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  • Man With Alleged Bag of Ecstasy Arrested at US Capitol

    John Parkinson at ABC News1 day ago

    U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man at a checkpoint at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon allegedly in possession of a large quantity of Ecstasy pills, prompting a joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, ABC News has learned exclusively.

    The man, identified by USCP as Dennis A. Silva, 25, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance after he alarmed officers when he parked his Honda Civic at a barricade to the East Plaza of the Capitol and began photographing them.

    Silva produced an expired New York driver's license, police said, initiating his arrest.

    "Officers approached the vehicle and conducted a name check on the driver which revealed no valid permit in any state," Lt. Kimberly Schneider tells ABC. "The defendant was placed under arrest."

    A USCP report states that when Silva was searched the officer "discovered a clear plastic bag with multiple colored pills on the Suspect's person." According to the report, a field test conducted on one of the pills tested positive for MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly.

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  • Stock Market Enjoys Santa Claus Rally

    Richard Davies at ABC News1 day ago

    Morning Money Memo…

    The stock market is having more than a Santa Claus rally. The U.S. economy is getting stronger with new optimism about growth heading into the new year. The stock market closed yesterday at record highs after the Commerce Department said growth expanded at an annual rate of 5 percent during the third quarter. That's the strongest rate of growth in more than a decade. Gains in spending by consumers and businesses are part of this trend. Consumer confidence is at the highest level since before the recession. The Dow Jones Industrials gained 65 points yesterday, closing above 18,000 for the first time. Futures rose again this morning after five straight days of gains.

    The latest sign of a growing economy comes from today's jobs report by the Labor Department. Weekly unemployment applications fell to 280,000 - the lowest level in seven weeks. The four-week average of people making first-time benefits claims is down 16 percent since this time last year.

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  • T.J. Holmes Joins ABC News as co-anchor, "America This Morning" and "World News Now"

    Alison Bridgman at ABC News2 days ago

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    I'm thrilled to announce that T.J. Holmes is officially joining America This Morning and World News Now as co-anchor. In addition to his anchor duties, he will also report across our all broadcast and digital platforms.

    T.J. has impressed us all for the past few months with his vibrant storytelling, engaging style, and quick wit.

    An award-winning journalist, he has reported from around the world on some of the most important stories of our day.

    T.J. was live on the scene following the Virginia Tech campus shootings, the devastating tornados in Joplin, Missouri, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and in 2009 covered the first presidential debate between then-Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. His contributions to the coverage of the oil spill and the Presidential campaigns garnered CNN two prestigious Peabody Awards.

    In 2012, T.J. earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for his work as the host of BET's late-night talk show "Don't Sleep," where he joined distinguished thought leaders and correspondents to discuss African American interests.

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  • Kendis Gibson Joining ABC News

    Alison Bridgman at ABC News3 days ago

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    I'm thrilled to announce that Kendis Gibson has joined ABC News as a correspondent.

    A talented journalist with wide-ranging experience, Kendis is a very welcome addition to our ABC News family. He comes to us from our powerhouse affiliate WJLA in Washington DC, where he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Since joining WJLA in 2011, he has covered some of the biggest stories to hit the nation's capital, including anchoring hours of live coverage during Hurricane Sandy, the Capitol Hill police pursuit and shooting, and reporting on the Navy Yard massacre in 2013.

    Prior to joining WJLA, Kendis worked as a correspondent with CBS Newspath, where he covered the shooting spree in Tucson and many other major news events. He also worked as an anchor at KSWB in San Diego, and has hosted shows for HGTV and covered red carpet events across the world as an entertainment reporter and anchor with CNN.

    A native of Belize, where he grew up without a television, Kendis moved to the U.S. when he was 11-years-old. The youngest of seven boys, his family has also taught him a thing or two about how to work as a team.

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  • U.S. Seeks Help from China with Korean Hackers

    Katherine Faulders at ABC News4 days ago

    WASHINGTON - The United States has asked for the cooperation of China to help combat the destructive cyber-attack on U.S. information systems the government says was carried out by North Korea. The attack has created fears of attacks in the U.S. and caused Sony to pull the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview."

    "We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns about this attack, and to ask for their cooperation. In our cybersecurity discussions, both China and the United States have expressed the view that conducting destructive attacks in cyberspace is outside the norms of appropriate cyber behavior," a senior administration official told ABC News today.

    In a rare official statement, released Friday, the FBI blamed North Korea as the force behind the cyber-attack.

    "North Korea's actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves," the statement said. "Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior."

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  • "GMA" is #1 for the Week of December 8th

    Alison Bridgman at ABC News7 days ago

    For Week of December 8, 2014

    "GMA" is #1 for the Week

    "GMA" is Delivering its Largest Adults 25-54 Season Margin Over "Today" in 23 Years

    "GMA" Nearly Triples Adults 25-54 Season Margin Over "Today" Compared to Same Point Last Season

    ABC News' "Good Morning America" ranked as the No. 1 morning newscast in Total Viewers (5.533 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.055 million) during the week of December 8, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "GMA" has taken the top spot in both measures in all 12 weeks of the season. In addition, "GMA" beat the No. 2-ranked "Today" (5.156 million and 2.001 million, respectively) by 377,000 Total Viewers and by 54,000 Adults 25-54.

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  • Man Rescued From Deserted Island After Raft Drifts for 5 Days

    ABC News at ABC News8 days ago

    A man who was stranded for six days - five days on the water and then one on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas - has been rescued by the Coast Guard.

    Larry Sutterfield, 39, was found on the island in an area between Florida and Cuba on Monday.

    Man survived 12 days stranded at sea by eating raw fish.

    Stranded boater videotapes sinking and rescue.

    Stranded woman tells how she survived in Gulf for 13 hours.

    The Coast Guard said today that during a routine maritime patrol, officers had noticed smoke coming from the uninhabited island. They then saw Sutterfield, naked and waving his arms.

    "They dropped food and water and a VHF radio to him to find out what kind of stress [he was] in," said US Coast Guard Petty Officer Jean Paul Rios.

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