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NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.
Moran was found dead Saturday by emergency responders after a dispatcher for the Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff’s department received a 911 call, the department said. The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is pending.FILE – This Feb. 19, 1982 file photo shows actress Erin Moran of the television show, “Happy Days” in Los Angeles. Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died at age 56. Police in Harrison County, Indiana said that she had been found unresponsive Saturday, April 22, 2017, after authorities received a 911 call. (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)
A Burbank, California, native, Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old. She had several years of experience when she was cast in 1974 in “Happy Days” as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard, who went on to become a successful filmmaker.
Her more recent credits included “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote,” but she never approached the success of “Happy Days” and was more often in the news for her numerous personal and financial struggles and was reportedly homeless at times.
“Such sad sad news. RIP Erin,” Howard tweeted Saturday. “I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up TV screens.”
Other “Happy Days” cast members included Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Joanie’s parents and Henry Winkler as the loveable tough guy Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli.
“What happened with all of us was like we were this family,” Moran told Xfinity in 2009. “It was so surreal with all the cast members. … They were my family, get it?”
Debuting at a time of nostalgia for the seemingly innocent 1950s, the sitcom was set in Milwaukee and became a long-running hit. Howard and Winkler were the show’s biggest stars, but the smiling, freckle-faced Moran also became popular.
In 1982, she was paired off with fellow “Happy Days” performer Scott Baio in the short-lived “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Moran returned to “Happy Days” in 1984, the show’s final season.
“I would love to do a feature (film), I’d love to do a play,” she told CNN in 1981 when asked what she’d like to do after “Happy Days.”
In 2011, she and Ross and former “Happy Days” actors Anson Williams and Donnie Most sued CBS, saying they were owed money for merchandising related to the show. The lawsuit was settled the following year.
Moran told Xfinity that she had been working on a memoir, called “Happy Days, Depressing Nights.”
“OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth,” Winkler tweeted Saturday. “Rest In It serenely now.. too soon.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports.
The lawsuits allege Syngenta’s move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn.
Court filings show Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew Chinese approval was going to be a problem.
Plaintiffs’ experts estimate the damage at around $5 billion. Syngenta denies caused any losses.
The first test case goes to trial Monday in Minneapolis. The second begins in Kansas City, Kansas, on June 5.
The two cases are meant to provide guidance for how the complex web of litigation could be resolved.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.
Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
Park said Kim, who is 58, taught accounting at the university for about a month. He said Kim was detained by officials as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang’s international airport. A university spokesman said he was trying to leave with his wife on a flight to China.
The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained recently, but could not comment further. The embassy looks after consular affairs for the United States in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.
The State Department said it was aware of the report about a U.S. citizen being detained, but declined further comment “due to privacy considerations.”
Park said Kim had taught at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China before coming to Pyongyang. He said he was informed that the detention had “nothing to do” with Kim’s work at the university but did not know further details.
As of Sunday night, North Korea’s official media had not reported on the detention.
The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is the only privately funded university in North Korea. It held its first classes in 2010. It is unique in the North for its large number of foreign staff.
Colin McCulloch, the director of external affairs, said the university was not under investigation and was continuing its normal operations. He said he could not immediately confirm Kim’s hometown.
Though no details on why Kim was detained have been released, the detention comes at a time of unusually heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Both countries have recently been trading threats of war and having another American in jail will likely up the ante even further.
Last year, Otto Warmbier, then a 21-year-old University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in prison after he confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner.
Kim Dong Chul, who was born in South Korea but is also believed to have U.S. citizenship, is serving a sentence of 10 years for espionage.
Another foreigner, a Canadian pastor, is also being detained in North Korea. Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian citizen in his 60s, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 on charges of trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system and helping U.S. and South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens.
8AM Chilly this morning, but we’ll be much warmer this afternoon, with sunshine taking over and highs topping off around 70°. Picture-perfect in Wichita, so get outside and enjoy it! The only downside will be gusty south winds in western Kansas… Get more details on your forecast right here!
