ABC News' Jon Karl reports on former President Donald Trump's mounting legal troubles on "This Week."
ABC News' Jon Karl reports on former President Donald Trump's mounting legal troubles on "This Week."
Early turnout in Georgia's fast approaching Senate runoff between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker broke daily voting records three times since polls in all 159 counties opened last Monday. Ahead of the Tuesday runoff, state officials have celebrated the historic feat. Elections experts contextualized those numbers as unusually high because of a voting period that was condensed by lawmakers as part of a larger overhaul of state elections.
Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the justices are preparing to take up a potentially more sweeping and consequential question: whether public accommodation laws that require business owners to offer all customers their goods and services infringe on freedom of speech. Denver wedding website designer Lorie Smith, who opposes same-sex marriage, is asking the high court to strike down Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act, which would require her to serve LGBTQ couples or face fines. The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, pits the free speech clause of the First Amendment against legislative efforts to stamp out discrimination against minority groups, particularly the LGBTQ community.
When Madelynn Ballenger, 21, found out she was pregnant with her second child last year, she said she was around five weeks into her pregnancy. Living in Texas, Ballenger said she knew immediately it could be difficult to access abortion care in her home state. In September, the same month that Ballenger learned of her pregnancy, the state enacted a sweeping abortion law that banned most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Between 2000 and 2020, reports to poison centers for child and teen marijuana use increased by 245%, according to a new study from the Oregon Health and Science University. The researchers analyzed more than 330,000 reports in the National Poison Data System over the last 20 years and found the increase in marijuana rates was the most of any substance, with the largest increase between 2017 and 2020. Alok Patel, ABC News medical contributor and pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health, said he's not surprised.
Bob McGrath, an original "Sesame Street" cast member, has died, his family announced Sunday. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces educational children's programs, wrote on Twitter that it "mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years." "A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world," it wrote, "... whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts."
Joe and Jill Biden attended the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday evening in Washington to celebrate five individuals and groups for their artistic accomplishments. This year, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored actor and human rights activist George Clooney, singer Amy Grant, performer Gladys Knight, composer and conductor Tania León and Irish band U2.
A Christmas parade in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was canceled on Saturday after potential threats were made against planned protesters, according to law enforcement officials. Civil rights organizations held a "Justice for Emmett Till" protest at the Justice Center and at an apartment at Shive Lane, where Carolyn Bryant Donham lived, Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower told ABC News. Bryant Donham is the white woman who accused 14-year-old Till of making advances toward her in August 1955, leading to his kidnapping and murder.
Vandals wielding firearms are suspected of causing a major power outage across a North Carolina county that has plunged about 45,000 customers into darkness amid freezing temperatures, according to authorities. Evidence of sabotage was found at two key electrical substations following the massive blackout Saturday night, prompting the Moore County Sheriff's Office to investigate the incident as a "criminal occurrence" and call in the FBI to assist in the probe. A state of emergency was declared in Moore County on Sunday and a countywide 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was set to be imposed Sunday night.
Women in Iran will still be required to wear the hijab under Islamic Republic law, even if the country's government decides to abolish the religious police who were in charge of enforcing the dress code. Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri announced on Saturday the country's morality police had been dismantled, adding that the judicial system will keep monitoring people's behavior in the country. In addition, Iran's parliament and the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution are studying the topic of hijab, and the result will be announced in 15 days, Montazeri announced on Thursday.
Republican Ohio Rep. Dave Joyce said Sunday that he didn't want to be drawn into commenting on Donald Trump's recent call to suspend the Constitution over baseless claims of 2020 election fraud. Joyce, the chair of the Republican Governance Group, a centrist group in the House, was asked by ABC "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos to respond to Trump's post on Saturday on his Truth Social platform. Joyce initially declined to respond, saying he didn't know what Trump said on social media and that the public wasn't "interested in looking backwards."
Incoming House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York on Sunday played down the chances of his caucus working with Republicans to elect the chamber's next speaker as the GOP has wrestled with unifying around their leader, Kevin McCarthy of California. When pressed by ABC "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos on whether he would entertain an agreement with Republican centrists should McCarthy fail to clinch the speakership, given how narrow McCarthy's majority will be in the next Congress, Jeffries demurred. "Well, we have to organize on our side and be prepared to hit the ground running on Jan. 3," Jeffries said, referencing the date that the next speaker will be elected.
A 5-year-old boy is fighting for his life Sunday after being shot by an 8-year-old family friend inside a Houston home, police said. Three people were detained for questioning following the shooting Saturday afternoon in the Trinity/Houston Gardens neighborhood in east Houston, police said. Commander Jonathan Halliday of the Houston Police Department said at least one adult was present when the shooting occurred.
An investigation is underway after a student at Jackson State University in Mississippi was found dead on campus. The victim had been shot, and his body was discovered inside a Dodge Charger in a campus parking Friday morning, the Hinds County coroner told ABC Jackson affiliate WAPT. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Randall Smith, 20, has been arrested in connection with the death of the victim, 22-year-old Flynn Brown.
An elderly Home Depot employee who was shoved to the ground by a man allegedly fleeing the store with stolen merchandise has died weeks after the assault, police said. The disturbing incident, which occurred on Oct. 18 at a Home Depot in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was caught on the store's surveillance footage. The victim died on Wednesday due to complications from injuries he sustained in the assault, the Hillsborough Police Department said.
Four people, including two juveniles, were found dead in a Kentucky home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said. Louisville officers responded around 8:45 a.m. local time Saturday to a call of a shooting "with multiple victims" at the home on the 4500 block of East Pages Lane, the Louisville Police Department said.
President Joe Biden on Friday denounced antisemitism and urged other political leaders to do the same. "I just want to make a few things clear: The Holocaust happened," Biden tweeted. Biden's post, while not specifically naming any people, follows recent antisemitic comments made by rapper Ye -- formerly known as Kanye West -- praising Adolph Hitler, and after former President Donald Trump hosted a dinner with Ye and white nationalist Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
A FedEx driver confessed to abducting and killing 7-year-old Athena Strand after he delivered a package to her family's home, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said at a press conference Friday night. Digital evidence and interviews lead investigators to believe that Strand died within an hour of her abduction, according to Akin. The driver, 31-year-old Taner Lynn Horner, is in jail and is being charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.
A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff, Houston police said Friday. Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested Thursday evening in Houston and "charged with the murder of Takeoff," Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said during a press briefing. Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was shot and killed in downtown Houston around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, police said.
Neither candidate clinched the 50% needed to win the general election in November, though Warnock led Walker 49% to 48%. It's the second runoff Warnock is facing after he defeated former Sen. Kelly Loeffler in January 2021 in a special election. Warnock's win, along with that of Democrat Jon Ossoff, handed Democrats majority control of the Senate.
Iranian authorities have been accused of stealing the bodies of slain protesters from hospitals and morgues in order to prevent families from holding funerals, which activists say could prove rallying points for the protests. The families of the protesters who have been killed called it a disturbing new tactic of intimidation. The U.N. has previously warned that Iranian authorities have refused the release of bodies or made their release contingent on the families staying silent.