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MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- For a night, anyway, things were normal for Bill Cosby and those who remain fans of the embattled comedian. During Friday night's show in Melbourne, Florida, there were no protesters, hecklers -- and it seemed as though the weeks of headlines about alleged sexual assault never happened. Cosby performed for 90 minutes at a show and was received warmly. The adoring audience laughed along with the jokes and stood up to applaud him both when he came on stage and when he left. Radio stations offered cash and prizes to people who interrupted the performance. But there was only one protester on hand, a woman who held up a sign that read, "Rape is no joke."
AP correspondent Matt Sedensky reports the controversy over sexual assault allegations didn't seem to have any impact on the audience - which clearly enjoyed the show. ((note background music in cut))
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Matt Sedensky (seh-DEHN'-skee)
AP correspondent Matt Sedensky reports Bill Cosby did his usual bits, but kept the topics on the light side.
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Judith Stone, West Virginia resident, fan of Bill Cosby, who saw the comedian's show in Florida
This Bill Cosby fan, Judith Stone, says it was a great show.
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Judith Stone, a big fan of Bill Cosby's work, says there was an announcement before the show, warning patrons that there might be a protest or disruption.
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Travis Weberling (WEHB'-ur-ling), Melbourne resident, fan of comedian Bill Cosby
This Bill Cosby fan, Travis Weberling, says he's glad there were no protests during the show.
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Travis Weberling, a fan, says Bill Cosby delivered a great performance and the audience seemed to be having fun.
MELBOURNE, Florida (AP) -- Bill Cosby says he knows that people "are tired" of his refusing to comment about the sexual assault allegations being made against him. But in a brief comment to the Florida Today newspaper before his Friday night show in Melbourne, the comedian says "a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendoes." In an apparent shot at the news media, Cosby added: "People should fact check." Cosby's attorney is also taking aim at the news of the allegations made by several women who claim the comedian drugged them then took advantage of them sexually. Martin Singer complained in a statement that the accusations against Cosby have, as he put it, "escalated far past the point of absurdity." He dismissed the claims as "fantastical," "unsubstantiated" and "uncorroborated" and says it is "long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."
UNDATED (AP) -- Bill Cosby had been on a career resurgence at age 77 -- but since the revival of sexual allegations against him began, parts of his comedic empire have crumbled. The comedian bowed out of appearances on two talk shows. NBC, the network where he reigned as head of his sitcom family during the 1980s and early 90s, canceled a new sitcom that was in the development stages. TV Land has pulled reruns of his old show from its lineup. Netflix indefinitely postponed a stand-up special starring the comedian. And eight of the more than three dozen performances on his comedy tour have been canceled, with reps for some of the venues noting that the sex scandal was the reason.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The thirst for the latest Hunger Games sequel isn't as strong as the others -- but it's still strong enough to capture the top of the box office list. "Mockingjay, Part 1" took in $123 million during its first weekend in theaters. That is, by far, the most a movie has taken in during a single weekend in a year that hasn't see many blockbuster films. But "Mockingjay" opens well below the $158 taken in by last year's "Catching Fire" sequel or the original, which took in $153 million. Meanwhile, last week's top film -- "Dumb and Dumber To" -- slid considerably. It's now fourth, with $13.8 million in ticket sales.
Let the games begin, again. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on this weekend's box office numbers.
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Sound of scene from top film at box office this weekend
Sound of scene from the top film at the box office this weekend, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."
November 24, 2014 08:08 GMT
Today is Monday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2014. There are 37 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 24, 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the Japanese capital by land-based planes.
On this date:
In 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, was born in Orange County, Virginia.
In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
In 1864, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi.
In 1922, Irish nationalist and author Robert Erskine Childers was executed in Dublin by Free State forces.
In 1939, British Overseas Airways Corp. (BOAC) was formally established.
In 1950, the musical "Guys and Dolls," based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser (LEH'-suhr), opened on Broadway.
In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television.
In 1969, Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific.
In 1971, a hijacker calling himself "Dan Cooper" (but who became popularly known as "D.B. Cooper") parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 over the Pacific Northwest after receiving $200,000 dollars in ransom -- his fate remains unknown.
In 1974, the bone fragments of a 3.2 million-year-old hominid were discovered by scientists in Ethiopia; the skeletal remains were nicknamed "Lucy."
In 1989, Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu (chow-SHES'-koo) was unanimously re-elected Communist Party chief. (Within a month, he was overthrown in a popular uprising and executed along with his wife, Elena, on Christmas Day.)
In 1992, a China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 crashed in southern China, killing all 141 people on board.
Ten years ago: Ukraine's election officials declared that Kremlin-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) had won Ukraine's bitterly disputed presidential runoff balloting; thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated in Kiev. Popular author Arthur Hailey died in New Providence, Bahamas, at age 84.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama played host at the first state dinner of his presidency to visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an event marred by two gatecrashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi (mih-KEL' sah-LAH'-hee). Kentucky officials said census worker Bill Sparkman, found bound and hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled across his chest, had in fact committed suicide. Albert Pujols won the National League MVP unanimously, becoming the first player to repeat since Barry Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04.
One year ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran, calling it a "historic mistake" and saying he was not bound by the agreement. The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter, the first pope. Taylor Swift took home four American Music Awards, including top honor artist of the year for the third time.
Today's Birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson is 76. Country singer Johnny Carver is 74. Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (TAG'-lee-uh-boo) is 74. Rock drummer Pete Best is 73. Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 72. Former White House news secretary Marlin Fitzwater is 72. Former Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Dan Glickman is 70. Singer Lee Michaels is 69. Actor Dwight Schultz is 67. Actor Stanley Livingston is 64. Rock musician Clem Burke (Blondie; The Romantics) is 60. Record producer Terry Lewis is 58. Actor/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson is 58. Actress Denise Crosby is 57. Actress Shae D'Lyn is 52. Rock musician John Squire (The Stone Roses) is 52. Rock musician Gary Stonadge (Big Audio) is 52. Actor Conleth Hill is 50. Actor-comedian Brad Sherwood is 50. Actor Garret Dillahunt is 50. Actor-comedian Scott Krinsky is 46. Rock musician Chad Taylor (Live) is 44. Actress Lola Glaudini is 43. Actress Danielle Nicolet is 41. Actor/writer/director/producer Stephen Merchant is 40. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Chen Lu is 38. Actor Colin Hanks is 37. Actress Katherine Heigl (HY'-guhl) is 36. Actress Sarah Hyland is 24.
Thought for Today: "I don't comment. I record." -- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901).
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