‘Crocodile Dundee’ actor Paul Hogan reflects on his divorces: ‘I’m not a great husband’

Australian actor Paul Hogan, best known for his breakout role in “Crocodile Dundee” and its sequel, is celebrating his 80th birthday next month.

The movie star, whose career has spanned five decades, is reflecting on his personal and professional life in a new two-part special on ABC TV’s “Australian Story.”

In the first episode, Hogan opened up about meeting his first wife, Nolene Edwards, at the swimming pool where he worked and raising a family at a young age. They married in 1958 and Hogan had three sons by the time he was 22 years old.


“I sort of dug it, I loved it. And we grew up together, me and my kids,” Hogan recalled.

The couple went on to have five children together and were married for more than 20 years until they split in 1981. Hogan and Edwards rekindled their love in 1982 and stay married for another eight years before finally calling it quits in 1990.

He divorced Edwards because he fell in love with his “Crocodile Dundee” co-star, Linda Kozlowski.

In 2016 he was revealed that Hogan and Edwards didn’t speak to each other for 17 years following the breakup.


In the first part, Hogan talked about Kozlowski’s first impressions of him on the set of the 1986 movie: “She thought I was a little bit aloof, or a little bit, uh, closed.”

His friend, Delvene Delaney, revealed that Kozlowski started to develop feelings and was worried. “Linda came to me at one point and was worried about it because she knew Paul was married. But it was unstoppable,” she described.

Actors Linda Kozlowski and Paul Hogan 

Actors Linda Kozlowski and Paul Hogan  (Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

“Dundee”s director, Peter Faiman, agreed. He said, “As the movie went on, they understood each other better and better and better. A lot of what we saw on air was true life.”


Kolwozski and Hogan had one son together before she filed for divorce in 2013.

“I’m not a great husband. I’m good early.” Hogan admitted.

New York Times Kavanaugh ‘bombshell’ appears to begin imploding; Auto workers go on strike against GM

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New York Times updates Kavanaugh ‘bombshell’ to note accuser doesn’t recall alleged assault 
The New York Times suddenly made a major revision to its story late Sunday concerning a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh. The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the supposed sexual assault in question at all. The Times also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no comment about the episode.

The only first-hand statement concerning the supposed attack in the original piece came from a Clinton-connected lawyer who claimed to have witnessed it. The Times’ revision says: “Editors’ Note: An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.”

The update came only after the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, who reviewed an advance copy of the book, first flagged the omission on Twitter. Click here to read more about our top story.

More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike against GM
The United Auto Workers went on a nationwide strike against General Motors on Sunday night after contract talks broke off Sunday. It is the first strike against GM in 12 years. Talks will resume Monday morning. Union officials say both sides are far apart in the talks, while GM says it has made significant offers. UAW represents workers at 33 manufacturing sites and 22 parts warehouses across the country.

Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ against attackers of Saudi oil facility ‘depending on verification’; Iran denies involvement
President Trump on Sunday suggested U.S. investigators had “reason to believe” they knew who launched crippling attacks against a key Saudi oil facility, and vowed that America was “locked and loaded depending on verification.” While he did not specify in his tweet who he believed was responsible for Saturday’s drone attacks, U.S. investigators previously have pointed the finger at Iran. For its part, Iran has denied the allegations. Earlier Sunday, Trump authorized the use of emergency oil reserves in Texas and other states after Saudi oil processing facilities were attacked, sparking fears of a spike in oil prices when markets reopen Monday.

Beto hits Buttigieg, Dems with expletive-driven defense of debate comments on gun confiscation
Beto O’Rourke on Sunday launched an expletive-fueled defense of his call to ban assault-style weapons and impose mandatory buybacks of AR-15s and AK-47s while also pushing back at critics — including fellow 2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg. During last Thursday’s presidential debate, the former Texas congressman said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore.”

