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HBO Max Sets Price ($15 a Month) and Target Date (Next May)

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BURBANK, Calif. — WarnerMedia executives took the stage on Tuesday to formally introduce the streaming service HBO Max, the future exclusive online home for “Game of Thrones,” “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” the Harry Potter films and movies centered on DC Comics superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

The big reveal, which came two hours into the event, was the cost of HBO Max: $15 a month.

That price puts the service at the top of the market. Netflix’s standard plan costs $13 a month. Apple charges $5 for Apple TV Plus, which will become available Friday. Disney Plus, the service from the Walt Disney Company scheduled to start Nov. 12, will charge $7. WarnerMedia was already charging $15 for HBO Now, a streaming service with content from HBO.

[Netflix goes all out to wow children.]

AT&T became the owner of HBO, CNN, Turner Broadcasting and the Warner Bros. television and film studio last year with its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. That deal changed the identity of the company, turning a telecommunications giant into a telecommunications-news-and-entertainment behemoth.

The longtime AT&T executive John Stankey became the head of the entertainment unit, which was named WarnerMedia. It will provide HBO Max with the content it needs to compete in the crowded streaming universe.

At the presentation, held at the Warner Bros. studio lot, the main architects of WarnerMedia offered details on HBO Max, which will be available in May.

HBO Max will offer some 10,000 hours of programming to start, much of which has been announced in recent months. One show that will not make it to HBO Max is a previously announced “Game of Thrones” prequel starring Naomi Watts. HBO said on Tuesday that the show had been scrapped.

Toward the event of the event, WarnerMedia announced a replacement for that series: “House of the Dragon,” a series set 300 years before the action of the “Game of Thrones” series. It is based on the book “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin, whose “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels were the source material for the epic HBO series, and it focuses on the House Targaryen.

Mr. Stankey spoke of the company’s worldwide reach at the start of the event. Later, the writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams, who signed a multiyear deal in June with WarnerMedia valued at roughly $500 million, took the stage. He gave no details of what his production company, Bad Robot, would come up with for HBO Max, except to say that he was working on the sci-fi show “Demimonde,” a program that has been in the works at HBO since 2018.

Kevin Reilly, the WarnerMedia chief content officer, said HBO Max would offer its original shows in HBO-style — that is, weekly. “Our creators see the difference of rolling out shows gradually and letting them breathe,” he said. Netflix, the leading streaming service, with 158 subscribers worldwide, releases its series all at once.

AT&T has said it aims to reach about 80 million subscribers for HBO Max by 2025, with 50 million coming from the United States. HBO has 35 million subscriptions, with nine million paying for the direct-to-consumer offering HBO Now. By contrast, Disney said it expected have 60 million to 90 million Disney Plus subscribers by 2024. Netflix’s subscriber base stands at 158 million.

“HBO’s new plan is to be something for everyone,” UBS Global Research said in its report anticipating WarnerMedia’s introduction. “The leader in the something for everyone business model, Netflix, spends considerably more on content, suggesting further increases to come.”

On Tuesday, the company announced a 10-episode sci-fi series, “Raised by Wolves,” from the director Ridley Scott. The project, centered on two aliens raising human children on a mysterious planet, recently completed production in South Africa.

Other HBO Max programs will include three new seasons of the British sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” CNN Films will provide a slate of documentaries and episodic series, including one on Anthony Bourdain. HBO Max has also acquired the rights to Studio Ghibli’s library of anime films including “My Neighbor Totoro” and the Oscar-winner “Spirited Away.”

[Studio Ghibli will join “Sesame Street” on HBO Max.]

The company has changed the release plan for “Superintelligence,” a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. Instead of making its debut in theaters in December, it will have its premiere on HBO Max at its 2020 debut. A comedy from the director Steven Soderbergh, “Let Them All Talk,” starring Meryl Streep, will also appear first on HBO Max, as will two movies from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company.

Joining these films is “Bobbie Sue,” the long-gestating Warner Bros. movie about a lawyer, played by Gina Rodriguez, who takes on a conservative law firm.

All 23 seasons of “South Park” will become available on the service next June, with three new seasons to follow, the company said. Other animated series headed to HBO Max include “The Boondocks,” “Robot Chicken” and the first three seasons of “Rick and Morty.”

