- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix1 day ago
By Linsey Davis
What started off as a pit stop at a Best Western hotel in New Orleans ended up as a major pitfall for Christine Bicek and her daughter, Katie Bicek. “It’s about midnight and our hotel room phone rings,” said Christine Bicek of Houston. The voice on the phone claiming to be from the hotel’s front desk said, “I need your card number to put on file. Otherwise you need to get out of the room.”
Katie Bicek gave the woman her debit card number and went back to sleep. When Christine Bicek woke up, she said she immediately remembered the phone call and thought something seemed “sketchy.”
“I said to Katie, ‘You need to check your bank account,’” she said. Katie Bicek did and learned that all of her money was gone.
With 34.7 million Americans predicted to be on the roads for the Labor Day weekend, according to AAA, security experts are issuing warnings about schemes that target vacationers at their hotels.
It turns out that the scam that targeted Christine and Katie Bicek is a common one.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix5 days ago
By KATIE MOISSE via World News
American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly credited doctors, God and an experimental drug for his recovery today. But experts say it’s unclear whether the drug, known as ZMapp, helped or hindered his recovery.
Brantly and fellow American aid worker Nancy Writebol contracted the virus while working inLiberia with the missionary groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM. They received ZMapp -- a cocktail of three antibodies that attack the virus -- and were evacuated from the growing outbreak zone to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where they were isolated for at least two weeks.
"Today is a miraculous day," Brantly said today as he was released from the hospital. "Through the care of the Samaritan’s Purse and SIM missionary team in Liberia, the use of an experimental drug, and the expertise and resources of the health care team at Emory University Hospital, God saved my life -- a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers."
Writebol was released Tuesday, hospital officials said.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix6 days ago
The so-called Sports Illustrated cover jinx strikes again.
Philadelphia Little Leaguer and star pitcher Mo'ne Davis was pulled against Las Vegas, Nevada, after giving up three runs, including a two-run homer, in the semifinals of the Little League World Series Wednesday night.
Davis and her teammates trailed 3-0 when she moved to play first base. She had six strikeouts but gave up six hits and one walk in 2 and 1/3 innings.
Since she only threw 55 pitches, Davis will be eligible to pitch Saturday if Philadelphia advances to the championship game.
Davis is the first Little League player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, although like many before her, including New England Patriot Tom Brady, had a poor performance after the magazine was released.
Philadelphia lost 8-1 and will play Chicago Thursday. Davis won't be available to pitch in that game because of pitch-count rules.
The winner advances to the U.S. championship against Las Vegas.
Davis remained upbeat after the loss.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix7 days ago
Taylor Swift, the pop star?
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter rose to fame with music rooted in strong country influences but she has been known for pushing the boundaries. With her new album, “1989,” she’ll showcase a different sound.
In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach that took place before a cheering audience of Swift’s most ardent fans, the star talked about the new album.
“I feel like for the last two years there’s been sort of a sonic evolution happening and I’ve been experimenting more and more. And I think you have to follow, just this intuition, this gut feeling,” she said. “As a songwriter, you just write to write a certain kind of music and you don’t know why.”
She said she enjoyed working with the various producers and songwriters and collaborators who contributed to the project and said she was proud of “1989,” calling it “sort of an almost musical rebirth in that it’s my first pop album.”
The album will be released on Oct. 27 and is already available for pre-sale on Swift’s website. The singer will perform live on "Good Morning America" the same day as her album's release.
Robach asked whether Swift had a favorite band from the 1980s.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix8 days ago
A person who claims to be the man caught on camera ransacking the three-story closet of a Texas socialite says some of the estimated $1 million in items he allegedly stole are fakes.
The alleged thief made the claims in a voice-modulated call reportedly made to the Houston Press on Aug. 12, less than two weeks after the burglary at the home of Texas socialite and millionaire Theresa Roemer, according to Press reporter Craig Malisow.
“You know, I asked this person, ‘How can they prove that they really were the burglar?’” Malisow told ABC News.
The self-proclaimed burglar told Malisow that he would send the reporter samples of the items he allegedly stole from the closet of Roemer, who had given “Good Morning America” a tour of her closet just over one week before the break-in.
In the segment, which aired July 23, Roemer, an entrepreneur, said the closet itself cost about $500,000 to build. It has a beauty station and champagne bar, and Roemer holds fundraisers inside the closet.
