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Diahann Carroll, pioneering actress known for ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty,’ dead at 84

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Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia,” has died. She was 84.

Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine.”

But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on “Julia.” Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.

Although she was not the first black woman to star in her own TV show (Ethel Waters played a maid in the 1950s series “Beulah”), she was the first to star as someone other than a servant.

NBC executives were wary about putting “Julia” on the network during the racial unrest of the 1960s, but it was an immediate hit.

It had its critics, though, including some who said Carroll’s character, who is the mother of a young son, was not a realistic portrayal of a black American woman in the 1960s.

“They said it was a fantasy,” Carroll recalled in 1998. “All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family.”

Not shy when it came to confronting racial barriers, Carroll won her Tony portraying a high-fashion American model in Paris who has a love affair with a white American author in the 1959 Richard Rodgers musical “No Strings.” Critic Walter Kerr described her as “a girl with a sweet smile, brilliant dark eyes and a profile regal enough to belong on a coin.”

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Justin Bieber, PETA in cat fight: ‘PETA can suck it’

“Baby, baby, baby, nooooooo,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange about Justin Bieber spending $35,000 on two part-exotic kittens, Sushi and Tuna.

The singer, 25, reportedly spent $20,000 on one kitten (Sushi) and $15,000 on the other (Tuna).

Sushi and Tuna are part-domestic cat and part-African Serval and were purchased from the Illinois-based breeder Select Exotics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Having learned this, PETA expressed their disappointment to People.

“Justin Bieber could inspire his fans around the world to save a life by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter — rather than fueling the dangerous demand for hybrid cats, contributing to the animal overpopulation crisis, and proving that when it comes to helping animals, his stance so far is ‘I don’t care,'” said Lange.

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(Courtesy of @justinbieber via Instagram )

Bieber took his anger to Instagram, saying “PETA can suck it” on his Instagram story of a screenshot of People’s article about PETA’s opinion on Bieber’s cats.

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(Courtesy of @justinbieber via Instagram )

“PETA go focus on real problems. Like poaching, and animal brutality. Ur tripping because I want a specific kind of cat? U weren’t tripping when I got my dog Oscar and he wasn’t a rescue…every pet we get must be a rescue? I believe in adopting rescues but I also think there are preferences and that’s what breeders are for,” the “U Smile” singer proceeded to write on his Instagram story.

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“PETA go help with all of the plastic in the ocean, and leave my beautiful cats alone,” tagging the Instagram account dedicated to his cats.

The two feline Bieber family members have their own Instagram account, which has over 259,000 followers and documents the adorable kittens’ daily adventures.

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Bieber just recently married model Hailey Baldwin, 22, in a private ceremony in South Carolina.

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The couple has been on and off for years and were officially reconfirmed dating in June 2018 and engaged in July 2018. The power couple officially wed in New York in Sept. 2018 and celebrated their nuptials on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

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McDonald’s fan-favorite McRib returning to menus

If sweet isn’t your thing this Halloween season, McDonald’s has got you covered.

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The fast food chain has announced the return of its saucy fan-favorite McRib, which will hit menus at 10,000 restaurants nationwide starting Oct. 7.

The boneless pork sandwich, which is made with a tangy barbecue sauce and topped with onions and pickles on a long seeded roll, has earned cult status over the years for its limited-time run.

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The fast food chain has announced the return of its saucy fan-favorite McRib, which will hit menus at 10K restaurants nationwide starting Oct. 7. (McDonald’s)

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“We’re always listening to our customers and we know the McRib has some of the most loyal fans,” Chef Chad Schafer, Senior Director of Culinary Innovation & Commercialization at McDonald’s USA said in a statement. “This year we’re excited to give every McRib fan new ways to show their love for the sandwich with our saucy McRib GIFS so they can celebrate the season no matter where they live.”

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The sandwich usually rolls out around the fall, sticking around for about four to six weeks before being whisked off once again. Last year, the iconic sandwich returned to menus in November.

McRib lovers can check the McRib tracker to find participating locations serving the sandwich – and post about their adoration on Instagram, which McDonald’s has loaded up with McRib GIFs to celebrate “SZN greetings” during #McRibSZN.

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Blistering heat and little rain is causing a ‘flash drought’ in the South

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The South has endured a double whammy of blistering heat and a lack of significant rainfall over the past few weeks, triggering what climate experts are calling a “flash drought.” 

The drought, which is affecting 45 million people in 14 states, is cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires.

“Typically we look at drought as being a slow onset, slow-developing type phenomenon compared to other disasters that rapidly happen, so this flash drought term came about,” said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center. “The idea is that it’s more of a rapidly developing drought situation compared to what we typically see.”