New Looney Tunes Cartoons and classics from the vault will also stream at HBO Max.

Series that seem in keeping with the HBO brand are also on the docket, including “Americanah,” a 10-episode limited series based on the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, who will serve as executive producer; “Circe,” a 10-episode series based on Madeline Miller’s 2018 best-selling novel; and “Station Eleven,” a post-apocalyptic series adapted from the best seller by Emily St. John Mandel, to be directed by Hiro Murai, who is known for his work on the FX show “Atlanta.”

Ann Sarnoff, who was named the head of the Warner Bros. film and television studio in June, highlighted the studio’s upcoming slate — including the debut of “The Joker” — and its classic movie library, including films from Warner Bros., MGM and Criterion Classic, that will stream on HBO Max. Intended to replace the much-loved and now-defunct streaming site from Turner Classic Movies, Film Struck, the monthly offering will comprise classics that “can’t be seen anywhere else.”

There will also be competition and reality shows, including a matchmaking show produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Conan O’Brien, whose “Conan” is broadcast on TBS, will put together five stand-up comedy specials featuring up-and-coming comics for HBO Max, the company announced at the event.

HBO Max hopes to appeal to young viewers with four young-adult films from the uber-producer Greg Berlanti, including “UnPregnant,” which tracks two teenagers on a road trip to New Mexico to terminate a pregnancy before the start of college. A “Gossip Girl” reboot and “Grease: Rydell High,” a musical series, also play to that audience. On Tuesday, Mr. Berlanti revealed two new projects: “Green Lantern” based on the classic DC property and “Strange Adventures,” a one-hour anthology series featuring characters from across the DC canon.

HBO Max also announced that Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling will each produce a half-hour comedy series for the service. Ms. Banks will produce “DC Super Hero High,” a half-hour series set at a boarding school for gifted children. Ms. Rae’s show follows a female rap group from outside Miami trying to make it in the music industry. Ms. Kaling’s “College Girls” follows three freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont.

WarnerMedia made its presentation after AT&T’s third-quarter earnings report, in which it announced a steep decline in its DirecTV subscribers and an overall decline in profit. Elliott Management, one of Wall Street’s biggest and most aggressive hedge funds, which owns about 1 percent of AT&T shares, has been critical of the company’s move into entertainment. The success of HBO Max will figure into AT&T’s ability to stave off those investors.

Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, closed the event, saying, “This is not Netflix. This is not Disney. This is HBO Max. This company in the next three years will invest $4 billion in building HBO Max.”

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Missouri man breaks his own state record twice with enormous pumpkins

A Missouri man broke his own state record twice in one day with pumpkins each weighing more than 1,600 pounds.

Richard Bottorf, of Republic, Mo., which is about 25 minutes from Springfield, broke his record on October 5 at the Republic Pumpkin Daze festival.

Non-profit organization Republic Pumpkin Daze, wrote on their Facebook page earlier this month, ”Why break one state record when you can break two?”

“1,677 pounds on the first pumpkin was just an opener for Republic’s own Richard Bottorf. His second pumpkin was 1,798!”

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A forklift was needed to place Bottorf’s first pumpkin on an industrial-grade scale. Weighing 1,677  pounds, that pumpkin beat his own state record by more than 100 pounds, according to KSDK-TV, which added that the pumpkin’s reign as the record-holder only lasted a few minutes because the second one was 121 pounds larger. It also reportedly measured 16 feet around.

Bottorf has broken the Missouri state pumpkin record six times, starting with his first competitive pumpkin back in 2005, according to the station.

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Richard Bottorf, of Republic, Mo., which is about 25 minutes from Springfield, broke his record on October 5th at the Republic Pumpkin Daze festival. (Republic Pumpkin Daze)

“By using great seed genetics and the help of mother nature I was able to pull the feat off in 2019,” the station reported he said.

Bottorf carved the smaller of the pumpkins into a jack-o’-lantern, but the record pumpkin is now on a victory tour visiting schools and other locations, according to KY3-TV.

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“This pumpkin ranks No. 56 in the world,” the station reported Richard said.

In Missouri hot weather, high humidity and disease can stunt the growth of pumpkins, the television station reported, adding that the best place in the United States to grow large pumpkins is in the Pacific Northwest. The largest pumpkin in the world was grown in Belgium in 2016, weighing 2,624 pounds, according to Guinness World Records.

