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NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali.

The NYPD confirmed the probe following a "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005.

She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted. She says she talked to the police but never filed a report.

Batali issued a statement to CBS denying that he assaulted the woman.

Batali stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" in December after four women accused him of inappropriate touching over a period of 20 years.

Batali has apologized for those encounters.

Stars urge Indonesia to ban 'brutal' trade in dog meat

International stars of acting, music and sports have signed a letter urging Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.

The appeal comes after Indonesian campaigners against animal cruelty and Humane Society International in January exposed markets on the island of Sulawesi where dogs were bludgeoned by the thousands and blow-torched alive.

The letter, released to The Associated Press on Monday, says an Indonesian ban on the cruel trade would be "celebrated globally."

It also warns of health risks posed by the trade due to the potential to spread rabies.

The more than 90 celebrities listed in the letter include actress Cameron Diaz, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, talent spotter Simon Cowell, comedian Ricky Gervais and Indonesian singer Anggun.

The Latest: Janet Jackson honored at Billboard Awards

The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):

7:18 p.m.

The youngest of the legendary Jackson musical family, Janet Jackson gave her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

She was honored as the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award on Sunday in Las Vegas, where she performed a trio of her songs, including "Nasty," ''If" And "Throb."

Surrounded by dozens of dancers and wearing gold thigh-high boots, she showed off her well-known dance skills to get the audience up on their feet.

Bruno Mars made a surprise appearance to introduce the singer, who earned the Icon Award on Sunday.

Jackson used her speech to pay tribute to powerful women.

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6:55 p.m.

Shawn Mendes and Khalid sang a song called "Youth" at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas backed by a choir of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which was also the site of a shooting earlier this year.

Khalid, who won best new artist earlier during Sunday's broadcast, wore a shirt calling for the protection of children instead of guns, while the choir of students from Parkland, Florida, wore black hoodies with the word "Youth."

The performance earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

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5:15 p.m.

Kelly Clarkson tearfully called for a moment of change, instead of a moment of silence for the victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The awards show host, who is from Texas, said as she held back tears that moments of silence are not working, but "why don't we change what's happening"

Ariana Grande then started the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single "No Tears Left To Cry," in all black with a platinum blonde ponytail.

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3:38 a.m.

After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet." album, Janet Jackson will be capping off an epic week with her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

Jackson will also receive the Icon Award on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where today's hitmakers will also hit the stage, from Ariana Grande to John Legend.

The show will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern. Others set to take the stage include BTS, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kesha and Salt-N-Pepa.

Kelly Clarkson will host the three-hour awards show. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran tie for the most nominations with 15 each.

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This story has been corrected to fix the time on the third item to 6:55 p.m. instead of 7:55 p.m.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal name of newborn son

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend now have a baby boy to go with their toddler girl.

The 32-year-old model and 39-year-old singer, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, introduced Miles Theodore Stephens to the world on Sunday.

Teigen had been hinting to her millions of social media followers for several days that the baby was here, and the couple announced in January that they were having a boy. Teigen finally confirmed it with Instagram and Twitter posts and a picture.

She said on Instagram that she and Legend are "drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles" and their "household feels overwhelmed with love."

Teigen tweeted that Miles arrived "a few weeks early" but gave no other details.

Teigen and Legend, who married in 2013, have a 2-year-old daughter, Luna.

Art Spiegelman to receive prestigious MacDowell medal

"Maus" cartoonist Art Spiegelman is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

The honor was announced on Sunday by the venerable MacDowell artist colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

MacDowell chairman Michael Chabon says in a statement that Spiegelman, the first medal recipient honored for graphic novels, was a pioneer in making comics respected as an art form. He calls his work "personal and world historical."

Chabon will present the medal to Spiegelman on Aug. 12 during a free public event in Peterborough. Spiegelman is best known for his Holocaust works "Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History" and "Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began."

Previous MacDowell medal winners include Robert Frost, Toni Morrison and Joan Didion.

