Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marie Curie(WASHINGTON) -- Monica Lewinsky nearly broke down in tears Monday as she recounted her experience as “patient zero, the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”
In what she called her “first public talk,” Lewinsky vowed to “give purpose to my past” by speaking publicly about life after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.
“My name is Monica Lewinsky – though I’ve often been advised to change it,” the president’s former mistress began.
“Sixteen years ago, fresh out of college, a twenty-two-year-old intern in the White House — and more than averagely romantic — I fell in love with my boss, in a twenty-two-year-old sort of a way. It happens,” she said. “But my boss was the president of the United States. That probably happens less often.”
In the wake of the blue dress, the beret, and the salacious Starr report, Lewinsky says, she “came close to disintegrating.”
“I was threatened in various ways. First, with an FBI sting in a shopping mall....Immediately following, in a nearby hotel room, I was threatened with up to 27 years in jail for denying the affair in an affidavit,” she recalled. “Twenty-seven years. When you’re only 24 yourself that’s a long time.”
Choking back tears, she continued that she was “chillingly told that my mother, too — sorry — that my mother, too, might face prosecution if I didn’t cooperate and wear a wire.”
As her life unraveled in public, Lewinsky says, she heard “a relentless mantra in my head: I want to die.”
“There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then. But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites complete with comment sections and emails could be forwarded,” she said. “Of course it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial-up.”
Paying tribute to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University student “humiliated to death” after classmates posted video of him kissing another man online, Lewinsky vowed to share her story despite the backlash.
“Today, I think of myself as someone who – who the hell knows how – survived....Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too.”
Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- After the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday that his country would aid Iraqi Kurdish fighters in crossing into Syria to support Kurdish fighters in the town of Kobani, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren called the statement "welcome news."
"The more fighters that are available to combat [ISIS] fighters, the better," Warren said.
Turkey had kept Kurdish fighters out previously due to a 30-year Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said Monday that President Obama spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend to discuss the situation in Kobani, a town that has been threatened by ISIS advances for weeks.
Turkey has also taken in over one million refugees, including about 180,000 from Kobani.
Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data on Monday that shows the average global temperature in September reached a new high, and marked the 38th consecutive September where the global average temperature finished above the 20th century average.
September's temperature, the highest ever for the month since record keeping began in 1880, marked the fourth time this year the world temperature has set a new all-time high in a given month. May, June, and August also saw record high temperatures.
The NOAA notes that, "with the exception of February, every month to date in 2014 has been among its four warmest on record."
The global average temperature over land and ocean combined was 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the NOAA found, 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average.
The period between January and September also tied with the same timeframe in 1998 for the warmest January-to-September period on record, with an average temperature of 57.5 degrees Fahrenheit globally.
Galveston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being indicted in a 2005 sexual assault.
Jesse Matthew has been charged with attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object, according to the indictment from the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
The victim, who was 26 at the time, was identified only as "R.G." in court papers.
The indictment claims Matthew "did feloniously, willfully, deliberately, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill R.G. in the commission of or subsequent to an abduction with the intent to defile."
Matthew, 32, is being held without bail in Charlottesville for the alleged abduction of Graham with intent to defile. The student has not been found, but a search was called off this weekend after police found human remains. Those remains have not yet been identified.
Virginia State Police earlier said they found a forensic link between Graham's disappearance and the 2009 abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington in 2009. When Harrington's body was found in early 2010, police made a connection to the 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. The woman survived.
Before Monday, police had not made a direct connection between the 2005 assault and Graham's abduction.
Matthew has not been charged in connection to the 2009 Harrington abduction and murder, even though the suspect in that case was previously linked to the 2005 case, and the Virginia State Police have already said that there is a forensic link between Harrington's murder and Matthew.
"Morgan Harrington's case is still ongoing," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gellar told ABC News.
More details about the 2005 assault are expected at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Matthew's attorney Jim Camblos had no comment on the new indictment.
