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Taping of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” was delayed about 10 minutes yesterday so security could check the studio due to a bomb threat. Someone claiming to represent an animal-rights group phoned in the threat to local NBC news staffers, but no explosive was found at the Burbank site.

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The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People has written NBC on behalf of the Reeves Entertainment series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” citing the show’s “many positive portrayals of African Americans” and urging the web to keep the show on its schedule. “Homicide” has struggled in the ratings opposite ABC’s “Home Improvement.”

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Buena Vista Home Video, MCA/Universal and the Video Software Dealers Assn. are among those pledged to support “A Penny for AIDS,” the Video Industry Action Committee’s fund-raising campaign asking retailers, consumers and industry vendors to donate a penny to charity for each videocassette transaction between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.

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NBC has ordered three movie scripts from Dove Audio, a leading distributor of books on tape, beginning with “Murder in Branson,” an original story by Michael Viner that Dove would produce in association with Buddy Lee Prods. Viner runs Dove with his wife, actress Deborah Raffin.

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