While 20th Century Fox had little faith a movie called "Star Wars" would be a hit, the space opera from young filmmaker named George Lucas became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Forty years, and a handful of sequels, prequels, and follow-ups later, the multibillion-dollar franchise is a popular as ever. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the franchise, thanked fans for their years of dedication at a panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando last month.
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of a disputed Chinese manmade island in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the first such challenge to a Chinese maritime claim to take place under the Trump administration. According to a U.S. official, the destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef on Wednesday conducting a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP), said a U.S. official. The reef is one of seven artificial islands in the Spratly Islands that China has claimed as its territory after building up reefs that at times had previously been under water.
intro: This week the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s 1992 film “Singles” gets expanded and reissued for its 25th anniversary, Linkin Park release an electro-pop album, Snoop Dogg explores his past with an eclectic new set and indie folk-pop act Magic Giant make their debut. quicklist: 1 title: Snoop Dogg’s “Neva Left” **** text: Snoop Dogg’s latest album is not only a return to his roots but also a love letter to hip-hop on both the West and East coasts. The G-Funk heard on the Rick Rock-featuring track “Moment I Feared” is fresh and the way Snoop uses a looped line from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhime” on “Bacc in da Dayz” shows that he wants to make the most of this album’s nostalgic potential.
The Justice Department is acknowledging that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States last year when filling out his security clearance form -- a disclosure that an FBI official advised Sessions he didn't have to make since the meetings were through his official capacity as a U.S. senator, according to a department official. The lack of disclosure about Sessions' two meetings with Russian Ambassador Secret Kislyak was first reported by CNN. The encounters ultimately led to Sessions announcing in March that he was recusing himself from any investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
In the 2005 tape, which came out before the election, Trump is heard bragging about his ability to grope women because he's "a star."
From novices to professional porn stars, these couples setup their own studios and take special requests from viewers who tip them.
The brother of Salman Abedi, the suspect accused of carrying out a bombing in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people, allegedly said he knew his brother was going to carry out an attack, but did not know where or when, according to a spokesman for Libya's counterterror forces. Abedi, 22, the suspected suicide bomber, died at the scene of Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert. Authorities found what was described to ABC News as a bomb-making workshop in Abedi's home in Manchester, with enough chemicals to build several additional bombs.
After 22 were killed and more than 50 others injured in Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, concert venues and security organizations around the globe are rethinking how they plan to proceed heading into the summer. Nick Langella, general manager at the San Antonio Alamodome, which plans to welcome bands including Metallica and Guns N' Roses in the coming weeks, said exits have become a major place of concern after what happened in Manchester. "This attacker [at Manchester] didn't just pick a target, he did his homework and knew where he would have a number of people," he said of the suspected Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.
A cesspool collapsed on Long Island, New York, this afternoon, leaving a man trapped, according a spokesperson for the town of Huntington.The cesspool was being built, and dirt collapsed on top of a man who was working inside, according to A.J. Carter, the spokesperson.Multiple police and fire units are on the scene, fighting to save the man, Carter said.The man's condition is not known at this time, but the situation is believed to be serious, according to Carter.This is a breaking story, please check back for updates.
President Donald Trump will attend a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday with heads of state from all twenty-eight members, despite his past criticism of the alliance. On the campaign trail and as president-elect, Trump repeatedly called NATO "obsolete," raising doubts about whether the United States, under his leadership, would help defend its NATO allies in Europe if Russia attacked them.
In the wake of a devastating bombing in Manchester that killed at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert, officials and parents alike were grappling with the news that many of the injured and killed were young adolescents or children. "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherished but as an opportunity for carnage," May said Tuesday. According to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care, a total of 119 people were taken by ambulance or went to a hospital following Monday night's attack at Manchester Arena.
The Congressional Budget Office released its latest analysis of the Republican's health care bill on Wednesday, finding that the GOP plan would increase the number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and 23 million by 2026. The AHCA results in a net deficit reduction of $119 billion, the CBO analysis found. The lack of a CBO report was decried by Democrats earlier in the month as the bill was being debated in the House.
Sarah Hyland is fighting back against cyberbullies who have mocked her appearance.The "Modern Family" star wrote on Twitter that for the past few months, she's "basically been on bed rest," cannot work out and has been on medication.She did not disclose the particulars of her condition, but wrote that as a result, she has lost a lot of muscle mass. The medicine she's taking, prednisone, a steroid, has caused her face to swell."My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like," she wrote. ...
At the center of the highly-anticipated Pandora: The World of Avatar are two new rides: Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey.The land, located inside Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Park, opens May 27. ABC News got a preview of the the park's largest expansion in history and the chance to enjoy the rides.Na'vi River Journey is a peaceful boat ride, good for all ages. It coasts through a series of caves and showcases the bioluminescence so central to Disney's story of Pandora.The journey culminates with the discovery of Na’vi Shaman of Songs and her beautiful music. ...
The first full trailer for season 7 of "Game of Thrones" is here and features Cersei sitting comfortably on the Iron Throne, tons of action and more. Enemies to the north," she says as the preview shows armies from around Westeros coming for her crown.
Ryan Johnstone is making sure his groomsmen are prepared to venture to his wedding’s remote location -- in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Lake Tahoe region of California -- in style. “All of my groomsmen are scattered around the country,” Johnstone, 33, of Los Gatos, California, told ABC News. The gifts inside included an engraved hatchet, bottle of whiskey, bullet beer opener and a flask, which he thought would fit his mountainous wedding theme perfectly.
A girl in Canada who was pulled into a harbor by a sea lion is receiving medical treatment over concerns her broken skin could have been infected by dangerous bacteria from the animal's mouth, according to officials at the Vancouver Aquarium. A video that has gone viral showed a sea lion grabbing the young girl's dress and pulling her into the water. The family contacted the Vancouver Aquarium for help, after one of the facility's mammal trainers spoke about the condition during several interviews over the weekend, according to aquarium spokeswoman Deana Lancaster.