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Fox moves to dismiss lawsuit by ex-anchor Andrea Tantaros

Fox News Channel has asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit by former anchor Andrea Tantaros, saying her claims that "sock puppet" Twitter accounts were set up to harass her were false.

Fox said in court papers filed Wednesday that a Twitter feed allegedly set up under a false identity is instead operated by a retired man from Gainesville, Florida. Tantaros charged that the account posted items meant to let her know her conversations were under surveillance, but Fox said the posts weren't directed by the network and had innocent purposes.

Fox said the claims by Tantaros' lawyer Judd Burstein are either a paranoid fantasy or deliberate hoax. Burstein did not immediately return a call for comment.

Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture

HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold.

"HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project," the network said Wednesday. "We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material."

The statement added that other projects with Stewart are in the works "which you will be hearing about in the near future."

The four-year exclusive pact between Stewart and HBO was announced in November 2015, three months after Stewart ended his 17-year run as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

HBO said then that the partnership would launch with an animated parody of a cable news network allowing Stewart to comment on daily breaking news in real time. It was to be showcased on HBO Now and HBO Go as well the linear channel. The project entailed what HBO called pioneering digital technology.

No start date for the animated series was declared at the time, but last summer HBO voiced hope that it would premiere before the end of 2016.

Since exiting "The Daily Show," Stewart has kept a relatively low profile. He makes occasional guest appearances on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," most recently earlier this month, when Colbert hosted a reunion with Stewart and other "Daily Show" alums.



'Clerks' actress Lisa Spoonauer dies in New Jersey at 44

Lisa Spoonauer, an actress who starred in the 1994 award-winning movie "Clerks," has died. She was 44.

Spoonauer died Sunday at her home in Jackson, the George Hassler Funeral Home said. The cause of death wasn't released.

Kevin Smith cast Spoonauer in the role of Caitlin Bree in his first movie, which was set in the New Jersey convenience and video stores where he worked in real life.

On Instagram on Tuesday, Smith wrote that she was one of "the chief architects" of the movie, which won him accolades at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

He recalled that he first met Spoonauer in 1992 in an acting class at Brookdale Community College.

"Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room," Smith wrote. "She didn't sound like she was acting at all."

In the movie, her character gets back together with her high school boyfriend Dante Hicks, who was played by Brian O'Halloran.

"She always had a wicked sense of humor and smile," O'Halloran wrote on Instagram.

Spoonauer soon left acting and became a restaurant manager and event planner.

She is survived by her husband, her daughter and a stepson.

Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Defense raises race bias in Cosby jury selection process

With just one black person seated among the first 11 jurors chosen for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, defense lawyers are crying foul and accusing prosecutors of trying to systematically keep blacks off the jury.

The lawyers returned to court on Wednesday in Pittsburgh to pick a 12th juror and six alternates. Cosby arrived Wednesday just before 8 a.m.

For now, Judge Steven O'Neill has rejected the race bias argument.

Prosecutors said race was not a factor in their decision to strike two black women from the panel this week. They said one was a former Pittsburgh police detective who sued the city after she was arrested in a public scandal.

O'Neill pledged to revisit the issue if defense lawyer Brian McMonagle, who had accused prosecutors of "a systematic exclusion of African-Americans," presented statistical evidence to back that up.

The 100 people summoned to the Allegheny County courthouse for juror consideration so far have included 16 people of color. A new jury pool will be summoned on Wednesday.

The jurors selected on Tuesday included a black woman who said she knew only "basic information" about the case, a young white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police and two people who said they don't read or watch the news.

The jury now consists of seven men and four women — all but one of them white— in a case that Cosby has said may have racial undertones.

The actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has called the encounter consensual.

Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but O'Neill is allowing only one of them to testify at the June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

Cosby, in an interview last week, said race could be a motivating factor in the accusations against him.

"Race plays a role in every trial, but it shouldn't eclipse ... the evidence," Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said. "This case is frankly more about gender, celebrity, how women are treated (and) Bill Cosby's credibility. But race may take a more focused perspective because the defense has (raised it) recently."

The trial will take place in Montgomery County, where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004. Constand said she went seeking career advice. She said Cosby gave her wine and pills that put her in a stupor before molesting her on his couch.

Constand was 30 and dating a woman at the time, while Cosby was 66 and long married to wife Camille. Cosby in sworn testimony has said he put his hand down Constand's pants, but said she did not protest.

Cosby has said he does not expect to testify.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they come forward, as Constand has done.

Cosby was arrested Dec. 30, 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.


Dale contributed from Philadelphia.

UK investigates 'network' of alleged Manchester attackers

British security forces raided a building Wednesday in central Manchester as they investigated "a network" of people allegedly behind the city's concert bombing. Hundreds of soldiers were sent to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, Salman Abedi, "likely" did not act alone when he killed 22 people and wounded nearly 120 at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. She said he had been known to security forces "up to a point." Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents, died in the attack.

"I think it's very clear this is a network we are investigating," Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said, confirming that an off-duty police officer was among those killed in the attack.

Many at the concert were young girls and teens enthralled by Grande's pop power — and those who died included an 8-year-old girl.

Officials are examining Abedi's trips to Libya as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. The government said nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed instead of police Wednesday in high-profile sites in London and elsewhere.

Britain raised its threat level from terrorism to "critical" late Tuesday amid concerns that Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack. Abedi grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there.

Police said three suspects were arrested Wednesday around Manchester, and Abedi's father told The Associated Press that Abedi's brother Ismail was arrested Tuesday in the area.

