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Prince William and Duchess Kate mourn death of family dog Lupo

Indigo/Getty ImagesBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News

(LONDON) -- Prince William, Duchess Kate and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are mourning a beloved member of their family, their dog Lupo.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared in an Instagram post Sunday that Lupo, a 9-year-old cocker s...

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Amount of materials extracted from Earth tripled since 1970, UN report finds

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(NEW YORK) -- More than 38 billion tons of material were extracted from the Earth in 2017 for trade, a figure that shows how much the demand for raw resources has increased in recent decades, a new United Nations report has found.

The materials include biomass, such as wood and crops for food, energy and ...

Author: ABC Audio
Posted: 11/23/2020

Insurgents launch rocket attack on Kabul as Pompeo set to meet with Taliban, Afghan negotiating teams


(WASHINGTON) -- People in Kabul, Afghanistan, woke up to the sound of rockets fired by insurgents Saturday as families rushed toward schools to check on their children and loved ones.

The attack, which happened in a residential area during the morning rush hour, resulted in at l...

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Posted: 11/21/2020

Hong Kong Disneyland opens reimagined castle in bid for fairy tale 'new era'

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(HONG KONG) -- Hundreds of revelers gathered at Hong Kong Disneyland on Friday to witness the opening of the resort's reimagined Castle of Magical Dreams.

The 167-foot-tall structure, nestled into the hills of Lantau Island, has been transformed over four years, more than doubling ...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Marine animals are being injured by plastic at alarming rates, report finds

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(NEW YORK) -- A new report details the grim circumstances facing marine animals as millions of pounds of plastic continue to make their way into the oceans every year.

Nearly 1,800 animals from 40 different species swallowed or became entangled in plastic between 2009 and 2018, the report, by ocean con...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip mark 73rd wedding anniversary with new photo

Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty ImagesBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News

(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are marking their 73rd wedding anniversary with a gift from the next generation of royals, their great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Buckingham Palace released a new photo Thursday showing the quee...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

A year after 'Bloody November,' reformists in Iran still fight for legitimacy

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(TEHRAN) -- A year has passed from nationwide protests in Iran and the resulting crackdown that came to be called "Bloody November."

Unrelenting pressure on local journalists and a lack of transparency among the nation's leadership have prevented an accurate tally of those killed and those wounded, but official stati...

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Posted: 11/19/2020

Prince William reacts to investigation on infamous Martin Bashir interview with Princess Diana

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(LONDON) -- Prince William has broken his silence on an investigation into a controversial interview with his mother, the late Princess Diana, that aired on the BBC more than 20 years ago.

The BBC announced this week it has appointed a retired judge to lead an independent investigation ...

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Posted: 11/19/2020

Kenyan police arrest hospital officials in connection with child trafficking ring

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(LONDON) -- Kenyan police have arrested at least three medical officers from a public hospital in Nairobi for their alleged involvement in a child trafficking ring.

"During an operation by police to unearth the organized crime, police officers noted with a lot of concern that local public hospitals a...

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Posted: 11/19/2020

Fear, uncertainty meet US troop withdrawal announcement in Afghanistan


(KABUL and LONDON) -- Tuesday’s announcement that U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan would be reduced from 4,500 to 2,500 by Jan. 15 by Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, will fulfill President Trump’s plan to bring the two-decade war to a “successful and responsible conclusion,...

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Posted: 11/18/2020

Six dogs compete on world stage in live-streamed ‘Genius Challenge’


(NEW YORK) -- Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Isaac Newton -- these are all geniuses from history that have become household names, recognized for their intellectual brilliance and contributions to our shared understanding. It may seem fur-fetched that Squall, a Florida-born ...

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Posted: 11/18/2020

Greenland's glaciers could lose more ice than predicted, study says

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(NEW YORK) -- Greenland is known as the largest contributor to rising sea levels but a new study explores how the island's glaciers could lose more ice than previously predicted.

The three largest glaciers, Jakobshavn Isbræ, Kangerlussuaq and Helheim, are responsible for about 12% of the entire ice sheet...

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Posted: 11/17/2020

'Happiest Season' stars say the Hulu holiday movie rings true

Courtesy Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday, the Hulu holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season comes home for the holidays.

The movie, directed, and co-written by actress and filmmaker Clea Duvall, features an all-star cast, including Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenbergen. 

In the film, Stewart's character Abby agrees to visit her girlfriend Harper's family for the holidays, with the intention of popping the question to Davis' character. However, there's a catch: she learns Harper's family is not only conservative, but doesn't know she's gay. 

Mary Steenbergen plays Tipper, the tightly-wound matriarch of the family, who is preoccupied with her husband's run for office and projecting a picture-perfect view of their family because of it.

Steenbergen tells ABC Audio, "I just love the film because every single character in the film goes somewhere as a result of this singular moment of bravery where Mackenzie's character says who she really is. And it is just since each of us to an important place."

Alison Brie plays Sloane, Harper's even more tightly-wound sister. An over-achiever with a handsome husband and two seemingly perfect kids -- and who is on a nickname basis with Gwyneth Patrow, thanks to a partnership with Paltrow's lifestyle empire Goop -- she seems to have it all. However, we learn appearances can be deceiving.  For the former Community star, the authenticity of the script grabbed her.

"[Y]ou didn't feel like it was a send up of a holiday movie or a cliche in any way, it felt so grounded and real," says Brie. "I think we all found ways to connect with our characters in a genuine capacity rather than playing any of them as stereotypes or tropes of holiday movies. And you can tell."


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Posted: 11/23/2020

Mahershala Ali once refused to do love scene over religious beliefs

ABC/Arturo Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Mahershala Ali reveals he accepted a role in David Fincher's 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but only on the condition that he wouldn't have to film a love scene with co-star Taraji P. Henson.

The 46-year-old actor, who converted to Islam while studying for a master's degree at NYU, explained on Common's Mind Power Mixtape podcast that filming the scene would go against his religion, according to the New York Post.

“So my old agent called me and said, ‘Mahershala, you got the part,’" he recalls.  "And I said, ‘There’s just one thing -- there is that one sex scene where they kiss. If there’s a sex scene, I can’t do it.’"

Fortunately, Fincher relented and agreed to toning down the scene.

“Taraji and I begin to kiss, and we fall out of the frame...It wasn’t clear if [Fincher] was trying to have like some bumping and grinding...which I doubt he was," says Ali.  "But for me that time, 15 years ago, I was still like, ‘OK, I can only go up to this point,’ just because of — just trying to hold a space of respect for my religion.”

