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‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring …

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The Latest: Smollett’s lawyers vow ‘aggressive defense’

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an “aggressive defense” of the “Empire” actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson say in a statement: “Like …

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Brothers in Smollett case are bodybuilders, aspiring actors

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney representing the brothers at the center of an investigation into the attack reported by Jussie Smollett said Wednesday that her clients “manned up” and testified in front of a grand jury, before prosecutors charged the “Empire” actor with filing a false police report. Gloria Schmidt spoke to reporters outside a Chicago courthouse where the brothers …

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Andrew McCabe, franchise shows give CBS weekly ratings win

Andrew McCabe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fired FBI acting director Andrew McCabe’s headline-making interview on CBS’ news magazine proved a TV audience grabber as well. The program ranked as the third most-watched last week with 9.7 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen figures released Wednesday. Viewership was down across the board during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, and the Sunday audience …

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Nielsen’s top programs for Feb. 11-17

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.4 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent Champions,” NBC, 10.5 million. 3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.7 million. 4. “FBI,” CBS, 9.5 million. 5. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.9 million. 6. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.7 million. 7. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 8.5 million. 8. “The …

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The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. The misdemeanor complaint filed in Los …

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Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a person who lives …

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‘Fight Back!’ consumer reporter David Horowitz dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Horowitz, whose “Fight Back!” syndicated program made him perhaps the best-known consumer reporter in the U.S., has died. He was 81. Horowitz had dementia and died on Thursday in Los Angeles, a family spokesman said. “Fight Back! With David Horowitz” won multiple Emmys and a huge audience as Horowitz investigated product defects, tested advertising claims …

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Former Sessions spokeswoman joins CNN

Sarah Isgur

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has hired a former spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Sessions for work on its political desk as 2020 elections coverage heats up. The network says Sarah Isgur will help manage teams in the field and coordinate use of stories between the network’s television and digital arms. CNN said Tuesday she’ll be one of several editors …

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New Mitch Albom book, ‘Chika,’ coming in November

NEW YORK (AP) — The tragic, but inspiring story of a young Haitian orphan led Mitch Albom to write his first nonfiction book in over a decade. Harper announced Tuesday that Albom’s “Chika” comes out in November. The title refers to a girl born days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The child was transferred to an orphanage Albom runs …

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