Patricia Morison, Broadway and Hollywood star, dies at 103

Patricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical "Kiss Me, Kate," starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in "The King and I" and appeared in films alongside Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died Sunday at age 103.

Morison died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said.

With her long auburn hair and fiery blue-gray eyes, Morison radiated a sophisticated sex appeal.

She had "the most sensual mouth of any lady in the movies," Gregory William Mank wrote in his book "Women in Horror Films, 1940s."

Broadway actress Merle Dandridge posted a picture of herself with Morison on Sunday and tweeted out a tribute.

"Rest, Beautiful Patricia Morison," Dandridge said. "It was an honor to follow in your footsteps."

Morison's career got off to a rocky start. At 18 she was cast in the 1933 Broadway comedy "Growing Pains," which lasted 29 performances. "I was so bad in it, they fired me in rehearsals," Morison told the Los Angeles Times in 2015. "I cried so hard they gave me a walk-on."

Her second Broadway role five years later was only marginally better — "The Two Bouquets" with Alfred Drake lasted 55 performances — but Hollywood noticed and Paramount signed her. (The New York Times praised her "willowy elegance.") Morison made her film debut in 1939's "Persons in Hiding," but she often found her options in the studio system frustrating.

She appeared as Empress Eugenie in 1943's "The Song of Bernadette," opposite John Garfield in the 1943 thriller "The Fallen Sparrow" and in the 1945 Tracy-Hepburn romantic comedy "Without Love."

She was often cast as the femme fatale or villain, including the mastermind in 1946's "Dressed to Kill," sparring with Sherlock Holmes, played by Basil Rathbone. Her other films included "Danger Woman" and "Tarzan and the Huntress."

Morison's death was first reported Sunday by The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in New York, she was the daughter of playwright and actor William R. Morison and Salina Morison. She studied acting and movement with Martha Graham. In 1935, she understudied Helen Hayes in "Victoria Regina" on Broadway.

After Paramount replaced her in several films, Morison left the studio and joined Al Jolson on a USO tour of Britain to entertain troops in 1942. She returned to get a part in one of her most-remembered films — "Hitler's Madman." She also played opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in "Calling Dr. Death" in 1943 and Victor Mature in "Kiss of Death."

To appear in "Kiss Me, Kate," Morison needed to get out of a commitment to appear in what was a new line of work for actors in 1947 — a TV series. She had been cast as a psychiatrist who helps a detective solve cases. The producer shot all of her 13 segments on the show in a quick two-week period.

"Kiss Me, Kate," in which she was reunited with Drake, turned out to be Cole Porter's biggest musical success and gave Morison the opportunity to play the temperamental Lili Vanessi and sing such songs as "Wunderbar" and "So in Love."

She told The Associated Press in 1988 that she went to Porter's home to audition for him but picked a Rodgers and Hammerstein song to sing. "I thought it was safer," she explained. She went on perform the role for almost 1,500 performances on Broadway and in London. The New York Times called her "an agile and humorous actress who is not afraid of slapstick and who can sing enchantingly."

In 1954, Morison appeared on Broadway as a replacement Anna Leonowens with Brynner in "The King and I" and joined him on tour. She took over the role in 1952 shortly after Gertrude Lawrence died while performing the lead character. "She was marvelous," Brynner said. "I could do anything with her."

One story she told frequently was knocking on Brynner's stage door and opening it to find Brynner sitting naked, in a Buddha style position, waiting to get his skin stained with a special juice to look like the King of Siam.

In 2000, she was struck by a car and the right side of her body was badly hurt.

Morison, who never married, lived in a Los Angeles apartment with a piano upon which there were signed photographs of Porter and Oscar Hammerstein II.

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Original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star Patricia Morison dead at 103

Patricia Morison, who played the shrewish lead role in the 1948 Cole Porter Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” died Sunday, Variety reported. She was 103. 

