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Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 11-17

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.4 million.

2. "America's Got Talent Champions," NBC, 10.5 million.

3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.7 million.

4. "FBI," CBS, 9.5 million.

5. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 8.9 million.

6. "Chicago Med," NBC, 8.7 million.

7. "Chicago Fire," NBC, 8.5 million.

8. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.3 million.

9. "The Masked Singer," Fox, 7.9 million.

10. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 7.7 million.

11. "Mom," CBS, 7.6 million.

12. "Chicago PD," NBC, 7.5 million.

13. "This Is Us," NBC, 7.4 million.

14. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 7.3 million.

15. "God Friended Me," CBS, 7.19 million.

16. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 7.16 million.

17. "The Neighborhood," CBS, 7 million.

18. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 6.7 million.

19. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 6.6 million.

20. "MacGyver," CBS, 6.4 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

Andrew McCabe, franchise shows give CBS weekly ratings win

Fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's headline-making interview on CBS' news magazine proved a TV audience grabber as well.

The program ranked as the third most-watched last week with 9.7 million people tuning in, according to Nielsen figures released Wednesday.

Viewership was down across the board during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, and the Sunday audience for "60 Minutes" didn't approach its season average of 11.6 million. But McCabe's memoir "The Threat," about the FBI and the Trump administration, topped Amazon's best-sellers list the day after the interview aired as part of a media blitz for the book.

He told "60 Minutes" that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in 2017 and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

McCabe also said the FBI had good reason for a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia, and therefore a possible national security threat. McCabe, fired from the Justice Department last year after an internal probe into a news media disclosure, denied he intentionally lied and said his firing was politically motivated.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the interview Sunday night. Trump has repeatedly shared his views, including in one tweet in which he called McCabe "disgraced" and said "now his story gets even more deranged."

CBS won the weekly network ratings contest as viewers also devoted time to the network's "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" and their spinoffs, Nielsen said.

With six of the top 10 shows and 13 of the most-watched 20, CBS had an average of 6.3 million weekly viewers. NBC had 5.2 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 3.6 million, Univision had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million and the CW had 880,000.

Fox News Channel was the week's most-watched cable network, averaging 2.5 million viewers in prime time. TNT had 2.3 million, MSNBC had 1.9 million, ESPN had 1.4 million, HGTV had 1.35 million and History had 1.3 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.4 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" was second with 8.8 million, and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.7 million.

For the week of Feb. 10-17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "NCIS," CBS, 13.4 million; "America's Got Talent Champions," NBC, 10.5 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.7 million; "FBI," CBS, 9.5 million; "Blue Bloods," CBS, 8.9 million; "Chicago Med," NBC, 8.7 million; "Chicago Fire," NBC, 8.5 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.3 million; "The Masked Singer," Fox, 7.9 million; "Young Sheldon," CBS, 7.7 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

Oscars: Nominees get cannabis-infused chocolate, vacations, therapy and more in $100K gift bag

Every year, celebrity guests at the Oscars get gift bags with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of swag, and the 2019 ceremony is no different.

Vox reported that a company called Distinctive Assets is responsible for the bags, and other companies pay to have their items included in them. The hope is that celebrities like the products and spread the word about them.

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It costs a pretty penny to get products into the hands of celebrities. Jewelry designer Jan Lewis had her products in three Oscars gift bags over the years, and told Inc. in 2018 it cost $2,500 to get placement in the bags, not including providing the product itself.

Roberto Torres, president of  Black & Denim Apparel Company, said in a 2013 report from Entrepreneur that the placement fee to get a product in a bag at the 2011 Oscars was $5,000. The price goes up if company representatives want a photo with an Oscar attendee holding their product. Companies also need to hire a PR firm specializing in product placement, according to Torres, which adds to costs.

The overall price of the gift bag, however, is no longer disclosed by Distinctive Assets.

“A great gift has nothing to do with the retail value,” Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, said in a 2018 news release, according to Forbes. “For years we have been breaking one of the cardinal rules of gift giving by disclosing the price tag. Instead, we are trying to start a new tradition by simply celebrating the fun and festive nature of this legendary gift bag.”

Related: Oscars 2019: See the list of nominees

Typically, snacks, spa services, skin care products and vacations are included, but this year the 25 nominees will get hand-made cannabis-infused chocolate truffles, according to The Telegraph.

