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January 3, 2018

TV-TODAY-KOTB

UNDATED (AP) — NBC News opened the new year by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. Kotb will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.

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001-w-37-(Rita Foley, AP correspondent, with NBC co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb)--NBC has replaced the disgraced “Today” show host Matt Lauer with a woman. AP correspondent Rita Foley reports. (3 Jan 2018)

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002-a-08-(Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor, NBC’s “Today” show, during “Today” show broadcast)-“round of applause”-″Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie announcing Hota Kotb as her new co-host. COURTESY: NBC’s “Today” show ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((Hoda Kotb is pronounced HOH’-dah KAHT’-bee)) (3 Jan 2018)

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003-a-06-(Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor, NBC’s “Today” show, during “Today” show broadcast)-“am so thrilled”-″Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie says she’s very happy that Hoda Kotb will be her permanent co-anchor on the “Today” show. COURTESY: NBC’s “Today” show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Jan 2018)

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004-a-07-(Hoda Kotb (HOH’-dah KAHT’-bee), new co-anchor of “Today” show, during “Today” show broadcast)-“of that show”-New “Today” show co-anchor Hoda Kotb says she’s excited to be named as Matt Lauer’s replacement. COURTESY: NBC’s “Today” show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Jan 2018)

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005-a-08-(Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor, NBC’s “Today” show, and Hoda Kotb (HOH’-dah KAHT’-bee), new co-anchor of “Today” show, during “Today” show broadcast)-“2018 than you”-″Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie welcomes Hoda Kotb as the show’s new co-host. COURTESY: NBC’s “Today” show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Jan 2018)

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing two cases brought by the Beverly Hills Police Department against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The D.A.’s office says the cases were presented last month. Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. Those allegations rippled across the entertainment industry, other media businesses, sports and politics and unleashed a flood of sexual misconduct complaints that have upended several careers. Police in Los Angeles, New York and London are also investigating accusations against Weinstein. The Beverly Hill cases are being reviewed by a task force established to handle any criminal complaints arising from the Hollywood scandal.

BALLET RETIREMENT-INVESTIGATIONS

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime leader of the New York City Ballet is retiring in the midst of an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct by him. Peter Martins wrote a letter to the company’s board of directors on Monday announcing his retirement, saying the scandal had “exacted a painful toll on me and my family.” City Ballet announced last month Martins would take a leave of absence from the company and its School of American Ballet during an independent investigation. Board chairman Charles Scharf heaped praise on Martins for his work but said the investigation would continue.

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010-v-32-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--The leader of the New York City Ballet says he’s retiring, amid a sexual misconduct probe. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (3 Jan 2018)

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-VICE MEDIA

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice has suspended two top executives after a New York Times report on sexual misconduct at the digital media company. Vice Media put its president, Andrew Creighton, and chief digital officer Mike Germano on leave as it investigates allegations against them, according to a company memo sent to employees. A Vice spokesman declined to comment. The Times had reported in late December that it found four settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment or defamation against Vice employees, including Creighton. The newspaper talked with more than two dozen women who say they experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct, including groping and forced kisses.

TIME’S UP CLOUT

UNDATED (AP) — A pop culture expert says he thinks the new “Time’s Up” movement against sexual harassment that was announced earlier this week, will have clout because of the star power behind it. Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston are among hundreds of Hollywood women who formed the anti-harassment coalition. Time’s Up will include a legal defense fund and will advocate for legislation combatting workplace harassment.

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006-w-38-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent, with Professor Robert Thompson, director, Syracuse University’s Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture)--An expert in U.S. pop culture says he believes the new “Time’s Up” movement against sexual harassment will have clout because of the star power behind it. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. (3 Jan 2018)

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007-a-19-(Robert Thompson, director, Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University, in AP interview)-“of, of harassment”-Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University, says he thinks this new campaign against sexual harassment will be effective because of all the celebrities taking part. (3 Jan 2018)

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008-a-14-(Robert Thompson, director, Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University, in AP interview)-“actual monetary support”-Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University, says the “Time’s Up” movement against sexual harassment could be very effective, because big name celebrities are putting up big time dollars to help victims of sexual harassment. (3 Jan 2018)

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009-a-30-(Robert Thompson, director, Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University, in AP interview)-“fact pursue it”-Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University, says the “Time’s Up” movement takes a powerful step beyond what the “MeToo” movement started. ((note length of cut)) (3 Jan 2018)

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PUBLISHER-ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — The chairman of a company that publishes six newspapers in Alabama has been accused of assaulting female employees by spanking them while he was a newsroom executive decades ago. In reports published in Alabama news outlets, at least three women say H. Brandt Ayers, who became a nationally known voice of Southern liberalism during his tenure as editor and publisher at The Anniston Star, assaulted them in the mid-1970s, once using a metal ruler. Ayers - now 82 and chairman of Consolidated Publishing Co., which operates six papers including The Star - issued a statement saying he “did some things I regret” when he was a “very young man with more authority than judgment.” The incidents described are too old for any criminal charges to be filed.

COSBY LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court won’t rehear a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied Kathrine McKee’s request for a full-court hearing. A three-judge panel of the court had ruled against her in October. The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a story about McKee’s allegations. Cosby’s lawyers said the letter was protected by the First Amendment. McKee was among dozens of women who went public with allegations against Cosby. A separate defamation lawsuit filed by seven other women is also pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby owns a home.

OBIT-RICK HALL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama record producer Rick Hall, who recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and ’70s and helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound,” has died. Longtime friend Judy Hood says he died at his home yesterday following a fight with cancer. He was 85. Hall founded FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama in 1959 and went on to record major acts including R&B stars Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. He also recorded country artists including George Jones and Brenda Lee and produced pop acts including Paul Anka and the Osmonds. A new generation of listeners knows Hall through the 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals.” The movie tells the story of Hall, the region’s musicians and its distinctive, soulful sound featuring heavy bass, electric piano or organ and drums.

VINNY PAZ-REPORT OF ATTACK

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Retired boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film “Bleed for This” is accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital. Providence police say they were called to a home yesterday morning. They say when officers arrived, witnesses said Paz accused a friend of stealing $16,000 and then assaulted him. The man was taken to the hospital with injuries including several broken teeth, a black eye and bite marks that drew blood. Witnesses told police that Paz left before police got there. The ex-champion wrote on Twitter to “stop” with the nonsense story. He also told WPRI-TV that he got robbed, “and when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do.”

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-MIKE TYSON

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur. TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile drive north of L.A. Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis. In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.

FORMER MISS HAWAII-ROBBED

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii woman says four men with guns jumped over her backyard wall and took possibly near $1 million worth of jewelry, some of which has been passed down in her family for generations. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Kumu hula Iwalani Walsh Tseu says the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Walsh Tseu says she was at home preparing to go out to see family and friends when she heard a shriek from her youngest daughter, Miss Hawaii USA 2009, Aureana Tseu. Walsh Tseu says a masked man had her daughter face down on the ground with her hands tied and a pillow over her head. A second man had a gun aimed at Walsh Tseu.

VERSACE MANSION

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Viewers intrigued by the Gianni Versace murder case featured in the new season of “American Crime Story” can retrace the fashion designer’s steps at his former mansion in South Beach. Tourists pose every day for pictures on the steps where Versace was fatally shot by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Versace’s former home in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, Florida, is now a boutique hotel, The Villa Casa Casuarina. It still reflects his glamorous designs and opulent lifestyle. Visitors can swim in a pool lined with 24-karat gold tiles, sleep on double-king-sized beds, gaze at the ocean from his rooftop observatory and dine in a restaurant in his former dining room. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” premieres Jan. 17 on FX.