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Last Update on August 22, 2014 07:10 GMT

EMMY CATEGORIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A horse could win the Triple Crown in racing -- but what if it could also win the Triple Crown in baseball? That's the feeling you might have from watching the Emmys this year. Viewers could have a tough time figuring out if someone shuffled the winners cards -- because the TV academy has allowed for some "gender bending" when it comes to categories. For example, the Netflix show about a women's prison "Orange Is the New Black" is among the nominees for best comedy series. The inclusion of "Orange" in the comedy category puts pressure on shows like "Modern Family" -- which has won in the category four times before. A fifth win would tie it with "Frasier" for most Emmys by a TV comedy.

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JON HAMM ON FERGUSON UNREST

LONDON (AP) -- To many, the scenes of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are upsetting. But for "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm the images hit especially close to home. He says the scenes of police clashes with residents are "difficult to watch" because he is a St. Louis native and he considers nearby Ferguson as part of his hometown. He isn't taking sides in the racially tinged conflict -- noting that protesters "have a legitimate reason to protest." But he says he hopes in the end, the city will be stronger, not weaker, because of the troubles it is now dealing with.

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LAVERNE COX HOPES TO INSPIRE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Laverne Cox says she hopes her rise to fame as a transgender actor in entertainment is an inspiration to others. She says her getting an Emmy nomination should give hope "that anything is possible." She describes herself as "a black trans woman from Alabama raised by a single mother from a working class background." And Cox says her story is what the U.S. is and should be about. Cox is one of the stars of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."

RICHARD DREYFUSS-HONOR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- He's an actor. But these days, Richard Dreyfuss is getting props for his efforts to get people involved in politics. The Oscar winner has been honored by California lawmakers for his work promoting civics education through public schools through The Dreyfuss Initiative. Dreyfuss said it wasn't long ago that politicians were held in high regard. He says that has not been the case lately but he hopes to turn that around through his organization.

SERENA WILLIAMS-KARAOKE STRATEGY

NEW YORK (AP) -- You know Serena Williams thinks about strategy on the tennis court. But when doing karaoke? Yep, she's got a system for that, too. While most of us just thumb through the binder for a song we like, Williams says she tries to get something that matches her voice. She says she sings "like a cat" -- but can still sound pretty good because of the songs she chooses. She says she prefers "80s, 90s rock" because it fits her singing style better. In a performance Wednesday night in New York, Williams "belted" out "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."

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BRIAN SINGER LAWSUIT

HONOLULU (AP) -- The former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse says he wants to dismiss the case. But Michael Egan III says the reason is that he can't find a new attorney to represent him. Egan says he wants the case kicked out of court "without prejudice" -- meaning he has the option to file it again later. Egan's ex-lawyers asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated. Egan, who is 31, claims Singer sexually abused him during trips to Hawaii when Egan was 17 in 1999. Singer has denied the allegations. Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

LEONARD MALTIN MOVIE GUIDES

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a fade to black for Leonard Maltin's movie guides. The company that publishes them says the 2015 edition of Maltin's guide will be the 36th and final one. In an intro to the guide Maltin writes that access to reviews online has led to what he calls an "alarming decline" in readership for the printed edition. The Maltin guides began in 1969 and have sold more than 7 million copies.

Rewind Time

August 22, 2014 07:10 GMT

Today is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 22, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Belgium.

On this date:

In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.

In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1846, Gen. Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United States.

In 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup.

In 1910, Japan annexed Korea, which remained under Japanese control until the end of World War II.

In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.

In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its first experimental television broadcast, using a 30-line mechanical system.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.

In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle survived an attempt on his life in suburban Paris.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to South America.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term of office by the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. John Wojtowicz (WAHT'-uh-witz) and Salvatore Naturile took seven employees hostage at a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Brooklyn, New York, during a botched robbery; the siege, which ended with Wojtowicz's arrest and Naturile's killing by the FBI, inspired the 1975 movie "Dog Day Afternoon."

In 1989, Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, California. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)

Ten years ago: As shocked spectators watched, armed thieves stole one of four versions of the Edvard Munch (moongk) masterpiece "The Scream" and a second Munch painting, "Madonna," from the Munch museum in Oslo, Norway. (The paintings, visibly damaged, were recovered in August 2006; three men were convicted in connection with the theft and sentenced to prison.)

Five years ago: Dozens of wildfires broke out across Greece, torching olive groves, cutting off villages and sending residents fleeing as one of the largest blazes swept perilously close to the capital's northern suburbs.

One year ago: Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb to be held under house arrest. A day after being sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for leaking secrets, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, in a statement to NBC's "Today" show, announced he intended to live as a woman named Chelsea and undergo hormone treatment. A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours.

Today's Birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 94. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 79. Author Annie Proulx (proo) is 79. Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 75. Actress Valerie Harper is 75. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells is 73. Writer-producer David Chase is 69. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 69. Actress Cindy Williams is 67. Pop musician David Marks is 66. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 65. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 58. Country singer Holly Dunn is 57. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 56. Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 55. Country singer Collin Raye is 54. Actress Regina Taylor is 54. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 53. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 53. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 52. Singer Tori Amos is 51. Country singer Mila Mason is 51. Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 51. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 50. Rapper GZA (JIHZ'-ah)/The Genius is 48. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (ah-day-WAH'-lay ah-kih-NOY'-yay ah-BAH'-jay) is 47. Actor Ty Burrell is 47. Celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis is 44. Actress Melinda Page Hamilton (TV: "Devious Maids") is 43. Actor Rick Yune is 43. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 42. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 41. Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 41. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 41. Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 40. Rock musician Bo Koster is 40. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 39. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 36. Actor Brandon Adams is 35. Actress Aya Sumika is 34.

Thought for Today: "Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. I have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice." -- Leon Blum, French statesman (1872-1950).

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