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- Liz Kreutz at ABC News3 hrs ago
Just off a three-week vacation in the Hamptons, Hillary Clinton used her first day back on the speaking circuit Thursday to address the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, applauding President Obama for his response to the protests and calling for a nationwide effort to improve racial inequalities that she said still persist in the American justice system.
"Watching the recent funeral for Michael Brown, as a mother, as a human being, my heart just broke for his family," Clinton said during her prepared remarks at a tech conference in San Francisco.
"Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," she added, referencing "dramatic, terrible" pictures she watched on television.
- Ron Claiborne at ABC News Blogs15 hrs ago
For the health care workers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, lunch time is puppy time.
Rather than grabbing a sandwich or a cup of coffee, they decompress a little from the day's highs and lows by cuddling puppies and kittens.
The idea for the program called Pet a Pooch - though there are also some friendly felines - came from Heather Matthew, an emergency room nurse at the Philadelphia hospital. She said unwinding from a particularly overwhelming day started when she got home and spent time with her bull dog, Annabella.
"Health care is an incredibly stressful field, from the medical intensive care [unit] to the emergency [room] to the newborn nursery," Matthew said. "It's stressful."
So in 2013, Matthew came up with the program to help ease her coworkers' stress.
She recruited the Pennsylvania SPCA to bring puppies and kittens to the hospital where, during their lunch hours, anyone could drop by and hold, pet and love a furry animal.
- Suzan Clarke at ABC News Blogs1 day ago
Most children sing their ABCs a cappella, like they're taught in school, or maybe with a little flair, the way they may hear it on "Sesame Street."
Ethan Conrad is not like most children. When he sings his ABCs, he rocks out, heavy metal style.
Video posted to YouTube on Tuesday showed Ethan, then 1, singing what could be recognized to be his ABCs, but the boy had supercharged his rendition, even adding a bit of head banging.
When he started out singing his pacifier made it hard to hear the lyrics, but once he removed it, he really got going.
Ethan loves to hang out in the basement where there's a music studio, his father, Sean Conrad, 27, said in a Wednesday interview with ABC News.
Conrad works in a bank but is a music enthusiast. He plays in a hard rock/heavy metal band called Acid Reign, and regularly holds jam sessions in the basement of his home in Canal Winchester, Ohio.
Ethan loves to be part of those sessions, his father said.
- ABCNewsPR at ABC News1 day ago
"GMA" is #1 for the Week :
Outperforming NBC's "Today" by 490,000 Total Viewers and 151,000 Adults 25-54
"GMA" is Posting its Largest Total Viewer and News Demo Season Margins
Over "Today" in More than Two Decades
"GMA" Grows in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Season-to-Date
ABC News' "Good Morning America" stood as the morning's No. 1 newscast in Total Viewers (4.849 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.773 million) for the week of August 18, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "GMA" outdelivered "Today" (4.359 million and 1.622 million, respectively) during the week by 490,000 Total Viewers and by 151,000 Adults 25-54. "GMA" increased its Adults 25-54 lead over its news demo lead on the year-ago week by +14% (vs. 132,000 on w/o 8/19/13). Additionally, GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! reached over 17 million users last month.
- Richard Davies at ABC News1 day ago
Happy days are here again for housing … sort of.
After more than a decade of boom and bust, a vital part of the U.S. economy may be finally returning to normal. That could be very good news for growth. Signs of stability include slower price rises and fewer sales of distressed properties.
"Home prices look roughly in line with their long-term norms and, very importantly, far fewer people are falling behind on their payments," Jed Kolko, chief Economist at Trulia, the online real estate firm, says. "More and more the housing recovery depends on what happens in the jobs market."
Foreclosures dropped sharply in July, falling more than 21 percent in the past year, says data firm CoreLogic. On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures were down by 8.5 percent. "The stock of distressed debt continues to rapidly decline, especially in western states," economist Sam Khater said.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs1 day ago
Lauren Conrad is in full prep mode for her upcoming wedding day, and that includes designing the dresses that her bridesmaids will wear.
"The Hills" alum recently launched her own line of bridesmaids dresses. Her Paper Crown clothing line sells 12 different styles, which Conrad and five of her nine bridesmaids modeled in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.
"In our collection, we're only doing a few dresses that aren't long," Conrad told the magazine. "We're doing full-length, a couple midi, and then we have a couple to-the-knee. We didn't really go shorter than that because it doesn't really feel appropriate, and if that's what you want, then you can always shorten the dress."
The 28-year-old, who is expected to tie the knot with law student William Tell later this year, also dished on how she's getting her bridesmaids ready for her big day.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs1 day ago
Reese Witherspoon transformed into "Pink Lady" Elle Woods from her hit movie "Legally Blonde" to send a hopeful message to a four-year-old boy battling cancer.
The Oscar-winning actress sent the message to four-year-old Will after learning that he was a big fan of "Legally Blonde."
"This is for one of the strongest little four-year-olds I can imagine. Will - I hear that you're fighting so hard and strong against cancer and that in the hospital you've been watching a lot of Legally Blonde and loving it. I hope it makes you laugh!" Witherspoon captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag "Team Will."
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs2 days ago
Charlize Theron thinks women get better with age.
"It's ironic that we've built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no f****** concept about wisdom, what life is about, having a few relationships below [their] belt and feeling hardships, to grow into [their] skin and feel confident within [themselves] and to feel the value of who [they] are, not because of a man or because of something like that," Theron told the latest issue of Women's Wear Daily.
Theron called that kind of seasoning, which comes with time and age, "such a beautiful thing."
"And that's why I think people say women come into their prime in their 40s," said the actress, who is 39.
- Colleen Curry at ABC News Blogs2 days ago
A video posted to YouTube shows parachutists jumping out of a plane in quick succession before one of them becomes stuck in his lines and gets towed by the plane.
The jumpers are in military-type uniforms and a Mexican flag sticker is taped to the back of one helmet. The men appear to be practicing jumps out of the back of a plane from 3,000 feet.
At least seven jumpers successfully launch before one becomes stuck - his parachute chords becoming wrapped around something on the outside of the plane. The snag leaves him dangling.
The frightening scene ends when the man is pulled back into the plane.
- Michael Rothman at ABC News2 days ago
Do we have an exciting new couple alert!
Big Sean's ex, Naya Rivera, just tied the knot unexpectedly and it looks like the rapper has moved on as well.
Sean, 26, was spotted backstage at the 2014 MTV VMAs holding hands with none other than Ariana Grande, 21.
It had been reported the two were spending time together, but this kind of seals the deal.
Sean was wearing a denim button-down over a white T-shirt, while Grande was wearing a silver dress.
They looked very comfortable.
Grande also just had a split of her own this year. In what has been called her breakout year, she just broke up with Jai Brooks.
Grande and Sean have worked together too - they collaborated on the hit songs, "Right There" and "Best Mistake."
BREAKING: BIG SEAN SPOTTED BACKSTAGE HOLDING HANDS WITH ARIANA GRANDE AND CITY SPUD pic.twitter.com/SAtLEBY8u6
— Complex (@ComplexMag) August 25, 2014