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‘Property Wars’ star facing trial for wire fraud in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — A former star on the “Property Wars” reality TV show has been accused of wire fraud and other charges involving furniture stores he owns and operates in the Phoenix metro area. Federal authorities say Scott Menaged was arrested Wednesday in a case being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. They say ... Read More »

Company faces backlash for pulling Hannity ads

Sean Hannity, Reince Priebusent

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial services firm USAA, facing a backlash to its decision to pull advertising from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel, says it is withdrawing from other opinion-based television programs. The company, which sells insurance and other products to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families, had cited its aversion to opinionated programming in ... Read More »

ESPN signs Chip Kelly as college football studio analyst

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly is getting back into the college football business, this time without a headset. The former Oregon coach is joining ESPN as a studio analyst next season. ESPN announced Friday it has signed him to a multiyear deal. Kelly will primarily be part of Saturday pregame, halftime and wrap-up shows on ESPN2. He’ll also provide NFL analysis on Sundays ... Read More »

Man goes wild setting Plinko record on ‘Price is Right’

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is in the money after setting a record on “The Price is Right.” Ryan Belz, of Millerton, was wildly enthusiastic just to get called on stage in the episode that aired Thursday. His unbridled excitement only grew from there. In the end, the Penn State graduate set a record by winning $31,500 in one ... Read More »

The Latest: Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte. The country singer and political newcomer told supporters ... Read More »

USAA pulling ads from Hannity’s Fox News show

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial services firm USAA is adding itself to the list of companies that have pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show. But the company, which caters to members of the U.S. military and their families, says the move had nothing to do with pressure on Hannity’s advertisers. Some groups have called for an advertiser ... Read More »

Jeffrey Dean Morgan to drive Indy 500 pace car

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeffrey Dean Morgan, one of the stars of the hit TV show “The Walking Dead,” will drive the pace car Sunday for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Morgan shot to stardom with a recurring role on ABC’s show “Grey’s Anatomy,” and has appeared on shows ranging from “Supernatural” to the award-winning comedy series “Weeds” on ... Read More »

Police: Tractor-trailer crashes into famed Nevada brothel

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man wearing body armor and a mask backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch before dawn Thursday and crashed it into the front door of the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities and the brothel’s owner. Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and ... Read More »

Mike Huckabee to revive his talk show on TBN

Mike Huckabee

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will start a new weekly talk show on the religious Trinity Broadcasting Network this fall. The show will follow a format similar to the weekend show that the former Arkansas governor hosted on Fox News Channel from 2008 to 2015. TBN said on Thursday that the show will be filmed ... Read More »

NBC’s live ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ pushed from December to 2018

Jennifer Lopez

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is saying bye-bye this year to its tradition of an annual live holiday musical. The network confirming that “Bye Bye Birdie” has been pushed from its announced December airdate into 2018. No new airdate was announced. The production is still to star Jennifer Lopez in this homage to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll mania. But Lopez ... Read More »