Water recedes from Tampa Bay as Hurricane Ian approaches.
Water recedes from Tampa Bay as Hurricane Ian approaches.
The big reveal for the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber finally took place Friday night in a glitzy unveiling worthy of a Hollywood production as the aircraft was rolled out of a California hangar, but every effort was made to ensure that details about the new aircraft will continue to remain shrouded in secrecy. Taking place under the cover of night, the plane emerged slowly from the hangar bathed in dramatic blue lighting that did not reveal much beyond the plane's similar shape to the B-2 stealth bomber it is intended to replace. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was among the 600 VIP's and 2,000 Northrop Grumman employees, who have worked on the new bomber for the past seven years, on hand for the big reveal at Northrop Grumman's Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.
An American passenger on an Antarctic cruise died and four other guests were injured after their Viking ship was struck by a "rogue wave," officials said. The incident happened on Tuesday around 10:40 p.m. local time while the Viking Polaris ship was sailing toward Ushuaia, Argentina, Viking said. The passenger killed was a U.S. citizen, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Friday.
Christian Mejia was among 18 U.S. Marines to become a U.S. citizen on Friday during a naturalization ceremony aboard the historic World War II battleship, the USS North Carolina. Haling from 14 different countries across five continents, including Mejía's native country, Guatemala, the Marine Corps said in a press release that the naturalization ceremony "was one of the largest ever for a Marine Corps infantry battalion." Mejia recited his Oath of Allegiance next to his fellow members of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 6th Marine Regiment, who are all stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
While most people walk away from white elephant gift exchanges with a small, funny present, a student in Texas walked away with a college scholarship. Lauren Briseño, a sophomore volleyball player at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, joined her teammates at their coach's house last week for what she thought was a gathering to watch bracket selection for the upcoming NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. The team this year included a white elephant gift exchange in the gathering, during which Briseño unwrapped a blanket.
Princess Kate made a bold fashion statement on Friday at the Earthshot Prize Awards green carpet in Boston. The Princess of Wales wowed in a neon green off-the-shoulder gown with her husband Prince William by her side. In the spirit of the Earthshot Prize Awards, and with the event's sustainable fashion guidelines in mind, Kate's dress, designed by Solace London, was rented from the U.K.-based fashion rental platform HURR.
David Archuleta is speaking out and staying true to himself after concertgoers in Utah left his show early when the singer opened up about his queer identity. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the "Crush" singer, who is currently on his The More the Merrier Christmas Tour, responded to an email shared by his manager, from someone who appeared to be a manager of the venue, who said the concert was not the "setting" for Archuleta to open up about his journey. In his caption, Archuleta began by saying that the tour "hasn't been the easiest for me to do," and that opening up about his journey is "a way for me to find peace with it."
Manhattan prosecutors concluded their criminal case against the Trump Organization Friday by challenging attempts by the defense to distance former President Donald Trump from his namesake company's alleged tax fraud. Two entities of the Trump Organization -- the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation -- are on trial for paying the personal expenses of some executives without reporting them as income and for compensating them as independent contractors instead of full-time employees. Prosecutors believe the Trump Organization is culpable because the conduct of CFO Allen Weisselberg benefitted the company and because his position as CFO means he was entrusted to act on the company's behalf.
A California father is speaking out after one of his twin boys was treated for possible fentanyl exposure after playing at a popular San Francisco park. Ivan Matkovic, 35, told "Good Morning America" the ordeal has been a shock to his family and to his sons' nanny, who was watching the 10-month-old boys on Tuesday afternoon when the incident unfolded. Matkovic said he was working from home that day so the family's nanny was caring for the boys and took the children outside for an afternoon walk to a local park in their Marina District neighborhood.
Members of a key Democratic National Committee panel on Friday voted in favor of President Joe Biden's proposed major changes to Democrats' longstanding rundown of which states get to cast their votes before Super Tuesday. Most of the more than two dozen members of the DNC group that met Friday focused on rules and bylaws in assessing the impact of of Biden's plan -- which nixes the Iowa caucuses and adds Georgia and Michigan to be among the first five voting states. Most notably, the proposal vaults South Carolina -- the state that helped salvage Biden's candidacy -- to the front of the line.