In tonight's episode of the Nightline podcast, A landmark legal decision has been made over the hidden hazard in highway guard-rails. A design flaw that maims and kills. Celebrities used to consider endorsement deals a shameful secret but now they are embracing their endorsements and sometimes for a surprising reason. And Monica Lewinsky speaks out on Cyber Bullying.
Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday new guidance for the use of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers treating patients with Ebola.
Noting successful and safe treatment of patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the CDC put out "enhanced guidance" focusing on ensuring no skin is exposed when personal protective equipment is used, and that all healthcare workers are trained, practiced and competent with PPE and are supervised by a trained monitor who watches every worker put PPE on and take them off.
Hospitals are advised to have at least two options of personal protective equipment, designated areas for putting PPE on and taking it off, trained observers and disinfection of gloved hands.
Still, the CDC warns that focusing only on changes to PPE can give a "false sense of security" and that training and practice is integral.
In order to stop the spread of Ebola in healthcare settings, hospitals should also make sure they enact prompt screening and triage of potential patients, limited personnel within isolation rooms and effective environmental cleaning.
Tomjac80/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- United Nations human rights officials on Monday criticized the city of Detroit for shutting off water to customers behind on their bills, saying that the shutoffs discriminate against minorities.
Officials spent the weekend in Detroit "to learn more about the impact of water disconnections on the living conditions of individuals and households and on their human rights to water, sanitation and housing."
"Without water," the U.N. statement read, "people cannot live a life with dignity." Further, "when people are genuinely unable to pay the bill, it is the State's obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, a specially low tariff or subsidies, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation for all."
The city's water policy allows for water to be shut off to customers more than 60 days behind on their bills. This year alone, 27,000 households have had their water shut off in Detroit.
U.N. officials said that the city had raised water rates by 8.7 percent, passing on the expense of leakages in aging infrastructure.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- A patient who was hospitalized at Emory University Hospital last month with the Ebola virus was discharged on Sunday, the hospital said.
The patient, who was not identified, was the third Ebola patient treated at Emory University, following Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. According to a hospital statement, the patient was discharged after being "determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat," and asked to remain anonymous.
A fourth patient, Amber Vinson, who contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan -- the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States -- at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, remains at Emory University Hospital. She arrived at Emory on Oct. 15.
bizoo_n/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gas prices dropped by about nine cents in the last week, with the average cost of a gallon of gas costing just $3.12, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
In the Gulf Coast region, the average cost of gas fell below three dollars, hitting $2.91. Gas remained most expensive on the West Coast, where motorists spent $3.42 per gallon on average.
A gallon in California cost $3.49, keeping its position as the most expensive state to buy gas. Minnesota and Texas each saw their average cost of a gallon of gas fall below three dollars.
Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
A family member confirmed De La Renta's passing to ABC News. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.
"When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store]," he told Gotham magazine last year. "You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition."
In 1965, the designer launched his own label, and soon caught the eye of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton would follow suit, as well as a bevy of A-list stars, from Amy Adams to Sandra Bullock to Jessica Biel and countless others.
He also launched a successful bridal line, and most recently, designed Amal Clooney's wedding gown.
"George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress," she told Vogue last month. "Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman."
The fashion designer is survived by his wife, Annette, and a son, Moises, as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren.
De la Renta, who won a bevy of fashion awards in his lifetime, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and two COTY Awards, always appreciated every moment of his high-profile life.
"A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you've deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you'd spent more time with," he told Gotham. "I always say this: Live, love and laugh."
Michael Fitzsimmons/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- U.S. military forces conducted at least six more airstrikes near Kobani, Syria on Sunday night and Monday, and six more in Iraq.
According to U.S. Central Command, one of the strikes in Syria was aimed at a stray resupply bundle from Sunday's U.S. airdrops of Kurdish arms and ammunition. In order to prevent those supplies from falling into the hands of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the bundle was struck by U.S. forces.
Five other airstrikes in Syria hit ISIS fighting and mortar positions and an ISIS vehicle.
