- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix5 days ago
How would you like to take a vacation to Hawaii for just $5? Or how about flying first class to Paris for a romantic weekend for almost nothing?
It may sound too good to be true, but it’s possible if you know how to “travel hack.”
Bryce Conway, a banker from Columbus, Ohio, is a self-proclaimed “travel hacker” and says he hasn’t paid for a flight for himself in three years.
“Travel hacking is a method of earning a lot of frequent flier miles through things like credit card signups and special promotions and using those miles to book really cheap trips,” Conway, 25, said. “It’s just a way to get around a normal system with a shortcut and travel for free.”
Travel hackers like Conway have turned earning frequent flier miles into an art form, and he has quickly learned how to reap the benefits. A newlywed, Conway said he recently flew all seven of his groomsmen to Las Vegas for a bachelor weekend for just $7 per flight, before taxes and fees. And before that, he said he and his new wife flew to Paris for a long weekend for a total of $10, before taxes and fees.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix6 days ago
2000 couples are arriving at a stadium outside Seoul, South Korea for a mass wedding. Some have known each other for just months, others only a few days.
These are the young members of the Unification Movement - sometimes derisively referred to as the "moonies" after their founder Reverend Sun Myung Moon - though it's a name the church now rejects.
These mass weddings started in the 1960s -inciting massive controversy with critics claiming that followers broke away from their families to join the new religion. Now the children of the original followers - the first ever born into the church - make up the majority of those marrying in this ceremony.
Among them is Glenn Haider, 23 and his fiancee Judilee King, also 23. The church gave Nightline rare access to them and several others as they prepared for matrimony. Judilee, an aspiring artist, flew from Canada to meet Glenn after they were matched by their parents. They had never laid eyes on each other.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix9 days ago
By Lana Zak and Tess Scott
Set in the glamorous, tumultuous backdrop of 1960s America, the AMC show "Mad Men" has captivated this decade of American viewers with the sinful, striving secrets of its principle characters.
But the secrets go beyond just what’s scripted and in an exclusive broadcast interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, the cast and creator of "Mad Men" opened the lid into their own box of surprises as the show embarks upon its final season.
The show’s protagonist is the glamorous ad man Don Draper, an embodiment of America in the 60s, a decade determined to sell itself.
"It's been one of the major themes of the show, like the outward image that's projected, and then what's behind it," said Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the show.
Draper was raised in a house of shame – surrounded by prostitutes and suffering. To escape, he reinvents a new identity and a new life as an ad man at the Sterling Cooper and Partners agency. The show follows Draper’s journey through doubt, lies, alcohol and careless infidelity.
"He's damaged,” Hamm said. “He's damaged goods, in many ways, and he's doing the best he can."
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix11 days ago
Reported by Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross
The former boss of one of the nation’s largest coal companies, who was known for his iron-fisted control of its operations, said he was not aware that company lawyers routinely fought claims filed by ailing coal miners who believed they had contracted black lung disease.
“All that has come out since I was gone,” said Donald Blankenship, the controversial former chief executive of the Massey Energy coal company said during an hour-long interview with ABC News. “I was not aware of it … I didn’t run the worker’s comp department.”
Blankenship said he first learned that large numbers of coal miners suffering from black lung were being forced to endure lengthy court battles to secure their federally-mandated support from reports by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity. But he said he believes the system is working as well as it can. “There’s a lot of people getting black lung benefits,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know the exact number. But the industry probably pays $300 million a year into black lung funds. And, of course, they’ve worked very hard to reduce the incidence of black lung.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix12 days ago
Paula Faris reporting
Every now and then a story hits home for me. This particular “Nightline” assignment did just that. The woman who has gained notoriety in some quarters as the my-abs-are-better-than-yours “Fit Mom” flew from her home in Sacramento to Kansas City, Mo., to meet some of her adversaries. They’re blogging that her “No Excuse” health approach is a form of fat shaming. And is insensitive.
Insensitive or not, “Fit Mom” has sparked a movement of 17,000 “No Excuse” women all saying health is a priority. This is a real-life mommy war. And I didn't want to miss it.
