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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben McKenzie says his run-in with a concrete post won't keep him from trying to do his own stunts. The actor split his noggin on the set of "Gotham" -- but he says he's fine, now. McKenzie wasted no time making the world aware of his injury -- posting photos online of his head both before and after he got stitched up. He figures that word would have gotten out anyway, so he might as well get out in front of the story. McKenzie says he won't shy away from the rough stuff on set going forward. He says he appreciates actors extending themselves physically. Gotham premieres on Fox on Monday.

Ben McKenzie says his mishap on the "Gotham" set hasn't dulled his enthusiasm for doing his own stunts - or as much of them as he can, anyway.


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Maria Conchita Alonso is a native of Venezuela. But the ruling government there says it wants no part of her. Leftist leaders are taking steps to revoke her citizenship -- since she's such a bitter critic of the government. Venezuela's foreign ministry has asked a judge to scrub her from the records as a Venezuelan citizen. The actress appeared in "Predator 2" and "Moscow on the Hudson." She born in Cuba but her family brought her to Venezuela as a child to avoid Cuba's Communist rule.


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- To her fans, Emma Watson is the star of the "Harry Potter" films. But to some young women in Uruguay, she's more of a hero than an actress. That's because she visited the capital of Montevideo (mon-tay-vih-DAY'-oh) on Tuesday -- and called for more women to be involved in government. She submitted a petition with 4,000 signatures to parliament as part of her role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' women's agency. Some lawmakers brought their own children and grankids to the event -- and women outside the parliament praised her for raising the issue. Watson says she was "immensely touched" by the reception she got.

Emma Watson says even young women turned out to support her appearance.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson says the reception made her glad she came to Uruguay.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson says she's willing to use her celebrity status to address causes she cares about.


ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- He liked it so much -- he's doing a miniseries on it. Tom Hanks is translating his love for the book "Factory Man," he wants to do the story for TV. Hanks says his production company Playtone will do the book as a miniseries for HBO. News of the effort comes from the Web site The series will be based on the work by Beth Macy of Roanoke, Virginia. It's about a man who fights to save his furniture company and his employees' jobs against an illegal onslaught of cheap imports from China. In a tweet, Hanks wrote the book was so good, he'd give it 142 stars.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Liza Minnelli says she's "overwhelmed" with the love and support she's gotten as she recovers from back surgery. A statement from the 68-year-old actress was issued yesterday -- as she remains in a California hospital after her operation this week. Minnelli's back problems have kept her on the shelf most of the year. And she was hurting too much to attend Joan Rivers' funeral earlier this month. Doctors say Minnelli is expected to make a full recovery.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A magician has pulled off quite a trick -- winning "America's Got Talent." Mat Franco takes the $1 million prize and a headlining gig in Las Vegas. Franco says it's "unfreakin' believable." Singer Emily West is the runner-up. The guest performers on last night's live finale included Ed Sheeran, Pitbull and Jennifer Hudson.

Host Nick Cannon congratulates winner Mat Franco. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Emily West, runner-up

Singer Emily West, the runner-up, says she's happy for winner Mat Franco. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bill Cosby and his wife have been collecting art for decades. And soon, the public will be able to check out some of it. The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art says 62 artworks from the Cosby collection will go on view. The display of the pieces will begin in November.


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- First, the Minnesota Vikings sat down star running back Adrian Peterson for a game after he was indicted on a charge of child abuse. Then the team brought him back. When sponsors complained, the team says he's out again -- and may not play the rest of the season. Was the team reacting to the loss of ad revenue or pressure from the NFL, which has been taking a hit over how it handles off-the-field problems? The answer, according to team president Mark Wilf: "absolutely not." Wilf's dad, who owns the team, says the team "made a mistake" and took the extra step of banning Peterson for now as a way to -- as he put it -- "get this right." Peterson is in legal trouble after being charged with smacking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Peterson is currently on paid leave from the team. Peterson says he gave his son the same kind of discipline he got as a kid -- and didn't mean to hurt the boy.

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September 18, 2014 07:15 GMT

Today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 18, A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus.

On this date:

In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.

In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment, went into effect.

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

In 1964, Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, 84, died in Torquay, England. The situation comedy "The Addams Family," inspired by the Charles Addams cartoons, premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1984, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger became the first person to complete a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean as he landed in Italy, four days after leaving Maine.

In 1994, tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend's home in Southampton, New York, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ten years ago: A divided U.N. Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reined in Arab militias blamed for a killing rampage in Darfur (dahr-FOOR'). Hollywood divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 76. Pioneer adult filmmaker Russ Meyer died in Los Angeles at age 82. Miss Alabama Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America. Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony. (The couple divorced nearly three years later.)

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in defiance of Iran's Islamic leadership, clashing with police and confronting state-run anti-Israel rallies. Writer-editor Irving Kristol, known as the godfather of neoconservatism, died at 89. The final episode of "Guiding Light" aired on CBS, ending a 72-year run on radio and television.

One year ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a Fox News Channel interview, said a United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an "unrealistic" account, and denied his government had orchestrated the attack. Former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, 70, died in Las Vegas.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 81. Actor Robert Blake is 81. Former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 81. Actor Fred Willard is 81. Actor Eddie Jones is 80. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 76. Singer Frankie Avalon is 74. Actress Beth Grant is 65. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 65. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 64. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 62. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 59. Movie director Mark Romanek is 55. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 55. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 53. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 52. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 47. Actress Aisha Tyler is 44. Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 43. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 43. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 43. Actor James Marsden is 41. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 40. Actor Travis Schuldt is 40. Rapper Xzibit is 40. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 39. Actress Sophina Brown is 38. Actor Barrett Foa is 37. TV correspondent Sara Haines is 37. Actress Alison Lohman is 35. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 21. Actor C.J. Sanders is 18.

Thought for Today: "It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it." -- Sean O'Casey (1880-1964).

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