Heavily armed police raided an apartment building in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon, blasting the door open with a controlled explosion. The building, Granby House, is popular with students and young professionals. Neighbor Adam Prince said raided flat had been used as an Airbnb.

Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the same floor as the raided apartment, said he thought officers were looking for a woman because they "asked me if I had seen the lady next door."

Across London, troops fanned out and authorities reconsidered security plans.

The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled Wednesday so police officers can be re-deployed, Britain's defense ministry said. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London.

The Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, was also closed Wednesday to all those without passes, and tours and events there were cancelled until further notice. Armed police also patrolled outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

"(The goal) is to make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate," said London Police Commander Jane Connors.

The Chelsea soccer team also announced it would cancel Sunday's victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team's Premier League title win.

"We are sure our fans will understand this decision," the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.

Speaking Wednesday from the Libyan city of Tripoli, the father of the alleged Manchester attacker denied that his son was linked to militants or to the deadly bombing. Ramadan Abedi told the AP that when he spoke to his son Abedi five days ago, he sounded "normal."

He said Salman was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia for a short Umrah pilgrimage, then planned to head to Libya to spend the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with his family.

"We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us," the elder Abedi told the AP by telephone.

He said his son last visited Libya a month-and-a-half ago.

The senior Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant for him and eventually sought political asylum in Britain. Now he is a manager for the Central Security force in Tripoli.

Former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun told the AP that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, which had links to al-Qaida.

Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun says the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which al-Qaida and the Islamic State group both hail.

Early Wednesday, Manchester police arrested a man at a house just a 10-minute walk from Abedi's home.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He said the man, in his 40s, is named Adel and has a wife and several children.

"They arrested the father, and I think the rest of the family kind of disappeared," Khuri said, adding that he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque. "In the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all. I haven't seen police come to his house."

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns he might have had outside support. Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya.

France's interior minister said Abedi is believed to have also traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group.

Rudd said Britain's increased official threat level will remain at "critical" as the investigation proceeds and won't be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place.

She also complained about U.S. officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press, saying that could take "the element of surprise" away from Britain's security services and police.

"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again," she said.

In addition to those killed in the concert bombing, Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack, 20 of them with critical injuries.

Sixty-four people are still hospitalized, said Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, many with serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support."

Officials said all the dead and wounded had been identified. But Greater Manchester Police said it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems were concluded, which will take four to five days. It said all the affected families have been contacted and are receiving support.


Michael reported from Cairo and Katz reported from London. Sylvia Hui and Paisley Dodds in London, Rob Harris in Manchester and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.

The Latest: New jury pool being questioned for Cosby trial

The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

The hunt is on for a 12th juror for Bill Cosby's sex assault trial from a new pool summoned to a Pittsburgh courtroom.

The pool of about 93 people appears to include eight black women and three black men.

Cosby's lawyers have accused prosecutors of trying to keep blacks off the jury after they struck two black women from the panel. However, the judge found their reasons weren't racially motivated.

The 11 jurors chosen so far include one black. That ratio nearly matches a 2015 census report that found 13 percent of Allegheny County residents identify as black.

Six alternate jurors are also needed.

The 48-question juror survey asks if the potential jurors have an opinion about Cosby's guilt but not if they were fans of his work.


8:20 a.m.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the third day of jury selection in his Pennsylvania sex assault case.

Cosby arrived at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The 79-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee in 2004. Cosby has called the encounter consensual.

Cosby goes on trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

Lawyers are bringing 100 new prospective jurors to the courthouse Wednesday. They hope to get the last regular juror and six alternates from this group.

The defense is crying foul after only one black person was seated among the first 11 jurors chosen.

Prosecutors say race was not a factor in their decision to strike two black women from the panel this week.


12:00 a.m.

With just one black person seated among the first 11 jurors chosen for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the defense is crying foul.

Prosecutors say race was not a factor in their decision to strike two black women from the panel this week. They say one was a former Pittsburgh police detective who sued the city after she was arrested in a public scandal.

Judge Steven O'Neill rejected the race bias argument, but said he would revisit the issue if the defense offered statistical evidence of any discrimination.

The lawyers return to court on Wednesday in Pittsburgh to pick a 12th juror and six alternates.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.


This story has been corrected to show that lawyers hope to get six alternates, not two.

The Latest: Chief says investigation involves 'a network'

The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local):

3:13 p.m.

Manchester's police chief has told reporters that it is clear "this is a network we are investigating" as he gave an update on the probe into the bomb attack at a pop concert in the city.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Wednesday that police are carrying out extensive searches across Manchester as part of their probe.

Hopkins declined to comment on whether police have found the alleged maker of the explosive device used in Monday night's attack.

His comments followed media reports that the alleged bomber, Salman Abedi, acted as a "mule" for others.

Hopkins says a serving police officer was among the 22 people confirmed killed in the attack.

He confirmed that a total of four suspects have been detained so far.


3:05 p.m.

Witnesses say they heard explosions as police raided a block of flats in central Manchester following Monday's attack.

Manchester Police said officers briefly closed a railway line on Wednesday to carry out a search as part of the investigation into the deadly bombing at the Ariana Grande concert Monday.

Residents described how armed police and men clad in balaclavas stormed the Granby House building, an apartment block where rented apartments are popular with students and young professionals.

Muye Li, a 23-year-old student who lives on the third floor, says he heard an explosion as police stormed an apartment on his floor.

He says officers knocked on his door and "asked me if I had seen the lady next door," and believed police were looking for a woman.


