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Sebastian Maniscalco to host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards. He'll be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 by some of the industry's biggest stars as they celebrate the year's music videos. Executive producer Bruce Gillmer says Maniscalco's "comedic spin on relatable topics will make this year's show truly unforgettable." Maniscalco is currently on his North American "You Bother Me" tour. The 45-year-old was the 2018 Billboard "Comedian of the Year" and made his feature film debut last year in the Oscar-winning "Green Book."

Sebastian Maniscalco to host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards. He'll be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 by some of the industry's biggest stars as they celebrate the year's music videos. Executive producer Bruce Gillmer says Maniscalco's "comedic spin on relatable topics will make this year's show truly unforgettable." Maniscalco is currently on his North American "You Bother Me" tour. The 45-year-old was the 2018 Billboard "Comedian of the Year" and made his feature film debut last year in the Oscar-winning "Green Book."

2 men charged with stealing truck they were test driving

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two men held an employee at a Missouri car dealership at gunpoint and stole a truck they were test driving. Police say the theft ended when the suspects crashed the pickup truck. Twenty-year-old Garrett Eagle and 43-year-old David Edens are charged with first-degree robbery in the case. The Springfield News-Leader reports a probable cause statement says the two men asked to test drive a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup on June 18 at Wehr RV in Springfield. The statement says the men eventually refused to return the truck. Edens allegedly pointed a gun at the

South Carolina man found in pond wasn't killed by alligator

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man found dead in a pond with alligator bites did not die in a gator attack. News outlets are reporting that an autopsy completed Tuesday on 79-year-old John Elias shows he died of natural causes on Saturday before being bitten by the alligator. A Charleston County Sheriff's report says Elias was doing yard work by a lake behind his house when he went missing. Search crews found his body hours later. The alligator was found and killed on Sunday.

Off-duty police officer shot in head driving through Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say an off-duty officer was shot in the head while driving through the city's South Side and is in critical condition. Police say the 25-year-old off-duty officer was driving a few blocks from the department's headquarters at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when someone in another vehicle opened fire. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the officer was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was undergoing emergency surgery. Police say no arrests have been made.

Markets Right Now: Stocks rise on hopes for trade deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are rising early Wednesday on optimism for a U.S.-China trade deal and a rally in semiconductor companies. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that a trade deal between the U.S. and China was "about 90%" done during recent negotiations. President Donald Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit this weekend and investors are hoping for some resolution to the trade dispute. Chip stocks jumped after Micron Technology forecast improved demand for smartphone chips

No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

MANDEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of closed beaches to news outlets. Residents shouldn't even allow their pets to come in contact with water that has a greenish-blue hue. The toxic cyanobacterium can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Joe Spraggins blames fresh water entering the Mississippi sound. A New

Texas man says daughter's limp body paralyzed him with fear

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has testified that he was paralyzed by fear when his daughter went limp after choking on milk, and he decided to dump her body in a culvert near their home. Wesley Mathews testified Tuesday in the punishment phase of his Dallas trial that he panicked when he couldn't resuscitate 3-year-old Sherin Mathews. Her body was found about two weeks later. He has told investigators that Sherin was underweight and he at times had to force her to drink milk for nourishment. A medical examiner has testified that it's unlikely a child could choke to death on milk. The trial is

Wayfair workers protest contract with detention center

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at online home furnishings retailer Wayfair have planned a walkout to protest the company's decision to sell $200,000 worth of furniture to a government contractor that runs a detention center for migrant children in Texas. More than 500 employees at the company's Boston headquarters signed a protest letter to executives when they found out about the contract. Wednesday's walkout was organized when Wayfair refused to back out of the contract. Elizabeth Good, one of the walkout's organizers, told The Boston Globe knowing that Wayfair is profiting from what's going on

Investigators probe cause of Wisconsin fire that killed 6

PICKEREL, Wis. (AP) — State and local investigators are trying to determine the cause of a house fire that killed six people, including four children, in a small northern Wisconsin town. Authorities say the fire early Tuesday in a multifamily home in the unincorporated community of Pickerel killed a 34-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, a 10-month-old girl, a 1½-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy. Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick says two other people escaped. Fire officials say the blaze is believed to have started on the lower level and spread upward. Town of

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