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Last Update on August 03, 2015 07:07 GMT

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The latest installment in the "Mission: Impossible" movie series has won the box office race in its debut weekend. "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" took in $56 million over the weekend -- and in the process showed that Tom Cruise remains a bankable Hollywood star. The film franchise has been around for two decades now -- but the newest edition is the second-highest opening for a "Mission film." Opening weekend audiences were 62 percent male and 82 percent over the age of 25.

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001-w-31-(Jamie Friar, AP correspondent, with film clips)--It's a mission "possible" for Tom Cruise. The AP's Jamie Friar has the weekend box office results. ((opens with sound)) (3 Aug 2015)

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DWAYNE JOHNSON - HULK HOGAN

BEVERLY HILLS, California. (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson isn't ready to verbally body slam Hulk Hogan for a sex tape in which Hogan uses racial slurs. Johnson -- who wrestled as The Rock -- says the remarks were different from the nature of those he heard when he and Hogan spent time together. Johnson says his dad helped train Hogan when he was trying to break into the wrestling biz. As for the comments, Johnson acknowledges that people have -- as he put it -- "talked trash, you know, especially in private." He says, however, in his experience with Hogan, he didn't know him to harbor racist views.

GAME OF THRONES - END GAME?

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- All good things must come to an end. And a network official is suggesting that the end may be drawing close for "Game of Thrones." The head of HBO programming says producers of the show expect to keep it going three more years. Season six is in production now -- and the HBO programming chief says producers want to wrap things up after two more seasons. However, Michael Lombardo didn't rule out the possibility that the production team might put together a "prequel" season -- because there is enough material to sustain one.

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"DOWNTON ABBEY" - FUTURE

BEVERLY HILLS, California. (AP) -- Fans loved the TV series. But will "Downton Abbey" make it as a movie? The producer of the hit series says a movie based on the show is at least a possibility. Gareth Neame says there is no firm plan to move the show to the big screen -- but it could be done. He says by ending the TV version of the drama before the 1929 stock market crash, there would be plenty of material to sustain a possible movie. The TV show's sixth and final season begins airing in January on PBS.

DOWNTON ABBEY - ROSE PARADE

BEVERLY HILLS, California. (AP) -- It isn't set in America. But "Downton Abbey" is getting an honor as part of a traditional event here in the "colonies." The show will have its own float in the upcoming Rose Parade. A PBS official says the float will be a tribute to the show, which begins its final season on Jan. 3 -- two days after the annual New Year's Day event.

VALERIE HARPER - UPDATE

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) -- She's feeling better -- but not well enough to go keep working for now. A playhouse in Maine says Brenda Vaccaro will replace Valerie Harper in a stage production. Harper had held down the role of Millicent Winter in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" -- until last week, when she took ill and had to be hospitalized briefly. She has since been discharged-- but playhouse officials say they want her to continue resting and relaxing with her family.

Rewind Time

August 03, 2015 07:07 GMT

Today is Monday, August 3, the 215th day of 2015. There are 150 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

On this date:

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.)

In 1863, the first thoroughbred horse races took place at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.

In 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.

In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint.

In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)

In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed as a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, 40, was found dead in his Los Angeles home.

In 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the treaty in 2002.)

In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.

In 1993, the Senate voted 96-3 to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In 1994, Arkansas carried out the nation's first triple execution in 32 years. Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Court's newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home.

Ten years ago: Fourteen Marines from a Reserve unit in Ohio were killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Spacewalking astronaut Stephen Robinson removed two worrisome pieces of filler material from the shuttle Discovery's belly in an unprecedented space repair job. The journal Nature reported that a South Korean researcher had created the world's first cloned dog, an Afghan hound named "Snuppy." (Although the scientist, Hwang Woo-suk, was later disgraced over faked research, the cloning of Snuppy was independently confirmed.)

Five years ago: Engineers began pumping heavy drilling mud into the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well in an attempt to permanently plug the leak. A warehouse driver killed eight co-workers and himself in a shooting rampage at a Manchester, Connecticut, beer distributorship.

One year ago: Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip in an apparent winding down of a nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that had left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead. A strong earthquake in China's southern Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes, killing more than 600 people. Mystery writer Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98, died in Palisades, New York.

Today's Birthdays: Football Hall-of-Fame coach Marv Levy is 90. Singer Tony Bennett is 89. Actor Martin Sheen is 75. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is 75. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 74. Singer Beverly Lee (The Shirelles) is 74. Rock musician B.B. Dickerson is 66. Movie director John Landis is 65. Actress JoMarie Payton is 65. Actor Jay North (TV: "Dennis the Menace") is 64. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Marcel Dionne is 64. Country musician Randy Scruggs is 62. Actor Philip Casnoff is 61. Actor John C. McGinley is 56. Rock singer-musician Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats) is 54. Actress Lisa Ann Walter is 54. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 52. Rock singer-musician Ed Roland (Collective Soul) is 52. Actor Isaiah Washington is 52. Country musician Dean Sams (Lonestar) is 49. Rock musician Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) is 45. Hip-hop artist Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa) is 44. Actress Brigid Brannagh is 43. Actor Michael Ealy is 42. Country musician Jimmy De Martini (Zac Brown Band) is 39. NFL quarterback Tom Brady is 38. Actress Evangeline (ee-VAN'-gel-een) Lilly is 36. Actress Mamie Gummer is 32. Country singer Whitney Duncan is 31. Actor Jon Foster is 31. Actress Georgina Haig is 30. Singer Holly Arnstein (Dream) is 30. Actress Tanya Fischer is 30. Pop-rock musician Brent Kutzle (OneRepublic) is 30.

Thought for Today: "We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full." -- Marcel Proust, French author (1871-1922).

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