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Last Update on November 21, 2014 08:06 GMT

BILL COSBY - FLORIDA WOMAN MAKES ACCUSATION

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman has become the fourth in recent weeks to make a rape allegation against Bill Cosby. Therese Serignese (tur-EES' SAYR'-uhg-neez) is a nurse who lives in Boca Raton. And she says back in 1976 -- when she was 19 -- she met Cosby in a hotel gift shop. She says the comedian invited her to his show and afterward he gave her some pills that made her feel groggy. Serignese says her next memory was her being in a haze, naked and with Cosby having sex with her. The woman says she willingly stayed with Cosby after the alleged assault, but couldn't say how long she was there or whether they had sex again during their time together. She also acknowledges that she stayed in touch with him over the years. In one instance, her sister contacted the comedian asking for financial support after Serignese was hurt in a car accident.

Serignese says she was among those who offered to tell their story in a case in which a woman claimed Cosby raped her, using a similar approach. That case was settled out of court.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the woman's claims mirror those of other women who accuse Bill Cosby of rape.

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Therese Serignese

Therese Serignese says Bill Cosby first approached her when she was eyeing items in a hotel gift store. ((longer version of cut in wrap))

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Therese Serignese

Therese Serignese says Bill Cosby raped her after giving her drugs. ((longer version of cut in wrap; note length of cut))

BILL COSBY - CRISIS MANAGEMENT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One crisis management expert says the Bill Cosby situation is a textbook case of a celebrity in need of damage control. And Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl) suggests that so far, the comedian is failing to win support for his side of the story. Dezenhall says with all the allegations of sexual assault swirling around Cosby, he'd have to prove that he is innocent to survive the rape allegation scandal. So far, Cosby has refused to comment on the situation, though his attorney has dismissed most of the claims as old and disproved. Dezenhall says the problem is compounded because Cosby has had such a wholesome image -- and these claims are seen as out of character with that image.

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says Bill Cosby would have to prove his innocence to survive the scandal over rape allegations.

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Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says the scandal of the rape allegations is a challenge Bill Cosby does not know how to handle.

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Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says one big reason the rape allegations have become such a huge scandal is Bill Cosby's celebrity as a loveable father figure.

<<CUT ..009 (11/21/14)>> 00:15 "and very moral"

Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says the Bill Cosby scandal is more shocking than some celebrity scandals because of his upstanding image.

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Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says Bill Cosby probably can't resolve the scandal with an apology like he might if it involved an extramarital affair -- which the public is very willing to forgive.

BILL COSBY - BAHAMAS PERFORMANCE

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- After getting a warm welcome in the Bahamas for a show yesterday, Bill Cosby returns to the U.S. tonight and will likely get an idea how fans will respond to the rape allegations that have been swirling around him. He is due to play a gig in Florida tonight. During the performance in the Bahamas, Cosby did not mention the allegations, sticking to telling jokes and stories about growing up in Philadelphia. There were few empty seats in the small theater and no protests outside. The performance at a resort was a benefit for a women's service organization.

BILL COSBY - TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the school -- despite the renewed attention given to rape allegations against him. The comedian attended the Philadelphia school and has served as a trustee since 1982. His Temple ties are strong. He's the most famous alum and often speaks at commencement, drawing huge cheers. It was also a former Temple employee who claimed he drugged and fondled her at his home near Philly. In the case, which was settled out of court, Cosby was represented by the head of the Temple trustees board.

MIKE NICHOLS - REACTION

UNDATED (AP) -- Julia Roberts is among the stars praising late director Mike Nichols. She tells The Hollywood Reporter that Nichols was her "most cherished friend" and that his "jokes were timeless and perfectly placed." Steven Spielberg says Nichols had "uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real" and that in a room full of people, he was "always the center of gravity." Kevin Spacey says it was Nichols who gave him a start and was "one of the best observers of life." Nichols died Wednesday night in New York at age 83. During his career, he won an Oscar, several Emmys, a Grammy and nine Tony Awards.

Szaroleta reports the actors who worked with director Mike Nichols are remembering him fondly.

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Mike Nichols, director

Mike Nichols said in a 1996 AP interview he turned to directing after starting as a performer because he liked being in control. ((longer version of cut used in wrap))

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Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman in a scene from "The Graduate," directed by Mike Nichols.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols.

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Robin Williams and Nathan Lane

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in scene from "The Birdcage," directed by Mike Nichols.

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Mike Nichols, director

Mike Nichols said in 1996 that he didn't mind being overshadowed by up-and-coming directors.

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Mike Nichols, director

Mike Nichols said in 1996 that he was always 'the director' -- even when he and his wife, Diane Sawyer, were in their car.

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Mike Nichols, director

Back in 2001 Mike Nichols reflected on the fine line between tears and laughter.

