- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix19 hrs ago
By Meghan Keneally
The man charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez was arrested twice during the nine months that she was missing, court records indicate.
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was ordered held today on $1 million bail after being arraigned on a charge of kidnapping Hernandez last year. The charging document says Kibby "confined (Hernandez) with a purpose to commit an offense against her." His lawyer declined to enter a plea.
The affidavit detailing the case was sealed, but the prosecutor told the judge it was a "unique case and this bail is more than warranted." Hernandez, who was 14 at the time, disappeared as she was walking home from Kennett High School in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. She returned home on July 20 after nine months. She is now 15.
While Kibby sat at the defense table in an orange jail jumpsuit, his alleged victim sat with her mother, Zenya Hernandez, in the front row of the courtroom. This marked the first time that the teenager has been seen in public since she arrived home on July 20.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix1 day ago
By Jackie Jesko and Lauren Effron
Over the past decade, the online dating boom has shattered the rules of the dating game. In an age where romance can be determined by the swipe of a finger, what do the most popular online daters know that other users don’t?
Turns out, a lot.
Jessica, 26, who asked that her last name not be used, is one of the most popular people on OKCupid, meaning she is one of a handful of people who get more messages than nearly all of the dating website’s 11 million active users.
Jessica joined OKCupid when she moved to Los Angeles two years ago and was newly single.
“So I was like, ‘I'm just going go out with everybody who asks me,’ so I just went on this serial dating spree,” she said. “And as I really got to know what I liked and what I didn't like, I started to cut down my profile to make it more about me and putting myself out there so that I was attracting the right guy, as opposed to just casting this huge net.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix2 days ago
It seemed like some petty shoplifting. One missing lipstick there, a pair of sunglasses there. But for one woman, it ended up costing much more than she ever expected, when she suddenly became a target of a major undercover sting operation.
Nightline was there as it all went down.
In this case, the suspect, Melinda Ford, AKA “Puffy”, is about to hit the dressing room of a department store in Florida. Last year, Nightline was given access to an unfolding crime that starts with the slight-of-hand and ends up costing all of us big money.
Cops say that "Puffy" is their prime suspect. They call her the booster. And they believe she could be the key to bringing down a multi-layered Florida shoplifting ring.
Over the last three years, shoplifting has become a growing national problem. Stores mark-up merchandise to offset the losses and it will cost your household roughly $400 a year.
The woman driving “Puffy” around, they call “Pee-Wee”, a police informant. Once inside the fitting room, “Puffy” conceals one of each item under her street clothes. “Pee-Wee” tells the cops that “Puffy” then hands the items over to a network of men and women she pays to return the goods to the store.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix7 days ago
When you’re a size 14, the thought of putting on a bridesmaid’s dress can seem daunting, but Christina Maher was up for the challenge.
By the day of her cousin’s wedding, Maher, a 26-year-old who lives in New York City, literally bet she could be down four dress sizes – 40 pounds in six months -- and if she made it, she could win money.
Maher sent $385 each month to HealthyWage, a company that allows users to place bets on its website and phone app that they meet weight loss goals in exchange for cash prizes.
If she achieved her goal, Maher would win $5,000, plus get all her money back, for a grand total of $7,310. But if she didn’t lose the weight, she would be out thousands of dollars.
“I’m re-motivated and ready to go,” Maher said. “I think I really need to get my ass into gear so I can win this bet because I cannot afford not to.”
HealthyWage says it has already paid out more than $2 million in prize money, yet only one third of participants actually win their bets.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix8 days ago
By Clayton Sandell, Aristides Pinedo-Burns and Lauren Effron
Every morning, Lauren Bobert starts the day by getting ready for work. She puts on her make-up, fixes her near-perfect hair, and puts on a sparkly belt.
But the 27-year-old mother of four isn’t fully dressed until she straps on her loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.
Bobert and her husband run a restaurant called the Shooters Grill. When they opened it a year ago in their hometown of Rifle, Colorado, going with a “gun theme” seemed natural. But Bobert took it one step further and began carrying a loaded weapon on her hip in public.
“I wanted to start carrying just for my protection. This is my establishment, so I didn’t see anything wrong with that,” she said. “[So] I began to open carry.”
It’s legal in Colorado to open carry handguns and Bobert isn’t the only one packing heat inside her restaurant. Most of the restaurant’s wait staff also open carry. The restaurant is so popular, Bobert said they sometimes sell out of food. She denies the armed staff is a gimmick for Shooters Grill, saying it’s about expressing their right to defend themselves.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix13 days ago
By Lesley Messer and Michael Rothman
Weird Al is back.
