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Getty Images/ Vincent Sandoval(LOS ANGELES) -- Before Katy Sagal landed the role of Peg Bundy in the long-running TV series Married...with Children, she had her sights set on a singing career, and even dated Kiss bass player Gene Simmons.

In an interview on Thursday's episode of ABC's Nightline, the 63-year-old actress recalls the time Kiss came to town when she was still a teenager and started an affair with Simmons.

"There was just this band of boys sitting at the table and I was their waitress and I sang them a song and, one thing led to another and I started this romance with Gene," Sagal said, laughing. "It was so long ago."

As her music career struggled, however, Sagal began looking at other options.

"I met a casting director that I will never forget said to me, ‘You will never work in television,’" she said. "This was in the days of Dallas and Dynasty. Everybody looked extremely glamorous... I didn’t look that way. I was a musician, I was in bands. I wore a lot of black make up, a lot of black clothes."

"Years later when my struggling music career was just not going full steam ahead I said yes to being in a rock musical," she added. "From there my now manager discovered me."

A little arm-twisting later, she auditioned for and landed a role on the TV show, Mary, with Mary Tyler Moore, followed by Married... With Children.

Sagal can currently be seen in the sitcom Superior Donuts, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. She'll also star as Vivian in ABC's upcoming 30th anniversary musical remake of the movie Dirty Dancing, airing May 24.

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School District of La Crosse(LA CROSSE, Wis.) — A high school freshman from Wisconsin has been hailed as a hero by his community after he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow student who was choking on his lunch in their school's cafeteria.

Ian Brown from La Crosse, Wisconsin, quickly jumped into action when his schoolmate, Will Olson, began choking and motioning for help.

"We couldn't tell if Will was choking or if he was just laughing and coughing at the same time," Brown told ABC News. "Eventually what started to give it away was the redness in his face and then the hand motions to his neck."

Brown got up from his seat and performed the Heimlich maneuver four times on Olson until the food dislodged from Olson's throat.

"I feel thankful that I had Ian, a friend, there that had the training to do what he did," said Olson.

The incident was captured on surveillance video at Central High School. The video has garnered more than 80,000 views on Facebook after it was posted this week on the School District of La Crosse's Facebook page.

The La Crosse Police Department issued a statement applauding the "lifesaving actions" of Brown, who is a member of their police explorer program. The police department said that Brown learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver as part of his training as a police explorer.

"I felt I was just doing what I was trained to do," Brown said. "I've wanted to be a police officer and that's what they trained me to do and that's what they told me to do."

Michael Belott, a firefighter with the Cedar Knolls Fire Department in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, told GMA that he believes Brown's quick actions helped save Olson's life.

"This student jumps right in and starts a quick intervention with those abdominal thrusts and the Heimlich maneuver procedure and definitely saves this kid's life," Belott said. "We can all say he did an excellent job taking that initiative."

Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional, accidental death, according to the National Safety Council. The Heimlich maneuver has been credited with saving more than 100,000 lives since the technique was created in 1974.

Belott shared a few simple steps that he says anyone can use to step in and help with the life-saving maneuver: Remain calm, keep composure, call 911, ensure that someone is choking, check if something is stuck in a person's airway that could be removed, and initiate five abdominal thrusts.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The White House announced Friday it has signed off on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, authorizing the Canadian company behind the project to begin construction.

According to a press release from the Department of State, a presidential permit was issued to TransCanada Corp., authorizing the energy firm "to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the U.S.-Canadian border in Phillips County, Montana, for the importation of crude oil."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself from any decision involving the Keystone pipeline because of his previous role as the head of ExxonMobil. The department announced his recusal earlier this month, but said he made the decision as soon as he took office in early February.

The presidential permit was signed by Thomas Shannon, the undersecretary of state for political affairs.

"In making his determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the Under Secretary considered a range of factors, including but not limited to foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy," the State department's press release said.

The Keystone pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with other pipelines down to the Gulf of Mexico. It requires federal approval because it crosses an international border.

Environmental groups slammed the Trump administration's decision to grant the permit, arguing that the fossil fuel project will exacerbate climate change.

