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MTV launches drive to get young people to vote

MTV is launching its first-ever drive to encourage young people to register and vote during a midterm election year.

The youth-centric network will unveil the effort at Monday's Video Music Awards in New York. The drive is aimed at urging fans to make voting a communal effort with their friends.

It hearkens back to MTV's "Choose or Lose" campaign when Bill Clinton was first elected in 1992. MTV says its effort is non-partisan, but it will be happening at a time when groups favoring Democrats are making a big effort to get young people to the polls.

MTV's plan will culminate in some 1,000 parties of different sizes across the country on Election Day.

Beating King of Pop, The Eagles have No.1 album of all-time

The Eagles' greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to become history's best-selling album of all-time.

The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles' album — "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" — is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies.

The album was released in 1976 and pushes Jackson's "Thriller," which is 33x platinum, to second place.

RIAA also said that the Eagles' "Hotel California," released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and makes it the third best-selling album of all-time.

The last time RIAA tallied sales for the Eagles' greatest hits album was in 2006, when it said it was 29x platinum. Sales and streams for "Thriller" were last updated last year.

"We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It's been quite a ride," Don Henley said in a statement.

RIAA's platinum status was once equivalent to selling one million albums or songs, but in 2013 the company began incorporating streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services to determine certification for albums and songs.

Now 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale. Also, 10 song downloads = 1 album sale.

The Eagles, who formed in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, mastered the mix of rock 'n' roll and country music, and the band's hits — including "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy — became part of the soundtrack of that decade. They broke up in 1980, coming back together 14 years later with Henley and Glenn Frey being the only remaining original members. Frey died in 2016, but the Grammy-winning band remains on tour.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016.

Asia Argento, #MeToo activist, settled sex assault claim against her, report says

A prominent #MeToo activist and Harvey Weinstein accuser recently agreed to pay $380,000 to settle a sexual assault complaint against her, according to a new report.

>> Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago

The New York Times reported Sunday that actress Asia Argento, who said last year that Weinstein raped her in 1997, settled a claim by former child star Jimmy Bennett, 22. In a notice of intent to sue that Bennett filed after Argento, 42, went public with her Weinstein allegations in October, Bennett claimed that Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17, the Times reported. The alleged incident occurred in a hotel room in California, where the age of consent is 18.

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"An unidentified party" sent documents related to the case, including a selfie of Bennett and Argento in bed, to the Times, the newspaper reported, adding that "three people familiar with the case" had confirmed the documents' authenticity.

The complaint said Bennett was traumatized by the incident, which "hindered [his] work and income and threatened his mental health," the Times reported. Bennett, who starred in a 2004 movie with Argento and played her character's son, had viewed their bond as a "mother-son relationship," the complaint said.

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The Times also reported that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who met Argento in 2016 and began dating her, helped her "navigate the matter." Bourdain committed suicide in June.

Bennett declined to comment on the Times' piece, and Argento did not return requests for comment, the newspaper reported.

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Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported.

Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her, the Times reported.

Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 film called "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" in which Argento played Bennett's prostitute mother.

Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in a California hotel in 2013. The age of consent in California is 18.

The notice says the encounter traumatized Bennett and hurt his career, the Times reported.

The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic, the Times reported.

Argento became one of the most well-known activists of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento.

Representatives for Argento could not be immediately reached by The Associated Press for comment. Through a representative, Bennett declined to comment to the Times.

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This story has been clarified to say that Jimmy Bennett filed a notice of intent to sue.

Alec Baldwin disapproves of daughter's racy Instagram photo

Comedian Alec Baldwin weighed in on the racy snapshot his daughter posted on Instagram on Saturday, voicing his disapproval in the comments section, People reported.

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“No. Just … No,” Baldwin, 60, posted on the account of Ireland Baldwin.

In the Instagram photo, Ireland Baldwin, 22, posed on a motorcycle, leaning forward while wearing a black bra and a matching pair of bottoms that are barely visible. She apparently exposed more skin than her father preferred to see on social media, E! Online reported. 

