TIME Television

Another Star of The Good Wife to Exit Show

Archie Panjabi on the 'Good Wife' on Feb. 27, 2014.
Archie Panjabi on the 'Good Wife' on Feb. 27, 2014. Jeff Neira—CBS/Getty Images

Archie Panjabi, the actress who plays investigator Kalinda Sharma, will leave the show after Season 6

Bad news for fans of Kalinda Sharma, the tough investigator on The Good Wife — actress Archie Panjabi will be leaving CBS’s hit drama at the end of the current season.

Entertainment Weekly says the Emmy winner will be leaving the show when her contract is up at the end of Season 6 to star in a pilot for a 20th Century Fox Television drama.

“Archie is an Emmy Award-winning dramatic actress, and rightly so. Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own,” 20th Executive Vice President of casting Sharon Klein said. “We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”

Panjabi’s exit comes just one season after actor Josh Charles, who played lawyer Will Gardner, left abruptly.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.

TIME Austria

No One Wants to Rent Hitler’s Birthplace in Austria

The Interior Ministry has been seeking a renter for the fascist dictator's home in Braunau for three years

The Interior Ministry of Austria is having a hard time finding a renter for Adolf Hitler’s birthplace in Braunau.

The rent for the 8,600-square-foot home where one of history’s worst villains was birthed in 1889 has become hard to keep up–at 4,600 Euros-per-month–since the building’s last tenant left in 2011, Agence France-Presse reports.

The Austrian government has been renting the building since 1972, but hopes to have a new occupant by 2015. There are stipulations for occupying the building, however—the rental contract says the house cannot be used as a museum, in an effort to prevent neo-Nazis from occupying the space. According to AFP, the space must be used for “social or educational purpose.”

[AFP]

TIME 2014 Election

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu Gives President Obama a Passing Grade

“I think he’s had some really tough issues to deal with,” Sen. Landrieu said

On a scale of one to ten, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu said Tuesday that she rates Obama at “six to seven,” giving the president a passing grade even as vulnerable members of the Democratic Party work to distance themselves from the President as Election Day draws nearer.

During the candidates joint Senate debate in Louisiana, all three candidates for Senate—Democratic incumbent Landrieu, Republican challengers Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force colonel Rob Maness—were asked how they would rate both President Obama and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Obama, who has about an 38.7% approval rating in Louisiana, according to the Huffington Post pollster, was ranked zero by both Republican candidates.

Landrieu, however, was willing to cut him some slack. “I think he’s had some really tough issues to deal with,” Sen. Landrieu said.

Jindal fared better between the two Republicans, gaining a seven rating from Cassidy and a five rating from Maness. Landrieu gave Jindal a three.

The candidates sparred over issues like Common Core and health care coverage throughout the debate, with the Republican candidates largely focusing on Landrieu’s record of voting with the President. Because the race is split between three candidates, the contest may not be decided in November. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote on election day, a runoff election will be held on December 6.

TIME 2014 Election

Texas Voter ID Law Back in Play for Midterm Election

An appeals court ruled to let stand rigid rules for voter identification in the Lone Star State ahead of the upcoming election

Texas’s controversial voter identification law is back in play for the upcoming midterm elections, after an appeals court ruled Tuesday to let it stand.

The strict photo identification law requires voters to present one of 7 specific forms of ID at the polling place. Student IDs are not included among the acceptable forms of identification. Critics of the law say it risks disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of registered voters, many of whom are people of color.

But the Fifth Circuit Court found that the risk of confusion at the polls is too great to change voting procedures with less than a week to go before early voting begins on Oct. 20. Though the state filed a motion of appeal, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday to stay a district court ruling that blocked the law, pending appeal.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, a 2011 Obama appointee, determined last week that Texas’s 2011 voter ID law is unconstitutional, violates the Voting Rights Act, and “constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax,” a powerful statement running in contrast to the state’s argument that the sole purpose of the law was to prevent in-person voter fraud.

“This is not a run-of-the-mill case; instead, it is a voting case decided on the eve of the election,” the ruling reads. The appellant court found that though “individual voter plaintiffs may be harmed by the issuance of this stay,” that harm does not outweigh the damage a change this close to the election could have on the process.

Texas’s law is one of several that have been tied up in the courts as the election draws nearer. The same day the district court ruled to block Texas’s law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to block a voter ID law in Wisconsin that advocates said could have disenfranchised over 300,000 residents.

Days earlier, the Supreme Court ruled to allow a sweeping voting law to stand in North Carolina, though voting rights advocates argued it disenfranchised minority voters and an appeals court moved to block some parts of the law in late September.

TIME 2014 Election

Here’s the Cutest Ad of the 2014 Cycle

Republican incumbent Bill Haslam in Tennessee has kids endorse him

Bill Haslam may be facing Charlie Brown in the Tennessee governor’s race, but it’s Haslam’s latest ad that most resembles a Peanuts cartoon.

In a 60-second spot, the incumbent Republican governor lets the youngsters of Tennessee sell him as the best candidate, highlighting his work on education and job growth. One little tyke really goes for it, closing off the ad with, “the proof is in the pudding.”

