• For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. The show Friday night in Melbourne, Florida, might have seemed destined for disaster for the comedian, enveloped in growing accusations of rape and sexual assault that have derailed his career comeback and crumbled his tour schedule. What he got, though, was an adoring audience that laughed so hard they slapped their knees, shouted love at the stage and rose to their feet as he came and went.

  • Florida crowd cheers comedy from embattled Cosby

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As Bill Cosby's standup tour crumbled with cancellations, the embattled entertainer joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation as he took the stage and another when he finished. It was a stark contrast to announcements that performances in Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State, were called off as more women came forward and accused entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations. "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," Cosby told the Fl

  • Statement: Bill Cosby's lawyer criticizes media

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A statement issued Friday by Bill Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, in response to allegations of sexual assault against the comic: "The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity. These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years. Lawsuits are filed agai

  • John Stamos lights up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sporting Elvis Presley-like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis. An avid fan of the King, Stamos joined hundreds of fans who watched yellow, red and blue lights illuminate the large front yard of Presley's former home. Stamos was joined by young patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital at the lighting ceremony. Stamos, perhaps best known for roles on TV shows such as "General Hospital," ''Full House" and "ER," told The Associated Press in an interview after the ceremony that he wore the sideburns for his appearance at Graceland. Presley often wore long sideburns. "It's

  • South Carolina man wins 'Jeopardy!' tournament

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A technology consultant from Florence, South Carolina, has bragging rights as the king of kings on "Jeopardy!" Ben Ingram won $250,000 in the two-day final on the game show's Tournament of Champions, televised on Friday. He beat Arthur Chu of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Julia Collins of Kenilworth, Illinois. Ingram won despite answering the Final Jeopardy clue incorrectly, in the category of Shakespearean Geography. He said that it wasn't until he looked at the scoreboard and saw $250,000 under his name did it sink in that he had won. Chu finished second and won $100,000, while Collins won $50,000.

  • Mexicans turning to humor in mansion scandal

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Brad Pitt and George Clooney are intercepted by Mexico's border patrol. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, is ready to audition for a soap opera. Everyone, according to a wave of jokes on the Internet, wants to get a foot in the door at the Mexican network Televisa, the world's largest producer of Spanish-language programming — a rush touched off by Mexico's first lady, Angelica Rivera, sharing some details of her earnings there after a 25-year acting career. The speech this week was meant to squelch criticism over her purchase of a $7 million mansion from a company that has government contracts. But by mentioning that Televisa paid her more than $6.

  • 'Queen Latifah Show' to end after its 2nd season

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "The Queen Latifah Show" will be ending after this season. Distributor Sony Pictures Television said Friday the show will air original episodes through March. The daytime talk show was launched in fall 2013 and found a so-so reception in its freshman year. This season it named a new executive producer and reaffirmed its motivational, upbeat elements. Queen Latifah vowed "to be more loose, more playful, more fun, more provocative." But it didn't work. Viewership this season is down from last season. Even so, Sony thanks Queen Latifah and her team for creating a program they're all "very proud of." The 44-year-old singer-actress will next star in an HBO biopic of blues legend Bessie Smith.

  • Matt Czuchry says 'Good Wife' arc is at right time

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mothers always know when something is wrong with their kids. "My mom commented," said Matt Czuchry, one of the stars of CBS' "The Good Wife" (Sunday, 9 p.m. EST), when his character was arrested on drug charges. Czuchry said his mother noticed that he was bent over and seemed lower "because of the weight of what was going on." He said she saw him channeling the stress that his character, lawyer Cary Agos, would be feeling by carrying himself differently. Cary's story line has been playing out this season with various wins and setbacks. His case is going to trial, and he's been offered a plea deal. In a recent phone interview, Czuchry said his character's arc has been "challenging and rewarding an

  • ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including "Beauty and the Beast," ''The Lion King," ''Aida," ''Tarzan," ''The Little Mermaid," ''Mary Poppins," ''Newsies" and "Aladdin." "Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years," will air Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family" and have performances by Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen ("Nashville"), Ashley Brown ("Mary Poppins") and Adam Jacobs ("Aladdin").

  • Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex


    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually. Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, "Take these." "My next memory is clearly feeling drugged, being without my clothes, standing up," she said. "Bill Cosby was behind me, having sex with me." Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment.