KELSEY GRAMMER'S DAUGHTER - MISS GOLDEN GLOBE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kelsey Grammer's daughter has been named Miss Golden Globe. Greer Grammer will be helping to hand out the statuettes during the ceremony -- continuing a tradition in which the son or daughter of a past Golden Globe winner helps at the show. She's 22. Meanwhile her dad is batting .333 at the Golden Globes, winning three of the 9 times he has been nominated.

Country News

Last Update on November 21, 2014 08:06 GMT

TY HERNDON COMES OUT AS GAY

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Ty Herndon describes himself as "an out, proud and happy gay man." Herndon tells People magazine he realized he has an incredible story that could possibly help someone's child or grandchild not to go through as much suffering as he has. Herndon, who's 51, says he came out to close family when he was 20. He was married twice and now has a longtime male partner, Matt. Herndon says both he and his partner are practicing Christians and he believes, "We get to choose who we love, and that includes God, and he loves us back." Herndon says the country music business has been more accepting of homosexuality and points to Kacey Musgraves winning the CMA award for song of the year for "Follow Your Arrow" as proof.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Excerpt of Ty Herndon

Excerpt of Ty Herndon performing "It Must Be Love."

INTERPOL TRAPPED BY SNOW IN BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Interpol plan to perform in Boston tonight after they were snowed in for two days in western New York. Interpol had to call off shows in Toronto on Wednesday and in Montreal yesterday because not even snowplows could get to their buses outside Buffalo. They tweeted a photo of themselves holding ramen noodles and vodka on the bus at hour 13. They later tweeted they were on the bus for 40 hours and they were not moving for 30 of them.

IGGY AZALEA WILL PERFORM WITH JLO AT AMAS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Iggy Azalea is laughing off reports that she and Jennifer Lopez will make the censors jump with their performance at the American Music Awards. They will perform the song "Booty." Azalea tweets they have no plans to expose any intimate body parts, but they "aren't performing in turtleneck sweaters either." Azalea has the most nominations, with six. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams have five nominations each. The AMAs will be Sunday in Los Angeles and air live on ABC.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

The American Music Awards will be handed out Sunday in Los Angeles. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has a preview. ((opens with music)) ((stations: note nature))

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Excerpt of Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Excerpt of Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX performing "Fancy."

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Excerpt of Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

Excerpt of Katy Perry featuring Juicy J performing "Dark Horse."

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Excerpt of Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams

Excerpt of Pharrell Williams performing "Happy."

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Excerpt of John Legend

Excerpt of John Legend performing "All Of Me."

ECHOSMITH DEAL WITH NEWFOUND COOLNESS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Echosmith sing about wishing they were like the cool kids. Now they have to deal with jokes that they ARE the cool kids. Singer Sydney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah) says the song "Cool Kids" is about the desire to fit in, and that's true no matter how much success you get. She says she still feels inadequate, but becoming a cool kid is a process and what makes you cool is being yourself. Her brother, bassist Noah Sierota, says their recent appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" made him think maybe they are cool after all. He says he can't even watch it because it's "too trippy" for him.

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Sydney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota says they get a lot of ribbing for singing about wanting to be like the cool kids, when being in a band is pretty cool.

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Sydney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota says she has as many insecurities as anyone. ((note length of cut))

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Noah Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), bassist for Echosmith

Echosmith bassist Noah Sierota says their song "Cool Kids" had a slow build of popularity that started with just a few people at their shows knowing the words and now everyone does.

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Noah Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), bassist for Echosmith

Echosmith bassist Noah Sierota says the moment that made him think maybe he is a cool kid was Echosmith's recent appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon."

EBONY MAGAZINE HONORS QUINCY JONES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LL Cool J says Quincy Jones taught him to be a man. Chaka Khan says Jones is "like an uncle, even a father." Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says no one is above being a groupie when it comes to Jones. Jones received the lifetime achievement award at Ebony magazine's Power 100 gala in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Khan, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Savion Glover performed in his honor.

KIX BROOKS WINS AWARD, MAKES DONATION

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Kix Brooks has been named the first recipient of the Country Music Association's Humanitarian Award. He will receive it in a ceremony in January. Brooks says, "It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," and he's inspired by people who do more than him. Meanwhile, Brooks is donating $10,000 to help reclaim a Civil War battlefield. Brooks made the donation to the Battle of Franklin Trust to help with its efforts to reclaim and preserve a tract of land.

TAYLOR SWIFT EXHIBIT WILL OPEN AT GRAMMY MUSEUM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will mark Taylor Swift's 25th birthday with an exhibit about her. "The Taylor Swift Experience" will include books from her childhood, props from the "Shake It Off" video, the dresses she wore in the videos for "Mean" and for "Teardrops on My Guitar" and her handwritten lyrics for the song "22." The exhibit opens December 13 and runs through May 10.