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White House Ukraine Expert Sought to Correct Transcript of Trump Call

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WASHINGTON — Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that the White House transcript of a July call between President Trump and Ukraine’s president omitted crucial words and phrases, and that his attempts to include them failed, according to three people familiar with the testimony.

The omissions, Colonel Vindman said, included Mr. Trump’s assertion that there were recordings of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. discussing Ukraine corruption, and an explicit mention by Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, of Burisma Holdings, the energy company whose board employed Mr. Biden’s son Hunter.

Colonel Vindman, who appeared on Capitol Hill wearing his dark blue Army dress uniform and military medals, told House impeachment investigators that he tried to change the reconstructed transcript made by the White House staff to reflect the omissions. But while some of his edits appeared to have been successful, he said, those two corrections were not made.

Colonel Vindman did not testify to a motive behind the editing process. But his testimony is likely to drive investigators to ask further questions about how officials handled the call, including changes to the transcript and the decision to put it into the White House’s most classified computer system — and whether those moves were meant to conceal the conversation’s most controversial aspects.

The phrases do not fundamentally change lawmakers’ understanding of the call, which was first reported by the C.I.A. whistle-blower whose complaint set off the impeachment inquiry. There are plenty of other examples of Mr. Trump referring to Ukraine-related conspiracy theories and asking for investigations of the Biden family. But Colonel Vindman’s account offered a hint to solving a mystery surrounding the conversation: what Mr. Trump’s aides left out of the transcript in places where ellipses indicated dropped words.

In hours of questioning on Tuesday by Democrats and Republicans, Colonel Vindman recounted his alarm at the July 25 call, saying he “did not think it was proper” for Mr. Trump to have asked Mr. Zelensky to investigate a political rival, and how White House officials struggled to deal with the fallout from a conversation he and others considered problematic.

His testimony about the reconstructed transcript, the aftermath of the call and a shadow foreign policy being run outside the National Security Council came as Democrats unveiled plans for a more public phase of the impeachment process. They plan to vote on Thursday to direct the Intelligence Committee to conduct public hearings and produce a report for the Judiciary Committee to guide its consideration of impeachment articles. The measure will also provide a mechanism for Republicans to request subpoenas for witnesses and give Mr. Trump’s lawyers a substantive role in the Judiciary Committee’s proceedings to mount a defense.

Some lawmakers indicated Colonel Vindman would make a good candidate to appear again at a public hearing next month.

It is not clear why some of Colonel Vindman’s changes were not made, while others he recommended were, but the decision by a White House lawyer to quickly lock down the reconstructed transcript subverted the normal process of handling such documents.

The note-takers and voice recognition software used during the July 25 call had missed Mr. Zelensky saying the word “Burisma,” but the reconstructed transcript does reference “the company,” and suggests that the Ukrainian president is aware that it is of great interest to Mr. Trump.

The prosecutor general, Mr. Zelensky said, according to the document, “will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue.”

The rough transcript also contains ellipses at three points where Mr. Trump is speaking. Colonel Vindman told investigators that at the point of the transcript where the third set of ellipses appears, Mr. Trump said there were tapes of Mr. Biden.

Mr. Trump’s mention of tapes is an apparent reference to Mr. Biden’s comments at a January 2018 event about his effort to get Ukraine to force out its prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin. Supporters of Mr. Biden have said Mr. Shokin was widely criticized for his lax anti-corruption efforts. Republicans charge, without evidence, that Mr. Biden was trying to stop an investigation into his son.

Colonel Vindman told House investigators Tuesday that he twice registered internal objections about how Mr. Trump and his inner circle were pressuring Ukraine to undertake inquiries beneficial to the president, including of Mr. Biden. After the July 25 call, the colonel reported what happened to a superior, explaining that “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” according to his opening remarks. He added, “This would all undermine U.S. national security.”

He also described confronting Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, after the envoy pressed Ukrainian officials to help the Trump administration by investigating the Biden family. The colonel said he acted out of a “sense of duty,” and emphasized his military service in his remarks. “I am a patriot,” he said, “and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country irrespective of party or politics.”

