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Last Update on March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The wife and adult children of Robin Williams have decided to work out their disagreements like, well, family. Attorneys for both sides agreed to take the dispute over the actor's property and assets out of court -- and resolve them on their own. A judge in San Francisco says the two sides are to meet before next Friday -- and if needed, use a mediator before returning to court. Last December, Williams' widow filed papers suggesting disputes over Williams property might become a drawn-out court battle. But yesterday, attorneys for both sides suggested the differences aren't that big, after all. An attorney for Williams' children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody says the children want the matter resolved soon so they can move on with their lives and continue grieving over their dad who killed himself last August.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports at issue are some personal items related to Robin Williams.

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James Wagstaffe, attorney for Susan Williams, widow of Robin Williams

Attorney Jim Wagstaffe, representing Robin Williams' widow Susan Williams, says his client has agreed on how hundreds of items should be distributed among the entertainer's family. COURTESY KGO ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: San Francisco market

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Meredith Bushnell, attorney for Robin Williams' children

Attorney Meredith Bushnell, representing Robin Williams' children, says the court proceedings have been emotional for the family. COURTESY KGO ((mandatory on-air credit)) EMBARGO: San Francisco market


NEW YORK (AP) -- The new guy taking over on "The Daily Show" is promising to bring a more global perspective to the desk soon to be vacated by Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is a mixed-race comedian from South Africa who traveled extensively before doing some comedy bits on Stewart's show. In one of those bits, he notes he never thought he'd "be more afraid of police here than in South Africa," adding that the unrest last year over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri made him "nostalgic for the old days back home."

Comedian Trevor Noah says Jon Stewart expressed complete confidence in him. ((note audio quality))

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Trevor Noah, comedian

Comedian Trevor Noah says Jon Stewart has confidence in the producers and writers of 'The Daily Show.' ((note audio quality))

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Trevor Noah, comedian

Comedian Trevor Noah says 'The Daily Show' is bigger than its host. ((note audio quality))


BEIJING (AP) -- Anyone who knows anything about the movie industry predicts "Furious 7" will be a shoo-in winner at the box office this weekend. But franchise star Vin Diesel says there's one thing the movie won't win: an Oscar. And he says that's unfortunate. He says the finale in the "Fast and Furious" saga deserves to win for best picture -- but won't. Diesel says for one thing, it's an action film and another -- it's a sequel. And as long as he was ripping on the Academy, he didn't stop there. Diesel says movies that tend to be nominated for best picture do poorly at the box office. He made the comments in Beijing, where "Furious 7" makes its premiere later next month. It opens in U.S. theaters Friday.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carl's Junior model Charlotte McKinney was worried about her chest getting in the way on "Dancing With the Stars." Perhaps she should have been more concerned about her feet. McKinney is the second celebrity of the season to be voted off the show. McKinney says she's a better for having competed on the dance floor. Last night, actor-singer Riker Lynch and gymnast Nastia Liukin were tied for the best judges' scores. McKinney and Patti LaBelle were tied at the other end of the judges' leaderboard.

Host Tom Bergeron announces this week's results. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Charlotte McKinney, contestant voted off

Charlotte McKinney says she's a better person after taking part in the competition. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The teams on "The Voice" are now set for this season's live shows. The last slots in Top-20 were filled on last night's episode. Lexi Davila took the final spot, thanks to Christina Aguilera. Lexi was dropped by Team Adam but Team Xtina quickly snapped her up. Aguilera said she had been holding her steal for just the right singer and Lexi is it. Others to make through on the final night of the knockout rounds include Tonya Boyd-Cannon for Team Adam and Team Xtina's India Carney. Tonight's episode will be a recap of the season leading up the live rounds.

Adam Levine has to decide whether to keep Joshua or Lexi. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera gloats as she picks up Lexi, who was just dropped by Team Adam. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don't look now -- but "The Wiz" is making a comeback. It will be on TV as part of a live special to air on NBC. The network will add its take on the all-black retelling of the classic "Wizard of Oz" to its list of live theater productions. Meanwhile, Cirque du Soleil (SIRK doo soh-LAY') will be putting "The Wiz" on the boards for the 2016-17 Broadway season. Cirque de Soleil will also partner with NBC on the televised version of the production.

Rewind Time

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

On this date:

In 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon.

In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1943, "Oklahoma!," the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.

In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada's tenth province.

In 1957, the original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," starring Julie Andrews, aired live in color on CBS.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not seek re-election.

In 1975, "Gunsmoke" closed out 20 seasons on CBS with its final first-run episode, "The Sharecroppers."

In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)

In 1986, 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.

In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was accidentally shot to death during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was hit by a bullet fragment that had been lodged inside a prop gun. "Star Dust" lyricist Mitchell Parish, 92, died in New York.

In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Ten years ago: A damning report by a presidential commission concluded the United States knew "disturbingly little" about nuclear and biological threats from dangerous adversaries. The World Bank approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president. South Carolina defeated Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the NIT championship game. Chicken entrepreneur Frank Perdue died in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, at age 84.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil drilling. A Chechen militant claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on the Moscow subway two days earlier that claimed 40 lives; the claim came hours after two more suicide bombers struck in the southern Russian province of Dagestan, killing a dozen people.

One year ago: In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance as deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long waits and a new spate of website ills. North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters. An umpire's call was overturned for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe in a game against the Atlanta Braves. (The Brewers won, 2-0.) Charles H. Keating Jr., 90, the notorious financier who'd served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure in the U.S., died in Phoenix.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 88. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 87. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 81. Actress Shirley Jones is 81. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 81. Musician Herb Alpert is 80. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 75. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 75. Actor Christopher Walken is 72. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 71. Former Vice President Al Gore is 67. Author David Eisenhower is 67. Actress Rhea Perlman is 67. Actor Ed Marinaro is 65. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 60. Actor Marc McClure is 58. Actor William McNamara is 50. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 44. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 44. Rapper Tony Yayo is 37. Actress Kate Micucci is 35. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 32. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 31. Actress Jessica Szohr is 30.

Thought for Today: "The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." -- Rene Descartes (ren-AY' day-KART'), French philosopher and mathematician (born this date in 1596, died in 1650).

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