‘Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry adds voice to plead for leniency for Felicity Huffman

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ABC/Image Group LA(BOSTON) — Dozens of friends and family members have lobbied the judge who holds the fate of Felicity Huffman in her hands, in hopes she’ll show leniency to the former Desperate Housewives star, who was indicted as part of the Varsity Blues college cheating scandal. 

Now, Us Weekly reports that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry joined former star Eva Longoria and others with writing letters to District of Massachusetts Judge Indira Talwani on Huffman’s behalf.

In his, Cherry reportedly relayed a story about Huffman’s caring treatment of an elderly co-star, saying Huffman demonstrated, “a master class on human compassion” in dealing with the woman, who was having trouble remembering her lines.

Longoria apparently wrote her own note, remarking on Huffman’s kindness and support in dealing with a co-star who was bullying Longoria.

It had already been revealed that Huffman’s husband William H. Macy, who was not charged in the cheating scandal, was also among the 27 people who wrote the judge on her behalf. 

The actress, who was arrested in March, pleaded guilty on May 13 to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, and she expressed “deep regret and shame” for attempting to illegally boost the test scores of Sophia, her eldest daughter.

Her supporters hope she’ll receive, at maximum, the government’s recommended sentence of a month behind bars, plus probation, and a $20,000 fine.

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

Texas high school student has ‘medical emergency’ after vaping, officials say

Paolo_Toffanin/iStock(HOUSTON) — A Houston-area high school student fell ill after vaping and was rushed to the hospital on Monday evening, officials said.

A public school district serving Tomball, Texas, a small city about 35 miles from downtown Houston, told ABC News in a statement late Monday that a Tomball High School student “experienced a medical emergency during an after school activity involving a vape pen.”

A school staff member, who “assisted with the incident as the student became ill,” immediately called 911. An ambulance took the student to a local hospital, where family members were present, according to the school district’s statement.

The condition of the student was unknown, and the Tomball Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Tuesday morning.

“We have no new details on the student’s health at this time,” the school district told ABC News in its statement Monday night. “Educational resources have been put in place and the district will continue its efforts to educate students and parents on the negative effects of vaping.”​

Tomball High School senior Ariel Scott told Houston ABC station KTRK that the incident happened just minutes before a choir orientation. She said she saw the student take the vape pen from another student.

“The girl handed it to him. He hit it and passed out,” Scott told the station in an interview Monday night. “He would not wake up. He was not waking up. They tried to get him up. He was not getting up so the ambulance had to come and get him on a stretcher.”

Tomball Independent School District superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said they have partnered with University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center “to carry out a preventative curriculum through their ASPIRE program,” an online educational tool that helps middle and high school students learn about being tobacco-free by explaining the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use.

“We are fully aware of the seriousness of vaping and the negative effects it has on our nation and our young students today,” Salazar-Zamora said in a statement issued Monday night. “We continue to have candid conversations with our students, staff and greater Tomball community on this issue.”

It’s the third person in the Houston area to be hospitalized within the past month with serious lung illnesses following e-cigarette use. All three are teenagers and two have been discharged from the hospital, according to the Houston Health Department.

“This is a very serious outbreak and I urge all parents to check with their children to make sure they are not using e-cigarette products. Adults should also stop using the products,” Dr. David Persse, Houston’s local health authority and EMS medical director, said in a statement Tuesday. “These illnesses are life-threatening, even for healthy young people who may not regularly use these products.”

“These three people are just those we’ve confirmed so far,” Dr. Persse continued. “We’ll very likely find other cases and, unfortunately, there will probably be new cases until the cause is identified.”

The incident comes as cities and states across the country urge people to immediately stop using all vaping devices and e-cigarettes amid a spike in vaping-related illnesses and deaths.

On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a fifth person has died from a vaping-related lung disease. The health protection agency said it is aware of over 450 possible cases of vaping-related illnesses in 33 states and one U.S. territory. Those five deaths have occurred in California, Illinois, Indiana , Minnesota and Oregon.

There is no specific vaping device or chemical linked to all the cases, but the CDC reports that a majority of the patients are male, between the ages of 18 and 35, and admit to using nicotine, THC (the main active component in cannabis), or both, about 90 days before experiencing symptoms, which include shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues, fever and fatigue.

Then on Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed the first death in the state from a vaping-related lung disease, bringing the nationwide total to six. The CDC has not yet commented on the latest case.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating at least 127 reports of people suffering seizures or other neurological symptoms after using e-cigarettes. All of the reported cases occurred between 2010 and 2019, and many involved youth and young adults. It remains unclear whether there’s a direct link between vaping and the reported cases of neurological events, according to the federal agency.

