- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix9 hrs ago
Driving around Seattle with "Alice," a convicted ID thief who didn't want her own identity revealed, was an education.
“She knew where all the places where to go ... the easiest cars to break into,” Shadel said.
Driving around a parking lot, Alice pointed out the cars she would likely target.
“Out-of-state plate, so we are probably going to hit that car because it’s parked over in the corner," she said. "It’s easy to get into without somebody seeing."
The out-of-state license plate signaled to Alice that the driver had probably traveled with lots of personal information.
She also pointed out seemingly unlikely targets, like work vans. “They usually had like full on credit cards to bill companies,” she said.
And cars with backpacks that are sitting out in the open. “It’s just full of goodies. It always is.”
In just a few months Alice and her colleagues stole $900,000, Shadel said, noting that "she had a little group."
"One guy who could make IDs. Another who knew how to swipe all the laptops and put them up in the cloud. It was quite a little posse of identity thieves,” Shadel said.
- Nightline Fix1 day ago
Ever since Marty McFly hopped aboard his pink hoverboard in 1989's Back to the Future Part II, the world has been waiting for real scientists and engineers to catch up. Now, finally, it appears that you can get your hands on one - if you have $10,000.
In the 90s the film’s director Robert Zemeckis cruelly spread rumours that a commercial version was under development, raising hopes around the world before scientists dashed them with a dose of reality - the problem was just too hard.
But now a Californian startup claims to have cracked it and developed a working prototype, although there are several catches: the battery only lasts seven minutes, it will only float over smooth metal and it costs $10,000. There is also a limited supply of just ten hoverboards available.
Hendo Hover has turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund the $250,000 it needs to create the first run of products. It claims to need the money to put the “finishing touches” to its device.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix2 days ago
In a small, darkened room, Adam Daniels, the self-proclaimed head of his own satanic church, spat and stomped on the symbolic body of Christ in a ritual devoted to Satan.
The smells of incense and smoky dry ice vapors wafted over his small band of followers, who watched him and others perform the so-called “black mass” and destroy bread that was meant to symbolize the Eucharistic, which Catholics say is supposed to symbolize the body of Christ.
Only about 40 or so people attended Daniels’ demonic service, which was held in the basement of an Oklahoma City civic center in September, but it was enough to draw nearly 2,000 Christians from all over the region, some of which drove in from out of state, for a massive protest against it.
Daniels is the co-founder of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, a dark religion that worships demons, he claims to have created himself. He has written his own “bible” and calls himself “the daster,” which he said was “the equivalent to a high priest,” even “pope.”
“I’ve been working on this for 10 years,” he said. “It’s been created by my creation.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix7 days ago
But Chris Kilham, who refers to himself professionally as the medicine hunter, is hoping to introduce a natural, safer alternative that also works for women and could blow the market wide open.
“You take people who have low libido, you give them tongkat ali,” Kilham, 62, of Leverett, Massachusetts, told ABC News’ “Nightline” of the herb.
“It’s Chinese New Year’s fireworks in their pants. It works.”
Kilham works for the French company Naturex, the largest botanical extract manufacturer in North America, which sells processed herbs to most major brands. He scours the globe investigating natural remedies to make people younger, stronger and sexier, such as tongkat ali.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix10 days ago
With competition for tuition money ramping up, colleges are looking for ways to set themselves apart and some have turned to investing in unimaginable campus experiences, from water parks to luxurious residence halls.
In the economic report, “College as a Country Club,” published last year by the National Bureau of Economic Research, researchers found that some colleges -- excluding elite schools like Princeton and Yale -- attract more applicants when they invest in state-of-the-art facilities like pools and rec centers.
So even though average tuition costs for four-year colleges continue to tick up year over year -- now running about $18,000 for in-state students at public universities to almost $32,000 for out-of-state students, according to College Board -- more colleges are justifying the high cost of building impressive amenities in an effort to recruit and retain students.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix16 days ago
By Michael Cappetta and Lauren Effron
It seems like there is nothing that will stop Florida mom Martha Rivera from wrestling alligators, not even pregnancy.
