LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” is adding three new players for its 42nd season.
NBC said Monday that Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor will be on board as featured performers for the show’s Oct. 1 season premiere.
Villasenor, of Whittier, California, will be one of the few Latino cast members in the history of the show, which has come under fire for a lack of diversity.
She’s an impressionist and stand-up comedian who’s appeared on the club and college circuit nationwide. Villasenor also performed with Mas Mejor, a comedy studio and network launched by “SNL” producer Broadway Video and aimed at finding new Latino talent.
Day, from Orange County, California, joined “SNL” as a writer in its 39th season and was a co-head writer and cast member on NBC’s variety show “Maya & Marty.”
Moffat is from Chicago and was a regular performer at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theatre.
Last month, “SNL” said goodbye to two cast members, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah. The long-running show is known for its changing slate of performers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, disclosed Monday that he was diagnosed with pneumonia but that it has now cleared up.
Schumer was diagnosed several weeks ago. His disclosure Monday comes amid furor over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s own pneumonia diagnosis.
In response to questions from The Associated Press, Schumer spokesman Matt House said in a statement that Schumer was diagnosed with pneumonia and took antibiotics per doctor’s order, and also kept a lighter schedule. “His doctor has pronounced him all cleared up and he’s feeling much better,” House said.
Schumer was present with Clinton at Sunday’s Sept. 11 memorial in New York. Clinton left the ceremony before it concluded, and could later be seen on video being helped into a car. Her staff subsequently disclosed that she had been diagnosed Friday with pneumonia.
The 65-year-old Schumer put out a statement on Sunday about chatting with Clinton at the event, but did not disclose his own condition at the time.
Schumer is in line to be the top Senate Democrat in January with the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
NEW YORK (AP) — You didn’t expect Keith Olbermann to keep quiet during the last two months of a presidential campaign involving Donald Trump, did you?
GQ magazine said Monday that it has named the former MSNBC host as a special correspondent. Starting Tuesday, Olbermann will air a web series on GQ.com twice a week on the 2016 election and other news topics.
Olbermann has been off TV since leaving ESPN for the second time.
GQ released a “teaser” video of Olbermann at a desk made to appear it was in the Oval Office, saying Trump could end up someplace looking like this. “Not if I can help it,” Olbermann said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s stumbles as she left a 9/11 memorial ceremony put her health at the forefront of a presidential campaign in which the two major party nominees are among the oldest ever and have disclosed a limited amount of information about their medical history.
The Democratic presidential nominee “felt overheated” Sunday and left the ground zero ceremony after about 90 minutes, her campaign said. A video of her departure shows Clinton appearing to stumble as three staff members hold her up and help her into a van. Clinton’s doctor said later she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics.
While the former secretary of state later emerged from her daughter’s nearby apartment, saying she was “feeling great,” the episode focused attention on Clinton’s health with eight weeks remaining in a contentious election in which Republican rival Donald Trump has sought to sow doubts about her health and fitness to serve.
Trump has repeatedly questioned Clinton’s health, telling supporters last month she “lacks the mental and physical stamina” to serve as president and fight Islamic State militants. The billionaire businessman also attended Sunday’s memorial and said, “I don’t know anything,” when asked about Clinton. He said Monday on “Fox and Friends” he hopes Clinton gets well soon.
It’s an accusation that Clinton has sought to play off as a “wacky strategy” from Trump and evidence that he embraces an “alternative reality.” She poked fun at the idea during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last month, jokingly opening a pickle jar as proof of her vigor.
Despite the intense focus on Clinton falling ill on Sunday, Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University Langone Medical Center, said the moment told voters little about Clinton’s physical fitness.
“There are plenty of people who may stumble around on a hot humid day for lots of reasons,” Caplan said. “Without examining, without having the history … you don’t have a basis to say anything.”
In 2008, Republican nominee John McCain made public more than a thousand pages of his medical history to show he was cancer-free and fit to serve as president at age 71. Neither Clinton nor Trump has released anything approaching that level of detail.
Dr. Lisa Bardack, the internist who has been Clinton’s personal doctor since 2001, released a two-page letter in July 2015 that said Clinton was in “excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States.”
Trump’s gastroenterologist, Dr. Harold Bornstein, wrote a four-paragraph letter claiming Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” He later told NBC News it took him just five minutes to write it. Trump told Fox on Monday he intends to release detailed health information from a new physical exam in the coming days.
While Clinton has released more information than Trump, Caplan said neither candidate has offered voters a sufficient record. He said that ideally, presidential nominees should allow an independent panel to assess their health.
“Since we can’t get that done for taxes, I don’t think we’re going to get it done for health,” he said, referencing Trump’s refusal to match Clinton’s release of her personal tax records.
At 69, Ronald Reagan was the oldest person to be elected president when he won in 1980. Trump turned 70 in June, while Clinton will have just turned 69 if she wins the White House.
But aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, said Sunday that age alone shouldn’t be a disqualifier for presidential candidates. While people are increasingly vulnerable to illness as they age past 70, there are also better medical treatments than ever before. Our “concept of old,” he stressed, has changed.
“I don’t think age should be used at all,” Olshansky said. “We shouldn’t be judging people based on their age, but based on their ideas.”
Clinton’s health has been a lingering source of speculation among her critics, dating to well before she announced her second White House campaign. Republican strategist Karl Rove called a concussion Clinton sustained in 2012 a “serious health episode” and suggested two years later she may have suffered a brain injury.
Last week, Clinton had an extensive coughing fit during a Labor Day rally in Cleveland, making it difficult for her to speak for about two minutes. She drank water and took a lozenge at the podium, going on to finish her remarks.
She also struggled with a cough during a question-and-answer session with reporters aboard her campaign plane last week. She said she suffers from seasonal allergies and had increased her dosage of antihistamines.
In a campaign podcast last month, Clinton said she does yoga and walks on the treadmill to stay fit. Trump, who famously dines regularly on fast food, has said he gets most of his exercise from playing golf and speaking at a podium during his campaign rallies. He plans to discuss his health regimen this week during an appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show.”
Clinton’s supporters have dismissed questions about her health by pointing to her globe-trotting schedule as secretary of state and lengthy appearance before Congress investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack, in which she sat for 11 hours.
Asked last week if she was concerned about “conspiracy theories” related to her health, Clinton said she wasn’t.
“There are so many of them,” she said, “I’ve lost track of them.”
Lucey reported from Des Moines, Iowa.
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VIENNA (AP) — A second attempt this year to elect Austria’s president was postponed Monday when the country’s interior minister said envelopes of absentee ballots frequently couldn’t be sealed due to faulty adhesive strips.
The delay must be formalized through a still-to-be-created law. But in asking the government to draft such legislation, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka effectively canceled plans to hold the vote Oct. 2.
The presidency originally was to have been filled in July, after left-leaning contender Alexander Van der Bellen edged out Norbert Hofer of the right-wing Freedom Party. But the country’s highest court ordered a rerun after the Freedom Party claimed major irregularities.
The court decision was seen as a victory for the Freedom Party, giving it more time to exploit widespread anti-migrant sentiment in favor of its candidate. Recent polls have given Hofer a 4 to 6 percentage-point edge over Van der Bellen.
Monday’s unprecedented development means that Austria will remain without a head of state for at least two more months. Shortly after Sobotka’s announcement, the center-left government coalition agreed to hold the vote on Dec. 4, leaving time for legislation to be drawn up and passed by parliament, as well as for printing and distributing new absentee ballots and envelopes.
The repeat vote was ordered after the country’s highest court ruled broadly in favor of the Freedom Party’s claims, which included that absentee ballots from May voting were sorted before electoral commission officials arrived; that some officials stayed away during absentee vote counts but signed documents saying they were present; and that some ballot envelopes were opened without authorization.
Judges also spoke of the possibility of individuals voting twice and of potential violations by the Interior Ministry, which released partial results under a publishing embargo to media, pollsters and other institutions.
“We cannot estimate how many and which of these ballots could open,” Sobotka said of the faulty envelopes, adding that because the flaw raises the possibility the ballots could be tampered with, “we cannot carry out proper elections.”
Van der Bellen said “there was no way around” the postponement, adding the thought that a validly cast ballot then is judged invalid because of a technical fault is “unbearable.”
Hofer was low-key. “One simply has to take the things that happen in life as they come,” he told reporters on the sidelines of talks in Prague with Czech President Milos Zeman, who shares Hofer’s Euroskepticism.
But senior Freedom Party official Herbert Kickl scathingly blamed the ruling coalition for the series of delays.
“The government is not in a position to ensure a proper election in the proper time,” he said. “The embarrassments continue without end.”
Austria’s president has mostly ceremonial responsibilities. A Hofer win, however, would boost not only his party but also far-right and nationalist movements elsewhere in Europe that all are lobbying for a weaker European Union or an outright exit from the bloc.
With no president now in office, the post’s functions are being exercised by the three parliamentary presidents, one of whom is Hofer.
Associated Press video journalist Adam Pemble contributed from Prague
GENEVA (AP) — Cate Blanchett and some other big-name movie stars are speaking out about the plight of refugees in a stark video that entreats viewers to imagine what they’d do if they had to flee war.
The Oscar-winning actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees goodwill ambassador headlines the video released Monday with the refugee agency. Entitled “What They Took With Them,” it was inspired by real refugees’ accounts.
Over an opening image of a helicopter dropping bombs and an explosion, a text asks: “If you had to flee your home, what would you take?”
Blanchett and actors including Keira Knightley, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jesse Eisenberg then rattle off items that fleeing refugees often take with them, such as phones, food, water, money, and identity papers.