The strikes in Iraq took place near Fallujah and Bayji. Those sorties destroyed ISIS vehicles and buildings.
France and the United Kingdom also participated in the most recent strikes.
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie may be an honorary dame, but that doesn’t necessarily make her the boss at home.
“Aaah, no,” Brad Pitt told Us Weekly with a laugh Sunday at the London premiere of his new film, Fury. “We have our own pecking order at home!”
Pitt recalled the recent royal reception, in which the queen of England made Jolie a dame of the British Empire -- one of the highest honors awarded by Britain -- for raising global awareness of violence against women as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
“It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books,” the proud husband told Us Weekly about the Oct. 10 ceremony. “[It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.”
Pitt and Jolie brought their brood of six kids along for the meeting with the queen.
Because Jolie, 39, is a foreign citizen, she cannot be addressed as “dame,” and the award was given on an honorary basis.
Still, it was a significant achievement for the actress.
“To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said in a statement. “Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”
ABC/Matt Brown(NEW YORK) -- Michael Bolton is back in the studio, not to record another passionate break-up song, but to lay down tracks for a new line of greeting cards.
The ‘90s R&B icon who made us swoon with tear-jerking ballads like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” has launched a second career as a celebrity pitchman, selling all kinds of things from e-cards to Starbursts and Hondas.
The mullet is gone, but the pipes are as solid as ever. In all of his spots, Bolton plays a version of himself. “So far they all want me to be Michael Bolton,” the Grammy-winning artist said, laughing.
Bolton, who has sold nearly 55 million albums, clearly doesn’t need the money. He is just the latest celebrity to lend their persona to commercials.
Recently, Matthew McConaughey starred in two Lincoln car commercials and Will Ferrell became Ron Burgundy for a few Dodge Durango spots. William Shatner has also starred in commercials where he too plays an over-the-top version of himself. Not only is Shatner in on the joke, he’s cashing in. Those Priceline ads have led to new roles, including his Emmy-winning star turn on The Practice.
For Bolton, the ads have brought his career full circle. Back when he was a starving singer-songwriter, struggling to pay the bills, Bolton wrote and sang product jingles.
“’Be all you can be, get an edge on life in the Army,’” Bolton said. “That was me plus 20 great singers.” Bolton likes to joke that he has done a jingle for every drink in the picnic cooler, including spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7Up, Cherry 7Up and Dr. Pepper.
“Dr. Pepper was huge,” Bolton said, bursting into song: “’Dr. Pepper, give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you.’” Somewhere along the way, his music career took over, and Bolton remembers the moment he realized it.
“I was driving to New York, and one of my commercials comes on,” he said. “Then the commercial is off and my single comes on and now I’m in my heart.”
“I’m thinking, “This is what I’ve worked my whole life for. It’s happening,’” Bolton continued. “And just as it finishes another of my jingles comes on after it. They were bookends to my single.
He said when he heard a second jingle, he called his manager from the car.
“‘We have to stop doing the jingles.’ I told him,” Bolton said. "I don’t want people at radio trying to guess whether I’m a real singer or whether I’m a jingle guy.”
But what brought Bolton back to the commercial airwaves was a music video parody called “Jack Sparrow” that first aired on Saturday Night Live in 2011. In the skit, Bolton is working on a song with Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, and while the guys sing about partying in the club, Bolton keeps singing about a Disney Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy. (The Walt Disney Company, which owns the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is also the parent company of ABC News.)
Bolton said Samberg didn’t have to twist his arm to participate. He jumped at the chance.
"We met at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and they gave us this boardroom,” he said. “We sat across from each other and I said, “Okay first of all my daughters are flipping out that I’m meeting with you guys right now.” And Andy says to me, “My mother is going insane that I’m sitting here with you!”
Through ads, Bolton can re-connect with fans who once weathered a break-up with a Michael Bolton tune, and reach their kids too.
