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August 2, 2018
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August 2, 2018
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NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s tweets are often fodder for comedians on late night TV. Last night was no exception. During his show, Seth Meyers went after Trump for comments he made online about former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial and the Mueller investigation into possible interference in the 2016 election. On the Muller probe, Trump complained that two FBI agents who shared romantic ties and a dislike of his politics helped taint the investigation. He referred to the female half of the pair as “the lovely Lisa Page.” That prompted Meyers to marvel that even in the midst of an online meltdown over the Russia investigation, Trump still took time “to hit on a woman.”



NEW YORK (AP) – Comedian Seth Meyers says President Donald Trump’s comment about how people need to have ID cards to buy groceries makes him wonder about the president’s eating habits. On his late-night talk show on NBC, Meyers said it sounded like Trump must be eating rental cars.



LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – If you see an online post claiming to be from Patrick Dempsey, asking you for money – don’t believe it. The actor has tweeted on his verified account that people have been posing as him, trying to fool people. A spokeswoman says Dempsey isn’t seeking donations to the Dempsey Centers for cancer treatment – or for himself. And she says the scam has been around for a while. Dempsey was born in Maine. He’s best known for playing Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy.”



LONDON (AP) – The jacket worn by actor Harrison Ford in the “Star Wars” film “The Empire Strikes Back” is expected to fetch up to $1.3 million at auction. The blue-grey cotton jacket was worn in the 1980 film as Ford played Han Solo. It is one of more than 600 costumes, original scripts and other rare movie memorabilia that will be put up for bids in London next month. Other items include a light saber from “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of the Sith,” Johnny Depp’s costume from the 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands” – and a hat worn by Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.



JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – You might not think of Jamestown, New York as the capital of comedy. But the western New York town is sure staking its claim in that regard. It already has a museum dedicated to Lucille Ball – and a statue of the legendary comedian. And it’s now home to the National Comedy Center, which opened yesterday. It features a large collection of interactive exhibits, the archives of the late George Carlin – and a hologram theater. Among the comedians performing during opening week include Amy Schumer, Lewis Black and Dan Aykroyd.



UNDATED (AP) – Spotify has pulled the plug on some episodes of “The Alex Jones Show.” The music streaming company says it has yanked some of Jones’ podcasts for violating its hate content rules. In a statement last night, Spotify says it takes reports of hate content seriously – and if something is flagged by listeners, it will investigate. Jones is an Austin, Texas-based radio host and conspiracy theorist who owns the media company “Infowars.” Among his claims was that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.



LAS VEGAS (AP) – The coroner’s office in Las Vegas says there is no indication of foul play in the death of former radio host Art Bell. An autopsy has concluded Bell died at home April 13 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says Bell had in his system the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, the sedative diazepam and the muscle-relaxant carisoprodol. Bell was 72. His shows in the 1990s featured paranormal themes like UFOs and crop circles – as well as conspiracy theories.


by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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