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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif; retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Priebus; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

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CNN's "State of the Union" — Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; James Jones, former President Barack Obama's first national security adviser.

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"Fox News Sunday" — Priebus

'Twin Peaks' star Warren Frost dead at 91

Warren Frost, who starred on "Twin Peaks" and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including "Matlock" and "Seinfeld," died Friday in Middebury, Vermont, The Associated Press reported. He was 91.

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Frost died at his home after a lengthy illness, according to a statement from his son, "Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost. The nature of the illness was not disclosed.

Warren Frost played Dr. Will Hayward on “Twin Peaks,” serving as the physician in the small town where strange things happen. He reprised his role for an upcoming Showtime sequel to the 1990-91 cult drama that will be aired in May.

Warren Frost played the father of George Costanza’s fiancée Susan on five episodes of “Seinfeld,” Variety reported. He also limned a recurring character on the Andy Griffith legal drama “Matlock” and had guest shots on series including “The Larry Sanders Show,” “L.A. Law” and “Murphy Brown.”

“We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad, Warren Frost,” Mark Frost said in a statement. “From the Normandy shores on D-Day to his 50-year career on stage and screen, he remained the same humble guy from Vermont who taught us that a life devoted to telling the right kind of truths can make a real difference in the lives of others. We’re grateful to have shared him with the world for as long as we did.”

Born in Massachusetts in 1925, Frost spent his early years in the Bronx before moving to Vermont, Variety reported. He joined the Navy at age 17 after graduating from high school in 1942. He spent three years as a First Class Petty Officer and was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, with his ship serving a minesweeper in advance of the Allied armada to come.

He attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he met his future wife, Virginia Calhoun, and then began his TV career in New York with jobs that included stage manager for early shows, the AP reported.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, Frost worked steadily on TV series including "Dragnet" and “Perry Mason” appeared in movies including "The Mating Game" and "It Started with a Kiss."

Frost retired in 2000.

Warren Frost, Dr. Will Hayward on 'Twin Peaks,' dies at 91

Warren Frost, who played Dr. Will Hayward on "Twin Peaks" and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including "Matlock" and "Seinfeld," has died. He was 91.

Frost died Friday at his home in Middlebury, Vermont, after a lengthy illness, according to a statement from his son, "Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost. The nature of the illness was not disclosed.

He "taught us that a life devoted to telling the right kind of truths can make a real difference in the lives of others," Mark Frost said in the statement released by the Showtime channel.

Warren Frost reprised his "Twin Peaks" role for an upcoming Showtime sequel to the 1990-91 cult drama.

The New England native served in the Navy in World War II and was aboard a ship that took part in the 1944 Allied D-Day invasion, according to a biography.

He went on to attend Middlebury College in Vermont, where he met his future wife, Virginia Calhoun, and then began his TV career in New York with jobs that included stage manager for early shows.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, Frost worked steadily on TV series including "Dragnet" and appeared in movies including "The Mating Game" and "It Started with a Kiss."

He went on to earn a master's degree from Occidental College in California and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where he was part of the theater department faculty for 20 years and acted regularly in local productions.

Renewing his screen career in Los Angeles in the 1990s, he appeared in "Seinfeld" as Mr. Ross, the father to George Costanza's ill-fated fiancee Susan, and played pal Billy to "Matlock" star Andy Griffith's character.

Frost retired to Middlebury in 2000 but returned to work to appear in the new "Twin Peaks," set to debut in May.

Frost's survivors, besides wife Virginia and son Mark, include son Scott, a novelist and photographer, daughter Lindsay, an artist, and three grandchildren.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Vice Admiral Robert Harward.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

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CNN's "State of the Union" — Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; James Jones, former President Barack Obama's first national security adviser.

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"Fox News Sunday" — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus; radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Colbert show to air live after Trump's address to Congress

Stephen Colbert is going to have his say after President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress.

