Oscar nominated actor Robert Forster has died after a battle with brain cancer. Forster passed away in Los Angeles on Friday surrounded by his family, The 78-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in June.
His acting career spanned more than five decades, and he was best known for his roles in “Reflections in a Golden Eye” and “Medium Cool.” He also got a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as a bail bondsman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.” Forster went on to appear in more than 100 films and several television series.
More recently, Forster starred in the film “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” that premiered on Netflix Friday night.
Forster is survived by his four children, four grandchildren, and long-time partner, Denise Grayson. Details of his memorial service have not yet been announced.
Congressional Democrats issued a subpoena for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday, regarding the possible role he played in President Donald Trump’s effort to get Ukraine’s president to investigate a political rival.
The letter from the chairmen of the Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees wrote in a letter to Perry, “recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President’s stark message to the Ukrainian President.”
The White House said on Tuesday it would refuse to cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry, hours after the administration abruptly blocked a key witness in the Ukraine scandal from testifying to congressional panels.
According to court documents released Thursday, two associates of Rudy Giuliani — who have been linked to his investigations in Ukraine — have been indicted for campaign finance violations.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are accused of using a limited liability company to make political contributions related to American elections, in violation of FEC prohibitions against contributions from foreign nationals. Both men have been linked to Giuliani’s efforts to conduct investigations in Ukraine.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested Wednesday at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, said he finds it “extremely suspicious” that the arrest was made in connection with an FEC matter that has yet to be resolved, and which Giuliani said is a civil matter. Giuliani acknowledged that both men “logistically helped” in his collection of evidence against Hunter Biden, and that they helped connect him with former Ukrainian top prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko.
The Houston Astrosjumped to a quick lead against the Tampa Bay Rays and took home the 6-1 victory on Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. The Astros advanced to their third straight ALCS, and are aiming for their second World Series crown in that timeframe.
Next up, the Astros will face the NY Yankees in Game 1 of the AL Championship series on Saturday night in Houston.
22-year-old Simone Biles has become the first woman to win five all-around titles, after taking the gold medal at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart on Thursday.
The victory represents Biles’ 16th gold medal at the worlds, adding to her all-around world titles she won in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Biles scored 14.400 points to finish with an overall score of 58.999.
Biles is now just one short of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo’s record of 23 medals, which she could surpass at the championships this weekend.
Singer Nick Jonas has a new gig – as a coach on the forthcoming Season 18 of the reality singing competition “The Voice.” Jonas broke the news on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” saying “I am so excited about this. You’re basically the first people I’ve told, so thank you for being a part of this special moment for me.”
The announcement came after DeGeneres showed some videos from current coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
Gwen Stefani stepped in as a coach this season after original coach Adam Levine left the show. Jonas tweeted a video expressing how happy he was to be joining the NBC hit, saying “I’m hoping for a Season 1 win for Team Nick and a chance to work with some amazing talent.” You can see Jonas’ tweet: here.
The Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals will face each other after each won their NLDS games on Wednesday night, and advanced to the National League Championship Series.
The Washington Nationalsovercame a three-run deficit to beat theLos Angeles Dodgers7-3. Howie Kendrickblasted a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning after Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, making a relief appearance in the top of the eighth inning, blew the Dodgers’ 3-1 lead by allowing home runs toAnthony Rendonand Juan Soto.
Meanwhile, theSt. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning and easily eliminated theAtlanta Braveswith a 13-1 final score in Game 5 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday in Atlanta. The Cardinals’ 10-run inning set a postseason record for the most runs scored in a single inning in a division series or any series-deciding game.
The Nationals will open the NLCS against the Cardinalson Friday night atBusch Stadium.
Federal prosecutors have revealed that an employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency in northern Virginia was arrested Wednesday, charged with leaking top secret information to two journalists, one of whom he was romantically involved with. The Justice Department says Henry Kyle Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, leaked government secrets involving a foreign country’s weapons system in 2018 and 2019.
John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a press release: “Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain.” Demers called it “a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country.” Prosecutors also said Frese and one of the reporters had the same home address for a year and were “involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time,” according to a search warrant application.
Frese was arrested without incident Wednesday morning when he reported for work, officials said.
Turkey began a planned military offensive into northeastern Syria on Wednesday, launching airstrikes and artillery fire across the border. The airstrike comes just days after the Trump administration announced it was pulling US troops back from the area.
The operation is aimed at pushing Kurdish forces — who were a key ally of the US in the fight against ISIS — away from Turkey’s border. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted as he announced the start of the operation: “Our aim is to destroy the terror corridor which is trying to be established on our southern border and to bring peace and peace to the region.” The SDF tweeted that two civilians had been killed and two others injured in the village of Misharrafa, west of Ras al-Ain.
The offensive comes days after US President Donald Trump announced the pullback of US military forces from northeast Syria. Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria on Wednesday, but added that the US “does not endorse” Turkey’s operation. The President said in a statement from the White House: “The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.”