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'Infomercial King' Billy Mays Found Dead in Home - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment - FOXNews.com
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Famed U.S. television personality Ed McMahon has died, his agent said Tuesday. The former "Tonight Show" sidekick and "Star Search" host was 86.
CNN reported the news of the celebrity's death early Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center in California, but did not immediately say what the cause was. McMahon had been hospitalized since last month for cancer, NBC said.
McMahon was to Johnny Carson what Hugh Downs had been to Jack Paar. And when Paar retired from the "Tonight" show, Carson stepped in as his successor and brought with him McMahon, who had been his foil on "Who Do You Trust?", as his "Tonight" associate from 1962 to 1992.
Edward Lee McMahon was born in Detroit on March 6, 1923. His family moved to Philadelphia and he worked his way through Catholic University, earning money through side jobs in Atlantic City. After receiving his bachelor's degree in speech, McMahon starred in a television show for children in Philadelphia.
During the Korean War, McMahon flew as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Marines.
Following his discharge from the Marines, McMahon teamed up with Carson on "Who Do You Trust?" He also landed roles in "The Incident" and the "Dick and Jane" movies, was a popular TV ad pitchman and served as co-host, along with Dick Clark, of the 1980s show "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes."
McMahon is survived by his third wife, Pamela, and five children. CNN said the star's son Michael died in 1995.
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Washington -- A rush-hour collision between two crowded trains on Washington's subway system killed at least six people this evening and injured dozens, trapping commuters in a stack of twisted rail cars that rescuers were still searching hours later.Witnesses say a train near the Ft. Totten station on the Metro's busy Red Line was rear-ended by another train, which climbed atop the stopped cars ahead of it, leaving a two-level snarl of debris. The operator of the approaching train, whose name was not immediately released, was among the dead, authorities said.
Rescue workers propped up ladders to help survivors escape from the upper train cars. Seats from the smashed cars spilled out onto the track.D.C. Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin said rescuers treated 70 people at the scene in the first two hours, including the six who died."This is the deadliest incident in the history of Metro," said Washington City Councilman Jim Graham. He described the wreckage with a single word: "Horror."
The accident occurred on a curved section of track after a long straightaway, during clear weather, on the subway system's most heavily used line. It was about 5 p.m. local time, among the system's busiest hours.Jervis Bryant, a Prince George's County teacher, said he heard the collision from a house 2 1/2 blocks away and got to the scene within five minutes."We saw the folks banging on the windows trying to get out," he said, referring to the second train. Rescuers pried the door open, he said, and people streamed out. "They just bum-rushed it."Officials don't expect to know what caused the crash for several days. Metro chief John B. Catoe said the first train was stopped on the tracks, waiting for another train to clear the station ahead, when the second train plowed into it from behind.The only other fatal accident in the Metro's 33-year history was a 1982 derailment that killed three. A third collision in 2004 caused minor injuries.Metro trains are generally operated by a computer system; operators can override the controls on orders from dispatchers."Our safety officials are investigating and will continue to investigate until we determine why this happened and what must be done to ensure it never happens again," Catoe said.
(CNN) -- American journeyman Lucas Glover denied Phil Mickelson a fairytale victory at the U.S. Open as he kept his nerve to close out a two-shot victory at Bethpage Black on Monday.
Glover celebrates claiming his first major title by two shots from a trio of chasers.
Mickelson, who was playing while his wife Amy battles breast cancer, had to settle for a share of second place with fellow Americans David Duval and Ricky Barnes.
It was a record fifth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open for Mickelson as Glover, who had not won since 2005, fired a final round three-over-par 73 in tough and windy conditions to finish on four-under 284.
Mickelson, with the majority of the final day crowd rooting for an emotional victory, eagled the par-five 13th to move into a share of the lead at four-under with Glover, but crucially dropped shots at 15th and short 17th.
"I put myself in a great position to close it out but I didn't finish it off," Mickelson said.
"Certainly I'm disappointed but now that it's over I have more important things going on."
Friday, June 19, 2009
Gisele Bündchen is expecting and "ecstatic," sources tell PEOPLE. She is due early next year. Speculation has grown since pictures showing the supermodel in Brazil this week surfaced showing what seems to be a perceptible bump. Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback husband Tom Brady were married twice this Spring – first in a ceremony in Los Angeles Feb. 26, then exchanging vows before friends in early April at Bündchen's Costa Rica home. "Gisele will be an excellent mother," a source tells PEOPLE. "She's always wanted kids." Reps for Bündchen reached by PEOPLE for confirmation refused to comment.“Family is everything," Bündchen, who turns 29 next month, told PEOPLE last month. "I think family is the base to everything. I think that is one of the things I’m most grateful for. I have a lot to be grateful for but I think that's definitely number one.” Another source close to the couple says, "You know Gisele and Tom are just enjoying themselves, being married and just doing their thing ... Gisele has been talking about it with friends. She says she's ready for a family." This is her first child; Brady has a son, John, with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
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Billions in US bonds seized in smuggling operation ( Italian - Swiss border )
Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2009 10:49 am | Ed Morrissey
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 6:35:25 PM by Ernest_at_the_Beach
For those who love a mystery, this story has more than one. Italian authorities seized more than $130 billion in bonds from two Japanese nationals as they presumably prepared to cross the border into Switzerland. No one can tell at the moment whether the bonds are genuine or counterfeit:
Italy’s financial police (Guardia italiana di Finanza) has seized US bonds worth US 134.5 billion from two Japanese nationals at Chiasso (40 km from Milan) on the border between Italy and Switzerland. They include 249 US Federal Reserve bonds worth US$ 500 million each, plus ten Kennedy bonds and other US government securities worth a billion dollar each.
Italian authorities have not yet determined whether they are real or fake, but if they are real the attempt to take them into Switzerland would be the largest financial smuggling operation in history; if they are fake, the matter would be even more mind-boggling because the quality of the counterfeit work is such that the fake bonds are undistinguishable from the real ones.
What caught the policemen’s attention were the billion dollar securities. Such a large denomination is not available in regular financial and banking markets. Only states handle such amounts of money.
First mystery: why has this gone almost completely unnoticed this week? Asia Times reported it first, and it was confirmed by the Italian news agency Adnkronos and Business Insider, the only American media outlet to take an interest so far. Adnkronos doesn’t include the story in its English-language service, however; I had to Babelfish the webpage to be sure it confirmed Asia Times. Wouldn’t the discovery of $134.5 billion in American bonds in a false bottom of a suitcase smuggled through Italy into Switzerland seem a bit newsworthy in the US?
Second mystery: Are the bonds real? If so, how did the two Japanese travelers get their hands on so much convertible cash? As the Asia Times report mentions, the denominations involved are usually used in state-to-state transactions. They would have had to steal them from a government — or perhaps a government gave them the bonds to convert in secret, covered by the Swiss insistence on secrecy in banking.
Third mystery: If the bonds are counterfeits, then how many more high-quality counterfeit US bonds are floating around Asia and Europe? Who is funding their creation, and why? Counterfeits on this scale would affect bond prices and weaken the dollar. North Korea has attempted low-rent counterfeiting of $100 bills, which the UN helped hide for a while, but this seems beyond their capabilities — and potentially a lot more destructive to the US. It would take quite a bit of support to counterfeit state-to-state bonds, almost certainly requiring some governmental involvement.
Hopefully, the press follows up on this case. I love a good mystery, but this one needs to get solved ASAP.
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