NEW YORK (AP) — Hot dogs, anybody? If watching people scarf down dozens of frankfurters at a single sitting is your thing — you'll want to tune in to ESPN for the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest. Ten-time winner Joey Chestnut will try to cut the mustard against 20 challengers on New York's Coney Island — except condiments are a waste of time in competitive eating — contestants just dip the franks in a bowl of water to help them slide down the old gullet. Chestnut holds the men's record with 72 frankfurters and buns in 10 minutes. On the women's side, Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) is seeking a fifth women's title in a row. She downed down 41 hot dogs and buns last year.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Usually, the Fourth of July is when everyone can refrain from being red or blue — and bask in the glory of the red, white and blue for the day. But this year, even Independence Day entertainment smacks of partisanship. Every year, PBS has broadcast music and fireworks from the national mall in Washington D.C. But this year, President Donald Trump has set up a rival event on the South Lawn of the White House. The PBS show "A Capitol Fourth" boasts of bigger stars, including The Beach Boys, The Temptations and Chita Rivera. The White House show features Sara Evans and former "American Idol" finalists Jonny Brenns and Jax.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's daughter has gone to court to get an alleged stalker off her case. Twenty-year old Paris Jackson has been granted a temporary restraining order against 23-year-old Nicholas Stevens. In court documents, Jackson says Stevens showed up as she left a recording studio last month — and told her he'd been waiting 15 hours for her the week before. He also acknowledged stalking her — and said he owned a shotgun. The court order tells Stevens to keep his distance from Jackson until at least July 24.



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NEW YORK (AP) — "America's Got Talent" continues to dominate the summer TV ratings. But so far it hasn't propelled its network to victory. Nielsen reports the NBC talent competition was seen by 11.3 million people last week. While that is four million people more than the second most popular show last week, CBS still wins the week in primetime. It drew 4.3 million viewers, while NBC had 4.2 million.


NEW YORK (AP) — Son of a "Goose?" Looks like Miles Teller has landed that role in the upcoming reboot of "Top Gun." Teller has been chosen to co-star opposite Tom Cruise in the sequel, titled "Top Gun: Maverick," playing the son of Maverick's wingman, Goose. In the original, Anthony Edwards was Goose. The movie, which also features Val Kilmer as Iceman, is to be released by Paramount Pictures in July 2019.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Magic Johnson was the star of the Los Angeles Lakers, they called it "Showtime." And now that LeBron James has grabbed center stage as the face of the team, he's expected to get opportunities to strut his stuff in movies and TV shows — not just on the basketball court. Even before heading to L.A., James had gotten a taste of the limelight. He played himself in the 2015 Amy Schumer movie "Trainwreck" — and got high marks for his comedic timing. If he pursues a career in acting, he won't be the first Laker to do so. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal were in movies and TV shows. And earlier this year, Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for an animated short based on a poem he wrote about retiring from basketball.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for the man who'd been managing the affairs of Marvel comics' icon Stan Lee says his client has always had Lee's best interests at heart. Alex Kessel says Keya Morgan has done all he can to help Lee. Morgan has pleaded not guilty to charges related to Lee's care. Morgan is charged with calling 911 to report he was being set upon on burglars trying to harm him. The "burglars" were actually authorities doing a welfare check on Lee.


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Bono says the nations of the world need to unite — to save the United Nations. The Irish rock star says the U.N. and other international institutions are under attack — and the world must unite to make sure they keep operating. Bono gave a speech Monday to U.N. diplomats — and urged continued support for the European Union and NATO. While Bono named no countries responsible for threatening global institutions, his words seem to be aimed at President Donald Trump, who has criticized the EU and NATO. Trump has also pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement and has hit the World Trade Organization with new U.S. tariffs.

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