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Last Update on October 20, 2014 08:03 GMT


WASHINGTON (AP) -- He has told many a joke during his career. But last night, he was the target of most of the humor. Jay Leno was given the nation's top humor award. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes were among those paying tribute to Leno at the Kennedy Center in Washington last night -- as he received the Mark Twain Prize. Previous winners include Carol Burnett, Will Ferrell and Bill Cosby. The event was recorded and will be broadcast nationally on Nov. 23 on PBS.

Jay Leno was honored with the nation's top humor prize Sunday, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Archive audio of "Tonight Show" introduction

Archive audio of "Tonight Show" introduction. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))


NEW YORK (AP) -- The guy who has handled David Letterman's cue cards for years will have to handle something else -- unemployment. He has lost his job -- after getting into a dispute with a co-worker. Tony Mendez tells the New York Post he was let go after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt. The incident happened behind the scenes at "Late Show with David Letterman." Mendez, who's 60, says he knows he was wrong -- saying he should not have gone after a co-worker. He says Letterman was unaware of any beef between the two workers. Mendez was familiar to "Late Show" viewers, having appeared in episodes of the show going back to at least 1997.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's intense and bloody. It's also the nation's top movie. Brad Pitt's "Fury" has fought its way to the number one slot at the box office, taking in $23.5 million in ticket sales. The rise of Fury drops the previous top film to second place. "Gone Girl" had been at the top for the past two weeks before dropping down a notch with a box office take of $17.8 million. Number three is the animated movie "The Book of Life," followed by Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with $12 million. Rounding out the top five is another new film, "The Best of Me," with $10.2 million.

After a chilly financial summer -- things are looking up a bit for Hollywood. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office numbers.

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Sound of an excerpt from "Fury"

This is an excerpt from the World War II drama "Fury," which was number one at the weekend box office.


LONDON (AP) -- While it was making news at the box office here in the U.S., Brad Pitt's new movie was rounding out the London Film Festival. Pitt walked the red carpet before the screening of "Fury" -- the often brutal tale of at a tank crew doing battle in the closing months of World War II. The London festival handed out prizes for films this past Saturday.


SEATTLE (AP) -- Officials near Seattle confirmed what has been feared since last week: that the body found in a ravine is that of missing actress Misty Upham. Authorities say the actress died Oct. 5 -- the same day her family told police the actress was suicidal. The medical examiner's office has identified the body of the Native American actress -- but the cause and manner of her death are still being determined. Things with Upham's name on them were found nearby and authorities say there were no signs of foul play. Upham starred in the movies "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."


CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) -- A motorcycle said to have been featured in the movie "Easy Rider" has been sold at auction. The Profiles in History auction house isn't identifying who ponied up the $1.35 million for the famed "Captain America" chopper that the house says was ridden in the 1969 movie. But it describes bidding for the Harley-Davidson bike as fierce.


BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- So, which are the "greenest" TV shows? According to an organization that monitors environmental issues -- there are a few that make the grade. The Environmental Media Association says the shows "New Girl," "Parenthood" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" have been recognized for their support of green initiatives. The shows received their awards at an event this past Saturday in Burbank, California. Ed Begley Jr. is a member of the board, which encourages those in the entertainment field to educate the public about environmental issues.

Rewind Time

October 20, 2014 07:12 GMT

Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Oct. 20, 1944, during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte (LAY'-tee) in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after saying, "I shall return." The cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated by Russian and Yugoslav troops. The Guatemala Revolution took place as student and military leaders overthrew the military dictatorship. A series of gas storage tank explosions and fires in Cleveland killed 130 people.

On this date:

In 1714, the coronation of Britain's King George I took place in Westminster Abbey.

In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1914, "Stay Down Here Where You Belong," an antiwar song by Irving Berlin, was published by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co. in New York.

In 1936, Helen Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy, died in Forest Hills, New York, at age 70.

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion picture industry.

In 1964, the 31st president of the United States, Herbert C. Hoover, died in New York at age 90.

In 1967, seven men were convicted in Meridian, Mississippi, of violating the civil rights of three slain civil rights workers.

In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

In 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned.

In 1981, a bungled armored truck robbery carried out by members of radical groups in Nanuet, New York, left a guard and two police officers dead.

In 1994, actor Burt Lancaster died in Los Angeles at age 80.

In 2011, Moammar Gadhafi, 69, Libya's dictator for 42 years, was killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte (SURT) and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.

Ten years ago: A U.S. Army staff sergeant, Ivan "Chip" Frederick, pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. (Frederick was sentenced to eight years in prison; he was paroled in 2007.) After being just three outs from getting swept in the AL championship series three nights earlier, the Boston Red Sox finally beat the New York Yankees, winning Game 7 in a 10-3 shocker to become the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit.

Five years ago: Ignoring appeals by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even rock star Sting, Iran sentenced an Iranian-American academic, Kian Tajbakhsh (KEE'-ahn tahj-BAHKSH'), to 12 years in prison for his alleged role in anti-government protests. Afghanistan's election commission ordered a runoff in the disputed presidential poll. (The runoff was later canceled, and President Hamid Karzai proclaimed the winner.)

One year ago: A suicide bomber slammed his explosives-laden car into a busy cafe in Baghdad, killing some three dozen people. In Egypt, masked gunmen fired on a Coptic church holding a wedding in the Cairo district of Warraq, killing five people.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Christopher is 82. Japan's Empress Michiko is 80. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson is 77. Former actress Rev. Mother Dolores Hart is 76. Singer Tom Petty is 64. Actor William "Rusty" Russ is 64. Actress Melanie Mayron is 62. Retired MLB All-Star Keith Hernandez is 61. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is 59. Movie director Danny Boyle is 58. Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is 57. Actor Viggo Mortensen is 56. Rock musician Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & The Blowfish) is 50. Rock musician David Ryan is 50. Rock musician Doug Eldridge (Oleander) is 47. Political commentator and blogger Michelle Malkin is 44. Actor Kenneth Choi is 43. Rapper Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) is 43. Singer Dannii Minogue is 43. Singer Jimi Westbrook (country goup Little Big Town) is 43. Country musician Jeff Loberg is 38. Actor Sam Witwer is 37. Actor John Krasinski is 35. Rock musician Daniel Tichenor (Cage the Elephant) is 35. Actress Katie Featherston is 32. Actress Jennifer Nicole Freeman is 29.

Thought for Today: "Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one." -- President Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964).

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