Posts by ABC News

  • Dan Austin Gives Bikes to Survivors of Human Trafficking

    ABC News at Best Person In The World 2 mths ago

    Dan Austin endows bikes to girls in need around the world, mostly survivors of human trafficking, through 88bikes, the non-profit he founded in 2006.

    In addition to bike donation, 88bikes has also launched Seamless Possibilities, a week-long dressmaking workshop that builds vocational skills and community.

    In what Austin calls Joy-Based Philanthropy©, 88bikes connects donors with recipients on a one-to-one basis so they can be an active participant in the joy they are giving.

    For the girls, “The happiness they so deserve is now within reach”, says Austin.

    Today, over 2000 bikes have been donated. The organization offers bike maintenance training, group rides and bike-based job skills in Cambodia, Uganda, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Ghana, Mongolia and Tanzania, among others. For donors, 88 dollars is what it takes to gift a girl with a bicycle.

    Dan Austin, living in Seattle, WA. is the director of seven documentaries and author of three books. His 1999 documentary True Fans tells the story of the bike ride he took across America with his brother and best friend.

  • Deaf Toddler's Journey with Experimental Brainstem Device

    ABC News at Nightline Fix 5 mths ago

    By Chris Murphey and Lauren Effron

    A deaf toddler who underwent surgery to have a radical auditory device implanted into his brainstem to help him hear is showing vast improvement after undergoing the surgery a second time, his doctors said, giving new hope that the device could one day be a common treatment option for deaf children.

    Alex Frederick, a 2-year-old boy from Washington Township, Mich., was just 17 months old when Dr. Daniel Lee from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a team of specialists from Massachusetts General Hospital, both located in Boston, implanted a device called an Auditory Brainstem Implant, or ABI, into Alex’s brain last year.

    Alex was born with little to no hearing and the ABI acts as a kind of "digital ear." It's made up of a small antenna that is implanted on the brainstem so that it can pick up signals from a tiny microphone worn on the ear and relay them back inside as electrical signals that reach the area of the brain associated with interpreting sound.

  • The computer in your cockpit: Computers set to replace pilots in future of flight?

    ABC News at Power Players 6 mths ago

    Power Players

    Next time you step aboard an international flight, you may want to think twice about who’s flying your plane.

    “The computers are flying it,” former Marine Corps pilot and ABC News consultant Steve Ganyard told “Power Players” from the cockpit of Boeing’s new 787-9 model on display to the public for the first time ever at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow.

    “The pilots are voting members,” Ganyard said. “This stick will move back and forth, the throttle will move back and forth, but all you’re doing is putting inputs into the computer. The computers says, ‘I know what you want to do, I'll do that for you.’”

    The newest in aviation technology -- both commercial and military -- on display at the premier international airshow in England demonstrates that human pilots are increasingly taking a backseat to computers in the cockpit.

    But before you navigate away from this webpage to cancel your next flight, Ganyard assures that the new computer technology only serves to make flying safer than before. “It's much, much safer,” he said.

    The challenge now, Ganyard noted, is making sure the human pilots keep pace with their computer flying mates.

  • New book: Being assigned to Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service detail “a form of punishment”

    ABC News at Power Players 6 mths ago

    Top Line

    There’s no worse assignment for a Secret Service agent than protecting Hillary Clinton, if claims in a controversial new book are to be believed.

    Ronald Kessler’s book, “First Family Detail,” is filled with salacious revelations about the secret personal lives of the nation’s most high-profile political leaders. But the authenticity of those revelations has been called into question over factual inaccuracies in the book, as well as its reliance on anonymous Secret Service agents.

    “She is so nasty to agents that being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment,” Kessler told “Top Line” of Clinton, who continues to receive Secret Service protection as a former first lady.

    “It shines a light on her character,” Kessler said. “She claims to be a champion of the little people, and she's going to help the middle class. And, in fact, she treats these people around her, [who] would lay down their lives for her like sub-humans; and I think voters need to consider that.”

    But the Secret Service is firing back at Kessler’s claims, with spokesman Ed Donovan calling the book “intellectually lazy and riddled with inaccuracies.”

  • Can Pushy Parenting Lead to Successful Kids?

    ABC News at Nightline Fix 6 mths ago

    No one ever said parenting was easy, but these families think they’ve got it all figured out.

    Meet the offspring of parents with off-the-wall child-rearing techniques in Bravo’s latest docuseries, “Extreme Guide to Parenting.”

    From “hypno-parenting,” to helicopter and conscious attachment parenting, to push parenting where their child is pushed to be the best, the nine admittedly eccentric households all insist their alternative parenting techniques are the best and that everyone else has it wrong.

