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Chuck McCann, Who Was 'Cuckoo For Cocoa Puffs!,' Dies At 83

Chuck McCan dies at 83

Chuck McCann, one of New York television’s quintessential personalities, died Sunday at 83 in a Los Angeles hospital. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.

A prolific voice-over artist and an actor in numerous series and films, he remains best known as a beloved host of children’s TV programs, including “The Puppet Hotel” on WNTA/13 (now WNET) in 1959 and 1960, and “Laurel & Hardy & Chuck,” “Let’s Have Fun!” and “The Chuck McCann Show” on WPIX/11, his home from 1960 to 1965.

That year he moved his namesake show to WNEW/5 (now WNYW), where he added “The Great Bombo’s Magic Cartoon Circus Lunchtime Show” and “Chuck McCann’s Laurel and Hardy Show.”


Teachers union threatens to cut ties with Wells Fargo over NRA support

AFT threatens to cut ties with Wells Fargo

A major national teachers union is threatening to cut ties with Wells Fargo over the bank’s deals with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In a press release Saturday, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said that it would ditch a Wells Fargo mortgage program unless the company drops its connection to the NRA.

AFT President Randi Weingarten has been in talks with Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan about the partnerships, according to the release.


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's left Facebook over data collection

Steve Wozniak leaving FacebookApple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he's leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.

"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said in an email to USA TODAY. "The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back."


Fatal Trump tower fire: No sprinkler system in apartments

Trump tower fire: no sprinkler systems in apartments

The apartment in New York's Trump Tower that was destroyed in a raging fire that killed a resident and injured six firefighters had no sprinkler system, authorities said.

Firefighters remained at the scene Sunday, cleaning up after the blaze and trying to determine its cause. The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in the 58-story building.

President Trump keeps a sprawling, penthouse residence in the building, and his business has offices there. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Secret Service agents accompanied firefighters to check on the Trump residence. Nigro said no Trump family members were inside at the time.



In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

83 million evictions Before the first hearings on the morning docket, the line starts to clog the lobby of the John Marshall Courthouse. No cellphones are allowed inside, but many of the people who’ve been summoned don’t learn that until they arrive.

“Put it in your car,” the sheriff’s deputies suggest at the metal detector. That advice is no help to renters who have come by bus. To make it inside, some tuck their phones in the bushes nearby.

This courthouse handles every eviction in Richmond, a city with one of the highest eviction rates in the country, according to new data covering dozens of states and compiled by a team led by the Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond.


1 Seriously Injured After Fire Breaks Out at Trump Tower: FDNY

Trump Tpwer fire NYC

A fire erupted at Trump Tower in Midtown on Saturday evening and one person was seriously injured in the blaze, a senior FDNY official said.

The fire broke out in multiple units on the 50th floor of the tower shortly before 6 p.m. It was knocked down by 6:45 p.m., according to the FDNY official.

Videos on social media show thick, black smoke and flames rising from the building as people watch below.


Alaska Voters Latest to Reject an Anti-Transgender Law

Alaska vote rejects anti-transgender

Within the span of a single year, major anti-transgender efforts have failed across the continental United States, and now in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ballot initiative Proposition 1—which would have defined “sex” based on “original birth certificate” and restricted restroom usage in municipal buildings accordingly—failed to win over Anchorage voters this week.

Those who voted in person on Tuesday said “no” to Prop 1 by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, leading LGBT advocacy group Fair Anchorage to be “hopeful” for a win once all the mail-in ballots were counted. Throughout the week, as the remainder of the ballots were tallied, that margin shrunk slightly but then held stable.


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