"I've done shows fully pregnant," Rivera told ABC's Gloria Riviera in an interview for "Nightline." "It's no different than somebody who just happens to have a big belly."
Rivera and her husband Jeffrey, who have one 8-year-old son, have been volunteering their time at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue for the past two years. In fact, Rivera is currently seven months pregnant with the couple's second child and said she still felt "completely safe" climbing on the back of an alligator.
"I know my limits. I know which alligators I can work with and which alligators I cannot work with. I know the size, the tricks I can do, the tricks I can't do," she said. "I would not ... do something I thought I could do without really thinking it through, because I would danger not just myself but the animal as well."
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix17 days ago
By Sarah Kolinovsky and Lauren Effron
In her latest movie, “Men, Women and Children,” Jennifer Garner plays an overprotective mom who obsessively monitors her daughter’s every keystroke, reading all her texts and even deleting objectionable ones.
“I think that my character is a mom who loves her daughter like crazy,” Garner told ABC News' Juju Chang in a sit-down interview for “Nightline.” “And how often as a mom have you had those moments where you think you’re just going to go that extra mile and you’re going to work that much harder and you’re going to protect your kid and at the end of the day you realize, ‘Oh, I actually made it harder for them.’”
And though her character goes to extremes to keep watch over her kid’s online movements, Garner, a real-life mother of three with husband Ben Affleck, who stars in the recently released movie “Gone Girl,” says “Men, Women and Children” made her “very aware” that the Internet can be a “scary” place.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix21 days ago
By Lesley Messer, Aaron Katersky and Josh Margolin
Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice appeared at a courthouse in Newark, N.J., yesterday to face sentencing in their fraud case.
Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison, beginning Jan. 5, and $414,000 in restitution. She will also face two years of supervised release. Teresa Giudice's time behind bars will be staggered with her husband's, who was sentenced earlier today to three-and-a-half years in prison. Whether or not he will be deported will be determined after he serves his time. Joe Giudice is not a U.S. citizen.
Before the judge handed down her sentence, the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star sobbed and said she was "humbled" by the experience.
"I'm so scared," Giudice said. "I need to learn to do things for myself. ... I need to wake up."
Upon sentencing Teresa Giudice, the judge said she considered probation "for a moment" but then determined the fraud "merits incarceration."
Although she believed the reality TV star showed "genuine remorse," she added, "my gut tells me Teresa Giudice deserves to be in jail."
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix22 days ago
By ABC News
A real-life soap opera appears to have played out at a panda research center in China where zookeepers claim a panda may have faked her pregnancy in order to live a more pampered life.
Zookeepers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding say Ai Hin, a 6-year-old giant panda, first showed signs of pregnancy in July, but then returned to normal at the end of this month, after just a two-month observation.
Chengdu officials say “phantom pregnancies” -– caused by progestational hormone changes –- are not uncommon for pandas, but that some “clever” pandas keep playing the pregnancy card long after.
“After showing prenatal signs, the 'mothers-to-be' are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care. They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life," panda expert Wu Kongju told state news agency Xinhua.
The false pregnancy caused the Chengdu Base to call off its planned live broadcast of Ai Hin giving birth.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix24 days ago
By Nick Capote, Ashley Louszko and Lauren Effron
When 11-year-old Molly Ambrose is spending quality time with her father, it usually means walking up to the edge of a roaring volcano.
Molly’s father is Brad Ambrose, an award-winning photographer whose job to go to the edge of the Earth and back to grab those breathtaking, lava spewing shots companies are willing to pay top dollar to use.
These two New Zealand natives are part of a camera-wielding, globe-trotting band of adrenaline junkies who make a living traveling around the Ring of Fire to peer into the fiery abyss of an active volcano.
“Every single volcano is different,” Brad Ambrose told ABC's Gloria Riviera for “Nightline.” “They’ve got different-- basically different personalities.”
“Nightline” followed the Ambrose family and Brad’s boss Geoff Mackley on a recent adventure through Indonesia on their latest quest to capture the ultimate shot. Their destination was a remote, violent volcano that few people have ever visited -- Batu Tara, an angry volcano on an uninhabited, inhospitable island.
Mackley, who led the expedition, is a legend in the business and a life-long volcano addict.