Colorado couple learns baby’s gender by skiing through colored clouds

Dustin Farrenkopf Films via Storyful(NEW YORK) — It’s a girl!

Soon-to-be parents Amanda and Greg Day came up with a creative way to reveal the sex of their baby: skiing down the side of a mountain in Colorado.

Greg and a group of his friends attached colored smoke bombs to their ski poles and skinned up to Hoosier Pass, while Amanda waited at the base of the mountain to find out the exciting news.

Once the group reached the top of the mountain’s peak, the father-to-be pulled a string which discharged bright pink billows of smoke into the sky.

“It’s a girl!” everyone cheered, raising their poles in the air. As they skied down, vibrant pink clouds trailed behind them in the fresh powder.

“Best day of my life,” Greg said when he reached his wife at the bottom. The pair celebrated in the snow and rose-colored clouds, later sharing the special moment on Facebook.

The pair celebrated in the snow and rose-colored clouds. Baby Day is due in July.

“We truly have the best friends ever. Please enjoy this amazing video, created by Dustin Farrenkopf, Pete Iskyan, & Joe Large,” Greg wrote in his Facebook post which has garnered over 7,000 views. “We had so much fun — making this happen and celebrating with all of our friends.”

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Damaged sensor on Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX triggered fatal crash: Sources

WORLD NEWS Damaged sensor on Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX triggered fatal crash: Sources

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, which crashed in March and killed 157 people, suffered a damaged angle-of-attack sensor upon takeoff from a bird or foreign object, triggering erroneous data and the activation an anti-stall system — called MCAS — sending the pitch of the plane downward and ultimately crashing into the ground, two aviation sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News.

As the jet was nose diving, the Boeing 737 MAX pilots did not try to electronically pull the nose of the plane up before following Boeing’s emergency procedures of disengaging power to the horizontal stabilizer on the rear of the aircraft, according to the sources.

 One source told ABC News that they manually attempted to bring the nose of the plane back up by using the trim wheel. Soon after, the pilots restored power to the horizontal stabilizer.

With power restored, the MCAS was re-engaged, the sources said, and the pilots were unable to regain control and the plane crashed.

The preliminary findings in the crash investigation are expected to be released by transportation officials in Ethiopia on Thursday morning.

Earlier Wednesday, Boeing released a statement that said, “we urge caution against speculating and drawing conclusions on the findings prior to the release of the flight data and the preliminary report.”

 French and American investigators are assisting in the Ethiopian probe and at the center of it is an automated anti-stall safety system on the MAX and its possible link to issues in the Ethiopian flight and a Lion Air crash in 2018.

In both crashes, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft struggled to maintain a steady flight path. The planes repeatedly lost and gained altitude before entering a dive to the earth’s surface. In the two incidents, a new anti-stall safety system on the MAX that controls trim — MCAS — was activated, sources have told ABC News.

Commercial airline pilots are trained to disengage the system in the event of runaway trim, when the airplane is making unexpected pitch movements. It is unknown what would have kept the pilots of the Lion Air flight from disengaging the system and manually trimming the aircraft. Lion Air has defended the training of its pilots.

In the days following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, airlines and aviation authorities around the world grounded the MAX. The United States was the last to do so on March 13, after the Federal Aviation Administration concluded the refined satellite data that became available to the agency that day warranted a temporary grounding of the MAX.

Last week, the acting FAA administrator went to Capitol Hill to defend the government’s response to the two crashes. Daniel Elwell told senators on Wednesday that while the FAA may have been among the last aviation regulators in the world to ground the MAX, it and Canada were the first to make a decision based on robust data from the aircraft.

Boeing says it is working a software update for the automated safety system and it is expected to be approved by the FAA and offered to airline in a few weeks.

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Posted On 03 Apr 2019

“My son is surrounded by love”: ‘Blue Bloods’ star Bridget Moynahan on co-parenting son with Tom Brady

Entertainment News  "My son is surrounded by love": 'Blue Bloods' star Bridget Moynahan on co-parenting son with Tom Brady


Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Blue Bloods lead Bridget Moynahan recently spoke to People about a very sensitive time in her life: Her split with Tom Brady, and the subsequent birth of their now-11-year-old son, Jack Moynahan.

The actress, 47 explained how she and the New England Patriots Super Bowl champ make a good co-parenting team.

Both have since remarried — Moynahan to Andrew Frankel in 2015 and Brady to supermodel Gisele Bündchen in 2009 — but their split and Moynahan’s pregnancy garnered serious attention in 2006 and 2007.

“Being pregnant and having a baby are such personal, intimate moments,” she told People. “I would have cars following me, and men hiding in the bushes outside my house.”

“As a new mother, you want to just protect your child,” the John Wick star added. “That kind of attention felt like a threat.”

Bündchen, who had been dating Brady for two months when she found out about Moynahan’s pregnancy, told People in an interview last year: “It wasn’t the ideal situation for anyone — there’s no manual to prepare you for that. But I’m so grateful for [Bridget]. I know this was hard, but I couldn’t imagine my life without [Jack]. I call him my bonus child.”

Brady also has two children with Gisele: daughter Vivian Lake Brady, 6, and Benjamin Brady, 9.

Moynahan said, “Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child, but also loved our child as if he was their own…I don’t think you can ask for more than that.”

She added. “My son is surrounded by love.”

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NATO Secretary General addresses joint session of Congress as alliance celebrates 70th anniversary

WORLD NEWS NATO Secretary General addresses joint session of Congress as alliance celebrates 70th anniversary

BOLDG/iStock(WASHINGTON) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, kicking off a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers and the celebration of the alliance’s 70th anniversary.

“The strength of a nation is not only measured by the size of its economy, or the number of its soldiers, but also by the number of its friends,” Stoltenberg told Congress. “And through NATO, the United States has more friends and allies than any other power.”