The Oscar-winning actor stars in the upcoming Apple TV+ film Swan Song, opposite Glenn Close, Awkwafina and Naomi Harris.

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Kevin Hart responds to criticism over newborn's "profanity-laced" shirt

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Kevin Hart is getting the last laugh. 

The 41-year-old comedian recently came under fire for dressing his newborn in a shirt that bared the name of his latest comedy special, Zero F***s Given. Many were unhappy that the baby's clothing contained profanity and one even warned that child protective services could be giving him a call as a result. 

The Jumanji star seemingly ignored the comments, until Sunday, when he acknowledged the critics in an Instagram post.

Alongside a photo of a headline that read "Kevin Hart Slammed For Dressing Newborn In ‘Profanity-Laced’ Outfit, Fans Suggest Child Services Will Be Calling If He Doesn’t Take The Shirt Off" Hart wrote, "This is the world that we are currently living in."

"[Stuff] is funny and sad at the same time.... Y’all motha f***a’s need to grow up and get a hobby," he continued. "...Once again I could give “Zero F***s”......Now go watch my special on NETFLIX."

"Stupidity at the highest level," he added. "This is why my mindset is what it is in my comedy special."

Hart welcomed a baby girl, Kaori Mai, with wife Eniko Parrish on September 29. This is the second child for the couple who also share three-year-old son Kenzo Kash. Hart also has two children -- 15-year-old daughter Heaven and 13-year-old son Hendrix -- from his previous marriage to Torrei Hart. 

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Hilary Duff reveals she is isolating from family due to COVID-19 exposure

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Hilary Duff must spend at least two weeks away from her family after being exposed to COVID-19.

The Younger star on Saturday took to her Instagram stories to unhappily reveal, "Exposed to covid...Quarantine day 2."

The 33-year-old revealed that she is isolating in the family's basement to ensure that, should she have the infectious virus, she doesn't accidentally spread it to husband Matthew Koma or her two children -- eight-year-old Luca and two-year-old Banks.

Despite the mounting frustration, Duff and her family are already finding ways to feel less lonely, such as loudly stomping on the ground three times -- a code to tell each other "I love you."

The "So Yesterday" singer gleefully filmed herself sending the message to Luca and waiting in anticipation for a response.   A wide and thankful smile breaks across Duff's face when, after a few seconds, hears her son's feet stomping above her.

Duff also revealed that her kids may have gone overboard with gifts, revealing on Sunday that "My sweet family was leaving so many sweet treats outside my door, I finally threatened to run up stairs... break quarantine and breathe all over them."

To prevent her from spending the next two weeks indulging on desserts, her kids hilariously "left an apple pie... candle" at the door -- which she happily lit.

However, the Lizzie McGuire alum is definitely counting down the days until she can physically hold her children... because their dad is not doing the best job at dressing them or styling their hair.

Duff shared several photos Koma sent her and bemoaned her daughter's cowlick and mismatching clothes.

The actress also admitted Sunday that she may already be losing it, posting a hilarious video of her barking at the family's new puppy.

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Report: 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek was cremated

Jeopardy! Productions/Sony Pictures Television(LOS ANGELES) -- Alex Trebek, who hosted Jeopardy! for over 35 years before succumbing to pancreatic cancer, was cremated following his death on November 8, according to a copy of the death certificate obtained by The Blast.

The document lists Trebek's occupation as "Quiz Show Host" and says he was in the Entertainment for 60 years.

The certificate further reveals his wife, Jean Trebek, had him cremated and listed his final resting place as their Studio City home.

Trebek died at home following a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 80. 

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Tyler Perry thanksgiving food drive draws thousands

Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry put the "giving" in Thanksgiving on Sunday, feeding thousands of needy families ahead of the holiday.

The star of the Madea franchise opened up his Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta for the food giveaway, dubbed TPSGiving, which promised nonperishables and gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to the complex, according to TMZ.

Cars reportedly started lining up on Saturday afternoon for the food drive that ran from 8 a.m. until noon, according to the gossip website.

Drone footage obtained by TMZ shows traffic backed up all the way out to the surrounding freeway... And then some.

Tyler's staff adhered to strict COVID-19 guidelines, restricting distribution to curbside pickup and requiring everyone who wanted to receive a care package to wear masks. Pictures on the ground also show studio employees covered in PPE from head to toe.

Tyler has been helping struggling families throughout the pandemic, including giving out $20,000-plus tips to local restaurant staff and picking up tabs for grocery shoppers in New Orleans and Atlanta.

By George Costantino
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Posted: 11/23/2020

American Music Awards 2020: Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Dan + Shay are this year's big winners

Emma McIntyre /AMA2020/Getty Images for dcp, ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the biggest nights in music, the American Music Awards, kicked off Sunday night with a series of worldwide premieres, big wins and even bigger surprises.

Hosted by Taraji P. Henson from Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, the audience looked a little different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Along with a "small but mighty COVID-free audience," cardboard cutouts of the who's who within the music industry, like Dolly Parton and Beyonce, lined the front rows -- of which Henson enjoyed pretending to interact with as if they were the real deal.  

On the award's side, three acts emerged as the big winners of the night with Taylor Swift, the Weeknd and Dan + Shay taking home three awards each.

Swift further cemented herself as the most decorated winner in American Music Award history, bumping her lifetime awards total to 32 on Sunday.  The awards she added to her expansive trophy case were Favorite Music Video, Favorite Female Artist from the Pop/Rock category and the coveted Artist of the Year award. 

There also was an exciting reason why the "cardigan" singer was unable to physically pick up her trophies, which she eagerly confessed to in her acceptance speech, "The reason I'm not there tonight is I'm actually re-recording my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it!"

"It's been amazing and I cannot wait for you to hear it," the 30-year-old signed off with a cheerful grin.

As for the Weeknd, the Canadian artist picked up Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Song and Favorite Album within the Soul/R&B category. 

Just as he did at MTV's Video Music Awards, the "Blinding Lights" singer shocked fans by taking the stage with his battered and bruised face wrapped in bandages, an ongoing theme within his latest music videos that support his After Hours album. 

Dan + Shay's hit, "10,000 Hours," which features vocals from Justin Bieber, picked up two awards: Collaboration of the Year and, from the Country category, Favorite Song. The duo also collected Favorite Duo or Group within the category.

Said an emotional Dan Smyers, "I just want to say, music has power to unify us, change lives and to save the world. To everybody creating art, thank you for what you do. And the fans, thank y'all for everything, man. This is a dream come true."