Al Yankovic, famous for his parodies of hit songs, is coming out with a new album, "Mandatory Fun," and to promote it, he's releasing eight videos in eight days.
His first, "Tacky," set to Pharrell's "Happy," is making the rounds today, and features appearances by celebrities including Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black.
The album has other songs including, "Handy," ("Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, perhaps?) and "Word Crimes," believed to be set to "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.
“It’s ironic. When I first started out, nobody wanted to sign me to a record deal,” Yankovic told the New York Post. "They said, ‘That’s not going to be around for very long."
As for "Tacky," Pharrell told Billboard magazine that he "approved" the spoof song before it came to fruition.
"He wrote me a letter and I was like, 'Aww, what?!'" he said. "Yeah!"
Yankovic just feels lucky to be able to continue doing what he does best.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix14 days ago
By Megan Chuchmach and Brian Ross
In his first television interview, the elderly artist whose look-alike paintings in the styles of Abstract Expressionists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock fooled experts and sent shock waves through the art world claims he was ”shocked” to learn that his works were sold as newly discovered masterpieces to wealthy collectors for tens of millions of dollars.
“When I made these paintings, I had no idea they would represent them as the real thing to sell,” said Pei Shen Qian in an interview to be broadcast Tuesday on “World News With Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” as part of an ABC News investigation of the fake art industry and the Long Island fraud ring that flooded the market with over $80 million in forged work.
Now under federal indictment in New York on charges of fraud, Qian has moved from his studio in the New York borough of Queens to a small apartment on the outskirts of Shanghai where ABC News found him.
“My intent wasn’t for my fake paintings to be sold as the real thing,” Qian said. “They were just copies to put up in your home if you like it.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix15 days ago
By ABC News
John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist for the National Weather Service, offered this advice for staying safe when there is a threat of lightning:
Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, but being outdoors when a thunderstorm is in the area puts you at risk of becoming a lightning victim. Lightning can strike 10 miles from a thunderstorm and if you hear thunder, you’re likely within striking distance of the storm. If you plan to be outdoors, here are some tips that could save your life.
Before Going Out:
* Listen to the forecast and consider cancelling or postponing activities if thunderstorms are predicted.
* Know where you’ll go for safety in case a thunderstorm develops. While Outside:
* Monitor weather conditions and seek shelter at the first sign of a developing or approaching storm.
* If you hear thunder, immediately get inside a substantial building (one with wiring and plumbing) or hard-topped metal vehicle.
* If you can’t get inside, never shelter under a tree or other tall objects that could increase your risk of being struck.
* Avoid contact with anything that is plugged into the wall, such as appliances and computers.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix19 days ago
You're about to meet a woman who takes care of big, potentially dangerous animals, abandoned by or taken from drug kingpins. What they may have been used for is nothing short of shocking. It's feeding time for two of Colombia's most feared animals - Bengal tigers - once owned by a paramilitary commander who allegedly used them to devour his enemies.
Animals so dangerous, so unpredictable - but one woman is getting right up close and very personal with some of the deadliest pets of Colombia's drug lords.
The story begins in the slums outside of Kali, Colombia. A world few people, let alone TV cameras, are ever allowed to see. Bob Woodruff visited a place teaming with more than 800 exotic animals. Welcome to the wild kingdom of Ana Julia Torres, school principal turned animal rights crusader.
The animals love her. It's the way they express their gratefulness to her.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix21 days ago
By Neal Karlinsky, Sarah Kolinovsky and Lauren Effron
There is an extreme cross-country bike race so difficult that racers are practically guaranteed to suffer injury and, quite possibly, hallucinate, yet they ride through the pain to prove to themselves they are up for the challenge.
The Race Across America (RAAM) is billed as the world’s toughest, and maybe craziest, bike race.
An endurance test like no other, RAAM racers have 12 days to ride roughly 3,000 miles from San Diego, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, without hotel stops, or even beds to sleep in, just a bike, a support team in a camper that follows close by, and the willpower to ride night and day, over mountains, across deserts, through rain and sweltering heat. If they don’t make it coast to coast before the 12-day cutoff, they are disqualified.
“We cross 12 states, 88 counties, 350 communities,” said race director Fred Boethling.
The race is open to solo racers, as well as two, four or eight-person teams. The 48 racers who competed in this year’s race, which included Pippa Middleton as part of a team, came from 27 countries.