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The Latest: Alleged Trump Hollywood star smasher freed

The Latest on man suspected of using sledgehammer to destroy Donald Trump's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (all times local):

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A man arrested on suspicion of smashing Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been released on bail.

James Otis was taken into custody early Thursday and released in the afternoon on $20,000 bail. He is facing a possible charge of felony vandalism.

Otis has publicly acknowledged using a sledgehammer to smash up the star Wednesday, causing an estimated $2,500 in damage to repair it.

Otis told Deadline Hollywood that he was sick of what he called Trump's aggressive language and sexual violence toward women.

Otis said he originally intended to remove the star. He said he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women who contend Trump groped them — allegations that Trump has denied.

Otis has said he will gladly pay for repairs to the star.

Ex-Rep. Condit promotes book about Chandra Levy's death

Condit appeared Thursday on the "Dr. Phil" talk show to promote his new book, "Actual Malice."

The book tells the story of the Levy investigation in a true-crime format. Levy's 2001 disappearance became a national obsession when her relationship to Condit, a California Democrat, was exposed. The book contains no explicit admission of a sexual relationship between the two.

Another man was eventually convicted in the killing of Levy, but that conviction was tossed out earlier this year.

Dr. Phil said on the show that Condit suffered "one of the most egregious character assassinations I've ever seen."

Fox boss: We want to keep Megyn Kelly

Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch says that he wants to keep anchor Megyn Kelly at the network, but if she decides to leave "we have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for her spot."

Murdoch, in an interview published in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, also said that Fox News Channel hopes to keep Bill O'Reilly on the air in prime-time and that he doesn't foresee major changes in the network's direction after the Nov. 8 election.

Murdoch speaking publicly at this stage of negotiations to keep Kelly at Fox News was perhaps more startling than what he actually said. Murdoch has been chief executive at Fox following Roger Ailes' departure this summer amid sexual harassment allegations, and is vice chairman of its parent company 21st Century Fox.

Kelly's contract is up next year. But Fox would like to map out its future sooner rather than later, perhaps even settling Kelly's status before the Nov. 15 publication of her book, "Settle For More," for which she is expected to do promotional interviews.

Murdoch, who is a major stockholder in the Wall Street Journal, told the newspaper that he'd like to sign Kelly very soon. "It's up to her," he said.

A spokeswoman for Kelly did not immediately return messages on Thursday.

"I don't remember the last time that the head of a major company went on the record to talk about a major negotiation with anything other than very banal comments," said David Westin, a Bloomberg TV anchor and former president of ABC News.

Most such negotiations — and Westin has conducted several of them — take place in secrecy because that allows both sides to speak frankly and not tip off potential competitors, he said.

Westin declined to do so, but it led to immediate speculation about what sort of message was being sent to Kelly and anyone else at Fox in a post-Ailes world.

One possible message to her agents: It's time to make a decision, and maybe you're not worth as much as you think.

Kelly has been a central story in the election campaign, most recently this week. Former House Speaker and Fox contributor Newt Gingrich accused Kelly of being "fascinated with sex" when a Tuesday night interview about sexual misconduct allegations made against Donald Trump took a wrong turn.

Kelly has cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Trump unleashed social media attacks on her last year after being angered by a debate question she asked about his attitude toward women, and boycotted a later Fox debate because of her presence as a moderator.

While she's earned respect for standing up for herself, Kelly has also alienated some conservatives and Trump fans who are an important part of Fox's audience. But at 45, Kelly is also seen as a key cog in the post-Ailes lineup at Fox, and losing her would be a public relations blow.

It's not clear what else she would like to do in television, and who would sign her at the price tag she is likely to command from Fox. Kelly hosted a prime-time interview show on the Fox broadcast network last spring — Trump was one of the subjects — but it was not considered a success. She's signed on as a guest host on Kelly Ripa's syndicated talk show for the day after the election.

Ratings during the past couple of weeks, during a particularly hot time for cable news, show Kelly is a commanding but not necessarily dominant presence.

