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Last Update on May 27, 2015 07:15 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- So, who's the best "pitcher" out there these days? A baseball fan might say it's Matt Harvey or Max Scherzer. But for ad execs, the best pitcher -- is actor Liam Neeson. The Nielsen company has taken a look at celebrities who did commercials during the first three months of the year -- and using some fancy calculations, determined who had the biggest affect on consumers. And by that measure, Neeson wins. Pierce Bronsan had the same score Neeson did, but Neeson is seen as having more clout in getting products sold. Other celebs who scored high included Matthew McConaughey, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Natalie Portman, Sofia Vergara, Jim Parsons, Dennis Haysbert and J.K. Simmons.


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Actor Sam Shepard is facing a DUI case in New Mexico. He was arrested Memorial Day on suspicion of drunken driving. Santa Fe police say they were called after security at a restaurant complained about a driver trying to leave the parking lot -- but couldn't because his pickup truck's emergency brake was engaged. Police say an officer smelled alcohol on Shepard's breath and the actor said he had some tequila. He declined to take a breath test but did take -- and fail -- a field sobriety test.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge in Los Angeles has stepped into a custody dispute involving actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband. The judge has ordered Rutherford's ex to return their two kids to the actress. Rutherford went to court because her ex had sought to change the citizenship of the children, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl. The judge has ordered the ex to bring the children from to the U.S. from Monaco, pending a court hearing next month. Rutherford was in "Gossip Girl" and "Melrose Place."


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You know how some people retire -- then go on blathering about their old job as though they missed it so much? Bob Barker isn't one of those people. He says he considers himself "a complete success at retirement" -- in that he has "never regretted it." He says the key to doing that is knowing when to leave -- not too soon and not too late. Barker says the one thing he misses about hosting "The Price Is Right" is the money. As far his time now, he says he uses it doing more of what he used to while he had a job: working on behalf of animals.

Bob Barker says there's a question he's often asked now that he's retired.

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Bob Barker

Bob Barker says unlike some contestants who rue their choice on pricing games, he has no regrets about leaving the show.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- It happens when you're an actor in a movie bankrolled by Disney and called "Tomorrowland" -- people want to know about your experiences at Disney parks. Kathryn Hahn says she remembers her first time was when took her young son. She says it was a hot day there was a long line for the Peter Pan ride. By time she boarded, it wasn't just Hahn's forehead that was damp. She says she cried when she got on because the ride was "the most beautiful thing." She says hearing songs like "When You Wish Upon A Star" make her feel like a kid again.

Kathryn Hahn says there was no blood, but plenty of sweat and tears as during her first foray into a Disney theme park.

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Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn says she's really into the more classic Disney theme park rides and music.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas' second-in-command is a big John Wayne fan. And never was that more obvious than yesterday -- when Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declared a "day" for the iconic movie cowboy. While presiding over the state Senate, Patrick -- a collector of movie memorabilia -- wore a brown plaid coat Wayne sported in a 1945 film. Yesterday would have been Wayne's 108th birthday.

Rewind Time

May 27, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Wednesday, May 27, the 147th day of 2015. There are 218 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act, a key component of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" legislative program.

On this date:

In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois.

In 1929, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow in Englewood, New Jersey.

In 1933, the Chicago World's Fair, celebrating "A Century of Progress," officially opened. Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was first released.

In 1936, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage to New York.

In 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicles began crossing the next day).

In 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France, with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood.

In 1942, Navy Cook 3rd Class Doris "Dorie" Miller became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for his "extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety" during Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1944, Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist play "Huis clos" (known in English as "No Exit") was first performed in Paris.

In 1962, a dump fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania, ignited a blaze in underground coal deposits that continues to burn this day.

In 1964, independent India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died.

In 1985, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification for an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997.

In 1995, actor Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ten years ago: Speaking out for the first time in favor of controversial base closings, President George W. Bush told the Naval Academy commencement the nation was wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary military facilities and needed the money for the war on terrorism. Testimony ended in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial after prosecutors showed jurors a video of the accuser being interviewed by police and the defense rested. (Jackson was later acquitted.)

Five years ago: On the defensive more than five weeks into the nation's worst-ever oil spill, President Barack Obama insisted his administration, not oil giant BP, was calling the shots in the still-unsuccessful response. The Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law that allowed gay people to serve in the armed services provided they hid their sexual orientation. Activist Lori Berenson walked out of a prison in Peru after serving three-quarters of a 20-year term for aiding leftist rebels. (Under her parole, Berenson cannot leave Peru until her sentence ends in 2015, or her sentence is commuted.)

One year ago: Charting an end to America's longest war, President Barack Obama announced plans for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency. Michelle Obama struck back at House Republicans trying to weaken healthier school meal standards as she met with school nutrition officials who said the guidelines were working at their schools; the first lady called any effort to roll back the guidelines "unacceptable."

Today's Birthdays: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk (wohk) is 100. Actor Christopher Lee is 93. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 92. Former FBI Director William Sessions is 85. Author John Barth is 85. Actress Lee Meriwether is 80. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 80. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Raymond Sanders (The Persuasions) is 76. Country singer Don Williams is 76. Actor Bruce Weitz is 72. Singer Cilla Black is 72. Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Christopher Dodd is 71. Singer Bruce Cockburn (KOH'-burn) is 70. Singer-actress Dee Dee Bridgewater is 65. Actor Richard Schiff is 60. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (The Creatures, Siouxsie and the Banshees) is 58. Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 57. Actress Peri Gilpin is 54. Actress Cathy Silvers is 54. Comedian Adam Carolla is 51. Actor Todd Bridges is 50. Rock musician Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) is 49. Actor Dondre Whitfield is 46. Actor Paul Bettany is 44. Rock singer-musician Brian Desveaux (Nine Days) is 44. Country singer Jace Everett is 43. Actor Jack McBrayer is 42. Rapper Andre 3000 (Outkast) is 40. Rapper Jadakiss is 40. TV chef Jamie Oliver is 40. Alt-country singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson is 39. Actor Ben Feldman is 35. Actor Michael Steger is 35. Actor Darin Brooks is 31. Actor-singer Chris Colfer is 25. Actor Ethan Dampf is 21.

Thought for Today: "A man who limits his interests limits his life." -- Vincent Price, American actor (born this date in 1911, died 1993).

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