9:32 p.m. ET: Some of the victims fighting for their lives after being wounded in the movie theater shooting rampage may face another challenge when they get out of the hospital: enormous medical bills without the benefit of health insurance.
While three of the five hospitals that treated victims said Wednesday they will limit or completely wipe out medical bills and Warner Bros., along with members of the public have donated $2 million to help victims, it’s unclear how uninsured victims will cover their medical bills in the long run, reports AP.
7:09 p.m. ET: Struggling to contain his anger, a Chicago judge on Tuesday sentenced Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law to life in prison for killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in what prosecutors say was a fit of jealous rage, reports AP.
In blistering comments, Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns rejected William Balfour’s claims that he was innocent of the crimes.
“You have the heart of an arctic night,” Burns told Balfour. “Your soul is as barren as dark space.”
5:22 p.m. ET: Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was banished from the Olympic Games on Wednesday after making racist comments and expressing right-wing sentiments on Twitter, according to Yahoo News.
The post said “With so many Africans in Greece … at least the West Nile mosquitos will eat homemade food!!!” She also reposted a comment from controversial Greek politician Ilias Kasidiaris, who has strongly criticized his government’s “soft” immigration policy.
2:35 p.m. ET: DEVELOPING: TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Michael Jackson’s older brother Tito, has been named the temporary guardian of the pop icon’s three children. A California judge today also ordered the children not to leave the state.
1:32 p.m. ET: “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran and producer Eric Johnson pose while on assignment in Medellin, Antioquia.
12:51 p.m. ET: Pip, pip, what’s that you say?
Just hours after arriving in London, the Romney campaign appeared to violate its own promise to not attack the president while overseas when two anonymous campaign advisers suggested President Obama could not fully understand the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” between the U.S. and Britain.
The Obama campaign swiftly responded, calling the anonymous attacks “stunningly offensive” and even the reporter who sat down with the Romney advisers warned the “remarks may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity.”
12:13 p.m. ET: Katherine Jackson called her grandchildren late last night, sources told ABC News, ending a days-long silence that nearly culminated in the appointment of a temporary guardian for Paris Michael, Prince Michael, and Prince Michael II.
Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s mother and the legal guardian of his children, was reported missing on Saturday when her grandchildren hadn’t heard from her in a week. Last night, Katherine Jackson’s attorney described the scene when Micheal Jackson’s siblings Jermaine, Randy and Janet, showed up at the family matriarch’s house and apparently tried to take the children away:
10:50 a.m. ET: Today, Apple is releasing the newest version of its OS X operating system — Mountain Lion. And right off the bat two of those three issues have become, well, non-issues. (Mountain Lion will also come installed on all new Macs.) Read ABC News’ tech editor Joanna Stern’s report HERE
and then watch her demonstration HERE:
10:04 a.m. ET: Wedding bells already rung for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un?
North Korean state media ended weeks of speculation today, announcing that the mystery woman who has accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on recent public events is his wife.
Referring to her as Ri Sol Ju, the station reported on the couple’s visit to Neung Ra People’s Resort during the 8 p.m. broadcast, identifying Ri by name for the first time, and identifying her as “wife” four times during the news report.
9:45 a.m. ET: DEVELOPING: Accused movie theater gunman James Holmes purchased a high-powered rifle hours after failing a key oral exam at the University of Colorado, ABC News’ Dan Harris reports.