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‘Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere Breaks HBO Rating Records

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This image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke, left, and Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones," premiering on Sunday, April 14. The first episode of the final season of "Game of Thrones" is a record-breaker for the series and HBO. The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga. (HBO via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” is a record-breaker for the series and HBO.


The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga.

HBO Now also posted its biggest streaming night ever, the channel said Monday.

The episode topped the 16.1 million who saw the seventh-season premiere and the 16.9 million who watched that season’s finale.

Reflecting increasing audience fondness for streaming, HBO saw about a 50 percent increase in online viewing compared to last season’s finale. In comparison to the season-seven premiere, the streaming audience nearly doubled.

“Game of Thrones” ultimately averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode last season in cumulative TV and online viewership, HBO said.

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Bill Buckner, Forever Known For Error, Dies At 69

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BOSTON (AP) — Bill Buckner, a star hitter who became known for making one of the most infamous plays in major league history, has died. He was 69.


Buckner’s family said in a statement that he died Monday after a long battle with dementia.

Buckner won an NL batting title, was an All-Star and got 2,715 hits in a 22-year career.

But it was a little groundball in the 1986 World Series that forever changed his legacy.

Trying for their first crown since 1918, the Boston Red Sox led the New York Mets 5-3 going into the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 at Shea Stadium. The Mets tied it with two outs, then Mookie Wilson hit a trickler up the first base that rolled through Buckner’s legs, an error that let Ray Knight rush home from second base with the winning run.

The Red Sox lost 8-5 in Game 7, and their World Series drought continued until they won the championship in 2004.

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Comedy Store Co-Founder Sammy Shore Dies At Age 92

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Actor and standup comedian Sammy Shore, who co-founded the Comedy Store, has died at the age of 92.


The family said through a spokeswoman that Shore died Saturday at his home in Las Vegas surrounded by loved ones. He was the father of comedian Pauly Shore.

Sammy Shore’s nearly seven-decade career stretched from New York’s “Borscht Belt” summer resorts to Las Vegas and the studios of Hollywood. He opened for such legendary singers as Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett.

Shore, his first wife Mitzi and writing partner Rudy Deluca founded the world-famous Los Angeles comedy club, the Comedy Store, in 1972.

Pauly Shore tweeted that his father lived an “amazing life” and he’ll carry on his legacy.

Sammy was married to Suzanne Dennie Shore for the last 29 years.

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Worldwide Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat Dies At Age 7

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MORRISTOWN, Ariz. (AP) — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet, has died at age 7.


Her owners wrote on social media Friday that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” Tuesday “in the arms of her mommy.”

Her owners said “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world — even when times were tough.”

The cat’s real name was Tardar Sauce, and she rose to fame after her photos were posted online in 2012. She had more than 2 million followers on Instagram and more than 1 million on Twitter.

Her website says her grumpy look was likely because she had a form of dwarfism.

Owner Tabatha Bundesen founded Grumpy Cat Ltd., and the cat made numerous appearances, including commercials.

Here’s the family’s message, confirming the news about Grumpy Cat.

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