The relentless summer heat is forecast to finally come to an end over the next couple of days in many areas of the Deep South, the culmination of a brutal stretch of temperatures more typical of mid-July than early October. 

Fall foliage: Unusual warmth and dryness have delayed fall foliage across the country

Scores of records have been set this week with high temperatures soaring into the mid-to upper 90s from Texas to the Carolinas. In fact, from Tuesday through Thursday, 75 locations stretching from the Deep South to the Ohio Valley, eastern Great Lakes and Northeast either tied or set a new all-time October record high, the Weather Channel reported.

This week, most of the Deep South has been hotter than Death Valley, where highs were in the low 90s Wednesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.  

“The same stubborn high-pressure ridging that has been predominant over the Southeast U.S. has brought record high temperatures, a drier air mass and lack of rainfall,” David Zierden, state climatologist for Florida, at Florida State University, told the Wall Street Journal. “So it is all tied together.”

The heat has been in place for weeks: The U.S. Drought Monitor, published weekly by a consortium of government agencies, said that “many areas had their warmest and driest September on record, accelerating the drought conditions in the region with dryness going back eight to 10 weeks now with associated high temperatures.”

The rapid growth of this drought and continued dry weather into October are largely due to a stuck weather pattern that includes a stagnant bubble of high pressure over the Southeast and a jet stream that continues to pull moisture from northern Mexico into the Midwest without much intrusion into the Southeast, the Weather Channel said.

As a whole, the Earth sweltered through its hottest September on record, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said Friday.

The flash drought has been putting stress on a wide variety of crops across the South, including cotton in Alabama, peanuts in Georgia and tobacco in Virginia.

In Mississippi, wildfires have been on the rise, Gov. Phil Bryant said this week, as he ordered a statewide burn ban. Outdoor burning is also restricted in parts of several other states including Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to the drought center.

The drought was also affecting some water supplies across the region, including Georgia’s Lake Lanier, which supplies much of Atlanta’s water. 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Impeachment Investigators Question Intelligence Watchdog About Whistle-Blower

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WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Friday questioned the intelligence community watchdog who first fielded the whistle-blower complaint that has spurred a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, as Democrats sought to uncover more evidence of a politically motivated White House pressure campaign on Ukraine.

Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, had received the complaint and conducted his own preliminary investigation into its validity before seeking to deliver it to Congress. He arrived on Capitol Hill Friday morning for a briefing behind closed doors in the basement of the Capitol.

The meeting kicked off another day of fast-moving developments in the House impeachment investigation into allegations that Mr. Trump and his administration worked to bend America’s diplomatic apparatus for his own benefit, trying to pressure Ukraine’s government to help dig up dirt on his political rivals.

In addition to speaking with Mr. Atkinson, lawmakers were expected to subpoena the White House for a vast trove of documents related to the Ukraine matter, and hinted at other requests. A significant subpoena deadline for the State Department to hand over similar material in its possession was also scheduled to arrive by the end of the day.

Even as they worked, lawmakers from both parties continued Friday morning to try to make sense of a tranche of text messages between American diplomats and a top aide to the Ukrainian president. Those text messages were released late Thursday night, and called into question the truthfulness of Mr. Trump’s claim that there had been no quid pro quo attached to his pressing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his son and other Democrats.

Democrats on Capitol Hill hoped Mr. Atkinson’s account would boost their efforts to build a fuller narrative of what transpired between the two countries.

A Trump appointee, Mr. Atkinson set off the present saga less than a month ago when he notified Congress’s intelligence committees that he had received an anonymous whistle-blower complaint that he deemed to be “urgent” and credible. The acting director of national intelligence intervened initially to block Mr. Atkinson from sharing the complaint with Congress, but ultimately the Trump administration relented and allowed its public release.

In the complaint, the whistle-blower wrote that multiple government officials had provided him information that “the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

Specifically, he said that Mr. Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, had pressed Ukraine to conduct the investigations, potentially using the prospect of a meeting that the new Ukrainian president badly wanted with Mr. Trump and withholding $391 million in security aid earmarked for the country as leverage to secure the investigations. The White House tried to cover up aspects of the events, the complaint said.

Mr. Atkinson has already appeared once before the House Intelligence Committee, but he was barred then from speaking in detail about the complaint. Now, lawmakers expect him to detail what steps he took to verify elements of the complaint and conclude it was credible. He could possibly identify other government officials with knowledge of the events described in it.

Details of the complaint, including a July call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, have already been verified. The text messages released late Thursday also appeared to comport with elements of the complaint.

As they debriefed Mr. Atkinson, Democrats prepared to issue an unusually long and expansive subpoena to the White House for documents related to the Ukraine matter, any attempts to hide evidence related to it, as well as other conversations between Mr. Trump and foreign leaders that touched on similar topics.

