Spinning top, puppet among Toy Hall of Fame finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The spinning top, coloring book, Wiffle Ball and puppet are vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The simple classics are among 12 finalists for this year’s class announced Monday.

They are up against American Girl dolls, Battleship, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, the scooter, Super Soaker, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Twister.

Two winners will be inducted into hall at The Strong museum on Nov. 5.

Anyone can nominate a toy, but to earn a place in the hall of fame, they must have survived multiple generations, be widely recognized and foster learning, creativity or discovery through play.

The finalists are chosen by historians and curators at The Strong. From there, a national panel of judges made up of inventors, educators, psychologists and others choose the winners.

Last year, little green Army men, the Rubik’s Cube and bubbles took their place in the hall, joining 53 other old favorites, including Barbie, Easy-Bake Oven, G.I. Joe, the Frisbee and View-Master.

This year’s finalists include two toys that date to ancient times, the puppet and the top. At the other end of the timeline is the Super Soaker, which put a tank of water on a squirt gun in 1990.

American Girl dolls, Jenga and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys emerged in the 1980s, while the PLAYMOBIL line of three-inch figures was a product of the 1970s. Twister was introduced in 1966, followed a year later by Battleship. The Wiffle Ball was introduced in 1953.

Scooters have been around since the turn of the 20th century, according to The Strong, along with coloring books, whose popularity soared with the invention of crayons.

Noah begins as ‘The Daily Show’ host

NEW YORK — No pressure: Little-known South African comic Trevor Noah took over for Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday.

Stewart turned the show into television’s first stop for a lampoon of politics and the media during his 16 years as host. Tiring of the daily grind, he decided earlier this year to move on and did his final show in August.

Noah, 31, earned Stewart’s blessing as a successor. He inherited much of his predecessor’s backstage team and some of the show’s correspondents, a sign Comedy Central wants to keep the bones of “The Daily Show” intact as regular viewers get to know a new voice.

Noah has built a worldwide following and briefly contributed to Stewart’s show, but he understands his daunting task.

“I’m having nightmares,” Noah told The Associated Press recently. “It’s terrifying, it really is. But it’s also extremely exciting. I’m trying to enjoy every moment of it.”

Bonnie Brown says she has lung cancer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Bonnie Brown of the sibling group The Browns, who are to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, says she has lung cancer.

Brown, 78, said in a statement Monday provided to The Associated Press that she has been diagnosed with stage four adenocarcinoma right lung cancer. Her brother, Jim Ed Brown, died from cancer in June before the siblings could be inducted into the Hall of Fame in October.

The Browns, which included Jim Ed, Bonnie and Maxine Brown, had a huge crossover hit with their version of “The Three Bells” in 1959, as well as top country songs like “I Take the Chance” and “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing.”

Casinos shake things up

LAS VEGAS — Move aside one-armed bandits. The casino floor is making room for game zones with oversized popping dice, digital spinning Big Six wheels and virtual roulette, with an eye on adding arcade-style video games in the not-so-distant future.

As gamblers appear to be shunning stingier slot machines that don’t offer as many payouts, game-makers and casinos are keen on coming up with the next big thing to keep people playing.

The changing casino floor will be on display this week at the industry’s premier trade show, the Global Gaming Expo on the Las Vegas Strip, and in properties across Sin City in the coming months.

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Trevor Noah had his first show as the host of the new “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Monday night on Comedy Central.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/09/web1_106103423-8cdcbbe94b5245969e16bf03c4860a66.jpgTrevor Noah had his first show as the host of the new “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Monday night on Comedy Central. AP Photo

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