7AM Some of you may be waking up this morning and turning on the heat! Believe it or not, we’re dealing with a bit of a wind chill, with it feeling like it’s in the 20s and 30s across Kansas right now… Brr! You’ll want at least a heavy jacket before you head out the door this morning. http://ksn.com/category/weather/
5:30AM Likely a frosty start in portions of central and western Kansas this morning, with temperatures as low as 32°! I’ll let you know how much we’ll warm up today, all morning on KSN.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Sophomore Alex Barnes scored two touchdowns and Justin Silmon and Alex Delton each added another as the purple team rumbled for 179 yards and 38 unanswered points to win the 2017 Spring Game, 38-6, in front of 13,338 fans at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday.
Delton, who also threw for a game-high 249, dove across the goaline as time expired for the game’s final score and to finish his game-best 78 rushing yards on 15 attempts. Barnes added 69 yards on 12 attempts, while Silmon posted 32 yards on 10 attempts.
K-State saw strong production from both starting quarterbacks as Delton completed 21-of-33 attempts with one TD strike to sophomore Isaiah Zuber for the Purple, while redshirt freshman Skylar Thompson threw for 112 yards on 10-of-17 passing for the White team.
Zuber led the charge for the Wildcat receivers in the game, hauling in eight passes for 96 yards and the score , while fellow sophomores and purple teammates Carlos Strickland II and Dalton Schoen each caught four passes to total 62 yards and 57 yards, respectively. On the opposite side, two white team wide receivers had multi-reception days with Corey Sutton snagging four passes for 61 yards and Isaiah Harris hauling in four balls for 40 yards.
Redshirt freshman Ian Rudzik led the White team and all defenders in the contest with seven total tackles, while senior linebacker Trent Tanking added six tackles for the Purple squad. Brock Monty, Brogan Barry and Denzel Golsby hauled in interceptions in the contest.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The four-legged members of area police forces got some love on Saturday in two separate events across town.
Two fundraisers were put on by different groups but ultimately the money goes to the dogs.
On the east side, a fundraiser dinner held at the Wichita Candle Club was put on for The Four Legged Project, a non-profit group who seeks to purchase ballistic vests for K-9 officer dogs.
“So the scary thing is, in the past 5 years over 30 K-9s have died in the line of duty, either through gunshots or stab wounds,” Nikki Woodrow, president of the Four Legged Project, said Saturday.
Cargill donated meat for the meals and the Wichita Wagonmasters grilled it for Candle Club members, so as much money as possible could go directly to the cause.
Woodrow says the vest cost $1275 apiece. The organization has vested 35 dogs since its inception two years ago.
“We’re hoping to really work on vesting the nine on the waiting list then we’re looking at officers who need vests as well,” Woodrow said.
She encourages officers interested in a free, fitted ballistic vest for their K-9s to fill out the application at http://www.thefourleggedproject.org/. All K-9 officers at the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office are vested, with the exception of the new dog coming following the line of duty death of K-9 officer Rooster in March.
On the west side of town, the Animal Hospital at Auburn Hills hosted a WPD K-9 appreciation event.
Dr. Gary Stamps and crew gave tours of their clinic as well as providing food free to those who wanted to come by just to say “thanks” to WPD K-9 officers Kilo and Nash, as well as their handlers. Stamps provides veterinarian care to Nash at no cost to the Wichita Police Department.
“The budget to dollars are just not necessarily there for every part of what’s needed to provide care for them so we consider it a total privilege to provide care for Nash,” Dr. Stamps said.
Dozens of people came by to see the dogs up close and personal, with officers even performing some demonstrations. Nash pinpointed some drugs in the back of a pickup truck, placed there by WPD officers.
“That’s what today’s all about, is trying to bless them and provide funds and awareness for what they do,” Dr. Stamps said.
Dr. Stamps’ office reports a couple thousand dollars were raised at the event.
NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Two high school students got to ride to prom in style.