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and agreed with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., saying the clip of O’Rourke’s statement about AR-15s and AK-47s “will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for your guns.”

Buttigieg went on to say, “When even this president and even [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell are at least are pretending to be open to reforms, we know that we have a moment on our hand. Let’s make the most of it and get these things done.” O’Rourke pushed back, tweeting, “When candidates say, ‘At least Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are pretending to be interested,’ sh–, that is not enough. Neither is poll-testing your message. Gun violence is a life or death issue—and we have to represent the bold ideas of people all over the country.”

Lori Loughlin appears in court in Boston in September 2019 about the college admissions scandal. At right, Felicity Huffman leaves her sentencing in the college admissions scam case, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues." Huffman will serve 14 days in federal prison following a plea agreement, while Loughlin pleaded not guilty and awaits a trial.

Lori Loughlin appears in court in Boston in September 2019 about the college admissions scandal. At right, Felicity Huffman leaves her sentencing in the college admissions scam case, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” Huffman will serve 14 days in federal prison following a plea agreement, while Loughlin pleaded not guilty and awaits a trial. (Getty)

Lori Loughlin ‘aware’ of Huffman’s sentence, regrets rejecting plea deal: report
Lori Loughlin may have second thoughts about pleading not guilty in the college admissions scandal following Felicity Huffman’s 14-day sentence. A source close to Loughlin told People that the former “Fuller House” star was “aware of Felicity’s sentence and is processing what that means for her.” Huffman, 56, was sentenced to 14 days behind bars after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. Click here to read more.

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San Francisco’s least expensive home still costs $600G

If a one-bedroom, one-bath cottage with no garage or backyard priced at over half-a-million dollars sounds like your cup of tea, then get our your checkbook.

A 570-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bath property is on the market for $599,000 in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood.


According to SF Gate, the home was originally listed in March for $675,000, but after months without an interested buyer, the agent took it off the market in August.

Now the residential property at 17 Laidley St., which recently had its kitchen and bathroom remodeled, is once again for sale at a lowered $599,000 price tag.


“We’ve been getting all kinds of activity. I’m getting calls from people down south and they’re saying hey, I can get a house in SF for $599,000 I want it now. Some people are saying I don’t even know what I’d do with it yet, but I want it,” listing agent Jeff Appenrodt with Laurel Realty told SF Gate.

The abode is considered a bargain given that the median price of homes–including condos –in the nine-county Bay Area was a cool $815,000 this summer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited a report by CoreLogic.

In San Francisco, specifically, the median was $1.35 million.


Though there seems to be renewed interest in the “cheap” property, the home will never be as big as its mini-mansion neighbors, since the lot it sits on is only 614 square feet.

However, Appenrodt tells SF Gate the pint-sized home has a basement and attic that could potentially add more square footage if finished.


Vaping may be harming your teeth, too

Americans are smoking fewer cigarettes than ever.

But this doesn’t mean cigarettes are completely on the way out.

Vaping devices, also known as electronic cigarettes, have exploded in popularity in recent years.


Leading the way is Juul, which holds nearly three-quarters of the U.S. market share. From 2017 to 2018, Juul sales increased by nearly 800 percent.

While these devices might seem at first blush to be healthier than smoking, they carry many of the same risks — and even a few new risks.

Since last month, federal officials have reported more than 400 cases of serious lung illness that may be tied to vaping.

Dr. Barbara Keber, chair of family medicine at Northwell Health’s Glen Cove Hospital in New York, told Healthline it’s a serious situation.


“Many of these people have actually ended up on a ventilator with this acute illness,” she said. “Most of them are actually adolescents or young adults, using e-cigarettes, or e-nicotine instead of smoking.”

Your family doctor will likely tell you that vaping is an addictive habit that’s bad for your body.

Your dentist, meanwhile, may have a few thoughts on why it’s bad for your teeth.

Like cigarettes, vaping devices — Juul or otherwise — are not good for oral health.

