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'NCIS' actress attacked near her Hollywood home

LOS ANGELES — "NCIS" actress Pauley Perrette says she felt "alone, terrified and trapped" when a man attacked her and threatened to kill her as she walked in front of her Hollywood home.

The actress tweeted that she thought she was going to die during the 5 p.m. Thursday attack. Perrette, 46, says the man grabbed her, punched her repeatedly in the nose and forehead and graphically told her how he was going to kill her.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the attack.

In her tweets about the attack, Perrette said the attacker kept telling her that his name was William.

"There was an empty garage behind me and I knew if he got me in there I knew I was dead. I knew I couldn't overcome him, I prayed my heart out (and) then finally said, 'William is a beautiful name, I have a little nephew named William."'

The man started to punch her again and then told her to leave.

Within an hour of the attack, police arrested a man a few blocks away. David Merck, 45, was booked for investigation of aggravated battery. Bail was set at $100,000.— AP

Alan Arkin hospitalized after 'mini stroke'

LOS ANGELES — Oscarwinning actor Alan Arkin, 81, was hospitalized after a minor stroke but was fine and back reading scripts on Friday, a publicist said.

Arkin, who won supporting actor Academy Awards for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine" and 2009's "Argo," suffered the "mini-stroke" on Monday and was released from the hospital the next day, said publicist Melody Korenbrot.

She added that Arkin was home reading a script for a possible new movie.

Arkin appears in this weekend's new holiday dramedy "Love the Coopers."— AP

'One Life to Live' actor Marston dies ater crash

LAS VEGAS — Soap opera actor Nathaniel Marston died Thursday of injuries from a crash last month in rural Nevada.

Marston, 40, was best known for his role as Dr. Michael McBain on ABC's "One Life to Live," from 2001 to 2007, and as Eddie Silva in CBS's "As the World Turns."

The Nevada Highway Patrol says the crash happened the night of Oct. 30 on State Route 447 near Nixon.

Marston suffered critical injuries after being ejected from a truck that overturned. Authorities say the exact cause and manner of his death are pending further investigation.— AP

Nelson, Roots to perform to mark Lennon's 75th birthday

NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's 75th birthday will be celebrated in New York City at a December concert featuring Willie Nelson, the Roots, Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow.

Event producer Blackbird Presents announced Friday that the show will tape at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5. It will air on AMC on Dec. 19.

Kris Kristofferson, Juanes, Eric Church, Tom Morello, Peter Frampton and Chris Stapleton will also perform at the event.

Lennon died on Dec. 8, 1980, at age 40. He would have turned 75 last month.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Tuesday. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation.

Aloe Blacc, Brandon Flowers and Train's Pat Monahan will also perform. Additional performers will be announced later.— AP

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