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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on contract talks for TV and film writers (all times local):

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1:30 a.m.

UPDATE (AP) -- A spokesman for film and television producers says a tentative deal has been reached with writers, averting a costly strike that would have blacked out popular television shows.

Producers' spokesman Jarryd Gonzales confirmed the agreement early Tuesday, but no further details were immediately available.

The two sides held to a media blackout during negotiations. The issues at stake include compensation and health care.

The previous writers' strike occurred nearly 10 years ago and immediately sent late-night talks shows into reruns. It gradually took a wider toll on Hollywood TV and movie production and the California economy.

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12:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The contract for TV and film writers is now expired, with no indication if talks will continue or if a strike is imminent.

The current agreement between the Writers Guild of America and producers ended at midnight Tuesday.  The guild, with authorization from its members to immediately call for a walkout, issued no immediate statement.

There also was no comment from the producers' alliance.

The two sides have held to a media blackout during negotiations and declined to provide updates on how far apart they are. The issues at stake include compensation and health care.

The previous writers' strike occurred nearly 10 years ago and immediately sent late-night talks shows into reruns. It gradually took a wider toll on Hollywood TV and movie production and the California economy.

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