As he spoke, House leaders were preparing for what was expected to be significant new private testimony from current and former White House officials in the coming days. On Wednesday, they will hear from two Ukraine experts who advised Kurt D. Volker, the former United States special envoy to the country. On Thursday, Timothy Morrison, the National Security Council’s Russia and Europe director, is scheduled to testify. And on Friday, investigators have called Robert Blair, a top national security adviser to Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.

There is no recording of the July 25 call by the American side. The White House uses note-takers listening in on the call as well as voice recognition software to create a rough transcript that is a close approximation of the call. But names and technical terms are frequently missed by the software, according to people familiar with the matter.

After the call, Colonel Vindman was given a hard copy of the rough transcript to make updates and corrections, according to a person familiar with the matter. Colonel Vindman went through the transcript, made changes and gave his written edits to his boss, Mr. Morrison, according to the person.

But after the call, Colonel Vindman went with his brother, a lawyer on the National Security Council staff, to see John A. Eisenberg, the council’s legal adviser, to raise his concerns about the conversation.

Colonel Vindman declined to detail to investigators his discussions with Mr. Eisenberg, citing attorney-client privilege, according to two of the people familiar with the testimony.

One explanation for why Colonel Vindman’s changes were not made could be that the transcript had been quickly placed into a highly secure computer system, the N.S.C. Intelligence Collaboration Environment, or NICE system, making it more difficult to alter.

Mr. Eisenberg ordered the transcript moved to ensure that people who were not assigned to handle Ukraine policy could not read the transcript, a decision he hoped would prevent gossip and leaks about the call.

Putting the transcript in the secure server would have made it more difficult to make further edits to the document, and in the case of the July call effectively stopped additional changes.

Mr. Eisenberg made the decision without consulting with his supervisor, Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel. A White House review of the handling of the call is examining if Mr. Eisenberg acted properly in securing the notes.

Administration officials have said a number of calls between Mr. Trump and foreign leaders were put in the most secure server. But tightened security had been put in place for those calls ahead of time. The Ukraine call was put in the secure server only after the fact.

In the whistle-blower complaint that was made public, the C.I.A. officer wrote that placing the rough transcript in the server was part of an effort to lock it down, restrict access and a sign that “White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.”

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Gingrich on ‘joke’ resolution formalizing impeachment: Passage will ‘kill’ House Democrats’ majority

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich dismissed a resolution introduced Tuesday by House Democrats to formalize their impeachment inquiry and adopt rules to govern the proceedings, calling it a “joke.”

“I thought it was very appropriate that [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] was bringing it up on Halloween because I think, frankly, it’s a joke. And I think that Schiff probably ought to come on the floor as a scarecrow,” Gingrich said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Tuesday.

“You remember in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the scarecrow has no brain and it is Halloween,” Gingrich added. “The fact is that they’re not doing anything that’s serious.”

The resolution directs the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees to “continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump.”

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“You know, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution guarantees us due process,” Gingrich said. “This president has been denied due process,” Gingrich said. “… Neither the Democrats in 1973 nor the Republicans in 1998 did anything as one-sided, as secretive and destructive as what Pelosi and Schiff have done.”

MacCallum asked Gingrich why he believed Pelosi was now supporting a vote formalizing the impeachment inquiry, prompting the former Republican leader to say that Democrats are now “trapped at a dead end.”

“I think that the Lindsey Graham-Mitch McConnell [Senate] resolution served notice that they had to do something or it was literally dead on arrival in the Senate,” Gingrich said. “I think the White House blocking them and refusing to do things until there was a vote moved them. But she has a real problem.”

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Gingrich bluntly predicted that House Democrats would “kill” their majority if the resolution passes.

“Having been speaker of the House, she can probably pass this resolution if she’s suicidal, but she’s going to kill their majority,” Gingrich predicted. “I mean, if you’re Congressman [Collin] Peterson and you’re in northern Minnesota and you’re in a 30-point Trump district, voting yes on Thursday basically is the end of your career. And you go through district after district.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Republicans Push For Whistleblower’s Identity In Impeachment Inquiry

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WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over questions about the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

The skirmish revealed a growing dispute between the two sides, as Republicans say they need to hear from the intelligence official who initially raised the alarm over Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals in order to assess the whistleblower’s credibility.

Democrats say the whistleblower’s testimony is not needed at this point because it has been corroborated by other witnesses. Bringing him or her forward after repeated attacks by Trump would only put the whistleblower’s safety at risk, they said.

