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POSTED July 28, 2013 8:19 p.m.

u NBC TO AIR HILLARY CLINTON MINISERIES: BEVERLY HILLS  (AP) — A Hillary Rodham Clinton miniseries timed to precede the 2016 presidential election is part of NBC’s effort to create “event” programming that will draw viewers to the shrinking world of broadcast network TV, NBC’s programming chief said Saturday.

“We need to be in the event business. I think you’re going to hear that from every broadcast network,” said Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman.

The four-hour miniseries “Hillary,” starring Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of state, is one such bid for distinctive programming, he said.

The goal is to woo viewers who are increasingly drawn away by cable TV’s eye-catching, critically acclaimed fare like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and other media choices.

Broadcasting’s audience is shrinking by 4 percent to 7 percent annually, Greenblatt told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

u JUDGE TACKS ON 50 YEARS IN NJ FATHER RAPE CASE: PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man already in prison for sexually assaulting one of his daughters has been sentenced to an additional 50 years for raping and impregnating one of her siblings.

The man still faces three more trials — one for each of the remaining daughters he is accused of assaulting. The Associated Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault and is not reporting the man’s name to protect the identity of his alleged victims.

In court Friday, the self-styled music producer faced a daughter who had testified she bore four of his children. The Record of Woodland Park reports that the man, shackled and in a prison jumpsuit, burst out at one point that the woman “should have told the truth.”

A jury convicted the man in March of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault. He was already serving 40 years after being convicted in 2010 of sexually assaulting another daughter who testified she bore him a child.

u EX-NV METHODIST MINISTERS BACK SAME-SEX UNIONS: RENO, Nev. (AP) — Five retired United Methodist ministers are taking a stand against their church’s rules regarding same-sex unions.

Retired Revs. John Emerson and Nadene DeWitt of Sparks and Karla Bowman of Reno announced at a news conference in Reno on Friday they’ve signed onto a covenant with 80 of their colleagues in California to perform same-sex holy unions.

Retired Revs. Bill McCord of Carson City and John Sublett of Sparks also are on board.

The United Methodist Church officially bans holy unions as well as same-sex marriages, which now are legal in California, but not in Nevada.

DeWitt told the Reno Gazette-the position seems to fly in the face of the church’s long history of being on the cutting edge of social justice.

u TOUR BUS FLIPS OVER IN WASH AMID ARIZ. RAIN STORM:  KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A tour bus carrying 31 people was pushed into a wash before flipping over amid heavy rains in northern Arizona on Sunday, authorities said.

There were no reports of injuries after the accident near Kingman, Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter told KNXV-TV. Multiple agencies were at the scene, and Bill Johnston of the Kingman Fire Department told the news station, the bus had become stuck in an area with heavy rain before it was swept into the wash.

The crash happened as Northern Arizona was hit with a second day of heavy rain. Kingman is near the Arizona-Nevada stateline and about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

u GAS PRICES UP 8 CENTS OVER PAST 2 WEEKS: CAMARILLO  (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped eight cents over the past two weeks.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.67. Midgrade costs an average of $3.85 a gallon, and premium is $3.99.

Diesel was up four cents at $3.93 gallon.

Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, Charleston, S.C., has the nation’s lowest average price for gas at $3.34. Chicago has the highest at $4.10.

In California, the lowest average price was $3.83 in Sacramento. The highest was in Los Angeles at $4.04. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $3.97, an increase of two cents.

u MAN FINED FOR GIVING AWAY BABY TURTLES AS PRIZES: PASO ROBLES  (AP) — A California Mid-State Fair carnival game operator faces a fine for giving away baby turtles as prizes because the tiny creatures pose a health risk.

Steve John Lopez, 41, faces a $1,000 fine and could face probation.

The tiny turtles were being given away at a game where contestants try to throw ping pong balls into floating rings. The state seized 65 turtles Thursday, of a total of 100 the vendor bought from a downtown Los Angeles seller.

Turtles and other reptiles can pose a threat of salmonella with their droppings, but baby turtles are considered more of a health risk because they’re handled more frequently.

It’s illegal to distribute turtles smaller than 4 inches long. The turtles Lopez gave away were about 2 weeks old, with some smaller than a quarter.

Those who won a turtle as a prize aren’t law breakers but health officials encourage them to bring the turtles to the county’s Division of Animal Services in San Luis Obispo so they can go to a turtle rescue.

The turtles grow far beyond their tiny size, and require special heat lamps and care.

u CALIF. DENIES COMPLAINT FROM CARLOS SLIM’S FIRM : SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A California political watchdog agency said this week that an immigrant rights group didn’t violate lobbying laws, contrary to allegations from a company owned by the world’s richest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Telephone tycoon Slim’s TracFone Wireless Inc., a unit of America Movil, filed a complaint alleging Two Countries, One Voice used phony grass-roots organizations to influence the American government.

The California Fair Political Practices Commission notified the company Wednesday that there’s insufficient evidence to support that allegation of a Political Reform Act Violation.


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