• "GMA" is #1 Across All Key Target Demos for Third Straight Week

    Alison Bridgman at ABC News Blogs 1 yr ago

    "GMA" is #1 Across All Key Target Demos for Third Straight Week

    Outperforming NBC's "Today" by 718,000 Total Viewers, 141,000 Adults 25-54, and 9,000 Adults 18-49

    "GMA" Grows its Year-to-Year Total Viewer Margin Over "Today" by +13%

    "GMA" Substantially Increased Adults 25-54 Season Margin

    Over "Today" (+68%) Versus Same Point Last Season

    ABC News' "Good Morning America" ranked as the No. 1 morning newscast for the 3rd consecutive week across all key target demos: Total Viewers (5.178 million) , Adults 25-54 (1.951million) and Adults 18-49 (1.356 million), for the week of March 9, 2015, based on Live +Same day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "GMA" beat NBC's "Today" (4.460 million, 1.810 million and 1.347 million, respectively) by 718,000 Total Viewers, by 141,000 Adults 25-54 and by 9,000 Adults 18-49.

    "GMA" increased its week-to-week margin over "Today" in Adults 25-54 (+13% - 141,000 vs. 125,000) .

    "GMA" grew its Total Viewer advantage over "Today" from the same week last year (+12% - 718,000 vs. 639,000) .

  • 5 Fire-Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Thanksgiving

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs 1 yr ago

    The kitchen is where the holiday meal magic happens, but it can also be a danger zone, especially on Thanksgiving.

    Steven McGill, the battalion chief of Engine Company 9 in Jersey City, New Jersey, said Thanksgiving is typically the most dangerous day of the year.

    "Everybody's cooking in the kitchen and it's one of the few days where almost everyone is preparing a meal," he said. "The house is more congested than normal. … So you have to control the flow in your kitchen to make sure there's no accidents."

    Thanksgiving kitchen fires could ruin the holiday.

    Thanksgiving safety: How to put out a fire.

    What you need to know about fire safety.

    More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. And on Thanksgiving, in particular, there are three times as many house fires than any other day of the year, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  • 'Stand Up for Heroes' Marine, Paralyzed in War, Walks Tall Again

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs 1 yr ago


    Of all the military guests of honor at the eighth annual ABC's Bob Woodruff Foundation's "Stand Up for Heroes" event Wednesday night, none walked taller than Marine Capt. Derek Herrera.

    While serving in Afghanistan in 2012, Herrera, now 30, was hit by a sniper's bullet that nearly took his life.

    "I knew immediately that I was paralyzed from the chest down," Herrera said. "The bullet entered my shoulder and lodged in my spine between the C6 and C7 vertebrae. I didn't really know what the extent of that injury would be, whether it would be permanent or not permanent."

    When he got home, Herrera, a Marine Special Ops officer and Naval Academy graduate, was aggressive with his rehab. Herrera can now move on his own with the help of new technology called an "exoskeleton system" made by the Israel-based company, ReWalk. It is a wearable robotic system that powers hip and knee motion.

    Herrera controls the device from a sensor he wears on his wrist, which communicates with other sensors above his hip.

    The sensor "senses when I lean forward and shift my weight from one foot to the other," he said.

  • Why ALS Can't Stop Me from Dancing

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs 1 yr ago

    By Catherine G. Wolf

    I was at a blues concert in north of New York City when I started to feel sorry for myself.

    I have ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, so I was self-conscious of the thick drool dripping from my mouth, the fluorescent tube snaking out between my legs. Surely the light from the stage illuminated it for all to see.

    But around Ball's second song, I got the urge to dance - something I used to love but have not been able to do for about 16 years.

    I was a good dancer before ALS robbed me of my body, starting with my left foot one day in 1996. (I noticed I couldn't flex it in a modern dance class. It just hung downward.)

    Now, I was a freaky lump of flaccid flesh.

    Then I thought, "Who has more reason and right to act on the urge to dance than me, a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent 18-year survivor of ALS?"

    So I started moving my eyes to the beat of the music, then my head as much as I could. Head and eye dancing was fun! As the ventilator moved in and out, I bopped my chest, perhaps imperceptibly, but I could feel it.

    I might look like a mess, but so what? Dancing makes me feel joyful, and that feeling is even more important now with ALS.

  • Back-to-School Deals on Clothes, Electronics, Other Essentials

    Becky Worley at ABC News Blogs 2 yrs ago


    Back-to-school shopping procrastinators can now rejoice: Some of the best deals come around Labor Day for clothing, tech and supplies. Here are the biggest categories, websites and store-wide deals we could find.


    - Buy one and get one 50 percent off on children's shoes and apparel

    - $5 off $50 using code TGT4QBJF

    - Save $40 on an Epson 2530 printer and receive a $5 Target gift card (normally $99.99, sale: $59.99 plus $5 Target gift card)

    - Save $50 on Beats by Dre Studio over-the-ear headphones (normally $299.99, sale: $249.99)

    - Save $30 on Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Around-the-Ear Headphones(normally $299.99, sale: $269.99)

    - 40 percent off in-store and online. No code needed


  • Inside the US Open Salon, Where Tennis Champs Get Glammed Up Before Matches

    Lauren Effron at ABC News Blogs 2 yrs ago

    The world's top tennis players, from Roger Federer to Maria Sharapova, are not only superior athletes but brands unto themselves, and part of being a brand is looking good, even during a sweaty hours-long battle on center court.

