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.
Every year on the third Sunday of September, hundreds of runners gather in an IKEA parking lot in Brooklyn, New York, right at the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Park tunnel, ready to run 3.2 miles into Manhattan for the annual Tunnel to Towers 5k -- commemorating 9/11. Erica Johnston is a volunteer firefighter from Long Island, New York, running the Tunnel to Towers 5k for the sixth year, she told ABC News. "It's just in the air," Johnston said.
There is a five-and-a-half mile bike path sitting in the middle of an eight-lane highway, topped with a solar panel that lights up the streets below in South Korea. What started as an idea to produce clean energy while simultaneously giving people a place to exercise, South Korea built this eco-friendly cycle lane that connects the cities of Daejeon to Sejong -- the administrative capital of South Korea -- in 2014. The 13-foot-wide path set in the middle of a highway is unique in South Korea, where most bicycle paths are built adjacent to pedestrian roads.
With his party struggling in the midterms, his economic stewardship under fire and his overall job approval under 40%, a clear majority of Democrats in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say the party should replace Joe Biden as its nominee for president in 2024. In the November midterm election ahead, registered voters divide 47%-46% between the Republican and the Democratic candidate in their House district, historically not enough to prevent typical first-midterm losses. Looking two years off, just 35% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor Biden for the 2024 nomination; 56% want the party to pick someone else.
An Ohio Republican House candidate who critics say misrepresented his time in the military as a combat veteran in Afghanistan is hitting back at the allegations, calling the reports about his service "blatantly false." Anyone insinuating that I did not serve in Afghanistan is lying. Military records reviewed by ABC News indicate Majewski was based in Qatar, where he completed a six-month stint.
Giorgia Meloni, leader of Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy), could become the first female prime minister in the history of Italy in an anticipated right-wing surge to the polls on Sunday. Europe's attention is trained on Rome, where this potential first is joined by fears that Meloni would restore an ideology not seen in Italy since World War II. Pollsters expect the Sunday vote to deliver a conservative coalition to parliament, with the government guided by Meloni as premier. The archconservative of Italian politics, Meloni entered politics at age 15 in 1992, joining the neo-fascist Social Movement, a group with pronounced sympathy for Benito Mussolini, the country's dictator from 1925 to 1945.
After nationwide protests in Iran enter a second week, the U.S. Treasury Department allowed tech companies in a statement to offer software that skirts the Islamic Republic's crackdown on internet access. According to NetBlocks, internet access in most Iranian cities was cut on Wednesday, making the already interrupted flow of information almost impossible. Protests against the Iranian regime started across the country last Friday following the suspicious death of a young woman who was arrested and detained for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly by the country's so-called morality police three days earlier.
Tudor Dixon, the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Michigan, and Donald Trump Jr. joked about the 2020 kidnapping plot against Democratic incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, drawing backlash as the plot was one of the highest-profile domestic terrorism cases in this country's recent history. Dixon slammed her opponent's handling of businesses and schools at her first stop in Troy, Michigan, on Friday. "The sad thing is that Gretchen will tie your hands, put a gun to your head and ask if you're ready to talk," said Dixon.
About two-thirds of Nova Scotia and the entirety of Prince Edward Island are currently without power as Fiona, now a post-tropical cyclone, continues to lash the east coast of Canada with strong, gusty winds. It's the most intense landfalling system Canada has ever seen. While it has lost its tropical characteristics, Fiona is still producing hurricane-force winds over a large area.
A tropical storm that is currently on track to make landfall in Florida next week as a hurricane could strengthen into a Category 4 storm, the latest forecast shows. The storm is expected to continue to strengthen over the weekend into a hurricane by Sunday night as it approaches the Cayman Islands. A hurricane watch is currently in effect for the Cayman Islands.
Arizona Democrats gathered outside the Republican attorney general's office on Saturday to hit their Republican opponents on abortion and warn that women and girls will die in the state after a judge upheld a 121-year-old law on reinstating a near-total ban on the procedure. "This law is about controlling women by attempting to control our bodies and our lives," said Democratic candidate for attorney general Kris Mayes. Mayes said the law violates privacy rights of women in the state and that she would not enforce any abortion bans if elected attorney general.