Here’s a few of the risks the devices can present for your teeth.


This oral disease causes inflammation of the gums and can progress to more serious conditions if left untreated.

One of its most common symptoms is bad breath.

Dr. Heather Kunen, DDS, MS, an orthodontist and co-founder of the Beam Street dental clinic in New York, told Healthline that nicotine constricts blood vessels and prevents healthy blood flow.

That means, she said, that vaping (or smoking) can contribute to the development of gingivitis.

Kunen says that when it comes to convincing younger people to stay away from nicotine, she typically appeals to their vanity, explaining to them what gingivitis can do.

“I tell them that if they continue to smoke or vape, their breath will smell and that they will have an increased risk of losing their teeth,” she said.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a more advanced stage of gingivitis, one that’s characterized by problems with the tissues surrounding the teeth.

Keber told Healthline that the components found in vaporized nicotine form a bacterial breeding ground along the gums.

“The breakdown of some of these products absolutely softens the tooth enamel and degrades it,” she explained. “That’s one piece of it. But these products also adhere to the saliva in the mouth and create a place for the bacteria to actually settle in the little crevices in the teeth and in between the teeth. It increases the bacterial component in the mouth, giving way to gum disease.”

When gingivitis and periodontal disease go unchecked, teeth can be lost. In fact, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.

Tooth decay and oral thrush

These two conditions are both caused by dryness in the mouth.


Vaping is a major risk factor, due to the way the vapor affects conditions in the mouth.

“We don’t really know exactly what all the ingredients are in the liquid that’s used to vaporize the nicotine,” said Keber. “One of the ingredients that’s known to be in the vaporizing liquid, though, is propylene glycol, which is something similar to what’s used in antifreeze. And once you vaporize, the breakdown includes some pretty significantly harmful products.”

Propylene glycol actually restricts moisture by binding to moistness inside the mouth. This leads to a dry mouth and a dry throat, which both contribute to tooth decay and oral thrush.

These chemicals also have a way of softening the enamel in the teeth, which also contributes to adverse effects.

“That softening of the enamel leads to a possibility of increased development of dental cavities, or tooth decay,” said Kunen.

Oral cancer

There’s a perception that vaping may not be healthy, but that it’s healthier than smoking.

“No company has been able to show any scientific data that e-cigarettes are safe or a healthier alternative to smoking,” said Kunen. “Preliminary studies carried out by national health organizations are showing that e-cigarettes do indeed pose huge health risks and contain carcinogens that can cause DNA changes that lead to cancer.”

One study, released last year by the American Chemical Society, did indeed conclude that vaping chemicals may damage DNA, thus increasing the risk of developing cancer.

“The vapor breaks down into acetic acid, lactic acid, and propionaldehyde, all of which are toxic, and toxic to the tissues in the oral cavity,” said Keber.

To vape or not to vape?

Vaping is a new enough practice that scientific literature is still playing catchup.


Kunen says that while e-cigarettes might be appealing to someone who is looking for an alternative to cigarettes, they should be avoided at all costs.

“E-cigarettes are not safe and are not a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes, period,” she said. “Their sleek appearance and vapor-like aerosol masks the danger that lies within. The high popularity of Juul and other e-cigarettes, especially among the young population, should be of major concern and the associated risks of e-cigarettes must be more highly publicized.”

This article first appeared on HealthLine.com.

Food-delivery service’s TV ad banned for being ‘likely to mislead’

An advertisement for a food-delivery service which shows an astronaut receiving his order on the moon, and an escaped convict getting pizza delivered after tunneling free from prison, has been banned on the grounds that it’s “likely to mislead.”

The ad, from Deliveroo, first aired on television in March, featuring a voiceover that suggested customers would be able to order “what you want, where you want, when you want.”

The ad, however, included on-screen text reading, “some restrictions apply, obviously.”


