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Harper beats the odds

Valerie Harper’s doctor says the actress’ brain cancer is getting close to remission.

The 74-year-old former sitcom star had announced in March that she had an incurable form of cancer and was given as little as three months to live. She’s still here – and working, hired for a TV movie that filmed this month.

Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show that Harper has defied the odds. But he says the problem is that Harper’s prognosis can change at any time. He and Harper agree that life is about buying time.

O’Reilly admits error

Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly has apologized for incorrectly stating that no Republicans were invited to participate in a ceremony this week marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In fact, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor were invited but did not attend. Former President George W. Bush sent a statement in commemoration. O’Reilly had made the incorrect claim Wednesday, the day of the ceremony.

“The mistake – entirely on me,” O’Reilly said on his show Thursday. “I simply assumed that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats, Republicans had been excluded. So here’s the tip of the day: Always check out the facts before you make a definitive statement and when you make a mistake, admit it.”

O’Reilly said the Republicans made a mistake, too. He said they should have been there.

Nugent’s wife ‘embarrassed’

The wife of rock guitarist Ted Nugent was “embarrassed” and apologetic after being arrested Thursday for carrying a handgun into a terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, her lawyer said.

Shemane Nugent, 51, was released on her recognizance, lawyer David Finn of Dallas said.

She faces a $2,000 fine and the forfeiture of the gun, he said.

Airport spokesman David Magana declined to discuss the arrest, saying only that an arrest report will be issued after the airport’s legal department reviews it.

Shemane Nugent “is a mom with absolutely no criminal history” who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, Finn said.

Hecklers stop Chappelle

Both supporters and critics of Dave Chappelle flooded social media sites with comments Friday, after he was heckled at a show in Connecticut and refused to perform his set.

The comedian was the headliner Thursday night at the Funny or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which is touring the country and also features Flight of the Conchords and several other comedians.

Fans said Chappelle came out and told a few jokes but stopped because of the heckling. Video posted online shows Chappelle over the next 25 or so minutes sitting on a stool on stage responding to the hecklers, joking about the situation and even reading the first few sentences of an audience member’s book.

He was booed as he walked off the stage of the Comcast Theatre, and some fans demanded their money back.