“We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren’t interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower,” Representative Eric Swalwell told reporters.

Government personnel have been assigned to protect the whistleblower, according to sources familiar with the matter, after Trump has attacked the whistleblower and conservative news outlets and social-media activists speculated about the individual’s identity.

As many as five possible names for the whistleblower have circulated in political circles, according to sources familiar with efforts to protect the whistleblower.

“Such behavior is at the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless,” the whistleblower’s lawyers, Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid, told Reuters on Tuesday.

In a closed-door hearing on Tuesday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff cut off a Republican line of questioning of a witness, Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, objecting that it was designed to reveal the whistleblower’s identity.

Republicans said they were trying to figure out who Vindman had spoken with after Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate JoeBiden in a July 25 phone call.

They said they do not aim to publicly reveal the whistleblower’s identity but need to assess his or her motivations.

“It’s tough to determine someone’s credibility if you can’t put them under oath and ask them questions,” Republican Representative Jim Jordan told reporters. In previous sessions, Republicans have asked witnesses whether they know the person they suspect to be the whistleblower and inquired about possible motives, according to a congressional aide.

The whistleblower’s lawyers have told congressional investigators their client is only interested in answering written questions.

(Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Susan Cornwell Writing by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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Ricky Martin announces birth of fourth child

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Ricky Martin is now a father of four.

The singer and husband Jwan Yosef announced the arrival of son Renn Martin-Yosef Tuesday on Instagram, sharing a photo of the infant in Martin’s arms, along with both parents beaming with pride and joy.

“Nuestro hijo Renn Martin-Yosef ha nacido,” wrote the pop star in Spanish on Instagram, which translates in English to, “Our son Renn Martin-Yosef was born.”

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Martin, 47, and Yosef are already parents to twins Valentino and Matteo, and daughter Lucia.

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While the proud parents are remaining mum on exactly when their baby boy was born, Martin announced that he and Yosef would be expecting again during the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in September, telling the crowd, “I have to announce that we are pregnant. We are waiting!”

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As the crowd erupted in cheers, Martin stated, “I love big families.”

This story originally appeared on Page Six.

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Cops trod on Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s remains for months before discovering body, family claims

Police investigating the disappearance and subsequent death of original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Dennis Day have been accused of repeatedly walking on a pile of clothing that concealed the 76-year-old’s remains, causing skeletal fractures.

A Tort Claim Notice sent to the Phoenix (Ore.) Police Department and obtained by Fox News alleges that the city, the police department and Lieutenant Jeff Price “acted with negligence and bad faith” while carrying out their investigation.

Price helmed the search for the missing Mouseketeer and is alleged by Day’s family to have “had access to and possession of all evidence sufficient to lead the investigating officer to find Mr. Day’s deceased body.” However, a letter sent by attorney Erin E. Gould claims Price knowingly made false statements about the investigation that stifled any ability to solve the case and begin prosecution of a suspect in a timely manner.

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“Due to the City of Phoenix Police Department and Lieutenant Jeff Price’s negligence, neglect, and failure to conduct an investigation at even a minimum professional standard, Mr. Day’s body was found in April 2019 and not identified until June 2019,” read the claim. “Worse, Lieutenant Jeff Price made statements that certain investigative tools were used in the Summer of 2018, such as cadaver sniffing dogs, which were knowingly false and further delayed the investigation.”

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Daniel James Burda faces manslaughter and other charges in connection with Dennis Day’s death. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

While Day was last seen alive around July 15, 2018, the notice claims he contacted police days earlier to report that live-in handyman Daniel Burda, had “behaved violently toward him” and asked for advice on how he could have Burda removed from the home.

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Day was advised that he would need to formally evict Burda from the home if Burda was an official tenant.

Day was reported missing two weeks after his husband, 88-year-old Henry Caswell, was hospitalized following a number of falls in their home. Not long after Day disappeared, 36-year-old Burda was questioned by Phoenix police and was observed on police body-camera footage with “obvious defense wounds on his hands and forearms.”

In August 2018, Phoenix police received a number of 911 calls reporting a “horrific smell” coming from Day’s residence. One of the reports was made by a Meals on Wheels volunteer who delivered food to the residence.

Over the next six months, the claim alleges that police “took no substantive action to attempt to locate Mr. Day despite abundant and obvious evidence that his deceased body was decaying in the Pine Street house and that Mr. Burda was responsible for his death.”