Despite this, the Advertising Standards Authority of the United Kingdom (ASA) received 22 complaints — but not from astronauts or escaped convicts. Rather, the complaints came from U.K. residents “who understood that Deliveroo did not deliver to their areas” and considered the ad misleading.

Roofoods, the parent company of Deliveroo, argued that its on-screen message (“some restrictions apply, obviously”) should have made it clear that not all locations in the U.K. were covered, but the ASA ruled that the “absolute nature” of the ad’s claim “suggested delivery was unrestricted throughout the U.K.”


“We considered the very clearly fantastical nature of the settings – for example, in space and a car chase – was likely to lead viewers to interpret the qualification to mean that the restrictions applied to places where it would be ridiculous to expect to be able to access the service, rather than that there were certain areas of the country that were excluded,” the ASA wrote.

As per the ASA, Deliveroo can no longer show the ad “in the form complained of,” although the ad appears to still be live on its YouTube channel. (It’s unclear if it has been modified from its original form.)


A spokesperson for Deliveroo was not immediately available to comment, but the company did respond to the ruling in a statement shared with the BBC.

“Deliveroo designed a playful advert to show that, through our service, people are able to order food to a wide range of places, whether home or work, for a range of occasions,” the statement read. “We know some will be disappointed that their local area isn’t currently served by Deliveroo, but we are expanding rapidly across the UK.”

NYPD cops chase pot smokers, find kidnapped man beaten, bound in store basement

A man was found beaten and bound in the basement of a Bronx bodega when two cops who were chasing separate suspects entered the cellar early Wednesday morning, police said.

The cops ran into the bodega on Bussing Avenue near Digney Avenue in Wakefield at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday while they were chasing two suspects who had been smoking pot on a nearby street corner, authorities said.

While they were searching for the suspects in the store, an employee let them into the basement, where they discovered the kidnapped 49-year-old, cops said.

Richard Millwood

Richard Millwood (DCPI)


The officers freed the man, who then told them he had been kidnapped three days prior by four people on a Bronx street corner, police said.

The victim — who sources said has a lengthy arrest record — said the four suspects forced him into a car near East 234 Street and White Plains Road in Wakefield at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, cops said.

They then drove him to the deli, brought him to the basement, beat him and chained him to a pole, he told police.

Cops arrested the owner of the deli, 49-year-old Orinthia Gifford, and charged her with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment for her role in the caper, authorities said.

Gifford’s 26-year-old daughter, who did not give her name, said Wednesday night she was shocked to hear about her mother’s kidnapping arrest, but knew her mother had been involved with “fugitives.”

“I know she got caught up with something to do with some fugitives. They chased them in here and I guess since she’s the owner, they took her in,” she said.

Police believe the kidnapped man knew all of the suspects who abducted him, authorities said. They were investigating if the kidnapping was connected to a drug-dealing operation, sources said.

Investigators identified the store employee who let the police into the basement as 35-year-old Richard Millwood. He is wanted in connection to the kidnapping.

He’s about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds and was last seen wearing all black, cops said.


Police do not have photographs of the other suspects, but are still searching for them.

HS swimmer disqualified because ref saw ‘butt cheek touching butt cheek’

A high school swimmer from Alaska was disqualified from a race on Friday because the referee ruled she could see “butt cheek touching butt cheek” during the girl’s victorious race, according to a report.

The young Dimond High School swimmer was faulted with breaking a National Federation of High Schools rule in her match against Chugiak that states boys must conceal their buttocks and girls must cover their buttocks and breasts, according to The Anchorage Daily News.

The meet’s referee explained to Annette Rohde, who was working as an official, that the swimmer’s suit “was so far up I could see butt cheek touching butt cheek,” the report said.

The Anchorage School District said in a statement to the paper that it’s reviewing the incident.


“The disqualification appears to stem from a difference of opinion in the interpretation of the rules governing high school swim uniforms,” the statement said.