Rewind Time

November 22, 2014 08:09 GMT

Today is Saturday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2014. There are 39 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same open car as the president, was seriously wounded. Suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.

On this date:

In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach -- better known as "Blackbeard" -- was killed during a battle off present-day North Carolina.

In 1862, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Forza del Destino" had its world premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1914, the First Battle of Ypres during World War I ended with an Allied victory against Germany.

In 1928, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel (rah-VEL') had its premiere at the Paris Opera.

In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, California, carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek (chang ky-shehk) met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan. Lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.

In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was incorporated as the National Humane Society.

In 1965, the musical "Man of La Mancha" opened on Broadway.

In 1967, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured the previous June, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.

In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

In 1989, Rene Mouawad was killed by a bomb after only 17 days as president of Lebanon.

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.

Ten years ago: Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Kiev, denouncing Ukraine's presidential runoff election as fraudulent and chanting the name of their reformist candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, who ended up winning a re-vote the following month. Iran said it had frozen all uranium enrichment programs; President George W. Bush said he hoped the statement was true but added, "there must be verification."

Five years ago: Iran said it had begun large-scale air defense war games aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from attack. Michael Jackson posthumously won four American Music Awards; Taylor Swift was named artist of the year; Adam Lambert's sexually provocative performance drew complaints.

One year ago: On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the city of Dallas paused to honor the fallen leader.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Arthur Hiller is 91. Actor Robert Vaughn is 82. Actor Michael Callan is 79. Actor Allen Garfield is 75. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 74. Actor Tom Conti is 73. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 73. Astronaut Guion Bluford is 72. International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is 71. Rock musician-actor Steve Van Zandt (a.k.a. Little Steven) is 64. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 64. Retired MLB All-Star Greg Luzinski is 64. Rock musician Lawrence Gowan is 58. Actor Richard Kind is 58. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 56. Alt-country singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 56. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 53. Actor Winsor Harmon is 51. Actor-turned-producer Brian Robbins is 51. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 50. Rock musician Charlie Colin is 48. Actor Nicholas Rowe is 48. Actor Michael K. Williams is 48. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 47. International Tennis Hall of Famer Boris Becker is 47. Country musician Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band) is 44. Actor Josh Cooke is 35. Actor-singer Tyler Hilton is 31. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 30. Actor Jamie Campbell Bower is 26. Singer Candice Glover is 25. Actor Alden Ehrenreich is 25.

Thought for Today: "Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals." -- Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist (1912-2010).

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rock News

Last Update on November 21, 2014 08:06 GMT

TY HERNDON COMES OUT AS GAY

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Ty Herndon describes himself as "an out, proud and happy gay man." Herndon tells People magazine he realized he has an incredible story that could possibly help someone's child or grandchild not to go through as much suffering as he has. Herndon, who's 51, says he came out to close family when he was 20. He was married twice and now has a longtime male partner, Matt. Herndon says both he and his partner are practicing Christians and he believes, "We get to choose who we love, and that includes God, and he loves us back." Herndon says the country music business has been more accepting of homosexuality and points to Kacey Musgraves winning the CMA award for song of the year for "Follow Your Arrow" as proof.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Excerpt of Ty Herndon

Excerpt of Ty Herndon performing "It Must Be Love."

INTERPOL TRAPPED BY SNOW IN BUFFALO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Interpol plan to perform in Boston tonight after they were snowed in for two days in western New York. Interpol had to call off shows in Toronto on Wednesday and in Montreal yesterday because not even snowplows could get to their buses outside Buffalo. They tweeted a photo of themselves holding ramen noodles and vodka on the bus at hour 13. They later tweeted they were on the bus for 40 hours and they were not moving for 30 of them.

IGGY AZALEA WILL PERFORM WITH JLO AT AMAS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Iggy Azalea is laughing off reports that she and Jennifer Lopez will make the censors jump with their performance at the American Music Awards. They will perform the song "Booty." Azalea tweets they have no plans to expose any intimate body parts, but they "aren't performing in turtleneck sweaters either." Azalea has the most nominations, with six. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams have five nominations each. The AMAs will be Sunday in Los Angeles and air live on ABC.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah)

The American Music Awards will be handed out Sunday in Los Angeles. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has a preview. ((opens with music)) ((stations: note nature))

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Excerpt of Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Excerpt of Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX performing "Fancy."

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Excerpt of Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

Excerpt of Katy Perry featuring Juicy J performing "Dark Horse."

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Excerpt of Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams

Excerpt of Pharrell Williams performing "Happy."

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Excerpt of John Legend

Excerpt of John Legend performing "All Of Me."