The story of Newton High School’s Shaedon Wedel and Carlie Wittman were viral last month with their Doritos themed prom proposal.
In response, the company surprised the pair with a helicopter ride to their big night.
The video of the proposal now has over 300,000 views on Youtube.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) – A Knob Noster, Missouri woman has been arrested for the murder of her husband.
Jema Donahue, 31, faces second-degree murder charges. According to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, 31-year-old Javon Donahue’s body was found buried on a rural Johnson County farm. Jema Donahue was detained shortly after discovering the body.
She’s currently being held in the Johnson County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing. Officials from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Warrensburg Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kansas City Police Department are taking part in the investigation.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Dozens of Wichitans gathered downtown to participate in the March for Science.
The event started at the Historical Sedgwick County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Saturday.
People all over the world are joining the march: from New York, to London, to Antarctica.
This international campaign is intended to promote the understanding of science and defend it from attacks such as proposed U.S. government budget cuts.
DETROIT (AP) – Tesla Inc. is recalling 53,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs worldwide because their parking brakes may get stuck and prevent the vehicles from moving.
The recall affects vehicles built between February and October 2016. Tesla says less than 5 percent of the vehicles it’s recalling may be affected, but it wants to inspect them all to make sure.
The vehicles may contain a small gear that was manufactured improperly by a supplier. If the gear breaks, the parking brake could get stuck in place.
Regular brakes aren’t affected by the problem.
Tesla says there have been no accidents or injuries related to the problem.
Tesla will contact owners by mail and start repairs immediately. It expects to have sufficient parts for all of the affected vehicles by October.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – A southern Kansas man has been ordered to spend two years and eight months in prison for causing a two-vehicle 2016 wreck that killed an 80-year-old man.
The Hutchinson News reports that Everett W. Hardy was sentenced Friday in Hutchinson on a Reno County charge of involuntary manslaughter. Hardy also was ordered to serve two years on post-prison supervision.
Prosecutors dropped a charge that accused Hardy of driving without insurance.
Authorities said Hardy drove through the marked intersection and hit a pickup truck driven by John B. “Jack” Johnson. That pickup truck then hit a utility pole.
Johnson died at a Wichita hospital more than three weeks later.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Kansas City, Kansas police and federal marshals are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of killing the sister of a girl whose kidnapping 17 years earlier sparked a massive manhunt before she was found dead in Missouri.
Prosecutors in Kansas’ Wyandotte County have charged Emenencio Lansdown with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm.
He’s accused of fatally shooting 34-year-old Casey Eaton of Kansas City, Kansas, late Wednesday. Her body was found in a vehicle.
Eaton’s sister, Pamela Butler, who was 10 in October 1999 when she was kidnapped while roller-skating near her Kansas City, Kansas, home. The abductor, Keith Nelson, got away, and Butler’s body was later found in Grain Valley, Missouri.
Nelson later was convicted in federal court and sentenced to death.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating after a local bakery was robbed at gunpoint overnight.
According to police, it happened just after 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Juarez Bakery. That’s located in the 1000 block of North Waco.
Upon arrival, an employee told officers the suspect entered the business armed with a handgun, and demanded money.
The suspect was last seen headed east out of the parking lot.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.
Trump’s GOP allies control Congress, but they’ve been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29 — the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down.
Feeling pressure to deliver results, Trump wants to revive a troubled health care measure from House Republicans to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Trump also hopes to use a $1 trillion catchall spending bill to salvage victories on his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, a multibillion-dollar down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.
Congress faces a midnight Friday deadline to avert a government shutdown. But negotiations on the spending measure, a huge pile of leftover business from last year that includes the budgets of almost every federal agency, have hit a rough patch.
It’s looking like a one- or two-week temporary measure will be needed to prevent a shutdown and buy time for more talks. Negotiations have faltered because of disputes over the border wall and health law subsidies to help low-income people afford health insurance.
Trump’s Capitol Hill allies had been tempering expectations that the president will win much in the budget talks. Democratic support will be needed to pass the spending measure and Republicans fear taking the blame if the government shuts down on their watch.
