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    Clint Walker, who played the title character in the early TV western 'Cheyenne,' has died. Walker's daughter Valerie Walker tells The Associated Press that her father died Monday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Grass Valley, California at age 91. The towering, strapping Walker played Cheyenne Bodie, who traveled the West and handed down justice on the TV series that ran for seven seasons starting in 1955. Walker was an Illinois native who was working as a security guard in a Las Vegas casino when an agent saw him suggested he try Hollywood. In addition to 'Cheyenne,' he had small but visible roles in classic films including 1956's 'The Ten Commandments' and 1967's 'The Dirty Dozen.' He most recently lent his voice to 1998's 'Small Soldiers.' ___ This story has been corrected to show that Walker did not work as a sheriff's deputy.
  • CBS is finishing another television season atop the television ratings, but the network had to sweat a little this time. The traditional TV season that started in September ends on Wednesday, and CBS will win bragging rights for the 10th year in a row, the Nielsen company said. CBS has won for 15 of the last 16 years, the only exception being Fox during the height of 'American Idol.' Nielsen says CBS averages 9 million viewers in prime-time this season. NBC is averaging 8.9 million, but there's not enough time to catch up. NBC made it particularly close this year because it televised both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, which let the network dominate in February. But CBS withstood it with the strength of its regular schedule. 'This is an amazing accomplishment,' said Kelly Kahl, CBS entertainment president. Still, it's NBC's closest finish to CBS in 16 years. NBC won among viewers aged 18-to-49-years-old, the demographic its advertisers care most about, for the fourth time in five years. ABC is averaging 6.1 million viewers this season, and Fox is at 4.9 million, Nielsen said. CBS won the last full week of the TV season, averaging 6.6 million viewers. NBC had 5 million viewers, ABC had 4.5 million, Fox had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.5 million, the CW and ION Television had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million. TNT was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.06 million viewers in prime-time. Fox News Channel had 2.34 million, ESPN had 2.28 million, MSNBC had 1.67 million and USA had 1.39 million. ABC's 'World News Tonight' topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. NBC's 'Nightly News' was second with 7.8 million and the 'CBS Evening News' had 5.7 million viewers. For the week of May 14-20, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: 'NCIS,' CBS, 12.71 million; 'Roseanne,' ABC, 10.74 million; 'NCIS: New Orleans,' CBS, 9.44 million; NBA Conference Finals: Golden State at Houston, Game 1, TNT, 8.9 million; 'The Voice' (Monday), NBC, 8.7 million; NBA Conference Finals: Cleveland at Boston, Game 2, ESPN, 8.42 million; '60 Minutes,' CBS, 8.36 million; 'The Voice' (Tuesday), NBC, 8.16 million; 'Billboard Music Awards,' NBC, 7.87 million; 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' CBS, 7.82 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. ___ Online: http://www.nielsen.com
  • The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Company owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired television series based on their son's legacy. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed court papers last week in the company's case in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. The television series has been filmed and they are owed fees for 'executive producer services,' the parents said in the court filing. If the television series airs, the parents will be owed further money, the court filing said. The court filing also said the deal includes an option for the studio to purchase movie rights to their book, 'Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,' though that hasn't been exercised yet. Earlier this month, a judge said she would approve a private equity firm's purchase of the studio. The company was forced into bankruptcy by the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012 as Martin walked home from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted. Martin's death became a rallying cry for millions of black Americans seeking justice for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen. Like Martin's parents, several dozen actors, writers, producers and companies have filed court papers saying The Weinstein Company owes them money. Those claims will be addressed at a hearing in Delaware next month.
  • Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction Tuesday with 'Flights,' a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy. 'Flights' beat five other finalists, including Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi's horror story 'Frankenstein in Baghdad' and South Korean author Han Kang's meditative novel 'The White Book.' Tokarczuk's novel combines tales of modern-day travel with the story of a 17th century anatomist who dissected his own amputated leg and the journey of composer Frederic Chopin's heart from Paris to Warsaw after his death. The judging panel led by writer Lisa Appignanesi called the 'Flights' a witty, playful novel in which 'the contemporary condition of perpetual movement' meets the certainty of death. Tokarczuk is one of Poland's best-known authors. She has been criticized by Polish conservatives — and received death threats — for criticizing aspects of the country's past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism. The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that have been translated into English. The 50,000-pound ($67,000) award is split evenly between the writer and her translator, Jennifer Croft.