The Coda Signature Crescendo Collection 6-piece truffles each have 10 mg of THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis that gets people high. Recreational marijuana was legalized in California last year, so the gift item isn’t completely unexpected.

“This year, we are so excited about the legalization of cannabis in California, so we will be including a number of items in that category,” Fary told The Telegraph. “But there are quite a few regulations surrounding distribution of cannabis, so we are treading lightly this year as we dip our toe into those waters.

“Hopefully we are also introducing them to some new brands and experiences they wouldn’t otherwise know about.”

A full list of gifts in this year’s bag was published by The Independent. Some gifts include private phobia relief sessions, custom stained glass portraits, luxyry T-Shirts, a ZuZu Kim Couture Bow Tie, a poolside dinner for friends prepared by a celebrity chef, a three-day stay at a Malibu, California, wellness retreat, and personal training sessions.

What will win best picture? It's a maddeningly close race

On a year where one of the lead Oscar contenders is titled "The Favourite," the 91st Academy Awards lack a clear front runner.

Normally a fairly predictable process with one or two favorites, this year's best picture race has been maddeningly unclear, almost devious in its contradictions. The guild awards, usually a road map to the Oscars, have spread their honors around like never before. Not one of the top prizes from the leading guilds has lined up with another.

The producers went for "Green Book," the directors chose "Roma," the actors voted for "Black Panther," the editors chose "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Favourite," the cinematographers elected "Cold War" and the writers picked "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and "Eighth Grade," a movie the academy snubbed entirely.

The inconsistency has befuddled onlookers. Variety called it "uncharted territory." Deadline suggested it is "one of the closest races in academy history."

Oscar balloting concluded Tuesday night. With days to go before show time Sunday, here's a rundown of the contenders and why each one has reason to hope.

ROMA: Many think this is Netflix's Oscar to lose, and, boy, do they want to win it. Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white drama has some major dings against it. Most notably it was entirely overlooked by the Screen Actors Guild. (All but two films in the last 20 years have needed a SAG ensemble nod to win best picture.) But it remains the critics' choice (both New York and Los Angeles critics groups named it best film), and it won at both the Directors Guild Awards and the BAFTAs. Its 10 nominations evidence widespread esteem for "Roma," including two unexpected acting nods (Yalitza Aparacio, Marina de Tavira). Some prominent academy members (like Steven Spielberg ) have said the Emmys are the proper place for Netflix films. But "Roma," Netflix's first best-picture nominee, may have turned the tide. It would be doubly historic: "Roma" would be the first foreign-language best-picture winner.

GREEN BOOK: Peter Farrelly's interracial road trip drama seems to be the strongest challenger to "Roma." It won at both the Golden Globes and the Producers Guild Awards , which, like the Oscars, use a preferential ballot. But no movie has been more dogged by criticism. While some see a snappy, feel-good buddy movie, others see an outdated and inauthentic set-up that trades on racial stereotypes. In a close race, can such a polarizing film win? "Green Book," so often compared to 1989's best picture-winning "Driving Miss Daisy," may be exactly the kind of movie that once won best picture. But the film academy's membership has in recent years diversified and grown more international .

THE FAVOURITE: Yorgos Lanthimos' period romp comes tied with "Roma" for the most nominations and yet it has few assured wins. It won seven awards at the BAFTAs (where "Roma" ultimately took the top award). As a British period drama, "The Favourite" has the look of a traditional Oscar winner but gleefully inverts and subverts typical traits of the genre — making it kind of a perfect Academy Awards Trojan horse.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: Critics don't like it . Some say it sanitizes Freddie Mercury's homosexuality. And its director, Bryan Singer, was fired mid-production and is now facing (and denying) numerous allegations of sexual misconduct . These are not the normal ingredients for a best-picture contender. And yet "BoRhap" abides. Not only that, Singer's biopic is a massive hit, especially abroad, with more than $850 million in ticket sales worldwide. It won not just best picture, drama, at the Globes , but took top honors at the ACE Eddie Awards as the best edited drama. Were "Bohemian Rhapsody" to win, some would slam it as the worst best-picture winner ever. Fans would simply sing "We Are the Champions."

A STAR IS BORN: Something went amiss for the once-presumed front-runner. Bradley Cooper's remake (also a box-office hit with $423 million globally) has been nominated just about everywhere and yet has gone home with little, besides awards for its music. It still scored seven Oscar nominations, but not since 1934 has a movie without either a directing or editing nod won best picture. No amount of Cooper cameos at Lady Gaga concerts seems able to save it. Also not helping: only two remakes have ever won best picture: 1959's "Ben-Hur" and 2006's "The Departed."

