A look at the top photos from around the globe.
A look at the top photos from around the globe.
The economy has set off emergency sirens this year over growing recession fears, sky-high inflation and a battered stock market. Hiring last month exceeded expectations and defied warnings of a downturn. "It's confusing for people and rightfully so," Betsey Stevenson, a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, told ABC News.
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, 42, was sued Thursday, with a woman accusing him of rape and sexual abuse. Carter was over 21 at the time of the alleged incident, while the plaintiff says she was a minor at the time. Michael Holtz, an attorney for Carter, called the allegations "meritless" in a statement late Thursday.
Authorities in Mexico are searching for a suspect responsible for the recent deaths of three women who worked in bars and strip clubs in Tijuana, a Mexican state attorney general said Thursday. Baja California Attorney General Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez said the women were found dead in hotel rooms last month. The FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies have reportedly been notified and are assisting with the search, Carpio Sánchez said.
Dr. Peter Marks, the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine chief, said he is well aware that COVID-19 booster uptake might be low for the latest shot, authorized by the government on Thursday morning for young children over 6 months old, but he told ABC News that he's hopeful increased access may also lead to some kids getting greater protection against the virus ahead of the winter, when infections can be more likely. The updated bivalent booster that targets multiple newer strains of the virus, will likely be available early next week for the youngest children, Marks said in an interview. "The whole point of today's action was to ensure that those parents who have decided to take advantage of the fact that we do have a vaccine that can help prevent the worst outcomes from COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death ... could have the benefit of having the most up-to-date version of the vaccine, which is the bivalent vaccine," Marks said.
The accused shooter in the deadly mass shooting at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub was previously arrested over an alleged bomb threat incident last year, though the case was dismissed after the suspect's family refused to testify, the local district attorney said Thursday. The circumstances around the 2021 arrest have faced much scrutiny after the suspect -- 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich -- was arrested in connection with the Nov. 19 shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, which killed five people and wounded more than a dozen others. Aldrich faces 305 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and bias-motivated crimes, in the shooting.
A Florida state representative behind the Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by critics, announced his resignation after he was indicted on wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements charges. A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Florida returned a six-count indictment against Joseph Harding, who is accused of scheming to defraud the Small Business Administration and obtaining COVID-19-related loans on false pretenses, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Sen. Raphael Warnock's reelection in Georgia's runoff on Tuesday clinched a 51st seat for his party, cemented battleground status for his home state and kick-started discussion about how he succeeded this year unlike any other Georgia Democrats. After Warnock defeated Republican rival Herschel Walker on Tuesday night, ABC News spoke with operatives and local experts about how Warnock's win changes his career and politics in Georgia, a historically red state that began lightening to blue with President Joe Biden's win in November 2020. Warnock and fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff followed Biden's victory by winning their seats in runoff races in January 2021.
Prince Harry and Meghan's highly-anticipated docuseries is here, and loaded up with lots of big moments. Specifically focusing on episode three, Duchess Meghan reflects back on some of her style decisions as a working royal, and why she wore a lack of color during her tenure.
Jack Smith, the special counsel investigating efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, has sent additional grand jury subpoenas to the secretary of state's offices in Michigan and Arizona -- swing states targeted by former President Donald Trump and his allies after his loss in November 2020. "I can confirm that my office was served a subpoena in connection with the special counsel's investigation yesterday," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told ABC News in a statement Thursday.
Los Angeles County said Thursday it is holding off on issuing an indoor mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. During a press conference, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county had moved into the "high" COVID-19 community transmission category, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it would be sticking with its "strong recommendation" on indoor masking. Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer left the option of a mask mandate on the table, but if and only if 10% of county hospital beds are filled with COVID patients.
In celebrating WNBA star Brittney Griner's release, President Joe Biden made a point on Thursday to say the prisoner swap was "not a choice" between Griner and Paul Whelan, the American former Marine who is still detained in Russia. Elizabeth Whelan, Paul's sister, on a Zoom interview from Massachusetts in the afternoon, told ABC News the family had expected Griner might return first.
The Department of Justice has urged a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to hold former President Trump’s team in contempt of court for failing to comply fully with a May subpoena for all documents with classification markings in his possession, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. DOJ's urging is part of sealed court proceedings in Washington, where DOJ and Trump lawyers have battled for weeks over compliance with grand jury subpoenas, sources have told ABC News. The Trump team has also not wanted to identify an official custodian of records to attest that all records have been handed over.
Multiple people were injured in an explosion at a plant in Iowa on Thursday, hospital officials said, as crews continue to battle a massive blaze in the incident. No fatalities were reported following the explosion at the facility in Marengo, located about 25 miles southwest of Cedar Rapids, Iowa State Trooper Bob Conrad confirmed to ABC News. Ten to 15 people were injured in the incident, with most in the "mild to moderate injury category," Dr. Theresa Brennan, chief medical officer for University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, told reporters.
For the first time since 2019, the northern giant hornet hasn't been found in Washington State. The Washington State Department of Agriculture's (WSDA) Pest Program announced on Wednesday that it hasn't trapped or confirmed any sightings of the hornets this year. The hornets, once known as the "murder hornets," are an invasive species that can ravage honeybee populations.
The five New Haven, Connecticut, police officers charged in the case of Randy Cox, a Black man who was paralyzed while being transported in custody, appeared in court for the first time Thursday. The officers -- Sgt. Betsy Segui and officers Oscar Diaz, Ronald Pressley, Jocelyn Lavandier and Luis Rivera -- were charged last week with second-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to persons misdemeanors. The charges stemmed from a June 19 incident when New Haven officers arrested Cox for criminal possession of a firearm and breach of peace.
Many remember the couple telling the BBC in 2017 that the proposal happened during a cozy night while they were roasting chicken. Now, Harry and Meghan are filling in all the blanks from that night. A video of Meghan calling her friend Jessica Mulroney that night was also shown in the episode.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver celebrated the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russian custody on Thursday and thanked the athletes who used their platforms to raise awareness about her case since her detention nearly ten months ago. "We thank the members of the NBA and WNBA community who never wavered in their efforts to raise awareness of Brittney's unjust circumstances." Griner was released this week in a prisoner exchange with Russia, where she has been detained since Feb. 17 and was sentenced to nine years in Russia prison after she was found guilty of drug charges.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, its acting chairwoman and active ranking member said in a statement on Wednesday. Reps. Susan Wild, D-Pa., and Michael Guest, R-Miss., did not specify what the investigation entails but said the panel will "announce its course of action" in the next Congress. Leaving the House after votes on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said she was "fully participating" with the committee.
The jailed Michigan parents charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from a high school mass shooting committed by their teenage son, Ethan Crumbley, is asking a judge to lower their bail, claiming they have evidence proving they did not attempt to evade arrest, according to court documents. James and Jennifer Crumbley have been held in an Oakland County jail in Michigan for more than a year on bonds of $500,000 each. In a February court hearing, Oakland County prosecutors alleged that in the hours after the November 2021 shooting carried out by their then-15-year-old son at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit, the parents withdrew thousands of dollars and slept in hotels -- proof, prosecutors alleged that they were avoiding arrest.
An ongoing measles outbreak in central Ohio has ballooned to 63 cases as of Thursday. Twenty-five children have been hospitalized. The state's health system is also fighting the surge in respiratory illness — flu, RSV and COVID-19.