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Nik Wallenda and sister plan highwire walk over Times Square

Nik Wallenda

NEW YORK (AP) — For his next trick, daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to cross New York’s Times Square — without his feet touching the ground. ABC announced Thursday that Wallenda and his sister Lijana will cross the tourist hotspot during a 1,300-foot (396-meter) simultaneous highwire walk 25 stories above the ground. ABC will air the attempt during a two-hour prime-time …

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1990s drama ‘Party of Five’ reboot involves deported parents

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported. Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled Generation X-era show will air on the Freeform network and will star …

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Judge delays sentence for ‘The Bachelor’ star in Iowa crash

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A judge will not consider requests from a dead farmer’s relatives to impose prison time when she sentences “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules for leaving the scene of the accident that killed the man, she ruled Tuesday. The wife and sons of farmer Kenneth Mosher are not considered victims under Iowa law because Soules was not …

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“Big Bang Theory” finale gets galactic ratings to win week

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its last blast, “The Big Bang Theory” topped the TV ratings by a light-year. The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy’s 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. Sunday night’s much-ballyhooed finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was a distant second …

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Alabama Public Television won’t run ‘Arthur’ gay wedding

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air an episode of the PBS children’s show “Arthur” because it included a same-sex wedding. The episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” aired nationally on May 13, showing Arthur attending the wedding of his teacher and partner. APT showed a re-run instead. AL.com reports that APT director of …

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Ventimiglia says trip showed him Red Nose charity’s impact

Milo Ventimiglia

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia learned firsthand what the Red Nose Day’s fundraising campaign means to children in need, and he’s eager to spread the word. “I saw how the money was being spent, and how it’s impacting these kids on a very real level and giving them a better shot at life,” the actor …

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New Coke, from 1985, makes comeback with ‘Stranger Things’

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola drinkers will get a chance to relive one of the company’s darker chapters as New Coke makes a comeback under a partnership with the Netflix drama “Stranger Things,” the companies announced Tuesday. Season 3 of the show will take place in the summer of 1985, when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke. New Coke was …

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Author: ‘Game of Thrones’ finale was ending, also beginning

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s next for “Game of Thrones?” The author, whose work was adapted into the HBO series that drew a record-setting numbers of viewers for Sunday’s finale, says it’s “been a wild ride.” George RR Martin wrote on Monday that it “was an ending, but it was also a beginning.” The 70-year-old says he’s working on the …

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Fiery and icy feelings from fans as ‘Game of Thrones’ ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire rained down and heads came off. There was punishment, banishment and retribution. And that was just from the fans. “Game of Thrones” aired its 73rd and final episode Sunday night, showing its gift for drawing record-setting numbers of viewers and for leaving those viewers deeply divided about the results, as they have been for finales …

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Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of rebels. He didn’t brag like Norman Mailer and was spared the demons driving the madness of Philip Roth’s “Portnoy’s Complaint.” After a Pulitzer early in his career for “The …

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