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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- J.K. Simmons can probably relate to the team most people think will win the NCAA basketball tournament. When you win, it's nice -- but it's also a relief. Simmons won the Oscar for best supporting actor for "Whiplash." And he says being considered the front-runner all that time made the awards season a challenge. He says that when he heard his name finally read off as the Oscar winner, there was a mixture of happiness -- and relief. He says being considered the person who had the award sewed up -- and then having to wait to see if it would really happen -- was, as he put it, "a bizarre position to be in."

J.K. Simmons says he got to meet one of his heroes at the Oscars luncheon. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..015 (03/26/15)>> 00:15 "walking the carpet"

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J.K. Simmons says his wife was a big help when they got to the Dolby Theater on Oscar night and it was pouring rain.

<<CUT ..016 (03/26/15)>> 00:13 "of a relief"

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J.K. Simmons says it was hard being considered the front-runner for the Oscar for best supporting actor. ((Simmons did win for "Whiplash"))


NEW YORK (AP) -- She says she can't talk about her starring role in her upcoming movie, the "Star Wars" spin-off "Rogue One." But Felicity Jones says she is happy to chat away about what life has been like for her the past few months. She was nominated for best actress at the Oscars for her work in "The Theory of Everything." And though she was in competition with the other women in the category, she says there was no personal competition among them. Jones says all the women up for the honor supported each other -- and she says that "was really nice."

Felicity Jones is asked if she has had to come up with new ways to say she can't talk about her upcoming role in a new "Star Wars" movie.

<<CUT ..019 (03/26/15)>> 00:09 "camaraderie between us"

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Felicity Jones says she and the others up for Best Actress Oscar ended up getting along well.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The dude who crashed into Jennifer Lopez's Rolls Royce last year is getting probation. Prosecutors in Los Angeles say Robert John Reitz entered a plea of no contest to drunken driving yesterday -- and was sentenced to three years of probation. Authorities say Reitz, who lives in Las Vegas, had a blood alcohol level of 0.17 -- nearly twice the legal limit -- and that reading was taken three hours after the crash. Lopez was in the car with her two children at the time of the accident; actress Leah Remini was driving. No one was hurt in the collision


HARFORD, Pa. (AP) -- Bad financial news for a former star of the TV sitcom "Perfect Strangers." First National Bank of Pennsylvania says it has foreclosed on four of Bronson Pinchot's properties in Harford Township. Among the properties Pinchot failed to keep up with was the community's post office. The bank says Pinchot owes more than $270,000 and hasn't been heard from in over a year. He also owes $13,768 in taxes. The properties are scheduled for sheriff's sale next month.

Rewind Time

March 26, 2015 07:08 GMT

Today is Thursday, March 26, the 85th day of 2015. There are 280 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces following a final, desperate attack by Japanese soldiers. Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, 82, died in Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Wales.

On this date:

In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.

In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.

In 1892, poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, New Jersey.

In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.

In 1934, Britain enacted a Road Traffic Act reimposing a 30 mile-per-hour speed limit in "built-up areas" and requiring driving tests for new motorists.

In 1958, the U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer 3.

In 1964, the musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.

In 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In 1990, "Driving Miss Daisy" won the Academy Award for best picture; its star, Jessica Tandy, was named best actress. Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for "My Left Foot" while Oliver Stone was honored as best director for "Born on the Fourth of July." Designer Halston died in San Francisco at age 57.

In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who'd committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ten years ago: German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger stood in for Pope John Paul II during the Easter Vigil Mass at the Vatican. (Ratzinger later succeeded John Paul, becoming Pope Benedict XVI.) Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan died one day before his 93rd birthday in East Sussex, England.

Five years ago: The U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades, agreeing to slash the former Cold War rivals' warhead arsenals by nearly one-third. A South Korean warship exploded and sank near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, killing 46 sailors. (South Korea blamed North Korea, which denied involvement.) A truck collided with a van on I-65 in Kentucky, killing 10 Mennonites in the van and the truck driver. NBA player Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room.

One year ago: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo gayth), was convicted in New York for his role as al-Qaida's fiery chief spokesman after 9/11. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.) In a ruling that stunned the college sports industry, a federal agency said that football players at Northwestern University could create the nation's first union of college athletes. (Northwestern has urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn the regional ruling.)

Today's Birthdays: Comedian Bob Elliott is 92. Conductor-composer Pierre Boulez is 90. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 85. Actor Alan Arkin is 81. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is 80. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) is 75. Actor James Caan is 75. Author Erica Jong is 73. Journalist Bob Woodward is 72. Singer Diana Ross is 71. Actor Johnny Crawford is 69. Rock singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 67. Singer and TV personality Vicki Lawrence is 66. Actor Ernest Thomas is 66. Comedian Martin Short is 65. Country singer Ronnie McDowell is 65. Movie composer Alan Silvestri is 65. Rock musician Monte Yoho is 63. Radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa is 61. Country singer Dean Dillon is 60. Country singer Charly McClain is 59. TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 58. Actress Ellia English is 56. Actress Jennifer Grey is 55. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen is 55. Actor Billy Warlock is 54. Actor Eric Allan Kramer is 53. Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton is 53. Actor Michael Imperioli is 49. Rock musician James Iha (EE'-hah) is 47. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 47. Actress Leslie Mann is 43. Actor T.R. Knight is 42. Rapper Juvenile is 40. Actress Amy Smart is 39. Actress Bianca Kajlich (KY'-lihk) is 38. Actress Keira Knightley is 30. Rapper J-Kwon is 29. Actress Carly Chaikin is 25.

Thought for Today: "Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else." -- Tennessee Williams, American playwright (1911-1983).

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