Afternoon briefing

Bill O’Reilly returns to Fox News

NEW YORK — It felt like a flashback on Fox News Channel Tuesday, with Bill O’Reilly looking into the camera and declaring “the spin stops here.”

Six months after he was fired from Fox when it was revealed the network paid $13 million in settlements to five women alleging bad behavior on his part, O’Reilly returned as a guest on former colleague Sean Hannity’s show.

O’Reilly was promoting his new book, “Killing England,” which got cursory mention as the two men traded complaints about how the media had treated them and President Donald Trump. They loudly backed Trump on his campaign against NFL players protesting police brutality by not standing for the national anthem.

O’Reilly said he enjoyed taking the summer off and wasn’t sure of his future plans.

Iran warns of new nuclear arms race

UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s deputy foreign minister is pointing at the United States while warning that a new nuclear arms race and a new competition to modernize nuclear weapons are starting.

Abbas Araghchi told a high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Tuesday that working toward that goal “is a legal, political and moral responsibility.”

But, he said, “recently we hear alarming announcement by a nuclear-weapon state that it intends to continuously strengthen and expand its nuclear arsenal to ensure its place ‘at the top of the pack.'”

This was a clear reference to President Donald Trump’s comment in February that if countries are going to have nukes, the U.S. is “going to be at the top of the pack.”

Quake victims: It’s like a horror story

MEXICO CITY — Inside Mexico City’s Francisco Kino Elementary School a miniature city has emerged at the site of a shelter for people who lost their homes in last week’s deadly earthquake.

On the open-air courtyard, doctors test blood pressure and glucose levels at a makeshift triage center. Nearby, children get haircuts while stressed-out parents receive massages.

But frustration is growing inside the gym, where families camp out on mattresses alongside piles of new, donated belongings. Days without easy access to a shower and the loss of simple liberties like deciding when to turn out a light to go to asleep have become aggravating.

They want to know: How long will they be stuck here?

“This is like a horror story,” says one.

‘SNL’ adds three new cast members

LOS ANGELES — “Saturday Night Live” is adding three new cast members for its new season.

NBC said Tuesday that the trio will join the show when it returns Saturday for its 43rd season.

The newcomers are Heidi Gardner of Kansas City, Missouri, Luke Null of Cincinnati and Chris Redd of St. Louis.

Gardner is the voice of Cooch in Crackle’s “SuperMansion” and is in the 2018 Melissa McCarthy movie “Life of the Party.”

Luke Null is a Chicago-based musical comedian and performs at iO Chicago, an improvisation theater and training center.

Redd is a comedian and rapper whose credits include the 2016 film “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and the Netflix comedy series “Disjointed.”

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star charged

WALTHAM, Mass. — A former star of the 1980s television show “The Dukes of Hazzard” who’s accused of groping a female cast member of a musical he was supposed to appear in now faces charges he indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Massachusetts.

Court records show Tom Wopat is charged with assaulting the girl and a woman in July while rehearsing for the musical “42nd Street” at the Waltham-based Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston. A police report says Wopat allegedly hit the girl’s buttocks with his script, saying “nice butt.” Wopat has pleaded not guilty.

By The Associated Press

Wopat played Luke Duke on the “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Neither Wopat’s attorney nor his publicist has responded to a request seeking comment.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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