The address followed Stoltenberg’s meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, in which the president praised his leadership of the alliance. Stoltenberg – who has led NATO since 2014 – has routinely credited Trump for pushing NATO allies to spend more on defense, something he did again before Congress on Wednesday.

“NATO allies must spend more on defense. This has been the clear message from President Trump, and this message is having a real impact,” Stoltenberg said. “All allies have increased their defense spending. Before they were cutting billions, and now they’re adding billions.”

“The media never gives me credit, but he gives me credit,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

At times, Trump’s “America First” foreign policy has publicly undercut NATO — including a report from the New York Times in January (should link) that the president had spoken to aides about withdrawing from the alliance. But days after the story was published, Trump seemed to assure U.S. allies, saying “We’re going to be with NATO 100 percent.”

So what exactly is NATO, and why is the organization so significant? ABC News breaks down the alliance.

What is NATO?

NATO stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a security alliance established in 1949 during the early days of the Cold War to counter Soviet aggression in Europe. Now numbering 29 countries in Europe and North America, the alliance’s goal is to “safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means,” according to its website.

North Macedonia is on track to become the organization’s 30th member.

The organization promotes “democratic values” and encourages member nations to work together on issues of defense and security to prevent long-term conflict.

NATO adheres to a policy of collective defense, meaning an attack on one member is considered “an attack against all.” The policy is outlined in Article 5 and has only been invoked once, after the Twin Towers in New York City were attacked Sept. 11, 2001, and NATO members sent troops to Afghanistan where they still train and advise Afghan security forces today. There have been 1,044 non-U.S. NATO service members killed fighting in Afghanistan.

How does NATO work?

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, each member nation is represented by an ambassador that sits on the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the alliance’s political decision-making body. The NAC meets at least once a week and is chaired by Stoltenberg, a former prime minister of Norway.

When political decisions require military involvement, NATO’s Military Committee helps plan the military elements needed for an operation. While NATO has few permanent military forces, member nations can voluntarily contribute forces when the need arises.

Where is NATO operating right now?

Currently, NATO’s website lists six active operations and missions: Afghanistan, Kosovo, securing the Mediterranean Sea, training mission in Iraq, supporting the African Union, and policing airspace.

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‘Stranger Things’ star David Harbour cast in Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ movie

Entertainment News  'Stranger Things' star David Harbour cast in Marvel's 'Black Widow' movie


Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — According to The Hollywood Reporter,  Scarlett Johansson just got a co-star for her in-development Black Widow stand-alone film: Stranger Things star David Harbour.

But typical of the secrecy that surrounds any Marvel Studios movie in development, we don’t know anything about what role he’ll be playing.  Johansson, of course, will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff, who she’s played since 2010’s Iron Man 2.

The feature about Johansson’s KGB agent–turned assassin–turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent–turned Avenger will be directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland. It’s not known when the project is slated for release.

Harbour next hits theaters as the comic book hero Hellboy on April 12, and he’ll reprise his role as Sheriff Jim Hopper in the third season of Stranger Things, which debuts July 4. 

Johansson can be seen in Avengers: Endgame on April 23.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Posted On 03 Apr 2019

A Song of Milk and Cookies: Nabisco releases epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Oreos

Entertainment News  A Song of Milk and Cookies: Nabisco releases epic 'Game of Thrones' Oreos


Nabisco(LOS ANGELES) — Nabisco has released the perfect companion for your Game of Thrones premiere party: Game of Thrones Oreos.

The goodies feature four embossed cookie designs representing House Stark, House Lannister, House Targaryen, and the Night King — the show’s Great Houses, and the leader of the White Walkers beyond the wall. The limited-edition cookies come in special black GOT-themed packaging, naturally. 

Nabisco announced the treats’ sale via teaser that cleverly apes the opening of the hit HBO show: using stacking cookies, the spot shows the construction of various Westeros landmarks, including Winterfell, Kings Landing, and The Wall.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season on April 14.

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Posted On 03 Apr 2019

Watch now: Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime in first ‘Joker’ teaser

Entertainment News  Watch now: Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime in first 'Joker' teaser


© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved/Nikos Tavernise(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bros. has unveiled the first teaser to Joker, its stand-alone look at the origins of the Batman villain, played by Joaquin Phoenix.

The footage shows the Oscar nominee as sad sack Arthur Fleck, who through the course of the film, becomes Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime.

Set to Jimmy Durante’s cover of “Smile,” the tone from director Todd Phillips is decidedly dark, and shows Fleck’s sad attempts to “bring laughter and joy to the world,” by adopting clown makeup — and getting beat up repeatedly for it.

“Is it just me,” Fleck asks in voiceover, “or is it getting crazier out there?”

It is, and so is he — the preview ends with Joker nearly fully realized, causing mayhem on a subway train.

And yes, we hear him laugh for the first time.

Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz, Glow‘s Marc Maron, Agent Carter‘s Shea Wigham, and yes, Robert De Niro, also star.

Joker opens October 4.

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American tourist kidnapped in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park: Officials

WORLD NEWS American tourist kidnapped in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park: Officials

benedek/iStoc(KAMPALA, Uganda) — An American tourist was kidnapped on Tuesday evening while visiting Uganda’s most popular national park, officials said.

A group of unidentified armed men ambushed tourists in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwest Uganda and abducted an American, along with the Ugandan driver, according to a statement from Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo. Four other tourists of unknown nationalities were left abandoned and found unharmed.

A joint operation by Ugandan police, armed forces and wildlife authorities is underway to locate and rescue them, Opondo said.

Representatives for the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Uganda as well as the Ugandan Wildlife Authority did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment Wednesday morning.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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Posted On 03 Apr 2019