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Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths.

The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, the storied cemetery that is their final resting place. People will be granted attendance at the event on a first-come, first-served basis, and it will be live-streamed on www.debbiereynolds.com beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The ceremony is slated to feature music by James Blunt and "Star Wars" composer John Williams and display Hollywood memorabilia that Reynolds collected throughout her life.

Fisher, 60, an actress and writer who starred as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, died Dec. 27 after suffering a medical emergency days earlier aboard a flight from London. Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated actress who shot to fame after starring in "Singin' in the Rain" at age 19, died the following day after being briefly hospitalized.

"She said, 'I want to be with Carrie,'" Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, told The Associated Press after his mother's death. "And then she was gone."

The back-to-back deaths of two prominent actresses were stunning, but they were made even more poignant by the women's complex history. Fisher and Reynolds had a strained relationship that Fisher explored in her writing, but they later reconciled and became trusted confidantes brought closer by painful events in their lives.

Reynolds lost one husband to Elizabeth Taylor, and two other husbands plundered her for millions. Fisher struggled with addiction and mental illness, which she candidly described in books and interviews.

Fisher died after finishing work on "The Last Jedi," the eighth film in the core "Star Wars" saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger said this week that Fisher appears throughout the film, and her performance will not be changed.

Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination for her starring role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

The actresses participated in an HBO documentary on their lives called "Bright Lights," which aired in January.

Todd Fisher organized Saturday's memorial to give fans an opportunity to honor his mother and sister. Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, is expected to attend.

Stars including Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Stephen Fry mourned the actresses at a private memorial in January.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths.

The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, the storied cemetery that is their final resting place. People will be granted attendance at the event on a first-come, first-served basis, and it will be live-streamed on www.debbiereynolds.com beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The ceremony is slated to feature music by James Blunt and "Star Wars" composer John Williams and display Hollywood memorabilia that Reynolds collected throughout her life.

Fisher, 60, an actress and writer who starred as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, died Dec. 27 after suffering a medical emergency days earlier aboard a flight from London. Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated actress who shot to fame after starring in "Singin' in the Rain" at age 19, died the following day after being briefly hospitalized.

"She said, 'I want to be with Carrie,'" Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, told The Associated Press after his mother's death. "And then she was gone."

The back-to-back deaths of two prominent actresses were stunning, but they were made even more poignant by the women's complex history. Fisher and Reynolds had a strained relationship that Fisher explored in her writing, but they later reconciled and became trusted confidantes brought closer by painful events in their lives.

Reynolds lost one husband to Elizabeth Taylor, and two other husbands plundered her for millions. Fisher struggled with addiction and mental illness, which she candidly described in books and interviews.

Fisher died after finishing work on "The Last Jedi," the eighth film in the core "Star Wars" saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger said this week that Fisher appears throughout the film, and her performance will not be changed.

Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination for her starring role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

The actresses participated in an HBO documentary on their lives called "Bright Lights," which aired in January.

Todd Fisher organized Saturday's memorial to give fans an opportunity to honor his mother and sister. Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, is expected to attend.

Stars including Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Stephen Fry mourned the actresses at a private memorial in January.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

Reeling From Health Care Loss, Trump Administration Turns To Taxes

The Trump team will look at overhauling the tax code, but don't expect new legislation soon.

Democrats' Obamacare Celebrations Might Be Short-Lived

Republicans failed to pass a replacement for Obamacare, but the health care political fight is still far from over.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — To be announced.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ariz.; George Shultz, former secretary of state.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif.

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"Fox News Sunday" — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

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CNN's "State of the Union" —Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

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Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for passage.

One of those reporters — Robert Costa of the Post — tweeted news from the surprise phone call a minute after getting it while the president was still talking.

Trump's phone calls came amid a day of drama that played out on television screens leading up to an anticipated afternoon vote on one of the Republicans' enduring campaign promises, to get rid of the insurance law enacted by former President Barack Obama. Congress was debating the measure when it was taken back before a vote.

The calls to Costa and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times were surprising given the newspapers' aggressive coverage of the president. He has consistently derided their "fake news" and mocked the "failing" Times, which has been seeing an increase in subscriptions.

Costa wrote in a first-person piece posted on the Post's web site that when his cell phone rang at 3:31 p.m. EDT, he thought it was a reader complaint because it was a blocked number.

"Hello, Bob," came the president's voice. "So, we just pulled it."

Costa multi-tasked, interviewing Trump while posting several updates on Twitter.

"President Trump just called me, still on phone," he posted at 3:32. "'We just pulled it,' he tells me."

Costa, a national political reporter for the Post, tweeted a stream of updates: "I don't blame Paul, Trump tells me" and "What a convo. I'll type it up quick."

CNN ran a screen grab of Costa's Twitter feed, even though he's nominally a competitor: Costa also works as an NBC News analyst.

Before 5 p.m., he had posted a first-person account of the conversation under the headline: "Hello, Bob: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health care bill was dead."

Haberman's first tweet came at 3:52 p.m.: "TRUMP tells me in interview this is now the Democrats' fault, and that he anticipates that when Obama 'explodes,' they will be ready to deal." She quickly corrected her typo, meaning Obamacare instead of Obama.

She wrote on Twitter that Trump had shown uncharacteristic discipline in saying it was the Democrats who had let him down. Besides Twitter, a quote from her interview appeared in the Times' online coverage of the events. Trump spoke before cameras in the Oval Office about an hour after the phone conversations.