Amid an ongoing fentanyl crisis across the United States, officials are warning about a "new method" being used to illicitly market the drug to children and young people. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issued a warning in August about so-called rainbow fentanyl, described as "highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy." "Rainbow fentanyl -- fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes -- is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults," DEA Administrator Anne Milgram stated.
NASA said Saturday that is is scrubbing its third planned launch attempt of Artemis I, that was scheduled for Sept. 27, due to weather concerns. The announcement comes after NASA delayed two previous attempts in recent weeks. During a press conference Friday, officials said the launch window would have opened at 11:37 a.m. ET, but Tropical Depression Nine could delay plans.
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it ruled there was no right to an abortion granted under the Constitution, leaving it up to states to determine how to regulate the medical procedure. In an August primary, Kansas became the first state to let voters decide on abortion since the court’s ruling, and residents overwhelmingly rejected a bid to remove abortion protections from its state constitution. Five more states -- California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont -- have abortion-related questions on the ballot this November, leaving it up to voters whether to protect or restrict abortion rights in their respective states.
If there was any doubt about where outdoor clothing company Patagonia stood on environmentalism, it was quickly put to rest last week when founder Yvon Chouinard and his family donated their ownership to efforts that would protect the planet. "Earth is now our only shareholder," Chouinard wrote on Patagonia's website. The drastic nature of the move is emblematic of the dire consequences that could result if major action is not taken, Hans Cole, head of environmental grants, campaigns and impact for Patagonia, told ABC News.
Three months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending federal protections for abortion rights, at least 15 states have ceased nearly all abortion services. Lawsuits challenging bans have left abortion legal in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah as litigation continues. Lawmakers in a handful of other states — Ohio, Indiana and Michigan — have tried to implement abortion restrictions or bans, only for the laws to be challenged in courts, and their enforcement to be halted.
As election season nears and all eyes are on the future of Congress, voters in several states will have a direct choice on major policies and laws. The future of abortion access, legalized marijuana and even antiquated laws on slavery are some of the areas that will be addressed in ballot measures this November. After the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, several states have ceased nearly all abortion services.
Ukrainian successes on the battlefield have not only pushed Russian troops back but now have pushed Putin further into a corner -- forcing him to take a series of dramatic steps to reinvigorate his brutal campaign: a sweeping military draft, labeled as a "partial mobilization," to surge thousands of soldiers to the fight, and orchestrating what the West has called "sham" referenda in occupied territories in Ukraine -- intended to pave the way for them to be "annexed" -- considered, in Putin's view, to be part of Russia. Most alarming, in a rare televised address, Putin also issued a new round of thinly-veiled nuclear threats -- warning that Russia will use "all available means" to protect what he now portrays as Russian people and territory.
A dog is lucky to be alive after she was allegedly thrown off of a bridge from a moving car while in a plastic container. The incident happened on Wednesday when the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida received a call from a local area resident who was walking her dog when she found a dog that had been abandoned near a bridge and flagged down police for help, authorities said in a statement posted on social media. Authorities from the sheriff’s office along with an official from animal services then spent about 30 minutes attempting to get to the abandoned animal by “climbing through thick brush, crawling on [their] hands knees, and scaling a 15-foot wall,” before finally reaching her.
The Federal Reserve escalated its fight against inflation this week, instituting a major rate increase and saying more will likely follow. The Fed has put forward a series of aggressive interest rate hikes in recent months as it tries to slash price increases by slowing the economy and choking off demand. Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday acknowledged that rate hikes would cause pain for the U.S. economy, as growth slows and unemployment rises.
British pop legend Elton John rocked the White House on Friday night, playing for President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden in a South Lawn performance the White House said would "celebrate the unifying and healing power of music." Biden has said his songs hold deep meaning for him and John, CNN reported, asked the White House if he could perform. The event, dubbed "A Night When Hope and History Rhyme," is part of a collaboration with A&E Networks and The History Channel, which are paying for the event, according to the White House.