BLACKKKLANSMAN: Spike Lee's latest joint doesn't have a lot of big wins from the precursor awards, but it's the only movie nominated by every major guild. That speaks to a broad support that no other film can match. Many would also like to see Lee, who was given an honorary Oscar in 2015, win his first competitive Academy Award. Lee has called his film this year's dark horse, "pun intended."

BLACK PANTHER: First the bad news. Only once before has a movie with no other major nominations won best picture, and that was "Wings" in 1927, when they were giving out two top awards (the other went to "Sunrise"). The academy tried to bring back that best-picture dichotomy for this Oscars, only to abandon plans for a best popular film category that "Black Panther" would have likely won. But Ryan Coogler's Marvel epic, the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture, is unique in many ways. It's the year's biggest domestic hit with more than $700 million in North America where it was received as a cultural milestone. It also triumphed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards . A best-picture win wouldn't be the first time "Black Panther" made history.

VICE: Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic probably has the longest odds of any of the eight nominees. But, then again, it does have nominations in all the big areas: acting (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell), screenplay (McKay), directing (McKay) and editing (Hank Corwin). Only "BlacKkKlansman" and "The Favourite" can say the same.

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Country singer Luke Bryan's senior dog dies weeks after adoption

The senior dog rescued by country singer Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline Bryan, has died weeks after he was adopted.

Southern Living reported that Carolina Bryan announced the news in an Instagram post Wednesday.

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“My heart is sad but full to post this,” she wrote. “Our sweet Prince Poochie has passed away. He lived 18 years and was loved by so many people. My kids especially loved to hear him snore when he slept! Thank you @proverbs1210animalrescue for giving our family the opportunity to love this sweet dog.”

Related: Country singer Luke Bryan adopts 18-year-old senior dog

Included in the post was a video of Poochie snoring in his doggie bed at the Bryans’ home, as well as images of the dog on the family’s farm.

The family adopted Poochie from Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue in Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 9. The black and gray dog was brought to the shelter after his family became allergic to him, according to the shelter

Senior dogs are routinely overlooked at shelters. Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue initially expected Poochie to be a forever hospice foster pet, like many of its rescues, but Luke Bryan and Caroline applied to adopt Poochie after seeing the dog on social media.

“While we would have loved for Poochie to have lived another 18 years, we are grateful for the time we gave him with our foster, Lacey Marie and with his adoptive family, the Bryans,” the rescue said in a Facebook post. “Poochie enjoyed his time with the Bryan family. He even felt well enough to stroll in their pastures and be a dog again. He sadly passed away a few days ago, but he was loved and passed in his sleep on a big comfy bed. He is now buried on the Bryan farm amid other beloved pets.”

Amal Clooney among the gang at Meghan Markle's baby shower

The not-so-secret baby shower for the Duchess of Sussex has apparently occurred, with Gayle King and Amal Clooney among an intimate group of friends gathered at a swanky hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The smiling Meghan Markle has been surrounded by fans and photographers since news of her whirlwind trip to the city surfaced Monday. She has been spotted at several locations, including The Mark Hotel, the Met Breuer museum and Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar, with decor that celebrates one of Prince Harry's favorite sports.

The 37-year-old duchess is due in late April. Abigail Spencer, a co-star on Meghan's former TV show "Suits," was among old friends in town to fete the upcoming birth. Also out and about with Meghan: Serena Williams, Jessica Mulroney and Markus Anderson.

Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for 'Porgy and Bess'

The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23.

Performances of "Porgy and Bess," which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin family, which specifies an all-black cast.

"Certainly it's more complicated, but it's worth the complications because it's such a great piece," Met general manager Peter Gelb.

"Porgy," by George and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, depicts a beggar in a poor African-American community of Charleston, South Carolina.

When the Met presented "Porgy" for the first time in 1985, it also hired an outside chorus — at the time, there were three black members of the Met's regular chorus of 81. That has increased to six in a group of approximately the same total now, the Met said.

"I think the Met is regarded as an institution that is colorblind when it comes to casting," Gelb said. "We have many African-Americans and other black artists who are appearing on our stage in major roles."

The Hungarian State Opera created controversy last year when it presented an unauthorized production with a largely white cast.

