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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Ohio man charged with stalking Gwyneth Paltrow says he was holding out hope that the Oscar-winning actress would marry him. In testimony yesterday, Dante Soiu said he hoped to woo Paltrow down the aisle -- despite the fact that she had already testified against him in another stalking case. The original messages -- which included pornography -- led to his being sent away to a mental institution for several years. But Soiu testified that he hoped the new batch of messages would show Paltrow he was a changed man. He also says he hoped that if Paltrow wanted him stop writing him, she would at least be "a pen pal" about it and write him back with her request.


ARMOY, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Authorities in Northern Ireland say they will do what they can to keep the fantasy alive for fans of the hit TV series "Game of Thrones." It seems road maintenance crews painted a white line down the middle of the Dark Hedges, the country road that winds through the make-believe world of Westeros. That didn't sit well with the show's fans -- who flock to the area to see it and take photos. Officials say the line was painted by mistake -- and will be removed. The lane markings wouldn't have affected the show, though. Game of Thrones uses special effects to mask the road's paved surface.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some of the residents of Stars Hollow will be in their familiar places when "Gilmore Girls" returns. Netflix has signed deals bringing back at more than a few cast members for the four-episode remix, including Milo Ventimiglia (vhen-TEE'-mihl-ya) as Jess Mariano and Matt Czuchry (ZOO'-kree) as Logan Huntzberger. You can also look for Liza Weil and Yanic Truesdale to return. Netflix had already said Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, would be part of the reboot of Gilmore Girls. But the network hasn't said what the new shows' title will be -- or when it will make its debut.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Five of the Top 24 will be cut tonight on "American Idol." But viewers don't have a say in who goes home. The cuts will be up to the judges. Twelve of the Top 24 performed on last night's show. La'Porsha Renae brought the house down with her version of "Proud Mary." Harry Connick Jr. says other contestants might want to quit after her hearing her. J-Lo was equally impressed, saying she dreams of finding a talent like La'Porsha. Season-14 returnee Emily Brooke had an off night. She also may have made a strategic goof by doing a cover of a song recorded by a winner of "The Voice" -- Idol's rival on NBC. Jordan Sasser lost his man-bun -- and the confidence of the judges. They were critical of his attempt at the Celine Dion classic, "All By Myself." Tonight, some former Idol winners return before the cuts are announced.

<<CUT ..007 (02/11/16)>> 00:17 "make them La'Porsha (cheers)"


NEW YORK (AP) -- The creator of the online spoof of Donald Trump says he "couldn't believe it" when Johnny Depp agreed to do the project. Adam McKay is the co-founder of Funny of Die -- and says he once the idea was hatched in his mind, he reached out to Depp -- and he agreed to come aboard. The mock-documentary is called "Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie." It's a comedic attempt to show what it would have been like if Trump had written, directed and edited a movie version of his 1987 best-selling advice book.


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January 11, 2016 15:15 GMT

Today in History



Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2016. There are 347 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 19, 1966, Indira Gandhi was chosen to be prime minister of India by the National Congress party. (Gandhi, a powerful as well as polarizing figure, served as India's prime minister from 1966 to 1977, and again beginning in 1980 until she was assassinated in 1984.)

On this date:

In 1807, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.

In 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union.

In 1915, Germany carried out its first air raid on Britain during World War I as a pair of Zeppelins dropped bombs onto Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in England.

In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

In 1942, during World War II, Japan invaded Burma (Myanmar).

In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television and newsreels for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1960, the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America was signed by both countries in Washington, D.C.

In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.

In 1977, in one of his last acts of office, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American convicted of treason for making wartime broadcasts for Japan.

In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

In 1992, German government and Jewish officials dedicated a Holocaust memorial at the villa on the outskirts of Berlin where the notorious Wannsee Conference had taken place.

Ten years ago: Osama bin Laden, in an audiotape that was his first in more than a year, said al-Qaida was preparing for attacks in the United States; at the same time, he offered a "long-term truce" without specifying the conditions. Vice President Dick Cheney defended the administration's domestic surveillance program, calling it an essential tool in monitoring al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. An unmanned NASA spacecraft, New Horizons, blasted off on a 3-billion-mile journey toward Pluto (the spacecraft flew by Pluto in the summer of 2015). A fire at a Massey Energy Co. mine in West Virginia killed two workers. Death claimed soul pioneer Wilson Pickett at age 64 and actor Anthony Franciosa at age 77.

Five years ago: Chinese President Hu Jintao, visiting the White House, declared "a lot still needs to be done" to improve his country's record on human rights; the exchange with President Barack Obama over human rights was balanced by U.S. delight over newly announced Chinese business deals expected to generate about $45 billion in new export sales for the U.S.

One year ago: As he headed home from a week-long trip to Asia, Pope Francis upheld church teaching banning contraception, but said Catholics didn't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice responsible parenting. The NFL confirmed to The Associated Press a report by WTHR-TV Indianapolis that it was investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts. (After an investigation, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games of the upcoming regular season for his alleged role in the controversy, but had that sanction overturned by a federal court.)

Today's Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar is 96. Actor Fritz Weaver is 90. Actress Tippi Hedren is 86. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 85. Movie director Richard Lester is 84. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 74. Actress Shelley Fabares (fab-RAY') is 72. Country singer Dolly Parton is 70. Former ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 69. TV chef Paula Deen is 69. Rock singer Martha Davis is 65. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 64. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 63. Actress Katey Sagal is 62. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 61. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is 61. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 59. Rock musician Jeff Pilson (Foreigner) is 58. Actor Paul McCrane is 55. Actor William Ragsdale is 55. Basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy is 54. International Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg is 50. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 48. Singer Trey Lorenz is 47. Actor Shawn Wayans is 45. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 45. Actress Drea (DRAY-uh') de Matteo is 44. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 42. Actor Drew Powell is 40. Actress Marsha Thomason is 40. Actress Bitsie Tulloch is 35. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 34. Actor Logan Lerman is 24. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is 24. Rapper Mac Miller is 24.

Thought for Today: "Love without passion is dreary; passion without love is horrific." -- Abraham Cowley, English poet (1618-1667).

(Above Advance for Use Tuesday, Jan. 19)

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