Doja Cat also had a strong showing on Sunday, taking home New Artist of the Year and, within the Soul/R&B category, Favorite Female Artist.

It was an amazing night for BTS as well, who accepted two awards live from South Korea for Favorite Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock category and also for Favorite Social Artist.  

Bad Bunny also walked away with an award in each hand thanks to a newly expanded category for Latin music, one for Favorite Male Artist and the other for Favorite Album thanks to his studio effort YHLQMDLG.

Performance-wise, the night was highlighted by nonstop world premieres with artists taking the stage to publicly perform their songs for the first time.

Opening the ceremony was Justin Bieber, who performed a soulful medley of his newest hits, first starting off with an emotional rendition of "Lonely" while staring at his reflection before switching gears for a more upbeat version of "Holy."  He remained on the stage to help Shawn Mendes officially debut their collaboration, "Monster," which dropped on Friday.

Another duet came from the Weeknd, who tapped Kenny G to help him premiere two songs off the After Hours album, "In Your Eyes" and "Save Your Tears."  For his spectacular performance, the Canadian artist closed down an entire bridge in Los Angeles and strutted down the median as fireworks exploded behind him.  He also employed the help of drones to catch his rockstar performance at every angle, becoming the first artist to ever do so in AMA history.

Katy Perry returned to the AMA stage on Sunday and slowed the night down by teaming with Darius Rucker to perform her mournful and reflective single "Only Love," which explores what they would do had they only had 24 hours to live.  

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma also paired for a duet and used their energetic performance to tease their upcoming romantic comedy, Marry Me by debuting two songs off of the official soundtrack: "Pa'ti" and "Lonely."

Closing out the night was BTS, who performed an energetic rendition of "Dynamite" and also debuted their brand new inspirational single "Life Goes On."

However, the night wasn't all about saluting new songs -- it was also a big night for rapper Nelly, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album Country Grammar.  The Dancing with the Stars finalist performed a medley of his hits that propelled him to global stardom -- "Country Grammar," "E.I." and "Ride wit Me."

In addition, the audience was also treated to another throwback moments courtesy of Bell Biv Devoe, who came together to perform their own medley of hits, singing "Do Me!" and "Poison."

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Colman Domingo teases 'Fear the Walking Dead' midseason finale and Strand's ability to "rise like a phoenix"

Ryan Green/AMC (NEW YORK) -- Colman Domingo isn't mincing words in describing his Fear the Walking Dead character, Victor Strand, whom he's says will be making some tough decisions in the midseason finale.

Domingo tells ABC Audio that over the course of six seasons, fans have seen Strand's "many evolutions," which include him being "a symbol of deconstructing Western civilization."

"[Because of] all his ideals and beliefs and sort of cutthroat and the individualism," Domingo explains. "And then he becomes part of a group and gets stripped away some of his characteristics that help him survive."

"He's taking his position sort of as an army general: very seriously," Domingo continues. "Finally, he has a position of power. He's not going to give that up for anything."

Even with his self-serving history, Domingo believes Strand still has potential.

"I think he absolutely has the qualities of a good leader," he says. "I think that he also understands that [with] really good leadership, everyone's not going to be happy. But he's hoping that everyone will gain a little something."

That "something," says Domingo, is part of what Strand uses to get his way. 

"I think he's always been prepared to be [like] if you see me as your god, I'll be your god. If you see me as your devil, I'll be your devil. Whatever works for you," he shares. "But what works for me is I have a mission and I have a plan."

"So in the mid-season finale, you're going to see him torn between these groups. Between Virginia's camp and his own group that he's been a part of with Morgan," he explains. "And now he's coming through, sort of rising like a phoenix to create his own morality."

FTWD airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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Posted: 11/20/2020

'The Mandalorian' gets a 'Game of Thrones' coffee cup-type goof of its own

Disney+(NEW YORK) -- Remember that moment in the final season of Game of Thrones, when a Starbucks cup was accidentally left on a set table and wound up being broadcast on the episode?  Disney+'s The Mandalorian just had an incident that's being compared to that.

Amid the action of The Mandalorian's newest episode, "The Siege," a crew member in jeans and a tee-shirt can be seen standing behind co-star Carl Weathers, who also directed the chapter. Perhaps he can't be faulted for not noticing: the errant crew member can be glimpsed during a scene in which Weathers' character, Greef Karga, Pedro Pascal's Mando and Gina Carano's Cara Dune were occupied firing at bad guys.

Then again, not only was the crew member missed while the episode was edited, but the exact moment in which he can be peeped was sent out in a batch of publicity stills from the episode.  So you'd think somebody would've noticed.

However, considering Star Wars fans have already turned pink short-shorts wearing boom mic operator Ken Nightingall into a popular cosplay, it's likely this continuity error will inspire similarly loving fandom.

Catch the mistake while you can: after sharp-eyed fans caught a bit of green screen that was visible when Baby Yoda walked down a ramp in season one, it was fixed digitally. 

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Terminally-ill 'Halloween' superfan died minutes after Jamie Lee Curtis officiated his wedding

Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(SOUTH CAROLINA) -- The news of the September 13 cancer-related death of a super fan of both of Halloween the holiday and Halloween the movie has now gone viral.

Twenty-nine year old Anthony Woodie married his longtime girlfriend Emilee on that date, in a ceremony in South Carolina that was officiated over the phone by ordained minister -- and Halloween star -- Jamie Lee Curtis.

According to the Post and Courier, Woodie, suffering from Stage 4 esophageal cancer, passed away just minutes later. 

This past summer, Woodie, along with the manager of his local movie theater and Emilee, were the first to see the yet-to-be released Halloween Kills.  The final wish was granted by the movie's backers, Rough House Productions. 

Curtis learned about Woodie's story afterward, and reached out to him. Not only did they speak on the phone, but she sent him some movie merch, and offered to officiate their wedding on September 13.

By the time the big day came around, however, Woodie's condition was dire; according to the paper, he fell unconscious, and never awoke. But Woodie was still able to marry Emilee, with his family around him,

At 10:30 p.m. that night, Curtis called and, over the phone, conducted the ceremony. She reportedly said,  "Anthony and Emilee...May the blessings of God rest upon you, may his peace abide with you, may her spirit illuminate your heart now, in this moment."

"With the power vested in me by the Internet, it is my great pleasure to tell you that you are now married people," the star concluded.

Less than an hour later, at 11:17 p.m., Woodie passed.

His new bride called Curtis the next day to tell her the news; the two remain in touch, according to the paper.

Halloween Kills opens October 15, 2021.