3:00 p.m.

A former Libyan security official says the father of the alleged Manchester arena bomber was allegedly member of a former al-Qaida-backed group in Libya.

Former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun said Wednesday he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s. The group had links to al-Qaida.

Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun says the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which al-Qaida and the Islamic State group hail.

Haroun says Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Ramadan Abedi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Tripoli that his family "aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents."


2:35 p.m.

The father of the alleged Manchester arena attacker denies his son is linked to militants or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.

Ramadan Abedi says he spoke to his 22-year-old son, Salman Abedi, five days ago and he was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia and sounded "normal."

He said that his son visited Libya a month-and-a -half ago.

The elder Abedi told The Associated Press by telephone from Tripoli: "We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us."

He said his other son, Ismail, was arrested in England on Tuesday morning.

He said Salman was planning to head from Saudi Arabia to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with family.

Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain.

Now, he is the administrative manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.


2:15 p.m.

Manchester United fans are congregating in Stockholm's city center, dominating bars and singing songs ahead of their team's match against Ajax in the Europa League.

A flag outside a bar in the Swedish capital displayed the words: "United against terrorism. Lest we forget 22.05.17" — the date of Monday's suicide bombing in the English city of Manchester.

The final will kick off at Friends Arena on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after a deadly bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester killed 22 people.

There will be a huge security presence at the venue. A police helicopter was flying above the city center Wednesday afternoon.


2:05 p.m.

Premier League champion Chelsea has called off its victory parade because of the concert attack in Manchester.

Chelsea says it would be inappropriate to hold a parade in London this weekend following Monday's bombing at a concert in Manchester and adds "we are sure our fans will understand this decision."

The club says "given the heightened security threat announced by the government, and recognizing that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration."

Chelsea also says it does not want to divert emergency services.

English soccer champions traditionally celebrate by driving through the city streets on an open top bus, with players holding trophies and waving to fans.


1:05 p.m.

Manchester police made an arrest early Wednesday at a house just a 10-minute walk from the home of suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.

He says "there was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor ... and I realized there is something wrong here ... they arrested the father, and I think the rest of the family kind of disappeared."

He said he immediately suspected the arrest might be linked to Monday night's concert bombing. He said he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque.

He says "in the last 15 years, I haven't seen him in trouble at all. I haven't seen police come to his house."


12:45 p.m.

British police say they are now confident they know the identities of all the people who lost their lives in Monday's concert attack in Manchester.

But Greater Manchester Police said Wednesday that it could not formally name the victims until forensic post-mortems are concluded. The force said because of the number of victims, that is likely to take four to five days.

It said all the families affected have been contacted and trained officers are supporting them.

Officials said 22 people were killed in the suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, including teenagers and children. Some of them have been named by friends and family. The youngest victim was 8-year-old Saffie Roussos.


12:05 p.m.

A school near Manchester says it is "in shock" and heartbroken as it announced that one of its students, teenager Olivia Campbell-Hardy, was killed in the Manchester concert attack.

Tottington High School, in Bury near the city of Manchester, said in a statement that Olivia, reportedly 15, had been with a friend during Monday night's attack on the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The friend has undergone surgery to treat injuries from the bombing.

Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, who had been appealing online for news of Olivia, wrote in a Facebook posting early Wednesday: "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon, go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much."

Police and health officials say 22 people were killed and 119 wounded in Monday's attack.

— This story corrects the high school's name to Tottington.


11:40 a.m.

Manchester health officials have raised the number of wounded in the concert bombing, saying 119 people sought medical treatment at the city's hospitals after the suicide attack Monday night.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership gave the higher figure on Wednesday.

Jon Rouse of the agency said 64 people were still hospitalized. He said the number of overall wounded was raised due to the "walking wounded" who came in hours after the attack.

Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery."

The attack after the Ariana Grande concert also killed 22 people.


11:20 a.m.

Officials say no decision has been reached yet on whether to postpone planned London concerts by pop singer Ariana Grande.

The American pop singer's next two concerts are scheduled for Thursday and Friday night at London's 02 Arena.

Representatives of 02 Arena said Wednesday they are in contact with her promoters but haven't made a final decision. They say a decision will be made shortly.

Grande's concert in Manchester on Monday night was targeted by a suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded 64. The singer was not injured but said later she was "broken" by the attack.


11:05 a.m.

The head of Britain's domestic intelligence agency has canceled his attendance at an international anti-terrorism meeting.

MI5 chief Andrew Parker pulled out of the upcoming meeting in Berlin following the deadly attack on a pop concert in Manchester.

British authorities believe a suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed 22 and wounded dozens in the city in northwest England on Monday.

Germany's domestic intelligence agency confirmed Parker's cancellation to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The May 29 meeting in Berlin is titled "Western democracies' responses to the threat of Islamist terrorism" and also features senior intelligence officials and experts from Europe and Israel.

Parker's attendance at the meeting would have been a rare public appearance for the MI5 chief.

10:55 a.m.

Britain's defense ministry says the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace has been cancelled so that police officers can be re-deployed in the wake of the Manchester concert attack.

The traditional ceremony at the palace in London is a major attraction that draws crowds of tourists.

Officials also announced Wednesday that the Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, will be closed to all without passes. That comes after Britain's national security threat level was raised to "critical," the highest level, following Monday's attack in Manchester.

All tours and events at Parliament were immediately cancelled until further notice.


10:35 a.m.

Police in Manchester say they have arrested three more men in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people.