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Cover your pimple no more: New skincare brand, Starface, debuts acne stickers

PeopleImages/iStock(NEW YORK) — According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects up to 50 million Americans annually.

Aiming to help that massive group, a brand new solution-based product was born this month: Starface.

It’s a cool new Gen Z friendly skincare brand that features “Hydro-Stars,” which are hydrocolloid pimple patches that absorb fluid, keep out bacteria and speed up recovery.

These star-shaped stickers protect pimples from outside bacteria and prevent them from being picked at — and are a fun go-to for selfie lovers.

Sold exclusively on Starface’s website, at least for now, a 32-pack costs less than $25.

It’s highly recommended to consult with a dermatologist before trying the stickers, but they’re designed specifically for acne-prone skin.

“Starface is here to show your skin some love — no matter what it’s going through,” the company wrote on its website. “At the end of the day, acne-positivity is the name of our game.”

While the star-shaped pimple patches are a first for the brand, there are plans for more products to drop soon.

In the meantime, cheers to making your next acne selfie a sticker constellation of amazing-ness.

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US-led coalition hits ISIS ‘infested’ island in Iraq with 80,000 pounds of munitions

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U.S. Air Force(BAGHDAD) — The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State “infested” island in Iraq on Tuesday in order to deny what had become a safe haven for the terror group, according to Operation Inherent Resolve.

U.S. F-15 and F-35 aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, located in the Salah ad Din Province, north of Baghdad, to disrupt ISIS fighters’ “ability to hide in the thick vegetation,” the coalition said in a statement.

“Follow-on ground clearance operations are currently taking place by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion to destroy a major transit hub for [ISIS] members moving from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour, and the Kirkuk region” of Iraq, the coalition said.

“We’re denying Daesh the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” Maj. Gen. Eric Hill, the commander of the coalition’s special operations forces, said in the statement, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. “We’re setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region.”

Months after losing their self-declared caliphate across Iraq and Syria, thousands of ISIS fighters were building an insurgency, forming sleeper cells in the desert or in caves or blending into local populations in Iraqi towns and cities.

ABC News World News Tonight Anchor David Muir recently got exclusive access to U.S. and Iraqi troops still fighting an enemy intent on re-surging there.

Brig. Gen. William Seely, the U.S. commander of Task Force-Iraq in Baghdad, told Muir that ISIS had already started planning its way back into the country, even before its territorial defeat.

“As they withdrew back into Syria, they looked at their future. And so they started sending out fighters, sending out logistics, sending out groups of people to either get back into maybe (internally displaced people) camps or refugee camps and try to blend back (in),” Seely said. “They’re trying to get logistics set up. They’re trying to conduct operations. They’re trying to refinance their operations.”

The U.S.-led coalition conducts airstrikes against the terror group but on the ground the approximately 5,000 American troops in Iraq are primarily in a train and advise role supporting Iraqi Security Forces.

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An Iranian female soccer fan caught trying to enter stadium set herself on fire and died

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Iranian women wait behind the gates of Tehran’s Azadi Stadium trying to convince security officers to let them in, Nov. 10, 2018. (Somaye Malekian/ABC News)(TEHRAN, Iran) — A female Iranian soccer fan who had been caught trying to enter the country’s Azadi Stadium has died after setting herself on fire to protest her arrest.

Sahar Khodayari, 30, had disguised herself as a man so she could watch Esteghlal, an Iranian soccer team, play against the UAE’s Al Ain in March. But once a stadium security officer wanted to carry out a physical inspection, Sahar told the officer she was a woman. She was then arrested by authorities.

According to MizanOnline, the judiciary news agency, the reason for Sahar’s arrest was “damaging public chastity and insulting a judiciary officer.”

Iranian women are not allowed to watch men’s sporting events at local stadiums.

Sahar set herself on fire last week to protest her possible imprisonment. She died at a hospital Monday after suffering severe burns on 90 percent of her body. Iranian and international social media reacted to her death and the hashtag BlueGirl, the color of her favorite team, Esteghlal, has gone viral.

Parvaneh Salahsouri, a reformist lawmaker, said Sahar was “Iran’s girl.”

“She was not just a #blue-girl, Sahar was #Iran’s_girl,” Salahsouri posted on Twitter. We are all responsible for the imprisonment and burnings of Sahars of this land, where men command women and take away their primitive human rights.”

