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Last Update on April 20, 2015 07:08 GMT

"FURIOUS 7" WINS BOX OFFICE RACE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Furious 7" has again outpaced the competition in the box office race. The movie took in $29.1 million over the weekend -- taking the victory lap in its third straight weekend. But the street-race saga had competition. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" finished a close second, with $24 million. And while that wasn't enough to capture the top spot, it was almost enough to recoup its $30 million production cost in its first week, alone. Number three over the weekend was "Unfriended." The movie only cost $1 million to make -- so it ends up recouping its initial outlay 16 times over.

"Furious 7" is still the movie to beat -- as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Sound of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

Sound of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in a scene from "Furious 7," the number-one movie this weekend at the box office.

BOBBY BROWN DESCRIBES DAUGHTER AS "AWAKE"

ATLANTA (AP) -- It isn't clear whether it's an official medical update -- or hopeful hyperbole. But what Bobby Brown told concertgoers Saturday night made the crowd scream. Brown said his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is awake -- and was "watching" him. The statement is the first Bobby Brown has made publicly about his daughter since she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home nearly three months ago. All the family has said since -- was that the 21-year-old daughter of Brown and the late Whitney Houston was "fighting for her life."

SUGE KNIGHT - EVIDENCE AND TRIAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a criminal trial, there's a big difference between getting a case to a jury -- and getting the jury to convict. When a judge ruled last week that Suge (SHUG) Knight should stand trial for murder and attempted murder, it didn't mean the case is a slam dunk for the prosecution. Take as an example the video of the January incident, in which Knight runs over two men, killing one. The clip also shows the survivor confronting Knight before Knight runs the two men over, supporting the defense's claim of self-defense. The survivor first blamed Knight -- but has since said he doesn't want to be a snitch.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that when Suge Knight goes to trial, he won't be the only person involved with a shady past.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

The evidence used to bring a former rap label owner to trial has been released to the public. AP Entertainment Oscar Wells Gabriel tells us what the judge got to see.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Oscar Wells Gabriel reports some evidence that seems incidental may be important in the case against Suge Knight.

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan was asked by a detective how he was feeling. ((note audio quality))

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan said he and Marion "Suge" Knight had a physical confrontation in the parking lot of a burger stand. ((((note audio quality; note length of cut))

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan said he "blacked out" and doesn't know how Terry Carter was injured. ((note audio quality))

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Cle "Bone" Sloan, filmmaker and activist

In audio from his police interview in January, Cle "Bone" Sloan said "Suge" Knight said "I'm going to kill you" from inside his pickup truck as they exchanged blows. ((note audio quality))

GAME OF THRONES COLLEGE COURSE

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Some watch "Game of Thrones" for thrills. But some of those watching the HBO series will do it for grades. Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the popular series -- and students can get honors credit. One of the co-professors says demand for the course was so great, available seats were filled in about an hour.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports a college course on "Game of Thrones" is proving almost as popular as the HBO TV series itself.

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Excerpt of "Game Of Thrones" theme

Excerpt of "Game Of Thrones" theme, from HBO show. (A university is offering a course on the series.)

BEN AFFLECK - "FINDING YOUR ROOTS"

BOSTON (AP) -- So what happens when a celebrity on "Finding Your Roots" doesn't like what's found in those roots? In the case of Ben Affleck, the actor asked the PBS documentary to cut the revelation that he had a slave-owning ancestor -- and producers did. Word of the request was in the trove of emails leaked from Sony and published online by WikiLeaks. In separate statements, PBS and host-historian Henry Louis Gates say they didn't censor the slave-owning past of Affleck's family.

BEN POWERS - OBIT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- An actor who was in the old-school TV show "Good Times" has died. Alton "Ben" Powers was the football player husband of Thelma Evans in the sitcom about a black family trying to make its way out of the Chicago housing projects. A funeral home in New Bedford, Massachusetts says Powers died Apr. 6 -- but gave no other details. Besides his work on "Good Times" -- Powers was in "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer," "Gimmie a Break," "The Greatest American Hero" and "Laverne & Shirley."

