LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Reuters) – Sam Simon, a co-creator of
Fox’s long-running hit animated series “The Simpsons” and an
ardent philanthropist for animals, died after a battle with
colon cancer, his agent said on Monday. He was 59.
Simon won nine Emmy awards for his work as a writer,
director and executive producer of “The Simpsons,” the situation
comedy that premiered in 1989 and won over a global audience
with its portrait of a bumbling father and his wayward family.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal court on Friday temporarily
halted the Obama administration policy of detaining mothers and
children seeking asylum in the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit in
December against the so-called no-release policy by the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on behalf of mothers
and children who said they had fled violence in Central America.
By Bill Trott
(Reuters) – French actor Louis Jourdan, who played a suave bon vivant in the Oscar-winning film “Gigi” and had a long reign as Hollywood’s top choice to play elegant international gentlemen, died on Saturday at the age of 93, his biographer said.
Jourdan, who also worked frequently on stage and television, died at home, Olivier Minne, his friend and biographer, told Reuters by telephone from Paris.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the two psychologists who devised the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation methods said on Wednesday that a scathing U.S. Senate report on the torture of foreign terrorism suspects “took things out of context” and made false accusations.
“It’s a bunch of hooey,” James Mitchell told Reuters from his home in Florida when asked for his response to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings released on Tuesday. “Some of the things are just plain not true.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Some U.S. allies, who could face embarrassment or legal liability for any role in the CIA’s “enhanced interrogations” during the George W. Bush administration, either condemned the CIA’s methods or played down any involvement their governments might have had in them.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78, hospital officials said.
Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation’s most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public.
By Bill Trott
(Reuters) – Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Graduate” and “Carnal Knowledge,” died on Wednesday at age 83, ABC News said.
Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC’s “World News Tonight” broadcast.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billions of dollars are needed in the next five years to ensure the security and effectiveness of the ageing U.S. nuclear deterrent, the Pentagon said on Friday, after reviews found evidence of neglect during years of conventional warfare.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, announcing an overhaul of the system, said Americans had never been endangered.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea freed two Americans from prison and they were returning to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official in their release.
Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been doing hard labor for months in the reclusive country, were being accompanied home by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, his office said. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said on Saturday.
Bae and Miller were being accompanied home by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, his office said. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang.