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NO WORD ON NICHELLE NICHOLS SERVICES

UNDATED (AP) — Still waiting for word about funeral arrangements — either public or private — for Nichelle Nichols. The barrier-busting actor known for her work on the original “Star Trek” TV series died over the weekend in New Mexico. She was 89 years old.

SOURCE CLOSE TO CHRIS ROCK SAYS COMEDIAN “IS FINE”

NEW YORK (AP) — “Chris is fine.” That’s what a person close to Chris Rock is telling People magazine about the comedian. The comments are in response to last week’s latest apology from Will Smith, who slapped Rock at the Oscars in March. In the new video, Smith said he has reached out to Rock — but the comedian isn’t interested in hashing it out with the actor. The Rock source tells People the comedian has “moved on” from the slap and “doesn’t need to talk” to Smith about it. The insider adds, “this is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris.”

STEPHEN KING TO TESTIFY ON MEGA B00K MERGER

WASHINGTON (AP) — Novelist Stephen King says what really spooks him these days — is the prospect of two of the biggest book publishers joining forces. So, he will be speaking out in Washington today about the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. King is to testify on behalf of the federal government, which opposes the corporate marriage. King says having the two huge publishers team up will stifle competition — and damage the careers of some of the most popular authors.

NORMAN SAYS TIGER WOODS PASSED ON $700 MILLION TO SKIL LIV

UNDATED (AP) — Looks like Tiger Woods put his money where his mouth was when he decided to turn down an offer to play in that Saudi-funded golf event this past weekend. Woods has been opposed to LIV (LEEV) Golf since last year. And fellow pro golfer Greg Norman says Woods didn’t change his mind, even after the Saudis dangled “somewhere in that neighborhood” of $700 million to $800 million in front of him to participate. Norman made the comments in an appearance on Fox News last night.

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