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Last Update on October 01, 2014 07:06 GMT

TRACY MORGAN-STATEMENT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to wrap his head around the idea that Wal-Mart believes he's to blame for the injuries he suffered in a car wreck that killed one of his friends -- and left him fighting for his life. The comedian says he "can't believe" Wal-Mart has claimed in legal documents that he is at least partly to blame for his injuries because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt in the back of his limousine van. In a statement released through his publicist Morgan says he "can't believe" the company is blaming him and his friends for what happened. Morgan was returning from a comedy gig in Delaware in June when his limo van was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck. Fellow comedian James McNair died in the wreck. Morgan hurt his leg and ribs -- and spent a month in rehab.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Tracy Morgan has responded strongly to Wal-Mart's claim about the highway wreck that injured him - and killed a fellow comedian.

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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Tracy Morgan has addressed his fans.

MOVIE-CHARGES

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- There are now four people facing charges from the accident that killed a member of a film crew working on a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman. Hillary Schwartz was an assistant director on the movie "Midnight Rider" -- and she has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. The charges are the same ones Georgia officials have already filed against director Randall Miller and two other associates. A freight train plowed into the crew as it was filming on a railroad bridge. Authorities say the crew wasn't authorized to be on the trestle. The case is scheduled to go to trial March 9.

VIOLA DAVIS-LAWYERS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- She isn't an attorney -- but she plays one on TV. And that, Viola Davis says, is enough to help her see "just how fine the line is between guilt and innocence" -- in this case, she means the line between guilt and innocence for attorneys, not their clients. Davis stars in the new ABC show "How to Get Away With Murder." In its debut last week, it drew 14 million viewers.

JIMMY KIMMEL-DANGER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's no joke. Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel may be hazardous to your hard drive. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company says a search for Kimmel carries about a 1-in-5 chance of landing on a Web site that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera. On his show last nightk Kimmel said he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high is the year's most dangerous celebrity.

Jimmy Kimmel says he's an unlikely person to be the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet. COURTESY: ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ((mandatory on-air credit))

NIELSENS

NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for the idea that no one watches TV live anymore. The latest batch of ratings numbers suggest that more people are watching than first thought. Nielsen reports CBS, NBC and ABC all had more viewers last week than they did during the first week of last fall's TV season. And five of the 20 most-watched programs were new shows -- three on CBS and two on ABC. The Nielsen numbers measure those who watch TV shows live or before midnight on the same evening a show airs. By that standard, only Fox saw its numbers slip among the four largest broadcast networks.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the ratings suggest a number of people consider network shows must-see-TV.

MOVIE UPHEAVAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- By now, you know the drill -- a movie is released to theaters, then after a while, they make their way to DVD, cable, satellite, video-on-demand and outlets like Netflix. But that may be changing -- with a move by the popular video streaming service. Netflix says it plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the same day it hits IMAX theaters next August. It's the biggest move by a digital outlet to disrupt Hollywood's carefully timed release pattern. And Hollywood players are fighting back. Two of the nation's largest theater chains -- Regal Cinemas and Cinemark -- have announced that they will not carry the film.

ANNA GUNN-SERIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anna Gunn says she is crazy about the new TV series she's part of -- because she's a fan of the British show from which it was adapted. Gunn is one of the new characters in the reboot of "Broadchurch." It's now named "Gracepoint" -- and will air on Fox, starting tomorrow night. Not only is the show being imported, the setting has been changed. Instead of being set in a seaside English town, it's now cast in Northern California. Gunn won two Emmys for her work in the series "Breaking Bad."

O.J. SIMPSON-APPEAL

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors say there's no reason to give O.J. Simpson a new trial on kidnapping and armed robbery charges. The District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada says Simpson got a fair trial -- and there's no reason to give him another. Simpson was convicted in 2008 for storming into a hotel room with a small posse to collect memorabilia he says belonged to him. In his request for a new trial, Simpson claims his trial lawyer, Yale Galanter, botched his defense. Simpson is now 67 -- and is serving 9-to-33 years in prison. His first shot at parole isn't until 2017.

ED SULLIVAN-STATUE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Who'd want to swipe a statue of old school TV host Ed Sullivan? That's what police in Los Angeles are trying to find out. A statue of the variety show host was taken from an outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The solid bronze image was taken Sunday from a pedestal in the academy's Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Detectives say they haven't gotten any breaks in the case -- and are asking the public for information that might lead to an arrest. Sullivan hosted a variety show on CBS for more than two decades -- and was the man who presided over The Beatles' first TV appearance in the U.S. He died in 1974.

KENNY SMITH-REALITY SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kenny Smith is going from "The Show" to a show -- to a reality show. The former NBA star will be on a reality show this spring. Smith is a basketball analyst for Turner, the parent company of TBS, the company that will run the reality show. There will be six episodes of "The Smiths" to start. He will appear with his wife and their five kids. His wife, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, is an actress who appears on "The Price Is Right."

Rewind Time

October 01, 2014 07:06 GMT

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who'd refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racial Equality.

On this date:

In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States.

In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.

In 1932, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees made his supposed called shot, hitting a home run against Chicago's Charlie Root in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, won by the New York Yankees 7-5 at Wrigley Field.

In 1939, Winston Churchill described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" during a radio address on the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

In 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing. A 42-day strike by the United Steelworkers of America began over the issue of retirement benefits.

In 1957, the motto "In God We Trust" began appearing on U.S. paper currency.

In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season. (Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox gave up the round-tripper; the Yankees won 1-0.)

In 1964, Japan's first high-speed "bullet train," the Tokaido Shinkansen, went into operation between Tokyo and Osaka.

In 1968, the cult horror movie "Night of the Living Dead" had its world premiere in Pittsburgh.

In 1974, the cult horror movie "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" was first released.

In 1987, eight people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area.

In 1994, National Hockey League team owners began a 103-day lockout of their players.

Ten years ago: Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted for the first time in 18 years, but without nearly the force of the 1980 disaster. Police found the body of Lori Hacking in a landfill after picking through the trash for weeks in a search for the young Utah woman murdered by her husband, Mark. Fashion photographer Richard Avedon died in San Antonio, Texas, at age 81.

Five years ago: The U.S. and five other world powers held high-stakes talks with Iran in Geneva to demand a freeze of its nuclear activities; President Barack Obama, in Washington, called the discussions "a constructive beginning." David Letterman publicly acknowledged having had sexual relationships with some female staffers as "48 Hours Mystery" producer Joe Halderman was charged in a blackmail plot against the CBS "Late Show" host. (Halderman later pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny and served four months in jail.)

One year ago: The federal government partially shut down because of a budget impasse in Congress, the same day Americans got their first chance to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces that were at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul (however, government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts). Novelist Tom Clancy, 66, died in Baltimore.

Today's Birthdays: Former President Jimmy Carter is 90. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 79. Actress Stella Stevens is 76. Rock musician Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone) is 71. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 69. Jazz musician Dave Holland is 68. Actor Stephen Collins is 67. Actress Yvette Freeman is 64. Actor Randy Quaid is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 59. Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 56. Singer Youssou N'Dour is 55. Actor Esai Morales is 52. Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 51. Actor Christopher Titus is 50. Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 49. Rock singer-musician Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) is 46. Actor Zach Galifianakis (ga-lih-fih-NA'-kihs) is 45. Singer Keith Duffy is 40. Actress Sarah Drew is 34. Actor-comedian Beck Bennett (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 30. Actress Jurnee Smollett is 28. Actress Brie Larson is 25.

Thought for Today: "It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." -- Agnes Repplier (REHP'-leer), American essayist (1858-1950).