Alex Trebek is “still here” for 36th season of ‘Jeopardy!’

Entertainment News  Alex Trebek is "still here" for 36th season of 'Jeopardy!'


ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Jeopardy! is back, and so is its venerable host, Alex Trebek.

“Today, Jeopardy! begins its 36th season on the air, and I’m happy to report I’m still here,” announced the 79-year-old to open Monday’s season premiere.

Trebek, who went public earlier this year about his fight with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, announced a couple of weeks ago that he’s “on the mend.”

Trebek told People magazine in May that some of his tumors had “shrunk by almost 50 percent” and that he was “near remission.”

Calling the response to his illness “mind-boggling,” he credited his fans for their “good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers.”

Trebek added, “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never, ever minimize the value of that.”

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

‘We have to be very careful,’ Trump says of allowing Dorian evacuees into US

WORLD NEWS 'We have to be very careful,' Trump says of allowing Dorian evacuees into US

goralikus/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied on Monday that people fleeing the devastation in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian have been turned away from the United States by his agency because they did not have proper documentation.

“We will accept anyone on humanitarian reasons that needs to come here,” acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a news conference at the White House. “If your life is in jeopardy and you’re in the Bahamas and you want to get to the United States, you’re going to be allowed to come to the United States, whether you have travel documents or not.”

But soon after Morgan’s news conference, his boss, President Donald Trump, seemed to contradict him by saying that anyone coming to the United States from the Bahamas will not be allowed into the country without proper documentation.

“We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation because, look, the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t supposed to be there,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before embarking on a trip to North Carolina, where he planned to tour areas hard hit by Dorian.

“I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members, and some very, very bad drug dealers. So, we’re going to be very strong on that,” the president said.

On Sunday, about 100 people who had hoped to come to the United States on a high-speed ferry being used to evacuate hurricane-ravaged victims to Florida, were ordered off by its operator for not have proper documentation.

“Please, all passengers that don’t have a U.S. visa, please proceed to disembark,” a crew member said over a loudspeaker, according to a cellphone video obtained by Miami TV station WSVN-TV.

“At the last minute like this, it’s kind of disappointing,” Renard Oliver, one of the evacuees who disembarked with his baby daughter, told WSVN. “It’s hurtful because I’m watching my daughter cry, but it is what it is.”

Morgan acknowledged there was “confusion,” but appeared to lay the blame on the ferry operator.

“We’re not … telling the cruise line that you cannot allow anyone without documents. That’s just not being done,” Morgan said.

In an earlier statement Monday, CBP officials said that once they learned the vessel was “preparing to embark with an unknown number of passengers” in Freeport, a city on Grand Bahama Island, they reached out to the ferry operator and requested they coordinate with the U.S. and Bahamian government in Nassau before departing the Bahamas.

“Everyone who arrived to the United States from another country must present themselves to a CBP officer for inspection at an official CBP Port of Entry,” the statement reads. “All persons must possess a valid identity and travel documents.”

ABC News reached out to the ferry operator for comment, but had not heard back.

During his news conference, Morgan said CBP officials processed about 1,400 people in a couple of hours over the weekend after they were evacuated to Palm Beach, Florida, on a cruise ship.

Morgan said CBP is not processing people “with a blind eye.”

“But keep in mind, there are still people that are inadmissible to this country, there are still people coming here who still could have criminal convictions,” he said. “We are going to process them and handle them normally to make sure this country is safe.”

He said the Trump administration is also considering granting Temporary Protected Status to some evacuees of the Bahamas.

“I think that would be appropriate to have that circumstance,” Morgan said. “History shows we’ve done that before. So if history shows that it’s taken a long time to get the Bahamas back to where the people can return, I’m sure that will be a discussion that we’ll be having.”

Dorian slammed the Bahamas on Sept. 2, blowing ashore as a monster Category 5 hurricane, tying the record for the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall.

The hurricane killed at least 50 people, but Bahamian government officials said the death toll is likely to grow dramatically as search crews comb hundreds of wrecked homes in search for bodies. Bahamian Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands told ABC News on Sunday that it is possible some victims were washed out to sea and may never be found.

The hurricane left about 76,000 people homeless and in need of assistance in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, according to the United Nations.

Bahamas Power and Light Company said on Monday that the power grid on the Abaco Islands was totally destroyed and will have to be completely rebuilt.

