NEW YORK — Jesse Williams is baring it all on stage in “Take Me Out,” but one theatergoer decided to share it with the world.

Video and photos taken from inside the Hayes Theater leaked online Monday, showing the “Grey’s Anatomy” star fully naked in the Broadway play about a gay professional baseball player.

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The North Dakota Gaming Commission endorsed a rule change that creates a moratorium on electronic pull tab machines at gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores. The commission voted Thursday to alter the definition of a bar to make clear where the games that mimic slot machines will be allowed. Lawmakers are expected to address the issue when the Legislature reconvenes next year. Attorney General Drew warned commissioners that without an immediate definition change, North Dakota would see an explosion of the Las Vegas-style machines and not enough regulators to keep tabs on them.

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One of the four people who died in a fire at a Massachusetts apartment building last weekend had filed a defamation lawsuit against right-wing radio host Alex Jones and his InfoWars website in 2018, alleging they falsely identified him as the gunman in a massacre at a Florida high school. A lawyer for 29-year-old Marcel Fontaine confirmed Thursday that his client died in Saturday's fire in Worcester. The attorney said the lawsuit will continue of behalf of Fontaine's estate. The lawyer said Fontaine's bravery in suing Jones inspired parents of children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut to take legal action against Jones.

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A federal judge has sentenced an Oregon man to five years in prison for brandishing a knife on an Amtrak train passing through Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge William Conley sentenced 32-year-old Timothy Thomas of Portland on Thursday. Thomas pleaded guilty in March to intentionally interfering with a train conductor. According to prosecutors, passengers on an Amtrak train passing through Monroe County in November 2020 complained that Thomas was threatening people and banging on seats. When the conductor confronted him he pulled out an 8-inch knife and began stabbing it toward the conductor. The engineer stopped the train and police arrived to take Thomas into custody.

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Mitch Kupchak has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the Charlotte Hornets’ general manager. His contract was set to expire this summer. Kupchak told reporters on Thursday that “for better or for worse I will be here for the next couple of years.” He would not say when the contract expires. Kupchak will continue to lead the team’s search for a coach. He said the team already has interviewed eight to 10 candidates and could speak with a few more over the next week or so. He said he would like to make a hire preferably in the next two weeks and at the very least before the June 23 NBA draft.

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Second-seeded Casper Ruud has advanced to the Geneva Open semifinals in defense of his title by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 7-6 (3). No. 8-ranked Ruud forced the only service break in the first set of a quarterfinals match that saw only four break-point chances created. Ruud will next face fourth-seeded American Reilly Opelka who fired 14 aces in beating Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The other semifinals pairing Friday is Richard Gasquet and Joao Sousa who both had straight-set wins Thursday. The clay-court event in Geneva is a final warmup for the French Open that starts Sunday.

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Jason Kidd has been here before in his first season as coach of the Mavericks. Dallas is down 1-0 in a third consecutive NBA playoff series. The Bay Area native is looking for another bounce-back from Luka Doncic and company in his first trip to the conference finals as a coach. It just happened to start in San Francisco. Kidd is guiding the franchise that was his first home away from home nearly 30 years ago. Dallas is this deep in the playoffs for the first time since Kidd was the point guard on the Dirk Nowitzki-led team that won the 2011 NBA title.

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Two men convicted of buying their kids’ way into school as part of the college admissions bribery scheme can stay out of prison while they appeal their cases. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled Thursday that John Wilson and Gamal Abdelaziz can remain free on bail pending appeal of their convictions. Also on Thursday, a judge ruled that a woman who worked for the mastermind of the scheme and took online classes for students to boost their prospects of admission won't serve prison time. Mikaela Sanford, a former employee of the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme, was sentenced to time already served.

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Tyler Naquin homered in the fifth inning and scored on Kyle Farmer’s go-ahead single in the eighth, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians. It was Cincinnati's first series sweep of its Ohio neighbors since 2014. The Reds won both games in this rain-delayed interleague set, and are showing some positive signs after starting the season 3-21. They’re 8-5 since May 5. Naquin triggered the Reds’ rally in the eighth with a single and had another good game against the Guardians, who drafted him in 2012. In eight games against Cleveland, Naquin is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and six RBIs. Manager Terry Francona was back with Guardians after missing four games with COVID-19.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have welcomed a baby boy, according to multiple reports. The couple first revealed her pregnancy with a belly-baring Harlem photo shoot in January. They became parents May 13 in Los Angeles, said TMZ, the first to report the birth Thursday based on unnamed sources. A representative for Rihanna did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press seeking confirmation. During her pregnancy, Rihanna stunned in designer looks that showed off her growing bump, but her pregnancy wasn’t drama free. Authorities said the 33-year-old A$AP was arrested April 20 at Los Angeles International Airport in connection with a shooting in Hollywood last year.

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A group of Democratic congress members is proposing a binding plebiscite to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a state or gain some sort of independence. The draft proposal unveiled at an online news conference Thursday would commit Congress to accepting Puerto Rico into the United States if voters on the island approve it. But even if the plan were to pass the Democratic-led House, the proposal appears to have little chance in the Senate, where Republicans have long opposed statehood. Voters also could choose outright independence or independence with free association, whose terms would be defined following negotiations.

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A judge saus the investigator hired by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look into the 2020 election appears to have “gone rogue” and “run amok” in refusing to comply with the state’s open records law. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn on Thursday gave the Republican Vos “one last chance” to seek records requested from investigator Michael Gableman before she fines Vos for contempt. Vos a year ago hired Gableman with $676,000 in taxpayer money to investigate the election won by President Joe Biden. Vos paused the investigation last month, pending the outcome of various lawsuits.

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Longtime Ravens punter Sam Koch retired Thursday and will join the Baltimore coaching staff as a special teams consultant.  A 16-year veteran, Koch, 39, appeared in a franchise-record 256 regular-season games, 239 consecutively from 2006-20, also a team record. He was a member of Baltimore’s 2012 Super Bowl championship team, and appeared in 20 postseason games. A 2015 Pro Bowl selection who made the AP’s second-team All-Pro squad that season, Koch set franchise records in punts (1,168), punt yardage (52,868), career gross average (45.3), career net average (39.7) and punts inside the 20 (453). His 1,168 career punts are the most by a punter with a single team in NFL history.

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Drama is not on the agenda for Minnesota Democrats, who open their state convention in Rochester. The 1,200 delegates at the convention that starts Friday will endorse Gov. Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon and State Auditor Julie Blaha for reelection. They’re all running unopposed for the party’s backing. So the convention will be mostly a pep rally to fire up activists, and a campaign training session to help overcome the headwinds the party is facing. The gathering is likely to contrast with last weekend’s wild Republican state convention, when it took delegates nine ballots to endorse Scott Jensen for governor.

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Seven dolphins that were stranded in a shallow Massachusetts river have been released in deeper waters after an hourslong effort by more than 40 experts, interns and volunteers. The International Fund for Animal Welfare says the Atlantic white-sided dolphins got stranded early Wednesday in the Herring River on Cape Cod. Misty Niemeyer of the fund's rescue team says crews had to work quickly because the tide was coming in and dolphins often risk getting stranded again when it rolls out. The dolphins were released in deeper waters off Provincetown that afternoon.

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A power outage in Sacramento that left much of the city's downtown area in the dark delayed the start of California's Legislature. Utility crews worked Thursday to replace a transformer and the outage delayed legislators from starting work for about half an hour. The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District reported 650 customers were lost power on Thursday, but that figure likely represents thousands of people because multiple high-rise office buildings and the state Capitol were impacted. Many downtown traffic lights went dark and power was restored by late morning.