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Posted: 11/20/2020

'Small Axe': Letitia Wright shares the "beautiful connection" she had with 'Mangrove' activist Altheia Jones-LeCointe

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Letitia Wright had some pretty big shoes to fill in the new feature Mangrove from Steve McQueen's anthology film series Small Axe.

The film, which follows the Mangrove Nine -- a group Black British activists who were arrested and tried for inciting a riot at a protest against police -- stars Wright as Altheia Jones-LeCointe, the leader of the British Black Panther Movement and one of the Mangrove Nine. Wright tells ABC Audio that she had little knowledge of the actual trial, which led to the first judicial acknowledgement that racism existed within the Metropolitan Police.

"I didn't know that this case even occurred," she admits. "But I know that, as fate and God would have it, there's a time for us to be able to take stories on and bring them to the surface. And now's the time."

As Wright alludes, McQueen's film is the first full-length feature on the protests and trial. Wright says after she researched and "[fed herself] all the information" she needed to become Altheia, her next step was to connect with the activist.

"And it was a beautiful connection," Wright says. "I really made it very clear to her I wasn't trying to replicate her or be her. I wanted to just represent her [and] what she was carrying in her spirit at that time to fight for what was important. And just be a voice for change for her people."

Thankfully, they were both had the same vision with Wright noting that Altheia was "really was adamant about... it being done in the right way."

"For there being truth there... and substance in what we were saying, what we were doing," Wright explains.

"So hopefully we've achieved that. And hopefully she's proud," she adds. 

Mangrove is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Carrie Fisher's brother says motherhood spared her from an earlier death

Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) -- Carrie Fisher died at 60 years old on December 27, 2016, following a heart attack, and traces of several drugs were subsequently found in her system. But her brother Todd tells Page Six that Fisher would have died "long ago," had it not been for the birth of her daughter, Billie Lourd.

The Star Wars actress was open about her lifelong struggles with mental illness and addiction. However, her brother explained, "When Carrie became a mother it grounded her very differently."

Todd Fisher said, "Looking at Carrie, [we thought] 'she’s going to be a mother, holy mackerel what is that going to be?'" While admitting she was a "unique" mom, Fisher says motherhood saved her. "It's what kept Carrie with us. I think we would have lost Carrie long ago, long before if it hadn’t been for Billie," he asserts.

Lourd gave birth to her first child, a son named Kingston, in September. Todd says Carrie would have loved to be a grandmother.

"Carrie would have continued that, she obsessed over Billie...I mean look what happened to my mom," he said of actress Debbie Reynolds, who died a day after Fisher.  "[She] bought the house next door to Carrie to be close to Billie. Debbie and Carrie weren't even talking at the time. She would have bought the house next door, so to speak."

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Target Black Friday 2020: Last chance to shop huge deals on home, beauty and electronics


(NEW YORK) -- Along with several other retailers, Target is slashing prices this holiday season with early Black Friday deals starting now through November.

Deep discounts are available on everything from home and kitchen items to electronics, apparel, beauty products, toys and lots more.

"We're taking a completely new approach to Black Friday, giving guests more flexibility and ensuring they can plan ahead for a safe, stress-free shopping experience," said Christina Hennington, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, in a statement.

Target Black Friday Deals

Nov. 1-7: Discounts on electronics and more.

Nov. 8-14: Deals on kitchen favorites and floor care.

Nov. 15-21:
Take advantage of deals on this season's popular electronics, apparel and beauty products.

Nov. 22-28: Toys, kitchen, floor care and electronics including video games and select consoles will be on sale.

Shoppers are encouraged to check the digital weekly ad posted on Target's website each Thursday before sales go live on Sundays.

The company is also expanding its Price Match Guarantee service, which allows customers to get the absolute best deal regardless of when they shop. Target has confirmed that from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, guests can request a price adjustment for any item advertised as a “Black Friday Now” deal if it is offered for a lower price at Target or later in the season.
relaxed fit that can be paired with denim, trousers and more.

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Posted: 11/23/2020

People in need turn to GoFundMe amid pandemic, holidays

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(NEW YORK) -- With the holiday season upon us and no government stimulus in sight, many Americans are depending on the kindness of strangers to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some may be accepting food donations, others are trying crowdfunding to pay their bills. In fact, donations to the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe for basic needs like rent and groceries have topped $100 million.

ABC News’ chief economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Monday to discuss how Americans experiencing financial hardships are trying to stay afloat:

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Posted: 11/23/2020

More than 1 million people traveled by plane in the US in one day, despite CDC COVID-19 guidelines


(NEW YORK) -- More than 1 million Americans are boarding planes despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Friday, 1,019,836 passengers flew in the U.S., 1.5 million less than on the same day in 2019, according to daily figures from the Transportation Security Administration. The figure represents the second-highest number of people to travel by air since March. On Oct. 18, 1,031,505 people took to the skies.

Last week, the CDC cautioned against celebrating the upcoming holiday with people outside of the household, stating that the "safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with."

The extraordinary surge of a million new cases in the U.S. in the last 10 days has raised concerns that Thanksgiving gatherings could spread the virus further among families and communities, according to the agency.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year," the CDC guidelines state.

A Harvard review published last month found that wearing masks and the frequent cleaning in planes help keep the virus from spreading, and a study conducted by the Department of Defense and United Airlines also found that the risk of contracting COVID-19 on planes was 'very low' when proper measures are taken such as masks, frequent cabin cleaning, and distancing during boarding and deplaning help keep the virus from spreading.

However, the recent spike in positive cases has led several cities and states to mandate new COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday season as hospital intensive care units begin to fill to capacity.

ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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Mnuchin seeks to end several Federal Reserve emergency lending programs

Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he will not extend a handful of the emergency lending programs the Federal Reserve implemented earlier this year to buoy the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Mnuchin said that he is asking the central bank to not renew its lending facilities that used CARES Act funding and to return the unused funds to the Treasury.

The programs -- that were set to expire at the end of the year -- include the Fed's corporate credit facilities, municipal lending facility and the Main Street Lending program for small and mid-size businesses.

Mnuchin wrote that these Fed programs supported by the Treasury have "clearly achieved their objective," adding that markets have responded positively and banks have been able to continue lending.

He added that if the Fed reserved unused funds to the Treasury, Congress can reappropriate $455 billion.

Mnuchin's letter comes as the economy is still entrenched in uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus-induced recession, and as new virus cases surge throughout the country.

The Fed issued a rare public rebuke in a statement, saying that it "would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy."

