LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge says he expects to rule against television model Holly Hallstrom in her lawsuit claiming she was unjustly fired by game show host Bob Barker and a corporation that produces "The Price is Right."
Barker, 76, also has a libel and slander suit against Hallstrom, who appeared with him on the show for 19 years until 1995. He alleges she defamed him in two television interviews and the National Enquirer after she left the program. That case was set for trial Sept. 22.
"We're back to where we were when we filed the suit, with a trial date, and her claims have been dismissed," Barker's attorney, Ronald Guttman, said Monday of the judge's stated intent to rule against Hallstrom in her case against Barker and TPIR, LLC -- the show's producer.
The judge's formal ruling was expected within a week.
Nick Alden, an attorney for Hallstrom, said his client would appeal if the judge does rule against her.
Barker has been the host of TV's longest-running game show since 1972.
Winfrey case in court
CHICAGO (AP) -- An eight-member jury has been seated to hear a lawsuit accusing talk show host Oprah Winfrey of copyright infringement when she used 11 photos in a best-selling book.
A panel of three men and five women was chosen Monday after five hours of questioning by Judge Ruben Castillo. The trial was expected to last about eight days.
Winfrey, who may be a witness, sat at the defense table with her attorneys, listening closely as Castillo questioned prospective jurors.
The suit accuses Winfrey of copyright violation when she used 11 photos in her book, "Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life," co-authored by fitness expert Bob Greene.
Winfrey claims the more than $250,000 that she paid photographers Paul Natkin and Stephen Green gives her the right to use the pictures in her book or any way she chooses.
But the photographers, who own the copyright, say the money entitled her to use the pictures as publicity shots with press kits, but not as part of a book.
Seeger loses banjo
BEACON, N.Y. (AP) -- Pete Seeger, known for his song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," is wondering where the banjo he played when he recorded it has gone.
Seeger, 81, has offered a $1,000 reward for the missing 55-year-old banjo. The folk singer traveled to Ulster County with it last week and is not sure how or when it disappeared from his car.
"I can't imagine why someone would steal it," said Seeger, a New York State resident.
Seeger said the banjo, which he made out of lignum vitae wood from Central America, is worth about $1,000.
Banks to make maple syrup
FEDERAL DAM, Minn. (AP) -- Dennis Banks, who helped found the nation's best-known American Indian activist organization, is taking business into his own hands -- the business of making maple syrup.
The leader of the American Indian Movement has formed the Dennis Banks Wild Rice & Natural Organic Foods Co., which sells maple syrup, wild rice, candy cakes and sugar.
"Native people love wild rice and maple syrup," said Banks, a leader of the 73-day occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1973. "Joe Blow could probably sell it because our people love it. Because Dennis Banks is selling it, my name adds a little sales value."
Banks, 65, sees his company as a way to make a little money -- he has no pension -- and to provide jobs on the reservation.
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