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Last Update on March 04, 2015 08:09 GMT

LEONARD NIMOY - ALTERED BILLS

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canadians are marking the death of Leonard Nimoy -- by marking up some of their money. It seems a former prime minister pictured on $5 bank notes looks like Nimoy's character Spock from "Star Trek." That is, if the former P.M. had pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and a dark bowl haircut. No problem for sharp-eyed Canadians with Sharpies -- or other writing implements. They have transformed the images of Wilfrid Laurier to look like Spock. Canada's central bank says it isn't illegal to deface or mutilate bank notes. But a bank spokeswoman says scribbling on them is inappropriate -- because it defaces a Canadian symbol and source of national pride. Since Nimoy died, people on social networking sites have posted their own versions of the $5 bill that make the former prime minister look like Spock.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Estelle says she remembers that when she was a kid, her family was so hooked on "Dynasty," her parents made sure no one bothered them when it was on. She says it's the same way now with the Fox series "Empire." She says just as her parents "ran our lives" around Dynasty, they shape their day around the show. Estelle has good reason to make sure it's quiet when Empire is on; she's been a guest star on the show. She says she loved her character -- noting she had hair down to her butt -- and Estelle says she would enjoy "flicking it around."

Estelle says it was a dream to perform "Conqueror" with "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

<<CUT ..004 (03/04/15)>> 00:10 "it, every moment"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says she adored the character she plays on "Empire." ((note language: cut contains word "butt"))

<<CUT ..005 (03/04/15)>> 00:14 "everyone quiet shhh"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says as a kid, her mother was obsessed with the characters on "Dynasty," like she now is with "Empire."

PARKS AND RECREATION - FINALE

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's another sign that the line between watching TV on TV and watching TV online has become blurred. Last week, NBC's "Parks and Recreation" signed off after seven seasons on the air. While the Nielsen ratings showed the finale drew just over 4 million viewers -- a relatively small number -- it drew the more tweets than any other program on TV. That includes "The Walking Dead," which had three times the audience as the NBC show. It's a sign Parks and Recreation made more of a dent online than it did on the air.

IDRIS ELBA - NETFLIX - THEATER PROJECT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- For many movies, the choice is whether to catch it in the theater -- or wait until it's out on TV. But you won't have to make that choice when "Beasts of No Nation" is released later this year. That's because the project will drop both in select theaters in the U.S. -- and worldwide on Netflix. And it will be released the same day in both formats. The movie tells the story of a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

"THE VOICE" - BLIND AUDITIONS CONTINUE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All four coaches on "The Voice" want Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Gaynor. He's a vocalist with the band at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He got the four coaches to turn their chairs during last night's blind auditions. But it's Christina Aguilera who lands the soldier. She pointed out her dad was an Army sergeant, too. Team Xtina has just one slot to fill. The rest of the teams are nearly complete, too. Tonight, The Voice recaps the blind auditions, so far. Next week, the final selections will be made before the battle rounds begin.

All four coaches want Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera says she can identify with Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Pharrell Williams and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gaynor

Pharrell Williams tells Jeremy Gaynor he's star material. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))

OPRAH WINFREY LEAVING CHICAGO

CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey helped put Chicago on the map as a hub for TV production. But now she is pulling up stakes in the Windy City. She's closing down Harpo Studios -- which her talk show called home for more than 20 years. Production that had been done in Chicago will move to her new production house in West Hollywood, California. The Chicago site has been sold to a developer for about $32 million.

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Last Update on March 04, 2015 08:09 GMT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD WELCOMES BABY FISHER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carrie Underwood is a mom. She and her husband, Nashville Predators player Mike Fisher, welcomed a boy on Friday. Yesterday they posted a photo of their baby's hand and part of his face on Facebook with the caption, "God has blessed us with an amazing gift!" They have named him Isaiah Michael Fisher. He's their first child.

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Excerpt of Carrie Underwood performing "Mama's Song." The country singer gave birth on Friday to a baby boy named Isaiah Michael Fisher.

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Excerpt of Carrie Underwood

Excerpt of Carrie Underwood performing "So Small." The country singer gave birth on Friday to a baby boy named Isaiah Michael Fisher.

