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Father’s heart-warming talk with emotional 6-year-old daughter goes viral

A video of an Ohio man consoling his daughter has gone viral with its positive message. Randy Gaines of Kettering didn't know his wife, Deceena Gaines, was recording him at the time, but neither of them knew the video was going to reach over 3.2 million views by Monday afternoon. 

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On Dec. 2, Gaines found his 6-year-old daughter upset in her room because he had teased her by calling her a name after a book he reads to her, "Moody Moose Buttons." Gaines said his family of six are very playful and like to tease each other. "We are very close," he said. 

Gaines said he began to talk with his daughter and got her to open up about what was bothering her. He discussed with her how to handle her emotions and to talk with him in the video. 

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Gaines said he thinks the story is viral because, "It's an open, honest, genuine moment that was very personal and positive. I don't think you see a lot of that in the media or online. Most people aren't used to seeing this parenting style. People all over the country are reaching out. A lot of people have said they didn't receive this as a child and are going to do this for their kids." 

Gaines said he is honored, humbled, and flattered by all of the positive feedback.

Family, friends celebrate Kirk Douglas’s 101st year

Kirk Douglas had a lot of help to blow out his many birthday candles over the weekend.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the Hollywood legend rang in 101 years on Saturday at his Beverly Hills home and was showered with tributes from his famous family. 

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The senior Douglas’ 17-year-old grandson, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on an Instagram of himself planting a peck on his grandfather’s face.

“Happy birthday 101 years and still sexy love you with all my heart Pappy,” Dylan captioned the photo.

Dylan’s mother, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, offered her own well wishes for her father-in-law. She shared a photo on Instagram of Douglas and herself with the caption, “101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee. Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart.”

Zeta-Jones’ posts came in lieu of her presence at Douglas’s lunchtime birthday bash, but she definitely didn’t miss out on singing her father-in-law a personalized rendition of “Happy Birthday” through FaceTime, according to The Daily Mail

In addition to his 73-year-old son, Michael Douglas, — who flew in and out of the celebration to rejoin his son Cameron at the birth of his granddaughter — Kirk was joined in celebration by his wife of 63 years, Anne, 98, nieces and nephews and Hollywood bigwigs. 

Douglas’ family presented him with a bright, sunflower-patterned cake with his age written in frosting, and his cardiologist allowed the “Spartacus” star to enjoy his yearly, physician-permitted shot of vodka, according to Deadline

Born on Dec. 9, 1916, Kirk Douglas has enjoyed a storied career spanning several decades. The veteran was known for playing the title character from “Ulysses” (1954), starring in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954) and his famed role as “Spartacus” (1960). 

Considering the 101-year-old actor was up and dancing just last year, he’s still got plenty of youth left inside.

From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017’s sexual harassment scandals

In October, the New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Since then, multiple high-profile men in media, politics and other industries have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape.

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Some, but not all, have been ousted from their companies or resigned themselves amid the allegations.

Related: Why sex scandals are finally leading to consequences

A timeline of dozens of sexual misconduct scandals against high-profile men since Weinstein:

This list will be updated periodically. Included is the accusation, response and aftermath. This is not an exhaustive list of accusations. 

Kesha, Macklemore announce 2018 tour

Kesha is about to embark on her first tour in five years and is teaming up with Macklemore to do so.

Billboard reported that the musicians announced “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour” Monday across their social media platforms and in the form of a promotional video.

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The tour will be  the first for Kesha since being involved in a nasty round of lawsuits with her former producer Dr. Luke. She also has released an album, “Rainbow,” which includes the critically acclaimed song “Praying.”

Related: Kesha releases ‘Praying’ music video, first new song in 4 years amidst legal battle

“Entertainment Tonight” reported in September that Macklemore and Kesha released a song together called “Good Old Days.” The reflective single comes from Macklemore’s latest record, “Gemini.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 15 at noon local time. Presales begin Dec. 13. Both artists will donate $1 from every ticket. Variety reported that Kesha is donating her proceeds to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and Mackelmore is donating his to M Plus 1, an organization that advances racial and social justice through the M&RL Equity Fund.

Kesha and Macklemore will tour across North America from June to August. The first of 30 dates is June 6 in Phoenix.

The full list of tour dates is below.

June 6 in Phoenix at Ak-Chin PavilionJune 8 in Inglewood, California, at The ForumJune 9 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Events CenterJune 12 in Chula Vista, California, at Mattress Firm AmphitheatreJune 14 in Mountain View, California, at Shoreline AmphitheatreJune 16 in Salt Lake City at USANA AmphitheatreJune 17 in Denver at Pepsi CenterJune 20 in Dallas at Starplex PavilionJune 22 in Austin, Texas, at Austin360 AmphitheaterJune 23 in The Woodlands, Texas, at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by HuntsmanJune 25 in Rogers, Arkansas, at Arkansas Music PavilionJune 26 in Kansas City, Missouri, at Sprint CenterJuly 10 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, at Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreJuly 11 in Cincinnati at Riverbend Music CenterJuly 13 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Bridgestone ArenaJuly 14 in Tinley Park, Illinois, at Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreJuly 16 in Toronto at Budweiser StageJuly 18 in Clarkston, Michigan, at DTE Energy Music TheatreJuly 19 in Noblesville, Indiana, at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music CenterJuly 21 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at Hersheypark StadiumJuly 22 in Darien Center, New York, at Darien Lake AmphitheaterJuly 24 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, at Xfinity CenterJuly 25 in Camden, New Jersey, at BB&T PavilionJuly 27 in Holmdel, New Jersey, at PNC Bank Arts CenterJuly 28 in Bristow, Virginia, at Jiffy Lube LiveJuly 30 in Wantagh, New York, at Northwell Health at Jones Beach TheaterAug. 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at PNC Music Pavilion CharlotteAug. 2 in Atlanta at Cellairis Amphitheatre at LakewoodAug. 4 in Miami at American Airlines ArenaAug. 5 in Tampa, Florida, at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Ellen DeGeneres’ California home threatened by wildfires

The Thomas Fire is impacting thousands of California residents, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

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DeGeneres tweeted Sunday night that her Santa Barbara home is in danger from the raging wildfire.

“We just had to evacuate our pets,” she wrote. “I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.”

The Thomas Fire has burned through at least 200,000 acres through Sunday evening and also interrupted transmission lines in the Santa Barbara area, leaving more than 85,000 customers without power.

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The fire began seven days ago and has forced more than 88,000 people to evacuate their homes, KCBS reported.

More than 4,000 firefighters have been deployed to the firefight.

Christopher Plummer gets Golden Globe nomination for role taken over from Kevin Spacey

The Golden Globes nominations were announced Monday, and among the surprise shut outs and front runners, Christopher Plummer’s nomination is gaining attention.

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The actor quickly replaced Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty in the Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World.” Having reshot Spacey’s parts in the film in the span of some weeks, Plummer has been nominated for best supporting actor.

Related: 75th Golden Globe Awards nominees announced

The decision by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which holds the award show, could be the fastest turnaround from performance to nomination, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Related: Kevin Spacey scenes cut from ‘All the Money in the World’ movie, recast with Christopher Plummer

Plummer replaced Spacey in the movie, which also stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, after Spacey faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and was cut from the film. The mystery-crime film follows the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. 

Twitter reaction to the nomination was mixed.

EW.com reported that Plummer’s nomination indicates that the final cut of the film was done just in time for the Dec. 4 deadline to be screened by the HFPA before nominations were made.

In addition to Plummer’s nom, “All the Money in the World” has two other nominations, including best supporting actress for Williams and best director for Scott. 

The public can view the movie Dec. 25.

Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 

Christmas shoppers can usually find superheroes on toy shelves at Target. But, here’s a twist: shoppers at a Kansas City area Target discovered superheroes shopping for toys at Target.

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Iron Man, Thor, Supergirl, Snow White and Captain America were among the comic book heroes shopping for kids Sunday night at the Target in Mission, Kansas, The Kansas City Star reported.

Armed with $17,000 in donations collected by Elite Comics in Overland Park, the superheroes picked out toys that will be given to kids staying at Children's’ Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, the Star reported.

“It means a lot,” said Captain America, also known as Jerry Holtorf of Overland Park.

Holtorf’s parents battled cancer. In his trips to the hospital, he said he saw children in their own fights against the disease. He wanted to help make the kids’ Christmas a happier time.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate in age,” Holtorf said. “What (my parents) were going through in their room, a 6- or 7-year-old was going through in the next room and it breaks your heart.”