She beat her time period competitors, Anderson Cooper at CNN and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, in viewership on seven of the past 10 nights for which ratings were available, the Nielsen company said. She had a built-in advantage: "The Kelly File" is preceded by O'Reilly's show, which consistently delivers a bigger audience.

Yet in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic used as a basis for advertising sales by news networks, Kelly beat both of her competitors only once in 10 nights. Maddow won five times in the demo, and Cooper won four. Three times, Kelly finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in the demo.

There have been some suggestions that Fox would moderate its tone politically post-election and post-Ailes. In the Journal interview, Murdoch seemed to throw cold water on that idea.

"We're not changing direction," he said. "That would be business suicide."


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Colbert airing 2 live 'Late Show' hours election week

CBS says "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" has elected to broadcast a pair of live episodes the week of the presidential election.

The two live telecasts will air in the regular CBS "Late Show" slot — 11:35 p.m. EST — on Monday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 9. They will bookend the previously announced Election Night special starring Colbert set to air live on the Showtime network at 11 p.m. that Tuesday from the same Ed Sullivan Theater where "The Late Show" originates.

Guests for that Monday's "Late Show" include actors Don Cheadle and Katherine Waterston and musical guests Drive-By Truckers.

That Wednesday, Colbert welcomes actor Miles Teller, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Raven-Symoné leaving 'The View' to star in 'That's So Raven' spinoff

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Raven-Symoné is headed back to Disney Channel.

The co-host of "The View" is leaving the show to return as her character Raven Baxter in a spin-off of the Disney Channel series "That's So Raven."

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The 30-year-old actress announced the move Thursday morning on "The View."

"I'm excited and sad, but mostly excited. I have an announcement to make," she said. "I've been working internally with the Disney company ... I used to do this show called 'That's So Raven,' and we're doing a 'That's So Raven 2.'"

Raven-Symoné, will star and serve as an executive producer for the spin-off, said that the show has not yet been officially named, but it is currently in development.

"There's no title yet, but I'm calling it 'That's So Raven 2,'" she said.

The spin-off centers around Baxter's life as a single mother of two children, one of whom has inherited the same psychic powers.

"Raven's brilliant style of fearless comedy was a driving force for Disney Channel's success around the world," Disney Channel Worldwide executive Adam Bonnett said in a statement. "Her performance in 'That's So Raven' is timeless. We now have our eyes on the future with her, and we're looking forward to telling more stories for a new generation with an adult Raven Baxter raising her young family."

Raven-Symoné said casting for the show will begin soon.

"We're going to be going around the country finding ... really good, talented females and males to be in the show," she said. "So anybody who wants to be on Disney Channel, there's going to be auditions soon for the 'That's So Raven' spin-off."

"That's So Raven" ran for four seasons and was the network's first series to hit the 100-episode mark before going off air in 2007. It's unclear when the spin-off will premiere.

Other nostalgia inducing shows have been making comebacks recently. Netflix has revived both "Full House" with the new "Fuller House" and "Gilmore Girls" with "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," which premieres next month.

Disney Channel has also revived one of their own shows by bringing back "Boy Meets World" in the spin-off, "Girl Meets World."

Actress Raven-Symone leaving 'The View'

Actress Raven-Symone is the latest host to leave the daytime chatfest "The View."

She announced on the show Thursday that she'll be gone before the end of the year. She's producing and starring in a remake of the sitcom "That's So Raven" for The Disney Channel, where she said her character will now be a single mom of two children, one of whom has "visions."

"The View" audience can be forgiven for not getting too attached: Raven-Symone has been on the show since June 2015 and with her Hollywood obligations, has been appearing as little as once a week.

She said that she's had a great time on "The View," and leaped from her seat to pay tribute to the camera operators.

Suspect arrested in destruction of Trump's Hollywood star

Los Angeles police arrested a man suspected of using a sledgehammer to destroy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, officials said Thursday.