Donald Palumbo, the Met chorus master, said about 400 people had auditioned for the "Porgy" chorus since November and 68 would be chosen for rehearsals that start Aug. 5.

"We will have two existing choruses at the same time in the building," he said. "It's going to be interesting but it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm hoping that they will interact as much as possible."

Eric Owens and Angel Blue head the opening-night cast, which is conducted by David Robertson and includes Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore, Golda Schultz and Ryan Speedo Green.

Then-Met music director James Levine insisted on an uncut version for the 1985 Nathaniel Merrill production. That staging, which appeared 54 times through 1990, was presented in three acts with 3 hours of music and two intermissions for a total of 4 hours.

This production is trimmed to about 2 1/2 hours of music plus a single intermission. The staging by James Robinson debuted at London's English National Opera last year and was seen this year at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

"It doesn't feel excessively long," Robinson said. "The original version just really goes on and on and on."

The last of the 13 performances on Feb. 1 will be broadcast to movie theaters around the world. A revival already is scheduled in an upcoming season.

"Porgy" is among five new-to-the Met stagings next season that all will have appeared elsewhere previously.

Handel's "Agrippina" has its Met premiere on Feb. 6 and stars Joyce DiDonato in a David McVicar production adapted from one he created for Brussels' Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in 2000. The Met premiere of Philip Glass's "Akhnaten" on Nov. 8 is in a Phelim McDermott staging seen at the ENO and LA Opera in 2016.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, starting his second season as the Met's music director, leads Berg's "Wozzeck" opening Dec. 27 in a William Kentridge production first seen at the 2017 Salzburg Festival in Austria. He also conducts revivals of Massenet's "Werther" and Puccini's "Turandot," which will mark the Met's first regular Sunday performance on Oct. 6. There will be 16 Sunday matinees next season, and the Met plans 23 in 1920-21 and 27 in 2021-22.

Nezet-Seguin plans to conduct as many as six productions in 2020-21.

Wagner's "Die Fliegende Hollaender (The Flying Dutchman)" is an intermission-less Francois Girard staging that opens March 2 with Valery Gergiev conducting Bryn Terfel, a co-production that debuts at Canada's L'Opera de Quebec on July 28.

Simon Rattle leads a revival of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" starting Dec. 13. Placido Domingo adds another new role a few months before his 79th birthday when he sings Sharpless in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" starting Nov. 6.

The Latest: Prosecutor left Smollett case as precaution

The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

A spokeswoman says Chicago's top prosecutor recused herself from the Jussie Smollett investigation because she had had conversations with one of the "Empire" actor's family members and "facilitated a connection" with the police department.

Tandra Simonton said Wednesday that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case last week "out of an abundance of caution." The move was announced Tuesday.

Foxx's first assistant, Joe Magats, is overseeing the case.

A police official says Smollett is suspected of lying about the attack and that detectives were presenting evidence to a grand jury Wednesday afternoon.

Smollett has repeated stood by his account. The black and gay actor told police that two masked men attacked him early on Jan. 29 and hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Smollett's lawyers didn't respond to repeated requests for comment on Wednesday.

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4:30 p.m.

A police official says "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police report" and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted the news on Wednesday after Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives.

Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He says they beat him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing.

Police couldn't find surveillance video of the attack but questioned two men who were initially deemed as suspects but who were released Friday. On Saturday, Guglielmi said information from the men had "shifted" the investigation and that police want to speak to Smollett again.

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3:10 p.m.

A police official says lawyers for Jussie Smollett are meeting with prosecutors and police investigators about the reported attack on the "Empire" actor late last month.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the meeting was taking place Wednesday afternoon. He declined to confirm reports that subpoenas had been issued for Smollett's phone and bank records.

Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He says they beat him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing.

Police couldn't find surveillance video of the attack but questioned two men who were initially deemed as suspects but who were released Friday. On Saturday, Guglielmi said information from the men had "shifted" the investigation and that police want to speak to Smollett again.

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11:45 a.m.

Fox Television says "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett "continues to be a consummate professional on set" and it has reiterated that he's not being written out of the show.

The statement issued Wednesday by 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment follows reports that Smollett's role on the show was being slashed amid police investigations into the actor's report that he was attacked in Chicago last month.