The caped crusaders summoned a rental trailer to cart away their packages, bound for children in the hospital. And if anyone wants to join the crusade, there are still opportunities ahead.

“We’re not done,” said Elite Comics owner William Binderup, who added that he will be accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 22.

Not a fan: Hilarious Santa photo shows baby pleading for ‘help’ in sign language

Kerry Spencer has an annual Christmas tradition that brings a smile to the faces of her family members, and this year, the public is getting in on the laughs.

Spencer, of Parkton, Maryland, every year shares a photo of her son, Samuel, sitting on Santa’s lap at a mall in Provo, Utah. What’s unique about Samuel’s visit with Santa 12 years ago is that he wasn’t crying, and he wasn’t telling the big guy what he wanted for Christmas.

“We taught our baby sign language,” Spencer wrote in a Dec. 5 Twitter post. “This is the sign for ‘help.’ You’re welcome.”

In the photo, a very authentic-looking Santa smiles for the camera while a solemn-looking, 1-year-old Samuel averts his eyes. His chubby little toddler hands are making the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for “help,” or as close to it as he can get.

Mashable reported that Spencer, whose Facebook profile states that she is a faculty member at Stevenson University, taught both of her children ASL.

“We taught both our kids baby sign (language) because they can sign before they talk and it is so very useful to be able to communicate with your baby,” Spencer said. 

Spencer said she shares the photo each year on Facebook, but this year, her friend, author Mette Harrison, asked her to tweet it so she could retweet it to her own followers.

As of Monday morning, the tweet had more than 25,000 likes and had been shared close to 6,700 times. 

Some of the reactions to the photo were nearly as funny as the photo itself. 

“Wonder what my son was trying to say,” one Twitter user wrote above a photo of a little boy showing Santa his middle finger, with Santa looking on with great interest.

“Something boss. I can tell,” Spencer responded.

“This is how I signed ‘help,” another woman wrote, sharing a photo of herself as a child, screaming on Santa’s lap and desperately trying to get away.

“That works, too,” Spencer wrote.

Other commenters pointed out that Samuel’s technique wasn’t quite right. 

“It’s ASL baby sign,” Spencer wrote in response. “Like with spoken language, certain words are ‘mispronounced’ by babies learning them.”

She posted an image of the ASL sign for comparison. 

Overall, people found the photo as hilarious as Spencer and her family do. Samuel, now 13, even got in on the Twitter action.

“I happen to be the baby in this photo,” he tweeted. “You may direct all likes and follows to me now.”

“You’re a big boy now,” his mom responded.

“You got that right, Hun,” Samuel wrote. 

Spencer said the entire family laughs at the photo each year.

“Posting it is one of our favorite family traditions,” she said, according to Mashable

Chef Mario Batali leaves 'The Chew' amid sexual harassment allegations

Chef Mario Batali is stepping down as co-host of ABC’s cooking and lifestyle show “The Chew” after being accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women, USA Today reported.

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Multiple anonymous women alleged in a story by food-trade publication Eater New York that Batali had groped their breasts or buttocks, amid other allegations.

Batali apologized and pledged to try and “regain” the “respect and trust” of his fans, family and business associates.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said. “Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.

“That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group — which services about two dozen restaurants owned by Batali, Joe Bastianich and others — confirmed that Batali “will step away from the company's operations,” USA Today reported.

“We have asked Mario Batali to step away from ‘The Chew’ while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention,” ABC said in a statement. “ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct.”

Batali has been one of four co-anchors of “The Chew” since its inception in 2011, Variety reported. He also recently signed a deal with Food Network to produce new episodes of his cooking series “Molto Mario” for the first time since 2005. Food Network had no comment on the status of that project, Variety reported.

4-year-old Chicago boy reads 100 books in one day

Reading is fundamental for a 4-year-old Chicago boy. It’s a lot of fun, too.

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Caleb Green staged a reading marathon Saturday, completing 100 books, WLS reported. Every time he finished 10 books, including his favorites about dogs and Ninja Turtles, he did a little dance.

Caleb’s parents decided to stream his book binge on Facebook Live and received several thousand views, WLS reported.

