6:19 p.m. ET: The White House recently released this photo with the caption:
The president reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012. Obama later said during a TV interview that this was the worst day of his presidency.
4:57 p.m. ET: It’s official. President Obama won the election.
ABC’s Political Unit chief Amy Walter reports: Earlier today, a joint session of Congress counted the Electoral Votes and confirmed President Obama’s November 6th Electoral College margin of 332 to Mitt Romney’s 206. This means that there were no rogue or “faithless” electors who went against the results of their states’ vote.
3:35 p.m. ET: The Internet was abuzz yesterday over this newly released Princess Diana photo marked “Not To Be Published”:
ABC’s Nick Schifrin reports: The mystery of the young man sitting beside the late Diana Spencer in a photo apparently prohibited from being published has been solved.
1:58 p.m. ET: Can a trillion dollar coin save the economy?
ABC’s Gregory Krieg reports: With President Obama having kicked off debt ceiling negotiations by vowing not to negotiate over the debt ceiling, a new option for paying off the nation’s considerable tab is gaining momentum with cheeky fiscal and monetary wonks.
It goes like this: Should Congress fail to extend the U.S. debt limit — reached again on Dec. 31 — the president could ask the Treasury to begin printing trillion dollar coins (in a process explained mostly seriously by Jim Pethokoukis on his American Enterprise Institute blog), a number of which could then be put toward fulfilling debt obligations in the event new legislation stalls in Congress.
11:50 a.m. ET: Three months after she was shot in the head for daring to say girls should be able to get an education, a 15-year-old Pakistani hugged her nurses and smiled as she walked out of a Birmingham hospital, the Associated Press reported.
Malala Yousufzai waved to a guard and smiled shyly as she cautiously strode down the hospital corridor talking to nurses in images released Friday by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
10:33 a.m. ET: TONIGHT on Nightline: We bring you the remarkable story of a young quadruple amputee who was determined to get her life back through undergoing radical hand transplant surgery.
When she was 24 years old, Lindsay Ess, now 29, developed a blockage in her small intestine from Crohn’s Disease. After having surgery to correct the problem, an infection took over and shut down her entire body. To save her life, doctors put her in a medically-induced coma. When she came out of the coma a month later, still in a haze, Lindsay said she knew something was wrong with her hands and feet. The infection had turned her extremities into dead tissue and doctors had to amputate.