“There are no standing electricity poles along the 16-mile stretch from Marsh Harbour to Treasure Cay” in the Abaco Islands, according to the power company’s statement. “Our infrastructure along that stretch has been obliterated.”

The agency went on the say that a primary concern of the reconstruction effort will be housing people displaced by the hurricane.

“There is nothing left standing in the Central and North Abaco that can house the numbers of people required to do the work,” the statement reads.

Massive amounts of drinking water and other supplies continue to pour into the island nation, much of it from the United States.

John Michael-Clark, co-chairman of the Disaster Relief and Reconstruction Committee in the Bahamas, said two relief centers are being established in hard-hit Marsh Harbour to help people rebuild their homes immediately. He estimated the relief centers could house around 4,000 people.

But Michael-Clark warned the reconstruction effort will be long.

“These could be there anywhere from 180 days and 365 days depending on what happens in our assessments,” he said.

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

President Trump declares peace talks with the Taliban ‘dead’

WORLD NEWS President Trump declares peace talks with the Taliban 'dead'

zabelin/iStock(WASHINGTON) — After calling off a secret meeting with the Taliban at Camp David this weekend, President Donald Trump declared that Afghanistan peace talks are officially dead.

“They are dead, they are dead,” Trump told reporters on the White House south lawn. “As far as I’m concerned, they are dead.”

On Saturday night, the president announced that he cancelled a meeting with Taliban leaders, and separately, the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, after the Taliban took credit for a car bombing that killed a United States service member and eleven others.

For months, the United States has been negotiating a peace deal that would potentially bring an end to the 18-year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history.

As the peace deal was reaching the final stretch of negotiations, the president, who views himself as a masterful deal-maker, wanted to play a role in the talks himself.

“They thought they had to kill people in order to put themselves in a little better negotiating position,” Trump said. “When I heard, very simply, that they killed one of our soldiers and 12 other innocent people, I said ‘There is no way I’m meeting on that basis. There is no way I’m meeting.’ They did a mistake. And by the way they are telling people they made a big mistake. They are saying it loud and clear that they made a big mistake.”

Despite saying talks with the Taliban are now off the table, the president said discussions are ongoing with the Afghan government. The Afghan government said that they welcomed the president’s decision to cancel a meeting with the Taliban, but said they fear it could lead to more violence.

“Unfortunately, the war will intensify too, but at the rate the Taliban have been dying they cannot last long,” the Afghans said in a statement.

It’s been unclear where the decision to squelch peace talks leaves his longstanding campaign promise to draw down troops. A White House official said the president, who has said he plans to lower the number of troops in Afghanistan down to 8,600, is considering a potential withdrawal plan that does not include a peace deal with the Taliban.

“We are looking at that, and we are thinking about that,” Trump said of pulling troops out of Afghanistan. “We would like to get out, but we will get out at the right time.”

The president’s invitation to host the Taliban at Camp David, the storied presidential retreat in rural Maryland, was met with criticism by Republicans, Democrats and, reportedly, even some of his own senior advisers. The president decided to host the meeting at Camp David after a session a week ago at the White House with national security advisers, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to an administration official.

But Trump denied that he rejected advice from Vice President Mike Pence and Bolton to not hold the meetings. Instead, Trump took credit for the idea to host the militant group at Camp David and noted it was better to meet there than the White House.

“No actually, in terms of advisers I took my own advice,” Trump said. “I liked the idea of meeting. I’ve met with a lot of bad people and a lot of good people during the course of the last almost three years.”

“There have been plenty of so-called bad people brought up to Camp David for meetings. And the alternative was the White House and you wouldn’t have been happy with that either,” Trump said.

A spokesperson for the vice president did not deny that he encouraged the president to not meet with the Taliban at Camp David, and said in a statement Pence “reserves his counsel for the President, and anyone claiming to know his thoughts on the matter aside from the President is mistaken.”

The vice president tweeted, “That’s Absolutely Right Mr. President. More Fake News! The Dishonest Media never contacted our office before running with this story and if they had, we would have told them I FULLY support your decision.”

Some Republicans breathed a sigh of relief that the talks were called off.

“I think it’s pretty clear the Taliban is not a reliable negotiating party. It wouldn’t have been my choice to have them come to Camp David, particularly now. Hopefully we’ll find a way forward,” Sen. Mitt Romney said.

“Now, I don’t know the details of the meeting with the Taliban, who started it, who was invited, but I do know this: we shouldn’t be negotiating with a group that’s killing young Americans at the same time,” said Sen. Joe Kennedy of Louisiana.

