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Last Update on July 03, 2015 07:10 GMT

JULY FOURTH BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters this holiday weekend. "Magic Mike XXL" is taking an early lead in July Fourth weekend ticket sales. Channing Tatum stars in the male-stripper sequel, which goes head-to-head with "Terminator Genisys." Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his signature role, in the fifth installment of the Terminator sci-fi franchise. Both films are trying to knock "Jurassic World" out of the top spot. Pixar's "Inside Out" is another holdover that could do well against the two new films. This year's Independence Day weekend should be much better than last year for Hollywood, which was one of the worst in decades.

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Jamie Friar

It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the holiday weekend box office race. ((opens with sound))

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Jamie Friar

Dinosaurs, male strippers and the Terminator are all vying for box office dominance, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke

Here are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke in an excerpt of "Terminator Genisys" trailer.

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Andie MacDowell and Joe Manganiello

Here are Andie MacDowell and Joe Manganiello in excerpt of "Magic Mike XXL" trailer.

TRUMP-FALLOUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The show will go on for 51 beauty queens whose TV future hung in the balance after controversial comments made by Donald Trump. The Reelz channel has picked up the Miss USA pageant, saying the event is "an integral part of American tradition." Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants were incredibly insensitive and wrong, but the event is "non-political." He says the licensing fee the channel negotiated with the pageant ensures Trump will not profit from the event. Reelz reaches about 70 million viewers.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Reelz is not condoning Donald Trumps remarks about Mexican immigrants by signing on to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Reelz is not trying to help out Donald Trump by airing the Miss USA pageant.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says getting the chance to broadcast the Miss USA pageant is a rare opportunity.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says it would be tragic if the Miss USA pageant were to be denied a national television broadcast.

HULK HOGAN SEX VIDEO TRIAL POSTPONED

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The civil trial over the Hulk Hogan sex tape is on temporary hold. The former pro-wrestler is suing the website Gawker and the trial had been scheduled to begin Monday. But yesterday a federal appeals court in Florida issued a procedural opinion regarding trial rules. It said some defense motions had been filed too close to the scheduled start date. Hogan is suing for $100 million after Gawker released parts of a sex video involving him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Hogan's one-time friend and radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Gawker says Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video's release, which made the story newsworthy. No new trial date has been set.

MARISA TOMEI JOINING `EMPIRE'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is joining season 2 of the Fox hit "Empire." Entertainment Weekly reports Tomei plays a venture capitalist who loves hip hop, fashion and beautiful women. EW says Empire's roster of guest-stars next season will include Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, and Adam Rodriguez.

NEW `TO TELL THE TRUTH' COMING TO ABC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NeNe Leakes and Betty White are teaming up. ABC says the reality star and veteran actress will be among the celebrity panelists on the network's revival of the '50s game show, "To Tell the Truth." White was a panelist on the first incarnation of the show. Anthony Anderson will host. ABC hasn't announced an air date.

Rewind Time

July 04, 2015 07:05 GMT

Today is Saturday, July 4, the 185th day of 2015. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

On this date:

In 1802, the United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York.

In 1815, the cornerstone was laid for a monument in Baltimore honoring George Washington (the monument was completed in 1829).

In 1831, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City at age 73.

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simpler living at Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts.

In 1872, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vermont.

In 1912, the 48-star American flag, recognizing New Mexico statehood, was adopted. A train wreck near Corning, New York, claimed 39 lives.

In 1939, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his famous farewell speech in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

In 1959, America's 49-star flag, recognizing Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled.

In 1960, America's 50-star flag, recognizing Hawaiian statehood, was officially unfurled.

In 1976, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe (en-TEH'-bee) airport in Uganda (yoo-GAHN'-dah), rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.

In 1982, the space shuttle Columbia concluded its fourth and final test flight with a smooth landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden, in Maui, Hawaii.

In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir parted after spending five days in orbit docked together.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, during an Independence Day visit to Morgantown, West Virginia, urged resolve in the war in Iraq and said that "the proper response is not retreat. It is courage." Hall of Fame football coach Hank Stram died in Covington, Louisiana, at age 82. Movie musical actress June Haver died at age 79.

Five years ago: Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan, declaring "we are in this to win." Interim Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski held off a last-minute election surge from Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the identical twin brother of the late president, Lech Kaczynski, who'd died in an April plane crash. Dr. Robert Butler, 83, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase "ageism," died in New York. Rafael Nadal swept Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, to win his second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship.

One year ago: Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin after the arrest of a man reported to have spied for the United States, heightening friction between the two countries over alleged U.S. eavesdropping in Germany. Richard Mellon Scaife, 82, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortunes and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects aimed at discrediting President Bill Clinton, died in Pittsburgh.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Eva Marie Saint is 91. Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 88. Playwright Neil Simon is 88. Country singer Ray Pillow is 78. Singer Bill Withers is 77. Actor Ed Bernard is 76. Actress Karolyn Grimes is 75. Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera is 72. Vietnam War veteran and peace activist Ron Kovic is 69. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 64. Rock musician Domingo Ortiz (Widespread Panic) is 63. Singer John Waite is 60. Rock musician Kirk Pengilly (INXS) is 57. Country musician Teddy Carr is 55. Rock DJ Zonka is 53. Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver is 53. Rock musician Matt Malley is 52. Christian rock singer Michael Sweet is 52. Actor-playwright-screenwriter Tracy Letts is 50. Actor Al Madrigal is 44. Actress Jenica Bergere is 41. Actor-singer John Lloyd Young is 40. Singer Stephen "Ste" McNally (BBMak) is 37. Actress Becki Newton is 37. TV personality Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melanie Fiona is 32. Malia Obama is 17.

Thought for Today: "All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions." -- Adlai E. Stevenson, American diplomat and politician (1900-1965).

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