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Last Update on December 17, 2014 08:18 GMT

NO CHARGES TO BE FILED AGAINST BILL COSBY IN MOLESTATION CLAIM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Cosby won't face charges in 2014 for an incident that allegedly took place in 1974. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have declined to file charges against the comedian after a woman named Judy Huth came forward to claim to police that Cosby molested her around 40 years ago. In explaining the decision not to file, the DA's office says it considered the kind of charges Cosby would have faced back then -- and determined the statute of limitations had expired. Whether the case had been considered a misdemeanor or felony, the timing to file it would have long passed. The attorney for the accuser notes that the reason prosecutors gave for not pursuing the case was the passage of time -- not because her client's claims lacked merit. Huth, meanwhile, is pursuing a civil suit against Cosby and Cosby's attorney is trying to get that case dismissed because of the time that has passed.

BILL COSBY'S DAUGHTER SPEAKS OUT

NEW YORK (AP) -- A second member of Bill Cosby's family has rallied to the comedian's defense. First it was his wife, Camille -- now Cosby's youngest daughter has issued a statement in support of her dad. Evin Cosby says her dad is the "father you thought you knew." His wife issued a similar statement two days ago, saying the private Cosby is no different from the public persona he has cultivated for decades. Both wife and daughter have suggested it's Cosby who has been victimized by the allegations of sexual assault that have been made in recent weeks.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Bill Cosby's youngest daughter has come to her dad's defense.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the family statements are aimed at blunting a growing number of claims that Bill Cosby has sexually assaulted women.

ROMAN POLANSKI SUES PROSECUTORS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities in Los Angeles have been trying to get fugitive movie director Roman Polanski to face judgment for a rape case that dates back four decades. Now, Polanski is going to court to get the law off his back. He has hired a new legal team -- which has sued federal and local authorities for going over the line to try to get Polanski extradited. Back in 1977, Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape for having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. When he was supposed to turn himself in, he fled to France and is an international fugitive. Whenever he travels, American authorities have tried to reel him in, to no avail.

"SAVING PRIVATE RYAN" NAMED TO NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Library of Congress feels "Saving Private Ryan" is worth saving as part of the nation's cinematic treasury. The agency has named the Steven Spielberg film to its National Film Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the registry -- making sure that the movies are preserved for all time. Other popular films making the registry list this year include "Rosemary's Baby," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Big Lebowski."

Sound of a clip from "Saving Private Ryan," one of the movies added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

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Sound of a clip from "The Big Lebowski," one of the movies added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. ((note length))

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Sound of a clip from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," one of the movies added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

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Sound of a clip from "Rosemary's Baby," one of the movies added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

BLAKE SHELTON'S SINGER WINS "THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's win four for Team Blake on "The Voice." The country superstar coached country wannabe Craig Wayne Boyd, who won the title during last night's seventh-season finale. The odds seemed to be against Team Blake, with three of the four finalists coached by Adam Levine. But Boyd takes the trophy, leaving Team Adam's indie rocker Matt McAndrew the runner-up. The finale featured a host of guest artists including Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson and Bruno Mars.

Blake Shelton told Craig Wayne Boyd on Monday's show he was destinted for big things, when or lose. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Host Carson Daly announces whether Craig Wayne Boyd or Matt McAndrew wins the seventh season of "The Voice." ((cut used in wrap)) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Host Carson Daly gives the winner his trophy. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Excerpt of Craig Wayne Boyd, performing "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face"

Excerpt of winner Craig Wayne Boyd, performing a new song, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face" to close the finale. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

"THE INTERVIEW" THREATS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a rare request by from a movie studio to theaters: feel free NOT to show our movie. But that's what Sony Pictures Entertainment is telling theater owners. Multiple reports say the studio is giving permission for theaters to opt out of showing "The Interview." Hackers have issued threats to those who see the movie, a comedy about an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While the hackers threaten a 9/11 type of attack, Homeland Security says there's no credible intelligence to support the threat.

ROBIN WILLIAMS - MOST SEARCHED ON GOOGLE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- It was probably the biggest shock in the entertainment world this year: the death of Robin Williams -- by suicide. Google says the reaction to Williams' death in August tops the 2104 list of this year's fastest-rising search requests. It beats out notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the March disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the Ice Bucket Challenge. Williams' death also ranked among the top discussions on Facebook.


Entertainment History

December 17, 2014 08:07 GMT

On December 17th, 1969, an estimate 50 million TV viewers watched as singer Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on NBC's "Tonight Show." The event earned the show its highest ratings to that date.

Also in 1969, Chicago's first album, "Chicago Transit Authority," was certified gold.

In 1970, the Beach Boys played a command performance for Princess Margaret in London.

In 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed on "Saturday Night Live" as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, who were denied U.S. visas. Costello was told not to play his song "Radio, Radio" because of its criticisms of the broadcasting industry, but he interrupted another song to play it.

In 1982, The Who played the last show of its farewell tour at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. By the end of the decade, they had reunited for another tour.

Also in 1982, bluesman Big Joe Williams died of natural causes in Macon, Mississippi, at the age of 79. His best know songs include "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Big Fat Mama."

In 1986, a jury in Las Vegas found NBC guilty of defaming singer Wayne Newton by linking him to organized crime.

In 1989, "The Simpsons" made its debut on Fox.

In 1992, Barbra Streisand signed a movie and music deal with Sony. Terms weren't revealed, but sources estimated the deal was worth $60 million.

In 1997, The Presidents of the United States of America announced their breakup. They have since gotten back together.

In 2001, comedian Tom Green filed for divorce from actress Drew Barrymore after less than six months of marriage.

Today's birthdays: Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 78. Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 77. Actor Bernard Hill is 70. Actor Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters") is 69. "Hardball" host Chris Matthews is 69. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 68. Drummer Jim Bonfanti of The Raspberries is 66. Singer Paul Rodgers is 65. Singer Wanda Hutchinson of The Emotions is 63. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites is 61. Actor Barry Livingston ("My Three Sons") is 61. Actor Bill Pullman is 61. Director-producer Peter Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary," "Dumb and Dumber") is 58. Bassist Mike Mills of R.E.M. is 56. Singer Sarah Dallin of Bananarama is 53. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 48. Bassist Duane Propes of Little Texas is 48. Actress Laurie Holden ("The Walking Dead") is 45. DJ Homicide of Sugar Ray is 44. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas ("The District") is 44. Drummer Eddie Fisher of OneRepublic is 41. Actress Sarah Paulson ("American Horror Story") is 40. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 40. Actress Milla Jovovich (YO'-vuh-vich) ("Zoolander," "The Fifth Element") is 39. Actress Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") is 35. Singer Ben Goldwasser of MGMT is 32. Actress Emma Bell ("The Walking Dead") is 28. Guitarist Taylor York of Paramore is 25. Actor-singer Nat Wolff ("The Naked Brothers Band") is 20.

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