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

Court denies custody for parents who stopped chemo for 4-year-old son with cancer

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A court has denied parents custody of their 4-year-old son with cancer after the Florida couple stopped chemotherapy treatments earlier this year.

Hillsborough County Judge Thomas Palermo announced the ruling to parents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball Monday afternoon. Their son, Noah McAdams, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in early 2019. McAdams and Bland-Ball stopped the child’s chemotherapy two days into treatment.

Bland-Ball could be seen crying after the ruling was announced.

The child will remain in the custody of his grandparents. However, the state does still have the option of returning custody to the parents in the future, the judge said. Palermo said the ruling was not a punishment, but instead done to protect the child.

Instead of chemo, McAdams and Bland-Ball turned to medical marijuana and CBD oil — the increasingly popular cannabis extract that’s sold over the counter.

“He had vicious mood swings, making him violent, making him very emotional, and he also started to lose his hair right away after the first treatment,” Bland-Ball said of her son in an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America in August.

McAdams and Bland-Ball took Noah to Kentucky where they sought a second opinion. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office had asked for the public’s help to locate the family after McAdams and Bland-Ball failed to bring Noah to the hospital for a medically necessary procedure on April 22.

“The parents have further refused to follow up with the life saving medical care the child needs,” the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “The parents have possible criminal child neglect charges pending.”

The parents were found one week later and the state of Florida placed Noah in the custody of his grandparents, who were ordered in May to resume chemotherapy.

Multiple hearings have since been held as McAdams and Bland-Ball fought to regain custody.

Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program, said the current protocol for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia has a 90 percent cure rate for patients who follow the treatment plan.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital confirmed this statistic for GMA.

Noah has been receiving both chemotherapy and CBD for treatment.

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Kim Kardashian West reveals possible lupus diagnosis: What to know

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian West got some tough news recently after seeing a doctor for exhaustion, nausea and swollen hands.

In what played out on Sunday’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the reality star and aspiring lawyer got some blood work done and got a positive test for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis antibodies.

As she broke down, the doctor warned her though that a false positive is sometimes a possibility, so they scheduled a follow up exam. Those results will presumably be shown later in this season.

On Twitter, Kardashian West opened up about the “rollercoaster of emotions” leading into getting the results.

“Thinking about the pain in my hands and what it could be is really scary and can get you in a scary head space. I was so anxious to just figure out what was wrong #KUWTK,” she added.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, where your own body’s antibodies are directed against cells in many different locations, leading to inflammation in the tissues and organs. It can affect the heart, kidneys, bones and joints, skin, eyes and more, said Dr. Kristen Kendrick, a resident physician with the ABC News Medical Unit.

Kendrick added that symptoms vary but can include joint pain or swelling, body aches, gastrointestinal complaints such as stomach pain and nausea, skin rashes or even ulcers in the mouth. Fatigue is the most common complaint occurring among Lupus patients.

Rheumatoid arthritis is also an autoimmune disease and has similar symptoms like fatigue or fever, but must include pain and stiffness in multiple joints.

There are a lot of rheumatoid antibodies and some are really sensitive, which can lead to false-positives, Kendrick said.

A tough diagnosis

As highlighted in the episode and by Kendrick, diagnosing autoimmune diseases can be tough and usually requires more testing after the first antibody tests to narrow down the correct disease. Sometimes, diagnosis may even require a tissue biopsy of an affected organ.

She added that there is currently no single, gold-standard test for Lupus.

“We typically use one of two scoring criteria that considers symptoms, physical findings and multiple different antibodies all together,” Kendrick said about lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Although females are affected more with rheumatoid arthritis, the condition is similar to lupus in that it’s “usually diagnosed in older people and has some different risk factors, such as smoking.” Both diseases do have an association with family history of autoimmune disease.

Kendrick also notes that it’s important to remember the symptoms Kardashian West describes could be present with many different illnesses, so it’s important to have a full evaluation by a health care provider that includes discussing your family history and a thorough physical exam.