PEABODY AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Jane the Virgin" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" are among the winners in the first round of Peabody Awards. The CW sitcom and the HBO news-as-comedy show will get their honors at a ceremony next month. Other winners include "The Americans," "Fargo" and "The Honorable Woman."

Country News

Last Update on April 20, 2015 07:08 GMT

ROCK HALL INDUCTS JOAN JETT, RINGO STARR

CLEVELAND (AP) -- For as tough as Joan Jett is, she cried while accepting her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jett's black mascara ran down her face during the ceremony in Cleveland Saturday. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, jammed out together on "With A Little Help From My Friends" for Starr's induction. Bill Withers, another inductee, rarely performs in public anymore, but he helped sing "Lean On Me" with John Legend. Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The "5" Royales were also inducted. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO May 30.

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Sound of fans reacting as Ringo Starr arrives on Red Carpet

Sound of fans reacting as Ringo Starr arrives on the Red Carpet at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. COURTESY: WEWS TV ((mandatory on-air courtesy))

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Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports there are some big names in the new class of rock-and-roll Hall of Famers.

<<CUT ..031 (04/20/15)>> 00:08 "big jam session"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports Ringo Starr's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was spearheaded by former bandmate Paul McCartney.

<<CUT ..032 (04/20/15)>> 00:18 "away from things"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports performer singer-songwriter Bill Withers is among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports Joan Jett was emotional during her induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

<<CUT ..034 (04/20/15)>> 00:14 "their first recording"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports there are some rules that have to be met before an artist can be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Excerpt of Ringo Starr

Excerpt of Ringo Starr, performing "Photograph."

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Excerpt of Bill Withers

Excerpt of Bill Withers performing "Lean On Me."

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Excerpt of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Excerpt of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performing "Pride And Joy."

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Excerpt of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Excerpt of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

TAYLOR SWIFT, LUKE BRYAN, MIRANDA LAMBERT HAVE ACM MOMENTS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Taylor Swift has not forgotten where she came from. She was one of seven recipients of the milestone award at the Academy of Country Music Awards last night. Swift says when she announced she was making a pop record, the country music world accepted it with grace, and she's grateful she learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music. Luke Bryan was named entertainer of the year. Miranda Lambert won female vocalist, song of the year for "Automatic" and album of the year for "Platinum," as well as a milestone award. Jason Aldean won male vocalist, and Little Big Town won the vocal group award. Cole Swindell (swin-DEL') won for new artist.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

The Academy of Country Music celebrated the year in country music with its annual awards show last night in Arlington, Texas. AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert says she can't believe she's getting a special ACM Award for doing what she loves. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Karen Fairchild

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town says it's appropriate they won vocal group of the year among their Texas fans. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire says she never would have achieved anything without the people who appreciated her music. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..005 (04/20/15)>> 00:16 "from country music"

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift says she may have become a pop artist, but everything she knows is from the country music scene. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler announces the winner of the final ACM Award. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Brooks and Dunn performing "My Maria"

Brooks and Dunn performing "My Maria," during broadcast. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Garth Brooks performing "All-American Kid"

Garth Brooks performing "All-American Kid," during broadcast. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))credit))

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Christina Aguilera and Rascal Flatts performing "Riot"

Christina Aguilera and Rascal Flatts performing "Riot," during broadcast. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

TIM McGRAW DEFENDS CONCERT FOR SANDY HOOK

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Tim McGraw is coming under fire for headlining a concert to benefit a group aimed at preventing gun violence against children because he's a gun owner. McGraw will play a concert July 17 in Hartford, Connecticut, to benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit group formed by families of the children and educators shot at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Gun rights advocates criticized McGraw online and called him a hypocrite. Others tweeted messages of support. McGraw tells The Washington Post he supports gun ownership and with that comes the responsibility of education and safety. McGraw's opening act, Billy Currington, has pulled out of the concert, saying he doesn't want to be part of the debate over guns.