    The families range from the woman who breastfeeds her school-age child and refuses to vaccinate, to the overbearing Los Angeles gay dads who won’t leave their toddler’s side for a second. And then there’s the family that is adventurous and minimalist, living such a nomadic lifestyle that they don’t inhabit a house but choose to live in their car.

    “We may see a family who’s making a choice and it may change the way you think about it, and I think that’s what makes it interesting to viewers,” Maggie Furlong, TV editor at Yahoo, told ABC News.

    While it may be television gold, some say this form of reality TV exploits children.

  • Building a Business and a Town, One Dress at a Time

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 7 mths ago

    Brandi Temple of Lexington, N.C., took the gift of a sewing machine from her husband and began making dresses just for her daughters.

    But when the recession hit home, she turned her little creations into something so much bigger. First she sold on eBay, then on Facebook. And in a year-and-a-half, her company Lolly Wolly Doodle was born, moving from Temple’s garage to a manufacturing center.

    It’s now a thriving online children's clothing business and she has $11 million in yearly sales. She just landed on the cover of Inc. Magazine .

    Her employees are also her neighbors. The recession had devastated their lives too. And when they heard of Temple’s success – they came knocking for jobs.

    “When you lay your head down at night, be able to do that knowing that you did everything that you could,” Temple said.

    Watch tonight’s World News With Diane Sawyer as correspondent Rebecca Jarvis visits Temple at Lolly Wolly Doodle headquarters.

  • Watch That Sun! How Sunscreen Can Help You Protect Yourself

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 7 mths ago

    ANNE FLAHERTY of The Associated Press reports:

    Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.

    The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat all forms of skin cancer each year.

    Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak said state and local officials need to do more to help people cover up, such as providing more shade at parks and sporting events. Schools should encourage kids to wear hats and sunscreen and schedule outdoor activities when the sun is low in the sky. And colleges and universities should eliminate indoor tanning beds on campus much as they would prohibit tobacco use, he added.

    "We need more states and institutions on board with these policies that discourage or restrict indoor tanning by our youth," Lushniak said. "Tanned skin is damaged skin."

    Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer with 9,000 people dying each year from the mostly preventable disease.

  • Why Americans can't get the same effective sunscreen protection Europeans can

    ABC News at Power Players 9 mths ago

    Power Players

    As Americans start heading to the beach for their summer vacations, they may be at a disadvantage when it comes to sunscreen. Europeans and South Americans have been able to buy a wider variety, and some say, more effective sunscreens for nearly a decade.

    In a recent interview at the Ivy restaurant in New York City, ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser pressed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg on why ingredients proven effective against UVA rays in Europe have yet to be approved by the agency.

    “The honest answer is that we could and should move faster, but we have so many responsibilities and people are stretched very thin,” Hamburg told “Power Players.” “We have dedicated a team of people, a small really work on moving this forward.”

    In fact, the FDA has not added an approved sunscreen ingredient since 1999.

    “We can and will do better,” Hamburg said. “It can be frustrating when you want to move quickly and can be cumbersome in a fast-changing world.”

    Smoking critics also contend that some e-cigarette advertisements target young people. Hamburg agreed it's a concern.

  • 'You make them nervous': Why Obama told Elizabeth Warren she wouldn't lead consumer watchdog agency

    ABC News at Power Players 10 mths ago

    Power Players

    It felt like a green version of hell.

    That’s how Elizabeth Warren described a meeting with President Obama in 2011 when she learned that she would not be tapped to lead the newly created consumer watchdog agency that she had pioneered. It was a hot day, and the president wanted to have the meeting outside.

    “It was these tall, tall hedges, so there was no air,” Sen. Warren told ABC News’ David Muir in a sit-down interview. “The president said, ‘Isn't this great?’ And I thought, ‘God, you gotta be kidding me.’”

    In her new memoir, “A Fighting Chance,” Warren writes about her life’s journey – from the time she first confronted economic hardship as a child growing up in Oklahoma, to becoming a Harvard law professor and renowned consumer advocate in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, to her current role representing Massachusetts as a U.S. senator.

    "You make them nervous,” Warren recalled Obama telling her during their meeting.

    Warren writes in the book that Larry Summers, a top economic adviser to Obama at the time, told her she would have to decide: did she want to be an outsider or an insider?

    “I’m not running for president,” she said.

  • Chris Christie's soul search: New Jersey governor says bridge scandal brought him closer to family

    ABC News at Power Players 11 mths ago

    Power Players

    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.”

    The governor said his family’s concern for his well-being during the last several months, which he described as “the toughest time” of his professional life, has been a crucial source of personal support.

    He told the story of his oldest son asking whether he had any involvement in the lane closures.