WU-TANG CLAN ALBUM COULD COME OUT IN 88 YEARS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Whoever buys the Wu-Tang Clan secret album, "The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin," will be able to release it...in 2103. Forbes magazine quotes producer Cilvaringz as saying the winning bidder for the album will be allowed to release it in 88 years. The Wu-Tang Clan is selling the lone copy of the album through the auction site Paddle8. Originally the group decided to let the buyer do whatever he or she wanted with the album, but they've decided it's an original rather than a master copy, like a piece of sculpture. Cilvaringz says all backups have been destroyed. RZA of Wu-Tang Clan says it's possible the buyer could release the album anyway, but given the amount of money changing hands, he thinks that's unlikely. There's no asking price but RZA has said they got a bid for $5 million.

ESTELLE APPEARS ON "EMPIRE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Estelle feels about the Fox show "Empire" the way her mother used to feel about "Dynasty" when she was a kid. Estelle says her mother was obsessed with "Dynasty" and would shush everyone when it came on. When the producers of "Empire" asked Estelle to do a guest role, she jumped at the chance. Estelle re-recorded her song "Conqueror" as a duet with star Jussie Smollett. Estelle says the best part of her role was having long hair that she kept flicking around. Her episode airs tonight.

SOUND:

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Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says she and the producers of "Empire" had a mutual admiration society going. ((note language; cut contains word "hell"; note length of cut))

<<CUT ..003 (03/04/15)>> 00:13 "five times easier"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says it was a dream to perform "Conqueror" with "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

<<CUT ..004 (03/04/15)>> 00:10 "it, every moment"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says she adored the character she plays on "Empire." ((note language: cut contains word "butt"))

<<CUT ..005 (03/04/15)>> 00:14 "everyone quiet shhh"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says as a kid, her mother was obsessed with the characters on "Dynasty," like she now is with "Empire."

KATY PERRY OFFERS LEFT SHARK CLOTHING

UNDATED (AP) -- Katy Perry is now selling Left Shark merchandise. A full-body hooded shark jumpsuit sells for $129.99, and a T-shirt featuring the shark sells for $25. Perry had two backup dancers dressed as sharks during her Super Bowl halftime show that became celebrities in their own rights because the right one appeared to know the choreography and the left one just acted goofy.

CHRISSIE HYNDE IS WRITING AUTOBIOGRAPHY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is hoping her life story will make people dance, have fun, possibly cry and maybe reach for a guitar. Penguin Random House announced Hynde is working on an "incredibly frank" memoir for release September 8. It does not yet have a title.

Rewind Time

March 04, 2015 08:09 GMT

Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2015. There are 302 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term of office; with the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln declared, "With malice toward none, with charity for all."

On this date:

In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. The Confederate States of America adopted as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars.

In 1913, the "Buffalo nickel" officially went into circulation.

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge's inauguration was broadcast live on 21 radio stations coast-to-coast.

In 1930, Coolidge Dam in Arizona was dedicated by its namesake, former President Calvin Coolidge.

In 1940, Kings Canyon National Park in California was established.

In 1952, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, California.

In 1964, Teamsters president James Hoffa and three co-defendants were found guilty by a federal court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, of jury tampering.

In 1974, the first issue of People magazine, then called People Weekly, was published by Time-Life Inc.; on the cover was actress Mia Farrow, then co-starring in "The Great Gatsby."

In 1989, Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announced plans for a huge media merger.

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender.

Ten years ago: American troops in Iraq fired on a car carrying just-freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena (zhoo-lee-AH'-nah ZGRAY'-nah), killing Nicola Calipari, the intelligence officer who'd helped negotiate her release and injuring the reporter. Martha Stewart, imprisoned for five months for her role in a stock scandal, left federal prison to start five months of home confinement. President George W. Bush nominated career scientist Stephen L. Johnson to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Five years ago: A Hollister, California, man with a history of severe psychiatric problems opened fire at a Pentagon security checkpoint; John Patrick Bedell, 36, wounded two police officers before being killed by police. Two Germans and two Turkish men were convicted in Duesseldorf over a foiled 2007 plot to attack U.S. targets in Germany and given prison sentences ranging up to 12 years. Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the United States, angrily withdrew its ambassador after a congressional committee approved a resolution branding the World War I killing of Armenians a genocide. (The measure, however, was never taken up by the 111th Congress.)

