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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- To most people today, she's remembered as the mother of Ben Stiller and wife of Jerry Stiller. But for decades, Anne Meara was half the comedy duo she created with Jerry Stiller -- and had a long career in TV, on game shows and the movies. Meara has died. She was 85 and a statement from the family didn't provide any other details. Stiller & Meara appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV ads they did together. Meara was also on two projects more closely associated with her family: "The King of Queens," where her hubby was a regular and "Night at the Museum," the 2006 movie that starred her son.
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Oscar Wells Gabriel
A veteran comedian has died. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has the story.
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Archive audio of Anne Meara (MEER'-uh), actress, with her husband Jerry Stiller, actor, at news conference
In this archive audio from May of 2004, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller joked while announcing Tony nominations for the best musical revival. ((note length of cut))
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Archive audio of Jerry Stiller, actor
In this archive audio from 2004, Jerry Stiller discussed how he and his wife Anne Meara celebrate Valentine's Day.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- He just left the rat race of late night TV. And yesterday, David Letterman was part of another kind of race he has long been associated with: The Indianapolis 500. The comedian's IndyCar team paid tribute to him by putting a smiling caricature of Letterman's face on driver Oriol Servia's car for yesterday's race. Letterman says being depicted on the car is the highlight of his career -- and promised to buy burgers for everyone if Servia won the race -- but it didn't happen. He was knocked out of the race with an accident a little over halfway through.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- TLC isn't saying when -- or if -- the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" is coming back. The network pulled the show from its schedule after reports began surfacing about one of its stars, Josh Duggar. A statement from TLC says it's "saddened and troubled" by the situation -- but didn't elaborate. And it doesn't appear the case will ever be made public. An Arkansas newspaper reports police investigated claims that Duggar fondled five girls in 2002 and 2003 -- when he was still a teen. Duggar has apologized on Facebook. And police say they have destroyed the report.
A popular reality TV show is being pulled off the air. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel explains why.
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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports this isn't the first time TLC has had to deal with a scandal involving a family it featured in a reality show.
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Here's an excerpt of the reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," which has been pulled from the air by TLC.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Looks like those embryos Sofia Vergara and her ex-finance created will get their day in court. A judge in Santa Monica, California has ruled Nicholas Loeb can change his lawsuit to include a claim for custody of the embryos. Lobe and Vergara dated for several years before breaking up last year. He sued Vergara in August, demanding that the embryos not be destroyed. An attorney for Vergara has noted that Loeb signed an agreement saying both parties needed to agree what happens to the embryos -- and that Loeb is suing for publicity's sake.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The scientist who inspired the Oscar-winning movie "A Beautiful Mind" has died. John Nash won a Nobel Prize in 1994 -- but that paled in comparison to the battle he had with mental illness. Nash and his wife have died in a car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. Back in 1959, Nash was teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when his schizophrenia began to emerge. The struggle was depicted in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind," which won Oscars for best picture and best director. Russell Crowe, who was up for best actor for playing Nash, tweets that he's stunned by the news of the couple's death.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise (sih-NEES') were the hosts again this year of the National Memorial Day concert. It's the 10th year the actors have helped to honor those who have served and those who've paid the ultimate price for protecting the nation. The show yesterday evening in front of the Capitol included singer Gloria Estefan, "American Idol's" new winner Nick Fradiani, and a dramatic reading by actor Laurence Fishburne. The show was broadcast by PBS.
