Charlotte Rae, the Tony and Emmy-nominated actress best known for playing Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life and Sylvia Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You?, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92. In April 2017, Rae announced that she had been diagnosed with bone cancer, seven years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Born in Milwaukee, Rae got her start in theater and radio, and earned Tony nominations for her performances in Pickwick and Morning Noon and Night, and an Emmy nomination for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom. She first played the role of Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes, but due to the character's popularity, she pitched a spin-off, which led to The Facts of Life.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Comcast has dropped its bid to buy 21st Century Fox, leaving Disney likely to acquire the company. A Disney-Comcast bidding war launched in December, when Disney offered $52.4 billion for Fox. Comcast countered with $65 billion in June, and Disney offered $71.3 billion a few days later. The U.S. Justice Department approved a Disney-Fox merger, provided Fox's sports networks aren't included because Disney already owns ESPN. Fox's shareholders will vote to accept Disney's bid on July 27th. Its film and TV studios, as well as its cable channels, will go to Disney, while Fox News, Fox Sports, and local TV channels will be spun off into a new company.
Source: The Associated Press, CNN
At least 11 people were killed when a duck boat carrying tourists capsized and sank during a thunderstorm with high winds on a lake in the Missouri Ozarks. Some of the dead were children, said Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader. Five people remained missing overnight. At least seven survivors were taken to hospitals, three of them under age 18. Video shot from a larger vessel that was nearby showed two of the amphibious duck boats being tossed as waves on Table Rock Lake grew. The other one made it to shore safely. Several other strong storms spawned a flurry of tornadoes in central Iowa, flattening buildings in several cities and leaving 17 people injured.
Source: The Kansas City Star, CBS News
The Senate on Wednesday voted to keep President Trump's authority in check when it comes to imposing "national security" tariffs. The overwhelming 88-11 vote for the non-binding resolution symbolically condemns Trump's liberal use of the Trade Expansion Act, which has allowed him to inch the U.S. toward a trade war, most recently with Tuesday's tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The president also imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of items last week, which some lawmakers believe should have required congressional approval. Wednesday's Senate resolution, introduced by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), was a compromise between senators who want to roll back Trump's abilities with a binding measure, and senators who are wary of upsetting the president.
Source: CNBC, The Daily Beast
Dawn Sturgess, the 44-year-old English woman exposed to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, died on Sunday, British authorities said. Charlie Rowley, who also was exposed, remained critically ill. Tests have confirmed that Sturgess and Rowley came into contact with the nerve agent by holding a contaminated item in their hands near the town of Salisbury, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the same nerve agent. They recovered. Britain blamed Russia for the Skripal case. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "appalled and shocked" by Sturgess' death.
Source: BBC News
The Klamathon Fire "exploded" to cover 22,000 acres Saturday, more than doubling in size and crossing the state line into Oregon. The blaze has already killed one person and destroyed 15 buildings. It is just 20 percent contained as of Sunday, and authorities said the Klamathon is exhibiting "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions." Additional fires are raging in elsewhere in California, particularly in the hot and windy southern region of the state. Thousands of people have been evacuated as temperatures climb well over 100 degrees.
Source: KOIN 6, The Sacramento Bee
British authorities confirmed Wednesday that a 44-year-old woman and 45-year-old man hospitalized in southern England after being found sick on Saturday had been exposed to the same Soviet-era nerve agent that sickened former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. The Skripals were found in Salisbury, just a few miles from Amesbury, where the latest victims were exposed. The couple, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, had made a round-trip from Amesbury to Salisbury on Friday, although they didn't visit any sites connected to the Skripal case. "I don't have any intelligence or evidence that they were targeted in any way," said Neil Basu, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer. "There is nothing in their background to suggest that at all."
Source: Reuters, CNN
Nine people were stabbed Saturday night at a Boise, Idaho, apartment complex home to many refugee families. A suspect, age 30, has been arrested, but so far neither his name nor his motive for the attack have been released. The victims have been hospitalized. "At this point we haven't lost anybody, but as I said the injuries are very serious," said Boise police chief William Bones. "This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time."
Source: CNN, Fox News
Joe Jackson, the patriarch of one of the most influential families ever in pop music, died early Wednesday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 89. Jackson managed the early career of his most famous son, Michael Jackson, and Michael's brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, and Tito, as part of the Jackson 5. He also managed Janet Jackson and her sisters Rebbie and La Toya separately. Joe Jackson was known for his stern and sometimes abusive handling of his children. In 2002, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named him Best Entertainment Manager of All Time. "Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, to worldwide pop superstardom," the Michael Jackson estate said in a statement. "Mr. Jackson's contributions to the history of music are enormous."
Source: TMZ, Vulture
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