Vanessa Romo

Kai Forsyth lived it up on a recent British Airways flight from London to Florida. The 19-year-old college freshman had the entire airplane to himself, with only the pilots and flight crew onboard keeping him company on the nearly 9-hour flight.

"The cabin crew said I was the only person on board the flight," Forsyth wrote in a TikTok video about his trip on Jan. 9. Indeed, as the phone pans from left to right, a sea of empty seats fills the frame.

A group of researchers has launched the first-ever archaeological study of humans in space, observing the lives of the crew living on the International Space Station.

The experiment, which will analyze and document the unique "microsociety in a miniworld," began this week with associate professors Alice Gorman from Flinders University in Australia and Justin Walsh of Chapman University in California leading the effort.

Updated January 21, 2022 at 6:57 PM ET

City officials have voted to fire the three police officers charged with manslaughter in the August death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, who was fatally shot outside of a high school football game near Philadelphia.

In a Thursday night meeting, the Sharon Hill Borough Council voted, 6-1, to dismiss Officers Devon Smith, 33, Sean Dolan, 25, and Brian Devaney, 41, from the borough's police department.

It used to be that when Cordelia Watson got an automated call to substitute teach at the Los Angeles Unified School District, there was a specific script that included the name of the teacher she'd be replacing for the day.

Now, she says, there is so much turnover and so many teachers calling out sick or quarantining with COVID, that the system can't keep up. The messages often exclude any mention of a particular teacher.

Lawrence Brooks, the oldest known living American veteran of World War II, died early Wednesday morning, according to the National World War II Museum. He was 112.

Holiday travelers anxious to return home are facing thousands of cancellations and flight delays following major snowstorms across much of the U.S. and staffing shortages that airlines are blaming on skyrocketing COVID-19 infections among crews.

Tesla is recalling more than 475,000 cars for potential problems that may increase the risk of accidents.

Two defects in question were caused by design or design manufacturing, prompting separate recalls filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week.

Updated December 29, 2021 at 7:23 PM ET

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on Wednesday of facilitating the abuse of underage girls at the hands of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Alarms that the hyper-contagious omicron variant accounted for the vast majority of new COVID-19 infections over the past couple of weeks were significantly overestimated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New data released on Tuesday shows that while omicron remains the dominant variant, delta — which is the more severe strain — is still a worrisome driving force behind the current surge.

Holiday travel, family gatherings and the rapid surge of new coronavirus cases triggered by the omicron variant, are driving huge demand for COVID-19 tests, leaving people scrambling as they prepare to celebrate Christmas and New Year's.

Updated December 23, 2021 at 3:58 PM ET

Kim Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who mistakenly drew her handgun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop in April in which she fatally shot Daunte Wright, has been found guilty.

A red 1875 almanac, one tattered book, a thin maroon text, a pamphlet, a coin and an envelope were discovered by preservation experts on Wednesday in a time capsule believed to have been encased in a Confederate monument in Virginia in 1887.

Updated December 22, 2021 at 10:51 AM ET

Cities across the globe are in the grip of a renewed COVID-19 crisis, as the omicron variant triggers new coronavirus case spikes that many hoped were in the past.

Kentucky is another step closer to implementing search warrant reforms in the wake of the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by Louisville police using a "no-knock" warrant to enter her home last year.

At least 132 employees at the SpaceX rocket factory near Los Angeles have tested positive for COVID-19, making it the site of the largest recent countywide workplace outbreak tracked by local health officials.

The Department of Justice has broken off negotiations to pay monetary damages to families who were forcibly separated at the border during the Trump administration.

The negotiations, which began in the early months of the Biden administration, were aimed at settling claims brought by migrant families that were separated under the "zero tolerance" policy while seeking to enter the U.S. for asylum and other reasons.

Updated December 16, 2021 at 8:07 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accepted advice from a panel of experts to recommend the use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines over the Johnson & Johnson jab, following growing concerns about rare blood clots.

Updated December 15, 2021 at 8:08 PM ET

A Miami-Dade County grand jury on Wednesday released a series of recommendations for condo safety throughout Florida after a deep examination of the deadly collapse in Surfside earlier this year.

Updated December 16, 2021 at 6:32 AM ET

Wild weather struck the Midwest Wednesday causing snow squalls, dust storms, high winds, thunderstorms and even tornadoes in some areas.

The alarming weather events in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, downed trees, caused road closures, and left thousands of residents in multiple states without power well until the morning.

The Chicago City Council is expected to approved a $2.9 million settlement for Anjanette Young, a social worker who was forced to stand naked as police officers wrongly entered her home with guns drawn.

The vote on Wednesday could end a two-year legal battle between Young and the city.

"I'm comfortable with it but importantly my understanding is Ms. Young and her counsel are also comfortable with it," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said of the settlement on Tuesday, following an approval for the sum by the city's Finance Committee.

When former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set out to pen his latest memoir, he promised it would have nothing to do with the ins and outs of his role as the state's leader. He also pledged to write it on his own time and without tapping into any of the state's vast resources.

The Pentagon said it would not punish the military team behind the errant drone strike that was intended to hit the masterminds of an attack on the Kabul airport but instead killed 10 civilians, including seven children.

Senators grilled the head of Instagram on Wednesday about the app's effects on children and teens, airing frustrations and attempting to extract various commitments from the company to make the platform a safer space for its youngest users.

But over two and half hours, Adam Mosseri skirted key questions from the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security. Instead, he defended Instagram and its parent company Meta — formerly Facebook — touting existing safeguards and some the company plans to roll out soon.

Chile approved marriage equality legislation in a landslide vote on Tuesday, after four years of inaction.

Both houses of Chile's Congress authorized the measure with overwhelming majorities, making it the eighth Latin American country to allow same sex marriage, as well as the 31st worldwide.

President Sebastián Piñera, who is poised to leave office in March, opposed the legislation for years. But just six months ago, the conservative leader indicated he'd changed his position on the issue paving the way for Congress to act. He is is expected to sign it into law.

Updated December 7, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET

Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing unit of Amazon, reports its "network device issues [are]resolved" after suffering a major outage on Tuesday, leaving thousands of users unable to access huge portions of the internet, including a broad range of apps.

The outage, which caused slow loading or access failures, began at around 11 a.m. ET and was largely concentrated along the East Coast, according to the company.

Over the weekend, the moon, Earth and sun will all come into alignment, causing the California coast to see unusually high tides, known as king tides.

The planetary confluence combined with the gravitational pull of the sun and moon will bring some of the highest and lowest tides of the year and could lead to localized flooding in some coastal communities, particularly the San Francisco Bay Area.

Chris Cuomo says he's hurt and embarrassed about being indefinitely suspended as a primetime host from CNN.

A day after the cable news network distanced itself from the top-rated host, Cuomo addressed the matter Wednesday on his SiriusXM Satellite Radio show, Let's Get After It.

"Quick note about the obvious — I've been suspended from CNN," he told listeners.

"You know this already. It hurts to even say it. It's embarrassing, but I understand it. And I understand why some people feel the way they do," Cuomo said.

Updated December 14, 2021 at 8:46 PM ET

Kyle Rittenhouse is free to log back on to his Facebook and Instagram accounts and his supporters are once again free to offer praise about him on the platforms.

Updated November 30, 2021 at 8:34 PM ET

CNN says it has suspended anchor Chris Cuomo after new revelations surfaced detailing his efforts to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, out of an ongoing sexual harassment scandal.

Lee Elder, who was the first Black golfer to play at the Masters, died early Sunday morning at the age of 87.

No cause or details about his death were immediately available, but the PGA Tour said it confirmed Elder's death with his family.

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