EARTH DAY CONCERT DRAWS THOUSANDS TO WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Train singer Pat Monahan says fixing the environment means "getting our hands dirty because it's not going to be an easy thing." Monahan was one of the performers at Saturday's Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally on the National Mall in Washington, along with Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Common and Fall Out Boy. Usher took the stage on crutches after fracturing his foot but got big cheers for dancing anyway. Will.i.am, one of the rally's hosts, says he hopes people walk away from the rally and talk about solutions, go online for answers and hold leaders accountable for the things they're pledging.

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Carlotta Bradley

Organizers of a big Earth Day event in Washington, D.C. are asking people to take action to help the environment. AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports.

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Usher

Usher says he hopes the Earth Day concert and rally pushes people to fight poverty. ((note audio quality))

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Patrick Monahan, lead singer, Train

Train lead singer Patrick Monahan says events like the Earth Day concert and rally help raise awareness about poverty and the environment, but it's what people do with the information that counts. ((note audio quality))

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Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, at Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall. ((note audio quality))

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Sound of Usher, musician, performing the opening of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Sound of Usher, musician, performing the open of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," at Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall. ((note audio quality))

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Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, at Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall. ((note audio quality))

DON HENLEY GETS APOLOGY FROM DULUTH TRADING COMPANY

BELLEVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Don Henley and a clothing company have settled a dispute over a pun on Henley's name. The Duluth Trading Company had emailed an ad for shirts to its customers that said, "Don a Henley and Take It Easy." Henley sued, claiming trademark infringement. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the company may no longer use the words "Don" and "Henley" in close proximity in its ads, according to court documents. The company also issued an apology to Henley and made a contribution to Henley's nonprofit organization, the Walden Woods Project.

JOHNNY KEMP DIES

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Johnny Kemp, who had a number-one R-and-B hit in 1989 with "Just Got Paid," was found dead in Jamaica. Police say Kemp was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. The cause of death has not been determined. Kemp was 55. Kemp also had R-and-B hits with "Dancin With Myself" and "Just Another Lover."

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Excerpt of Johnny Kemp

Excerpt of Johnny Kemp performing "Just Got Paid."

BOBBY BROWN SAYS BOBBI KRISTINA IS AWAKE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bobby Brown has said the words so many have been waiting to hear: "Bobbi is awake." Brown broke the news to the audience at his concert in Dallas about his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and he added, "She is watching me." Brown's daughter was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her home outside Atlanta nearly three months ago. She has been at an undisclosed location since being released from a hospital last month.

OZZY OSBOURNE AND BILL WARD DUKE IT OUT ONLINE

UNDATED (AP) -- Ozzy Osbourne's response to Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward: "Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans." Osbourne wrote a response on his website to Ward's demand that Osbourne apologize for comments he made about Ward. Osbourne says he cannot apologize because Black Sabbath knew Ward was not capable of making an album and doing a tour, so the band moved on without him. Osbourne offers Ward's hospitalizations in 2013 as proof, including one for shoulder surgery that would have derailed a tour. Ward has already responded to Osbourne's response, saying the shoulder surgery was elective, his health is fine and "sorry I can't love you back, Oz."

JACK WHITE RE-ISSUES ELVIS ORIGINAL RECORD

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Hundreds of people waited hours in line to get a vinyl record full of pops and crackles. It was the vinyl rerelease of Elvis Presley's "My Happiness" backed with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," the first record Presley made. Presley paid $4 to make it and Jack White bought it recently for $300,000. White reissued it Saturday at his Third Man Records store in Nashville for Record Store Day. A store spokesman says the reissue was transferred digitally from the original without cleaning up the sound, and it was sold in a plain paper sleeve because that's how Presley would have carried it out after making it.