Before I proceed, I must divulge that I've just returned from maternity leave. A few days ago, in fact. This was my first assignment back. Am I sleep deprived? Uh, yeah. Do I enjoy lugging around my breast pump? I’ll give you a hint: NO. Am I fitting into my skinny jeans, yet? Rrrright. I’m still wearing my maternity pants. And, they’re comfortable. After all, God created elastic on the 8th day (and bacon on the 9th).
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix13 days ago
Andy and Patty Grove are searching the streets of the tiny town of Wells, Texas for their 27-year-old daughter, Catherine. Last year she left home in Arkansas and joined a group called the Church of Wells – she never even told her parents she was leaving.
For months and months producers have been trying every possible way, phone calls, Facebook - to reach the so-called elders of the Church of Wells - three very young men – and to see if they would come on camera to answer some questions regarding the criticisms about their church.
The members of the church are mostly affluent, young and tend to be from devout Christian families, as is true of the leaders.
There is elder Jake garner, recently arrested for preaching on the grounds of a high school, Ryan Ringald, a former fraternity brother at Baylor University in Texas, and elder Sean Morris, 27, the one many consider to be the true leader. There is a lumberyard owned by members of the church right next to a gas station - which is really the only business in the small town.
ABC News producers tried to get Sean and Jake to speak on record – but the boys eventually asked the crew to leave.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix16 days ago
You might think when you buy a car from a used car lot that you are hearing everything you need to know about that car.
Carfax, a popular vehicle history reporting service, says that more than 3 million used cars from multiple manufacturers are being sold right now, even though they have open recalls.
An ABC News producer went undercover to five New York-area used car lots to ask about cars that were under safety recall, to see whether their salesmen would mention anything about the recalls. Salesmen at two of the dealers did mention recalls.
But not at Bling Bling Auto Sales in Ozone Park.
When a producer asked about the safety of a 2006 Chevy Cobalt that had been recalled for a problem with the ignition switch -- the same ignition switch that's at the heart of the GM recall fiasco -- owner Angelo Zanghi gave multiple assurances regarding the car. "Listen, it's a small car. But for what it is, it is safe," he said.
Later, the producer pressed further, asking: "There's nothing I need to know about that car?"
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix17 days ago
An Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental health issues gunned down three colleagues at Fort Hood and injured 16 others before killing himself Wednesday, authorities said.
Authorities are investigating whether an argument on or near the Texas base might have sparked the mayhem, sources tell ABC News.
The suspected gunman was identified by law enforcement and military sources as 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez.
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said the shooter, whom he declined to identify, suffered from "mental issues," was on medication and was being evaluated for possible post-traumatic stress disorder.
The alleged gunman was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command, which is based at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and had served four months in Iraq in 2011, Milley said at Wednesday's media briefing.
A motive had not been identified, Milley said. He added that there was "no indication" the incident was related to terrorism, although investigators were not ruling anything out.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix18 days ago
Greenland is one of the last frontiers on Earth, and for a few intrepid miners, the cold, remote and inhospitable country could be their answer to bringing home big money.
A team of seven miners went to Greenland hoping to strike it rich. Their journey was documented on the Animal Planet TV show, "Ice Cold Gold." Last season was almost a total bust.
Then, on the very last day of their trip, as winter set in, the miners hit pay-dirt.
They found a previously undiscovered area they called the "red zone," an area where the rocks were studded with rubies and other gemstones -- a claim that may be worth millions.
The second season, airing now on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Animal Planet, follows the miners' efforts to make that claim pay off.
"The 'red zone' is spectacular rubies, you cannot find something like that," said Josh Feldman, one of the miners featured on the show. "When we discovered it we immediately knew we had something fantastic."
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix19 days ago
Brazil has always been famous for its stunning women. But since Gisele Bundchen, the world’s top-earning super model, and Victoria Secret superstar Alessandra Ambrosio were discovered years ago in Brazil’s southern countryside — far from the bright lights of Rio de Janeiro — model hunters have scoured rural towns in south Brazil for fresh faces.
The hope is that somewhere in this isolated province, model scouts will find a girl who benefits from the same alluring genetic cocktail of northern European and Latin beauty, and will break through as the next top model. We traveled throughout a region in the grips of model-mania, and attended a casting event in Chapeco, Brazil, where parents paid the equivalent of $1,000 US to give their young kids, some still in elementary school and others still in diapers, a chance to shine in front of the country’s top agents.
Watch the video for an in-depth look inside Brazil's model factory.