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Last Update on April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

AMY POEHLER AND WILL ARNETT DIVORCING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They've been separated for more than a year and a half. And now, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett will make their split a permanent one. Court records filed in Los Angeles show that Arnett has filed for his marriage to Poehler to be dissolved. Arnett filed a divorce petition on April 8, citing irreconcilable differences between the two comedians. He is seeking joint custody. The couple had been together for nine years -- and separated last September. Poehler stars in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" while Arnett stars in the CBS' series "The Millers."

ALICIA SILVERSTONE'S BOOK ON MOTHERING

NEW YORK (AP) -- She is a vegan who spent 10 days in bed, bonding with her baby -- and posted a video on YouTube showing her pre-chewing her food before feeding it to her baby. And if you want to know what other ideas Alicia Silverstone has for moms, she out with a book. She says the key to a happy baby is a happy mommy -- and she says "The Kind Mama" can help women have the same kind of "wonderful pregnancy" she has had. Silverstone says she has done research on raising babies -- wants to share what she has learned with others.

JENNY McCARTHY IS ENGAGED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some people go on daytime talk shows to plug a book, movie or TV show. Jenny McCarthy was on "The View" yesterday to plug the fact that she's getting hitched. She showed off her rock, the gift of Donnie Wahlberg. She says Wahlberg proposed to her last weekend -- and that her son Evan, even helped with the proposal. It's the second marriage for both.

"AMERICAN IDOL" MAKES A WORDSMITH OF J-LO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene is so good on "American Idol" J-Lo had make up a word to describe her. J-Lo says she "Jena-fies" every song she does. The judges also had nothing by praise for Caleb Johnson, as the singers did selections picked by their competitors. But Harry Connick Junior says Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) needs to work on her rhythm. He says she should dance to some hip-hop in her hotel room. The judges weren't that into Sam Woolf, either. Connick says Sam is still a work in progress. Tonight, someone from the top seven will be sent home.

J-Lo says Caleb is a tough act for the other singers to follow. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Jessica Meuse (MYOOS), performing "Gunpowder and Lead"

Jessica Meuse performing "Gunpowder and Lead." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr. says Jessica should try listening to some hip-hop in her hotel room to work on her rhythm. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene, performing "Creep"

Jena Irene performing "Creep." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Jennifer Lopez

J-Lo says Jena puts her unique stamp on the songs she does. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

THE VIEW HOSTS TO GATHER TO BID BARBARA WALTRS FAREWELL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It has never happened before. But it will next month. On the May 15 episode of "The View" all eleven past and present co-hosts will show up at once to salute Barbara Walters as she retires from daily TV. Among those to appear are Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar. They'll join current co-hosts Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg. Walters is 84 -- and says she is ready to move on.

"SURVIVOR"-LJ VOTED OFF

UNDATED (AP) -- Tasha has brains and a good memory -- which served her well on last night's "Survivor." She was an original member of the Brains tribe when the season started. Last night's Immunity Challenge had the castaways testing their memories by matching color tiles in the order host Jeff Probst had held them up. Tasha wins and was safe in the Tribal Council vote. Not so for LJ, a former member of the Beauty tribe. He was aced out in a blindside, after Tony the cop said he was bringing his bag of tricks to the council vote. LJ says there's a difficult balance between being patient and being assertive -- and he got it wrong.

LJ says he didn't play it right heading into the Tribal Council vote. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme

Excerpt of "Survivor: Cagayan" theme. COURTESY: CBS and Mark Burnett Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

DeNIRO PRAISES NAS' DOCUMENTARY

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the biggest names in movies is giving props to one of the biggest names in hip-hip. Robert DeNiro introduced the documentary Nas did about the making of his 1994 debut album, "The Illmatic." DeNiro said the movie was more about doing a film -- but "about the making of an artist" in New York City. Nas joked that DeNiro plays him in all his movies.

"A HAUNTED HOUSE 2" - MARLON WAYANS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At heart, Marlon Wayans is a 15-year-old boy. Wayans says he tries to be mature but when you're 15, you don't worry about bills and you laugh at everything. He says he wants audiences to see his films like they're 15 years old and seeing their first R-rated movie and just have fun. Wayans appears in "A Haunted House 2" and he offers proof that's he's maturing. He says there's only one flatulence scene in it. "A Haunted House 2" opens tomorrow.

Marlon Wayans says he works out to be better in his movies.

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Marlon Wayans, actor

Marlon Wayans says he'll never be known for high-brow comedy.

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Marlon Wayans, actor

Marlon Wayans says he treats his approach to comedy like he's a teenager.

Rewind Time

April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On April 17, 1964, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair, five days before the fair's official opening. The first game was played at New York's Shea Stadium; the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Mets, 4-3.

On this date:

In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms (vohrms) to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.)

In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.

In 1924, the motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was founded, the result of a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Co.

In 1937, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon "Porky's Duck Hunt," directed by Tex Avery.

In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during World War II.

In 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek (DOOB'-chek), was deposed.

In 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft while en route to the moon.

In 1984, an 11-day police siege began at Libya's embassy in London when an unidentified shooter inside the building fired on a crowd of protesters, killing police officer Yvonne Fletcher. (The Libyans in the embassy were eventually allowed to leave the country as Britain and Libya severed relations.)

In 1986, at London's Heathrow Airport, a bomb was discovered in the bag of a pregnant Irishwoman about to board an El Al jetliner to Israel; she'd been tricked into carrying the bomb by her Jordanian fiance.

In 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were acquitted. Turkish President Turgut Ozal died at age 66.

Ten years ago: Searchers found the body of missing North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin (droo shoh-DEEN'). (Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is under federal sentence of death for kidnapping and killing Sjodin.) Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi (AHB'-duhl ah-ZEEZ' rahn-TEE'-see) with a missile strike on his car.

Five years ago: A day after U.N. inspectors left North Korea, U.S. experts monitoring the communist country's nuclear program also departed after Pyongyang expelled them and threatened to restart its reactor in anger over U.N. criticism of its recent rocket launch. Richard Phillips, the cargo ship captain rescued by Navy snipers from the clutches of Somali pirates, made a triumphant return to his home state of Vermont, insisting, "I'm not a hero, the military is."

One year ago: Fifteen people were killed by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Sports returned to Boston two days after the deadly Marathon bombing as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Bruins in a 3-2 shootout (players on both teams wore "Boston Strong" decals on their helmets). Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who'd helped write President Barack Obama's health care law, stunned administration officials during a budget hearing by saying he thought it was headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation. A Mississippi man was arrested, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin (however, charges against Paul Kevin Curtis were later dropped and leveled against James Everett Dutschke (DUHS'-kee) instead; prosecutors said Dutschke, who ended up pleading guilty to sending the letters, had tried to frame Curtis).

Today's Birthdays: Actor David Bradley is 72. Composer-musician Jan Hammer (yahn HAH'-mur) is 66. Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Actor Clarke Peters is 62. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 59. Actor Sean Bean is 55. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is 53. Actor Joel Murray is 52. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan is 50. Actress Lela Rochon (LEE'-lah rohn-SHAHN') is 50. Actor William Mapother is 49. Actress Leslie Bega is 47. Actor Henry Ian Cusick is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is 47. Rapper-actor Redman is 44. Actress Jennifer Garner is 42. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 41. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 40. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 36. Actress Rooney Mara is 29. Actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is 27. Actor Paulie Litt is 19. Actress Dee Dee Davis is 18.

Thought for Today: "Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship." -- Benjamin Franklin (born 1706, died this date in 1790).