Morning headlines: Jerry Stiller dies at 92; DOJ called to investigate Arbery case; Iran strike kills 19
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Morning headlines: Jerry Stiller dies at 92; DOJ called to investigate Arbery case; Iran strike kills 19

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Today is Monday, May 11, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Comedian and former 'Seinfeld' actor Jerry Stiller dies at 92; Georgia's attorney general calls on the US Department of Justice to investigate the handling the of Ahmaud Arbery case; and an Iranian friendly fire missile strike kills 19.

Read on for these stories and more.


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Jerry Stiller, comedian and 'Seinfeld' actor, dies at 92

Comedy veteran Jerry Stiller, who launched his career opposite wife Anne Meara in the 1950s and reemerged four decades later as the hysterically high-strung Frank Costanza on the smash television show “Seinfeld,” died at 92, his son Ben Stiller announced Monday.

He died of natural causes, his son — a comedy star himself — said in a tweet.

Jerry Stiller was a multi-talented performer who appeared in an assortment of movies, playing Walter Matthau’s police sidekick in the thriller “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and Divine’s husband Wilbur Turnblad in John Waters’ twisted comedy “Hairspray.” Read the full story here:

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Georgia Chase Deadly Shooting Lee Merritt

Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, poses for a photo by a mural in the likeness of Arbery painted by artist Theo Ponchaveli in Dallas, Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Georgia AG requests federal probe in handling of Arbery case

Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of two white men as he ran through a neighborhood.

Arbery was shot and killed Feb. 23. No arrests were made until this month after national outrage over the case swelled when video surfaced that appeared to show the shooting.

Attorneys for Arbery's mother and father applauded Attorney General Chris Carr for reaching out to federal officials. Read the full story here:

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Iran Navy

In this photo provided Monday, May 11, 2020, by the Iranian Army, the Konarak support vessel which was struck during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman, is docked in an unidentified naval base in Iran. 

Iran friendly fire missile strike in drill kills 19 sailors

An Iranian missile fired during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman struck a support vessel near its target, killing 19 Iranian sailors and wounding 15, Iran’s military and state media said Monday, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The statement significantly raised the death toll in Sunday’s incident from what was reported just hours earlier, when Iran’s state media said at least one sailor was killed. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • A case about the appropriate separation between church and state is taking center stage at the Supreme Court, which is hearing arguments by telephone for a second week because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • President Donald Trump rarely holds his fire, hurling accusations true and false. But when it comes to the sexual assault allegation leveled against Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, the president has been unusually reticent.
  • More than 200 people were arrested during anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Sunday night, police said, as authorities seek to prevent a revival of last year's massive demonstrations, including through the application of anti-social gathering regulations intended to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Taliban attacked an Afghan army checkpoint in eastern Laghman province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, the government said Monday.
  • U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan became a mom just in time for Mother’s Day. Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Charlie weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.
  • A surfer killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach has been identified as a 26-year-old man who lived in the area, officials said.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Stars we've lost

Since Thursday, the world has lost rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard, hip hop icon Andre Harrell, magician Roy Horn and comedian Jerry Stiller. Here's a roll call of celebrity deaths in 2020:

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The Mariachi Duo Villa Maria, Sergio Carpio, left, and Melissa Villar, accompanied by their dog Güiro, perform via the internet for a client during mothers’ day, from their apartment in Mexico City, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The duo is performing Mariachi serenades remotely as a way to circumvent the collapse of their livelihood caused by the new coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The duo charges the equivlant of $30 per serenade that can be payed to their bank account via direct deposit. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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