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George Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22,’ two decades after ER

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialized adaptation of “Catch-22,” Paramount Television said on Thursday, nearly 20 years after he left hit show “ER” to become one of film’s biggest names. Director George Clooney is interviewed at the premiere for “Suburbicon” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on U.S. author Joseph Heller’s darkly comedic 1961 novel “Catch-22,” for Viacom Inc’s Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, shooting in earlyRead More


Meryl Streep is ‘appalled’ by Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior

Meryl Streep once referred to Harvey Weinstein as “God” in an acceptance speech, but in a statement to the Huffington Post on Monday, she said she was “appalled” by the “disgraceful news” about him. Last Thursday, the New York Times published a report alleging that several women, including actress Ashley Judd, accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and/or unwanted physical contact over the past few decades. Though the producer immediately apologized for misconduct and announced that he planned to take a leave of absence from work while he bettered himself, onRead More


Las Vegas massacre probe turns to gunman’s girlfriend in Philippines

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The investigation into the motives of a Las Vegas retiree who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history turned on Tuesday to the gunman’s girlfriend in the Philippines, where she turned up after the massacre, authorities said. Stephen Paddock, who killed himself moments before police stormed the hotel suite he had transformed into a sniper’s nest on Sunday night, left no clear clues as to why he staged his attack on an outdoor concert below the high-rise building. But law enforcementRead More


US to Americans: Stay away from Cuba after health ‘attacks’

The United States delivered an ominous warning to Americans on Friday to stay away from Cuba and ordered home more than half the U.S. diplomatic corps, acknowledging neither the Cubans nor America’s FBI can figure out who or what is responsible for months of mysterious health ailments. No longer tiptoeing around the issue, the Trump administration shifted to calling the episodes “attacks” rather than “incidents.” The U.S. actions are sure to rattle already delicate ties between the longtime adversaries who only recently began putting their hostility behind them. The U.S.Read More


Florida says it has no indication O.J. Simpson moving there

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Florida corrections officials said on Thursday they had no indication from O.J. Simpson that he would move to the state after his upcoming release from a Nevada prison, amid speculation about the former “Trial of the Century” defendant’s post-incarceration plans. Simpson, 70, had told Nevada parole commissioners that he planned to move to Florida, where he has friends and family. The release of Simpson on parole after serving nine years for a botched armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel casino has generated wide interest inRead More


Wealthy financiers could gain from Trump’s proposed tax cut for small businesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – High-income Wall Street financiers could be unintended winners from a section of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan that is meant to help mostly small, “mom-and-pop” businesses. Trump called on Wednesday for a new “pass-through” tax rate of 25 percent that could mean big savings for owners of sole proprietorships and partnerships who now pay 39.6 percent. But it could also mean a windfall for partners in private-equity, venture-capital and hedge funds, unless Congress can figure out a way to block them from taking advantage of theRead More


‘We will need help of all kinds,’ Dominica PM pleads after Cat.-5 Maria tears through

Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on Monday night, lashing the Caribbean island as a Category 5 storm with 160-mph winds and a storm surge of up to 11 feet. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a series of dire Facebook posts as the storm hit the island, calling the winds “merciless” and saying his residence sustained damages. “We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is … the sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!”Read More


‘The Briefing Room’: Hurricane relief deal, Irma update, Camp David Video

Now Playing: Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Everything you need to know Now Playing: ‘The Briefing Room’: Hurricane relief deal, Irma update, Camp David Now Playing: Congress passes $15 billion emergency disaster aid Now Playing: EPA chief Scott Pruitt talks Irma and climate change on ‘Powerhouse Politics’ Now Playing: Former US Presidents launch ‘One America Appeal’ to assist hurricane victims Now Playing: The Note: Trump tested again with Hurricane Irma Now Playing: Trump makes deal with Dems while son makes statement to Senate committee Now Playing: Trump holds press conference with emirRead More


Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year. The theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. The purloined dataRead More


Bees on the roof are all the buzz in Slovenia’s capital

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – When you visit the main congress center in Slovenia’s capital you may get more that the usual conference: how about a jar of honey? Since 2011, the center — Cankarjev Dom — has been hosting bees on its roof, producing about 120 kg (265 lb) of honey per year which are used for gifts to business partners. It started at the Apimondia world congress of beekeepers in 2003, held at Cankarjev Dom. “There was a beehive set in the nearby park and … a memory of myRead More