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No joke: TV host Letterman honored with Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON (AP) — No joke: David Letterman yukked it up on late-night TV longer than anyone else. Now his career of comedy has earned him a prestigious award and a celebrity roasting. Letterman was to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor during a star-studded celebration Sunday night at Washington’s Kennedy Center. Expected to attend were previous recipients Steve …

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The Latest: Appeal backed by former presidents raises $31M

George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the hurricane relief concert attended by a five living ex-presidents (all times local): 8:35 p.m. The five living former presidents have attended a concert to benefit victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter called …

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Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. …

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Fox News duped by phony military hero, removes false story

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has removed a false story from its website, saying it was duped by an artist the network highlighted as a Vietnam veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and a much-decorated war hero. The report, which aired Oct. 8, focused on 72-year-old glass artist John Garofalo, who “despite health issues” …

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Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

Jack Phillips

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding. The food makers say that once they open their doors for business, they don’t get to choose their customers. They say that abiding by laws that bar discrimination based on sexual …

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TV Academy votes to consider expelling Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — The Television Academy says it has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The academy’s board of governors issued a statement Friday declaring that “sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable.” The academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said a hearing has been set for November to consider “action …

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E! cancels Joan Rivers’ ‘Fashion Police’ after 22-year run

Joan and Melissa Rivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — E!’s long-running series, “Fashion Police,” will come to an end next month with a special finale featuring its late host and co-creator Joan Rivers. The series began in 1995 and became a staple on the red carpet at major awards shows with Rivers commentating on celebrity looks. It continued after Rivers’ 2014 death with her daughter, …

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Sen. John McCain to visit daughter on ‘The View’

John McCain

NEW YORK (AP) — “The View” is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It’s a visit from her dad. The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen. John McCain as a guest. Meghan McCain, who joined “The View” last week, turns 33 on Monday. The visit is especially poignant since the 81-year-old Arizona …

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Sen. John McCain to visit daughter on ‘The View’

John McCain

NEW YORK (AP) — “The View” is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It’s a visit from her dad. The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen. John McCain as a guest. Meghan McCain, who joined “The View” last week, turns 33 on Monday. The visit is especially poignant since the 81-year-old Arizona …

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‘Breaking Bad’ actors will host fundraiser for Puerto Rico

Bob Odenkirk

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two actors from the hit series “Breaking Bad” will host an Albuquerque fundraiser next week for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Bob Odenkirk, who played sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, is sponsoring a benefit event in Albuquerque where the show was filmed, the actor announced on social media. “Albuquerque! A benefit event for Puerto Rico …

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