- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix1 day ago
By Ashley Louszko, Claire Pederson and Lauren Effron
Many Miss America contestants spend years preparing for that big moment when they get the chance to grace that big Atlantic City stage.
Beauty queens aren’t born after all. They’re made, and some of the competition’s winners were made by an Alabama man named Bill Alverson.
Alverson, the father of three grown children, is one of the most successful and sought out pageant coaches in the United States, turning beginners into pageant stars.
“We need to understand, life’s hard, life’s cruel, life can be great. But what are you doing with it?” he said. “’Why did you fail? Why did you not know the answer?’ And then if we can work from that, and see where that’s going, then even if you don’t win the crown, you’re getting life experience that’s going make you incredibly successful.”
People pay $125 an hour to get a dose of his tough love because Alverson gets results. The past two Miss America winners, the current Miss America Nina Davuluri and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, are his former students. In fact, Alverson has coached six of the 53 women who are vying for the 2015 Miss America title this Sunday.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix5 days ago
By Mary Bruce, Michael Falcone, and Erin Dooley
In an address to the nation Wednesday, President Obama laid out his most detailed plan yet to "lead a broad coalition" to confront the vexing problem of ISIS, the militant group that executed American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria and terrorized civilians in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” the president said from the White House. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
Here’s Obama's four-point plan to destroy ISIS:
AMPING UP AIRSTRIKES
-The president vowed to expand the air campaign beyond its original two missions: protecting Americans and providing humanitarian aid. Now, airstrikes will be used a part of a broader effort to “roll back” ISIS in Iraq.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix6 days ago
The Apple Watch went through “millions” of different version before it was unveiled today in Cupertino, California, Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive told ABC News’ David Muir in an exclusive interview.
“When you actually do the calculations, it’s millions and millions,” Ive said. “We’ve always tried to make products that people don’t begrudgingly use but want to use, and I think that the bar for that is very high when it’s something that you wear and it’s something that you’re going to wear all day, every day.”
It was Ive’s voice that narrated the pre-recorded video demonstration for the smartwatch during today’s big unveiling at the Flint Center in Cupertino.
The watches, Ive said, come in three collections and a range of faces, which can differentiate between a touch and a press.
“The way that we treated this from a design point of view was that you had hardware and then software,” Ive said. “Our experience as customers, as users, is they’re the same. They’re one and the same. So in terms of this, we designed the user interface, gave people multiple choices.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix7 days ago
By Sydney Lupkin
Once again, the royal family was forced to announce Kate Middleton’s pregnancy early, thanks to a rare but severe form of morning sickness.
Middleton has hyperemesis gravidarum, which is diagnosed when a pregnant woman loses more than 10 pounds due to extreme and persistent nausea and vomiting, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
News of Middleton’s first pregnancy broke in December 2012 when she was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London with the same illness. She gave birth to her son George the following July.
The duchess is not yet 12 weeks into her second pregnancy, royal officials told ABC News, and doctors are treating her at Kensington Palace. They said she “may require supplementary hydration, medication and nutrients.”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix11 days ago
Is the secret to weight loss simply tricking your mind into thinking you had gastric bypass surgery? That’s what happened to Julie Evans, an overwhelmed mom of two small children, who at her biggest weighed 287 pounds.
Evans claims hypnosis helped her begin craving healthy foods instead of junk. “All I wanted was spinach,” Evans, 35, told ABC News. “I wanted salad. It was the creepiest feeling in the whole wide world.” She admits it sounds crazy, but says hypnosis was her trick to shedding 140 pounds and actually keeping it off. “I was the biggest skeptic ever,” she explained. “I haven’t had fast-food since. I don’t even crave it.” Back in 2006, however, Evans ate fast-food and junk food every day. It wasn’t until a vacation to Hawaii that she realized she was too embarrassed to show her body in a bathing suit and decided it was time for a change. “I was at that point where this was holding me back from living,” she said.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix12 days ago
By Enjoli Francis, David Muir and Christine Romo
At 6 a.m., just three short miles from the Syrian border, Hadija, 10, is awakened.
She gets dressed and within minutes, she walks hand in hand with her friend. No school bus is waiting though. There is instead a truck, with children spilling over. They are not going to school either today -- they are headed to the fields.
An urgent crisis is taking place halfway around the world, according to UNICEF and Beyond Association, a local organization that works with UNICEF to get refugee children access to schools.
According to UNICEF, there are nearly 600,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and at least 300,000 of those children do not attend school.
- ABC News at Nightline Fix13 days ago
By Chris Murphey and Lauren Effron
A deaf toddler who underwent surgery to have a radical auditory device implanted into his brainstem to help him hear is showing vast improvement after undergoing the surgery a second time, his doctors said, giving new hope that the device could one day be a common treatment option for deaf children.
Alex Frederick, a 2-year-old boy from Washington Township, Mich., was just 17 months old when Dr. Daniel Lee from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a team of specialists from Massachusetts General Hospital, both located in Boston, implanted a device called an Auditory Brainstem Implant, or ABI, into Alex’s brain last year.
Alex was born with little to no hearing and the ABI acts as a kind of "digital ear." It's made up of a small antenna that is implanted on the brainstem so that it can pick up signals from a tiny microphone worn on the ear and relay them back inside as electrical signals that reach the area of the brain associated with interpreting sound.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix18 days ago
By Juju Chang and Michael Cappetta
Summer camp is an annual rite of passage for thousands of children, but for kids like 11-year-old Audrey Gordon and 12-year-old Brian Erbis, camp wasn’t just a place to have fun, but a place to lose weight.
Brian and Audrey, both of New York, were two of 600 children who this summer attended Camp Shane, a weight-loss camp in Ferndale, New York.
Camp Shane has been around since the 1960s and back then, their programs just focused on weight loss. Now, their programs spend a lot of time on getting at the emotional triggers for over-eating and aim to launch long-term lifestyle changes.
“It’s about discovering when and why you’re overeating but then it’s a question of coming up with making a plan,” said David Ettenberg, who owns and runs the camp. “In a notebook, write down ‘OK, I know when I get home, I’m going to immediately -- instead of overeating -- I’m going to have a fresh fruit and take a walk with a buddy.’”
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix18 days ago
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK by RICHARD BESSER via WORLD NEWS
MONROVIA, Liberia – The streets outside West Point are empty of pedestrians. Shops normally bustling with activity are boarded up. This poor community in the capital of Liberia, one of four West African countries affected by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, has been quarantined – barricaded off from the rest of the region by barbed wire fences patrolled by police and military personnel.
"It looks like it did during the war," one resident told me, referring to the decades-long civil war that ended in 2003.
Desperate residents peered out from their homes and shops, eager to share their stories across the barrier. I met Steven, a 30-year-old tailor. His life has been halted by Ebola. His stepmother and father have died from the disease and three of his siblings are in a treatment center. He has no idea how they’re doing.
- ABC News Nightline at Nightline Fix20 days 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.