“I like to read, and I want to read some more like my sister,” Caleb told WLS.

According to the Reading Is Fundamental website, 34 percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn how to read.

Caleb is already honing those skills. When he told his parents about his goal, they hunted through their bookshelves. When they came up short, friends came by with more books, WLS reported.

“I was like, ‘100, son? That's a lot of books,” said Caleb’s father, Sylus Green. “So at first, I had the gut reaction to talk him down a little bit, but he was like, ‘No, I want to read 100.’” 

Sylus Green said his son is an inspiration.

“I learned to just dream bigger and I am going to set unrealistic goals for myself this coming year and I'm going to be inspired by Caleb to not quit on him and just push through it,” Sylus Green said.

Caleb continues to set goals for himself.

“I want to be a basketball player. When I am 22, I want to be an astronaut and when I'm 23, I want to be a Ninja Turtle,” he told WLS.

Man puts 14-foot-tall “A Christmas Story” leg lamp in front yard

Forget hanging lights or setting up other traditional decorations like Santa, or a manger scene, one homeowner decided to take a more cinematic approach to holiday decor.

A 14-foot-tall “A Christmas Story” leg lamp. 

"Nothing says Christmas like the soft glow of electric sex,” creator Tom Gross told ABC News, quoting a line from the film.

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He used scrap items from around the house including a pool cue, Christmas lights, a volleyball net and old curtains to create the authentic look.

It is less “fra-gee-lay” than last year’s version, but Gross has had to replace the lamp shade twice because of strong winds. 

"This one is more durable," he said. "People either realize what it is and freak out, or don't know why I have a leg in my yard. If they get it, they throw the flashers on and get out of the car and have a picture taken with it. It is really awesome to see people enjoy it that much."

Jane Fonda reunites with ‘favorite ex-husband’ Ted Turner for her 80th birthday bash

Jane Fonda was joined by her “favorite ex-husband” Ted Turner and friends to celebrate her 80th birthday at The Whitley in Atlanta Saturday night. 

James Taylor and Carole King performed and then helped Jane blow out candles. 

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Other famous friends at the “Eight Decades of Jane” celebration included including actresses Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener, playwright Eve Ensler and Spanx founder Sarah Blakely. 

Fonda’s son, Troy Garity, was also among the 228 guests.

The Associated Press reported that the event recognized Fonda’s achievements throughout her life and also raised $1.3 million for Fonda’s Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential foundation, which she created in 1995.

More information on the event and Fonda’s GCAPP foundation can be found at myAJC.com.

Saudi Arabia ends 35-year ban on movie theaters

A night at the movies will soon become a reality for citizens of Saudi Arabia, as the country is lifting a ban that has been in effect for more than 35 years, CNN reported Monday.

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Early next year, commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement. It expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March.

"This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the Kingdom," Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in the statement.

The government hopes that opening movie theaters will spark economic growth and create more job opportunities, while providing Saudis with more entertainment options, CNN reported.

There are few entertainment attractions in Saudi Arabia. Many of its citizens visit neighboring countries for vacations and leisure time, CNN reported, and the Saudi government wants more of those people to spend their money at home.

The Ministry of Culture said it plans to have 300 cinemas with more than 2000 screens by 2030, CNN reported. The movies need to be subtitled in Arabic, and censorship of nudity is likely, CNN reported.

Novo Cinemas, based in the United Arab Emirates, is already considering the opportunity.

"We are absolutely studying our options to enter the Saudi market ... it's an important market," CEO Debbie Kristiansen told CNN.

75th Golden Globe Awards nominees announced: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water,’ HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ take most nods

Stars of the small and big screen are finding out who could be taking home a Golden Globes award as the nominations are announced for the Golden Globes Awards.

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According to Vanity Fair, expected nominees included “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Dunkirk” for Best Motion Picture, Drama. 

For Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, the nominations included “The Greatest Showman” and “I, Tonya.”

On the television drama side, “This Is Us” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are against the likes of “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things ,” while comedy nominations went to “Black-ish” and “Will & Grace.”

The Golden Globes Awards ceremony will air on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Anonymous donor buys every toy at Goodwill, gives them to children

For nearly a decade, an anonymous donor has bought every toy in a Goodwill so that any child who walks through the door leaves with something. 