Mnuchin's move also comes amid a transition to a new administration under President-elect Joe Biden, and could dampen the Fed's power during this time.

In an interview with CNBC Friday morning, Mnuchin defended his actions, saying that it was "not a political issue."

Mnuchin's decision received support from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, who said in a statement, "Congress's intent was clear: these facilities were to be temporary, to provide liquidity, and to cease operations by the end of 2020."

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., however, called the move "sabotage."

"Steve Mnuchin is removing critical support from a weak economy against the Federal Reserve’s wishes," Wyden tweeted. "This is economic sabotage."

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Sephora announces 1st Sephorathon super sales event through December


(NEW YORK) -- Sephora's deals on beauty buys aren't stopping on Black Friday. In fact, they will continue throughout the holiday season.

The retailer announced its first Sephorathon event where Sephora Insiders, VIB and Rouge members can shop exciting promotions starting Dec. 3.

From Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and NARS cosmetics to Drunk Elephant and Tatcha skincare, there will be huge savings. GMA got the inside scoop on how it's all going down.

Sephorathon sales event dates and details:

Dollar Savings Offer Kicking off Dec. 3 in-store and onlilne, this will be Sephoraton's debut event. Use code 2020SAVE until Dec. 9 for a one-time use of $25 off $75 for Rouge members, $20 off $75 for VIB members and $15 off $75 for Beauty Insiders.

Point Multiplier Event Starting Dec. 10 until Dec. 16, using code BIGPOINTS, Rouge members will get 4x points per purchase, VIB members will get 3x points per purchase and Insiders will get 2x points per purchase.

Super Saturday On Dec. 18, Beauty Insider members have the chance to win a Sephora eGift Card of either $100 or $10 in-store or online. There will be one winner per store and one online. Additionally, Sephora will be awarding 100 winners per store and 100 winners online a $10 eGift card.

Sale on Sale VIB
and Rouge can score an extra 20% off using code: SAVEFIRST.

Insiders can also get an extra 20% off Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 using code: MAJORSALE.

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Retailers offer new services to boost Black Friday sales

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(NEW YORK) -- The countdown is on for Black Friday, which is now just one week away. But given the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest shopping day of the year is posed to look different and retailers are taking steps to offset the impact to sales.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned shoppers to avoid crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving, saying it’s a high risk activity. As a result, more shoppers are expected to shop online this holiday season rather than in store.

In an effort to attract business and encourage customers to shop their holiday deals, retailers are offering new services, like hanging Christmas lights at your home.

ABC News’ Chief Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Friday to discuss some of the new services customers can expect to see:

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Starbucks raising wages for baristas


(SEATTLE) -- Starbucks will increase wages for the majority of its staff starting next month, the company confirmed to ABC News on Thursday.

Beginning Dec. 14, all baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants hired on or before Sept. 14 will see a 10% pay increase. Those who have been with the company for more than three years will see an 11% pay increase.

The new investment also includes a 5% increase to all starting rates to attract and retain new talent as well as an increase to the premium it pays above minimum wage in every market.

Jory Mendes, a Starbucks spokesman, told ABC News that the company has been a leader for nearly 50 years in providing "industry-leading benefits with a total compensation approach that is best-in-class for both part and full-time employees."

"Continuing in that tradition, this announcement is the next phase of the company’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of partners with one of the most significant investments to hourly pay in the U.S. in the history of the company," Mendes added.

Mendes noted that this news was communicated to Starbucks employees earlier this month. The raises are only for U.S. company-operated stores.

The move comes as advocacy groups across the nation have pushed for a federal $15 minimum wage, something President-elect Joe Biden has said he supports.

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Posted: 11/19/2020

Weekly unemployment filings rise to 742,000 as virus surges

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(WASHINGTON) -- Some 742,000 workers filed for unemployment insurance last week, an uptick of more than 30,000 compared to the previous week, the Department of Labor said Thursday.

Weekly jobless claims have remained elevated for months but were on the decline for the past four weeks. Thursday's tally reversed the downward trend.

The rise in this week's figure comes amid a new surge in virus cases across the nation. On Wednesday, the U.S. surpassed the grim milestone of more than 250,000 virus deaths, the highest of any nation in the world.

The government also said Thursday that more than 20.3 million people are still claiming some form of unemployment assistance through all government programs for the week ending Oct. 31. There were 1.5 million people claiming benefits during the same time period last year.

States that saw the largest increases in weekly jobless claims for the week ending Nov. 7 were Washington, California and Massachusetts. States that saw the largest decreases were Georgia, Illinois and Kentucky.

Businesses have struggled to reopen and many are being forced to re-shutter as cases surge and governors impose additional lockdowns.

Every single week for the past seven months, the jobless claims tally from the DOL has shattered the pre-pandemic weekly record set in 1982.

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Hiring site Glassdoor reveals jobs most 'at risk' due to COVID-19


(NEW YORK) -- As the U.S. economy slowly recovers from the devastation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, a new reality is setting in that many of the jobs lost over the past seven months may not be coming back any time soon.

New research released Thursday by jobs site Glassdoor examined some of the hardest-hit positions during the pandemic and warned that even with a vaccine and the virus under control in 2021, a handful of these jobs could take a long time to return -- if they do at all.

The company compared the number of job openings listed on its site in October 2020 with the same time period last year to find the jobs most "at risk" from COVID-19.

The top five titles on its list of jobs most at risk due to the pandemic were audiologist (which saw a 70% decline in hiring during the pandemic), event coordinator (which fell by 69%), product demonstrator (which suffered a 63% drop), optician (which plummeted by 61%) and chef (which declined by 56%).

The next five job titles on the list were executive assistant, beauty consultant, valet, stylist and coach -- which all had around a 50% drop in job openings on Glassdoor during the pandemic.

"One theme is that there are some jobs where the hiring is down because COVID-19 is in the driver's seat of the economy, and they will not come back until health concerns are alleviated," Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain told ABC News. This includes jobs in personal services and in discretionary health care (such as the eye or ear doctor), according to Chamberlain.

"It's just so clear that health policy is the same as economic policy for now," Chamberlain said.

While many industries will likely see scarring from the pandemic, some jobs face new threats as consumer preferences change.

"Some of the jobs on here that are likely to never -- you can never say never -- but will not likely not come back for years, are jobs that will be impacted by automation during the recovery," Chamberlain added. "This always happens during a recession where companies lay off employees and when they rebuild their workforce they have a chance to rethink."

