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NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbie dolls, Disney princesses -- "Breaking Bad" action figures? A Florida mom had trouble with them all being sold under the same roof -- and now, Toys R Us agrees. The nationwide retailer is pulling its set of four collectible dolls based on characters of AMC's hit series -- which centers on a high school chemistry teacher who mixes and sells crystal meth. The toys have a detachable bag of cash -- and even a bag of make-believe meth. The mom launched an online petition to end the sales -- and a Toys R Us rep says the dolls are on "indefinite sabbatical." Toys R Us notes the Breaking Bad characters are sold in limited quantities and are placed in a part of the store featuring adult action figures.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports action figures based on the TV series "Breaking Bad" are coming off the shelves at a major retailer.
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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the star of "Breaking Bad" has had a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the whole action figure controversy.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An actress who was in "Django Unchained" had said she was racially profiled -- but Los Angeles authorities say she was showing a lot more than her profile when she and her boyfriend were canoodling in their car. Daniele Watts, who is black, and her white boyfriend, are both charged with lewd conduct. The charge carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Both are free pending arraignment. Authorities say they had received calls that the couple was having sex in the car. Watts says she and her boyfriend were just kissing -- and were profiled because they are of mixed race.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports on the incident that led to an actress in "Django Unchained" being charged in Los Angeles with lewd conduct.
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" is taking another shot at making its cast more diverse. It has added another black woman to the mix. Leslie Jones had been a writer on the show last season. The NBC show has been criticized in recent years for not having a black woman among its regular or featured players -- and for lacking diversity among other minority groups. Jones joins black comedian Sasheer Zamata, who joined the SNL cast in January.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- She has been sentenced to prison. But a star of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" says she'd like to do her time at a halfway house, instead. Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys) has filed a letter through her lawyer, making the request. She's sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy. The government opposes her request that all but three months of her sentence to be spent at a halfway house. Her husband, Joe, was sentenced to 41 months.
AUBURN, Wash. (AP) -- Police near Seattle say they had been in touch on and off with actress Misty Upham -- before she disappeared and was found dead in a ravine last week. Police in Auburn, Washington say they reached out to Upham four times since July, 2013 -- and each time she agreed to be taken to a hospital for evaluation. Once she told authorities she hurt herself jumping out of a second-story window. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused Upham's death. Medical examiners say she died Oct. 6, the same day her family reported she was missing -- and was suicidal. Upham was in the movies "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's something fans of Barbara Walters will find "fascinating" -- how someone who supposedly retired from TV is still on it so much. Walters said last year that the 2013 edition of the "10 Most Fascinating People" telecast would be her last. But ABC now says she will have another this year. Among those being featured this time: Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and Scarlett Johansson. The special airs Dec. 14.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most people would agree it takes a lot of you-know-what to mess with the President of the United States. Yet, that's just what one guy did to the chief executive when he showed up to cast an early ballot in Chicago on Monday. A young woman was voting next to Barack Obama when her boyfriend piped up: "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." Obama played it off, saying: "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason." He took it a step further, planting a kiss on the woman and telling her: "Give him something to talk about."
October 22, 2014 07:13 GMT
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 22, 1934, bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.
On this date:
In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.
In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN') made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.
In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod's "Faust."
In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the "American system of rugged individualism" in a speech at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1953, the Franco-Lao Treaty of Amity and Association effectively made Laos an independent member of the French Union.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.
In 1964, Jean-Paul Sartre was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, even though the French writer had said he would decline the award.
In 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment -- a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. French conductor and music teacher Nadia Boulanger died in Paris.
In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.
In 1991, the European Community and the European Free Trade Association concluded a landmark accord to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by 1993.
Ten years ago: In a wrenching videotaped statement, aid worker Margaret Hassan, kidnapped in Baghdad, begged the British government to help save her by withdrawing its troops from Iraq, saying these "might be my last hours." (Hassan was apparently killed by her captors a month later.) President George W. Bush signed a corporate tax overhaul to close loopholes and provide $136 billion in new tax breaks for businesses, farmers and others.
Five years ago: Mortars fired by Islamic militants slammed into Somalia's airport as President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed boarded a plane, sparking battles that killed at least 24 people; the president was unhurt. Gunmen kidnapped Gauthier Lefevre, a French staff member working for the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Sudan's western Darfur region. (Lefevre was released in March 2010.) Comedian Soupy Sales died in New York at age 83.
One year ago: The United States defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others, rejecting reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International questioning the legality of attacks that the groups asserted had killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan.
Today's Birthdays: Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale is 78. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 76. Actor Derek Jacobi is 76. Actor Tony Roberts is 75. Movie director Jan (yahn) de Bont is 71. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 71. Rock musician Leslie West (Mountain) is 69. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 67. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 62. Rock musician Greg Hawkes is 62. Movie director Bill Condon is 59. Actor Luis Guzman is 57. Actor-writer-producer Todd Graff is 55. Rock musician Cris Kirkwood is 54. Actor-comedian Bob Odenkirk is 52. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 51. Christian singer TobyMac is 50. Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 49. Actress Valeria Golino is 48. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 47. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 46. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 46. Movie director Spike Jonze is 45. Rapper Tracey Lee is 44. Actress Saffron Burrows is 42. MLB player Ichiro Suzuki is 41. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 39. Christian rock singer-musician Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) is 38. Actor Michael Fishman is 33. Talk show host Michael Essany is 32. Rock musician Rickard (correct) Goransson (Carolina Liar) is 31. Rock musician Zac Hanson (Hanson) is 29. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki is 24. Actress Sofia Vassilieva (vas-ihl-lee-A'-vuh) is 22.
Thought for Today: "There is no such thing as notoriety in the United States these days, let alone infamy. Celebrity is all." -- Christopher Hitchens, Anglo-American author and essayist (1949-2011).
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