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Last Update on August 21, 2014 07:08 GMT

ROBIN WILLIAMS-EMMY TRIBUTE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was about a year ago that Robin Williams was on stage at the Emmy Awards, speaking about his fellow comedian and mentor, Jonathan Winters -- who had died since the last Emmy telecast. Who would have believed that a year later, it would be Robin Williams who will be among those featured in the "in memoriam" segment of the show. Doing the tribute for Williams will be Billy Crystal. And like Williams saw Winters, Crystal says he looked at Williams as a friend and comedy mentor. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on August 11. A preliminary coroner's report says it was a suicide.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports there's some irony in the upcoming tribute to Robin Williams at this year's Emmy Awards.

PIERCE BROSNAN-EXPENDABLES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He's known from action films, having played James Bond. So Pierce Brosnan says he has no problem fitting into the cast of The Expendables. Basically, he says it boils down to the script -- and the money. He says if the story "seems to make sense on the page" he'd take the job. But he also says the money has to be right. He says it'd be a blast to work with Sly Stallone. He says Stallone "has stood tall for many a day and years" -- and he'd be happy to join the Expendables. Leaving the ball in Sly's court, Brosnan says "they know where to find me."

Pierce Brosnan says it would be cool to get together with the other actors in the Expendables cast.

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Pierce Brosnan says he has no worries about being directed by his son.

RAMS HELP HS GRIDIRON PLAYERS IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There hasn't been a lot of normalcy in and around Ferguson, Missouri lately -- what with all the unrest surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown. But the St. Louis Rams have provided some big-time help to the high school football players in the racially troubled area. The NFL team has offered its indoor practice facility to all three Ferguson-area schools for the rest of the week. Area schools have been closed because of the protests that have followed the shooting. But the high school season begins tomorrow and the practice facility has come in handy because the school facilities have been shuttered. Some of the players go to shake hands with the pros. One of the high school coaches says the Rams' move to let the teens use their practice facility was "awesome."

JACKIE CHAN-APOLOGY

BEIJING (AP) -- Angry, shocked, ashamed and heartbroken. Jackie Chan not unlike most parents when faced with a child who gets in trouble. The Hong Kong film star said he was all those things and more when he took to his blog to talk about his son's detention in a China drug case. Chan says his son Jaycee will have to face the consequences of his action. But he also says he will be there for his son. He may also be there with his son. There were reports that Chan was headed to Beijing to meet with his son, who was arrested on drug charges last week -- part of a government anti-drug crackdown.

AL ROKER-NYC HONOR

NEW YORK (AP) -- It was all sunny and bright in Al Roker's "neck of the woods." And that had nothing to do with the weather. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rained a big surprise on the "Today" show weatherman, declaring yesterday Al Roker Appreciation Day. The mayor presented Roker with a mayoral proclamation -- complete with a photo of the home in Queens where Roker grew up. It was all part of a celebration of Roker's 60th birthday.

EMMA STONE TO DO "CABARET"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Emma Stone will be the latest star to do a role that has been popular for theater goers for generations. She will be taking on the role of Sally Bowles in the latest revival of "Cabaret." She takes over in November for Michelle Williams in the play. It's the second shot at the role for Stone. She had landed the gig before -- but had to bow out this spring because of scheduling conflicts.

ANDREW RANNELLS-"ANGRY INCH"

NEW YORK (AP) -- A lot of guys have dreams of wanting to be a rock star. But not Andrew Rannells. He says he always wanted to be on Broadway. Now he's getting both the dream he wanted -- and the one he hadn't thought about -- all in the same part. He has the title role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He plays a German transsexual rock star -- a role that will see him do things like eat cigarettes, wear a miniskirt and mascara, lick the stage and spit at the audience. He takes over the lead role from Neil Patrick Harris.

Rewind Time

August 21, 2014 07:08 GMT

Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)

On this date:

In 1614, Transylvanian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, believed complicit in the killings of dozens, possibly hundreds, of young women and girls, was found dead at age 54 nearly four years after being sealed off in her castle chambers.

In 1831, Nat Turner led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 white people. (He was later executed.)

In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.)

In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in a Mexican hospital from wounds inflicted by an assassin the day before.

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

In 1963, martial law was declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a violent crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.

In 1972, the Republican National Convention opened in Miami Beach.

In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport. The musical play "La Cage Aux Folles" opened on Broadway.

In 1984, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro appeared before reporters in Queens, New York, to field questions about her family's finances.

In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.

In 1993, in a serious setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft as it was about to reach the red planet on a $980 million mission.

Ten years ago: The International Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korean Yang Tae-young had been unfairly docked a tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics final at the Athens Olympics, costing him the gold medal that ended up going to Paul Hamm (hahm) of the United States; however, the ruling did not change the final result in which Yang received the bronze.

Five years ago: A wildfire broke out north of Athens, Greece; in the days that followed, the blaze spread, charring 80 square miles before being extinguished. A high-level delegation of North Korean officials paid their respects to late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.

One year ago: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Maryland, to up to 35 years in prison for spilling an unprecedented trove of government secrets. The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions showing how in one of its surveillance programs, it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years. Former space shuttle astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton, 76, died in Lancaster, California. Music promoter Sid Bernstein, 95, who booked such top acts as Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and the Rolling Stones and brought The Beatles to Carnegie Hall in 1964, died in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Former football player Pete Retzlaff is 83. Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 82. Playwright Mart Crowley is 79. Singer Kenny Rogers is 76. Actor Clarence Williams III is 75. Rock-and-roll musician James Burton is 75. Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 75. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 73. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is 69. Actress Patty McCormack is 69. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese (jee-ah mah-REE'-see) is 67. Actress Loretta Devine is 65. NBC newsman Harry Smith is 63. Singer Glenn Hughes is 62. Country musician Nick Kane is 60. Actress Kim Cattrall is 58. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is 55. Actress Cleo King is 52. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 48. Rock singer Serj Tankian (TAN'-kee-ahn) (System of a Down) is 47. Figure skater Josee Chouinard is 45. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 44. Retired MLB player Craig Counsell is 44. Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 43. Actress Alicia Witt is 39. Singer Kelis (kuh-LEES') is 35. TV personality Brody Jenner is 31. Singer Melissa Schuman is 30. Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt is 28. Actor-comedian Brooks Wheelan (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 28. Actor Cody Kasch is 27. Country singer Kacey Musgraves is 26. Actress Hayden Panettiere (pan'-uh-tee-EHR') is 25. Actor RJ Mitte is 22.

Thought for Today: "Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man." -- Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).