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Children who walked into the store on Saturday were invited to choose a toy, stuffed animal or a book, according to The Coloradoan.

Tarryn Henkelman, 6, was able to replace her recently broken scooter with a blue one she found. 

The donor and his wife watched as children crowded around the toy section, and then they left the store unnoticed. The event has become an important family tradition for them.

Todd Wakefield worked at the store the first year the man came in and bought all the toys. 

Wakefield, who now works at Goodwill’s corporate office, made a point to attend the event this year.

"We've got some amazing people throughout our community," Wakefield said. "This is what our business is run on, people willing to give and to help their community."

Bullied boy's confessional video resonating across the globe

Holding back tears, a Tennessee boy asked a simple question. 

"Just out of curiosity -- why do they bully? What's the point of it," said Keaton Jones. 

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Keaton's confessional video about bullying has been watched more than 17 million times. His mother posted it on Facebook after Keaton asked to make a video about bullying. She was picking him up early because he was afraid to go to lunch. 

"They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends," he said. 

He said that the bullies poured milk on him during lunch. 

At the end of the video, which is not even 90 seconds, Keaton shared a message that has been resonating with people around the world. 

"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it, It's not their fault," he said. "If you are made fun, don't let it bother you. They suck."

Tears were streaming down the 11-year-old's face. 

The video was shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook. It's all over Twitter. People are demanding change and celebrities are tweeting in support of the middle school student, including members of the Tennessee football team. 

Along with messages of support, the video has also resulted in memes, shared to Keaton's mom's Facebook page.

The family said they have been overwhelmed with the response, and his sister said on Twitter that the messages have brought joy to Keaton.

Members of the Tennessee football team are working to organize a meeting at his school to stop the bullying and raise Keaton's spirits. 

Even with all the attention, Keaton's mom said there's still a lot of work to be done. 

"I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, and he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance and attention," Kimberly wrote on Facebook. 

Sting performs at Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Grammy Award-winning musician Sting performed Saturday night during the Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala in St. Petersburg, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Sting, 66, who has won 16 Grammys as a solo artist and as a member of The Police, sang some of his notable hits, including “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Roxanne” and “Englishman in New York,” the Times reported.

Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1951, Sting earned his first Grammy in 1980 with The Police. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Police in 2003.

Watch: Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

A popular stand-up comedian was handcuffed early Sunday in Miami and video of his arrest is going viral.

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“Explain what I’m detained for,” Hannibal Buress asks Miami police officers repeatedly as he leans against a police car while handcuffed.

Buress, 34, was booked into Miami-Dade Jail just before 2 a.m. and released around four hours later after posting bond, according to the Miami Herald.

The details of what he specifically did to be charged have yet to be released. 

In addition to his appearances on stage, the comedian has starred as an actor in “Neighbors,” “Baywatch” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Max Clifford, the 'King of Spin,' dies in UK prison

Max Clifford, a celebrity publicist whose clients included O.J Simpson, David Beckham and Simon Cowell, died in a British prison, CNN reported Sunday. He was 74.

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Nicknamed the “King of Spin,” Clifford was serving an eight-year prison term after his 2014 conviction for a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, CNN reported.

Clifford was the first person to be convicted in an investigation into sex abuse allegations against late British TV host Jimmy Savile.

Clifford denied 11 accusations of sex abuse dating from 1966 to 1985, calling his arrest and prosecution “a nightmare.” 

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Our condolences are with Mr. Clifford's family at this difficult time,” the ministry said in a statement. The cause of Clifford's death was “not self-inflicted” the statement said.

‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Actor Steve Reevis, who had roles in the movies “Fargo,” and "Last of the Dogmen," died Thursday in Montana. He was 55.

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Ralph Foster, of the Foster Funeral Home, said Friday that Reevis died at a hospital in Missoula. He said he did not know the cause of death.

Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana and portrayed Native Americans in the films he made.

In “Fargo,” Reevis played the role of Shep Proudfoot, and in “Last of the Dogmen,” he was featured as Yellow Wolf. 

Reevis also appeared in the movie "Dances With Wolves" and the 2005 version of "The Longest Yard." He acted in several television episodes, including "Walker, Texas Ranger," ''Jag" and "Bones."

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