LOS ANGELES - Actor Jay Thomas, best known for his roles in the classic sitcoms "Murphy Brown" and "Cheers," has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 69. "Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years-plus," his publicist Thomas Estey told Variety. "He will be dearly missed by so many."
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump picked a new fight on Thursday, Aug. 24, with fellow Republicans whose support he needs to advance his policy agenda, saying congressional leaders could have avoided a "mess" over raising the U.S. debt ceiling if they had heeded his advice. In the latest in what have become regular criticisms of party leaders, Trump sought to assign blame if Congress fails to reach agreement on raising the cap on the amount the federal government may borrow, with a deadline to do so just weeks away.
SALMON, Idaho - U.S. wildlife managers erred when they declined to list as endangered a small population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana, a federal judge has ruled in what conservationists on Wednesday, Aug. 23, hailed as a huge victory.
OTTAWA - Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting nearly 7,000. Haitians, who face looming deportation from the United States when their temporary protected status expires in January 2018, accounted for much of the inflow.
PHOENIX -- President Donald Trump, surrounded by thousands of supporters on Tuesday, defended his response to the violence at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attacked the media for "giving a platform to hate groups." Trump told the friendly crowd at the political rally in Arizona that his words in the aftermath of the Virginia event had been "perfect." He revved up the crowd with criticism of journalists, who he said did not report what he had said. Many in the crowd turned and pointed at reporters in the room.
People who’d like to reduce their daily calories without restrictive dieting should consider taking their coffee with little or no sugar - and savoring the beverage might help in that regard, researchers suggest.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan on Monday night as part of a new strategy for the region, arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America's longest military conflict. Trump, in a prime-time televised address, said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants bent on attacking the United States. He also laid out a tougher approach to U.S. policy toward Pakistan.
A woman was killed and two people were injured on Monday after a car crashed into a crowd watching the solar eclipse in Kentucky, local media reported. The incident in Leslie County, Kentucky, appeared to be an accident when a driver lost control over her car and hit a utility pole, WLKY-TV in Louisville reported. This is a developing story.
Department store chain Macy's Inc said on Monday it would restructure its merchandising operations, which could result in about 100 job cuts. The company said it expected one-time costs of about $20 million to $25 million mainly in the third quarter, and that it would save about $30 million on a yearly basis. Macy's forecast fourth-quarter savings of about 1 cent per share. Macy's also named former eBay Inc executive Hal Lawton as president, effective Sept. 8.
CHICAGO - With Monsanto Co's latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely. Dicamba, sold under different brand names by BASF and DuPont, can vaporize under certain conditions and the wind can blow it into nearby crops and other plants. The herbicide can damage or even kill crops that have not been genetically engineered to resist it.