Excerpt of orchestra and chorus performing the "Marine Corps Hymn," during the National Memorial Day Concert. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of orchestra and chorus performing "The Army Goes Rolling Along"
Excerpt of orchestra and chorus performing "The Army Goes Rolling Along," during the National Memorial Day Concert. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Excerpt of Gloria Estefan, performing "Coming Out of the Dark," as a tribute to disable veterans
Excerpt of Gloria Estefan performing "Coming Out of the Dark," in a tribute to disabled veterans, during the National Memorial Day Concert. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Gloria Estefan, performer
Gloria Estefan explains her tribute to disabled veterans, saying her father had served in the U.S. military after moving to America from Cuba, and had medical struggles later in his life. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit))
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General Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman
Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey says the nation can take some comfort mourning together for those who served their country. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Gary Sinise (sih-NEES'), actor and co-host of National Memorial Day Concert
Concert co-host and veterans' advocate Gary Sinise says many of the troops who have died at war, left behind grieving children. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Stefanie Scott, actress portraying Bayleigh Dostie (DAWS'-tee) of Tennessee, whose father Shawn Dostie was killed in Iraq in 2005
This is an actress portrayal of Bayleigh Dostie of Tennessee, whose father Shawn Dostie was killed in Iraq in 2005, as the young girl describes her mother's ongoing fear -- that came true-- that one day there would be a death notification. COURTESY: National Memorial Day Concert/PBS ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length of cut))
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) -- Character actor Luis Guzman has gotten court protection from a man who'd been stalking him. A Vermont man has agreed to stay at least a football field's length away from Guzman, who was in the movies "Boogie Nights" and "Carlito's Way." In court papers, reported on by the Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury, the actor says Joda Hodge used to house-sit for him -- but things went south after Hodge brought a gun last month. Guzman says Hodge agreed to leave his house, but later sent a text message that made him fear for his safety.
May 25, 2015 07:07 GMT
Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their world heavyweight title rematch in Lewiston, Maine. (Ali's victory generated controversy over whether he'd truly connected when he sent Liston crashing to the canvas with a right to the head, or whether it was a "phantom punch," implying that the fight had been fixed.)
On this date:
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs -- Nos. 712, 713 and 714 -- for the Boston Braves in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (The Pirates won, 11-7.)
In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, told reporters in Delhi, India: "I claim we got a hell of a beating."
In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
In 1959, the U.S. Supreme Court, in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey, struck down a Louisiana law prohibiting interracial boxing matches. (The case had been brought by Joseph Dorsey Jr., a black professional boxer.)
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.
In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to a school bus stop in lower Manhattan.
In 1985, more than 11,000 people were killed as a cyclone and tidal surge devastated Bangladesh.
In 1992, Jay Leno made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny Carson.
Ten years ago: Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals judge after a ferocious four-year battle. The defense rested in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial without calling the pop star, who ended up being acquitted. Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of the fourth season of "American Idol" on Fox TV over Bo Bice. Ismail Merchant, half of the prestigious Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died in London at age 68.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border. NFL owners voted to hold the 2014 Super Bowl at Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls and her professional dance partner, Derek Hough, won the 10th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
One year ago: President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit, making clear the U.S. would likely maintain a limited role there even after its combat mission ended later in the year. Pope Francis arrived in Bethlehem where, in a symbolic nod to Palestinians' aspirations for their own state, he called the stalemate in peace talks "unacceptable" and stopped briefly to pray at the Israeli separation barrier surrounding the biblical West Bank town. Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his career and the first of the season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0. Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006, making a dramatic pass of Helio Castroneves on the final lap.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Ann Robinson (TV/Film: "War of the Worlds"; "Dragnet") is 86. Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 81. Author W.P. Kinsella is 80. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 79. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 76. Country singer Jessi Colter is 72. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 72. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 71. Actress Karen Valentine is 68. Actress Jacki Weaver is 68. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 67. Actress Patti D'Arbanville is 64. Playwright Eve Ensler ("The Vagina Monologues") is 62. Actress Connie Sellecca is 60. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 57. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is 55. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 52. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 48. Actor Joseph Reitman is 47. Rock musician Glen Drover is 46. Actress Anne Heche (haych) is 46. Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: "Little House on the Prairie") are 45. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 45. Actress Octavia Spencer is 45. Actor Justin Henry is 44. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 42. Actress Molly Sims is 42. Singer Lauryn Hill is 40. Actress Erinn Hayes is 39. Actor Cillian Murphy is 39. Actor Ethan Suplee (soo-PLEE') is 39. Rock musician Todd Whitener is 37. Actor Corbin Allred is 36. Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 30. Musician Guy Lawrence (Disclosure) is 24. 1991 Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman is 21.
Thought for Today: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet (1803-1882).
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