They said Wednesday the arrests had been made in the south of the city, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched.

Police are trying to establish if bomber Salman Abedi acted alone or whether there could be a risk of further attacks.


10:05 a.m.

Israel's defense minister says he doubts the devastating bombing in Manchester will have any impact on European counterterrorism tactics because of the continent's "politically correct" character.

Avigdor Lieberman says every bombing in Europe results in much talk, but little action. He told Israel's Army Radio Wednesday the problem is extremism among Muslim youths who are not integrated into society.

He said nothing will change until these residents are ready to adopt "universal, European values."

At least 22 people were killed in Monday evening's attack at an Ariana Grande concert. The bomber, Salman Abedi, was British-born and of Libyan descent. The official threat level in Britain has since been raised to its highest point.

Lieberman says Israel and Britain enjoy close intelligence cooperation and Israel offered its assistance following the attack.


9:55 a.m.

Prime Minister Theresa May is chairing a meeting of her emergency security cabinet, known as Cobra.

The Downing Street meeting is dealing with intelligence reports about the investigation into Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

Police and intelligence agencies are trying to determine if he was part of a network that may be planning further attacks in the coming days.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has criticized U.S. officials for leaking information about Abedi to the press as the investigation is unfolding.


9:35 a.m.

Poland's foreign minister says that a Polish couple were killed in the concert blast in Manchester.

Witold Waszczykowski said Wednesday the couple came to collect their daughters from the Ariana Grande concert Monday night. The daughters were unharmed.

He did not give the couple's names, but the daughter of Marcin and Angelika Klis has been publicly searching for them since the explosion.

Waszczykowski also said that another Polish citizen was wounded and had undergone surgery in a hospital.


9:05 a.m.

Germany's interior minister has ordered that flags on federal government buildings be flown at half-staff following the attack in Manchester.

Thomas de Maiziere's ministry said Wednesday that flags will be lowered to half-staff for the day on Wednesday. It described the order as "a signal of sympathy and solidarity after the cruel attack in Manchester."

At least 22 people were killed in Monday evening's attack at an Ariana Grande concert.


8:55 a.m.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was known "up to a point" to the British intelligence services and police.

She said Wednesday the investigation is continuing and declined to provide further details about Abedi, whose improvised bomb killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.

Rudd says Britain's increased official threat level will remain at "critical" as the investigation proceeds.


8:45 a.m.

France's interior minister says that the suicide bomber who targeted Manchester is believed to have traveled to Syria and had "proven" links with the Islamic State group.

Gerard Collomb said on BFM television Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that British-born attacker Salman Abedi had been to Syria. He did not provide details, and said it is unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.

Collomb, who spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack at an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22, said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain's pending exit from the European Union.

With France still under a state of emergency after a string of IS attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a special security council meeting Wednesday.


8:30 a.m.

Britons will find armed troops at vital locations after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22.

Officials say soldiers will be deployed to places like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament. They will replace armed police as Operation Temperer takes effect Wednesday.

Officials believe this will free up police to fight the threat of further extremist action against civilian targets, amid fears that another attack may be imminent

Police are trying to determine whether suicide bomber Salman Abedi acted alone when he set off his explosives at the end of a pop concert at a Manchester arena. The government Tuesday night raised the threat to "critical", its highest level, following an emergency Cabinet session.

Coppola, Kidman put Cannes spotlight on gender imbalance

The imagery was stark, if inevitable: 12 Palme d'Or winners, one of them female.

When the Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary on Tuesday, it assembled luminaries from across cinema as well as many of the recent winners of its top prize. Jane Campion was the only woman director among the honored group, which included Roman Polanski, David Lynch and Michael Haneke.

But that Campion, who won for "The Piano" in 1993, would stand out was a foregone conclusion. She's not just the only female filmmaker to win the Palme who was there Tuesday, she's also the only female filmmaker to win the Palme, ever.

"Seventy years of Cannes, 76 Palme d'Or (winners), only one of them has gone to a woman," said French actress Isabelle Huppert in her opening remarks at the ceremony. "No comment." (Actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux shared in the 2013 win for "Blue is the Warmest Color.")

The next morning, gender inequality in Cannes and behind the camera remained at the forefront. Sofia Coppola, one of three female filmmakers out of 19 in competition for the Palme this year, premiered her latest, "The Beguiled."

It's a remake of Don Siegel's 1971 film but told with a more female point of view. It's a Civil War thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst in which a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by an all-girls school in Virginia. Siegel's film, starring Clint Eastwood, had an undeniably male point of view. Some have called it misogynistic, whereas Coppola's film was hailed as her most feminist work yet.

Kidman used the film's premiere to call attention to statistics that show the mammoth gap between male and female directors — a disparity that prompted a federal investigation into Hollywood hiring practices by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A study by San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Film released earlier this year found that just 7 percent of 2016's 250 top-grossing films were directed by women — 2 percent less than in 2015.

"We as women have to support female directors, that's a given now," said Kidman. "Everyone is saying it's so different now — but it isn't. Listen to the statistics."

The selections of the Cannes Film Festival couldn't be further apart from Hollywood's blockbuster business. But the festival's inclusiveness to female filmmakers has long been criticized. An all-male lineup in Cannes' Palme d'Or competition in 2012 sparked protests.

Cannes organizers have consistently argued that they simply program the best films they can, regardless of the filmmaker's gender. The festival's rundown of Tuesday's evening, in response to Huppert's zinger, noted that Cannes has "year in and year out highlighted the profiles, stories and views of women."

