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Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent them. The filings are a response to lawsuits filed by three agencies in …

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Earnhardt ‘truly blessed’ nobody was seriously hurt in crash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is “truly blessed” that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the “quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff.” He thanked people for their phone calls, messages …

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Bubba Hiers, brother of Paula Deen, dies of cancer at 65

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Hiers, who left behind landscaping to help his celebrity sister Paula Deen grow her Savannah restaurant business as she rose to fame, has died at age 65. “Bubba was the greatest brother who was loved by so many people,” Deen said in an emailed statement Monday. “We will miss him dearly.” Hiers died Thursday from …

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Jack Whitaker, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, dies at 95

Phil Simms, Jack Whitaker, Jim Nantz

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Whitaker, whose Hall of Fame broadcasting career ranged from the first Super Bowl to Secretariat’s Triple Crown to short essays from major sporting events, died Sunday morning, CBS reported. The network said Whitaker died of natural causes in his sleep in Devon, Pennsylvania. He was 95. Whitaker, a Philadelphia native who was wounded on Omaha …

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Walton’s World: Big Bill brings unique musings to baseball

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night. After nine innings, it was evident Chicago White Sox broadcasts might never be the same again. Walton was the guest analyst because Steve Stone is taking this weekend’s series against the Los Angeles Angels off. The former UCLA …

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Heather Locklear pleads no contest to fighting with deputies

Heather Locklear

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to charges that she fought with first responders during two visits to her Southern California home last year. Locklear entered the plea in Ventura County court Friday afternoon to five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery on emergency personnel and two counts of resisting, obstructing …

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FCC fines networks for wrongly using emergency alert system

Jimmy Kimmel

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel has learned an expensive lesson: don’t mess with the government’s emergency alert system. Kimmel’s network, ABC, was one of four media organizations fined by the Federal Communications Commission this week for improper use of the emergency signal that is sent over television, radio and mobile phones to warn people of danger like floods and …

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CNN’s Ward says intimidation effort made on Russia story

Clarissa Ward

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Clarissa Ward says her story this week about Russian involvement in the Central African Republic came with a price: she was trailed during her reporting and made the subject of a 15-minute propaganda video denigrating her work. Ward said she was shaken by the experience but it confirmed for her that the story made powerful …

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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ promotion jams up Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A city-wide promotion in Los Angeles for a popular Amazon television series caused chaos when drivers lined up for hours to cash in on 1950s gas prices. Amazon partnered with nearly 30 businesses to roll back prices Thursday in honor of the show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” set in the ’50s, as part of an Emmy …

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Aidy Bryant tries her hand at fashion with plus-size line

Aidy Bryant

NEW YORK (AP) — World, meet Pauline. Aidy Bryant has rolled out the start of a new plus-size fashion line named for her great aunt, but the “Saturday Night Live” star is starting small with just one dress in three blue styles, a solid, a stripe and a gingham. She dubbed the shirtdress the Lovington and it sells for $175 …

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