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4 more women join defamation suit against Bill Cosby

BOSTON - Four more women joined a federal lawsuit against Bill Cosby Friday, claiming the comedian sexually abused them and later defamed them by letting his representatives publicly label their stories lies.Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie join three women already ...

SF OKs $290K payout for Journey wedding

SAN FRANCISCO - A committee of the San Francisco supervisors recommended approving a $290,000 payout to settle a lawsuit by the guitarist of rock band Journey over his lavish 2013 wedding to a former reality television star.Following the move Thursday, it now goes before the full board on Dec. ...

Trump-hosted ‘SNL’ draws 9.3M viewers

NEW YORK - Donald Trump couldn't beat the team of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Last Saturday's Trump-hosted "Saturday Night Live" averaged 9.3 million viewers, according to final Nielsen figures released Thursday.NBC says it's the most-watched edition of "SNL" since December 2013, when ...

Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 heist retold in ‘Goodfellas’

NEW YORK - An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia's strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas."A federal jury reached the surprising verdict at a ...

Fox Business reached 13.5M for GOP debate

NEW YORK - An estimated 13.5 million people watched the fourth Republican presidential debate of the season on the Fox Business Network, which traded the fireworks of the previous CNBC encounter for a more sedate discussion on economic issues.It was easily the most-watched program on FBN's ...

CBS gives post-Super Bowl slot to Colbert

NEW YORK - Stephen Colbert has landed the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on CBS this winter.The network said Wednesday that a special edition of Colbert's "Late Show" will air directly after the Feb. 7 game, the first time that distinction has gone to a late-night show. Late local news will ...

Bill O’Reilly, George Will in vitriolic dispute over Reagan legacy

NEW YORK - Bill O'Reilly and George Will have escalated their extraordinary feud this week, a dispute that encompasses the leading cable television news outlet, a publishing empire and the legacy of the conservative movement's most revered politician.Will's most recent column in The Washington ...

Irish dance star Michael Flatley gets a rare honor

NEW YORK - Few performers making their Broadway debuts get a street on Broadway renamed in their honor. Michael Flatley is an exception.The trailblazing former "Riverdance" star was on hand Tuesday when a section of 42nd Street was dubbed "Flatley Way" in honor of him and his show "Lord of the ...

Filmmaker Ken Burns to lead Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. - Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, known for long-form explorations of all-American subjects such as the Civil War and baseball, was named Tuesday as grand marshal of the 2016 Rose Parade.The announcement was made as the Tournament of Roses prepares for the 126th edition of the ...

Gaga, Dion added to Sinatra tribute concert

NEW YORK - Lady Gaga and Celine Dion have been added to the list of performers singing in honor of Frank Sinatra next month.Zac Brown and Harry Connick Jr. will also perform at "Sinatra 100 - An All-Star GRAMMY Concert" on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.Sinatra, ...

Terminally ill man who saw new ‘Star Wars’ died

SPRING, Texas - A terminally ill "Star Wars" fan who requested an advance screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has died less than a week after watching the movie. Daniel Fleetwood, who had cancer, had a private screening at his home in Spring, Texas, Nov. 5.His wife, Ashley, posted on ...

Hart, Richie part of Rihanna charity event

NEW YORK - Comedian-actor Kevin Hart will host a Rihanna charity event next month, where Lionel Richie will perform.The pop singer announced Monday that her second annual Diamond Ball will be held Dec. 10 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.The black-tie event benefits Rihanna's ...

Celebrity chef Cat Cora, partner divorcing

LOS ANGELES - Celebrity chef Cat Cora says she is getting a divorce from her partner of 17 years.The "Iron Chef America" star released a statement Monday confirming she and partner Jennifer Cora are ending their marriage.Court records in Santa Barbara, California, show that Jennifer Cora filed ...

Trump’s ‘SNL’ appearance wins viewers, not critics

NEW YORK - "Saturday Night Live" earned the expected ratings benefit of an episode hosted by Donald Trump but, given the protests and vicious panning the show received, NBC has to wonder if it was all worthwhile.From a pure business viewpoint, the Nielsen company said Saturday's show had its ...

‘Spectre’ shoots to $73 million, misses ‘Skyfall’s’ mark

By LINDSEY BAHRThe Associated PressLOS ANGELES - It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie" reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare, including ...

2 men stabbed during party at rappers home

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Two men were hospitalized with stab wounds following an argument at a party at the New Jersey home of rapper RZA.Authorities say the stabbing happened early Saturday in Millstone Township. Police did not identify the homeowner, but public records show it is the ...

Gunnar Hansen, killer of ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ dies

Gunnar Hansen, who played the iconic villain Leatherface in the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre," died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Maine, his agent said. He was 68. Hansen starred in the 1974 film that has become a classic among horror-movie aficionados and spawned a series ...

Lennon’s guitar sells for $2.4M at auction

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction. Julien's Auctions said the Gibson J-160E guitar was sold Saturday to an undisclosed buyer. The auction house said ...

Police union threatens ‘surprise’ for Tarantino

NEW YORK - The executive director of the largest police union in the country is threatening a "surprise" for Quentin Tarantino after the director drew its ire for comments about police brutality.Jim Pasco of the Fraternal Order of Police told the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that the union ...

Official: Bobbi Kristina nurse unlicensed

ATLANTA - The woman accused of posing as a nurse while caring for Bobbi Kristina Brown at a Georgia hospice facility was investigated last year in Maryland for allegedly working as an unlicensed nurse at four facilities there.Maryland Board of Nursing executive director Mary Kay Goetter told ...