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Last Update on July 31, 2015 07:07 GMT

BETTY WHITE - CECIL

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Betty White is known as a big-time animal rights activist. So you can imagine how she feels about the Minnesota dentist who killed a popular lion during a hunting trip in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Asked about the death of Cecil at the hands of Walter James Palmer, White says: "you don't want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man." Cecil was drawn from a wildlife preserve and killed. White says she has "loved animals since the womb." She's promoting a new block of programming on Discovery Family Channel.

JENNIFER BEALS - HOT DOG?

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- It's the kind of thing that drives animal lovers mad: People who leave their dogs locked in their cars on a warm day. But Jennifer Beals says she did nothing wrong when she left her pooch behind while she ran an errand. The incident in Vancouver, Canada, was caught on camera by a TV reporter. A passer-by confronted the actress from "Flashdance" fame -- and she replied: "It's fine. Thank you." In a statement, Beals says it was just 73 degrees outside when she left her dog with the window partially rolled down while she picked up some laundry. She describes herself as a loving and "discerning" dog owner who'd never put a pet in harm's way. Animal protection officials say they aren't investigating the incident.

THE WOMEN FROM "THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E."

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The movie is called "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." But one of the actresses in the cast says the women in the cast aren't just there as eye and arm candy. Alicia Vikander says she plays one of "two very, very strong female characters." She says that's been a growing trend in movies in recent years. And Vikander says, it's something both men and women are showing they support -- by making such movies hits. Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens Aug. 14.

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LUPITA NYONG'O - BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- An Oscar winner is making her way to Broadway. Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YAHNG'-goh) will be making her debut in "Eclipsed" -- a story of survival set in post-colonial Africa. The Public Theater says Nyong'o will begin her New York stage debut in September. Nyong'o won the Oscar for her role in "12 Years A Slave."

SYLVESTER STALLONE - AUCTION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Remember the recent auction of John Wayne's movie memorabilia? Sylvester Stallone does, too -- and he felt the sale would have been bigger if Wayne was still alive. That way, he could have explained how important the items were to him. Stallone says that's what moved him to get moving with a sale of some of his stuff from the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movies. Stallone is 69 and among the items he's giving up include Rocky's boxing gloves and other ring gear and Rambo's Army jacket and knife. Some of the proceeds will go to help military charities.

SEAN MALONE DIES

BOSTON (AP) -- It didn't look good for Sean Malone when he was pulled from the waters off a Boston beach earlier this month unconscious and not breathing. And as it turned out, the actor couldn't pull through. Authorities say he died Wednesday night at a Boston hospital. Malone was 54 -- and is best known for his work in the movies "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Fighter."

ICE-T - BABY ON THE WAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor-rapper Ice-T is already a grandfather, but he'll soon be a new dad -- again. Ice and his wife Coco are expecting a baby. Last night, Ice told Jimmy Fallon that the doctors said it might take a year for Coco to get pregnant after going off the pill. But Ice says "Bam!" -- Coco was pregnant in two months. Ice says he and Coco will announce the sex of the baby on the debut of their new talk show, which starts airing Monday on Fox stations.

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BETTY LYNN - THELMA LOU KEEPING THE FLAME FOR FICTIONAL MAYBERRY

MOUNT AIRY, North Carolina (AP) -- Fans of the old "Andy Griffith Show" would know that the town of Mayberry was inspired by the town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. But residents of the town have someone who can remind them of that on a regular basis. The actress who played Thelma Lou on the show signs autographs every week from a wheelchair for tourists to the town. Betty Lynn says she feels fortunate that fans remember the show and he role in it. She appeared in just 25 episodes as Barney Fife's girlfriend and is one of the last living connections to the show, which lives on in reruns.

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August 02, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Sunday, August 2, the 214th day of 2015. There are 151 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 2, 1985, 137 people were killed when Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

On this date:

In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie (HAH'-lih-day) successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.

In 1876, frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged.

In 1909, the original Lincoln "wheat" penny first went into circulation, replacing the "Indian Head" cent.

In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco; Vice President Calvin Coolidge became president.

In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.

In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act, which prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.

In 1943, during World War II, U.S. Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed in the middle of the night by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands. Two crew members were killed.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and Britain's new prime minister, Clement Attlee, concluded the Potsdam conference.

In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage during a skirmish with North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. (This and an alleged second incident two days later led to congressional approval of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that propelled America deep into war.)

In 1974, former White House counsel John W. Dean III was sentenced to one to four years in prison for obstruction of justice in the Watergate coverup. (Dean ended up serving four months.)

In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.)

Ten years ago: An Air France jetliner from Paris skidded off a runway while landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport during a storm and burst into flames; all 309 people aboard survived. President George W. Bush signed a free trade pact with six Latin American countries known as CAFTA. American freelance journalist Steven Vincent was found shot to death in Basra, Iraq, after being abducted by armed men.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama, addressing the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, said the U.S. would leave Iraq "as promised and on schedule," portraying the end of America's combat role in the 7-year war as a personal promise kept. Actress Lindsay Lohan was released from a Los Angeles jail after serving 14 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. The Washington Post Co. announced that billionaire Sidney Harman would buy Newsweek for $1 and assume the magazine's debts.

One year ago: Dr. Kent Brantly, the first Ebola victim to be brought to the United States from Africa, was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where he recovered from the disease. Author Billie Letts, 76, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Former CBS News President Ed Joyce, 81, died in Redding, Connecticut.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Nehemiah Persoff is 96. Former Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., is 93. Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) is 78. Movie director Wes Craven is 76. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 72. Actor Max Wright is 72. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 70. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 65. Actor Butch Patrick (TV: "The Munsters") is 62. Rock music producer/drummer Butch Vig (Garbage) is 60. Singer Mojo Nixon is 58. Actress Victoria Jackson is 56. Actress Apollonia is 56. Actress Cynthia Stevenson is 53. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 51. Rock musician John Stanier is 47. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 45. Actor Sam Worthington is 39. Figure skater Michael Weiss is 39. Actor Edward Furlong is 38. Rock musician Devon Glenn is 35. Singer Charli XCX is 23. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 23.

Thought for Today: "Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action." -- Midge Decter, American writer.

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