  • R. Kelly’s lawsuit against a Georgia venue was thrown out when he failed to appear in court. In a May 15 filing, U.S. District Judge John Robert Blake dismissed the singer’s case against Macon Coliseum in Macon, Georgia. In the suit, Kelly’s management company, RSK Enterprises, claimed Macon Coliseum-operator Comcast Spectacor did not pay him $100,000 for a show he performed. Kelly asked for that amount plus damages. >> Read more trending news  The case was thrown out because Kelly failed to appear in a Chicago court. He also did not appear at hearings on April 3 and May 8 and was warned “that any future failures to appear may subject this case to a dismissal for want of prosecution,” according to court documents. Furthermore, the two attorneys representing RSK Enterprises, Heather Blaise and Travis Life, stepped down from the case in April. “As a result of ethical obligations, Ms. Blaise and Mr. Life are no longer able to represent plaintiff,” part of the April 25 motion read, according to The Chicago Tribune. The dismissal comes after a Texas woman, Faith A. Rodgers, filed a suit in a New York court Monday seeking unspecified damages, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease. Spotify announced earlier this month that it would no longer promote Kelly’s music by having it in playlists under a new hateful content policy.
  • Hundreds of unionized Las Vegas casino workers gathered at a university arena in red T-shirts and work uniforms as they voted Tuesday on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge financial implications for the tourist-dependent destination. Members of the Culinary Union cast ballots in the first of two separate sessions expected to draw as many as 25,000 workers and show the collective power of the largest labor organization in Nevada. A majority yes vote would not immediately affect the casinos but would give union negotiators a huge bargaining chip by allowing them to call on a strike at any time starting June 1. 'I'm here to show the younger generations that this is the way we fight to maintain our jobs, job security, health benefits and to gain a pay raise,' Lewis Thomas, a utility porter at the Tropicana casino-hotel, said before voting. 'This will be a wake-up call to let (the companies) know we are together, we are united, we are not separated.' The vote comes as the contracts of 50,000 unionized workers are set to expire at midnight May 31 and negotiations with individual casino-operating companies for new five-year contracts have not led to agreements. Union officials have said they want to increase wages, protect job security against the increasing use of technology at hotel-casinos, and strengthen language against sexual harassment. Union members — some attending with their toddler children — enthusiastically gathered at the arena. They high-fived, took selfies and video, and carried signs urging people to vote. Outside the arena, pro-union chants in English and Spanish welcomed the workers. Some chanted 'Hey, Caesars, look around, Vegas is a union town' and 'No contract, no peace.' Bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen workers employed at 34 properties were eligible to vote. 'We've been in negotiations with the companies, and they are not giving the workers what they deserve according to the economy right now,' Geoconda Argüello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer, said after the first voting session. 'They are very successful. They have a lot of money.' The union last voted for a strike in 2002 but reached a deal with casinos before employees were told to walk off the job. The last strike spanned 67 days more than three decades ago and cost the city millions of dollars. MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment operate more than half of the properties that would be affected by a strike. MGM said it will continue to meet with the union. 'As we continue to bargain in good faith, we are confident that we'll resolve contract issues and negotiate a contract that works for everyone,' the company said in a statement. Caesars did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Don Leadbeter, a bellman at the MGM Grand, has worked at Las Vegas casino-hotels for more than four decades and participated in previous strike votes. He said workers this time want to protect their job security and ensure that employers provide training as they adopt more workplace technology. He explained that bartenders are already using automated systems that could potentially eliminate their jobs, and guests are now able to check in and check out of the resorts without having to interact with front-desk personnel, putting those jobs at risk, too. 'I want the companies to open up their eyes and think what's going to happen if we go on a strike,' Leadbeter said. 'That's a lot of business that's going to go down.' ___ Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO
  • A bronze plaque honoring soccer star Brandi Chastain got a red card Tuesday after a social media outcry over its unflattering portrayal of the athlete. The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco said Tuesday it will redo the plaque, which was unveiled a day earlier and quickly panned by the public. Fans on Twitter compared the likeness to former President Jimmy Carter, actors Gary Busey and Mickey Rooney, baseball player Babe Ruth, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and movie character Mrs. Doubtfire, played by Robin Williams. Chastain is often remembered for ripping off her jersey in celebration of her game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup. Chastain attended the unveiling of her plaque at a San Francisco hotel Monday night and graciously commented, 'It's not the most flattering. But it's nice,' according to The Mercury News of San Jose. Hall of Fame president Kevin O'Brien told KTVU-TV that he spoke with Chastain on Tuesday and offered to redo the plaque if she sent in a new photograph of herself. She agreed and a new plaque will be made, O'Brien said. 'It's expensive,' he said. 'But it's the right thing to do.
