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Judge Gee agreed with attorneys for Tony Awards Productions that much of the potential evidence and the vast majority of witnesses — including actors and production workers on the awards show — are in New York.

Mr. Michaels’ attorney Alex Weingarten said the ruling doesn’t impact the singer’s case. “The damages are the same in New York or California,” he said.

Casey Anthony verdict gives HLN record ratings

The HLN network reached its biggest audience ever when the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial was announced.

The Nielsen Co. said 4.58 million people were watching HLN between 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday. That was the largest audience HLN has gathered since it began in 1982 as CNN Headline News.

In prime time, the network had an average of 2.12 million people, its biggest audience since Sept. 11, 2001. Nielsen said Wednesday that Nancy Grace’s prime-time show reached 2.9 million people, its largest audience ever.

Spitzer’s ‘In the Arena’ is canceled at CNN

Eliot Spitzer was bounced from CNN’s prime-time lineup Wednesday, having spent less time as a TV host than he did as New York governor.

CNN reshuffled its schedule to add a program by former CNBC personality Erin Burnett, move Anderson Cooper’s flagship newscast into the tough 8 p.m. time slot and eliminate Mr. Spitzer’s “In the Arena” program.

Mr. Spitzer signed off his show Wednesday, saying it would be his last. He ended with a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt praising people who get “in the arena” to try to improve society, a passage he said inspired the name for his show. CNN talked to Mr. Spitzer about staying with the network as a commentator, but he decided not to.

“We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging,” Mr. Spitzer said. “I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”

Mr. Spitzer, who resigned in March 2008, 14 months into his term as New York governor amid a prostitution scandal, began his nightly show on CNN in October. At first, he was paired on “Parker/Spitzer” with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, who left in February. The show was renamed “In the Arena” with Mr. Spitzer as the lead personality.

c Compiled from Web and wire reports

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