“The dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline is one of the worst deals imaginable for the American people, so of course Donald Trump supports it. This project has already been defeated, and it will be once again. The project faces a long fight ahead in the states," Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement Friday. “We’re living in what feels to be the worst version of Groundhog Day imaginable, as every morning we’re waking up to yet another decision made by Trump that would be disastrous for our climate, our communities, and our health — but Trump will not succeed."

“The State Department just sent a signal to the rest of the world that the United States government is moving backwards when it comes to climate and energy," according to a statement from Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard Friday. "The world simply cannot afford to transport or burn the Canadian tar sands if we hope to have any chance at avoiding catastrophic climate change. Keystone was stopped once before, and it will be stopped again.”

Friday's announcement came two months after President Trump signed memorandums aimed at advancing both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, a move which pleased supporters of the projects and brought immediate condemnation from environmentalists and other opponents.

The Keystone memorandum, which was addressed to the departments of State, the Army and the Interior, sought to restart the presidential permit process for TransCanada. It also called on the State Department to decide within 60 days, utilizing the environmental impact study from 2014, as opposed to starting from scratch. The memo also asked the Interior Department and Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the decision.

The State department's decision to issue the permit follows years of reviews under President Barack Obama, whose administration ultimately denied TransCanada's application.

“Secretary Kerry informed me that, after extensive public outreach and consultation with other Cabinet agencies, the State Department has decided that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States. I agree with that decision,” Obama said in 2015 remarks rejecting the project.

Given the Obama administration’s denial of a permit, critics questioned what new information the Trump administration was considering that could lead to a different conclusion.

“We did do an extensive review previously, but we’re looking at new factors. I don’t want to speak to those until we’ve reached a decision or conclusion,” State department spokesperson Mark Toner said at a press briefing Thursday.

When questioned on how two administrations could look at the same evidence and make different conclusions, Toner told reporters, “Our review, previous review stands. Those conclusions stand. I think we’re just looking at it with fresh eyes and trying to see if there’s any new factors to look at and consider.”

Trump has promised nearly 30,000 jobs as a result of the construction of the Keystone pipeline. But according to the 2013 State department report on Keystone, the majority of the jobs created by the Keystone pipeline are temporary, with only 35 listed as permanent jobs.

In a 2014 interview with ABC News, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said the thousands of jobs created will be during the major construction period.

“Yes, the actual operating jobs are about 50," Girling said. "But that doesn't include all the other jobs that come with it."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Two more "significant arrests" have been made in connection with the London terrorist attack, London police said Friday.

Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard Friday morning, Metropolitan Police acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley said that new arrests — which occurred overnight in the West Midlands and North West — brought the total number of people in custody to nine, with one person having been released on bail.

Rowley said police had thus far conducted a total of 15 searches across the country, and that five more were currently underway.

The birth name of British national Khalid Masood, who on Thursday was identified as the attacker, was revealed to be Adrian Russell Ajao, Scotland Yard said Friday.

London police said that two of the people hospitalized from the attack remained in critical condition, one with life threatening injuries. In addition, two police officers injured in the attack remained in the hospital with serious injuries.

The 75-year old man who succumbed to injuries from the attack and died on Thursday was identified on Friday as Leslie Rhodes.

On Thursday night, London Mayor Sadiq Khan led a candlelight vigil in Trafalgar Square for the victims of Wednesday's attack, in which Masood killed four people on Westminster Bridge before being shot dead by police.

"We come together as Londoners tonight to remember those who have lost their lives and all those affected by the horrific attack yesterday."

Khan added that they were also there "to send a clear message: Londoners will never be cowed and by terrorism."


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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NEW YORK) — As police in Texas and Alabama followed-up Thursday on leads to locate Elizabeth Thomas — the Tennessee high school student allegedly kidnapped by former teacher Tad Cummins — her family issued a lengthy statement saying they are "desperate" for additional information to find the 15-year-old.

She has been missing since March 13.

"The last ten days have been the most difficult in the life of the Thomas family," the statement reads. "We humbly ask that you continue to pray as we do our best to cope with the emotional weight of Elizabeth's abduction."