“You are now stepping in front of an audience that record companies can’t even hope to get in front of,” he said. “There’s no comparison… Because you don’t have MTV and VH1 doing that anymore. Top 40’s not looking at us… We can’t look at them to get a new record out. It’s not realistic. It could happen, but it’s not realistic.”
Now the quirky ads have given Bolton a new way to remind his fans he’s still going strong.
Vladek/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended one of its members on Monday after he was accused exchanging sexually explicit emails.
The court chose to relieve Seamus McCaffery of his judicial and administrative responsibilities in light of the email scandal. The court also noted allegations that McCaffery may have attempted to use his position to alter a judicial assignment outside of the scope of his duties, authorized his wife to accept referral fees from plaintiffs' firms while she served as his administrative assistant, and improperly contacted a traffic-court official in connection with a citation issued to his wife.
Chief Justice Ronald Castille filed a concurring statement in which he said, "in my two decades of experience on this Court, no other Justice...has done as much to bring the Supreme Court into disrepute. No other Justice has failed to live up to the high ethical demands required of a Justice of this Court, or has been the constant focus of ethical lapses to the degree of Justice McCaffery.
Will Montgomery(DALLAS) -- The last nurse to leave the hospital room where Thomas Eric Duncan died has written a poem about the Ebola patient, penned during the sleepless days after Duncan's death, a source told ABC News.
The source provided the poem to ABC News, noting that the nurse who wrote it asked to remain anonymous. Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola, died at the Dallas hospital on Oct. 8. Two of the nurses who cared for Duncan -- Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29 -- have been diagnosed with Ebola.
(Editor's note: THR refers to Texas Health Resources, the company that owns Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.)
This is the poem:
A message to you
Inspired by the THR Family
You came to us sick, frightened, confused What happened next became international news. We saw you so ill, with everything to lose Our goal was to help you because that’s what we do. Alone in a dark ICU room We fought for your life, our team and you. We cared for you kindly No matter our fear You thanked us each time that we came near. As each day pressed on, you fought so hard To beat the virus that dealt every card. No matter how sick or contagious you were We held your hand, wiped your tears, and continued our care. Your family was close, but only in spirit They couldn't come in; we just couldn't risk it. Then the day came we saw you in there We wiped tears from your eyes, knowing the end was drawing near. Then it was time, but we never gave up Until the good lord told us he had taken you up. Our dear Mr. Duncan, the man that we knew Though you lost the fight, we never gave up on you. All of us here; at Presby and beyond Lift our hats off to you, now that you’re gone. You touched us in ways that no one will know We thank you kind sir for this chance to grow. May you find peace in heaven above And know that we cared with nothing but love.
Whole Foods Market®(NEW YORK) -- Whole Foods Market will launch its first national ad campaign on Monday, highlighting, "groundbreaking quality standards, healthy offerings and key milestones as a pioneer in the natural and organic food industry."
The company's ads will air during primetime television, including shows like Modern Family, Scandal, and The Voice, during late night shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Saturday Night Live, and during the World Series and National Football League games. Whole Foods says it will spend over $15 million to launch the campaign, which will also include print ads.
With rival businesses beginning to offer organic product lines, Whole Foods, whose core customer base has long been concerned with healthy eating, hopes to maintain that base by sharing its, "deeper purpose and its history of celebrating food and the people who produce it."
"Whole Foods Market has been subtly telling our story for decades," the company's Global Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Jeannine D’Addario, said. "We are excited to share our stories and to have deeper conversations with our customers so they can make meaningful choices about what they decide to buy and support."
The campaign, titled "Values Matter," will air its first ad Monday night during Dancing With the Stars.
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services(BALTIMORE) -- A Maryland murder suspect was mistakenly released from prison on Friday, and state corrections officials say they didn’t even know the man was missing until Sunday night.
Rodriquez Purnell was awaiting trial on murder charges when he was released Friday evening from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. Purnell was charged in the St. Patrick’s Day 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Terrence Rheubottom of Baltimore. Purnell also was convicted of assaulting a Department of Corrections employee after the inmate's arrest on the murder charge. Police have launched a manhunt for Purnell, who was still at large on Monday.