Chamberlain predicts jobs for administrative assistants and receptionists or human resources generalists will not be coming back anytime soon, saying "there has been massive innovations in artificial intelligence" in those sectors.

Finally, another job category that may not come back for a long time is in-person retail roles, including product demonstrator and brand ambassador, Chamberlain said.

"There been a massive wave of buying e-commerce that I think is going to stay with us even after COVID-19 is gone," he said.

Chamberlain said his best advice to workers in those fields that face a difficult job market is to "look outside of your industry to jobs that use similar skills to what you already have."

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Gift-giving etiquette during COVID-19: What to consider during the holidays

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(NEW YORK) -- COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. In addition to causing widespread illness and death, it's affected the livelihoods of millions of Americans who now face unemployment or are struggling to keep their business afloat during the pandemic.

Amid virtual learning, political issues, and troubled travel plans, something else may be causing stress as the holidays approach -- giving gifts.

Due to health concerns, many gift-givers this year may rely less on in-person shopping to avoid crowds and instead utilize online methods. Others may forego presents entirely due to unstable finances.

Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert who is the founder of The Swann School of Protocol, spoke to ABC News' Good Morning America about the best etiquette to approach various gift-giving scenarios during the holidays. Here is her advice:

What to do if you don't want to give or receive gifts

Swann recommends being "very frank and honest" with family and friends if you plan to not give gifts and do not want to receive them.

"Craft a statement that expresses your wishes and send that out through whatever means that you would normally communicate with the individuals -- maybe it's a text message or perhaps it's an email," she says. "'Hey family, this year, I decided to opt out of the gift exchange, so I will not be giving any gifts and I'd ask that you avoid sending me anything.' But then make sure that you use a statement that … ends on a nice high note and lets them know you're OK, and I think people will respect that."

Swann says it's best to avoid posting this type of message on social media accounts.

"Then you open yourself up to scrutiny, to questions, to having to explain yourself and then go into detail," she says. "Use that information privately and share it with … the folks who are going to give you a gift or who you would normally give one to. Just keep it private."

What to do if you plan to buy gifts

"Establish a budget and make a determination as to exactly how much you can spend on gifts this year," Swann says, emphasizing that it's important to "not put ourselves in a compromising position to try to over-give."

Instead of showering loved ones with gifts, Swann says other options could include purchasing one nicer gift for someone, or a few individuals, or finding something smaller and meaningful that can be given to several individuals.

"One of the things you can do is select a group of individuals that you'll give gifts to," Swann says. "Maybe you choose to give gifts to only all the children in your family. Or you might say this year, 'I'm going to focus on just the elder family members.' One suggestion might be all of the new moms or someone who just became a mom again."

Swann says you can consider a Secret Santa theme rather than a set dollar amount.

"The theme this year can be books, so everyone buys a book for someone and that's something that we know is going to under $30," she says. "Or if you have a group of friends that all love wine, maybe the theme is wine, so everybody exchanges a wine bottle, and you can really limit the pricing and be creative at the same time."

Secret Santa also affords an opportunity for collective gifts, Swann says. To buy a gift for your parents, for example, "you can gather all of your siblings together and everybody can pitch in. And you basically just put one person in charge to purchase the gift and … we can always use electronic payments so you don't have to go knocking door-to-door to get that money," she says.

Gift cards can also be a thoughtful option, Swann says, adding, "My recommendation is to make it a twofold gift: Give a gift card to a local restaurant or a local store so that this way, we're still going back into the community and supporting our local businesses."

One gift that never goes out of style? Money.

"That's the one gift that people are definitely going to use," Swann says.

Also important, she says, is to "be very, very thoughtful, and think deeply about the gift that you're giving a person and how it can enhance or positively impact their life."

"People have just really had a tough time this year. So we really should be thoughtful and not so frivolous -- running into the store and grabbing one of the first things that we think the person should have. Really think about what people want and what can impact them in a positive way," she said.

What to do when you receive a gift

Even if you don't plan on giving gifts, you may have a friend or family member who will ignore your request and insist on asking you what you want so they can get you something. While you may feel hesitant, Swann says it's not worth arguing about and instead suggests having a few lower-priced items in mind.

"Maybe it's a book, or you can ask them to get you a gift card to Amazon, or something that you can use later on," she says.

But whatever you do end up getting, Swann says to be sure to "accept it with graciousness." She also recommends sending a handwritten thank-you note, especially when they may have taken a risk going out to buy the gift or spent lots of time online looking for something you'd like.

"We're so overwhelmed with technology right now," Swann says. "To receive something in the mail and open it up and know that someone else has spent some time sending it to you, I think that really would enlighten individuals and make them feel appreciated."

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Tesla, Uber part of new zero emission vehicle coalition

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(NEW YORK) -- 28 companies from across the energy and transportation sectors, including Tesla, PG&E, and electric truck start-up Lordstown Motors, are teaming up to form the Zero Emission Transportation Association, or ZETA: a coalition that is aiming to have all light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the United States be 100% electric by 2030. 

“We had a host of folks in the [electric vehicle] community early on in 2020 that really were interested in having their own voice on federal policy and trying to figure out what was the best possible way to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles,” said Joe Britton, the executive director of ZETA. “We started to do outreach to others and then it snowballed really quickly. Folks have been really excited about having a new approach to this and bringing all the institutional knowledge that these companies and advocacy experts and NGOs and others have to accelerate the EV transition.”

The association has members ranging from established companies like Tesla and Uber, to start-ups like Rivian and Lucid Motors, along with battery-tech companies, charging infrastructure companies, and electric utilities. The 29 founding members employ hundreds of thousands of people across all 50 states, according to the organization. 

Notably absent from the coalition are the "Big Three" American car manufacturers: General Motors, Ford, and Fiat/Chrysler.

“I think our interest is a little different,” said Britton. “We have a goal to accelerate and reach this 2030 EV sales goal and I think we bring together this kind of squarely EV group to make progress on those goals.” 

ZETA hopes to push the United States to 100% electric vehicles through national policy. They have five actions that it says will lead to its goal, including consumer incentives, upgraded infrastructure, and American manufacturing. The organization also aims for lower emission targets and federal leadership. 

“One of our goals is to make sure that folks from all walks of life and all regions see EVs as serving their interests, whether that's a consumer interest, whether it's domestic manufacturing or job creation interest, or if it's about innovation and competition,” said Britton. “We think we can show that we're creating jobs in every congressional district in the country.”

They may get help from the next administration. President-elect Joe Biden has made combating climate change a key piece of policy. Part of that includes helping the auto industry create one million new jobs by investing in domestic supply chains, auto infrastructure, and charging stations.

