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COMEDIAN PAUL MOONEY DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – A longtime writing partner of the late Richard Pryor has died. A comedian in his own right, Paul Mooney often worked with better-known comedians. His strength was writing about America’s racial issues, making people both laugh out loud – and think deeply. Mooney began working with Pryor in the late 1960s and later they wrote some episodes of “Sanford and Son.” When Pryor hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 1975, he insisted that his friend and writing partner help write material for the show. During his career, Mooney also worked with Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle. He also wrote the “Homie the Clown” sketch on “In Living Color.”

 

DANNY MASTERSON PRELMINARY HEARING HEARS FROM 2ND WITNESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another day, another witness – and another accusation of rape against Danny Masterson, star of “That 70’s Show.” Taking the stand yesterday at a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles was a woman who had a long-term relationship with Masterson. The woman, referred to in court only as Christina B., said Masterson would often have sex with her as she slept. She says she usually went along, but once when she resisted, things went sideways. She says she pulled Masterson’s hair to force him to stop – and he responded by punching her. A preliminary or evidentiary hearing, as it’s also known, is a mini-trial for a judge to decide if a case should go forward. The one for Masterson enters a third day today.

 

CHER SPREADS CREDIT FOR ELEPHANT RESCUE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Singer and Oscar-winning actor Cher has gotten lots of credit for helping rescue an elephant from a decrepit zoo in Pakistan. But she says she wouldn’t have heard about the plight of Kaavan if it hadn’t been for what she calls “the kids” on her Twitter feed. It’s unclear what they told her – but Cher put her celebrity muscle into an effort to get the elephant moved. It was, and now there’s a documentary about it. “Cher & the Loneliest Elephant,” made its debut last night – and will be repeated tonight on the Smithsonian Channel.

 

FOX NEWS CHANNEL ASKS FOR DOMINION LAWSUIT TO BE DISMISSED
WASHINGTON (AP) – Fox News has filed a motion to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems over false claims about voting fraud in the 2020 presidential election. In its response to the lawsuit, Fox claims its coverage of the story is protected by the First Amendment. For its part, Dominion says Fox knowingly parroted bogus claims by former President Donald Trump about elections fraud – and caused the company financial hardship as a result.