THE OFFSPRING SET BILLBOARD CHART RECORD

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Offspring have set a record for the longest span between number-one songs on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. "Coming For You" is number one this week. Eighteen years ago, The Offspring hit number one with "Gone Away." It beats the previous record-holder, Stone Temple Pilots, who went 16 years between number-one songs on that chart with "Lady Picture Show" and "Out of Time."

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS TORN DOWN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The building that was home to "The Sound of Philadelphia" is coming down. Demolition work has begun on the former headquarters of Philadelphia International Records to make way for a complex of luxury condos and a hotel. The label was home to acts like Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and The O'Jays. The building was heavily damaged by arson in 2010.

Rewind Time

April 20, 2015 07:08 GMT

Today is Monday, April 20, the 110th day of 2015. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well was finally capped nearly three months later, on July 15.)

On this date:

In 1314, Pope Clement V, the first of the Avignonese popes, died at Roquemaure, France.

In 1792, France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.

In 1861, Col. Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army. (Lee went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia, and eventually became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation admitting West Virginia to the Union, effective in 60 days (on June 20, 1863).

In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

In 1912, Boston's Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game while Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) opened in Detroit. (The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings; the Tigers beat the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 innings.)

In 1914, the Ludlow Massacre took place when the Colorado National Guard opened fire on a tent colony of striking miners; about 20 (accounts vary) strikers, women and children died.

In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.

In 1972, Apollo 16's lunar module, carrying astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., landed on the moon.

In 1988, gunmen who'd hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet were allowed safe passage out of Algeria under an agreement that freed the remaining 31 hostages and ended a 15-day siege in which two passengers were slain.

In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy. In his first Mass as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI pledged to work for unity among Christians and to seek "an open and sincere dialogue" with other faiths. Ecuador's Congress voted to remove embattled President Lucio Gutierrez from office and swear in Vice President Alfredo Palacio to replace him.

Five years ago: Airliners began taking to the skies of Europe again after five days of being grounded by a drifting volcanic ash. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on videos that showed graphic violence against animals. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height died in Washington D.C. at age 98. Keli McGregor, 48, president of baseball's Colorado Rockies, was found dead in a hotel room of natural causes.

One year ago: Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction in New Jersey became an international symbol of racial injustice, died in Toronto at age 76.

Today's Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 95. Actor Leslie Phillips is 91. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is 79. Actor George Takei is 78. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 77. Actor Ryan O'Neal is 74. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 71. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) is 67. Actor Gregory Itzin (iht-zihn) is 67. Actress Jessica Lange is 66. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 66. Actor Clint Howard is 56. Actor Crispin Glover is 51. Actor Andy Serkis is 51. Olympic silver medal figure skater Rosalynn Sumners is 51. Country singer Wade Hayes is 46. Actor Shemar Moore is 45. Actress Carmen Electra is 43. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 43. Rock musician Marty Crandall is 40. Actor Joey Lawrence is 39. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) is 37. Actor Tim Jo is 31.

Thought for Today: "Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute, and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what's best for us in the end." -- Alice Caldwell Rice, American humorist (1870-1942).

Rock News

Last Update on April 20, 2015 07:08 GMT

ROCK HALL INDUCTS JOAN JETT, RINGO STARR

CLEVELAND (AP) -- For as tough as Joan Jett is, she cried while accepting her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jett's black mascara ran down her face during the ceremony in Cleveland Saturday. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, jammed out together on "With A Little Help From My Friends" for Starr's induction. Bill Withers, another inductee, rarely performs in public anymore, but he helped sing "Lean On Me" with John Legend. Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The "5" Royales were also inducted. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO May 30.

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Sound of fans reacting as Ringo Starr arrives on Red Carpet

Sound of fans reacting as Ringo Starr arrives on the Red Carpet at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. COURTESY: WEWS TV ((mandatory on-air courtesy))

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Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports there are some big names in the new class of rock-and-roll Hall of Famers.