The younger Baldwin, the daughter of the comedian and Kim Basinger, posed nude for PETA earlier this year. That came 24 years after Basinger struck a similar pose for PETA, E! Online reported. She also posed in her underwear in an Instagram post.

Ireland Baldwin’s comment about the photo on Instagram was “Stay extra,” People reported.

Comedian Andy Gross stirs outrage at Purdue University

Comedian Andy Gross stirred outrage at Indiana's Purdue University, which says the Los Angeles-based performer's act during a student orientation was inappropriate.

The Indianapolis Star reports that some students walked out of Saturday's performance and accused the comedian of harassing a female student who was called on stage to assist with part of his routine. They say he made a crude reference to his own genitalia and requested that the student touch his leg, among other comments they found distasteful.

A representative for Gross, a ventriloquist who also does magic tricks, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

School officials said in a statement accounts differ as to exactly what happened, but that parts of the performance were "clearly inappropriate and contrary to the university's values."

Backstreet Boys fans treated for injuries after storm

An Oklahoma casino says 14 people suffered cuts and bruises when a powerful rainstorm toppled entrance trusses and disrupted the start of an outdoor concert by the Backstreet Boys.

Kym Koch-Thompson, spokeswoman for the WinStar World Casino and Resort, says the concertgoers were treated at the scene following Saturday's storm, then taken to hospitals in Oklahoma and Texas. She says they were all treated for minor injuries and released. The casino in Thackerville is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Dallas.

The casino says a storm packing winds of up to 80 mph (128 kph) struck the venue about 5:30 p.m. and blew down entrance trusses on about 150 concertgoers who didn't heed earlier evacuation warnings.

Koch-Thompson says the concert was postponed. A new date hasn't yet been set.

The Latest: The new alternative facts: 'Truth isn't truth'

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Move over, alternative facts. Now, truth isn't truth.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani used the line Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd.

Giuliani was trying to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller's team wouldn't accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses' recollections.

Giuliani says it's "silly" to say Trump should testify "because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry" because "it's somebody's version of the truth. Not the truth."

Todd insisted: "Truth is truth," Giuliani responded: "Truth isn't truth." The comment left Todd flummoxed.

Trump and his aides have been criticized for spreading lies and disinformation. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway famously referred to it as "alternative facts."

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President Donald Trump is insisting that White House lawyer Don McGahn isn't "a John Dean type 'RAT.'"

Trump in a series of Sunday morning tweets is responding to a New York Times story reporting that McGahn has given hours of testimony to the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling.

Dean was White House counsel for President Richard Nixon during Watergate. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice.

Trump says he allowed McGahn and others to testify. He says, "I didn't have to. I have nothing to hide......"

Trump is also calling the investigation "McCarthyism at its WORST," a reference to indiscriminate allegations made by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s to expose communists.

Box office bomb: Kevin Spacey's new film takes in $126 on opening day

Kevin Spacey’s latest film was a box office dud on its opening day in theaters, taking in just $126, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The crime-drama “Billionaire Boys” opened in eight theaters in several states and earned an estimated $500 for the weekend after it was released via video on demand last month, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The movie is not being shown in large cities such as New York or Los Angeles, but it can be seen in Miami, New Orleans and Phoenix, Entertainment Weekly reported.

It was Spacey’s first film release since a series of sexual allegations were made last year against the Academy Award-winning actor, Newsweek reported. The $126 boils down to about 13 tickets, the magazine reported.

Spacey portrays real-life con artist Ron Levin in the film, which stars Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts and Taron Egerton.

Spacey, 59, was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” last November.

Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of trying to force himself on Rapp during the 1980s, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26.

Soon afterward, a former television anchor accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her son. Twenty people who worked with Spacey at London’s Old Vic story also accused him of inappropriate behavior.

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