Britton says they have had initial conversations with the Biden team. 

“I think they share our interest certainly and even part of the strategy they've got is a commitment to put in place 500,000 public electric vehicle charging stations,” said Britton. “I think they share our interest in sending market signals that an accelerated transition to EV’s is the right approach.”

Britton says that he believes there is nothing inherently partisan about electric vehicles, and that they've received bipartisan support since announcing. 

“Whether you're interested in what's good for the consumer on fuel, maintenance savings, performance ... the deployment and electrification of the transportation sector is something that I think people can get behind no matter their political background,” said Britton.

A few states are already moving in the same direction as ZETA. In September, California’s governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order mandating that all cars and trucks sold in the state must be zero-emission by 2035. Washington state has an even quicker timeline after governor Jay Inslee signed a law in March banning gas-powered cars by 2030. 

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Posted: 11/18/2020

Apple will slash its commission in half for small developers on its App Store


(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple announced Wednesday it was slashing the App Store commission it collects in half for smaller app developers that earn up to $1 million per year on its store.

The move comes as the tech giant's App Store has come under fire in recent months from lawmakers over allegations that it has grown too powerful and has the ability to squash competition.

Dubbed the "App Store Small Business Program," Apple said Wednesday that this change will benefit the vast majority of developers who sell digital services on the store.

The program launches next year, and means that Apple will take only a 15% commission from developers that earned up to $1 million in proceeds during the previous calendar year. For those who made more than $1 million in proceeds (or a developers' post-commission earnings), they will still have to pay the App Store's standard commission rate of 30%, according to the company.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and the beating heart of innovation and opportunity in communities around the world. We’re launching this program to help small business owners write the next chapter of creativity and prosperity on the App Store, and to build the kind of quality apps our customers love," Apple's chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.

"The App Store has been an engine of economic growth like none other, creating millions of new jobs and a pathway to entrepreneurship accessible to anyone with a great idea," Cook added. "Our new program carries that progress forward -- helping developers fund their small businesses, take risks on new ideas, expand their teams, and continue to make apps that enrich people’s lives."

In a lengthy report
scrutinizing big tech released in October, the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee claimed Apple "exerts monopoly power in the mobile app store market" -- an allegation Apple has disputed.

Epic Games, the developers of the wildly popular game Fortnite, have notably been at the fore of the battle against Apple's allegedly competitive practices. On Wednesday, the company announced it was taking new legal action in Australia over what it calls "anti-competitive" practices by Apple.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/22/20

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

Carolina 20, Detroit 0
Cleveland 22, Philadelphia 17
Houston 27, New England 20
New Orleans 24, Atlanta 9
Pittsburgh 27, Jacksonville 3
Tennessee 30, Baltimore 24 (OT)
Washington 20, Cincinnati 9
Denver 20, Miami 13
LA Chargers 34, NY Jets 28
Dallas 31, Minnesota 28
Indianapolis 34, Green Bay 31 (OT)
Kansas City 35, Las Vegas 31

Sporting Kansas City 3, San Jose 3 (Sporting Kansas City advances 3-0 on penalty kicks)
Minnesota 3, Colorado 0
FC Dallas 1, Portland 1 (Tie)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/19/20

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

Seattle 28, Arizona 21

Tulsa 30, Tulane 24 (2OT)

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Why Billie Jean King wants people to think of women as leaders for everyone


(NEW YORK) -- When Billie Jean King stepped onto the tennis court at the Houston Racquet Club with eight other women tennis professionals to sign contracts for $1, the moment was bigger than equal rights in tennis, it was an ace for female leadership for years to come.

The tennis trailblazer joined Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss her new Audible documentary, The Dollar Rebellion, with longtime friend Robin Roberts, who received King's namesake leadership award in 2018.

"When a woman does something, [people] always think, 'oh, thank you for what you did for women.' They never say that to a male," King explained harkening back to her fight for gender equality in tennis. "So I hope people will start thinking of women as leaders for everyone, not just for women."

King said it's important to consider that "You never know how someone is going to touch your life or how you're going to touch their life."

"Muhammad Ali and I used to talk about this a lot. That everyone is an influencer," she said. "You never know where it may come from and how you may influence yourself as well as others."

In her new Audible audio documentary, King reflects back on the groundbreaking show of leadership from the '70s.

"I get too much credit," King said, and hailed all eight women -- Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Peaches Bartkowicz, and Kristy Pigeon -- who signed that $1 contract with World Tennis Magazine publisher, Gladys Hellman, for what went on to become the Virginia Slims Circuit.

The group known as the "original nine," share a piece of history in their famed black-and-white photograph raising a single dollar over their heads, which King said holds great importance because every single player was in allignment.

"We fought for equality," she said. "Women's tennis is the leader in women's sports on and off the court. And players today have to realize it came from that moment when we were willing to give up our careers."

"We knew it was worth going for it, but didn't know it would happen. It was a scary, scary time for us but what's wonderful is we're celebrating this year," she added.

The group planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic moment this year, but couldn't due to the COVID-19 pandemic. King said they will make up for lost time when it's safe to reconvene: "Hopefully we'll get together next year at Wimbledon."

"I just want people to understand how and why this has been possible for all these young tennis players to make a great living," she said, adding examples like Venus and Serena Williams, Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka.

"The great thing they've used tennis as a platform -- for equality for everyone and we continue to fight that," the 39-time Grand Slam winner said. "Every generation tries to make it better for the next -- but what people don't understand with women is that we lead for everyone."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/18/20

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

No games scheduled.

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'GMA' highlights changes planned for NBA draft night

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(NEW YORK) -- The countdown to the NBA season and the league's draft is on. The 2020 NBA draft is set to take place Wednesday night, with several changes planned. ABC News’ TJ Holmes shares the latest details of how the draft will work this year.

Watch the full report from ABC's Good Morning America:

The 2020 NBA draft will air Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Posted: 11/18/2020

Scoreboard roundup -- 11/17/20

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

No games scheduled.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/16/20

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

Chicago 19, Minnesota 13

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Browns close training facility after player tests positive for COVID-19

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(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns' practice facility is shut down for the second consecutive week due to COVID-19.

A statement on the Browns website said, "the individual has immediately self-isolated and the Browns facility is closed while contact tracing is being conducted."

On Friday, the team closed its training complex in Berea, Ohio, and placed reserve offensive lineman Chris Hubbard on the reserve/COVID-19 list after he tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN reports.