Jamie Otis was taken into custody early Thursday on suspicion of felony vandalism, Officer Andrew Chambers said. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

He was released on $20,000 bail Thursday afternoon.

Otis told Deadline Hollywood after Wednesday's pre-dawn attack that he originally intended to remove the star. He said he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the presidential candidate of groping them. Trump has denied the groping allegations.

"I just sort of had enough with Mr. Trump's aggressive language toward women and his behavior, his sexual violence with women and against women," Otis told the Los Angeles Times. "I've had personally in my own family four people who have been assaulted or have had sexual violence happen to them. It all became very personal."

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which bestows the stars and maintains the popular tourist attraction, said it would take several days to repair Trump's spot.

Otis had planned to make a statement to reporters along Hollywood Boulevard and then turn himself in at a police station but officers picked him up before that could happen.

Otis told the Times he spent weeks planning his "nonviolent action," even going as far as spending a couple of nights in Hollywood to scope out the area to pick a time when he could do it "safely, carefully and successfully."

He said he would "gladly" pay for the repairs.

Det. Meghan Aguilar said investigators were called to the scene early Wednesday following reports that the presidential candidate's star was struck by blows from a hammer. A sledgehammer, construction hat and vest, and a pick were recovered nearby, police said.

Trump's star was dedicated in 2007 in recognition of his work on NBC's reality TV show "The Apprentice." Trump's star is near the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held each year.

To receive a star on the Walk of Fame, a celebrity has to be nominated and a $30,000 fee paid to a charitable trust.

It is at least the second time this year that Trump's star has been targeted. In July, an artist installed a miniature wall topped with razor wire and "keep out" signs in response to Trump's vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

"When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark," Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler wrote in a statement. "Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property."


Associated Press Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Cranston details dark thoughts, inspirations in new memoir

Bryan Cranston seems so far apart from the murderous Walter White that one wonders how he was able to channel such darkness with Emmy-worthy ferocity in "Breaking Bad."

But in his new memoir, "A Life in Parts," Cranston details a real-life incident that helped him get in character: an unhinged ex-girlfriend who threatened his life and made him have violent thoughts about her.

"She threatened my life. She threatened to kill me and it was a constant thing and there were times when I thought I was going crazy," Cranston said of woman (Later he married actress Robin Dearden and they've been together 27 years).

It's one of the more revelatory moments in the book, released earlier this month. The Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated Cranston covers everything from his early childhood to his signature role on "Breaking Bad" to personal challenges. Cranston, 60, discussed some of those moments in a recent interview with The Associated Press.


AP: You write about wanting to kill your ex-girlfriend, what drove you to that?

Cranston: I was flush with fear and I felt like a trapped animal and I realized that I was capable of killing someone. That experience helped me in developing Walter White in the transition that he made, because Walter had to come to terms with that himself. That he was actually a good guy, but transitioning into not such a good guy ... he was able to be honest with himself and say, "Yeah I could take another life," and that is a tough thing to say to the person in the mirror.

AP: What made you want to write a book at this point of your career?

Cranston: I am aware from an objective point that the wave, the tsunami wave that "Breaking Bad" created also created tremendous opportunity for me, and there is a peak and valley to careers and that includes fame. If you are lucky to ride this wave of fame to a plateau — it won't last there. ...I guess it is just a blue-collar work ethic that I was raised with.

AP: In the book you talk about your dad being dissatisfied as an actor. Why follow in his footsteps?

Cranston: It was in my DNA, and they were actors — my parents were both actors — so that was part of it. So really when you think about it that sense, you're going into the family business, so it's very common. The turmoil that my dad went through, and then by extension, the kids went though, was profound and disastrous for the marriage, for the family.

AP: In season two of "Breaking Bad," Walter watches Jesse Pinkman's girlfriend die. Why did Jane's death affect you?

