'Yep, I'm Gay': Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

NEW YORK (AP) -- With a headline of "Yep, I'm Gay" on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen.

'So sad he's gone' _ fans react to death of Jonathan Demme

Some reaction to the death of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. ___ "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men." -- actor Tom Hanks in a statement. ___ "Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, activist & a warm encouraging colleague. I've known very few like him. He will be missed.

Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

BOSTON (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star. Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said Wednesday that Hernandez wrote in a letter to his client: "I think I'm going to hang it up.

'So sad he's gone' _ fans react to death of Jonathan Demme

Some reaction to the death of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. ___ "Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, activist & a warm encouraging colleague. I've known very few like him. He will be missed." -- director Ron Howard via Twitter. ___ "Deeply sad to hear my friend, neighbor, and colleague Jonathan Demme has passed on. He was one of the real good guys. I miss you, buddy." -- writer Stephen King via Twitter.

Felix Hernandez has 'dead arm,' will be checked by doctors

DETROIT (AP) -- Mariners star Felix Hernandez was set to return to Seattle to have a stiff right shoulder checked by team doctors after he lasted only two innings in his start at Detroit on Tuesday night. Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits in Seattle's 19-9 loss to the Tigers. There was no injury announcement after he was removed from the game, but afterward, manager Scott Servais said the right-hander was dealing with stiffness.

Man charged in death of Florida State football star's father

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say the man who fatally shot the father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph while working in a strip club storage room has been charged with manslaughter. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office news release says 36-year-old Paul Senat was arrested Tuesday in the death of 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph.

Aretha blasts Dionne Warwick but she declines to fire back

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Queen of Soul is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that she was Whitney Houston's godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago at Houston's funeral. "She blatantly lied on me ... fully well knowing what she was doing," Aretha Franklin said in a phone interview.

Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez formally asked a court on Tuesday to dismiss his first-degree murder conviction now that he has died. Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.

Scott Baio explains remarks on Erin Moran after backlash

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scott Baio says he's "heartbroken" over Erin Moran's death and his suggestion that his former "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" co-star might have died of drugs or alcohol was a response to media reports. Authorities in Indiana said Monday that Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday at the age of 56.

Little Big Man: Celtics' Thomas finding stride after tragedy

BOSTON (AP) -- There's a cloud trailing Isaiah Thomas these days. In his basketball world, though, there's also been light. And, on occasion, even some levity. Minutes after Thomas posted a 33-point, seven-assist effort to lead Boston to a Game 4 road win over Chicago, the Celtics guard was asked what he thought about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's contention that he was getting away with dribbling the ball illegally. The question made Thomas chuckle.

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. PARTISAN FIGHTS COULD SHUT DOWN US GOVERNMENT Disputes over health care and President Trump's border wall throw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy days ahead of a government shutdown deadline. 2. ARKANSAS EXECUTES 2 PRISONERS IN 1 NIGHT The deaths of Jack Jones and Marcel Williams mark the first double execution in the United States since 2000. 3.

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Dad of Florida State star dies after gun fires at strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph was killed when authorities say a gun accidentally went off at a Florida strip club. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph was in a storage room fixing items at Sugar D's Adult Club in West Palm Beach when another worker moved a gun off a shelf in an adjacent room and it fired.

Officials: 'Happy Days' star Moran likely died from cancer

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities say former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern Indiana home. A statement released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, but doesn't specify what type. The department says Moran died Saturday in the rural community of New Salisbury, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Latest: Jailhouse friend seeks Hernandez's suicide note

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- The Latest on the funeral for Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says one of three notes the former NFL star left in his cell before killing himself was addressed to him. Lawrence Army, a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said late Monday he's requested the note be turned over to this client, who has not yet seen it. Prison officials didn't immediately comment.

Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56

NEW YORK (AP) -- Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56. Moran was found dead Saturday by emergency responders after a dispatcher for the Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff's department received a 911 call, the department said. The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy is pending.

Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56

NEW YORK (AP) -- Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday at age 56. A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending.

Hernandez's body brought to Connecticut funeral home

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's body was taken to a funeral home in his Connecticut hometown Saturday, two days before his family holds a private funeral. The body arrived in the afternoon at O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol, said Laura Soll, a spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. A private service is scheduled at the funeral home Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.