How students fared during first full school year of COVID-19 pandemic

How students fared during first full school year of COVID-19 pandemic

(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- After a full school year during the COVID-19 pandemic, elementary and middle school students are heading into the fall with lower rates of achievement gains in reading and math than they would have during a typical school year, new research shows. The researchers say the results were…
With vaccination rates down, officials try new approach

With vaccination rates down, officials try new approach

(NEW YORK) -- Vaccine lotteries and other incentives designed to encourage COVID-19 vaccination after the rate steeply declined didn't consistently raise numbers as many public health officials had hoped. Now, officials are turning to community partnerships and other means of engagement to drive vaccinations -- and the personal approach appears…
Iowa judge to decide if Mollie Tibbetts’ convicted killer will get new trial

Iowa judge to decide if Mollie Tibbetts’ convicted killer will get new trial

(POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa) -- The lead agent who investigated the disappearance and murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts testified Tuesday that there was no doubt in his mind who killed her. "Cristhian Rivera murdered Mollie Tibbetts," special agent Trent Vileta said in court. Vileta rejected a theory by…
COVID-19 live updates: CDC reverses guidance on masks for vaccinated people

COVID-19 live updates: CDC reverses guidance on masks for vaccinated people

(NEW YORK) -- The United States is facing a COVID-19 summer surge as the delta variant spreads. More than 611,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Just 57% of Americans ages 12 and up…
Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Clan album sold to confidential buyer

Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Clan album sold to confidential buyer

(NEW YORK) -- The sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” owned by one-time hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli until he forfeited it following his securities fraud conviction, has been sold, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, said Tuesday. The terms of the sale were confidential,…
Atlanta spa gunman Robert Long pleads guilty to 4 counts of murder

Atlanta spa gunman Robert Long pleads guilty to 4 counts of murder

(ATLANTA) — The 22-year-old man who killed eight people during a shooting rampage in March targeting Atlanta-area spas pleaded guilty Tuesday to four of the murders and accepted a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Robert Aaron Long entered his plea in Cherokee County Superior Court…
Gun violence in America: Kids and guns

Gun violence in America: Kids and guns

(NEW YORK) — In Watertown, Connecticut, you can hear the squeak of a swing's chain as it glides back and forth, along with the laughter of children at play. They are sounds that harken back to the simpler and sweeter moments of childhood. This playground has special significance. It was…
Final Surfside building collapse victim is identified

Final Surfside building collapse victim is identified

(SUNRISE, Fla.) -- The remains of the last victim of the Surfside, Florida, condo collapse have been identified, a relative confirmed to ABC News Monday. Estelle Hedaya, 54, was the final person to be unaccounted for. The death toll from the June 24 collapse now stands at 98. Hedaya, a former New Yorker,…
Mask mandates return at local level as some officials defy state rules

Mask mandates return at local level as some officials defy state rules

(NEW YORK) -- As the delta variant drives a surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., some local health departments are taking the lead to reimpose indoor mask mandates for all residents -- despite CDC guidance that most fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless. The move from local municipalities in…