CBS said that "The Late Show" will air live at 11:35 p.m. EST Tuesday, the night of Trump's scheduled speech.

Josh Earnest, former press secretary for the Obama White House, and actress Lisa Kudrow will be Colbert's guests on his 15th live show, CBS said Friday.

"Late Show" has been scoring ratings victories. It ranked as the most-watched late-night show in the past two weeks and is closing in on a third week at the top, CBS noted in its announcement.

Colbert, who honed his political comedy chops as a Comedy Central host, began edging up on leader Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" after the election.

C-SPAN survey lists top presidents: Lincoln, Washington, FDR

Just in time for Presidents Day, a new survey of historians on presidential leadership gives the top five slots to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.

It's C-SPAN's third survey on presidents, and the first in which Eisenhower cracks the top five. In 2009, Eisenhower ranked eighth and in 2000 he ranked ninth.

Barack Obama ranks 12th on his first time in the survey of 91 presidential historians.

A member of the survey advisory team, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, says it's fitting that Lincoln, Washington and Franklin Roosevelt are the top three. And he says it's "quite impressive" for Obama to come in at 12 in his first survey. Brinkley also notes that George W. Bush moves up from 36 to 33.

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https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017

Ex-wife: Georgia dad didn't mean to kill toddler in hot car

The ex-wife of a 36-year-old Georgia man convicted of murder for leaving their toddler son to suffer an agonizing death inside a hot SUV said she still believes "it was an accident."

Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty in November. His son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris, died in June 2014 after sweltering for hours in the SUV outside his father's metro Atlanta workplace. Prosecutors argued Harris wanted the boy dead so that he would be free to pursue sexual relationships outside his marriage.

A key witness for Harris' defense was Leanna Taylor, his ex-wife and the dead child's mother. She defended her decision to testify in interviews published Friday.

"It never crossed my mind that Ross had done it on purpose," Leanna Taylor told ABC's "20/20" (http://abcn.ws/2lQo6R9) in an interview scheduled to air Friday night. "Never. It was an accident."

In a separate interview, Taylor told The Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/2lrMrvR) that she has been criticized for speaking out in defense of her ex-husband.

She said her son is "seen as a child that wasn't loved and wasn't wanted, and that just wasn't true."

Taylor insisted Harris was "a very engaged, involved father" — echoing statements she made on the witness stand last fall — even as he was engaging in sexual banter and trysts with women he met online. Sexually explicit text messages and photos that Harris traded with other women were used as evidence against him.

"I have to tell the truth," Taylor said. "And I can't sit up there and say he was a bad father. I can't sit there and say he was annoyed by having a child, because that's not what I saw."

Cooper died in the parking lot of the offices where Harris worked as a web developer for Home Depot in the Atlanta suburbs. He and Taylor moved to Georgia from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2012. She returned to live in Alabama after her son's death.

Taylor told ABC she has Cooper's right footprint tattooed on her own foot so he will always be "walking with her." And more than 2 ½ years after her son's death, she still clings to reminders of his brief life.

"At this very moment, there is a sippy cup on my kitchen table that still has the water in it that he had drank the day before or the morning of, and I just can't wash it," Taylor said. "There's some of him in it and that may seem weird ... and nobody touches it. It's like they know better."

'Dance Moms' star gets OK to travel before sentencing

"Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been allowed to travel overseas while awaiting sentencing in her bankruptcy fraud case.

Federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania objected to Miller's trip because of the chance she won't return before her next sentencing hearing on Feb. 24.

Miller says her livelihood depends on traveling. The Los Angeles resident who was previously from Penn Hills went to England to film a movie.

Prosecutors say Miller was dishonest and only fessed up to her real income after a bankruptcy judge saw her on TV in 2012 and figured she had to be lying. They're seeking a prison sentence of up to 30 months.

Miller's attorneys say their client simply got caught up in her fame and fortune, but always intended to repay her debts. They're seeking probation.

