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April 16, 2019

COSBY’S INSURER SETTLES LA ACCUSER’S SUIT BEFORE DEPOSITION

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby says his insurance company is settling another accuser’s lawsuit without his permission, a week before his scheduled deposition in the case. Cosby in a statement accuses American International Group Inc. of “egregious behavior.” He says he could have proven he was in New York during the alleged 2008 encounter with 18-year-old Chloe Goins at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Goins says Cosby drugged and molested her. An AIG spokesman says the insurer has no comment.

“GAME OF THRONES” - RATINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — So far, so good for “Game of Thrones.” HBO says the first episode of the show’s final season has set a record. The pay channel says 17.4 million viewers watched Sunday’s first episode either on TV or online. That’s a record for the show.

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061647-w-323:76-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-‘Game of Thrones’ season debut breaks HBO rating records (16 Apr 2019)

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061648-c-195:36-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“and final season”-‘Game of Thrones’ season debut breaks HBO rating records (16 Apr 2019)

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061650-c-118:80-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“last season’s finale”-‘Game of Thrones’ season debut breaks HBO rating records (16 Apr 2019)

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061651-r-331:92-(Theme to “Game of Thrones”)-“music fades”-‘Game of Thrones’ season debut breaks HBO rating records (16 Apr 2019)

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061649-c-73:20-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“that season’s finale”-‘Game of Thrones’ season debut breaks HBO rating records (16 Apr 2019)

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GAME OF THRONES - WHAT’S NEXT?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is there going to be life for TV viewers after May 19 — when the last episode of “Game of Thrones” airs on HBO? Some media analysts say it’s a legitimate question to ask once the popular series sheds its last drop of blood and rides off into the sunset. The answer will be important to HBO, which will have to come up with something to attract subscribers that had been attracted to “Game of Thrones.” A possible replacement could be a sequel. Another would be for HBO to promote some of its other critically acclaimed series like “Westworld,” ″Barry,” ″Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects.”

TV-SEASAME STREET-TOUR

Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and hitting the road. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will embark on a 10-city trip to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities. The Muppets will spend Friday and Saturday in each city, filming segments for the show with local kids and highlighting people and places important to the community. The tour starts June 1 in New York and then makes stops in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles.

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061688-w-296:88-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-The iconic Muppets may be coming to a street near you (16 Apr 2019)

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ZOMBIE ACTOR-ASSAULT

A zombie movie actor is accused of beating two women and forcing one of them to taste his blood. The Rome News-Tribune reported Saturday that 30-year-old Eliot Ryan Rutledge has been charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Rutledge allegedly trapped a woman inside his home in Rome, Georgia, between June 2017 and October 2018. The paper says Floyd County Jail reports accuse him of picking her up by her neck, slamming her into the ground and choking her. IMDB.com credits Rutledge with producing and acting in “Gangsters and Zombies” and “Gangsters and Zombies II.”

LORI LOUGHLIN, HUSBAND PLEAD NOT GUILTY IN COLLEGE SCAM

BOSTON (AP) — So far, the money laundering charges prosecutors have laid on “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband haven’t had the desired effect. Prosecutors had hoped the increased charges would prompt Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli to reach a plea deal. But yesterday, both pleaded not guilty to charges that they paid a half million dollars in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California. They are among 50 parents, athletic coaches and others charged in the nationwide college admissions scandal.

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061513-v-310:32-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Loughlin, Giannulli plead not guilty in college scam (15 Apr 2019)

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GEORGIA ENGEL - OBIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Those who knew and worked with Georgia Engel say she was just the way TV viewers saw her: a woman who was charming, loved people — and had a sweet, tiny voice. Engel has died. She was 70. She died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey. Her friend and executor says the cause of her death is unknown because she was a Christian Scientist — and as such, didn’t see doctors. Engel is best known for her roles as Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore.” She also had recurring roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

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ARETHA FRANKLIN - PULITZER PRIZE

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin continues to make history, even eight months after she died. She has received a special citation from the people who hand out the Pulitzer Prizes. Franklin thus becomes the first individual woman to get a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board says the award is for Franklin’s “indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” Franklin died last August of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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061556-w-289:68-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win (15 Apr 2019)

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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL DESTROYED BY FIRE

PARIS (AP) — It will take lots of time — and money — to repair the fire damage that charred most of Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday. And France says it will reach out to the international community for help in rebuilding. Some of that help is already coming in. France’s richest businessman has pledged $226 million to help restore the building. Meanwhile, authorities say many of the prized treasures in the cathedral have been spared from destruction. One major item that was salvaged was Notre Dame’s organ and its iconic bell towers.

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061608-a-153:60-(Dominique Bichon (bee-SHOHN’), eyewitness, in AP interview)-“something not real”-Prayers, hymns, community shared in firelight of Notre Dame (16 Apr 2019)

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061606-a-161:52-(Dominique Bichon (bee-SHOHN’), eyewitness, in AP interview)-“say the spire”-Prayers, hymns, community shared in firelight of Notre Dame (16 Apr 2019)

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061590-r-127:68-(Sound of Parisians singing at a gathering near Notre Dame Cathedral)-”(sound fades)”-Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (16 Apr 2019)

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NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL’S PLAY ‘ALIEN’ GETS ENCORE

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school’s stage production of “Alien” is coming back with help from the 1979 film’s director, Ridley Scott. “Alien: The Play” was performed last month at North Bergen High School. It drew a huge response online, and Scott praised the students’ creativity. Sigourney Weaver, who played the character Ripley in the movie, called the production “incredible.” The school will perform the play again on April 26, funded by $5,000 from Scott’s production company.

JOAN COLLINS - FIRE

LONDON (AP) — Joan Collins is taking time to thank the firefighters who rushed to her apartment to help put out a fire yesterday. The actress has shared video of a charred wall — and thanked the “marvelous” firefighters who responded. Fire officials say the blaze was by caused sunlight reflecting off a shaving mirror — and setting fire to a bathroom blind.

TIGER WOODS - PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to give Tiger Woods a big honor. Trump said on Twitter he will bestow the nation’s highest civilian honor on Woods after winning the Masters. No word on when Trump will set the ceremony to present Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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061535-v-288:96-(Sagar Meghani (SAH’-gur meh-GAH’-nee), AP Washington correspondent)-“Sagar Meghani, Washington”-Trump to give Tiger Woods nation’s highest civilian honor (15 Apr 2019)

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TIGER WOODS - BETTOR

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tiger Woods may have gotten the green jacket after his win at the Masters on Sunday. But one man just ended up with a lot of green. A Las Vegas sports book says the man placed $85,000 for Woods to win — and took out $1.19 million. William Hill US says that’s the biggest golf payout in its history.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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