• Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, the nation's only Latina governor and a rising star in the Republican party, added her voice Wednesday to criticism of the GOP presidential hopeful, denouncing his comments as "horrible." Trump's presidential campaign announcement contained his assertion that some Mexican immigrants to the United States bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

  • Son of 'Barney' co-creator gets 15 years for shooting

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of a co-creator of the "Barney and Friends" TV show has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting his Malibu neighbor. City News Service says 29-year-old Patrick Leach was sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attack. Prosecutors say he wounded his neighbor in the chest during an argument after accusing the man of trespassing. Leach's mother is Sheryl Leach, co-creator of the PBS show featuring Barney the purple dinosaur. Leach had pleaded no contest in May to assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting from a motor vehicle, causing great bodily injury.

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring. The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut. The company, which already is facing several lawsuits across the nation, is also asking that all such litigation be moved to federal court in Connecticut. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said the company is being targeted by a lawyer who is improperly shopping lawsuits t

  • Robber killed in shootout with ex-anchor's husband at motel

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A cross-country road trip got derailed for a former CNN anchor and her husband after a would-be robber forced his way into their motel room and a shootout ensued. Lynne Russell told reporters Wednesday that her husband, Chuck de Caro, decided to stop at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque's western edge because they were tired after a long day of traveling. When she went out to the car to get something and returned to the room, a man was at the door with a handgun. "He pushed me into the room and that's when my husband came out of the shower and saw what was happening," Russell told Albuquerque station KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/1FS3UMz ). "We tried to calm him, confuse him and do everything we could do to just com

  • Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions over fights

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles mirrors an earlier one filed by Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former boxer Oscar De La Hoya. It asks for more than $100 million in damages from Haymon and the investment firm Waddell & Reed. The suit centers mainly on alleged violations of federal antitrust laws, along with the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, which prohibits managers from also acting as promoters for boxers.

  • Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. "It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy.

  • US win draws best men's or women's World Cup semi audience

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Germany is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semifinal ever on American television. The 2-0 victory by the second-ranked U.S. over the No. 1 Germans on Tuesday night averaged 8.4 million viewers on Fox. The network said Wednesday the previous high was 5.9 million for the 2006 men's semifinal between Germany and Italy. The audience was up 47 percent from the 5.7 million for the Americans' quarterfinal against China on Friday night. And it was more than double the 3.4 million for the Americans' semifinal in 2011, which was played during the day in the U.S. with the tournament in Germany.

  • New York prison break featured on Investigation Discovery

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-three days of grabbing headlines has earned a television episode for two convicted killers who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison. The Investigation Discovery network says it will take a close look at the saga of Richard Matt and David Sweat in "Prison Break: The Manhunt Ends" as a part of its "Front Page" series Friday night. It will recount the inmates' relationships with workers at Clinton Correctional Facility, their escape, the manhunt and Matt's death and Sweat's capture. Viewers will get detailed explanations from investigators and experts who worked the case. ID's "Front Page" series tries to stay current with headlines and quickly create episodes that give commenta

  • Golf organizations distance themselves from Trump

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because "they know I'm right." Four leading golf organizations said he's wrong. The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday — but only briefly — to say that Trump's views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate. In an interview with Golf Channel, Trump said he has received "tremendous support" from the golf world "because they all know I'm right." "In response to Mr. Trump's comments about the golf industry 'knowing he is right' in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organization

  • Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA, Macy's dumps Trump

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants. The Republican presidential hopeful's team is struggling to hold the Miss USA pageant together following defections by hosts, performers, judges and the two television networks that were scheduled to broadcast the event on July 12. Trump, who fired back at Macy's, owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Flo Rida had been the highest-profile performer scheduled for Miss USA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his representative confirmed Wednesday that he would not perfor

  • Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurence Fishburne is joining the "Roots" miniseries remake. A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries. The new project will draw on the late Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation. Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor ("Two Trains Running") and Oscar nominee ("What's Love Got to Do With It"). He's become a familiar presence on TV in series including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," ''Hannibal" and ABC's comedy "black-ish.

  • TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns from its schedule

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard." The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule. This marks the latest effort to banish the racially charged Stars and Bars from pop culture after various states began debating whether to remove the flag. Warner Bros., which produced the series, last week halted production of toy replicas of the so-called General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger stock car driven by rambunctious Southern cousins Luke and Bo. The car famously features a replica of the Confederate flag on its roof. Retailers including Walmart and eBay have stopped selling merchandise bearing reproductions of

  • 'Ballers' looks at humor, drama in the lives of pro athletes

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on "CSI: Miami," but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. "It was Miami at the best time to be in Miami: In the winter, which is just the mildest climate," Miller said. "They can sign me up for another 10 years of that." Miller appears on "Ballers," HBO's new series that airs at 10 p.m. EDT Sundays. It stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a retired football star trying to start a second career as a financial manager, goaded by his boss — played by Rob Corddry — to "monetize" his friendships. The show was created by Stephen Levinson, whose previous credits include HBO's "Entourage.

  • Kim Kardashian says sexy selfies can be empowering

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The big reveal from Kim Kardashian's guest turn for San Francisco's revered Commonwealth Club of California on Tuesday night? She was wearing maternity Spanx under her black designer dress to conceal cellulite, not her pregnant belly. The reality TV star and fashion mogul was invited by the 112-year-old club that describes itself as the nation's oldest and largest public affairs program to talk about her famous family, the business of millennial culture and the objectification of women in media. Before her visit, the Commonwealth Club's invitation to Kardashian provoked minor controversy.

  • Gushiken at last happy as boxer after Hall of Fame induction

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — It was a long fight for Yoko Gushiken to find life after boxing. Or rather, to find his life was all about boxing, after all. It took his induction last month into the International Boxing Hall of Fame - an honor only two other Japanese have received - to allow him to reconcile with who he truly is. Three decades after retiring from the ring - often feeling lost and depressed - and after a secondary career as a TV comedian, the former WBA light flyweight champion now accepts his status as a boxing great. "I saw how splendid boxing was in this world," said the 60-year-old Gushiken, often clenching his fists to emphasize his points.

  • Lebanon planning first-ever Mayberry-themed festival

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LEBANON, Ky. (AP) — The city of Lebanon is launching a new festival built around the town of Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show." They're calling it the Mayberry Pie Festival, and it will include two comedians who impersonate the show's bumbling patrolman Barney Fife and the town drunk, Otis. The comedians, Michael J and Joey I.L.O., have a traveling comedy show called "Barney Fife Fully Loaded." Karen Knotts, the daughter of Don Knotts, will also be at the festival to talk about life with her famous father. Other events include a Pub Crawl With Otis, live music, a pie-eating contest, fishing tournaments and a screening of a moving starring Don Knotts. The festival runs from Aug. 13 to 16. More details can be found

  • Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some merely as a sexual object. The reality TV star talked briefly about how women are portrayed in the media during a Tuesday night appearance in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California. Kardashian allowed that while other people might regard her constant posing in front of a camera as degrading, it doesn't matter as long as she is happy with the results. During an hour-long Q&A before an adoring audience that was mostly young and female, she also revealed that her husband, rapper Kanye West, came up with the idea and t

  • Trump files $500 million lawsuit as pageant woes mount

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — As fallout built over Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico, the Republican presidential candidate answered back with legal action to match his trademark brashness, filing a $500 million lawsuit. The suit against Univision for dropping the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants claims breach of contract, defamation and First Amendment violations, and contends Univision turned on him because it supports Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. In a statement, Univision called Trump's lawsuit "factually false and legally ridiculous." It said it will "continue to fight against Mr. Trump's ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made.

  • Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns. Meanwhile, the backlash threatened to extend beyond Trump's media interests. Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, when he declared that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists. The company did not give any details about the pro

  • Ted Cruz turns 'Simpsons' jobseeker; he'll take any part

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ted Cruz wants to be president, but he's got another job in mind as well: voice actor for "The Simpsons." In a tongue-in-cheek BuzzFeed video posted Tuesday, the Republican senator from Texas says he's auditioning to replace "The Simpsons" cast member Harry Shearer, who has said he's leaving Fox's animated TV show. "Hi, I'm Ted," Cruz says, adding that he'll take any part he can get. He then offers game versions of "Simpsons" characters including tough boss Mr. Burns, nerdy Ned Flanders, family patriarch Homer and even schoolgirl Lisa. It's a lighthearted change-of-pace for the conservative senator, whose tone is often stern and serious.




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