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Kirstie Alley, 'Cheers' star, Emmy winner, dies at 71

The prolific actor's TV and film appearances included "Look Who's Talking" and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and stretched over more than 40 years.
CHEERS -- Season 7 -- Pictured: Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe
CHEERS -- Season 7 -- Pictured: Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe
5h ago

Lawsuit alleges writer-director James Toback is a 'serial sexual predator'

Dozens of women claimed the Oscar-nominated screenwriter often said he wanted to cast them in his films before he allegedly sexually assaulted them.
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, James Toback arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest "The Gambler" in Los Angeles. Beverly Hills police say they're investigating complaints against film mogul Harvey Weinstein and writer-director Toback, who've been the subjects of sexual harassment allegations. The Police Department acknowledged Tuesday night, Oct. 31, 2017, that it's received multiple complaints against the two men.
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, James Toback arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest "The Gambler" in Los Angeles. Beverly Hills police say they're investigating complaints against film mogul Harvey Weinstein and writer-director Toback, who've been the subjects of sexual harassment allegations. The Police Department acknowledged Tuesday night, Oct. 31, 2017, that it's received multiple complaints against the two men.
6h ago

Man admits to killing five women in infamous Long Island 'Torso Killer' slayings

Richard Cottingham pleaded guilty to a 1968 killing and confessed to four other homicides.
Richard Cottingham, center, known as the "Torso Killer," pleads guilty on April 27, 2021, to two 1974 murders, in this image from a virtual court hearing.
Richard Cottingham, center, known as the "Torso Killer," pleads guilty on April 27, 2021, to two 1974 murders, in this image from a virtual court hearing.
9h ago

On social media, a theory persists about North Carolina power outage

Authorities have said the motive in the targeted attack is still unknown.
Sunrise Theater hosted the Downtown Divas drag show in downtown Southern Pines. The theater was dark as a result of power outages, Dec. 4, 2022.

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Sunrise Theater hosted the Downtown Divas drag show in downtown Southern Pines. The theater was dark as a result of power outages, Dec. 4, 2022.

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11h ago

Trial begins for former Texas officer who shot Black woman through a window in her home

Aaron Dean, a white former officer, fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson after a concerned neighbor noticed a door had been left ajar and called a nonemergency line.
Aaron Dean arrives to the 396th District Court in Fort Worth on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas, for the first day of his trial in the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean, a former Fort Worth police officer, is accused of fatally shooting Jefferson in 2019.
Aaron Dean arrives to the 396th District Court in Fort Worth on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas, for the first day of his trial in the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean, a former Fort Worth police officer, is accused of fatally shooting Jefferson in 2019.

Volunteering in your community could help with depression

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, many people around the world struggled with feelings of isolation from the loss of human connection. NBC News’ Kate Snow shares how volunteering in your community can reduce the risk of mortality and lower feelings of depression.
Volunteering in your community could help with depression
Volunteering in your community could help with depression

Groundbreaking Brooklyn art exhibit honors lives lost from police encounters

A groundbreaking art exhibit in Brooklyn, 1-800 Happy Birthday, honors those killed after encounters with police. The voicemail project has a phone booth featuring details about their lives and voices of their loved ones. NBC News’ Yamiche Alcindor shares more about the experience’s lasting impact.
Groundbreaking Brooklyn art exhibit honors lives lost from police encounters
Groundbreaking Brooklyn art exhibit honors lives lost from police encounters

Mauna Loa’s lava could impact critical highway on Hawaii’s Big Island

As Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, continues to erupt, the lava may now be on a collision course with one of the Big Island’s most critical highways. NBC News’ Steve Patterson has more details about the flow’s potential impact.
Mauna Loa’s lava could impact critical highway on Hawaii’s Big Island
Mauna Loa’s lava could impact critical highway on Hawaii’s Big Island

North Carolina power outage caused by targeted attack

Tens of thousands of North Carolina residents are left in the dark for a third straight night from the work of at least one criminal vandal who intentionally targeted the county’s electrical system, officials say. NBC News’ Blayne Alexander has more details on the investigation.
North Carolina power outage caused by targeted attack
North Carolina power outage caused by targeted attack

Sale jumpstarts floating, offshore wind power in U.S. waters

Offshore wind is well established in the U.K. and some other countries but is just beginning to ramp up off America’s coasts.
The five turbines of America's first offshore wind farm, owned by the Danish company, Orsted, stand off the coast of Block Island, R.I., in this, Oct. 17, 2022, file photo. The federal government is working on a plan to protect right whales while also developing offshore wind power off the the East Coast.
The five turbines of America's first offshore wind farm, owned by the Danish company, Orsted, stand off the coast of Block Island, R.I., in this, Oct. 17, 2022, file photo. The federal government is working on a plan to protect right whales while also developing offshore wind power off the the East Coast.
14h ago

Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in prison for California fraud scheme

The disgraced lawyer was ordered to pay $7 million in restitution after admitting he pocketed millions of dollars that belonged to clients and lied to them about it.
Michael Avenatti
Michael Avenatti