<<CUT ..031 (04/20/15)>> 00:08 "big jam session"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports Ringo Starr's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was spearheaded by former bandmate Paul McCartney.

<<CUT ..032 (04/20/15)>> 00:18 "away from things"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports performer singer-songwriter Bill Withers is among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

<<CUT ..033 (04/20/15)>> 00:16 "the tears came"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports Joan Jett was emotional during her induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

<<CUT ..034 (04/20/15)>> 00:14 "their first recording"

Tom Withers

AP correspondent Tom Withers reports there are some rules that have to be met before an artist can be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Excerpt of Ringo Starr

Excerpt of Ringo Starr, performing "Photograph."

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Excerpt of Bill Withers

Excerpt of Bill Withers performing "Lean On Me."

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Excerpt of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Excerpt of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performing "Pride And Joy."

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Excerpt of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Excerpt of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

TAYLOR SWIFT, LUKE BRYAN, MIRANDA LAMBERT HAVE ACM MOMENTS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Taylor Swift has not forgotten where she came from. She was one of seven recipients of the milestone award at the Academy of Country Music Awards last night. Swift says when she announced she was making a pop record, the country music world accepted it with grace, and she's grateful she learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music. Luke Bryan was named entertainer of the year. Miranda Lambert won female vocalist, song of the year for "Automatic" and album of the year for "Platinum," as well as a milestone award. Jason Aldean won male vocalist, and Little Big Town won the vocal group award. Cole Swindell (swin-DEL') won for new artist.

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

The Academy of Country Music celebrated the year in country music with its annual awards show last night in Arlington, Texas. AP Music Correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

<<CUT ..002 (04/20/15)>> 00:09 "much thank you"

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert says she can't believe she's getting a special ACM Award for doing what she loves. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..003 (04/20/15)>> 00:06 "you do it (second reference)"

Karen Fairchild

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town says it's appropriate they won vocal group of the year among their Texas fans. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..004 (04/20/15)>> 00:06 "one of you"

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire says she never would have achieved anything without the people who appreciated her music. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..005 (04/20/15)>> 00:16 "from country music"

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift says she may have become a pop artist, but everything she knows is from the country music scene. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler announces the winner of the final ACM Award. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Brooks and Dunn performing "My Maria"

Brooks and Dunn performing "My Maria," during broadcast. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Garth Brooks performing "All-American Kid"

Garth Brooks performing "All-American Kid," during broadcast. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))credit))

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Christina Aguilera and Rascal Flatts performing "Riot"

Christina Aguilera and Rascal Flatts performing "Riot," during broadcast. COURTESY: Academy of Country Music/dick clark productions ((mandatory on-air credit))

TIM McGRAW DEFENDS CONCERT FOR SANDY HOOK

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Tim McGraw is coming under fire for headlining a concert to benefit a group aimed at preventing gun violence against children because he's a gun owner. McGraw will play a concert July 17 in Hartford, Connecticut, to benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit group formed by families of the children and educators shot at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Gun rights advocates criticized McGraw online and called him a hypocrite. Others tweeted messages of support. McGraw tells The Washington Post he supports gun ownership and with that comes the responsibility of education and safety. McGraw's opening act, Billy Currington, has pulled out of the concert, saying he doesn't want to be part of the debate over guns.

EARTH DAY CONCERT DRAWS THOUSANDS TO WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Train singer Pat Monahan says fixing the environment means "getting our hands dirty because it's not going to be an easy thing." Monahan was one of the performers at Saturday's Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally on the National Mall in Washington, along with Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Common and Fall Out Boy. Usher took the stage on crutches after fracturing his foot but got big cheers for dancing anyway. Will.i.am, one of the rally's hosts, says he hopes people walk away from the rally and talk about solutions, go online for answers and hold leaders accountable for the things they're pledging.

