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FILE - This July 13, 2014 file photo shows Seth Meyers at the NBC 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Meyers will serve as master of ceremonies when “The Prime-Time Emmy Awards” airs Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Seth Meyers Ready to Host Emmycast

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New York — Seth Meyers is no stranger to live television. For years he anchored Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. Nor is playing host on TV an alien experience. Since February, he has occupied NBC’s Late Night host chair. So Meyers isn’t sweating his new role as master of ceremonies when The Prime-Time Emmy Awards airs Monday at 8 …

‘Doctor Who’ Returns on BBC

Thursday, August 21, 2014

OK, Whovians, your long wait is over. On Saturday, BBC America will broadcast the first episode of the new season of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. It will introduce Peter Capaldi, 56, as the latest incarnation of the Doctor. For those who are new to the 50-year-old classic series, the Doctor is an alien, a Time Lord, who travels in a …

‘Happy Valley’: One Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any Guns

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New York — Crime shows, by and large, can be split into two categories: the whodunits and the look-at-this-horrible-tragic-messes. In the first category, which contains everything from Law & Order and CSI to Twin Peaks and True Detective, the propulsive engine of the plot is: Who is the killer? Drawing on the genre thrills of the mystery, these series turn the audience into …

Health Care Attacks Fade in Campaigns

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — Republicans seeking to unseat the Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top issue ads citing the health-care act, a sign that the party’s favorite attack against Democrats is losing its punch. The shift — also taking place in competitive …

NBC’s Brian Williams Taking on New Competition

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York — Wearing shades as he walked back to work following a pizza lunch recently, Brian Williams ducked into Rockefeller Center and passed a tour guide who noted the celebrity sighting to his group: “Ladies and gentlemen, …

Maggie Gyllenhaal Says She Had to Grow Up for ‘The Honorable Woman’

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York — In The Honorable Woman, an eight-part miniseries airing on SundanceTV, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Baroness Nessa Stein, a British Israeli heiress whose life is inextricably bound up in one of humanity’s most enduring conflicts. As a child, Nessa witnessed the brutal assassination of her father, …

Survey: One-Third Lack Retirement Savings

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chicago — More than a third of Americans have no retirement savings, and millennials feel more financially secure than other age groups despite being the least likely to have socked away any cash for their golden years, a new survey shows. Bankrate.com, a publisher of personal finance content, …

Cost to Raise a Child Now $245,000

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born last year to age 18 is $245,340, a 1.8 percent increase from the previous year and the smallest jump since the financial crisis, according to the government. Housing was the largest expense at 30 percent, …

Jim Jeffords, 1934-2014: Vermonter Bent Arc of Politics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — In the late afternoon of May 22, 2001, an apocalyptic-looking set of thunderstorms rolled across the National Mall, with bolts of lightning striking just outside the Capitol dome. Inside the Senate chamber, an even bigger storm …

Obama: Iraq Reclaims Dam

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — President Obama said Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, aided by waves of U.S. airstrikes, had recaptured the country’s largest dam, hailing the development as “important progress” against Islamic State fighters. While he said other U.S. goals had also been met in Iraq, including stopping a …

Trial Test Of Ebola Vaccine Speeds Up

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are accelerating human clinical trials for what scientists hope is a promising new vaccine to combat the deadly Ebola virus. Phase 1 of the clinical trials, which were previously not expected to begin until the end of September, will …

Pathologist: Hands May Have Been Up

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his …

Fed Study Says Less Shake Felt From Artificial Quakes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the …