During the week prior, the Browns closed the facility after Baker Mayfield came into contact with a team staffer who had contracted the virus. Mayfield later received a negative COVID-19 test and returned to practice Wednesday.

The Browns are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend. It's unclear whether the recent shutdown will impact that game.

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Posted: 11/16/2020

Kim Ng shares how she reacted to being named Marlins' first female GM in MLB history


(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins made a historic change to the lineup in their front office.

Kim Ng joined ABC News' Good Morning America Monday after being named general manager of the Marlins on Friday, becoming the first female and first Asian American general manager in the sport's history.

"It really was just so unbelievable. It actually took a couple seconds for it to soak in," Ng recalled of the moment she got the job. "Generally, I play things fairly close to the vest and Derek Jeter, who told me, basically said, 'You're not even going to smile?' So it was quite a moment. And -- honestly it was a relief and it felt like a 10,000[-pound] weight had been lifted off my shoulder."

Ng said she had a socially distanced gathering with her mom and four sisters the day after she got the exciting news.

"I said to them, 'Well, I'm moving to Miami.' And they looked at me just completely befuddled and said, 'Why? What's going on?' And I said, 'Well, there's a former shortstop I used to know who's hired me to be the next general manager.' And they started screaming, of course," Ng said of the big moment.

"It was hard because my mom, I couldn't hug her at this time but she, of course, got very emotional and all of us did. It was great," she added.

Ng has a winning record with the Marlins CEO and former Yankees great who played for the team when she was with the New York organization.

"On behalf of principal owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins," Jeter said in a statement. "Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community."

In their time together with the New York Yankees, Ng and Jeter notched three World Series wins, in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

With more than 30 years of experience in the sport, Ng has previously been with the Chicago White Sox, Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and most recently spent the last nine years in the MLB commissioner's office. Ng was long rumored to be a prime candidate to become the first female GM in the sport.

"I've interviewed numerous times for this position. I think after, you know, maybe a handful, you start thinking, well, maybe this isn't going to happen," she said. "That belief persisted for quite some time until, you know, obviously a week ago or several days ago when this happened."

"It was a difficult time. You know, you question your ability. You question everything you've worked hard for. But in the end, you know, you got a great ending," Ng said. "It's about hard work and perseverance and still remaining confident in yourself."

She continued, "one of the biggest things [is] that you can't just quit on yourself."

Ng also said that it's up to leaders of organizations to promote these big changes, offering Jeter as an example "in terms of what he did and his groundbreaking move and they should try to be fearless."

When the news was first announced Friday, the longtime baseball executive said in a statement, "I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the Miami Marlins as their next General Manager."

"We are building for the long term in South Florida, developing a forward-thinking, collaborative, creative baseball operation made up of incredibly talented and dedicated staff who have, over the last few years, laid a great foundation for success," she continued. "This challenge is one I don’t take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals."

She is also believed to be the first woman hired to the general manager position by any of the professional men's sports teams in the North American Major Leagues, the organization said in a press release.

"My goal is now to bring championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans respect and deserve," Ng said.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/15/20

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

Cleveland 10, Houston 7
Detroit 30, Washington 27
Green Bay 24, Jacksonville 20
NY Giants 27, Philadelphia 17
Tampa Bay 46, Carolina 23
Arizona 32, Buffalo 30
Las Vegas 37, Denver 12
Miami 29, LA Chargers 21
LA Rams 23, Seattle 16
Pittsburgh 36, Cincinnati 10
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Posted: 11/16/2020

AstraZeneca, Oxford say their vaccine is up to 90% effective

Bill Oxford/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News

(LONDON) -- U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and England's University of Oxford announced Monday that late-stage trials show their COVID-19 vaccine was up to 90% effective in preventing the di...

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Nurses, doctors use social media to plead for public to take COVID-19 seriously

Boyloso/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and hospitals become full, nurses and doctors are taking to social media to beg the public to take COVID-19 seriously and f...

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Amid politics and pandemic keeping families apart, how to keep peace at Thanksgiving

Liliboas/iStockBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- In any year, Thanksgiving can be both the best of times and the worst of times for families, but 2020 is bringing with it some even bigger potential landmines for conflict.

First, the holiday ...

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Posted: 11/23/2020

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge co-creator Pat Quinn dies at 37


(NEW YORK) -- The co-creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge died Sunday following his long battle with the neurodegenerative disease.

Pat Quinn's family posted on social media...

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Posted: 11/23/2020

Hospitals nationwide face shortage of medical staff amid spike in COVID-19 cases


(NEW YORK) -- Goshen Health Hospital in Indiana has had to issue a public call for help from people with medical experience. In a Facebook post, the CEO wrote, “We invite you to consider if you are someone who ...

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Posted: 11/21/2020

'Imagine watching a patient suffocating': ICU nurse's powerful message

FILE photo - Tempura/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(AURORA, Ill.) -- A nurse's words on the immense personal toll of treating COVID-19 patients has gone viral, including grabbing the attention of her local mayor.

At this week's city council commi...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Alex Trebek marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day in pre-recorded video message

Amanda Edwards/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alex Trebek died earlier this month after his long battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but not before delivering a heartfelt message to Jeopardy! viewers.

At the beginning of Thursday's episode of the gam...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Pfizer, BioNTech to seek FDA authorization Friday for COVID-19 vaccine

Bill Oxford/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Pfizer and partner BioNTech announced they will submit a request on Friday to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The s...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Med students create new Hippocratic oath to address racial injustice in health care

University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineBy MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A group of medical students are hoping to spark change by tackling deeply-rooted racial disparities in the health industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Incoming f...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Contact tracing for COVID-19 maxed out in Colorado

LeoPatrizi/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News

(DENVER) -- Colorado's contact tracing capacity is tapped out, according to local health departments.

"Right now, we have about 1,400 cases or contacts of cases waiting to be reached out to," Christine Bi...

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Posted: 11/20/2020

Nursing home worker says COVID-19 restrictions causing depression in residents

Daisy-Daisy/iStockBy ANTHONY RIVAS and BRAD MIELKE, ABC News

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Eight months since the coronavirus caused widespread lockdowns across the country, a dietitian at a nursing home in Sacramento, California, said its residents have...

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Posted: 11/19/2020

An American tragedy: Inside the towns hardest hit by coronavirus

CasPhotography/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER and MARK NICHOLS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A South Dakota doctor is moonlighting as a newspaper columnist, urging readers to protect themselves against the virus that killed both his parents.

The sheriff in a Kan...

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Posted: 11/19/2020
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