One year ago: President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal 2015. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government's leaders in a show of support following Russia's military incursion into the Crimean Peninsula.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Paula Prentiss is 77. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 74. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 67. Singer Shakin' Stevens is 67. Author James Ellroy is 67. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is 65. Singer Chris Rea is 64. Actor/rock singer-musician Ronn Moss is 63. Actress Kay Lenz is 62. Musician Emilio Estefan is 62. Movie director Scott Hicks is 62. Actress Catherine O'Hara is 61. Actor Mykelti (MY'-kul-tee) Williamson is 58. Actress Patricia Heaton is 57. Actor Steven Weber is 54. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 52. Actress Stacy Edwards is 50. Rapper Grand Puba is 49. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 49. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 48. Actress Patsy Kensit is 47. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 46. Actress Andrea Bendewald is 45. Actor Nick Stabile (stah-BEEL') is 45. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 44. Country singer Jason Sellers is 44. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 38. Actress Jessica Heap is 32. TV personality Whitney Port is 30. Actress Margo Harshman is 29. Actor Josh Bowman is 27. Actress Andrea Bowen is 25. Actress Jenna Boyd is 22.

Thought for Today: "I do not understand the world, but I watch its progress." -- Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980).

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Last Update on March 04, 2015 08:09 GMT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD WELCOMES BABY FISHER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carrie Underwood is a mom. She and her husband, Nashville Predators player Mike Fisher, welcomed a boy on Friday. Yesterday they posted a photo of their baby's hand and part of his face on Facebook with the caption, "God has blessed us with an amazing gift!" They have named him Isaiah Michael Fisher. He's their first child.

SOUND:

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Excerpt of Carrie Underwood performing "Mama's Song." The country singer gave birth on Friday to a baby boy named Isaiah Michael Fisher.

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Excerpt of Carrie Underwood

Excerpt of Carrie Underwood performing "So Small." The country singer gave birth on Friday to a baby boy named Isaiah Michael Fisher.

WU-TANG CLAN ALBUM COULD COME OUT IN 88 YEARS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Whoever buys the Wu-Tang Clan secret album, "The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin," will be able to release it...in 2103. Forbes magazine quotes producer Cilvaringz as saying the winning bidder for the album will be allowed to release it in 88 years. The Wu-Tang Clan is selling the lone copy of the album through the auction site Paddle8. Originally the group decided to let the buyer do whatever he or she wanted with the album, but they've decided it's an original rather than a master copy, like a piece of sculpture. Cilvaringz says all backups have been destroyed. RZA of Wu-Tang Clan says it's possible the buyer could release the album anyway, but given the amount of money changing hands, he thinks that's unlikely. There's no asking price but RZA has said they got a bid for $5 million.

ESTELLE APPEARS ON "EMPIRE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Estelle feels about the Fox show "Empire" the way her mother used to feel about "Dynasty" when she was a kid. Estelle says her mother was obsessed with "Dynasty" and would shush everyone when it came on. When the producers of "Empire" asked Estelle to do a guest role, she jumped at the chance. Estelle re-recorded her song "Conqueror" as a duet with star Jussie Smollett. Estelle says the best part of her role was having long hair that she kept flicking around. Her episode airs tonight.

SOUND:

<<CUT ..002 (03/04/15)>> 00:17 "does it work"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says she and the producers of "Empire" had a mutual admiration society going. ((note language; cut contains word "hell"; note length of cut))

<<CUT ..003 (03/04/15)>> 00:13 "five times easier"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says it was a dream to perform "Conqueror" with "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

<<CUT ..004 (03/04/15)>> 00:10 "it, every moment"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says she adored the character she plays on "Empire." ((note language: cut contains word "butt"))

<<CUT ..005 (03/04/15)>> 00:14 "everyone quiet shhh"

Estelle, singer-rapper

Estelle says as a kid, her mother was obsessed with the characters on "Dynasty," like she now is with "Empire."

KATY PERRY OFFERS LEFT SHARK CLOTHING

UNDATED (AP) -- Katy Perry is now selling Left Shark merchandise. A full-body hooded shark jumpsuit sells for $129.99, and a T-shirt featuring the shark sells for $25. Perry had two backup dancers dressed as sharks during her Super Bowl halftime show that became celebrities in their own rights because the right one appeared to know the choreography and the left one just acted goofy.

CHRISSIE HYNDE IS WRITING AUTOBIOGRAPHY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is hoping her life story will make people dance, have fun, possibly cry and maybe reach for a guitar. Penguin Random House announced Hynde is working on an "incredibly frank" memoir for release September 8. It does not yet have a title.

Urban News

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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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