“We have the leverage and they have the exposure,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California told fellow Democrats on a conference call Thursday, according to a senior Democratic aide. Pelosi wants the spending bill to give the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico help with its Medicaid obligations, and Democrats are pressing for money for overseas famine relief, treatment for opioid abuse, and the extension of health benefits for 22,000 retired Appalachian coal miners and their families.
An additional Democratic demand is for cost-sharing payments to insurance companies that help low-income people afford health policies under Obama’s health law. The payments are a critical subsidy and the subject of a lawsuit by House Republicans. Trump has threatened to withhold the money to force Democrats to negotiate on health legislation.
Trump’s presidential victory makes it “completely reasonable to ask and to insist that some of his priorities are funded,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview. “We are more than happy to talk to the Democrats about some of their priorities but we encourage them to recognize that they are a minority party.”
Both the White House and Democrats have adopted hard-line positions on Trump’s $1 billion request for a down payment on construction of the border wall, a central plank of last year’s campaign. Talk of forcing Mexico to pay for it has largely been abandoned. But in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Trump stopped short of demanding that money for the project be included in the must-pass spending bill.
Health care is on a separate track and facing trouble, too. The White House is pressing House Republicans to rally behind a revised bill so GOP leaders can schedule a vote this coming week that could let Trump fulfill a 100-days promise.
A quick vote, let alone approval, seems unlikely.
GOP leaders have shown no desire to revisit the issue until they’re assured there’ll be no replay of the legislative train wreck from March. The failure of that earlier attempt stung Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The measure would have repealed much of Obama’s 2010 overhaul and replaced it with fewer coverage requirements and less generous federal subsidies for many people.
As part of the White House drive to resuscitate the bill, members of Trump’s team including Vice President Mike Pence and chief of staff Reince Priebus have made multiple calls to Republicans.
Two leaders of the House GOP’s warring moderate and conservative factions devised a compromise during Congress’ recess to let states get federal waivers to ignore some requirements of the health law. Those include one that now obligates insurers to cover specified services such as for mental health, and one that bars them from raising premiums on seriously ill patients.
But there are widespread doubts that the new attempt has achieved the support it needs.
Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., an opponent of the bill, said last week that “it doesn’t cure the issues that I had concerns” about the bill. The moderate said his objections included changes to Obama’s law that would still leave people with excessive out-of-pocket costs.
The potential amendment was brokered by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the moderate House Tuesday Group.
Ryan called off a March 24 House vote on the measure after realizing that objections by conservative and moderate Republicans would have assured its defeat. Democrats were uniformly against the legislation.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to 100 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by gunmen and suicide bombers wearing army uniforms.
Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said the attack Friday on a compound of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army left dozens of soldiers and other personnel dead or wounded.
Reports conflicted on the death toll, but at least two sources within the army corps and a provincial security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media, confirmed that more than 130 people were killed and at least 80 others were wounded.
The defense ministry had said Friday night that eight soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded in its initial reports.
Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said the militants entered the base in Balkh province using two military vehicles and attacked army personnel inside the compound’s mosque.
“Two suicide bombers detonated their vests full of explosive inside the mosque of the army corps while everyone was busy with Friday prayers,” he said.
Waziri said there were 10 attackers, including the two who carried out the suicide attacks. Eight others were killed in a gun battle with soldiers.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault in an email sent to media.
President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday traveled to the base and strongly condemned the attack, according to a tweet from the official Twitter account of the presidential palace.
“The attackers are infidels,” Ghani was quoted as saying in the tweet.
Ghani announced that Sunday would be a day of national mourning, with memorial services across the country’s mosques and the Afghan flag flying at half-mast, in a statement issued by the Presidential Palace.
Afzel Hadid, head of provincial council in Balkh told The Associated Press that more than 100 people, both army personnel and others present at the time inside the army crops, were killed in the attack.
“The exact number is still not verified, but for sure we know more than 100 were killed in the attack,” said Hadid.