Yet for Haslam, the proof may actually be in the polling: Real Clear Politics has Haslam with a 28-point lead over his challenger Brown, who was a virtual unknown when he secured the Democratic nomination in August. Haslam is considered a shoo-in for governor.

TIME celebrities

Larry David Wishes He Were Young Enough to Date Jennifer Lawrence

File photo of actress Jennifer Lawrence arriving at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood
Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, Calif. on March 2, 2014. Danny Moloshok—Reuters

“It’s a shame I’m about 40 years older than she is”

Jennifer Lawrence loves Larry David—she said so herself in her wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair. But it looks like their love is not meant to be.

“I’m in love with him, and I have been for a really long time,” said Lawrence, 24. “I worship Woody Allen, but I don’t feel it below-the-belt the way I do for Larry David.”

David, 67, responded to her comments during an interview at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday, saying, “it’s a shame I’m about 40 years older than she is”

Regarding Lawrence’s “below-the-belt” feelings, David suggested perhaps the Oscar winner was referring “to her knees.”

“I don’t think I could do it,” David said. “On one hand it’s very flattering and on another hand, it’s kind of a shame—in terms of timing. I’d have fun watching the reality show of it, though.”

[Vanity Fair]

Read next: Jennifer Lawrence’s Breasts Aren’t Sending Mixed Messages

TIME celebrities

Penelope Cruz Named Esquire‘s ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Esquire Magazine

But feels more like a “mother who doesn’t get enough sleep”

Penelope Cruz is the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2014.

That’s according to Esquire, which named the 40-year-old actress its sexiest woman in its November issue, though the men’s magazine says she doesn’t feel like the sexiest woman alive—more like a “mother who doesn’t get enough sleep.”

The Academy Award-winning actress, who is married to Javier Bardem and has two young children, said while she was attracted to drama in her young age, now she thrives on planning.

“I had an attraction to drama,” she said. “Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist—you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness. I could not be less interested now. For me, the most attractive, charming, cool, fun, interesting thing—how could I call it? A plan.”

[Esquire]

TIME ebola

Funding Cuts Delayed Ebola Vaccine, U.S. Official Says

NIH Director Francis Collins
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins speaks during an interview in Washington on April 11, 2014. Bloomberg/Getty Images

Francis Collins said researchers could be “a year or two ahead of where we are”

Researchers might have developed an Ebola vaccine in time to stem the current outbreak if it weren’t for budget cuts, a top federal health official said in a new interview.

Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said the agency has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. “It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'” Collins told the Huffington Post. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

Collins said researchers and doctors would likely have been “a year or two ahead of where we are” had research funding stayed on track.

His comments come as officials are dealing with the second case of the deadly disease to be diagnosed in the United States The death toll from the outbreak, which has ravaged countries in West Africa, recently surpassed 4,000.

[Huffington Post]

Read next: 5 Ways U.S. Hospitals Need to Get Ready For Ebola

TIME Accident

2 Children Injured, 1 Critically, in Bouncy House Accident

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One of the toddlers was in critical condition as a result of the accident

Two toddlers were injured on Sunday, one critically, when a bouncy house they were playing in was carried away by the wind, according to local reports. The bouncy house at a farm in New Hampshire traveled between 50 and 60 feet.

The bouncy house was not properly tethered to the ground at the time of the accident, WDHD reports. A two-year-old was critically injured during the accident and was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, WCVB reports. His three-year-old companion was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, N.H.

The incident is the latest in a string of bouncy house accidents, which child safety advocates have said is partially due to the fact that they can be purchased by anyone and most states lack safety guidelines.

TIME 2014 Election

Wendy Davis Wins the Prize for Most Ill-Advised Political Ad of 2014

Texas Democrat brings up opponent's disability in new attack ad

The 2014 campaign season reached its nastiest point yet Friday, with a campaign ad by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis that plays off the disability of her opponent Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, while calling him a hypocrite in the same breath.

Abbott was struck by a limb falling from an oak tree in 1984, and has used a wheelchair ever since. In the ad titled “Justice”, a narrator shares that after the Republican’s accident—which isn’t directly mentioned, though the ad opens with a shot of an empty wheelchair—he “sued and got millions. Since then he spent his career working against other victims.”

It’s a theme that’s played out in many of Davis’s ads, though this is the first to reference Abbott’s own disability. The Republican candidate has admitted receiving about $6 million in damages in the 30 years since the accident.

The Abbott campaign has blasted the ad as a “historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans.”

“Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas,” Abbott campaign spokesperson Amelia Chasse said in a statement.

Zac Petkanas, communications director for the Davis campaign responded to the backlash the ad has received Friday telling TIME, “This ad does not exist in a vacuum, it includes issues that have been raised throughout the campaign.” Petkanas said Abbott “has been building a career denying that same justice across the state of Texas—not something Texas deserve to hear, they need to hear.”

With just three full weeks left until Election Day, the ad comes off as a rather desperate attempt to garner attention for Davis, who is trailing Abbot by about 11 points, according to Real Clear Politics.

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