trial that's scheduled to begin later this month. Musk and Twitter have been embroiled in a legal battle since he made an offer to buy the platform and then decided to back out after the company allegedly did not provide him with the information he requested about bot accounts.
A Fifth Circuit Court allowed DACA's protections to remain in place in a Wednesday decision, at least temporarily, while a lower court conducts further review in light of the Biden administration's recent efforts to codify the policy into administrative law. During the Thursday protest, around a dozen people, including several individuals on DACA, were arrested for blocking the street in front of Sen. Chuck Schumer's office. Luz Chavez, 21, the Maryland Youth Organizer at United We Dream and a DACA recipient who immigrated from Bolivia, said she joined the rally because she was tired of perpetually "feeling in limbo."
President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he's pardoning all Americans who've been convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law, coming closer to keeping a 2020 campaign promise to try to get the drug decriminalized a little more than a month before the midterm election. The executive action will benefit 6,500 people with federal convictions from 1992 to 2021 and thousands of others charged under the District of Columbia's criminal code, according to senior administration officials. Elaborating on the number of people affected, officials said "there are no individuals currently in federal prison solely for simple possession of marijuana."
A pair of Russian nationals have requested asylum in the U.S. after arriving on Alaska's St. Lawrence Island earlier this week, Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan said in a press release on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security said the two people arrived on a small boat on Tuesday and were met by DHS officials and state police.
The plaintiffs' attorney in a defamation trial against Alex Jones argued the conspiracy theorist should pay more than half a billion dollars to victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for calling the massacre a hoax. "It is your job to make sure he understands the wreckage he has caused," the attorney, Chris Mattei, told the Connecticut jury during his closing argument Thursday at a trial to determine how much the Infowars host should pay in damages. A judge last year found Jones and Infowars' parent company, Free Speech Systems, liable in the defamation lawsuit, with plaintiffs that include an FBI agent who responded to the scene and eight families of victims that Jones called actors.
A member of the Proud Boys has pleaded guilty to two charges, including seditious conspiracy and unlawful possession of a firearm, for his involvement on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. This makes Jeremy Bertino, a former lieutenant member of the inner circle of the Proud Boys, the first member of the Proud Boys, an extremist far-right group, to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy. Bertino has also agreed to work with federal prosecutors.
Herschel Walker, Georgia's Republican Senate nominee, on Thursday continued to offer shifting defenses about controversies in his personal life -- including the newest development: a report from The Daily Beast that a woman claiming he reimbursed her for an abortion in 2009 is also the mother of one of his four children. Speaking with reporters at an event on Thursday afternoon in Wadley, Georgia, Walker seemingly attempted to separate past allegations of violence related to his first marriage -- previously levied by ex-wife Cindy Grossman, and the son they share, Christian -- from the abortion-related claims this week by an anonymous woman in a series of Daily Beast articles, which he has repeatedly denied. "When my ex-wife and my past has nothing to do with what this woman said," Walker said, adding, "If anything happened, nothing to be ashamed of because my ex-wife and I are the best of friends with her husband and my wife."
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, is doubling down on his controversial "White Lives Matter" T-shirts. The controversial shirts were first seen at the rapper's surprise Yeezy Season 9 show in Paris earlier this week. The black and white designs included the slogan "White Lives Matter" on the back of the T-shirts.