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TV’s M*A*S*H And Broadway Actor David Ogden Stiers Dies At 75

David Ogden Stiers, an actor best known for playing a surgeon on the “M.A.S.H.” television series, has died. He was 75. The actor’s agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed Saturday night in an email that Stiers died after battling bladder cancer. No additional details were provided, but Stubbs’ agency tweeted that Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, on Saturday.  Stiers played Maj. Charles Winchester III on “M.A.S.H.” beginning in its sixth season. He also did voice acting in several Disney animated films, voicing the character Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast” and played characters in “Lilo & Stitch” and “Pocahontas.” Stiers received two Emmy nominations for his work on M.A.S.H.  In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay. He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because he thought coming out might have had repercussions in relation to his “family-friendly” voice-over work.   ...Read more

Sir Roger Bannister, First Person To Break The Four-Minute Mile, Passes Away At 88

Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88. The Bannister family released a statement confirming the news on Sunday morning.  In it, they noted the legendary runner “died peacefully” and “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him as he was loved by them.”  Bannister made history on May 6, 1954, when he completed the mile distance in a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in Oxford, England. Additionally, in the same race Bannister also won gold at the 1954 Commonwealth Games over the same distance.  Bannister went on to become a neurologist after his athletics career came to an end in 1954.  He was then knighted in 1975. Bannister was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, but kept his spirits high, saying: “I do not want to make a fuss,” he said of the disease in 2014. “I make as light of it as I can.” ...Read more

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley Progressing In Recovery From Ankle Surgery

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is making progress in his recovery from ankle surgery. The 30-year-old Brantley has progressed to lateral agility drills as he works his way back from right ankle surgery in October with an eye toward playing as much as possible this season. It is unsure if this means he will be ready for Cleveland’s opener at Seattle, however.  The two-time All-Star needed two surgeries to fix his shoulder and played in just 11 games in 2016, missing Cleveland’s run to the World Series. He appeared to be back on track last year before he injured his ankle while chasing a fly ball to left during a game on Aug. 8.  ...Read more

Russia’s Vladimir Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.   Putin said a nuclear attack on any of Moscow’s allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response. But in Washington, officials cast doubt on whether Russia has added any new capabilities to its nuclear arsenal beyond those already known to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The Trump administration also accused Moscow of violating a Cold War-era treaty which banned nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 300-3,400 miles. “President Putin has confirmed what the United States government has known all along, which Russia has denied: Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. ...Read more

Dow Plunges More Than 350 Points After President Trump Says U.S. Will Impose Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Imports

Stocks fell on Thursday after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will implement tariffs on steel and aluminum imports next week. The Dow Jones industrial average traded 358 points lower after rising more than 150 points earlier in the day. The 30-stock index fell as much as 586 points.  The U.S. will set tariffs of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum, President Trump said. It is unclear whether they will apply to all imports or only metals from certain countries.  ...Read more

Detroit Tigers Pitcher Travis Wood Leaves Game With Sprained Knee

Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Travis Wood left Thursday’s game after slipping on the infield grass and injuring his left knee.  The Tigers have described the injury as a sprain. Wood was making his spring debut after being sidelined by an offseason finger injury . While pitching in the fourth inning, he caught a line drive and then trapped a baserunner between second and third base in a rundown. Upon pivoting toward second base, he fell immediately and grabbed his leg.  No other details were available at press time.  Wood, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers this winter after pitching for the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres in 2017.  ...Read more

“Fixer Upper” Stars Chip And Joanna Gaines Announce New HGTV Series

Chip and Joanna Gaines have a new series coming to HGTV. Called Fixer Upper: Behind the Design, the half-hour-long project will give fans a peek behind the stars’ design process as they execute overhauls. The first of the 15 episodes will air on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The premiere is scheduled for just after the main Fixer Upper series. “I can’t wait to show our fans how every piece of the design comes together before the final reveal,” Joanna said in a statement. “I want to nail every detail so that, when we walk away, Chip and I know we’ve given a family the one-of-a-kind home of their dreams.” Exclusive photos and video will be available to viewers online a the following link:  HGTV.com/FixerUpperBehindtheDesign ...Read more

Police Called To Tori Spelling’s Home Amid Reports Of ‘Nervous Breakdown’

Police rushed to the home of Tori Spelling in Los Angeles after a 911 caller reported that the celebrity was having a “nervous breakdown.” Officers were called to Spelling’s home on Thursday morning, March 1st, after an anonymous call was made at around 7:00 reported that Spelling was behaving in a “very aggressive” way, according to TMZ. While she reportedly didn’t have any weapons, she was agitated enough for someone in the house to call 911.  Spelling is also said to have dialed 911 the night before because she thought someone was breaking into her home, but it just turned out to be her husband, Dean McDermott, coming home. Earlier Wednesday evening, she had been out for the evening with ‘The Bachelor’ star Corinne Olympios. Spelling has reportedly dealt with mental health issues in the past. ...Read more

Former E! Staffer Says He Witnessed Misconduct By Ryan Seacrest Against His Former Stylist

An anonymous industry source claimed to have witnessed E!’s Ryan Seacrest acting inappropriately toward his former stylist in an interview with Today on Wednesday.  Former stylist Suzie Hardy has accused Seacrest of sexually harassing and assaulting her over the six years that she was employed by the network from 2007-13, including grabbing her crotch multiple times. On the Today show, the unnamed source corroborated Hardy’s account.  Seacrest, 43, has staunchly denied Hardy’s allegations, and his network is standing by him as he’s set to host E!’s Oscars coverage Sunday. Seacrest has accused Hardy of attempting to blackmail him; however Hardy’s attorney, Howard E. King, said of Seacrest’s denial statement: “Not only is that false, but it is an attempt to smear the victim and divert attention from her very specific and supportable claims.” ...Read more