Some have said Sahar’s mental condition was the reason she set herself on fire.

Sahar was bipolar, according to her sister, who was interviewed by Rokna, a local news outlet, on Wednesday.

“We had presented the medical documents to the court, but she was treated as a healthy person after she insulted one of the officers,” the sister said.

Last November, authorities allowed hundreds of Iranian women to attend Azadi Stadium to watch an official soccer match for the first time. The permission was granted after Gianni Infantino, head of FIFA, urged Iranian sport officials to allocate some seats for women.

Some claimed on social media that the presence of women during that game was largely arranged and most of the seats in the women’s section had been filled by female police officers in plain clothes.

In August, Forough Alaei, an award-winning photojournalist who had photographed an Iranian girl disguising herself as a man to attend a stadium, was arrested. Alaei was released on bail a few days later.

Sahar’s death has added to the growing chorus of criticism of segregation in Iranian sports. Some are asking male fans not to attend the stadiums while others suggest men should protest by shouting slogans and holding signs. Some argue that FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, should ban Iran’s soccer federation.

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Trump says he’s fired National Security Adviser John Bolton

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Adventure_Photo/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he had fired National Security Adviser John Bolton amid reports of conflict among the president foreign policy advisers over Afghanistan, North Korea and other matters.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore……I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week,” Trump tweeted.

 

 

Within minutes, Bolton tweeted that he had offered to resign Monday night.

 

Bolton was scheduled to appear at a White House briefing early Tuesday afternoon with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

At that briefing, Pompeo said, “The president is entitled to the staff that he wants,” adding, “he should have people he trusts and values.”

When the president makes a decision like this, he’s well within his rights to do so,” he said.

“There were many times Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed, for sure,” Pompeo said. Asked whether he was blindsided, Pompeo smiled and said, “I’m never surprised, and I don’t mean that on just this issue.”

Often at odds with the president, Bolton had a reputation as a foreign policy hawk, and in May Trump said he has at times had to temper him.

“John’s very good. He has strong views on things which is OK. I’m the one who tempers him, which is OK. I have John Bolton and I have people who are a little more dovish than him,” Trump said.

In June, Trump said, “John Bolton is doing a very good job, but he takes a — generally, a tough posture. But I have other people that don’t take that posture. But the only one that matters is me because I’ll listen to everybody….”

Back in January, the president addressed reports of conflict between Bolton and Pompeo.

“I have two great stars. And John Bolton is doing a great job, and Mike Pompeo is doing a great job. They’re very strong and they work hard. And, as you know, they’re doing things that are very — very good. We’re coming up with some very good results,” the president said.

Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser, a role first briefly held by retired Lt. General Michael Flynn and then later by retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

Reacting to Bolton’s departure on Capitol Hill, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speculated that Bolton’s opposition to the president meeting with the Taliban at Camp David this past weekend, as Trump said he had proposed until canceling the meeting, may have been a tipping point.

“I like John Bolton. I think he sees the world for what it is. I’ve always had a similar view of the threats that we face. But the personal relationship between the president and the national security adviser is important, I think the view that there’s some public discussions about Bolton being on the other side of meeting with the Taliban probably was a bridge too far,” Graham told ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce.

“I don’t know what happened there but the bottom line is I appreciate what John has done for the country for a long period of time and the president will now get a chance to pick a national security adviser he has more confidence in,” Graham said.

One of Bolton’s closest Republican friends in Congress, Sen. Jim Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: “I’m disappointed that that association has been dissolved.”

Other Republicans were glad to see him go. GOP Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was quick to tweet “I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views.”

Democrats, on the other hand, wanted more information about what led to this decision.

“Bolton was President Trump’s third national security adviser,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., told Bruce. “I think there’s a lot we need to know about what caused this abrupt firing by tweet of the president national security adviser, what the policy differences were, and what this means about stability, America’s place in the world, and the decision making team that surrounds our president.”

Coons went on to raise concerns about the implications of all this turnover.

“I think these abrupt changeovers in his leadership team, while they might make for great television, and they might work well on a TV show where your signature line is ‘You’re fired!,’ doesn’t make for predictable or steady management of the senior levels of the administration,” he said.

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Christian Bale gives Robert Pattinson’s Batman casting his seal of approval

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Warner Bros. and © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) — Christian Bale is loving the fact that Robert Pattinson will play the next Batman.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Bale said he’s very excited about the new Caped Crusader.  The Dark Knight actor gushed, “Wonderful choice for Batman!”  He also called Pattinson “an absolutely fantastic actor.”