Cranston: I had this transformative experience that is almost hallucinogenic that - that I saw the face of my real daughter, Taylor. Her face took the place of Krysten Ritter and it made me, uh, just you know, hesitate. And God it is funny — every time I retell this story or when I wrote that story in the book, there is an uneasiness in my chest 'cause I think it is my biggest fear. It is my biggest fear, something happening to a child, your child, is unfathomable.

AP: How long do you plan on working?

Cranston: When the sun is shining, make hay, because it would be sunset on my career at some point, and when it is, I want to be exhausted. I want to be done, and actually, go "I had a good run. No regrets. I'm ready to step aside."


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Fox's Megyn Kelly to guest-host 'Live' day after election

She may be a little bleary-eyed, but Fox News' Megyn Kelly is booked to co-host the morning talk show "Live" with Kelly Ripa on the day after the election.

The show said it will be Kelly's first time as a co-host. "Live" has been looking for a partner for Ripa since last spring, when Michael Strahan left to join "Good Morning America."

It's an intriguing booking. Although Fox is anxious to keep her, Kelly will soon become a free agent able to look for other broadcasting jobs.

Kelly has been one of the most high-profile TV journalists of the presidential campaign, the target of barbs from Donald Trump and, on Tuesday night, from Newt Gingrich.

2 studies point to lack of campaign substance on newscasts

Two studies of U.S. news coverage suggest that this is a presidential campaign with little substance — unless groping women, tax returns and email servers are your idea of major issues.

ADT Research, which monitors content of the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, said Wednesday that with two weeks before Election Day, there has been less issues coverage than for any presidential campaign the company has monitored, going back through 1988.

The conservative watchdog Media Research Center also counted the campaign topics that have taken up the most time on the newscasts since the end of the conventions. Of the 15 topics with the most attention, arguably only two — Donald Trump's position on immigration and questions about his attitudes toward Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin — could be considered traditional policy issues.

"This year's absence of issues is an accurate portrayal of the turf on which the election is being played out," said Andrew Tyndall, head of ADT Research and publisher of the Tyndall Report.

Networks cast doubt on some of the research, saying it overlooks many of their substantive stories.

By Tyndall's methodology, the network newscasts so far this year have spent only a third of the time on so-called issues stories than any of the last eight campaigns. He defines an issues story as one that takes a particular topic like immigration or Mideast policy and outlines the candidates' position. He wouldn't include, for example, coverage of a rally where a candidate talks about immigration.

The coverage reflects a campaign that has become a referendum on Trump and Hillary Clinton's fitness for office, he said. But he suggests the broadcasters should be making more of an effort to strike out on their own.

Rich Noyes, research director at the MRC, said Clinton in particular is happy to see so much attention paid to Trump's suitability for office.

"Candidates certainly could find imaginative ways to draw attention to policy issues if that's what they wanted to stress," Noyes said. "But the networks could find imaginative ways to cover policy issues that matter most to Americans."

Steve Capus, executive producer of the "CBS Evening News," said that's being done, and the studies miss different ways that substance is being injected into the coverage. For example, CBS did a series this summer interviewing foreign policy experts on the most daunting problems a new president will face. Fact-checking claims made during debates is another way to include specifics, he said.

"It's not just a beauty pageant here," Capus said. "We're talking about substance."

ABC pointed to anchor David Muir's coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis and interviews with the candidates.

The most-covered campaign topic by far concerned the way Trump treats and talks about women, the MRC said. That received 102 minutes of coverage, nearly double the second-place issue, concerning questions about Clinton's health.

Other topics that drew attention on the newscasts included Clinton's use of a personal mail server while secretary of state, Trump's refusal to release a tax return and what that says about what he did or didn't pay, the birther issue, Trump's temperament and practices of both the Clinton and Trump foundations.

There's little doubt about which candidate drives most coverage. The MRC report said the newscasts have spent 785 minutes on Trump coverage, 478 minutes on Clinton. Since 440 minutes of the Trump coverage concerned controversies he's kicked up, Clinton's not likely to complain about the disparity.

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