There are quibbles with Cannes' selections every year. This year's festival represents an uptick, with 12 projects from female filmmakers (including the episodes of Campion's series "Top of the Lake").

"I guess there's three instead of two this year," Coppola said in an earlier interview, referring to the competition lineup. "I think they have more there than we do (in the U.S.). There's always been more of a tradition of female filmmakers in France and internationally."

Yet some were still wondering about the filmmakers who didn't make it into the competition. Claire Denis' "Let the Sunshine In" opened the festival's Director's Fortnight section, but was received by many critics as one of the festival's best.

"What does one of the world's most highly regarded filmmakers have to do to earn a competition slot at the Festival de Cannes?" wrote Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang. "That was a question many were asking in regard to Claire Denis — and not for the first time."


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Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in.

The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to "Top Gun" is a sure thing and should start shooting soon.

Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the Australian morning news show "Sunrise."

The actor said filming will likely begin within the next year. He added, "It's definitely happening."

Cruise has said in similar interviews that the film was in development and a strong possibility, but has not offered such clear confirmation.

The 1986 Reagan-era flyboy epic propelled Cruise to superstar status.

Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the original, had been dropping hints too. He posted a picture of himself and Cruise on Saturday's 31st anniversary of the original's release.

FCC: No punishment for late-night host Colbert's Trump joke

There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert's risque joke about President Donald Trump.

A Federal Communications Commission spokesman said Tuesday that the agency received "thousands" of complaints about the late-night host's May 1 show, so it reviewed the material as "standard operating procedure." It's the FCC's job to police obscene or indecent material on TV when it receives complaints.

The agency found that the joke, which involved Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and a crude word for penis, did not warrant punishment.

Colbert's politically-tinged "Late Show," rife with Trump jokes, has become the most popular of the late-night circuit.

Ariana Grande fans tremble as they recall Manchester attack

Rihanna Hardy had been excited about seeing Ariana Grande ever since she got her concert ticket as a Christmas gift. So when the day came, the 11-year-old left school a couple of hours early to make sure to get to Manchester Arena on time.

Her parents, Ryan and Shauna, took the afternoon off work, and the family drove the 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Newcastle to Manchester. They struggled to find the arena's multistory parking lot, and barely managed to buy Rihanna a black Ariana Grande tour sweatshirt before the concert started.

But what was supposed to be a special night for Rihanna and thousands of other young concertgoers turned into a tragedy when a suicide bomb blasted off just outside the cavernous hall. It killed 22 people, including an 8-year-old girl, and injured 59 — the deadliest attack in Britain in more than a decade.

"Poor Rihanna ... just kept asking every five or 10 seconds, 'Are we going to die?' Those were her exact words," her father said.

The family took their seats, close to the stage, just before the first of two supporting acts warmed up the crowd. The arena, which seats 21,000, was packed. Many clutched pink balloons and donned cat ears, like those the 23-year-old Grande is famous for wearing.

As the former star of the Nickelodeon series "Victorious" sang and danced her way through her set, the arena heated up. Young children and their parents glistened with sweat.

Then, as the concert ended, the horror began.

Just a few minutes after Grande finished her final song, "Dangerous Woman," blew a kiss to the audience and left the stage, the house lights came back on. People began filing toward the exits.

It was then that a suspect identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi set off his suicide bomb in the foyer, near a road linking the venue to the city's railway station. Witnesses described seeing bolts and other bits of metal at the scene of the blast.

The boom echoed through Manchester Arena, shaking the floor with a hollow thud. Thousands of Ariana Grande fans — many of them youngsters accompanied by their parents — fell silent for a few seconds, in shock. Then the screaming started.

"I thought we were going to die. It was just horrendous," said Rihanna's mother.

Panic descended on the hall.

"It was just sheer chaos," said Kirstyn Pollard, who had a seat close to the stage. "People were trying to get off the balconies. It was awful."

Melissa Andre and two friends clambered over a security barrier in their rush to get out. It was already dented from other concertgoers fleeing the arena, as officials tried frantically to restore order.

"A security official was on stage saying 'Be calm, everything's fine,'" said Andre, 20. "I think they were just saying that to calm people down before they got out. And then when we got out, the alarm went off."

Police were called in at 10:33 p.m. As they arrived, a smell hung in the air — a bit like smoke, a bit like burning, nothing the Hardys had ever smelled before.

"I can't describe it. It was a really awful smell," Shauna Hardy said. "And there was just alarms going off, police everywhere. Sirens everywhere. People running, screaming. It was just crazy. Absolutely crazy."

Ryan Hardy desperately tried to slow down his wife and daughter as they left the arena, worried they might fall in the crush of people fleeing the carnage. They emerged from the stifling heat of the concert hall into the cool night.

"Everyone else was running out the entrance while he was walking out the entrance," Rihanna — still wearing her Ariana Grande sweatshirt — said Tuesday, looking up proudly at her dad.

Police and paramedics rushed to aid the wounded, wrapping some in foil blankets to keep them warm and ward off shock. Others hobbled off into the night, their clothes torn and stained by blood.

Charlotte Fairclough, 14, was part of the rush to flee.

"Everyone was like scrambling over each other," she said. "Quite a few people got knocked over. It was like just a race to get out."

When Charlotte got out, she immediately called her mom, Stacy, who was waiting to pick up her daughter and a friend. The she called again to say she'd heard a big bang.

Her mother, at the time, wasn't too worried.

"I'd heard fireworks earlier in the night, so I wasn't too concerned to start with," she said.