One of the attack survivors, an Afghan army soldier, Mohammad Hussain who was wounded and transported to a hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif said “Three people in an Afghan National Army vehicle started shooting at us when we finished Friday prayers, they are the enemies of the country.”
“I don’t know maybe they had someone inside to help them to bring the vehicle inside. There are seven to eight checkpoints from the main gate and without inside help this vehicle cannot enter the compound and get to the mosque.”
In the Taliban’s detailed statement on the attack posted on its official website, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that four of the 10 attackers were disguised as soldiers at the time of the attack.
The Taliban statement said the attack was retaliation for the killing of the Taliban governor of Kunduz province, Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, and threatened more violence against the army and police, saying “this year’s operations will be painful.”
Local TV footage showed hundreds of people gathered outside the army crops waiting to find out if their relatives had been killed or wounded.
In March, an attack on a military hospital in the capital Kabul killed 50 people. Responsibility for that attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. According to officials, five attackers were involved, including one suicide bomber who detonated an explosives belt and four gunmen who stormed the building.
The 209th corps is located in the Dihdadi district of Balkh. It is one of seven corps of the country’s Ministry of Defense, which is responsible for providing security for Afghanistan’s northern and northeastern provinces.
NEW YORK (AP) – James Cameron has set the release dates for the next four “Avatar” sequels, with the first coming in 2020.
The movie’s Facebook page Saturday posted a photo of Cameron and his massive film crew, who have been working on all four films simultaneously. The post said “Avatar 2” will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2020, and “Avatar 3” comes a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.
The franchise then takes a three-year hiatus before returning with “Avatar 4” on Dec. 20, 2024, and “Avatar 5” on Dec. 19, 2025. The first sequel had been expected in 2018 but Cameron this year said that timetable wouldn’t be met.
The original 2009 “Avatar” film has netted over $2.7 billion, centering on the conflict between humans and the blue-skinned alien race Na’vi of Pandora.
HOUSTON (AP) – American Airlines says it has grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after the flight attendant took a baby stroller away from another passenger.
Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away the stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. He has been removed from duty in the meantime.
A video taken by a passenger and posted on Facebook shows the sobbing woman holding a small child and saying, “You can’t use violence with baby.”
Later, an unidentified male passenger confronts the flight attendant, telling him, “You do that to me and I’ll knock you flat.” The flight attendant responds with “Hit me. Bring it on.”
The incident comes less than two weeks after video of a man being violently dragged off a United Express flight sparked widespread outrage.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Advocates are buzzing again about extending Kansas’ health coverage for the poor because of a Topeka hospital’s potential demise.
Yet they could struggle for the last few votes from reluctant Republican legislators to overcome an expected veto by GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.
Supporters of expanding Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s signature federal health care law must persuade a few GOP lawmakers it can be done without extra cost to the cash-strapped state.
They were energized by the recent announcement that the owner of the Catholic nonprofit St. Francis hospital in Topeka plans to stop operating it this summer whether it finds a buyer or not.
The last holdouts would be GOP lawmakers skeptical of projections from advocates that expanding Medicaid would be a net financial plus for the state.
7:45AM Clouds will likely be stubborn today, and combine that with some breezy north winds, then temperatures will stay well below normal in the 50s. Your Saturday is more of a movie day, but sunshine and warmth return tomorrow! Get more details on your forecast, including when the next chance for storms returns, in my video update right here.
6AM The rain is exiting to the east, but some patchy drizzle may linger this morning in central and eastern Kansas. I’ll have your full weekend forecast all morning on KSN!
On a rainy, misty evening at Bishop Carroll high school, two of the premier girls soccer programs went at it on the pitch. Just a few minutes into the match, Hanleigh Allen blasted a shot from twenty-seven yards out for the goal, making things 1-0.
But then Washburn Rural started to get things going offensively, but the golden eagles defense held strong to keep things scoreless.
Ultimately, Washburn Rural took control in the second half, winning the match, 2-1.