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According to the Associated Press, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the actress will “bring her sharp wit and big heart, and her impressive TV audience and 8 million followers on Twitter” to support U.S. efforts to save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Mrs. Clinton said the money will help scale up and assess new prevention strategies.

She said Tuesday that more effective prevention methods were driving infections down, making it possible to treat more people. She said that is allowing health campaigners for the first time to “get ahead of the pandemic,” and make progress toward establishing an AIDS-free generation.

Hal Kanter, Hollywood writer, created ‘Julia,’ dead at 92

Hollywood comedy writer Hal Kanter has died in Los Angeles at 92, the Associated Press reports. He wrote for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directed Elvis Presley in “Loving You” and created the landmark “Julia” TV show.

The Writers Guild of America said Kanter died Sunday. His daughter, Donna Kanter, told the Los Angeles Times he died from pneumonia complications at Encino Hospital.

Kanter wrote for the Oscars show for decades and was among show writers who shared Emmys in 1991 and 1992.

He created the 1968 NBC-TV series “Julia” starring Diahann Carroll, the first sitcom to feature a black actress as a professional woman rather than a domestic worker.

Kanter also wrote the 1952 Hope and Crosby movie “Road to Bali” and Presley’s 1957 movie “Loving You,” which he also directed.

Actor Matthew Fox wants jury trial in civil suit

Matthew Fox wants a jury trial in a Cleveland civil lawsuit claiming the former star of TV’s “Lost” punched the driver of a chartered party bus.

According to the Associated Press, online court records show Mr. Fox made the demand in a counterclaim filed Thursday.

In her lawsuit, driver Heather Bormann of Cleveland alleges that Mr. Fox punched her in the breast, groin, arm and legs after she blocked him from boarding the bus on Aug. 28. Mr. Fox was in Cleveland for a movie shoot.

Miss Bormann’s suit says she needed medical treatment for injuries that led to a loss of income. She’s seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

Cleveland prosecutors reviewed the case and declined to file charges against the actor.

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