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Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer and “Weekend Update” host, has died. His death Tuesday was confirmed by his management team, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, who said Macdonald, 61, had cancer for nine years but kept it private. Macdonald was on “Saturday Night Live” during the 1990s as a writer-performer, and a laconic host of “Weekend Update.” After leaving the show in 1998, he starred in an ABC sitcom for three years. Macdonald was a stand-up comedian born and raised in Quebec City, Canada, and worked briefly as a writer for the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” before he was asked to join “Saturday Night Live.”

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Visitors from around the world come and go, snap selfies and then leave, but for those who live and work close to the memorial, the site is both a part of their daily routine and hallowed ground.

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A stunned U.S. East Coast is facing a sobering death toll, surging rivers, tornado damage and continuing calls for rescue after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain. More than 40 deaths have been linked to flooding from Maryland to New York from the storm's strike Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Officials said at least 13 people died in New York City and three in suburban Westchester County. Authorities said at least 23 died in New Jersey and at least five died in Pennsylvania. In Connecticut, a state trooper died after his cruiser was swept away. Another death was reported in Maryland.

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New York’s new governor is acknowledging that the state has had nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than former Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the public. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office says almost 55,400 people have died of the coronavirus in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from about 43,400 that Cuomo reported to the public as of Monday, his last day in office. Cuomo’s spokesperson said the former administration had only been reporting “clearly labeled confirmed COVID deaths” to ensure accuracy, but had been fulfilling its obligation to report “presumed” deaths to the CDC.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he would resign over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of COVID-19.

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New York Mets general manager Jared Porter has been fired after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

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