WASHINGTON (AP) -- The actor who plays the president of the United States on television's "West Wing" is asking his real-life counterpart for help.
Martin Sheen signed a letter asking President Clinton to close the Waste Technologies Inc. toxic waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio, before he leaves office on Jan. 20.
"Stopping WTI once and for all is the best way to protect the children," the actor and longtime political activist said in the letter sent Wednesday and signed also by members of 23 state and national environmental organizations. "It would be the essence of 'putting people first' and a legacy of courage and honor for your administration."
Rock ends talk show
NEW YORK (AP) -- Comedian Chris Rock has pulled the plug on his late-night talk show, which mixed laughter, music and thought-provoking interviews for four years on HBO.
Rock, who had rapper Ice-T and singer Nikka Costa on his last show Nov. 24, is leaving to concentrate on his movie career.
The comedian is continuing his relationship with HBO and plans a stand-up special next year.
NEW YORK -- Albert Johnson was all decked out.
Johnson -- better known as the rapper Prodigy -- was wearing $343,000 worth of jewelry when he stepped across the street from the Queens studio where he was filming a video.
But in front of a grocery store, Prodigy told police, he was robbed of all his finery -- some of which belonged to him, but most of which was rented for the purposes of the video, officials said.
Police are investigating.
Prodigy, 26, said that two men, one armed with a gun, approached him outside the grocery store around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, demanded his jewelry and fled.
Prodigy is half of the hip-hop group Mobb Deep, which has released four albums. Prodigy's first solo album, "H.N.I.C.," came out last month.
He could not be reached for comment.
Union fines Tiger Woods
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tiger Woods was fined $100,000 by the Screen Actors Guild for shooting a nonunion Buick commercial during the Guild's six-month strike against advertisers.
SAG said Thursday that the union's trial board agreed to suspend $50,000 of the fine, but that would be reinstated if Woods makes a commercial during any future strike.
"The decision to shoot a commercial during the SAG strike was a difficult one," Woods said in a statement issued Thursday. "I was facing the impossible task of trying to live up to my obligations to my sponsors while at the same time honoring my commitment to other SAG members.
"Now more than ever, I understand how serious SAG's situation was, and I apologize for any pain I may have caused."
Woods had refused to shoot a nonunion Nike ad in early May, a day after the strike began. He also issued a statement of support for the work stoppage but reversed course in July by shooting the Buick ads near Toronto.
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