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/9/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 9/9/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:


NY Yankees 5, Boston 0
Houston 15, Oakland 0
Cleveland 6, LA Angels 2

Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 2
NY Mets 3, Arizona 1
Milwaukee 8, Miami 3
Pittsburgh 6, San Francisco 4
Chi Cubs 10, San Diego 2

New Orleans 30, Houston 28
Oakland 24, Denver 16

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

Putin’s party suffers unusual losses in Moscow election after protests

WORLD NEWS Putin's party suffers unusual losses in Moscow election after protests

republica/iStock(MOSCOW) — Pro-Kremlin candidates suffered substantial losses in Moscow’s city council elections on Sunday, an unusual blow to president Vladimir Putin’s ruling party after weeks of protests this summer saw tens of thousands of people demonstrate over the barring of opposition candidates from the vote.

The city council itself has little power, but the anti-Kremlin opposition had targeted its elections in an effort to demonstrate the unpopularity of Putin’s party, United Russia. While the Russian president himself remains popular, his party’s support has plummeted in polling, particularly in the capital.

Russia’s top opposition leader Alexey Navalny hailed Sunday’s result as a victory of his strategy of tactical voting, in which he had called on people to vote for any candidate with the best chance of defeating the Kremlin’s pick. In practice, this largely meant voting for candidates from the Communist Party, which acts as a mostly tame opposition.

With all votes counted on Monday, the Kremlin saw its majority in the 45-seat Parliament slump from 40 to 24. The Communists took 13 seats, while the nationalist A Just Russia party took three.

The liberal Yabloko party, that is allied with Navalny, also won all four seats where it fielded candidates. United Russia’s leader in Moscow, Andrei Metelsky, also lost his seat.

Writing on his popular channel on the social media messenger, Telegram, Navalny called it a “fantastic result” and said it was proof his strategy, dubbed “Smart Voting,” worked.

Aware that the opposition’s candidates were unlikely to be allowed to participate, Navalny had called for people to make the tightly managed vote a “referendum” on United Russia. His group set up a website where people could learn which candidate would most likely defeat the pro-Kremlin candidates. A number of Russia’s best-known activists joined the campaign.

It was difficult to assess how much of the result in Moscow reflected Navalny’s tactical voting or people simply turning to the Communists. But in either case, it showed the growing unpopularity of United Russia. Shortly before the vote, a poll by Russia’s only independent pollster, the Levada Center, showed just 11% of Muscovites were ready to vote for the party. Another poll in June by the state’s own agency, VTsIOM, put it at only 22%.

Facing such numbers, United Russia ran all of its candidates in Moscow’s election as nominal “independents,” without their party affiliation.

Sunday saw local elections take place across Russia, with the Kremlin faring better elsewhere. United Russia though also suffered a stunning loss in the far-eastern city Khabarovsk, where the party lost all of its seats to the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and the Communists. The Kremlin had successes though in the governor races held Sunday, with all six of its candidates winning in the first round.

Moscow’s vote was the most closely watched though. The normally little-noticed election attracted major attention following this summer’s protests. They were sparked when authorities blocked virtually all anti-Kremlin candidates from running in mid-July. Tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations most Saturdays since then.

Authorities responded with the harshest crackdown in almost a decade, arresting hundreds and handing harsh prison sentences to several demonstrators. Police also raided the barred opposition candidates’ homes and jailed many of them, including Navalny.

After Sunday’s vote, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin called the elections, “Perhaps the most emotional and really competitive in all of recent history,” despite the absences of the anti-Kremlin candidates.

The poor showing for the party is worrying for the Kremlin, coming as Putin’s own approval ratings have reached their lowest in years, though they remain relatively high. The party’s unpopularity is particularly alarming with national parliamentary elections due to take place in 2021. The elections, combined with the crackdown on the protests, have galvanised the part of the population opposed to the Kremlin and the lack of political freedoms in the country.

At a polling station in the Moscow suburb of Planernaya on Sunday, Daria Ozerova, a 36-year-old Russian-language teacher, said she had voted for the Communist candidate following Navalny’s advice.

“There is no other choice,” she said. “I’d like to have choice. We are here for competition. Real competition.”

In Moscow, Navalny’s tactical voting produced some bizarre outcomes. The city’s third district was won by Alexander Solovyev, an unknown figure who was widely believed to be a so-called “spoiler” candidate entered only to siphon votes away from a liberal candidate with the same name, Alexander Solovyev, a former head of the pro-democracy group, Open Russia. The real Solovyev in the end was barred from the election and then jailed, leaving the spoiler as the preferred candidate for Navalny’s tactical voting. With that backing, he unexpectedly defeated a pro-Kremlin candidate.

