ABC News Blogs
- Angel Canales at ABC News1 day ago
NUTLEY, N.J. - Not many adults get a toy as a gift on Christmas Day. And when they do ask for one, not many ask for a toy truck. Thomas Cook, 73, is one of those adults who enjoy getting a toy truck on Christmas. It all started when he was 24 years old and his wife Carol gave him a Hess Green Tanker Trailer for Christmas. "Every boy likes toys," he says.
As soon as the holiday was approaching, Carol would start looking for the trucks at Hess stations. "She would go out there and find them. They were widely popular," Thomas says. And so a tradition started.
Carol gave Thomas a Hess truck for Christmas every year. It became a tradition in the Cook's household, something Thomas says his wife Carol enjoyed doing for him. "They were very hard to get back in the day and she loved shopping for these," Thomas says.
And like every boy, he would play with his new Hess truck every Christmas. "I would play with them under the tree. It was fun and it signified Christmas," he says.
- 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.
- 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.
- Richard Davies at ABC News2 days ago
Could you get burned by your morning coffee? Keurig Green Mountain Inc. is recalling nearly 7 million popular single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns. Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission released details on the recall this morning. The recalled brewers have an identification number starting with "31? printed on the bottom. They were sold online and in stores in the United States and Canada between 2009 and 2014. Keurig's share price dropped more than 3 percent after the recall was announced.
- Alison Bridgman at ABC News2 days ago
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.
- Alison Bridgman at ABC News3 days ago
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.
- 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."
- Angel Canales at ABC News6 days ago
While most kids were playing with toys, Carmen Cusido was listening in to her family's discussions about policies between the U.S. and Cuba. Growing up Cuban in the U.S. - to Cuban exile parents - was an interesting experience.
"I remember a lot of my family members gathering around the family table talking about policies between the U.S. and Cuba and the lack of freedom of the press, lack of human rights and political prisoners," said Cusido, 31, who lives in Union City, N.J.
Those conversations shaped Cusido's views about U.S. policy towards Cuba. She says she was a hardliner on U.S.-Cuba policy issues.
"I was the college student who had my door room walls peppered with Ronald Reagan quotes and anti-communism banners," said the freelance writer.
Both her parents fled Cuba over 50 years ago. Her father boarded a plane to New York and her mother left by boat to Spain in 1961. While Cusido respects and honors the pain and suffering her parents endured when they left the island, she still wanted to have a connection with Cuba.
It was a few years ago that Cusido started to think about visiting the island.
- 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.
- 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.
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.