The 36-year old told Chicago police that two masked men beat him, yelled homophobic and racial slurs and looped a rope around his neck. Smollett is black and gay.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said last week that media reports about the attack being a hoax were unconfirmed by case detectives. Police said Saturday that their investigation had "shifted" after they interviewed two brothers who were arrested and later released.

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6:40 a.m.

Chicago police say they've dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men, he was in an elevator at his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday that a person in the building reported seeing the three together the night in question last month. But he says video evidence shows the report isn't credible.

Guglielmi says the two brothers meet with investigators Tuesday. There was no immediate word on what they discussed.

Smollett has said two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck. Smollett is black and gay.

On Saturday, police announced that the "investigation had shifted" following interviews with the brothers. Police have requested another interview with Smollett.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in a court filing that a man who accused her in a lawsuit of crashing into him at a Utah ski resort was actually the culprit in the collision and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth.

Paltrow was skiing with her children and friends in 2016 during a family vacation on a beginner run at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, when Terry Sanderson smashed into her from behind and delivered a full "body blow,' the actress' attorney alleged in a counter claim. Paltrow said she was shaken by the collision and quit skiing for the day.

She said Sanderson apologized and said he was fine, her response to Sanderson's lawsuit said. Paltrow previously denied blame for the crash in a statement but had not offered a full version of the events.

"She did not knock him down," Paltrow's court filing said. "He knocked her down. He was not knocked out."

Paltrow, known for her roles in "Shakespeare in Love" and the "Iron Man" movies and her lifestyle company named goop, said her injuries were minor and that she is seeking "symbolic damages" of $1 plus costs for her lawyers' fees. She said Sanderson made a "meritless claim.'

Her legal response to Sanderson also called his lawsuit an "attempt to exploit her celebrity and wealth."

Paltrow's account differs greatly from the sequence of the events on Feb. 26, 2016, alleged by Sanderson in his lawsuit filed last month. He said Paltrow was skiing out of control and knocked him out, leaving him with a concussion and four broken ribs. He referred to it as a "hit and run" and is seeking $3.1 million in damages.

Sanderson, a retired Salt Lake City optometrist, told reporters on the day he sued that he waited to file the lawsuit for nearly three years because he had problems with attorneys and could not function properly because of the concussion.

Sanderson's attorney, Robert Sykes, said his client's version of events is the truth and corroborated by a friend he was skiing with who saw Paltrow hit Sanderson from behind. Sykes played a video of that man's account at the Jan. 29 news conference.

"It is unfortunate that Ms. Paltrow would fail to tell the truth about what happened," Sykes said.

Sanderson's lawsuit and Paltrow's response both cite an incident report filed by a Deer Valley ski instructor.

The instructor, who was skiing with Paltrow's 9-year-old son, said Sanderson was uphill and hit Paltrow from behind. He said Paltrow had been making short turns as she skied behind her children, who were getting lessons downhill from her on the same trail, according to the report provided to The Associated Press by Paltrow's attorney through the actress' spokeswoman, Heather Wilson. The report will be an exhibit in the court case, Wilson said.

But the instructor said in his report said he did not actually see the collision and only heard Paltrow scream and hit the ground. He did not explain how he knew that Sanderson caused the collision.

Sanderson in his lawsuit accused the instructor of filing a false report. Sanderson said he also heard Paltrow scream, right before he said she crashed into him, his lawsuit said.

Deer Valley Resort spokeswoman Emily Summers said Wednesday that the resort does not comment on pending legal matters. Sanderson's lawsuit against Paltrow also names the resort as a defendant.

The resort's attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit in a court filing Tuesday in which they denied that the instructor falsified the report and defended how ski patrol personnel responded to the crash.

The resort said its ski patrol hauled Sanderson in a toboggan to a medical tent after the collision. The resort denied it inflicted the emotional distress Sanderson said he suffered after the collision.

"A recreational skiing accident that plaintiff waited nearly three years to sue on simply does not constitute an event that renders a 'reasonable person unable to cope with his daily life," Deer Valley said in its filing.

Rhode Island marks 16th anniversary of nightclub fire

Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the walls of The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

The fire quickly spread through the overcrowded club, and many people became trapped and died, or were severely burned.

The site of the fire is now a memorial park. Although no formal service is planned at the site, several people showed up Wednesday to pay their respects.

Club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele (BEEK'-lee), who set off the pyrotechnics, reached plea deals on involuntary manslaughter charges. Biechele and Michael Derderian served prison time.

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