LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Sid Caesar, who pioneered TV
sketch comedy during the 1950s as the star and creative force of
“Your Show of Shows,” a launch pad for the likes of Mel Brooks,
Carl Reiner and Woody Allen and an inspiration to generations of
comedians, died on Wednesday. He was 91.
Caesar, in failing health for at least a year, died at his
home in Beverly Hills, where he had continued to receive
visitors, reminisce and tell jokes, according to friends and
collaborators, including Reiner.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comic showman Sid Caesar, a pioneer of American television sketch comedy as the star and creative force of “Your Show of Shows” during the 1950s, died on Wednesday at age 91, according to his friend and former collaborator Carl Reiner.
Reiner told Reuters he learned of Caesar’s death from a mutual friend, actor and writer Rudy De Luca, who had recently visited Caesar at his Los Angeles-area home. He said the veteran entertainer had been ill for at least a year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. missionary being held in North Korea was moved from a hospital back to a labor camp last month on the same day he made a public appeal for Washington to help get him home, a U.S. State Department official said on Friday, citing a Swedish diplomat who met with the prisoner.
Kenneth Bae, 45, has been held for more than a year in North Korea after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to overthrow the state. From last summer until January, he had been kept at Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, his family said.
(Reuters) – The last surviving members of the U.S. Congress to have served in the Korean War have sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asking him to release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae.
North Korea in December released 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill E. Newman, a former U.S. special forces soldier who had been held since October after visiting the country as a tourist, and the members of Congress mentioned that case in seeking Bae’s freedom.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Woody Allen contends that
renewed accusations by the filmmaker’s adopted daughter that he
sexually abused her at age 7 are “untrue and disgraceful,” a
spokeswoman for the director said on Sunday, a day after her
letter detailing the allegations shook up Hollywood.
Dylan Farrow, 28, the daughter of Allen’s former girlfriend,
actress Mia Farrow, challenged the acclaim the 78-year-old
Oscar-winner has received in recent years, as she told her side
of the decades-old case in an open letter published by New York
Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, a friend of the Farrows.
LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Customs and Border
Protection has indefinitely grounded its remaining fleet of nine
drones after operators were forced to crash a pilotless aircraft
off the Southern California coast because of a mechanical
problem, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
The mishap on Monday marked the second crash of one of the
agency’s drones since it began using the unnamed aerial
surveillance technology in 2006.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters sought to prevent a wildfire in the foothills near Los Angeles from flaring up on Saturday, as they put out embers from a blaze that has destroyed five homes, officials said.
The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire early on Thursday, has blackened nearly 1,900 acres of drought-parched chaparral and is 30 percent contained, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Robert Brady.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving California wildfire, started accidentally by three campers, roared out of control in foothills above Los Angeles on Thursday, destroying at least two homes and forcing more than 1,000 residents to flee, fire and law enforcement officials said.
The wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
By Alex Dobuzinskis and Karen Brooks
(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school, seriously wounding two students, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, authorities said on Thursday.
The boy, Mason Campbell, will be tried as a juvenile in connection with what authorities have described as a planned attack at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, said New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in a national forest east of Los Angeles, whipped up by winds and fueled by bone-dry brush, had damaged homes and forced the evacuation of dozens of residents, officials said.
The so-called Colby Fire broke out before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and by mid-morning had blackened more than 1,700 acres, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said.