Posts by Katie Couric
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric5 days ago
By Brad Marshland
Within just a few weeks of the 50th anniversary of Barbra Streisand's first No. 1 album, "People," which topped the charts in October 1964, Streisand has set a new record with her 10th No. 1 album — becoming the only artist to have had a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades.
This new album, "Partners," features duets with some of the world's greatest vocalists — Babyface, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, even Elvis Presley. And yet, for Streisand, perhaps the most thrilling part of this creative work was recording a duet with her son, Jason Gould.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric7 days ago
By Deborah Grau
The name Norman Learmay not be well-known to the millennial crowd, but just a few decades ago he was synonymous with groundbreaking network television. He created sitcom hits that used humor to shine a light on issues previously thought too taboo for TV.
Shows such as "All in the Family," "Maude," "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times" — each week, the themes were about racism, civil rights, class struggles, homophobia, women's liberation and more — challenged the way Americans viewed each other and the world around them. In 1999, President Bill Clinton honored Lear with the National Medal of Arts. "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it," Clinton said.
Now at 92 years young, Lear reflects on his life and career in his first autobiography,"Even This I Get to Experience."He opens up about growing up during the Depression with his father in prison, and he tells backstage tales of his classic shows that redefined television sitcoms.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric14 days ago
President Barack Obama damaged U.S. credibility by drawing a “red line”against Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then failing to back up the warning with military force, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Yahoo News in an interview.
“It was damaging,” Panetta, who also served Obama as CIA director, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
In the wide-ranging interview, Panetta also defended the CIA’s use of a vaccination campaign as cover for intelligence gathering on Osama bin Laden; said future presidents may again have to use interrogation techniques widely branded as torture; struggled to explain how the Islamic State’s top leader managed to go from a U.S.-run prison in Iraq to commanding that fearsome jihadi army; and grappled with what-if questions about what he candidly called the “chaos” in Syria.
Panetta said drawing the red line, threatening Syrian strongman Bashar Assad with military strikes if he unleashed chemical weapons on his people, was “the right thing to do.”
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric14 days ago
By Deborah Grau
In 2007 he was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, but these days, Matt Damon is getting noticed for something far less sexy. "Probably the least sexy thing is water," says Damon. "But, you know, it's a huge issue for women and girls, and they're the ones affected the most. And, as a father of four girls, I feel it personally."
Damon learned the severity of the problem during a trip to Africa in 2006. When he returned home, he made it his mission to help people in developing countries have access to safe water and sanitation. "You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation. It cannot be done," says Damon. He partnered up with Gary White, an engineer and water specialist, to form the nonprofit organization Water.orgin 2009.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric18 days ago
By Katie Brinn
The scene in Hong Kong over the past week has gone from chaos to calm and back again, as tensions grow and pro-democracy throngs clash with pro-China demonstrators.
It all started on Sept. 26, when hundreds of students gathered in a courtyard in Central Hong Kong, demanding an end to Chinese oppression and control. China’s modern history with Hong Kong has been complicated, to say the least. For more than 150 years, Hong Kong belonged to Britain. Then in 1997 Britain handed the thriving metropolis back to China in a political deal called “One Country, Two Systems,” which allowed Hong Kong to maintain some of the freedoms and independence mainland Chinese people do not have, such as freedom of the press and the right to assemble. The people of Hong Kong would even be allowed to elect their own leader in 2017.
But this summer China started to backpedal. It announced to Hong Kong that those elections could proceed only if the Chinese government selected all the candidates. To the people of Hong Kong, that meant they wouldn’t have much control over their own government after all.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric24 days ago
By Kaye Foley
There's a new name in terror — the Khorasan group.
On Sept. 22, the U.S. and allies launched airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State militants. But the U.S. went on a solo mission that night as well, witheight separateairstrikes against the Khorasan group.
So who are these guys? Well, Khorasan actually stems from a familiar foe.
It is a small network of an estimated 50 or so al-Qaida veterans who set up shop in Syria, benefiting from the cover of civil war and the protection of the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front. Although the group was brought to public attention in the past week, Attorney General Eric Holder said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric the U.S. has been watching Khorasan for two years.
- Katie Couric at Katie Couric News Video25 days ago
By Gabe Noble
Giovanni Cipriano was an ordinary 14-year-old high school freshman who had a passion for baseball and had just made the honor roll. One quiet night, as he snacked on trail mix and watched a movie with his mother, his throat began to incessantly itch. Unbeknown to Giovanni and his mother, there were peanuts in the mix, which he had been allergic to since he was 18 months old. His mother gave him a double dose of Benadryl and frantically rushed to the hospital.
"I took his hand and I said, 'Don’t worry, we’re here.' And when I grabbed his hand, he was cold and his body was blue," Giovanni’s mother, Georgina told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga from her home in Long Island, NY. The anaphylactic reaction led to a coma, and he died several weeks later.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric27 days ago
By Steve Shapiro
Joe Torre says the NFL "dropped the ball" in theRay Rice domestic violence investigation.
The former Major League Baseball player and Hall of Fame manager spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about the scandal that has plagued professional football and the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell, for weeks.
Of Goodell, Torre said, "He's lost a lot of the luster, obviously over this case, which I understand."
Torre says he hopes the attention focused on the NFL will bring broader attention to the issue. "If there's something good that comes out of this, it's that we have to pay attention to it and really understand the seriousness of it."
Torre and his wife, Ali, founded the Safe at Home Foundation in 2002 to help families shattered by domestic violence.
"I think he's going to go hide somewhere. I think he's going to travel and not live by a schedule for the first time in his life."
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric28 days ago
By Andrew Romano
On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder, who is widely expected to step down from his post sometime after this year's midterm elections, provided Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric with an exclusive inside look at the domestic and international challenges that will define what may be his final months at the Justice Department, touching on everything from President Barack Obama's recent assault on the shadowy al-Qaida affiliate known as Khorasan to his own sweeping plans for sentencing reform. And perhaps thinking about his legacy, Holder brashly defended his ill-fated decision to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, the most controversial move of his tenure.
Speaking only hours after the administration expanded its ongoing air war against Islamic extremists into Syria, Holder revealed that Khorasan — a militant group new to most Americans but "known to [the White House] for two years," according to Holder — had been "very close" to launching a terror attack on the U.S. prior to Monday's bombing campaign.