It wasn't Haberman's first phone interview with the president. She wrote a piece shortly after his inauguration about life in the White House.

Later, Haberman offered a Twitter observation about the president: "Trump is not going away this weekend. He was deeply disciplined in phone interviews. The big question is what happens now when he sits in the White House residence and watches television coverage of the bill's failure."

Based on the media coverage, it won't be an easy aftermath.

"Is there a sense of how ignominious this defeat is?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked correspondent Dana Bash, calling it an embarrassment for House Republicans and the White House.

"The president just suffered a terrible defeat," said MSNBC's Brian Williams.

Fox News Channel's Bret Baier said "the president took a hit today," and batted away colleague Eric Bolling's attempt to pin blame on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Congress, noting Trump had pushed hard for the bill.

"When you can't tell the elevator story about what's good about the bill for middle America," Baier said, "you've lost."

Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for passage.

One of those reporters — Robert Costa of the Post — tweeted news from the surprise phone call a minute after getting it while the president was still talking.

Trump's phone calls came amid a day of drama that played out on television screens leading up to an anticipated afternoon vote on one of the Republicans' enduring campaign promises, to get rid of the insurance law enacted by former President Barack Obama. Congress was debating the measure when it was taken back before a vote.

The calls to Costa and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times were surprising given the newspapers' aggressive coverage of the president. He has consistently derided their "fake news" and mocked the "failing" Times, which has been seeing an increase in subscriptions.

Costa wrote in a first-person piece posted on the Post's web site that when his cell phone rang at 3:31 p.m. EDT, he thought it was a reader complaint because it was a blocked number.

"Hello, Bob," came the president's voice. "So, we just pulled it."

Costa multi-tasked, interviewing Trump while posting several updates on Twitter.

"President Trump just called me, still on phone," he posted at 3:32. "'We just pulled it,' he tells me."

Costa, a national political reporter for the Post, tweeted a stream of updates: "I don't blame Paul, Trump tells me" and "What a convo. I'll type it up quick."

CNN ran a screen grab of Costa's Twitter feed, even though he's nominally a competitor: Costa also works as an NBC News analyst.

Before 5 p.m., he had posted a first-person account of the conversation under the headline: "Hello, Bob: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health care bill was dead."

Haberman's first tweet came at 3:52 p.m.: "TRUMP tells me in interview this is now the Democrats' fault, and that he anticipates that when Obama 'explodes,' they will be ready to deal." She quickly corrected her typo, meaning Obamacare instead of Obama.

She wrote on Twitter that Trump had shown uncharacteristic discipline in saying it was the Democrats who had let him down. Besides Twitter, a quote from her interview appeared in the Times' online coverage of the events. Trump spoke before cameras in the Oval Office about an hour after the phone conversations.

It wasn't Haberman's first phone interview with the president. She wrote a piece shortly after his inauguration about life in the White House.

Later, Haberman offered a Twitter observation about the president: "Trump is not going away this weekend. He was deeply disciplined in phone interviews. The big question is what happens now when he sits in the White House residence and watches television coverage of the bill's failure."

Based on the media coverage, it won't be an easy aftermath.

"Is there a sense of how ignominious this defeat is?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked correspondent Dana Bash, calling it an embarrassment for House Republicans and the White House.

"The president just suffered a terrible defeat," said MSNBC's Brian Williams.

Fox News Channel's Bret Baier said "the president took a hit today," and batted away colleague Eric Bolling's attempt to pin blame on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Congress, noting Trump had pushed hard for the bill.

"When you can't tell the elevator story about what's good about the bill for middle America," Baier said, "you've lost."

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard, according to an audio recording released Friday.

"I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss on Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Recordings of Ford's conversations with air traffic controllers were released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 74-year-old actor was told to land his single-engine plane on Runway 20L, but he instead landed on a parallel taxiway. An American Airlines flight was on the same taxiway, waiting to take off.

A video released last month showed Ford's Aviat Husky plane from behind as it descends toward the airfield where the American Airlines Boeing 737 is slowly taxiing.

"Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Ford asked the air traffic control tower as he landed in the wrong spot.

"Oh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie. I understand now. Sorry for that," Ford said.

In a phone call with an air traffic controller after the incident, Ford said he "got distracted by the airliner" and also mentioned "big turbulence" from another plane that was landing.

The American Airlines flight, with 110 passengers and six crew members, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.

When an air traffic controller told the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star to take his time getting the number from his pilot's license, remarking it isn't a big deal, Ford responded: "It's a big deal for me."

After Ford told the employee his name, the man seemed taken aback and assured Ford he won't share his phone number with anyone.

Landing on a taxiway, instead of a runway, is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The agency's probe of the incident is still underway, spokesman Ian Gregor said Friday.

Ford's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

Ford, who collects vintage planes, has a long record as an aviator. He has had several close calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer. It crashed on a Los Angeles golf course after engine failure.

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Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 .

'The Force' Director Talks Documenting The Scandal-Plagued Oakland PD

Peter Nicks explains how the film changed with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and two new scandals that rocked the department.

A Majority Of Smokers Have A Low Socioeconomic Status, Study Finds

More than 36 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes — and nearly three-fourths of them have "one or more low-socioeconomic disadvantages."
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