Sir Billy Connolly has revealed that his eldest son has been battling a drug and alcohol addiction. The Scottish comedian, known affectionately as The Big Yin, spoke about how his 50-year-old son Jamie had a 'problem' during the latest episode of his ITV travel series Billy Connolly's Great American Trail. Sir Billy said that Jamie, who is from his first marriage to Iris Pressagh, had been to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings to get help. Sir Billy Connolly revealed that his eldest son had been battling a drug and alcohol addiction. He spoke during an episode of his travel show when he was visiting the Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home that supports recovering addicts The 76-year-old, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease, also hit out at the lack of understanding and compassion shown towards those with addiction problems. Connolly said: 'My son has a problem and he's in AA and NA. 'He told me when he went to the detox place some kids were … [Read more...] about Sir Billy Connolly reveals his eldest son, 50, is battling addiction to drink and drugs in latest episode of his ITV travel series
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has declared victory in the gubernatorial race and says he is stepping down as the state’s top election official Thursday to begin his transition to governor. Interested in 2020 Elections? Add 2020 Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest 2020 Elections news, video, and analysis from ABC News. 2020 Elections Add Interest ABC News has not yet projected the winner of this race, which remains within 1 percentage point. Kemp's resignation comes at the tail end of a race in which he's been dogged by critics, including opponent Stacey Abrams and former President Jimmy Carter, who have urged him to resign throughout the course of the race because of potential conflict of interest as secretary of state, a position that encompasses overseeing of elections. Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Kemp said stepping down would "give public confidence to the certification process." But when asked why he chose to resign now, … [Read more...] about Brian Kemp declares himself winner in Georgia governor’s race, stepping down as secretary of state. ABC News has not projected a winner.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The Taliban say they have freed two hostages — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — in southern Afghanistan, ending more than three years of their captivity. A Taliban official says the release took place on Tuesday in the province of Zabul in the Now Bahar district, a region that is largely under Taliban control. It wasn’t immediately known if the two hostages, both professors at the American University of Kabul, were handed over to Afghan government representatives, intermediaries, or U.S. forces. Their freedom came hours after the Afghan government freed three Taliban prisoners and sent them to Qatar. The three included Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s deputy Sirajuddin Haqqani, who also leads the fearsome Haqqani network. It appears the … [Read more...] about The Latest: Taliban say they freed US and Australian hostage
Interested in 2020 Elections? Add 2020 Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest 2020 Elections news, video, and analysis from ABC News. 2020 Elections Add Interest Fending off the toughest challenge in his political career, Sen. Ted Cruz is on track to serve Texas for six more years in the Senate, ABC News projects based on exit polls. Cruz secured a win over his enthusiastic and well-funded opponent, Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke. "Tonight is a victory for the people of Texas," Cruz said to a cheering crowd at his victory speech. "Tonight is a victory for all the men and women in this room and all the men and women across this state that poured your hearts, your passion, your time, your energy to rising to defend Texas." "Securing the border and keeping our communities safe, and defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and that’s a common-sense agenda that unites Texans from every part of the state," he added. After thanking his home … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz thwarts challenge from Democratic insurgent Beto O’Rourke in tight Senate race, ABC News projects