SOUND:

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Carlotta Bradley

Organizers of a big Earth Day event in Washington, D.C. are asking people to take action to help the environment. AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports.

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Usher

Usher says he hopes the Earth Day concert and rally pushes people to fight poverty. ((note audio quality))

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Patrick Monahan, lead singer, Train

Train lead singer Patrick Monahan says events like the Earth Day concert and rally help raise awareness about poverty and the environment, but it's what people do with the information that counts. ((note audio quality))

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Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, at Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall. ((note audio quality))

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Sound of Usher, musician, performing the opening of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Sound of Usher, musician, performing the open of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," at Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall. ((note audio quality))

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Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

Sound of Usher, musician, performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, at Earth Day rally and concert on the National Mall. ((note audio quality))

DON HENLEY GETS APOLOGY FROM DULUTH TRADING COMPANY

BELLEVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Don Henley and a clothing company have settled a dispute over a pun on Henley's name. The Duluth Trading Company had emailed an ad for shirts to its customers that said, "Don a Henley and Take It Easy." Henley sued, claiming trademark infringement. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the company may no longer use the words "Don" and "Henley" in close proximity in its ads, according to court documents. The company also issued an apology to Henley and made a contribution to Henley's nonprofit organization, the Walden Woods Project.

JOHNNY KEMP DIES

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Johnny Kemp, who had a number-one R-and-B hit in 1989 with "Just Got Paid," was found dead in Jamaica. Police say Kemp was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning. The cause of death has not been determined. Kemp was 55. Kemp also had R-and-B hits with "Dancin With Myself" and "Just Another Lover."

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Excerpt of Johnny Kemp

Excerpt of Johnny Kemp performing "Just Got Paid."

BOBBY BROWN SAYS BOBBI KRISTINA IS AWAKE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bobby Brown has said the words so many have been waiting to hear: "Bobbi is awake." Brown broke the news to the audience at his concert in Dallas about his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and he added, "She is watching me." Brown's daughter was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her home outside Atlanta nearly three months ago. She has been at an undisclosed location since being released from a hospital last month.

OZZY OSBOURNE AND BILL WARD DUKE IT OUT ONLINE

UNDATED (AP) -- Ozzy Osbourne's response to Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward: "Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans." Osbourne wrote a response on his website to Ward's demand that Osbourne apologize for comments he made about Ward. Osbourne says he cannot apologize because Black Sabbath knew Ward was not capable of making an album and doing a tour, so the band moved on without him. Osbourne offers Ward's hospitalizations in 2013 as proof, including one for shoulder surgery that would have derailed a tour. Ward has already responded to Osbourne's response, saying the shoulder surgery was elective, his health is fine and "sorry I can't love you back, Oz."

JACK WHITE RE-ISSUES ELVIS ORIGINAL RECORD

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Hundreds of people waited hours in line to get a vinyl record full of pops and crackles. It was the vinyl rerelease of Elvis Presley's "My Happiness" backed with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," the first record Presley made. Presley paid $4 to make it and Jack White bought it recently for $300,000. White reissued it Saturday at his Third Man Records store in Nashville for Record Store Day. A store spokesman says the reissue was transferred digitally from the original without cleaning up the sound, and it was sold in a plain paper sleeve because that's how Presley would have carried it out after making it.

THE OFFSPRING SET BILLBOARD CHART RECORD

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Offspring have set a record for the longest span between number-one songs on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. "Coming For You" is number one this week. Eighteen years ago, The Offspring hit number one with "Gone Away." It beats the previous record-holder, Stone Temple Pilots, who went 16 years between number-one songs on that chart with "Lady Picture Show" and "Out of Time."

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS TORN DOWN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The building that was home to "The Sound of Philadelphia" is coming down. Demolition work has begun on the former headquarters of Philadelphia International Records to make way for a complex of luxury condos and a hotel. The label was home to acts like Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls and The O'Jays. The building was heavily damaged by arson in 2010.

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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 singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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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 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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