    When these big names hit the salon at the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, N.Y., the stylist many of them come to see is Julien Farel.

    "It's about looking good," Farel told ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis, noting that professional athletes have become icons and celebrities.

    "They must look great. So hair, clothes, makeup, everything [has] to work," he said.

    Farel has even doubled as a good-luck charm. He cut Rafael Nadal's hair before he won one of his U.S. Open titles.

    "Two days ago I got Andy Murray for the first time and he said, 'What is so particular with your haircuts?' I said, 'You might win the tournament,'" Farel said.

    Heading into the tournament, Ana Ivanovic said Farel trimmed her locks and gave her "sunkissed" highlights, noting it was the first time in her life she had ever had her hair colored.

  • Army Officer Recycles Military Surplus and Creates Fashionable Bags

    Angel Canales at ABC News Blogs 2 yrs ago

    DENVER-Serving in the military while also being the CEO of a fashion company can be an intimidating but also a rewarding experience. It's also a perfect match for U.S. Army 1 st Lt. Emily Núñez, 24, who saw a need and filled it, helping her fellow veterans along the way.

    "It has been challenging at times but the two roles complement each other. As an officer in the US Army your job is to lead soldiers and to motivate them to accomplish a task. As the CEO, my job is to ensure that we're accomplishing our social mission while keeping the team excited about what we're doing," she says.

    Núñez is the CEO and co-founder of Sword and Plough. Sword and Plough creates bags and other accessories out of repurposed military surplus, like shelter halves tents, laundry bags and sleeping bag covers.

    To build the company, they sought out support and mentorship from other groups. They attended the Dell Summer Social Innovation Lab in July 2012. During the three-week program, they were able to build their business plan, supply chain, brand name and a prototype bag.

  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laverne Cox's One Wish for America

    Anja Crowder at ABC News Blogs 2 yrs ago

    Laverne Cox, star of the Netflix hit series "Orange Is the New Black," is breaking barriers for the transgender community both on and off the screen. In an interview for "This Week", she shared her one wish for America with ABC's Byron Pitts.

    "One thing I would wish for America…[are] spaces where we have real gender freedom, where we…create spaces of gender self-determination, where we don't police people's genders or we don't tell people that they're not supposed to act a certain way," Cox said.

    Cox has spent her whole life dealing with discrimination and harassment. Growing up in Mobile, Ala., she was constantly bullied for her gender expression, she said.

    SEE: Photos of "Orange is the New Black" Actress Laverne Cox

    Overwhelmed by social persecution, she attempted suicide at an early age, Cox said.

    "The suicide attempt happened when I was in sixth grade and I was having all these feelings about other boys. And I didn't want to live," Cox said.

  • Cancer Lessons I Learned From a Fictional Teenage Boy

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs 2 yrs ago

    By Emily Helck

    In the days leading up to my reconstructive surgery, I was scouring breast cancer forums, looking at dozens of reconstruction photos and generally fretting while applying creams and packs to the flat side of my chest.

    But mostly, I was thinking about Augustus Waters from "The Fault in Our Stars."

    Some things to know: When I was 28, I found out I had cancer. Three years earlier, my then boyfriend, now husband, had gotten the same news. He had lymphoma, I had breast cancer.

    When we saw TFiOS together, there were many things hit me hard and made me have to catch my breath: Hazel's radiation mask, the same type my husband wore during his treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the stubbly-headed kids gathered for support group in The Literal Heart of Jesus. But none so intensely as Hazel and Augustus's sometimes awkward, always endearing love scene.

    August and Hazel are navigating the tricky waters of each of their conditions, and the trickiness is heightened as the scene progresses.

    And though my husband has seen the results of my treatment while attending appointments with me, I don't undress in front of him at home.

    It's a start.

  • Tips to Ensure Your Home Makeover Doesn't Become a Resale Nightmare

    Rebecca Jarvis at ABC News Blogs 2 yrs ago

    Welcome to the million-dollar mansion that might just be one of America's most unsellable homes.

    In the Marengo, Illinois, mansion, there's an eagle painted on the ceiling. There's a dragon painted on the bedroom wall, and in the living room, a life-sized ostrich statue.

    Real estate agent Elka Roberts said she'd been trying to sell the property outside of Chicago for more than two years - and is still looking for that elusive buyer.

    According to the National Association of Realtors, 2.3 million existing homes are currently on the market, the highest number in almost two years.

    So, if you're looking to sell your home, Barbara Corcoran, a New York real estate guru who appears on ABC's "Shark Tank," says to keep some cardinal rules of renovation in mind.

    "You've got to keep things simple when you sell your house," she said. "White is better than orange. Simple furniture is better than anything fancy. Less art is better than more art. Painted eagles in flight on the ceiling? Think of those eagles as taking your money away."

    See below for more tips:

    Avoid custom paint jobs and ornate lighting.

    Mancaves don't pay.