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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan is partially to blame for the injuries he suffered when his limousine bus was slammed into from behind by one of the retailer's tractor-trailers back in June. Wal-Mart says the injuries to those in Morgan's vehicle were caused by the passengers' "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device." The company calls that "unreasonable conduct." The Wal-Mart statements are in documents in response to a lawsuit filed by Morgan in July. An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs hasn't responded to the Wal-Mart filing. Authorities have said that the Georgia truck driver hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident along the New Jersey Turnpike.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Wal-Mart claims Tracy Morgan bears some of the blame for his injuries.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- She says she has retired from acting. But apparently Amanda Bynes hasn't quit her continuing role as a troubled former child star. Bynes has added another to her string of arrests. Authorities in Los Angeles arrested her early Sunday morning on a DUI rap. After finding her car in the middle of an intersection, they took her in -- and found she was under the influence of some kind of drug. She's been released after posting $15,000 bail. Bynes has had a series of arrests while behind the wheel. And back in June, a judge tossed a criminal case after she was accused of tossing a bong out of her 36th-floor apartment in New York City. Bynes' last film credit was in 2010.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports this isn't the first time Amanda Bynes' name has shown up on a police blotter.


DETROIT (AP) -- Ben Affleck said the time he spent in the Motor City has revved his engine for Detroit's efforts at a comeback. The actor says he has been "moved by how American industry is actually employing American workers" in Michigan. In a piece that ran in the Detroit Free Press, Affleck says he got to tour factories where cars are being built -- and was so impressed, he traded in his Japanese cars to show his support for American workers. Affleck was in Detroit filming the next Batman movie.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben Affleck says he was so impressed by the novel "Gone Girl," he doubted there'd ever be a movie based on it. He says when he heard about the book, there were whispers it was Hollywood bound. But Affleck says after reading the novel, he didn't think it could be converted into a movie. He says that changed when director David Fincher took on the project. Affleck stars alongside Rosamund Pike in the film, which opens nationwide Friday.

Ben Affleck says he had doubts whether the novel "Gone Girl" could make the transition to Hollywood. ((refers to director David Fincher))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was perfection times two on "Dancing With the Stars" last night. Janel Parrish got the first round of perfect 10s of the season with her jazz routine. A few minutes later Bethany Mota got another round of perfect scores. So, both are tied at the top of the judges' leaderboard. D-W-T-S is now back to its once a week schedule. That means the performances and the elimination are on the same night. Professional fighter Randy Couture was the star to get the bad news last night. But he says he's glad to have done something challenging and had a good time doing it.

Julianne Hough says Janel Parrish's jazz routine was perfect. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Announcer and judges

The judges give Janel Parrish the first round of perfect scores of the season. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tom Bergeron

Host Tom Bergeron announces this week's results. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Randy Couture, contestant voted off

Randy Couture says he's not upset by the results. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's something we often hear on reality shows. Wanna-be contestants are told to keep at it and come back again. Well, it happened on "The Voice" last night. Anita Antoinette didn't get a single chair to turn during the blind auditions of Season 3. But last night, she had all four coaches wanting her. She decided to go with Team Gwen. Tonight, the blind auditions continue.

All the coaches want Anita. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Anita Antoinette

The coaches recognize Anita from Season 3. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- It's usually the kind of secret families keep until the grave -- and even beyond. But Jane Fonda says she is telling something of her personal life in an effort to help others. She says her mother had been sexually abused as a child -- and eventually committed suicide at age 42. Speaking to a fundraiser for the Rape Foundation this past Sunday, Fonda said once she realized what happened to her mom, she could understand more about the way she lived and died. Fonda says sexual violence against women is "epidemic" -- and says she will always support places like the Rape Treatment Center.


LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Patrick Dempsey's latest effort to fight cancer has paid off -- in the form of more than $1.1 million for care and support for those who have the disease. Nearly 3,900 people took part in the 6th Annual Dempsey Challenge, organized in honor of the actor's mother, who died in March. Dempsey was one of about 1,000 who took part in cycling events Sunday in Maine. Other participants raised money by walking or running.

Rewind Time

September 30, 2014 07:15 GMT

Today is Tuesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 30, 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

On this date:

In 1399, England's King Richard II was deposed by Parliament; he was succeeded by his cousin, Henry of Bolingbroke, who was crowned as King Henry IV.

In 1777, the Continental Congress -- forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces -- moved to York, Pennsylvania.

In 1791, Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.

In 1846, Boston dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracted an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.

In 1938, after co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, "I believe it is peace for our time."

In 1939, the first college football game to be televised was shown on experimental station W2XBS in New York as Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College, 34-7.

In 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.

In 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, California.

In 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day; Meredith's presence sparked rioting that claimed two lives. The National Farm Workers Association, founded by Cesar Chavez and a forerunner of the United Farm Workers, held its first meeting in Fresno, California.

In 1984, the mystery series "Murder, She Wrote," starring Angela Lansbury, premiered on CBS.

In 1986, the U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Soviets released American journalist Nicholas Daniloff.

In 1997, France's Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the systematic persecution and deportation of Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry met at the University of Miami for their first presidential debate, with Kerry accusing Bush of a "colossal error in judgment" in ordering the invasion of Iraq and the president noting that Kerry had voted to authorize the military action. Bombs killed some three dozen children in Baghdad as U.S. troops handed out candy at a government-sponsored celebration. The House followed the Senate in decisively rejecting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Vioxx, the heavily promoted arthritis drug, was pulled from the market by its maker after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Five years ago: A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia, killing 1,115 people. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Canadian circus tycoon Guy Laliberte (ghee lah-lee-behr-TAY') and two crew mates lifted off from Kazakhstan, headed for the International Space Station.

One year ago: Pope Francis announced during a meeting with cardinals that he would canonize two of his most influential predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, the following spring. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored President Barack Obama during a White House meeting to keep punishing sanctions in place against Iran over its nuclear programs.

Today's Birthdays: Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel (EL'-ee vee-ZEHL') is 86. Actress Angie Dickinson is 83. Singer Cissy Houston is 81. Singer Johnny Mathis is 79. Actor Len Cariou is 75. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 71. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is 69. Pop singer Sylvia Peterson (The Chiffons) is 68. Actor Vondie Curtis-Hall is 64. Actress Victoria Tennant is 64. Actor John Finn is 62. Rock musician John Lombardo is 62. Singer Deborah Allen is 61. Actor Calvin Levels is 60. Actor Barry Williams is 60. Singer Patrice Rushen is 60. Actress Fran Drescher is 57. Country singer Marty Stuart is 56. Actress Debrah Farentino is 55. Rock musician Bill Rieflin (R.E.M.) is 54. Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is 54. Actress Crystal Bernard is 53. Actor Eric Stoltz is 53. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 52. Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery-Gentry) is 51. Rock singer Trey Anastasio is 50. Actress Monica Bellucci is 50. Rock musician Robby Takac (TAY'-kak) (Goo Goo Dolls) is 50. Actress Lisa Thornhill is 48. Actress Andrea Roth is 47. Actor Silas Weir Mitchell is 45. Actor Tony Hale is 44. Actress Jenna Elfman is 43. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 40. Actress Marion Cotillard (koh-tee-YAHR') is 39. Actor Stark Sands is 36. Actor Mike Damus is 35. Tennis player Martina Hingis is 34. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu (moh-chee-AH'-noo) is 33. Actress Lacey Chabert (shuh-BEHR') is 32. Actor Kieran Culkin is 32. Singer-rapper T-Pain is 30.

Thought for Today: "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." -- Attributed to Catherine the Great, Russian empress (1729-1796).

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