“We intend to gather all the facts surrounding the disqualification so we can accurately address the matter with officials and take appropriate action to ensure fair, equitable competition and consistent application of the rules for this athlete and her peers.”

The district noted the girl was wearing her “approved, school-issued suit,” on Friday.

After the meet, Rohde consulted with the referee over the decision, which left her in “disbelief.”

“I told her, ‘I need to know how you’re defining this, because this is going to blow up,’’’ Rohde told the paper.

Rohde said she didn’t see the infraction.


The ref’s call denied the swimmer a win, the report said. She competed in four other races Friday.


Why Trump is taking flak for inviting the Taliban to Camp David

Another historic Camp David summit was not to be.

We didn’t learn until late Saturday that President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders at the Maryland retreat to finalize a peace deal for Afghanistan. That news came through presidential tweets announcing that the secret session had been canceled, in the wake of a Taliban attack whose victims included an American soldier.

This is one of those rare instances when Trump is drawing criticism from some of his allies on the right as well as his harshest critics on the left. Just about everyone seems relieved that the agreement collapsed at the last minute.

And the plan to use Camp David, where Jimmy Carter famously negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt, is bringing an extra measure of passion to the debate.


Simply put, it is hard for many Americans to stomach that the Taliban, who harbored Osama bin Laden in the runup to 9/11, would be given a civilized welcome by a president of the United States in those storied cabins–especially with the anniversary of that terrible day approaching.

It may well have been a bad idea for several reasons. But I will say this: Many people have a hard time understanding why, 18 years later, the United States still has troops in a country torn by civil war. And Trump ran for the White House as an opponent of endless wars.

No one wants to allow brutal terrorists to again operate with impunity in Afghanistan—but few want American troops bogged down there for decades.

The New York Times, which has by far the most detailed reporting on the episode, said it has “all of the characteristic traits of the Trump presidency — the yearning ambition for the grand prize, the endless quest to achieve what no other president has achieved, the willingness to defy convention, the volatile mood swings and the tribal infighting.”

The Washington Post says that when the top U.S. negotiator asked for a summit meeting in D.C., “Taliban leaders said they accepted the idea — as long as the visit came after the deal was announced.

“That would become a fundamental dividing point contributing to the collapse of the talks. Mr. Trump did not want the Camp David meeting to be a celebration of the deal; after staying out of the details of what has been a delicate effort in a complicated region, Mr. Trump wanted to be the dealmaker who would put the final parts together himself, or at least be perceived to be.”


These and other news outlets agree that the maneuvering highlighted the divisions between Mike Pompeo, the secretary of State, and John Bolton, the national security adviser. Pompeo, according to the Times, increasingly tried to isolate Bolton, the leading opponent of the deal.

The tentative agreement would have the U.S. withdrawing its remaining 14,000 troops over 16 months in exchange for counterterrorism assurances from the Taliban. Bolton has argued that Trump could pull out 5,000 troops without a deal. But what incentive do the Taliban have make concessions if the American troop presence is being slashed anyway? And how come the Afghan government isn’t in on these talks?

Lindsey Graham and retired generals David Petraeus and Jack Keane counseled Trump against the meeting, as did (according to CNN) Mike Pence. (Trump called it fake news that he overruled the VP and other advisers, saying the “Dishonest Media likes to create the look of turmoil in the White House.” He also tweeted that “we have been serving as policemen in Afghanistan.”)

Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted, “Camp David is where America’s leaders met to plan our response after al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 3000 Americans on 9/11. No member of the Taliban should set foot there. Ever. The Taliban still harbors al Qaeda. The President is right to end the talks.”

I wonder whether the car bombing that killed the American soldier is the entire reason for Trump’s pullback. After all, it’s routine to hold peace talks while wars are raging unless there’s a cease-fire. Perhaps the president thought the death would just galvanize the deal’s opponents.