  • The German foundation that coordinates research into the origin of Nazi-confiscated property says it will also start looking into cultural objects collected during Germany's colonial past. The German Lost Art Foundation said Tuesday it will begin developing guidelines for project funding that will include provenance research in museums, collections and basic research. It says it will work closely with the German Museums Association and experts. Founded by the government in 2015, the foundation's main job is help identify property confiscated from Jewish owners during the Nazi era from 1933-1945 to facilitate its return or compensation, and cultural assets lost under the Soviet occupation and in communist East Germany. German colonies included territories in what is today Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Mozambique in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • R&B singer R. Kelly is involved in yet another lawsuit in which he is accused of sexual assault. The New York Times reported that Faith A. Rodgers, a 20-year-old Texas woman, filed a suit in a New York court. Rodgers said she was 19 when she started a relationship with Kelly. >> Read more trending news  NYT reported that, according to the filing, Rodgers said she met Kelly in March 2017 after he performed in San Antonio, Texas. She said she was flown to New York by Kelly after months of phone contact. It was in New York that Rodgers alleges Kelly “initiated unwanted sexual contact” in a hotel room and did not tell Rodgers he was infected with herpes. The suit claims she contracted the disease. “He turns on all the lights ...And he’s like, ‘Take off your clothes.’ And he says it, you know, with authority in his voice,” Rodgers told CBS News Tuesday. “Not just, you know, he’s demanding me to do this. And I didn’t take off my clothes because why would I? I just wasn’t ready… Sex isn’t something, you know, I’m ready for.” Rodgers said she ultimately submitted and had sex with Kelly even though she didn’t want to. She claimed Kelly recorded the act on his iPad without her consent. Rodgers said after the incident, Kelly asked how old she was.   “I told him and he’s like, ‘You know, if you’re really, you know, 16, that you can tell daddy, right?’ And he was like, ‘You know, you just look about 14, 15 or 16,’” she said. Rodgers said in the suit that she was in a relationship with Kelly for a year, in which he “routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact.” The suit alleges Kelly’s actions were “designed to humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her.” The suit is seeking unspecified damages, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease. CBS News reported that Rodgers previously filed a criminal complaint with the Dallas Police Department in April. In the past, Kelly has routinely denied allegations of sexual abuse. In response to the April criminal complaint, Kelly’s representative said the musician “categorically denies all claims and allegations.”
  • Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, on Tuesday attended their first royal event as newlyweds — a Buckingham Palace garden party honoring Harry's father, Prince Charles, for his many years of charitable work. The long spell of sunny weather that gave their Saturday wedding a special glow continued Tuesday at the outdoor occasion. More than 6,000 people involved with charities supported by Charles also attended the party in the vast palace gardens. It is the first of many events to be held in advance of Charles' 70th birthday in November. Meghan chose a pale pink dress by British label Goat for the occasion, worn with a matching saucer-style hat by milliner Philip Treacy. Harry spoke in glowing words about his father's good deeds — despite being buzzed by a bee that momentarily threw him off his prepared remarks. 'It is your selfless drive to affect change, whether that is to improve the lives of those who are on the wrong path, to save an important piece of our national heritage or to protect a particular species under threat, which (Prince) William and I draw inspiration from every day,' he said. The event marks the first time Harry and Meghan have been seen in public since an evening reception on their wedding night.