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Morison also appeared on stage with Yul Brynner in “The King and I” and starred in films such as “The Song of Bernadette.” She also appeared as Basil Rathbone’s foil in the 1946 Sherlock Holmes film, “Dressed to Kill.”

“Kiss Me, Kate” was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew.” It had a run of 1,077 performances over 2½ years on Broadway and won six Tony Awards, including best musical, Variety reported.

In “Kiss Me, Kate,” Morison’s renditions of “So In Love” and “I Hate Men” became classics. She played the character of Lilli Vanessi.

“When I first heard ‘So In Love,’ when Cole Porter played it for me, it just knocked me out. It was a beautiful gift,” Morison told Los Angeles magazine in March 2015. 

Kathryn Grayson starred as Lilli/Kate in the 1953 film version for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Morison was born March 15, 1915, in New York City. She was the daughter of actor-playwright William Morison and Selena Fraser, a British Intelligence agent during World War I, Variety reported.

Morison made her film debut in the 1939 movie “Persons in Hiding.”

In addition to appearing as Empress Eugenie opposite Jennifer Jones in “The Song of Bernadette,” Morison starred with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in the romantic comedy “Without Love” in 1945.

On television, she played a psychiatrist in the 1952 show “The Cases of Eddie Drake” and made an appearance on a 1989 episode of “Cheers,” the Reporter wrote.

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

Fox's "Deadpool 2" brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney's "Avengers: Infinity War" at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Deadpool 2," with Ryan Reynolds returning as the title character and co-writing this time, fell somewhat short of the $130 million the studio predicted and the $132.4 million that its predecessor earned two years ago.

Analysts and the studio said the difference can be attributed to the first film opening on a holiday weekend, and could easily be made up with Memorial Day coming, despite the looming competition from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

"I think with a holiday on our second weekend we'll catch 'Deadpool' if not exceed it," said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for 20th Century Fox.

The film grossed $176.3 million internationally and opened better overseas than the first, especially finding audiences in Latin America.

The Avengers are hardly hurting. Disney and Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" brought in an estimated $29 million in North America for a four-week take of $595 million domestically and $1.2 billion overseas. It's now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.

In a whole different corner of the cinematic universe, "Book Club" was third with a $12.5 million weekend that exceeded expectations.

It was a successful piece of counter-programming for Paramount, which used the modestly budgeted comedy starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen to find older audiences and women while "Deadpool 2" dwelled overwhelmingly on young men.

"There are definitely audiences out there for whom superhero movies are not their cup of tea," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

"Deadpool 2" follows the proudly foul formula of the first, mixing the usual superhero set pieces with gore, gross-out jokes, 80s power ballads and frequent fourth-wall violations.

The box office of the second film suggests that formula can become a long-term franchise, and builds its possibilities with the addition of antihero teammates from Marvel Comics for the title character, including Josh Brolin's Cable and Zazie Beetz's Domino.

"The source material is so vast and rich that I don't think there's any question that it just opens the door for more," Aronson said.

Along with the earnings and acclaim for last year's R-rated "Logan," Fox has made itself the early leader in the burgeoning subgenre.

"The R-rating may be restrictive in terms of the audience make-up, but it's certainly not restrictive in the creative freedom it offers, so when movies like these hit, they can hit big," Dergarabedian said. "There is a place for the R rating. In the superhero genre it offers endless and really cool possibilities."

"Deadpool 2" next faces off with "Solo," but the two films along with the still-earning "Avengers" ought to make for a major Memorial Day for the industry.

"This marketplace is big enough for all these films," Dergarabedian said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Deadpool 2," $125 million ($176.3 million international).

2."Avengers: Infinity War," $28.6 million ($84.4 million international).

3. "Book Club," $12.5 million.

4. "Life of the Party," $7.7 million ($1.3 million international).

5. "Breaking In," $6.4 million ($300,000 international).

6. "Show Dogs," $6 million.

7. "Overboard," $4.7 million ($4.1 million international).

8. "A Quiet Place," $4 million ($18.8 million international).