But what rankles most of all is the venue. The Vietnam peace talks were held in Paris. The two summits with Kim Jong-un were in Singapore and Hanoi. The summit meeting with Vladimir Putin was in Helsinki. To invite the terroristic Taliban to Camp David, whatever the negotiating details, is really hard to swallow.

Red Sox part ways with baseball boss Dave Dombrowski after loss to Yankees

The Boston Red Sox have parted ways with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski less than a year after winning the World Series.


Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg made the announcement Sunday night following a 10-5 loss to the New York Yankees that dropped the defending champions 17 1/2 games behind their longtime AL East rivals. Boston, which had won three straight AL East titles, would be eliminated from the division race with a loss in the series finale on Monday night.

A veteran baseball executive who built a World Series champion in Miami and helped the Tigers win two AL pennants, Dombrowski was brought in to steady the Red Sox front office in 2015 with the team in the middle of back-to-back last-place finishes.

The Red Sox followed with three straight AL East titles — a first time in franchise history, winning a club-record 108 games last season and their fourth World Series since 2004.

But this year’s team — with largely the same roster as last year’s — has gone 76-67, losing five of their first six games and never really getting back into contention in the division. While Dombrowski stood pat at the trade deadline, with a wild-card berth still in reach, the ballclub reeled off an eight-game losing streak.


Gregg said Boston’s assistant general managers would share Dombrowski’s duties for the final few weeks of the season.

Trump family ‘dynasty’ will ‘last for decades,’ 2020 campaign chief says

President Trump and his family represent a political movement with the potential of transforming the Republican Party, according to Brad Parscale, manager of the president’s 2020 reelection campaign.

“I just think they’re a dynasty,” Parscale told reporters after delivering a speech Saturday at the fall convention of the California Republican Party.

“I think they’re all amazing people … with amazing capabilities,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “I think you see that from Don Jr. I think you see that from Ivanka. You see it from Jared. You see it from all.”


“I think they’re all amazing people … with amazing capabilities. I think you see that from Don Jr. I think you see that from Ivanka. You see it from Jared. You see it from all.”

— Brad Parscale, manager of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

Parscale was speaking at the end of a week that saw Ivanka Trump embark on a trip to Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative; saw Republican political strategist Rick Wilson predict in a Daily Beast column that Donald Trump Jr. will seek and likely win the 2024 GOP presidential nomination; and saw Jared Kushner appoint a lieutenant in his role of crafting the president’s Middle East policy, according to Politico.

Earlier Saturday, Parscale told the convention crowd in Indian Wells that the Trump family’s influence would likely “last for decades,” and propel the GOP “into a new party – one that will adapt to changing cultures.

“One must continue to adapt while keeping the conservative values that we believe in,” he added, though when speaking later with reporters he declined to speculate on whether any of the president’s family members would seek elected office, the AP reported.

Then-President-elect Donald Trump, center, is flanked by daughter Ivanka Trump and son Donald Trump Jr., at a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, Jan. 11, 2017. (Associated Press)

Then-President-elect Donald Trump, center, is flanked by daughter Ivanka Trump and son Donald Trump Jr., at a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, Jan. 11, 2017. (Associated Press)

At the California GOP convention, party delegates sought to develop an election strategy in a heavily Democratic state that Trump lost by more than 4 million votes in 2016. Polls show the president remains widely unpopular there.

Parscale acknowledged that California was not a key focus of Trump’s reelection plans. “This is not a swing state,” he said, drawing laughs from the crowd.

But he noted California was the biggest source of the president’s campaign donations.


The party’s struggles in California are well known. Democrats control every statewide office and both chambers of the Legislature, while holding an edge of nearly 4 million in voter registrations. Both U.S. Senate seats are in Democratic hands, and the party has a 46-7 edge over Republicans in U.S. House seats in the state.

The last significant push by a Republican presidential candidate to win California was in 2000, when George W. Bush was backed by more than $15 million, then lost to Democrat Al Gore by 12 points.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.