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.
President Joe Biden met with Prince William on Friday in Boston during the royal couple's first visit to the U.S. in eight years. The two men exchanged pleasantries as they greeted each other, posed for the cameras and exchanged small talk outside the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. "Great to see you," Biden, 80, said as he welcomed the 40-year-old Prince of Wales.
A Georgia man was arrested for allegedly firing a gun through his front door at a teenager volunteering for Sen. Raphael Warnock's campaign, striking the boy in the leg, police said. The incident occurred Thursday around 5:30 p.m. in Savannah, while the 15-year-old was campaigning for Warnock's upcoming runoff election, police said. The suspect -- who was "quickly identified" as 42-year-old Jimmy Paiz -- allegedly fired a shot through the closed front door, striking the teen, police said.
When Elizabeth Thomas entered public high school in Culleoka, Tennessee, she left one alleged nightmare for another. Ultimately, she would be taken by a school teacher across state lines, setting off a nationwide manhunt. A new episode of "20/20" looks at the story of Elizabeth Thomas which, miraculously, did not end in tragedy, with investigators laying out never-before-heard elements of the case.
Winter flu and respiratory illnesses are showing no signs so far of slowing down this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's map of influenza-like illness is almost completely saturated with dark red and purple -- indicating high levels of respiratory illness. Currently, 44 U.S. states as well as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are reporting "very high" or "high" levels of influenza-like activity, according to CDC data released Friday.
A federal judge on Thursday pressed attorneys for Republican Florida governor Ron DeSantis to explain why the governor's recent suspension of a state prosecutor he viewed as "woke" wasn't an unlawful and politically motivated overreach of executive authority. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said he would rule in the coming weeks on whether the governor was within his rights to suspend Andrew Warren, a Democrat who was reelected last year as the top state prosecutor in Tampa and surrounding Hillsborough County after running on a platform of criminal justice reform. "This whole thing is chock-full of animus toward [reform-minded] prosecutors," Hinkle said on the last day of a three-day trial in Tallahassee.
Two top Trump White House lawyers testified Friday before a federal grand jury investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Pat Philbin were spotted at D.C. District Court on Friday. Trump's lawyers had argued that testimony by his former top White House aides was protected by privilege but the judge ruled against Trump's team and ordered the two men to appear.
California's ongoing drought and a poor forecast is forcing the state's water management agency to cut back on its fresh water supply to nearly 27 million residents. The state's Department of Water Resources announced Thursday an initial allocation of 5% of requested supplies for 2023 for 29 local water agencies across California. DWR Director Karla Nemeth said in a statement that the state is already preparing for a fourth dry year and more extreme drought conditions.
Prince William thanked the "people of Boston" as he and his wife Kate arrived in the city to kick off their first U.S. tour in nearly a decade. William and Kate are visiting Boston to attend the second annual awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize, an initiative William launched in 2019 to create solutions for environmental problems. This is William and Kate's first visit to the United States since they visited New York City in 2014.
The bill, which gives rail workers seven paid sick days, passed the House but was defeated by a vote of 52-43 in the Senate, as Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined Republican members in rejecting the measure. "It is extremely disappointing that 43 Senators voted to prioritize the corporate greed of rail carriers and CEOs over the needs and quality-of-life improvements that our members so desperately deserve," said the SMART Transportation Division, or SMART-TD, which represents about 28,000 conductors, making it the nation's largest rail union. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees division of the Teamsters, or BMWED, which represents 12,000 members, sharply criticized the Senate vote.
Los Angeles County may soon reimpose indoor mask mandates as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in the area. During a press conference Thursday, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the largest county in the United States had reached "medium" COVID-19 transmission levels and will require face coverings if it reaches the "high" category. As of Dec. 1, Los Angeles County is averaging 2,490 new COVID-19 infections every day, the highest number recorded since Aug. 26, according to health department data.