Posts by ABC News Nightline
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix10 hrs ago
For a brotherhood of Utah daredevils, soaring 5,500 feet above breathtaking mountains, defying death to hang off the skids of a helicopter before jumping back to Earth, is just another day at the office.
Four friends -- Neil Amonson, JT Holmes, Marshall Miller and Jesse Hall -- are known together as the "GoPro Bomb Squad."
Since 2008, they have made a living from using GoPro cameras to capture their stomach-dropping jumps and stunts, free-falling from thousands of feet above the ground -- what they consider sheer bliss.
"Sometimes, just up in the helicopter, you want to pinch yourself," Hall said. "We're actually doing this again, this is happening again, this is regular. This is what we do, it's crazy."
What these guys get to do started off as a longshot dream.
They saved money to travel, went sky-diving and Base-jumping off cliffs along the way, when Miller decided they should all approach popular mini-camera maker GoPro to pay them to be career daredevils.
"We were really capturing some incredible images of human flight and people falling off cliffs, and that was something they had never seen at the time," Miller said.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix1 day ago
Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fiery crash that killed "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and his driver-friend as fans gathered at the crash site to erect a makeshift memorial in honor of the actor.
Sheriff's deputy Peter Gomez said Sunday investigators hope to learn how fast the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT was traveling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve.
The crash also killed Walker's friend, professional driver Roger Rodas, according to Walker's publicist, Ame Van Iden. She said Walker was a passenger in the car when they drove away from a fundraiser in the community of Valencia Saturday. The two bodies were so badly burned that officials said they would use dental records to make a postive identification.
Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, had thrown a fundraiser benefiting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. The event was held by Reach Out Worldwide, a charity Walker founded in 2010 to aid victims of natural disasters.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix2 days ago
Note: The video above contains operating room footage that may be too graphic for some viewers.
Lyndsey McLaughlin and Diana Rodriguez, two New York women from different worlds, never imagined their paths would cross, let alone that a life-changing event would connect them for the rest of their lives.
But two years ago, Lyndsey, then 26, struggled for every breath she took, and it's thanks to Diana that she is alive today.
In 2011, Lyndsey was working at a hedge fund in New York and had everything she ever wanted, except for one thing: A future.
Lyndsey was dying.
"I'm 26 years old," she said at the time. "I should be out every Friday and Saturday night. I should be at the bars having a couple of drinks, not worrying about how many medicines I'm going to have to take the next day."
At age 2, Lyndsey was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease which causes mucus to build up in the lungs.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix8 days ago
A 16-year-old girl in London was cold-clocked by stranger in broad daylight. In Manchester, England, a man died after being punched at a bus stop. A 78-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy were both punched in the head in separate attacks in Brooklyn.
Some law enforcement officials believe these attacks are part of a disturbing trend known as "The Knockout Game," in which perpetrators pummel innocent, unsuspecting victims. Incidents have been reported in England and in several states in the United States.
There have been at least two deaths from similar attacks this year. Surveillance video of teenagers in New Jersey shows the group running away after punching a man who then had a seizure and died.
James Addlespurger, a 51-year-old English teacher at a creative arts high school in Pittsburgh and a popular local blues musician, was walking home one afternoon after work last year when he was attacked.
"I walked home through that alley for years, picked up a newspaper from the rack on the street, reading an article, put it through my arm, proceeded to walk through the alley, next thing I know, I was waking up answering questions to a police officer," he said.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix12 days ago
Standing in front of his congregation at a small Pentecostal church in Kentucky, Pastor Jamie Coots held the long, sleek body of a poisonous snake, practicing what he considers a holy Christian sacrament, but what others are calling a threat to public safety.
In tiny churches tucked away in rural Appalachia, "snake handling," which began generations ago as an expression of faith, is turning into a fight over religious freedom.
Coots, the pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Ky., and his followers believe that God calls upon them to handle venomous serpents and to drink other poisons. Even if they are bitten, they will refuse medical treatment because they believe that they are worthy of God's faith, and that their fate is in God's hands.
Using serpents during services is a long-standing tradition, one that took root in this region of Appalachia more than a century ago.
Four generations of Coots' family have handled serpents as Pentecostal preachers, from his grandfather down through his now grown son.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix13 days ago
QUANTICO, Virginia -- Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints.
"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix14 days ago
Magicians are now more like celebrity stuntmen, pushing themselves to the brink to bring in huge audiences and rake in enormous wealth. But can magicians go dangerously too far to reach that inconceivable illusion?
David Blaine has made a career of pushing his body to limits so extreme his stunts have almost killed him. "Nightline" caught up with him before his "David Blaine: Real or Magic" special, which aired Tuesday night on ABC.
He has spent over 20 years trying to master the technique of drinking kerosene without dying, and every expert has told him he should not do it -- if kerosene gets into the lungs, it can cause severe damage.
But Blaine, who famously froze himself to near death, held his breath for over 20 minutes, fasted for 40 days and buried himself alive, is continuing to raise the bar to give the audiences what they want -- to watch him cheat death.
"When I saw Houdini hanging over a building or Evel Knievel, you knew there was danger involved and that's what I loved most," he said.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix15 days ago
Mold, wood rot, warped floors, a dated bathroom -- these problems might seem a nightmare to the average home buyer, but to a seasoned house flipper, a house full of flaws could mean profits.
With the housing market improving after the 2008 crash, home flippers -- and reality TV shows about home flippers -- are back. From "Flipping San Diego" to "Flipping Boston," the nationwide trend of buying a house at less than market value, spending some money to fix it up and reselling it at a higher price is once again a lucrative way to make money.
Seasoned house-flippers Kim Williams and Maria Powell spent time with "Nightline" in and out of various fixer-uppers in a Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood -- flips in North Carolina have increased by 14 percent in the past year, with flippers averaging a profit of $50,000 per property.
The duo talked about a few of the do's and don'ts of flipping they have learned over the years.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix16 days ago
Imagine your first day on the toughest of jobs, subject to the initiation rites of all rookies.
That's Jeremy Brandt's gig and it's not for the faint of heart or stomach. Matt Gutman of ABC News “Nightline” embedded for a day with Brandt, host of Nat Geo Wild's “Jobs That Bite,” and the team at Lion Country Safari in Florida.
Anacondas in the Amazon, tiger sharks uncaged in shark-infested waters, Gutman has done that. But knocking down the king of the jungle in his lion den ... this is a little intimidating. After a few minutes, “Hiro” stops pacing, leans down, closes his eyes and looks like he’s asleep. This is serious business and sedating Hiro is a long process.
He’s hauled into the examination room. Brandt is hoping this latest job doesn’t bite. He's already tried his luck here before with some success, helping veterinarian Beth Hammond give Sabo a clean bill of health. It's been 10 years since Hiro's last check up which means there's a lot of work to do, little of it glamorous.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix19 days ago
It was 11 p.m. at a New York City hot spot. The music was thumping, the lights were dimmed and the night was still young for 22-year-old Vanesa Levine. She and her "BFF" Nicole, her shot-taking, booty-shaking partner in crime, hit the dance floor together nearly every weekend.
But here's the twist: Nicole Levine, 47, is Vanesa's mom.
"She's just like having another friend around," Vanesa said. "She parties, she knows how to dance."
Forget traditional Sunday dinner or the old-school mani-pedi outing. For some mothers and daughters, modern-day "Mommy and Me" time now means partying together till dawn, and Nicole said she sees nothing wrong with that.
"What's wrong with going out with your daughter, having fun, dancing, enjoying amazing moments together?" she asked.