  • Gift Guide: 3 ways to watch streaming video on TV


    NEW YORK (AP) — Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV. For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one. Content selection varies, but all offer such basics as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. After trying out 10 streaming devices, I have three recommendations and an honorable mention: ___ AMAZON FIRE TV STICK A "stick" is a cheaper, lightweight version of a regular streaming device, often with poorer performance. That's not the case with the $39 Fire TV Stick, which is why I'm recommending it over the $99 Fire TV. The processor isn't as powerful, and there isn't as much working memor

  • Cosby removed as advisor at High Point University

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — High Point University has removed Bill Cosby's name from its board of advisors amid of allegations of sexual assault made against him by four women. The High Point Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1uNnQj7) the school announced Thursday that it had removed the 77-year-old comedian's name from its National Board of Advisors, a panel comprised of CEOs, "thought leaders and distinguished visionaries." The school's website says board members provide counsel to the school with regard to strategic goals, planning and execution. Among the board's members are Gen. Colin Powell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Cosby was appointed to the board this past summer.

  • Jay Leno cancels gig at Vegas firearms trade show

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Comedian Jay Leno canceled a planned appearance at a firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering signatures urging him not to attend, his publicist said Thursday. Leno made the decision when he was told the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show is hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a group that lobbies for gun owners and manufacturers, said Dick Guttman, spokesman for the former NBC "Tonight Show" host. "He thought it was a sporting group," Guttman said. "He understands that it caused concern. He fully understands the sensitivities.

  • ABC, CBS, NBC won't carry Obama

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering President Barack Obama's speech on immigration live on Thursday, although the Spanish-language Univision network is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show the address. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all planned to air Obama live. Obama is planning to speak at 8 p.m. EST to announce that he is ordering federal action on immigration, angering Republican leaders in Congress. The major broadcast networks generally carry presidential speeches on matters of national security and other important issues.

  • CBS news chairman stepping down

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who has been running the network's news division along with "60 Minutes" for the past four years, said Thursday that he's stepping down from the chief executive role to concentrate on the newsmagazine. His top deputy, CBS News President David Rhodes, will succeed him at the beginning of next year. CBS said it had extended Fager's contract to run "60 Minutes" until 2019. While Fager didn't succeed in lifting the "CBS Evening News" and "CBS This Morning" out of third place in the ratings, he set each program in a clear thematic direction with a harder, more traditional news broadcast than its rivals.

  • James Nesbitt as a father whose child disappears

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — "The Missing" is a thriller etched into a portrait of the parents of a 5-year-old boy who, with his family on holiday in a quiet French village, disappears without warning. During the series' eight episodes, the action pingpongs between 2006 (in the immediate aftermath of the child's abduction) and 2014, by which time the child's mother (Frances O'Connor) has mounted a desperate effort to move on. She exists in stark contrast to Tony, the father (James Nesbitt), who in the ensuing eight years has only grown more fixated on finding his son as he grasps at evermore slender straws. With the series' second episode (airing Saturday at 9 p.m. EST on Starz), the depth of the mystery starts to emerge: This is

  • ABC News confirms director Mike Nichols and husband of Diane Sawyer has died. He was 83.

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News confirms director Mike Nichols and husband of Diane Sawyer has died. He was 83.

  • TV Land pulls 'Cosby Show' from lineup

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of "The Cosby Show," moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom "is no longer under development." A TV Land representative said the reruns will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. "The Cosby Show" also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon. The NBC sitcom and "Cosby Show" reruns joined a Netflix Cosby standup comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed late Tuesday, as mounting evidence of Cosby's faltering career.

  • 'Booze Traveler' host explores how world drinks

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he's learned the hard way that tippler's truism: "It's always 5 o'clock somewhere." Maxwell says shining shoes as a kid in the barrooms of South Boston helped prepare him to host "Booze Traveler," which debuts this month on the Travel Channel. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, the Los Angeles-based actor said his early years in the neighborhood known as Southie — where convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger once reigned — showed him what cocktails can teach about a culture.

  • Pot backer who quit TV job on air fights subpoena

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska television reporter who quit her job with a four-letter tirade during a live newscast after revealing she supported pot legalization is fighting a subpoena from the state panel that enforces election laws. The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Alaska and Oregon this month joined Washington and Colorado as states approving legal pot. The commission is trying to determine whether money that was spent would trigger reporting requirements, said Thomas Lucas, its campaign disclosure coordinator for groups.