There were also some reports of vote rigging and dirty tricks across the country. The most controversial race was in Saint Petersburg, where the pro-Kremlin governor, Alexander Beglov, was facing an uphill struggle. Monitors there noted a 20% spike in turnout in the final two hours of voting, usually a tell-tale sign of mass ballot stuffing.

The independent monitoring group, Golos, said it had recorded 350 violations in St. Petersburg and 600 in Moscow.

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

As Disney Signature Collection edition of ‘Aladdin’ arrives; Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle explain why “A Whole New World” is still fans’ “happy place”

Entertainment News  As Disney Signature Collection edition of 'Aladdin' arrives; Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle explain why "A Whole New World" is still fans' "happy place"


Walt Disney(NEW YORK) — The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of Disney’s original Aladdin arrives on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Tuesday, featuring Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s award-winning duet “A Whole New World.”  It’s still the only song from a Disney animated film ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the duo thinks it’s because of the song’s universal concept — and because they were the ones who sang it.

Regina tells ABC Radio she wanted Peabo to duet with her because they’d worked together before.

“We had a musical chemistry prior to ‘A Whole New World,'” says Regina.

And a musical respect,” Peabo adds.

But Regina declares, “That ‘Whole New World’ concept…that is what really took us over the top. Because when you think about it, a ‘whole new world’ can be ascribed to most…everything…that has made a difference in your life.”

“It’s a song that represents every hope and every promise that you will ever have,” Peabo agrees. “I sang it in South Africa for the first time they allowed black South Africans to enter into the Miss South Africa beauty pageant.”

And because the video has been included on every release of Aladdin since the original, generations of fans continue to fall in love with it.

A song like ‘A Whole New World’…represents their happy place,” says Peabo. “They’re adults now, but [it] can still make them cry.”

Regina’s still surprised at how enduring the song is, considering how sick she was when they recorded it.

“Believe it or not, I had a fever, like, 102. I had bronchitis!” she laughs. “And…I’m literally in the booth taking medication and trying to sing all at the same time and voila! Look what we have. So I’m really, really amazed.”

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019

American film student held in Russian jail for medical marijuana, officials say

WORLD NEWS American film student held in Russian jail for medical marijuana, officials say

txking/iStock(MOSCOW) — A 19 year-old film student from New York has spent at least a week in a Russian jail facing drug charges after she was arrested with medical marijuana while visiting Saint Petersburg with her mother.

Audrey Lorber, from Staten Island, was arrested as she tried to fly out of Pulkovo Airport when Russian border agents allegedly found about 19 grams of marijuana on her, according to a statement posted by St. Petersburg’s Moskovsky district court.

Lorber had a prescription for the drug which she had brought with her from the U.S., according to investigators, but they considered the prescription to be not valid in Russia.

She was charged with drug possession and since then had been awaiting court hearings in a detention facility in St. Petersburg. Investigators said Lorber had pleaded guilty to the charges. It was unclear if she had a lawyer.

The court statement was made on Sept. 2 but it was not clear when Lorber was arrested. Lorber’s Instagram shows her travelling in Russia with her mother Rochelle from at least mid-July, including a visit to Moscow. Her last post was dated July 22, showing her and her mother laughing in the sunshine by St. Petersburg’s Neva River.

Russia has harsh drug laws, which police enforce aggressively and carry long prison sentences. The offense that Lorber is charged with — Article 228 of Russia’s criminal code — is nicknamed “the people’s charge” because it is so frequently used to jail people.

The charge is also notorious for being used in fabricated drugs cases.

ABC News chronicled another American’s 2-year jail odyssey in the Russian system on what he says were trumped-up drug charges.

And during the soccer World Cup last year Russian authorities reportedly allowed American and other foreign tourists to bring medical marijuana into Russia provided they could show a prescription. Marijuana is illegal in Russia, including for medical purposes and possession is aggressively prosecuted.

Lorber now studies at Pace University while also working at a restaurant, according to her Facebook profile.

Joey Guli, her boss at the Waterside Restaurant in Staten Island, told The New York Post that he had spoken to Lorber’s mother about two weeks ago and that she was scrambling to try to free her daughter. Guli described Audrey as a “stellar employee.”

“She has a career ahead of her and wants to be in the movie industry,” he said.

“All my customers love her,” he told The New York Post.

The U.S. State Department told ABC News that it was “aware of reports of a U.S. citizen arrested in Russia” and is ready to provide appropriate consular services.

“Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment at this time,” the department said in a statement.

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Posted On 10 Sep 2019