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'M*A*S*H' Actor Wayne Rogers Dies

Wayne RogersWayne Rogers, the actor who played wisecracking U.S. Army surgeon "Trapper" John McIntyre in the acclaimed Korean War television series "M*A*S*H" before leaving after three seasons in a contract dispute, died on Thursday. He was 82.

Rogers, who later forged a successful career as a financial analyst, investor and businessman, died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia his publicist, Rona Menashe, told Reuters.


Natalie Cole Dies in L.A. at Age 65

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole -- one of the great voices in decades -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Cole, whose hits include "This Will Be" and "Unforgettable" which she performed as a virtual duet with dad Nat King Cole -- died from congestive heart failure, although we're told the underlying medical issues were complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C.


Obama to meet attorney general to curb U.S. gun violence

Obama to meet with DOJ over gun restrictionsPresident Barack Obama said on Friday he would meet with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss ways of reducing gun violence in the United States amid reports he intends to take executive action on the issue.

Obama, in his weekly recorded address, said he has received "too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing."


Landmark California gun seizure law takes effect 1 January but amid concerns

California gun seizure lawA California gun statute going into effect on 1 January gives the police or family members the option to petition the courts to seize the guns and ammunition of someone they think poses a threat, the first law of its kind in the country.

But the “gun violence restraining order” law, passed last year, has raised concerns from lawmakers and pro-gun groups about civil liberties and questions about how effective it will really be.


Midwest braces for more flooding as rain-swollen rivers rise

Midwest floodingMissouri, Illinois, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma braced for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures, closing major highways and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.

Days of downpours from a winter storm that set off deadly tornadoes in Texas and significant snowfall in New England has pushed rivers in the U.S. Midwest to levels not seen in decades, the National Weather Service and local officials aid.


Texas Braces For New Gun Carry Laws, Businesses Face Tough Choices

Open carry law in TexasTexas is preparing to implement its new open gun carry laws, leaving many people frustrated, confused, or pleased.

The law will come into effect New Year’s Day. According to CNN Money, it allows anyone over the age of 21 who completes a criminal record check and four-hour training course to pay $140 and receive a permit to openly carry a firearm in public. Open carriers can keep their weapons in either belt or shoulder holsters.

There are a few exceptions.


Governor Rick Snyder 'very sorry' about Flint water lead levels debacle

Snyder sorry about poisoning Flint childrenMichigan governor Rick Snyder apologized on Tuesday for the debacle that caused the city of Flint’s water supply to be poisoned by lead, while the top state environment official resigned in light of a report that chiefly placed the blame for the crisis on his department.

The resignation was the latest in the crisis that has consumed the city of 100,000, as local doctors have warned in recent weeks that contaminated drinking water flowing from household taps may have affected more residents than originally thought.


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