Judge tosses out defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against comedian Bill Cosby, although he still faces criminal charges in Pennsylvania.

Judge Mark Mastroianni ruled Thursday that Katherine McKee didn't adequately show Cosby defamed her when his representatives called a 2014 New York Daily News story on her rape allegations defamatory and demanded a retraction.

The former actress alleged the 79-year-old Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel in 1974.

McKee was among dozens of women to come forward with allegations recently and among at least eight suing for defamation in Massachusetts, where Cosby owns a home.

Cosby's lawyers called Thursday's decision the "correct outcome." McKee's attorneys didn't immediately comment.

In Pennsylvania, "The Cosby Show" star has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a former employee at Temple University.

CNN: Donald Trump attacks haven't hurt the news network

The president of CNN said Thursday that neither the network's journalism or business have been hurt as a result of President Donald Trump's attacks.

Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, spoke Thursday at the same time Trump was holding a news conference in Washington in which he continued his barrage against media coverage of the administration.

Zucker said he was worried enough about Trump's labeling of CNN as "fake news" through the campaign and after that he ordered a study last month to see if it had damaged the network's reputation with viewers. He said it hadn't. Less than a third —or 31 percent — of 2,000 Americans surveyed said they believed CNN's coverage of Trump had been unfair, the internal study found.

The survey also reported that a little more than half of respondents said they trusted CNN, but that was well above the trust level for Trump or members of Congress.

"The CNN brand has been as strong as it has ever been," Zucker said. Network executives said CNN had its most profitable year in 2016 and was on pace to do even better this year.

The administration has reportedly banned its officials from appearing on CNN, although there have been sporadic exceptions. The dispute has been most apparent on Sundays, where on two weekends Vice President Mike Pence and presidential aide Stephen Miller were guests on other network political affairs shows but not on Jake Tapper's CNN show, "State of the Union."

Zucker, who said he had not spoken with Trump since December on this or other issues, said it hasn't affected CNN's ability to tell the political story.

"We don't feel it's hurt us in any way," he said.

Angered by the Pence snub, CNN said that it declined an administration offer to instead have aide Kellyanne Conway on Tapper's show, saying she had credibility issues. Conway has said she wasn't available that day. But Tapper interviewed her two days later. "Saying that we have questions about her credibility does not mean that we would never interview her," Zucker said.

Like its rivals, particularly Fox News Channels, CNN has benefited from extraordinary interest in the new administration. CNN's ratings are up 51 percent this year compared to last, he said. That's unusual because news network ratings usually tumble after a presidential election.

Trump's lengthy news conference on Thursday was filled with media criticism. But he took questions from a range of reporters; many White House reporters - including CNN's Jim Acosta - had been concerned over the past week when Trump bypassed the mainstream media in three separate news conferences connected to visits by foreign leaders, instead calling on representatives from more friendly news outlets. On Thursday Trump even took questions from Acosta, but also specifically criticized some of CNN's coverage of him.

The president said that CNN's 10 p.m. news show, hosted by Don Lemon, "is almost exclusive anti-Trump."

"I would be your biggest fan in the world if you treated me right," Trump said. "I sort of understand there's a certain bias, maybe by Jeff or somebody, you know, whatever reason. And I understand that. But you've got to be at least a little bit fair and that's why the public sees it. They see it. They see it's not fair. You take a look at some of your shows and you see the bias and the hatred."

Acosta, for his part, told the president that "just for the record, we don't hate you. I don't hate you."

After the news conference, CNN's Tapper said the president was "unhinged." He said that Trump's performance might play well among people who voted for him, but "a lot of people are going to say, 'that guy isn't focused on me. I don't know what he's focused on.'"

A few minutes later on Fox News Channel, Bret Baier said that Trump's "mesmerizing" performance was an illustration of why people had supported him.

"There are people who are going to say that it was unhinged, or their heads are going to explode at something he said, but this is Trump being Trump," Baier said.

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Follow David Bauder at twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder

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