The full scale of the attack did not hit home until they turned on the news at a hotel.

The Hardy family escaped unscathed, but the shock of the night endured even as they tried to sleep it off. When a door slammed loudly at half past five in the morning, Rihanna got frightened.

"There are a lot of people killed, a lot of people injured, a lot of people missing," Shauna Hardy said. "And we just feel so so lucky that we are all together."


Associated Press writer Rob Harris in Manchester contributed.

With an arched brow, Roger Moore found humor in Bond, life

Sir Roger Moore always made sure to laugh at himself before the audience could.

With a mere arch of an eyebrow, Moore, whose wit was drier than James Bond's martinis, could convey a skepticism of his accidental profession, disarming good looks and the suave characters he often played, from Bond to Simon Templar, all while saving the day and charming a scantily clad girl in the process.

Sporting a posh accent and square jaw, Moore, who died Tuesday at age 89, looked the part of a movie star and a debonair international spy. But beneath the surface, the policeman's son from South London, a sickly child and plump kid who always chose a joke over a street fight, saw the inherent ridiculousness of 007 — and left an indelible mark on the role, and a generation, because of it.

"You can't be a real spy and have everybody in the world know who you are and what your drink is," Moore often said. "That's just hysterically funny."

A large part of his charm is that Moore never set out to be an actor. As a teenager, on a lark, he tagged along with some friends doing crowd work on the Vivien Leigh and Claude Raines film "Caesar and Cleopatra" and caught the eye of someone who thought he should meet the director,

"He said I think you should be trained. I said, 'Oh how wonderful,'" Moore recalled in an interview. "So I rushed home and told my mother I was going to be Stewart Granger."

Stardom did not come immediately, however. Moore toiled as a working actor, in television and films in the UK, and then in the U.S. as a studio contract player for MGM before breaking through in a few television roles, in "Maverick" and then "The Saint." The long-running show "The Saint" about the witty and charming romantic hero Simon Templar, many noted, was not unlike Moore himself — and would inform how he chose to play James Bond over the course of seven films, starting with "Live and Let Die" from 1973 and ending with "A View to a Kill" in 1985.

For many, "The Spy Who Loved Me," from 1977, is one of the greatest Bond films, and certainly the best for Moore — even though praise at the time was almost backhanded.

"Roger Moore is so enjoyably unflappable that you sometimes have to look closely to make sure he's still breathing," wrote critic Janet Maslin in the New York Times. "But his exaggerated composure amounts to a kind of backhanded liveliness. Though Mr. Moore doesn't compromise the character, he makes it amusingly clear that hedonism isn't all it's cracked up to be."

Moore knew his own shortcomings, and would joke about them readily. He liked to say that the difference between The Saint and James Bond was in the eyebrow.

"In 'The Saint' I did raise my eyebrow," Moore would say. "I don't think I ever raised my eyebrow in Bond ... except possibly when a bomb went off."

He spent a lot of his time talking about those eyebrows that some critics tried to lance him for, drolly explaining that he had only three emotions — one eyebrow raised, the other, or both.

"A lot of the time, I laugh at myself as a defense mechanism," Moore said, always aware that his "even features" were both an asset to stardom and an impediment to being considered a serious actor. There might have been some truth there. Though well-known, Moore never rose to prestige roles. Even in his most well-known part, as Bond, he was doomed to always be compared to his predecessor Sean Connery.

Moore accepted this fate with good humor, insisting throughout his life that Connery's Bond, more macho and a killer, is the definitive and best interpretation.

In fact, most of his accolades, including his knighthood, came from his work off-screen humanitarian with UNICEF, which he found through his friend Audrey Hepburn.

"He does not regard everything as a laugh, but he would die rather than let you see," said his friend Michael Caine.

But he carried on the act, like a good soldier, throughout his life. Even recently, when asked what audiences can expect from his well-reviewed one-man stage show, Moore hesitated only to laugh.

"Two hours good sleep," he said.


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Hannity backs off story about murdered DNC staffer

Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity said Tuesday he's backing off his speculation about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking with Rich's family, which had appealed to the media to stop.

The decision took Hannity off a potential collision course with his network, which earlier Tuesday had removed a week-old story about the case from its website because "it was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting."

The report quoted a private investigator suggesting that Rich had some connection to WikiLeaks and its leaks of Democratic National Committee emails during the last campaign.

Rich's family has said they don't believe their son, who was shot in July 2016 in Washington, gave any information to WikiLeaks. The investigator has since recanted his claim, and the independent researcher has said the notion that Rich was involved in the leak was flimsy and illogical. No arrests have been made in the shooting. Washington police have said they think Rich was killed in a random robbery attempt.

Hannity, Fox's biggest star and a leading conservative radio talk show host, has said he doesn't believe the robbery theory. Some Trump supporters have been pushing a supposed WikiLeaks connection to counter stories about Russian involvement in the last election.

Hannity said Tuesday that he had corresponded with Rich's brother and that "out of respect for the family's wishes for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time."

"My heart, my soul, my prayers, everything goes out to them in this very difficult time," he said.

He then pivoted to talking about the "destroy Trump" media that he says is continuing to talk about the Russian story without any evidence of collusion in the last election.

Hannity sent mixed signals about whether he was actually through with the Rich story, both on his show and in a later tweet.

"To the extent of my ability, I am not going to stop trying to find the truth," he said. He added that, "at the proper time, we shall continue and talk a lot more."