Maryland Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says the mistaken release was not discovered by officials until Sunday night. When they realized Purnell was gone, Vernarelli said officials informed law enforcement immediately, and put the information out to the public Monday morning.
Investigators are now trying to figure out how Purnell was released, and why no one in the system even knew he was missing for two days.
“We just don’t know yet what happened,” Vernarelli told ABC News. “We handle thousands of suspects awaiting trial, and this is very, very rare.”
In 2010, another Maryland inmate briefly found his freedom when he was mistakenly released by Maryland Corrections officials. Raymond T. Taylor was serving three life terms for the attempted murders of his girlfriend and her two daughters when he was released by mistake. Taylor pulled off his escape by successfully posing as another inmate. Corrections officials discovered Taylor had stolen the Correction’s Department inmate identification card of a cellmate, and passed himself off as the man, who had finished his sentence and was due to be released.
Taylor was captured a day later in West Virginia, and several Corrections Department employees were disciplined in the case.
Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Chukuske never imagined eight years ago that he would run a marathon, let alone one twice in one day. But the Minnesota runner proved otherwise Sunday, running 52.4 consecutive miles in the Mankato Marathon. The run is 26.2 miles long.
"The slogan is, 'Go Bold for Mankato,’" he said. "So, my friend said why don't you do something bold this year. I don't usually say no to any running challenges."
Chukuske, 33, began the day at three in the morning, running the entire course backward in four hours and 10 minutes before taking his spot at the starting line at 8 a.m. when the official race began. He finished with a rank of 272nd out of 444 in 4 hours and 30 minutes.
"I'm number one in 52 [miles]," he said laughing, adding that he finished in eight hours and 40 minutes altogether.
Chukuske started running in 2006 in an attempt to lose weight. He weighed 270 pounds, about 80 to 90 pounds overweight at the time.
Now, the 180-pound runner has turned his guide for a healthier lifestyle into a passion, having written two books on the subject and run in over 30 races and marathons, including the New York City Marathon, the Chicago Marathon and the Walt Disney World Marathon.
"I'm trained to run like this all the time," he said. "I put into 80 to 100 miles a week consecutively."
He ran his best time of 3 hours and 27 minutes last year in the 2013 Mankato Marathon, compared to Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, the male with the fastest marathon record of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Kimetto achieved the record in September 2014 at the Berlin Marathon, which is the same length as Mankato.
Guinness could not confirm whether there is a record for running a marathon backward and forward, though it does have a record for running a marathon backward, held by Xu Zhenjun, who achieved it in the 2004 Beijing International Marathon in three hours, 43 minutes and 39 seconds.
Chukuske dedicated his performance this year to those who are unable to run because of physical impairments, saying that he runs "for everyone. I put in miles for people who want to but can't."
When asked whether he would consider running the 52.4 miles again, he replied, "In a heartbeat."
Starbucks(NEW YORK) -- Listen up, Starbucks addicts: the global coffee chain announced they’ll be randomly giving out 10 passes to what they call “Starbucks for Life.”
“This holiday season Starbucks is launching a unique opportunity for a select number of customers to win ‘Starbucks for Life’ by simply swiping their Starbucks card or paying with their mobile device,” the company said in a statement on their innovations for the coming year.
A Starbucks spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that Starbucks will be giving out a total of 10 passes within the United States. And, despite the program being called “for life,” the winners will actually only receive a drink a day for 30 years.
“What could be bigger this holiday than winning ‘Starbucks for Life?’ This is the first time we have ever offered customers something of this magnitude and what better way than to anchor it with our renowned Starbucks Card program,” Starbucks executive vice president and global chief marketing officer Sharon Rothstein said in the statement. “This giveaway is poised to bring great excitement and fun to our customers during this special time of the year.”
The giveaway will launch Dec. 2 and runs through the first week of January.
In addition to the opportunity to win “Starbucks for Life,” there will be other items that customers can win. Starbucks was tight-lipped on what those items will be.