9. "Rampage," $1.5 million ($4.4 million international).

10. "I Feel Pretty," $1.2 million ($1.7 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Deadpool 2," $176.3 million.

2."Avengers: Infinity War," $84.4 million.

3. "How Long Will I Love U," $36.3 million.

4. "A Quiet Place," $18.8 million.

5. "Rampage," $4.4 million.

6. "Peter Rabbit," $4.1 million.

7. "Overboard," $4.1 million.

8. "Blumhouse's Truth or Dare," $3.4 million.

9. "Burning," $2.3 million.

10. "Sherlock Gnomes," $2 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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This story has been corrected to show that "Deadpool 2" earned $176.3 million internationally, not worldwide.

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'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.

Horner, who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the "Jurassic Park" films, is developing a three-dimensional hologram exhibit that will showcase the latest theories on what dinosaurs looked like. He is working with entertainment company Base Hologram to create an exhibit that will let people feel as though they're on an archaeological dig, inside a laboratory and surrounded by dinosaurs in the wild.

"I'm always trying to figure out a good way to get the science of paleontology across to the general public," Horner said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "Like taking them into the field or taking them into my laboratory and then using the technology that we have to show people what dinosaurs were really like."

That understanding of what dinosaurs looked like has changed a lot since the original "Jurassic Park" in 1993. For example, researchers now believe dinosaurs were much more bird-like than lizard-like, and scientists studying dinosaur skulls have found keratin, a substance that gives birds their bright colors.

"We can see at least areas that could be vividly colored, very much like birds, and there's no reason to make them different from birds," Horner said.

Horner and Base Hologram workers have been developing the exhibit's story line for a couple of months, with plans to have multiple traveling exhibits ready to launch by spring 2019. The company wants to place them in museums, science centers and other institutions where they might spur debate among scientists who don't share the theory that dinosaurs were colorful, feathered creatures.

"The controversy is OK because it makes people talk," said Base Hologram executive vice president Michael Swinney.

Live performances using holograms have gained attention in recent years, notably through concerts that feature likenesses of dead performers such as Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur.

Until now, Base Hologram, a subsidiary of the live entertainment company Base Entertainment, has used the technology to put on concerts by late singers Roy Orbison and Marie Callas. As the field becomes more competitive, the company is seeking new areas to apply the technology, such as science, CEO Brian Becker said.

Horner previously worked with Microsoft to create his dinosaur holograms that can be used with virtual and augmented reality technologies.

He noted the technology used in the exhibit can be applied even more broadly, including by paleontologists in their labs.

"What we do now is, when we want to envision something, we get an artist to paint it," Horner said. "Now, we're going to be able to create a 3-D immersive experience a lot better than a painting."

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell released from hospital

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell confirmed on Twitter he was released after an overnight stay in the hospital for dehydration.

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According to TMZ, the 84-year-old Boston Celtics great was taken by ambulance from his Seattle-area home to a nearby hospital Friday night. 

Russell tweeted Saturday that he was doing all right, writing that “Yes, I was taken to the hospital last night and as my wife likes to remind me I don’t drink enough.”

Russell also dismissed earlier reports by TMZ about being admitted to the hospital because of heart problems, tweeting “As most of my friends know, I don’t have a heart to give me trouble.”

Russell later posted a tweet that included a photo of him holding a glass of water

The Celtics legend was also hospitalized in 2014 after collapsing at a speaking engagement.

Russell made it home in time Saturday to watch the Celtics lose 116-86 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics lead the series 2-1.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens told ESPN that he was relieved to hear that Russell was all right.

"Yeah, that was obviously scary news, and happy to hear that he's doing better and he's been released from the hospital,'' Stevens said in Cleveland before Game 3. "He's the ultimate basketball winner. The way he impacted winning, the unselfishness of a teammate, what he stood for off the floor -- everything about him.” 

Russell won 11 titles with the Celtics and was named the NBA’s most valuable player five times. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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