Fan reactions have been mixed, with the naysayers associating Pattinson with the Twilight phenomenon that gripped the nation nearly a decade ago.

Despite that, Bale — who played Batman in three critically-acclaimed films from 2005 to 2012 — is telling the public to get over it, and wishes Pattinson “all the best.”

The now-33-year-old Pattinson did admit that he was unsure about the casting in Matt Reeves’ The Batman — until he put on the suit.  In an interview with Variety last month, Pattinson revealed, “I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.'”

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J. Lo is working the pole in ‘Hustlers’ — and making marriage work thanks to RBG

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Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Actress, singer, dancer and fashion icon Jennifer Lopez is back on the big screen in Hustlers, and the superstar’s performance already has some award show buzz.

The film about strippers fleecing Wall Street high rollers was inspired by true events.  But as JLo told ABC’s Good Morning America, “It’s a movie that…goes deeper than maybe you think it does.”

“This movie was produced by women, written and directed by women, edited by women and has a cast of all women,” J. Lo said proudly, adding, “The men love it, too!”

Lopez explained that a large focus of the film is her character Ramona’s friendship with co-star Constance Wu’s character.

“Right away Constance and I sort of hit it off in that way,” the actress said. “We had a natural chemistry.”

And Jennifer reveals that playing a pole dancer took a lot of work — and a toll.

“My core was on fire and I literally had bruises all over my legs — just trying to learn this in a short amount of time,” Lopez recalled.

Meanwhile, Jennifer told GMA she was in Washington, D.C. earlier this summer for her “It’s My Party” tour, and she got the opportunity to meet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“I admire her so much for all the things she’s done, standing up for minorities and women and fighting for justice in this country, but also for her marriage,” Lopez said. In fact, she asked RBG for some wisdom on the topic.

“I was like, ‘What’s the secret?'” Lopez said. “She was just like, ‘Sometimes it just helps to be a little bit deaf — if you hear an unkind word, let it go.’ It was super-wise.”

Hustlers, which also stars Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl and Lizzo, opens Friday.

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Ginger Zee calls for mental health acceptance on World Suicide Prevention Day

ABC News(NEW YORK) — For World Suicide Prevention Day, ABC News’ chief meteorologist Ginger Zee opened up about her own battle with depression and called for more to be done to take “care of our minds as well as we take care of our bodies.”

“I want the ability to go to a hospital because you’re mentally ill to be just like going to a hospital for anything else that you’re ill for,” she told ABC News. “I want an annual checkup to always include mental health — because we should be taking care of our minds as well as we take care of our bodies.”

The mother of two, who rose to fame for her coverage of severe weather on Good Morning America, revealed in her book Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One, that weeks before she began working at ABC News in 2011, she checked herself into a mental health hospital to seek treatment.

Zee, 38, has openly addressed many aspects of her personal life, including being involved in an emotionally abusive relationship and her battle with depression, which gave readers a rare glimpse of aspects of her life not shown on TV.

“I want it to be regular for people to find meditation and all these alternative ways of addressing what’s happening [in our head] to be accepted,” she said.

Zee also noted that rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol in our society is “fully accepted.”

“I want mental health rehabilitation to feel like that,” she said.

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French court rules employer responsible for worker’s death after sex

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DNY59/iStock(PARIS) — The Paris Court of Appeal made a ruling that during a business trip, an employer is liable for any employee accidents — or an employee’s death — in just about any circumstance.

Xavier, a railway construction technician, died of a heart attack while on a business trip in the Loiret province, about 60 miles south of Paris. The man was found dead at the home of a woman with whom he had just had sex.

The case dates back to 2013. In its judgment dated May 27, 2019, relayed by labor lawyer Sarah Balluet, the court ruled the death a “workplace accident,” setting a pathway for workplace compensation.

The worker’s health insurance fund (Cpam), a party in the case, particularly stressed the fact that sexual intercourse “relates to acts of everyday life like to take a shower or a meal.”

The fact that the employee had sex in a place other than the hotel room booked by his employer does not, according to the court, signify “that he had placed himself outside the sphere of authority of the employer.”

Xavier had worked for TSO, a railway construction company, reported Quartz. The company failed to sway the court with its argument that the worker’s death “occurred when he had knowingly interrupted his mission for a reason solely dictated by his personal interest, independent of his job.”

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