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<em>Fawlty Towers</em> actor Andrew Sachs was photographed in a 1981 training manual for caterers.

Andrew Sachs, Who Played Beloved Waiter Manuel On 'Fawlty Towers,' Dies

Actor Andrew Sachs, best known for his beloved portrayal of a hapless Spanish waiter named Manuel on the British sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died at 86.

Sachs had "suffered from dementia for four years," according to the BBC. He died on Nov. 23 and was buried Thursday.

Andy Savage, defense attorney for former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager, awaits a verdict from the jury on Friday.

Jury In S.C. Police Shooting Trial Says It Is Struggling To Reach Verdict

Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET

The jury in the murder trial of former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager told the judge on Friday afternoon that it's having trouble coming to a unanimous verdict.

They will resume deliberating Monday.

Slager is accused of murder for shooting Walter Scott multiple times as he ran away from the officer in 2015, after a routine traffic stop.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an event in Cincinnati on Thursday.

5 Fact Checks From Trump's Cincinnati 'Thank-You Tour' Kickoff

Donald Trump kicked off his postelection "thank you tour" with a Thursday-night rally that sounded a lot like any of his campaign rallies. He said trade was dangerous, he warned about refugees, and his mention of his former opponent, Hillary Clinton, prompted supporters to chant "lock her up."

As was the case at many times on the campaign trail, Trump's presentation of facts requires some fact-checking and context. Here's a look at the president-elect's Thursday-night speech.

Study: Vast Majority Of People Who Are Depressed Do Not Seek Help

"I lost more than 80 percent of my university friends," recalls Jagannath Lamichhane.

After silently struggling with depression for two decades, Lamichhane published an essay in Nepal Times about his mental illness. "I could have hid my problem — like millions of people around the world," he says, but "if we hide our mental health, it may remain a problem forever."

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., embraces Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., during a media briefing about the 21st Century Cures Act on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Winners And Losers If 21st Century Cures Bill Becomes Law

A sprawling health bill expected to pass the Senate, gain President Obama's signature and become law before the end of the year is a grab bag for industries, academic institutions and patient groups that spent oodles of time and money lobbying to advance their interests.

Who wins and who loses?

Here's the rundown of what's at stake in the 21st Century Cures Act:

Winners

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies

A swimming pool in a motel complex in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Emergency Evacuation Notice Arrived After The Flames For Some In Tennessee

In eastern Tennessee, officials say a wildfire that tore through resort towns in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains earlier this week killed at least 13 people and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures, according to local officials and the state emergency management agency.

The confirmed death toll in and around the tourist town of Gatlinburg in Sevier County has climbed steadily since the fire raced into town overnight on Monday.

Gambians celebrate the victory of opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow against longtime President Yahya Jammeh on Friday in the streets of Serrekunda, Gambia.

Will Gambia See Its First-Ever Peaceful Transfer Of Power?

In a shocking upset, election officials say an opposition candidate has defeated Gambia's longtime leader in the country's presidential vote. This sets the stage for what could be the small West African country's first-ever peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from the U.K. in 1965.

A "now hiring" sign is seen at the Toys R Us booth during the JobNewsUSA job fair Nov. 15 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.6 Percent, Lowest Level Since 2007

Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As NPR's Marilyn Geewax notes, 4.6 percent unemployment is what most economists consider "full employment" (although employment varies by region and demographic, so the fruits of full employment aren't shared by all).

House Speaker Paul Ryan holds a press conference about his 2016 agenda and GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Only 26 Percent Of Americans Support Full Repeal Of Obamacare, Poll Finds

Americans continue to be divided along partisan lines over Obamacare, with an overwhelming percentage of Democrats favoring it and an equal share of Republicans having unfavorable views, according to a newly released Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

But when it comes to an actual gutting of Obamacare, there's doesn't appear to be a lot of support.

<strong>Seafood Mousse:</strong> Cheer up, love, it might never happen.

Hot-Dog Tiaras And Other '70s Dinner Party' Delicacies

Last summer, Anna Pallai was leafing through her mom's cookbooks — sauce-splashed volumes of Robert Carrier recipes, issues of Supercook pinched together in a ringed binder — when she realized she'd stumbled across a gold mine. The books were full of meaty aspics and mousses coaxed into elaborate shapes: a crown made of blunted hot dogs, seafood mousse sculpted into the shape of a maniacally grinning fish.

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