The United Nations is facing backlash after appointing the fictional superhero Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. The decision felt especially insensitive to some because of the recent U.N. decision to not appoint a female chief to replace Secretary-General
Donald Trump's suggestion that the U.S. economy is "stagnant" because it is growing more slowly than the economies in India and China tells half a truth, economists said. Trump is right that the U.S. economy is expanding at a slower clip than India's, whose gross domestic product increased
Residents of Atchinson County, Kansas, were told to shelter in place this morning after a chemical spill in the area forced evacuations and sent several individuals to the hospital. The spill, which happened shortly after 8 a.m. local time, covers a 4-block radius near Main Street, according to officials
Russian President Vladimir Putin today extended a brief "humanitarian pause" in fighting around the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria, by adding another 24 hours to the initial 11-hour break in fighting, Russia's military said. The U.N. said Russia has promised to further lengthen the cease-fire
The governor of Vermont announced Wednesday a proposal to limit the number of painkillers prescribed in an effort to combat the crippling opioid epidemic that has devastated the state in recent years. “Vermont, and the rest of America, will not get a handle on the opiate and heroin addiction crisis
MetLife just put Snoopy in the doghouse. For over 30 years, Snoopy has been the face of MetLife Insurance, appearing on sales and marketing materials and even the company's blimps. Snoopy helped drive our business and served an important role at the time," said Esther Lee, MetLife's global
The operation to liberate Iraq’s second largest city from the Islamic State is advancing “more quickly” than expected, Prime Minister Haider Alabadi said today as an Iraqi-led coalition of forces captured several more villages around Mosul. The peshmerga commanders told ABC News that this morning’s
One of the reforms designed to rein in the surveillance authorities of the National Security Agency has perhaps inadvertently solved a technical problem for the spy outfit and granted it potential access to much more data than before, a former top official told ABC News. Before the signing of the USA
Donald Trump is continuing his trend of taking controversial guests to the presidential debates. The Republican nominee invited Malik Obama, the president's half-brother, to sit in the audience at tonight's third and final 2016 presidential debate, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
A Mars mission launched by the European and Russian space agencies successfully entered the red planet's orbit today, but scientists have lost the signal from a probe that was scheduled to land on the surface. ExoMars, a joint mission between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, the Russian
A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Trinity Gay, the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay. Trinity Gay was fatally shot in a Lexington, Kentucky, parking lot around 4 a.m. Sunday during an exchange of gunfire between two cars, Lexington police said.
A gas-related explosion blew apart a building in northwestern Portland, shaking the ground, according to reports. The blast injured five people and knocked out what looked like the entire facade of a nearby structure, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.The fire department said that two firefighters
A suspected Russian hacker has been arrested in the Czech Republic for his alleged role in a cyber-attack on social media giant LinkedIn, sources told ABC News. The man, so far unidentified by U.S. authorities, was taken into custody by Czech National Police in Prague, based on a "red notice"
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said his party can't obstruct Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court pick if she wins the presidency. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Grassley, who is running for re-election this year, pushed back against Sen. John McCain
The 8-year-old daughter of a slain Palm Springs, California, police officer spoke today at a vigil for her father and his fellow officer, who were both killed in the line of duty, saying it wasn't her father's turn to die. Officers Jose "Gil" Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny, 27, were
"Everyone ... Republicans, Democrats or independents, universally condemn this attack," he said. The suspected firebombing at the GOP's Orange County office in Hillsborough happened early Sunday morning, police believe. Police said "a bottle containing flammable material was thrown
Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis told reporters today that the coalition of forces fighting ISIS in Mosul has not stalled in its offensive despite reports of roadside explosives and booby traps. Ten-thousand Kurdish forces, 18,000 Iraqi forces and a few thousand Iraqi federal police are involved in
Meet Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt, aka Daniel the Duck. He's an emotional support animal for 37-year-old Carla Fitzgerald, who has been battling post-traumatic stress disorder ever since a bad accident in 2013. Daniel rose to fame this weekend when he accompanied Fitzgerald on two airplane flights
Unable to spend adequate time at the company’s San Francisco headquarters, Visa CEO Charlie Scharf will step down from his post, effective Dec. 1, according to the company. The announcement on Monday surprised analysts, as the relatively young CEO has overseen a generally successful period at the payments
This September was the hottest September since modern recordkeeping began, according to researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). In addition, it was the 11th month of record-high temperatures in the past year, according to the GISS, which began collecting data in 1880.