PRESIDENT TRUMP BLASTS INVESTIGATIONS, PULLS OUT OF EFFORTS TO WORK WITH DEMS
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a riveting moment of TV _ in an administration that produced more than its share of such moments. President Donald Trump took to the airwaves to declare that he will no longer work with Democratic lawmakers _ until they stop investigating him. The tirade came shortly after Trump stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders that was supposed to find ways to build the nation’s infrastructure. Witnesses to the meeting on both sides say an agitated Trump left after criticizing Congress for looking into possible misconduct spelled out by the Muller Report. During his comments, Trump appeared behind a sign that listed the cost of the special counsel’s probe and his slogans of “No Collusion” and “No Obstruction.” During the comments, carried live on many news outlets, Trump declared, “I don’t do cover-ups.”
066827-w-457:44-(Sagar Meghani (SAH’-gur meh-GAH’-nee), AP Washington correspondent, with President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.)-“Sagar Meghani at the White House”-Trump demands Democrats drop probe, won’t negotiate infrastructure until they do (22 May 2019)
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066825-a-39:12-(House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress after White House meeting)-“very very strange”-Pelosi doubles down, accuses Trump again of cover-up in Russia probe (22 May 2019)
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066826-a-124:32-(House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress after White House meeting)-“an impeachable offense”-Pelosi doubles down, accuses Trump again of cover-up in Russia probe (22 May 2019)
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JAMES BOND STAR UNDERGOES SURGERY AFTER HURTING ANKLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond will be laid up for a while _ at least the actor who plays him will be. Daniel Craig will be out of commission for a couple of weeks after having ankle surgery. A tweet from the official James Bond Twitter account describes the surgery as “minor” _ but didn’t specify what was wrong with Craig. The statement does say Craig hurt himself while filming the 25th installment in the franchise in Jamaica. The studio says Craig’s injury and rehab won’t affect its release date, which is April of next year.
GEORGIA HEARTBEAT BILL PRODUCES TWO PROTESTS
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama is starting to get some pushback after the state approved a law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Two film productions have bolted. One is the Lionsgate comedy “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar,” starring Kristen Wiig and the other is the Amazon series “The Power.” Both projects say they will take their business elsewhere. The so-called “heartbeat bill” bans abortions from the time a heartbeat is heard. Critics say that can be as early as six weeks, before many women realize they are pregnant.
RICK SCHRODER - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) —Rick Schroder won’t be facing charges in connection with a domestic dust-up. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have declined to file charges against the former child star, who was in the sitcom “Silver Spoons.” The L.A. County district attorney’s office says Schroder’s girlfriend told a 911 operator on May 1 he punched her at his home in Malibu. But prosecutors say she didn’t cooperate with deputies when they arrived _ and the next day hinted he hit her by accident. A month earlier, there was a similar call that resulted in Schroder’s arrest. That case ended up with no charges filed after Schroder’s girlfriend called the whole thing “a big misunderstanding.”
CHEF - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
BOSTON (AP) — Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. The celebrity chef is to be arraigned tomorrow in Boston on a charge of indecent assault and battery. It’s the first criminal charge against him resulting from a series of sexual harassment and assault claims. Batali’s career has been affected by the allegations; he recently gave up financial stakes in all of his restaurants.
“PARTY OF FIVE” RE-IMAGINED
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — “Party of Five,” is getting a makeover. The 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents will be returning _ with a twist. The do-over will feature a Mexican American family whose parents are deported. Disney says the show will air on the Freeform network _ and will have a Latino cast. No premiere date for the show has been announced.
CO-WRITER OF “SOPRANOS” THEME SONG DIES
LONDON (AP) — Jake Black, co-writer of the song that opened “The Sopranos” and co-founder of the English electronic band Alabama 3, has died. The band announced his death on its Facebook page Tuesday _ and says members are “heartbroken” over the news. The song “Woke Up This Morning” was used as the opening theme music for the HBO series, about a New Jersey mob boss.
066791-r-493:68-(Alabama 3, performing “Woke Up This Morning”)-”(music fades)”-Musician Jake Black of Alabama 3 dies (22 May 2019)
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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM
BOSTON (AP) — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam. Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered pleas yesterday in a Boston federal courthouse. So far, 14 parents have agreed to admit to allegations in the case. Among those fighting the charges include are actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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