“The Pine Street house is located a mere four blocks, or .3 miles, from the police station in a dense residential area in downtown Phoenix,” the notice claims.

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Burda, a man with a lengthy rap sheet, was not arrested in connection with Day’s disappearance and death until July 5 of this year, after the investigation had been turned over to the Oregon State Police. Price indicated on the “Vanished” podcast that he never arrested the handyman because he didn’t believe Burda would “stick around” the Phoenix area after killing Day, the notice claims.

Burda was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity theft, state police said at the time.

According to the Oregonian newspaper, Burda told investigators after his arrest that he pushed Day to the floor and later concealed his body under a pile of clothes. The claim states that police “had stepped on, during three separate searches, causing multiple post mortal skeletal fractures and still did not find him.”

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The local outlet reported, citing court documents, that Burda indicated that he attempted to air out the residence with Day’s remains still inside “because it smelled like death.” He also allegedly tried multiple chemical solutions to clean the area.

In June, two women from southern Oregon were arrested and charged with felony theft of a car and jewelry belonging to Day after his 1990s Ford Escort was discovered about 200 miles away from his home. At the time, Price told Fox News there was no evidence that a crime had been committed.

The family’s claim notice further alleges that they weren’t notified of Day’s disappearance until January 2019 after a local news report covered the case.

“At that point, the heirs applied pressure to the Phoenix Police Department to enlist the help of state police,” the claim read. “Once state police were involved and cadaver dogs were sent to the house, Mr. Day’s decomposed body was found. The body was sent to a lab and later identified months later to in fact be Mr. Day.”

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Although police have not yet reached a determination of Day’s cause of death, a judge determined last month that Burda was mentally unfit to stand trial and committed him to the Oregon State Hospital.

“At this point, proper justice for the death of Mr. Day will not be served, all due to the fact that the City of Phoenix Police and Lieutenant Price handled the missing person investigation with gross negligence and bad faith,” the claim notice alleges.

The Phoenix Police Department did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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BURBANK, Calif. — WarnerMedia executives took the stage on Tuesday to formally introduce the streaming service HBO Max, the future exclusive online home for “Game of Thrones,” “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” the Harry Potter films and movies centered on DC Comics superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

The big reveal, which came two hours into the event, was the cost of HBO Max: $15 a month.

That price puts the service at the top of the market. Netflix’s standard plan costs $13 a month. Apple charges $5 for Apple TV Plus, which will become available Friday. Disney Plus, the service from the Walt Disney Company scheduled to start on Nov. 12, will charge $7. WarnerMedia was already charging $15 for HBO Now, a streaming service with content from HBO.

AT&T became the owner of HBO, CNN, Turner Broadcasting and the Warner Bros. television and film studio last year, with its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. With that deal, the company became a telecommunications and entertainment behemoth.

The longtime AT&T executive John Stankey became the head of the entertainment unit, WarnerMedia, which will provide HBO Max with the content it needs to compete in the streaming universe.

At the presentation, held at the Warner Bros. studio lot, the main architects of WarnerMedia offered details on the service, which will be available in May.

Mr. Stankey spoke of the company’s worldwide reach at the start of the event. Later, the writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams, who signed a multiyear deal in June with WarnerMedia valued at roughly $500 million, also spoke. He gave no details of what his production company, Bad Robot, would come up with for the company, except to say that he was working on the sci-fi show “Demimonde,” a program that has been in the works at HBO since 2018.

Kevin Reilly, the WarnerMedia chief content officer, said HBO Max would offer its original shows in HBO-style — that is, weekly. “Our creators see the difference of rolling out shows gradually and letting them breathe,” he said. Netflix, the leading streaming service, with 158 subscribers worldwide, releases its series all at once.

The audience included research analysts and members of the news media. Before the event, they were given a quick tram-ride tour of the studio that showed off the stages where movies like “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” were shot. Also highlighted were the TV shows made on the lot, including “The West Wing,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Friends.”

AT&T has said it aims to reach about 80 million global subscribers for HBO Max by 2025, with 50 million coming from the United States. HBO has 35 million subscriptions, with nine million paying for the direct-to-consumer offering HBO Now. By contrast, Disney said it expected have 60 million to 90 million Disney Plus subscribers by 2024. Netflix’s subscriber base stands at 158 million.