He said "liberal fascists" were trying to urge his advertisers to leave the show. Fleeing advertisers played a role in last month's drama over Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who was fired by the network following reports of settlements paid to women to keep quiet about allegations of harassment.

"I serve at the pleasure of Fox News Channel and I am here to do my job every night," he said, adding "as long as they seem to want me."

Hannity is the last remaining star of a prime-time lineup that only a year ago also included O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren. Kelly and Van Susteren now both work for NBC News. Hannity was close to former Fox co-president Bill Shine, and publicly defended Shine after questions were raised about how much Shine knew of alleged harassment by O'Reilly and the late Fox chairman, Roger Ailes. But Shine left the network shortly thereafter.

Although Fox removed the Rich story from its website, its statement did not say the story was wrong. The network said it will continue to investigate the story and provide updates as warranted.

The network had no other comment beyond the published statement on Tuesday.

Broadway's box office coffers soars but attendance retreats

On Broadway, there's great financial news to sing about but a sour note amid the flush times: Box offices are enjoying the highest grossing season in history but attendance has dipped after four consecutive seasons of gains.

The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, said Tuesday that box offices reported a record total gross of $1.45 billion for the season that began May 23, 2016, and ended Sunday— up 5.5 percent from the $1.37 billion earned the previous season.

The trade association for theater owners, operators and producers said attendance was up to 13.27 million ticket buyers, down 0.4 percent from the 13.32 million the season before and despite more offerings.

The new numbers come during a season that saw a new theater — the Hudson Theatre — joining the 40 existing ones. It also saw the average ticket price soar from $97.33 last season to $113.85 this time.

A total of 45 shows opened during the season. There were 20 new musicals, 20 plays and five special events. Last season saw 39 shows open.

It was an unpredictable season, heavy on revivals and not always kind to visiting Hollywood celebs. Sally Field returned in a stripped-down production of "The Glass Menagerie" and got a Tony nomination but reviews were poor and it struggled to earn more than half its weekly potential, closing early.

Cate Blanchett, an Oscar-winner making her Broadway debut in Anton Chekhov's "The Present" and earning a Tony nomination in the process, didn't sell out her theater each week — not by a long shot. Nor has Glenn Close, in a widely praised revival of "Sunset Boulevard."

Diane Lane, in a revival of "The Cherry Orchard," often saw her show's weekly take dip below 50 percent of its potential. And interest in the Liev Schreiber-led "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" seemed to plummet as the run went on.

Bette Midler, naturally, has packed audiences into the Shubert Theatre to see her in "Holly, Dolly!" and Jake Gyllenhaal earned praise and box office clout in his sold-out revival of "Sunday in the Park With George." Josh Groban helped make "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" a hit but it remains to be seen what happens to the show when he leaves in July.

One clear winner this season was "Dear Evan Hansen," a musical which centers on a profoundly lonely 17-year-old who fabricates a prior friendship with a classmate who has just committed suicide. The acclaimed musical has songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (recent Oscar winners for "City of Stars" from the movie "La La Land").

New plays, overall, have had a hard time this season, with "Sweat," ''A Doll's House, Part 2" and "Indecent" all struggling, although "Oslo" and "The Play That Goes Wrong" have done relatively well. "Significant Others," a drama with no stars, turned in one of the most underwhelming box office performances in years, at one point earning just 17 percent of its potential weekly earning.

Revivals of plays like "The Little Foxes," ''Six Degrees of Separation" and the Kevin Kline-led "Present Laughter" have done OK, while "Heisenberg" was a rare bright spot for plays in the fall and the celebrity-heavy revival of "The Front Page" was a financial smash.

Some new musicals — including "Bandstand," ''War Paint" and "Groundhog Day" — are fighting financial headwinds and "Amelie," led by "Hamilton" alum Phillipa Soo closed early. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has shrugged off mixed reviews to become a hit.

Some recent favorites like "Beautiful" and "Kinky Boots" have been chugging away but new revivals of two big, bombastic shows in "Miss Saigon" and "Cats" are doing only modestly well.

There were some nice surprises a year after the megahit "Hamilton." The coming-of-age musical made from the film "A Bronx Tale" was an unlikely hit, attracting theater-goers who had previously made the now-closed "Jersey Boys" a destination. "Come From Away," the rare musical born in Canada and one dealing with 9/11, got a boost when Canadian leader Justin Trudeau came to cheer it on. "Anastasia," with no real stars, was packing them in.

"Waitress," the quirky and lovely musical whose arrival was somewhat overshadowed by "Hamilton" last season, proves to be resilient and popular, especially when songwriter Sarah Bareilles stepped into the heroine role herself and broke several box office records. "School of Rock," which also arrived last season, was doing fine in its second season.


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The top 10 audiobooks on


1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, narrated by Michael York (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

2. The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes, author and full cast (Audible Studios)

3. The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello, narrated by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)

4. We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1 by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter (Audible Studios)

5. Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley, narrated by Michael Boatman (Audible Studios)

6. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo (Recorded Books)

7. American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes and full cast (HarperAudio)

8. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Laura Aikman, Rachel Bavidge, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman and Imogen Church (Penguin Audio)

9. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

10. The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 by Patrick Rothfuss, narrated by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)


1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(asterisk)ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne (HarperAudio)

2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, narrated by the author (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty, narrated by Caitlin Doughty (Recorded Books)

4. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins, narrated by the author (Mel Robbins Productions Inc.)

5. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas, narrated by Firoozeh Dumas (Audible Studios)

6. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero, narrated by author (Penguin Audio)

7. Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel Episode 1: I've Had Better (Audible Originals)

8. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths, narrated by Brian Christian (Brilliance Audio)

9. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker, narrated by Arthur Morey (Brilliance Audio)

10. Ponzi Supernova by Steve Fishman (Audible Originals)


The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher

1. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - 9780735211216 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

2. Surrender by Helen Hardt - No ISBN Available - (Waterhouse Press)

3. 16th Seduction by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro - 9780316553452 - (Little, Brown and Company)

4. The Fix by David Baldacci - 9781455586554 - (Grand Central Publishing)

5. No Middle Name by Lee Child - 9780399593581 - (Random House Publishing Group)

6. Buttons & Pain by Penelope Sky - 9781536531039 - (Self)

7. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - 9780547345666 - (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

8. Golden Prey by John Sandford - 9780399184581 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - 9780553496666 - (Random House Children's Books)

10. Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank - 9780062390806 - (William Morrow)

(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.


The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. Logan

2. The LEGO Batman Movie

3. Fifty Shades Darker

4. xXx: Return of Xander Cage

5. Hidden Figures

6. A Dog's Purpose

7. Split (2017)

8. Get Out

9. Prometheus

10. Guardians of the Galaxy

iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent:

1. Before I Fall

2. Moonlight

3. 20th Century Women

4. I Am Not Your Negro

5. Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World's Greatest Secret

6. Manchester By the Sea

7. The Rewrite

8. Hounds of Love

9. The Autopsy of Jane Doe

10. The Spectacular Now


(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

Nielsen's top programs for May 15-21

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.19 million.

2. "Bull," CBS, 10.85 million.

3. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.07 million.

4. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.112 million.

5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.11 million.

6. "Billboard Music Awards," ABC, 8.7 million.

7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.6 million.

8. "Survivor," CBS, 8.28 million.

9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.25 million.

10. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.92 million.

11. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.89 million.

12. "60 Minutes" (8 p.m.), CBS, 7.47 million.

13. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.45 million.

14. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 7.44 million.

15. NBA Playoffs: Boston vs. Cleveland, Game 3, TNT, 7 million.

16. NBA Playoffs: Washington vs. Boston, Game 7, TNT, 6.82 million.

17. "Chicago PD," NBC, 6.48 million.

18. NBA Playoffs: Cleveland vs. Boston, Game 1, TNT, 6.45 million.

19. NBA Playoffs: Golden State vs. San Antonio, Game 3, ESPN, 6.33 million.

20. "Chicago Fire," NBC, 6.25 million.


ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Fox News finds itself in an unaccustomed spot _ out of first

Fox News Channel has found itself somewhere it has rarely been the past decade — out of first place.

The network's weekday prime-time lineup, long the king of cable news, finished behind MSNBC in viewers last week, the Nielsen company said. Among the 25-to-54-year-old audience that advertisers pay a premium for, Fox finished third to MSNBC and CNN for the first time in 17 years.

It was uniquely bad timing for Fox, a week filled with late-breaking news unflattering to President Donald Trump, who much of the network's audience supports. But it also comes shortly after the firing of star anchor Bill O'Reilly, as Fox is trying to establish a new prime-time lineup.

Led by the red-hot Rachel Maddow show, MSNBC averaged 2.44 million viewers last week to Fox's 2.41 million, Nielsen said. CNN had 1.65 million. It was only the second time in MSNBC's history that it beat both of its news rivals in a week; the only other time was during the 2012 Democratic national convention.

Among the youthful viewers, MSNBC had 611,000 last week, CNN had 589,000 and Fox had 497,000.

When the weekend is added in — and the more flattering coverage of Trump's first foreign trip — Fox moves back into first. And on this Monday, with the breaking news coverage of an attack at an Ariana Grande concert in England, Fox essentially doubled its rivals in viewership, with 3.37 million to CNN's 1.74 million and MSNBC's 1.65 million.

With the broadcast networks last week, "Dancing With the Stars" and the "Billboard Music Awards" helped ABC to a strong showing, second behind CBS and winning the 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

CBS averaged 6 million viewers in prime time, ABC had 5.1 million, NBC had 4.9 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.5 million, the CW had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 890,000.

The NBA playoffs made TNT the week's most popular cable network. It averaged 3.45 million viewers in prime time to Fox News Channel's 2.17 million, MSNBC's 1.79 million, ESPN's 1.69 million and USA's 1.45 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" won the evening new ratings race, averaging 7.5 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.4 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.1 million.

For the week of May 15-21, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "NCIS," CBS, 13.19 million; "Bull," CBS, 10.85 million; "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.07 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.112 million; "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.11 million; "Billboard Music Awards," ABC, 8.7 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.6 million; "Survivor," CBS, 8.28 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.25 million; "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.92 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.



Rapper Meek Mill, theater sued over concert fatal shooting

Rapper Meek Mill and a Connecticut theater are being sued over a fatal shooting outside the venue following a concert in December.

The shooting outside the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford killed 31-year-old Travis Ward and 20-year-old Jaquan Graves, both of New Haven. Two others were injured, including 25-year-old Nathan Mitchell, of Hartford.

Lawyers for Ward's family and Mitchell filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court accusing the Philadelphia-born rapper and theater of negligence and misconduct for alleged inadequate security measures. The lawsuit says Meek Mill's lyrics incite violence and there have been shootings at two of his other concerts.

Representatives for the theater and the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, did not immediately return messages Tuesday.

The amount of damages sought in the lawsuit wasn't disclosed.

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