Republicans accused Democrats of not giving them a chance to provide input on the subpoena.

How the White House and the State Department respond to their respective requests could significantly shape the impeachment investigation going forward. Many of the records the Democrats are requesting are highly sensitive and would typically be subject in almost any White House to claims of executive privilege.

Under normal circumstances, the White House could make such a claim and mount a competitive defense in court

But that may not help Mr. Trump’s case politically under the present circumstances. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen leading the inquiry have consistently warned the White House that noncompliance with their requests will be viewed as obstruction of Congress, a potentially impeachable offense in and of itself.

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Blistering heat and little rain is causing a ‘flash drought’ in the South

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NASA’s ECOSTRESS instrument will measure the temperature of plants from space to study how drought conditions affect plant health. Buzz60

The South has endured a double whammy of blistering heat and a lack of significant rainfall over the past few weeks, triggering what climate experts are calling a “flash drought.” 

The drought, which is affecting 45 million people in 14 states, is cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires.

“Typically we look at drought as being a slow onset, slow-developing type phenomenon compared to other disasters that rapidly happen, so this flash drought term came about,” said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center. “The idea is that it’s more of a rapidly developing drought situation compared to what we typically see.”

The relentless summer heat is forecast to finally come to an end over the next couple of days in many areas of the Deep South, the culmination of a brutal stretch of temperatures more typical of mid-July than early October. 

Fall foliage: Unusual warmth and dryness have delayed fall foliage across the country

Scores of records have been set this week with high temperatures soaring into the mid-to upper 90s from Texas to the Carolinas. In fact, from Tuesday through Thursday, 75 locations stretching from the Deep South to the Ohio Valley, eastern Great Lakes and Northeast either tied or set a new all-time October record high, the Weather Channel reported.

This week, most of the Deep South has been hotter than Death Valley, where highs were in the low 90s Wednesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.  

“The same stubborn high-pressure ridging that has been predominant over the Southeast U.S. has brought record high temperatures, a drier air mass and lack of rainfall,” David Zierden, state climatologist for Florida, at Florida State University, told the Wall Street Journal. “So it is all tied together.”

The heat has been in place for weeks: The U.S. Drought Monitor, published weekly by a consortium of government agencies, said that “many areas had their warmest and driest September on record, accelerating the drought conditions in the region with dryness going back eight to 10 weeks now with associated high temperatures.”

The rapid growth of this drought and continued dry weather into October are largely due to a stuck weather pattern that includes a stagnant bubble of high pressure over the Southeast and a jet stream that continues to pull moisture from northern Mexico into the Midwest without much intrusion into the Southeast, the Weather Channel said.

As a whole, the Earth sweltered through its hottest September on record, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said Friday.

The flash drought has been putting stress on a wide variety of crops across the South, including cotton in Alabama, peanuts in Georgia and tobacco in Virginia.

In Mississippi, wildfires have been on the rise, Gov. Phil Bryant said this week, as he ordered a statewide burn ban. Outdoor burning is also restricted in parts of several other states including Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia, according to the drought center.

The drought was also affecting some water supplies across the region, including Georgia’s Lake Lanier, which supplies much of Atlanta’s water. 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Andy McCarthy calls out Dems’ ‘Kabuki theater’: There are no subpoenas and no impeachment inquiry

House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is all but “Kabuki theater at this point,’ former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy McCarthy said Friday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, McCarthy argued that the way the media is reporting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s probe is “simply inaccurate about what’s going on.”

“For example, this whole idea that there is an impeachment inquiry: there’s not. The idea that there are subpoenas: there aren’t. And, I think a lot of people are consuming it as if it were true on face value and I really think if I were the White House what I would be worried about is breaking through that,” McCarthy told Hemmer.

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In an op-ed in The Hill, McCarthy wrote that congressional Democrats, to the contrary, are instead conducting the 2020 political campaign: “Democrats are mulishly determined to ram through an article of impeachment or two, regardless of whether the State Department and other agencies cooperate in the farce. Their base wants the scarlet-letter ‘I’ (impeachment) attached to Trump. The party hopes to rally the troops for the 2020 campaign against Trump…If Democrats truly thought they had a case, they wouldn’t be in such a rush—they’d want everyone to have time to study it. But they don’t have a case, so instead they’re giving us a show.”

House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry into the president after a whistleblower complaint suggested the president, during a July phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, tried to induce officials there to investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and their business dealings in that country.

“The question here is, was there a corrupt quid pro quo?” the Fox News contributor asked.

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On Thursday, the Trump administration confirmed with Fox News that they will send Pelosi a letter “daring” her to hold a vote on the impeachment inquiry.