ECHOSMITH DEAL WITH NEWFOUND COOLNESS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Echosmith sing about wishing they were like the cool kids. Now they have to deal with jokes that they ARE the cool kids. Singer Sydney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah) says the song "Cool Kids" is about the desire to fit in, and that's true no matter how much success you get. She says she still feels inadequate, but becoming a cool kid is a process and what makes you cool is being yourself. Her brother, bassist Noah Sierota, says their recent appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" made him think maybe they are cool after all. He says he can't even watch it because it's "too trippy" for him.

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Sydney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota says they get a lot of ribbing for singing about wanting to be like the cool kids, when being in a band is pretty cool.

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Sydney Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), singer for Echosmith

Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota says she has as many insecurities as anyone. ((note length of cut))

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Noah Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), bassist for Echosmith

Echosmith bassist Noah Sierota says their song "Cool Kids" had a slow build of popularity that started with just a few people at their shows knowing the words and now everyone does.

<<CUT ..025 (11/21/14)>> 00:13 "amazing amazing experience"

Noah Sierota (sih-ROH'-tah), bassist for Echosmith

Echosmith bassist Noah Sierota says the moment that made him think maybe he is a cool kid was Echosmith's recent appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon."

EBONY MAGAZINE HONORS QUINCY JONES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LL Cool J says Quincy Jones taught him to be a man. Chaka Khan says Jones is "like an uncle, even a father." Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says no one is above being a groupie when it comes to Jones. Jones received the lifetime achievement award at Ebony magazine's Power 100 gala in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Khan, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Savion Glover performed in his honor.

KIX BROOKS WINS AWARD, MAKES DONATION

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Kix Brooks has been named the first recipient of the Country Music Association's Humanitarian Award. He will receive it in a ceremony in January. Brooks says, "It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community," and he's inspired by people who do more than him. Meanwhile, Brooks is donating $10,000 to help reclaim a Civil War battlefield. Brooks made the donation to the Battle of Franklin Trust to help with its efforts to reclaim and preserve a tract of land.

TAYLOR SWIFT EXHIBIT WILL OPEN AT GRAMMY MUSEUM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will mark Taylor Swift's 25th birthday with an exhibit about her. "The Taylor Swift Experience" will include books from her childhood, props from the "Shake It Off" video, the dresses she wore in the videos for "Mean" and for "Teardrops on My Guitar" and her handwritten lyrics for the song "22." The exhibit opens December 13 and runs through May 10.

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell casts the deciding vote, after the sing-off between Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Tate Stevens, contestant

Tate Stevens thanks his fans for keeping him in the top spot. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

GABBY DOUGLAS: MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Fierce Five and other members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama. The gymnasts met with the president in the Oval Office before huddling together in the chill outside to watch his helicopter lift off. Obama was headed to New York to tour storm damage. The gymnasts, including Gabby Douglas -- won gold at the summer Olympics. They signed leotards to give to the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: FORMER NBA STAR ARRESTED IN DISTURBANCE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after what appears to be a case of domestic violence. She is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police in Atlanta says the incident happened after Holdsclaw followed Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Lacy identifies Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend. The two were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. Holdsclaw was in custody last night under $10,000 bond on charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

LUTHER VANDROSS: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Luther Vandross won two American Music Awards. He won for favorite soul/R&B male artist and soul/R&B album for "Dance With My Father." The album came out about a month after Vandross suffered a massive stroke. His mom accepted for the singer and apologized that her son couldn't be there in person. Vandross died earlier this year from complications from the stroke. Other winners included Aaliyah and 50 Cent.

MISSY ELLIOTT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 2003, Missy Elliott won an American Music Award but lost her ride to the show. She won for favorite rap/hip-hop female artist but wasn't there to pick it up. She showed up later and told the audience her limo was stolen from her hotel and she had to get to the show on her own. She went on to tell the audience she needed to bum a ride back to her hotel.

MICHAEL JACKSON: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1989, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show." The singer popped on stage to present an MTV viewers' poll award to comedian and actor Eddie Murphy. Murphy reciprocated by presenting Jackson with the video award from the same poll.

O.V. WRIGHT: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1980, R&B singer O.V. Wright died in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 41. He had many hits for the Back Beat label in the 1960's and 70's, the biggest of which was "Ace of Spades."

LISA BONET/LENNY KRAVITZ: LOOKING BACK

UNDATED (AP) -- On this date in 1987, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1993.

LISA BONET: BIRTHDAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') has a birthday today. She's 45. She first rose to fame as one of the Cosby kids on "The Cosby Show." In the show, she left home to go off to college and ended up on a spinoff show, "A Different World," which she left after just a year. She also starred in the 1987 movie "Angel Heart."

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