Posts by ABC News
- ABC News at Power Players22 days ago
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the scandal over the George Washington Bridge lane closures has brought him closer to his family through a process of soul searching.
“It's brought me to reevaluate some of the way I've spent my time,” Christie told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview Thursday. “You can get caught up in this world and in this life pretty easily, in a public life that becomes so public. And I'll tell you that what it's done for me is just, I'll spend a lot more time at home than I ever have.”
“And not only that I needed to, but I wanted to,” he later added. “And sometimes in this business, what you want takes a back seat, at times, to what other people tell you you need to do. And I'm taking more control over what I want to do.”
- ABC News at Power Players1 mth ago
Computer genius, billionaire, philanthropist and—education visionary?
Stepping out of the world of computers and into the classroom, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is wielding his capital and celebrity to support his latest passion project: national standards for more rigorous math and English language arts and literacy programs in schools through the Common Core Standards Initiative.
“I'm thrilled this is moving forward and disappointed that, through confusion and various groups, its implementation is actually at risk in some states,” Gates told “Power Players.” “There are states looking at delays or looking at staying with the status quo.”
The status quo, Gates said, would mean sticking with the continuation of current math curricula that leave many students discouraged from pursuing careers in fields that involve math-related skills.
Critics of the Common Core, which includes the tea party and some teacher groups, argue that the new standards advocated by the Common Core equate to a federal takeover of education. But Gates said that’s simply not the case.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline7 mths ago
While the housing market is turning around, the federal government is having a hard time selling some its own unused properties. But the problem isn’t just finding a buyer, it’s getting through bureaucratic red tape.
Of the over 400,000 buildings owned by the federal government more than 75,000 of them are unused and many are up for sale. And even though some of the properties have been sitting vacant for several years collecting dust instead of revenue, buyers are having a hard time taking over the properties.
For example there’s a courthouse in Miami, Fl that hasn’t been used in nearly five years but still costs over a million dollars a year in tax revenue to maintain. There’s a neighboring college would like to buy it but federal red tape is preventing them being able to purchase the building.
The White House acknowledges the problem, admitting that it’s taking too long to sell unused federal buildings.
- ABC News at ABC News1 yr ago
A Minneapolis-St. Paul airport baggage handler was busted this week after prosecutors say he was caught on tape stealing valuables from the bags of passengers.
David Vang, 23, allegedly walked away with $84,000 worth of passengers' belongings over an eight month period.Guns, jewelry and watches were among the items prosecutors say he stuffed into his backpack.
Vang faces 11 felony counts of theft.
Brad Garrett, a former FBI special agent and ABC News analyst, said it would be difficult to stop something like this from happening again.
Bill Gekas loves taking pictures of his daughter - but these aren't your average dad's snaps. Beginning in 2010, the Australian photographer has created a series of portraits inspired by classic paintings, like Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.
What originally was intended to be a few classical-style portraits eventually became an ongoing project after his peers and others took notice of their appeal. "Although the photos aren't recreations of any particular painting," says Gekas, "I try to recreate the overall aesthetic the old masters' works were known for."
And just for fun - his daughter as the Joker.
Bill Gekas is an award-winning and self-taught, fine-art portrait photographer. He was born and lives in Melbourne, Australia.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 or IV is coming, that much seems all but certain. But after a tweet from mobile-review.com's editor-in-chief Eldar Murtazin yesterday told us to watch for a "big announcement" on March 14, it seems we may now have a date.
Save the date for a big announcement - March 14 :) And keep silence ;) HTC will miss HTC One sales again :( Like it was in 2012.
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) February 18, 2013
When Riley Nicolay's girlfriend of nearly three years, Deidre Sechi, was diagnosed with cancer in January, he vowed that he would fight the disease along with her.
So last weekend, as Sechi's hair began to fall out after her first rounds of chemotherapy, the couple, both 18 and high school sweethearts from Overland Park, Kansas, decided to shave their heads together.
"She's shaving her head and I don't really care about my hair so I'm shaving it with her," Nicolay, a freshman at Iowa State University, told ABCNews.com. "It wasn't an option for me."
The couple decided to have fun with what could have been a sobering process, giving themselves a Mohawk, for him, and a mullet and a buzz cut, for her, throughout the weekend-long event.
"The mullet was a bit much but with the buzz cut, she looked really good," Nicolay said of Sechi, who had to quit her studies at Iowa State last semester after doctors diagnosed the baseball-size tumor in her stomach as a desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a rare form of sarcoma.
App Name: FaceWash
Available Platforms: Desktop (Beta)
What does it do? When three computer science majors from Kent State University drove out to the University of Pennsylvania together for a hackathon last weekend, they dreamed up an idea for an app that would clean up unwanted Facebook posts.
"We wanted to give [Facebook] users a choice to control what potential employers might see," David Steinberg told ABC News. Steinberg is one of the app's developers and acknowledges that many college graduates may be entering the professional world for the first time and will want to make, well, a clean impression.
Over the course of the weekend, Steinberg, alongside collaborators Daniel Gur and Camden Fullmer, programmed an app that searches text on Facebook allowing users to find and delete posts, captions and links from their profiles that could appear unprofessional.
"On Saturday evening, we were ready to throw the project away," said Fullmer. "But by Sunday, we were excited to see the positive feedback."
After viewing a preview clip from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, "jOBS," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the filmmakers got it all wrong.
"What I saw was just so far from anything that really happened or said in those days," Wozniak told "Good Morning America."
The 62-year-old Wozniak, who is portrayed in the film by actor Josh Gad, formed Apple Computer with Jobs in 1976. The film attempts to portray the defining years of Steve Jobs' life. Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56.
In the clip, Jobs and Wozniak are arguing over the merits of building a personal computer for home use. Wozniak said the first thing that struck him as inaccurate were the personalities.
A fan of the glasses said he spotted Google co-founder Sergey Brin riding the New York City subway this weekend wearing the futuristic glasses, which are promised to overlay digital information on the physical world.
Brin, who runs "Google X" projects, was wearing - or presumably testing - the glasses, which are billed as searching the Internet and showing you anything you need, right in front of your eyes, from maps of where you are to the weather forecast if you look up. You can connect the glasses to a phone via Bluetooth and use the phone's 3G or 4G connection. There's also a camera on the front that can take photos of whatever you are seeing; you can share the photos instantly.
Noah Zerkin, a self-proclaimed "wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast," said he was the first to spot Brin.