“HBO’s new plan is to be something for everyone,” UBS Global Research said in its report anticipating WarnerMedia’s introduction. “The leader in the something for everyone business model, Netflix, spends considerably more on content, suggesting further increases to come.”

HBO Max will offer some 10,000 hours of programming to start, much of which has been announced in recent months. One show that will not make it to HBO Max is a previously announced “Game of Thrones” prequel starring Naomi Watts. HBO said on Tuesday that the show had been scrapped.

On Tuesday, the company announced a 10-episode sci-fi series, “Raised By Wolves,” from the director Ridley Scott. The project, centered on two aliens raising human children on a mysterious planet. recently completed production in South Africa.

Other HBO Max programs will include the reboot of the British sci-fi drama “Doctor Who,” as well as three new seasons of that show. CNN Films, now part of the AT&T corporate family, will provide a slate of documentaries and episodic series, including one on Anthony Bourdain. HBO Max has also acquired the rights to Studio Ghibli’s library of anime films including “My Neighbor Totoro” and the Oscar-winner “Spirited Away.”

The company has changed the release plan for “Superintelligence,” a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. Instead of making its debut in theaters in December, it will have its premiere on HBO Max at its 2020 launch.

A comedy from the director Steven Soderbergh, “Let Them All Talk,” starring Meryl Streep, will also appear first on HBO Max, as will two movies from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company.

Joining these films is “Bobbie Sue,” the long-gestating Warner Bros. movie about a lawyer, played by Gina Rodriguez, who takes on a conservative law firm.

All 23 seasons of “South Park” will become available on the service next June, with three new seasons to follow. (Each new episode will first debut on Comedy Central before moving to HBO Max 24 hours later.) Other animated series headed to HBO Max include “The Boondocks,” “Robot Chicken” and the first three seasons of “Rick and Morty,” which will be available to consumers at launch. Future seasons will first debut on Adult Swim before streaming on HBO Max.

New Looney Tunes Cartoons and classics from the vault will also stream at HBO Max.

Series that seem in keeping with the HBO brand are also on the docket, including “Americanah,” a 10-episode limited series based on the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and starring Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira; “Circe,” a 10-episode series based on Madeline Miller’s 2018 best-selling novel; and “Station Eleven,” a post-apocalyptic series adapted from the best seller by Emily St. John Mandel, to be directed by Hiro Murai, who is known for his work on the FX show “Atlanta.”

Ann Sarnoff, who was named the head of the Warner Bros. film and television studio n June, highlighted the classic movies, including films from Warner Bros, MGM and Criterion Classic, that will stream on HBO Max. Intended to replace the much-loved and now-defunct streaming site from Turner Classic Movies, Film Struck, the monthly offering will comprise classics that “can’t be seen anywhere else.”

There will also be competition and reality shows, including, among others, an interior design show, a matchmaking show produced by Ellen DeGeneres, and a children’s crafting show hosted and produced by Lauren Riihimaki, who was deemed the “millennial Martha Stewart” by Forbes.

WarnerMedia made its presentation after AT&T’s third-quarter earnings report, in which it announced a steep decline in its DirecTV subscribers and an overall decline in profit.

Elliott Management, one of Wall Street’s biggest and most aggressive hedge funds, which owns about 1 percent of AT&T shares, has been critical of the company’s move into entertainment. The success of HBO Max will figure into AT&T’s ability to stave off those investors.

HBO Max hopes to appeal to younger viewers with four young-adult films from the uber-producer Greg Berlanti, including “UnPregnant,” which tracks two teenagers on a road trip to New Mexico to terminate a pregnancy before the start of college. A “Gossip Girl” reboot and “Grease: Rydell High,” a musical series, also play to that audience. On Tuesday, Mr. Berlanti also revealed two new DC titles: “Green Lantern” based on the classic DC property and “Strange Adventures,” a one-hour anthology series featuring characters from across the DC canon.

Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling also took the stage to present three half-hour comedies that they will make for the service. Ms. Banks will produce “DC Super Hero High,” a half-hour series set at a boarding school for gifted children. Ms. Rae’s show follows a female rap group from outside Miami trying to make it in the music industry. Ms. Kaling’s “College Girls” follows three freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont.

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