Malisow says the items he received at the Houston Press offices Friday, in an envelope with no return address, included a watch, a bracelet and a silver locket containing a lock of hair.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix9 days ago
By Matt Gutman and Ben Candea
A Florida jury found a college student guilty of killing his friend out of what prosecutors said was jealousy over an ex-girlfriend.
Jurors found Pedro Bravo guilty of first-degree murder and six other counts in the death of Christian Aguilar. They deliberated just shy of four hours.
Some jurors cried as the verdict was read. Bravo, 20, appeared to show no emotion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Bravo was accused of killing Aguilar, 18, after taking him for a drive one night in September 2012 to discuss Aguilar's relationship with Bravo's ex-girlfriend, Erika Friman. Bravo and Aguilar had been friends, but Bravo was "crushed" to learn that Aguilar and Friman were dating.
Prosecutors alleged Bravo poisoned and beat Aguilar, then hid his body. Surveillance footage showed Bravo buying a shovel, duct tape, bandages and over-the-counter sleep aids the night before Aguilar went missing.
Bravo claimed that he and Aguilar only got in a physical fight that night.
Friman testified that she arranged for Bravo and Aguilar to meet after Bravo threatened suicide, and that she hid her relationship with Aguilar from Bravo.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix12 days ago
By Michael Rothman and Lesley Messer
Robin Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, has released a very personal statement today -- a few days after the comedian's apparent suicide.
Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday at the age of 63 and until now, statements from family and his rep have only said that the comedic legend was battling depression.
This most recent statement from Schneider adds that the "Good Will Hunting" star was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.
Schneider said via the statement, “Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child -- Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid. Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles."
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix14 days ago
Whether they thrill or terrify you, shark week, is reeling in a record-breaking 4 million viewers. But for some shark enthusiasts, the couch is not a close enough encounter. Some like "Good morning America's" Ginger Zee, dive in with no cage, no protective gear, to go nose-to-nose with the ocean's most feared predator.
For Ginger Zee, going 25 feet underneath the surface of the ocean is “really the only way to do Discovery Channel's shark week.” But it is also an opportunity to straight the record straight about underwater predators.
Though reports of shark attacks are on the rise, sharks don’t want to eat humans. They want to eat fish.
Last year, there were 72 unprovoked attacks worldwide. Ten of them, fatal. Scientists say attacks are on the rise because more sharks are coming to the coast and more humans are going in the water. And sometimes, sharks confuse humans with food.
In fact, humans are more dangerous to sharks. For every one human killed by a shark, 20 million sharks are killed by humans.
In order to learn more about Tiger sharks, Ginger Zee suited-up with Discovery’s Stuart Cope and dived into the waters of Old Bahama Bay.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix16 days ago
By Alyssa Litoff and Lauren Effron
Jason Derulo is so sure that his girlfriend Jordin Sparks is the one for him that he wrote a song about proposing to her aptly titled, “Marry Me,” and had her star in the music video with him.
“That’s the reason why I wrote the song in the first place,” he told “Nightline,” “because I wanted her to know that when the time is right then it will happen.”
But don’t think he’ll necessarily be heading to the altar any time soon. The 24-year-old pop star said he wants to wait for the right moment before putting a ring on the former “American Idol” winner’s finger. “It will be the most amazing time,” Derulo said. “When I do get down on one knee, it’s going to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but when the time is right.”
Derulo has sold more than 20 million singles in the United States, and has had three songs hit number one on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40. He launched his career writing songs for “everybody from Pitbull, to Danity Kane, to Cassie, to Sean Kingston, Iyaz,” he said, before breaking out as a star on his own.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix19 days ago
By Alex Perez, Ben Newman and Lauren Effron
Men and for the first time, women, dressed in full suits of armor, welding medieval axes, swords and shields, took to a battlefield in Spain to fight for world-dominating glory.
This was not a scene being shot for an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones,” but a real-life tournament for the bone-crushing sport of full-armored medieval combat.
Teams from all over the world gathered for the International Medieval Combat competition at the castle of Belmonte in Belmonte, Spain, in May, to fight in tournaments in the style of 14th century Europe – complete with armor and authentic weaponry.
“All the edges on weapons have to be 2-millimeter wide,” said USA Knights team captain Andre Sinou. “We’ll go over the blades… so that there are no sharp edges that could puncture. Don’t have to puncture.”
The USA Knights, the American national team made up of fighters from across the U.S., prepared for months for these world championships, which hosted 10,000 spectators and many more watching on Spanish television.