Family releases letter amid ongoing AMBER Alert for daughter https://t.co/TJ0jzcA5pp

— WKRN (@WKRN) March 24, 2017

Join us in holding out hope. It only takes one solid lead. pic.twitter.com/VShoOaUksX

— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 21, 2017

The family does not only ask for information that may result in finding Elizabeth, but they are also seeking details about the relationship between their daughter and Cummins.

"We are desperate for any information that might lead to our daughter," the family's statement reads. "The information that we need is not only from what people have seen and heard after Elizabeth's disappearance, but also from before. Facts about prior events, especially interaction between Elizabeth and Tad Cummins and statements made by both parties to third parties, may very well contain clues to lead to Elizabeth's return."

The family pleads, "Elizabeth must be found. Time is of the essence."

It's been a week, but we're not giving up hope. Stay vigilant, stay alert, and let us know if you spot these individuals or this vehicle. pic.twitter.com/jDACuW1iUg

— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 20, 2017

The family also urged the public not to place blame on school officials for the relationship or how it was dealt with.

"We know that each teacher and administrator at Maury County Schools mourns as we do over this tragedy and wishes daily for Elizabeth's safe return," the family urged in the statement. "Whatever questions about how issues were handled when Elizabeth was in school are distant and secondary and, in many ways, distracting, to the core issue of dinging her."

The family added, "It is important to the Thomas family to emphasize that none of the reports about possible mistakes made regarding Tad Cummins prior to Elizabeth's disappearance are relevant to what we are doing now ... Our focus should be on finding Elizabeth. Period."

NEW PICTURE: Here's Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas at school in January, days before his alleged inappropriate contact with her. pic.twitter.com/BzyIz8KPpY

— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 21, 2017

In Alabama's Morgan County, the Sheriff's Department said Elizabeth and Cummins may have stayed at a motel in Decatur, reported ABC affiliate WAAY on Thursday.

Motels in Decatur were raised as a possibility after investigators from the Maury County Sheriff's Office visited Decatur last week to search for the pair.

Ashley Hitt, a manager of a local motel, told WAAY that she has asked her staff to be on alert, telling them "just in case you do see [Elizabeth and Cummins], definitely to let me know or to call the police and let them know."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Boston 10, Pittsburgh 7
Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 2
Chi. White Sox 4, Cincinnati 2
Cleveland 8, Colorado 3
Oakland 15, Milwaukee 5
San Diego 6, L.-A. Angels 2
Atlanta 2, Detroit 1
L.-A. Dodgers 10, Texas 2
Seattle 9, San Francisco 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N.-Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 1, N.-Y. Mets 0
St. Louis 5, Miami 3
Chi. Cubs 5, Arizona 5

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Brooklyn 126, Phoenix 98
Toronto 101, Miami 84
Dallas 97, L.-A. Clippers 95
San Antonio 97, Memphis 90
Portland 110, New York 95

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 6, Boston 3
SO/Washington 2, Columbus 1
Toronto 4, New Jersey 2
Carolina 4, Montreal 1
SO/Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1
Florida 3, Arizona 1
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1
Nashville 3, Calgary 1
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 1
SO/Chicago 3, Dallas 2
Edmonton 7, Colorado 4

 

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(11) Xavier 73, (2) Arizona 71
(1) Gonzaga 61, (4) West Virginia 58
(1) Kansas 98, (4) Purdue 66
(3) Oregon 69, (7) Michigan 68

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Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump, trucker-in-chief?

That's the role the president briefly assumed Thursday when he climbed into the drivers seat of a Mack 18-wheeler parked on the South Lawn of the White House.

Trump, who wore an "I Love Trucks" button on his lapel, tried his best to emulate a truck driver: He enthusiastically pumped his fists, made a series of facial expressions that lit up the Twittersphere, and excitedly tooted the big rig's horn at least six times.

And Trump clearly didn't run out of gas: following his spirited session of trucker role play, he met with truckers and CEOs from the American Trucking Association to discuss healthcare.

"No one knows America like truckers know America," he said during the meeting. "You see it every day. You see every hill, and you see every valley and you see every pothole in our roads that have to be rebuilt."

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