The letter will say that the White House won’t comply with the Democrats’ investigation because Pelosi hasn’t codified the probe with a formal vote on the House floor. The letter will mirror the tone of a letter House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sent to the speaker on Thursday.

“I think it’s the right thing for him to do,” Andy McCarthy said. “The Constitution reposes the power to impeach solely in the House. Not in the Speaker of the House, the House.”

McCarthy said it would actually benefit the House if it wanted to go into court and try to enforce any information demands: “The first thing a court’s going to want to know is, ‘Has the House voted to have an impeachment inquiry?’ And, a lot hinges on that, including how much expansion a court would give a president’s claim of executive privilege and privilege over matters that are in the president’s duties under Article II.

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“If they really have grounds to seek the president’s impeachment, they not only should have a vote because it’s in their interests when they go to court to have a vote, they should be proud to have a vote,” McCarthy added.

He concluded: “If [House Democrats] really think they have grounds to remove the President of the United States from power, then the House should speak as one as an institution and vote that way.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Upcoming NBC political drama enlists CNN reporter Dana Bash for expertise: report

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NBC’s upcoming political drama set in Washington D.C. has enlisted CNN political correspondent Dana Bash to serve as a consulting producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show, which will be called “The Hill,” billed as a “high-stakes character drama that lives at the intersection of media and Capitol Hill, where everything is transacted: information, love, sex, fame and power,” according to THR.

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“It will focus on the gifted, flawed and fascinating people who call that world home,” THR’s Rick Porter wrote.

While it may seem odd that an NBC program would require a CNN political consultant, when NBC News employs dozens of political reporters itself, the show is actually being created by Sony Pictures TV.

NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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“Hawaii Five-0” and “Scorpion” writer Paul Grellong will work on the project, along with Bash and a group of other TV industry veterans including a former “Larry King Live” executive producer, according to the report.

Bash is CNN’s chief political correspondent, covering all things Trump along with the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the liberal network. She plays a major role in CNN’s election coverage and was a White House correspondent during the George W. Bush’s administration.

Bash also appeared in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and Netflix political drama “House of Cards.”

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McConnell vows to block Trump impeachment in fundraising pitch

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Volker Gives New Details on Giuliani’s Role in Ukraine Policy

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WASHINGTON — The former State Department special envoy for Ukraine told congressional investigators that Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, insisted that Ukraine specifically commit to investigate involvement in the 2016 election and a firm tied to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

During testimony behind closed doors on Thursday, Kurt D. Volker, the special envoy, said Mr. Giuliani rejected a generic draft statement that Ukraine’s government had agreed to issue committing to fighting corruption generally. While Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to pressure Ukraine have been known, Mr. Volker’s account provides new details about how the president’s personal lawyer inserted himself into foreign policy to benefit Mr. Trump politically.

Mr. Giuliani “said that in his view, the statement should include specific reference to ‘Burisma’ and ‘2016,’” Mr. Volker told the investigators, according to a person who has seen the testimony. “There was no mention of Vice President Biden in these conversations.”

But Burisma was the Ukrainian energy company on whose board Mr. Biden’s son Hunter Biden served for $50,000 a month, and the Ukrainians clearly understood that Mr. Giuliani’s interest in an investigation into the firm was aimed at finding damaging information about the former vice president, who had led dealings with Ukraine while in office.

“I edited the draft statement by Mr. Yermak to include these points to see how it looked,” Mr. Volker testified, referring to Andrey Yermak, a top adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. “I then discussed further with Mr. Yermak. He said that for a number of reasons” that “they do not want to mention Burisma and 2016.”

“I agreed,” Mr. Volker added, “and further said that I believe it is essential that Ukraine do nothing that could be seen as interfering in 2020 elections. It is bad enough that accusations have been made about 2016 — it is essential that Ukraine not be involved in anything relating to 2020. He agreed and the idea of putting out a statement was shelved.”

Mr. Volker, a former ambassador to NATO under President George W. Bush who was serving as special envoy part time without pay, emphasized to the congressional investigators that he was kept out of the loop on the president’s efforts to prompt an investigation of Mr. Biden and not on Mr. Trump’s July 25 call with Mr. Zelensky that has sparked an impeachment inquiry.

Mr. Volker sought in his testimony to distance himself from the pressure campaign by the president and Mr. Giuliani. At no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden,” he told investigators.

“Moreover,” he added, “as I was aware of public accusations about the vice president, several times I cautioned the Ukrainians to distinguish between highlighting their own efforts to fight corruption domestically, including investigating Ukrainian individuals — something we support as a matter of U.S. policy — and doing anything that could be seen as impacting U.S. elections, which is in neither the United States’ nor Ukraine’s own interests.”

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