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Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

August 21, 2017 By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in film as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday at the age of 91, his family said. Lewis died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas on Sunday morning with his family by his side, the family said in a statement. He had been hospitalized for about five weeks beginning in early June for a urinary tract infection, keeping…

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GM creditor trust drops settlement with ignition switch plaintiffs

August 17, 2017 By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a blow to people suing General Motors Co over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects, a trust that holds many GM liabilities from before its 2009 bankruptcy has canceled a settlement that sought to force the automaker to pay $1 billion in shares to resolve millions of claims. The claims stem from GM’s 2014 recall of 2.6 million vehicles with defective ignition switches, including one linked to 124 deaths. They have since expanded to include millions of…

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GM blasts $1 billion deal between ignition switch plaintiffs, creditor trust

August 11, 2017 By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) – Plaintiffs suing General Motors Co over faulty ignition switches and other alleged vehicle defects have reached a $1 billion settlement requiring the automaker to turn over that amount of stock, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said in a court hearing on Friday. GM lawyer Richard Godfrey strongly criticized the agreement, telling U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan the Detroit-based company was given no say in the deal negotiated between the plaintiffs and a trust set up for creditors of “old GM,”…

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Last blast from Gregg Allman, Southern man

August 10, 2017 By Jeremy Gaunt LONDON (Reuters) – So close to death was blues rocker Gregg Allman when he was making his final album, the cover photographer did not get to his Savannah, Georgia, house in time. Instead, “Southern Blood”, Allman’s posthumous paean to his life and music to be released in September, is adorned with a sepia shot of the grounds, a wooden boardwalk heading away under the shade of Spanish Moss. There probably could not be a more appropriate symbol for Allman, who died from cancer in…

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China’s Baidu profit jumps as focus on mobile, AI narrows

July 28, 2017 By Cate Cadell (Reuters) – Chinese internet search engine provider Baidu Inc has reported a jump in quarterly earnings, recovering from a string of regulatory investigations last year, as sharpened focus on mobile and artificial intelligence (AI) services drives growth. The result comes as Baidu narrows its attention to just a handful of areas outside its core business, while the other two of China’s big-three tech firms – Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd – spend billions of dollars expanding into sundry sectors in multiple…

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Sons remember Princess Diana in film 20 years after her death

July 23, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his brother Harry recall memories from their childhood 20 years after the sudden death of their mother, Princess Diana, in a new television documentary to be broadcast this week. The 90-minute film – “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” – celebrates the life and work of Diana, Kensington Palace said in a statement. Diana, the first wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles, was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997 when William was aged…

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death Entertainment Fraggle Rock Muppets Studio Steve Whitmire Top News 

Fired Kermit the Frog puppeteer ‘devastated’ for failing his hero

July 14, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The man who voiced Kermit the Frog for 27 years wrote an emotional letter about being fired, saying he was “devastated to have failed in my duty to my hero.” Steve Whitmire made his comments in a blog post on Thursday, days after the Muppets Studio’s announcement of a new puppeteer to perform the role of the earnest Kermit, one of creator Jim Henson’s best-known characters. Kermit was performed by Henson since he created it in 1955 until his death in 1990. The…

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An eager teenage Spider-Man swings into Marvel’s ‘Homecoming’

July 6, 2017 By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – You’ve seen Spider-Man swing through New York battling the Green Goblin, but you’ve never seen him idolize Iron Man. That is what the director of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hopes audiences will be drawn to as the third Spider-Man reboot in a decade hits movie theaters on Friday. Jon Watts said he wanted to make “Homecoming” a cross between a superhero movie and a high school comedy where the dorky lead is a fanboy of other superheroes. “Homecoming” takes a lighter tone…

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Tesla driver in fatal ‘Autopilot’ crash got numerous warnings – U.S. government

June 19, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man killed in a crash last year while using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so, a U.S. government report said on Monday The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released 500 pages of findings into the May 2016 death of Joshua Brown, a former Navy SEAL, near Williston, Florida. Brown’s Model S collided with a truck while it…

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Cosby deadlock makes task of finding second jury even more difficult

June 19, 2017 By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Now that Bill Cosby’s first sex assault trial has ended in deadlock, the difficulty of seating an unbiased jury for the famed entertainer’s retrial may have ratcheted higher, thanks to blanket media coverage of the sensational case, legal experts say. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his…

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