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Last Update on September 15, 2014 07:10 GMT

JOAN RIVERS-DOCTOR LEAVES CLINIC

NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of the surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest has moved on. A spokesman for Yorkville Endoscopy says Dr. Lawrence Cohen is no longer the head of the facility -- and will no longer do procedures there. The clinic isn't elaborating on the circumstances of Cohen's departure. Rivers died September 4 at a New York hospital -- a week after she went into cardiac arrest during a procedure at the Yorkville facility. The state health department is investigating the case, as is the city's medical examiner.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports on a departure at the outpatient surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure.

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Something new at one and two at the movies this weekend. The thriller "No Good Deed" opens at number-one. Idris Elba stars as an escaped convict, while Taraji P. Henson is the woman he terrorizes. The film takes in 24 and a-half million dollars this weekend. The feel-good family film "Dolphin Tale 2" opens in second place. Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd return in the sequel. "Guardians of the Galaxy" drops from first to third. But Guardians is still the year's top money-maker -- taking more than 300 million dollars so for.

There's a new number-one at the nation's theaters. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office figures.

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Sound of excerpt from "No Good Deed" scene

Sound of an excerpt from a scene in "No Good Deed," the top film at the weekend box office.

TARAJI P. HENSON-"NO GOOD DEED"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taraji P. Henson says all her Hollywood friends told her she wouldn't be able to land Idris Elba in her movie -- after the actor had landed the key role in "Mandela." But Henson says she was able to pull it off. She's the executive producer for "No Good Deed" -- and says she took the personal route to get Elba on board. She says she called him, congratulated him on getting the Mandela gig -- then reminded him that he had promised to do "No Good Deed." Henson says she threw in the fact that she was counting on the money from the film to help put her son through college. She jokes that she also begged and cried -- and that Elba "fell for it."

The movie finished number-one in this past weekend's box office race, taking in $24.5 million.

Idris Elba describes the dynamics of the movie "No Good Deed."

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson says doing all-night shoots and fight scenes for "No Good Deed" was no walk in the park.

BILL HADER/KRISTEN WIIG-"SKELETON TWINS"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are used to doing comedy -- having been veterans of "Saturday Night Live." So they say when they were offered roles in "Skeleton Twins," they were hoping that the movie wouldn't be something dramatic. They needn't have worried. With Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell in the cast, there was little chance of it being Shakespeare -- so they were safe. Kristen Wiig suggests that directors and producers tend to think inside the box, so it's unlikely that they'd end up with a lot of dramatic roles coming their way.

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig say with all the funny people in the cast, they couldn't see "Skeleton Twins" as being anything but a comedy.

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Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig says it doesn't seem to take long to get pigeonholed as an actor.

VINCENT PIAZZA-LIGHTER FARE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Vincent Piazza says he copped a little something from the set of "Boardwalk Empire" when it finished recording its fifth and final season. He says he kept his cigarette lighter -- because he and it have history. He says it's one of those old-school lighters -- and he had been using it since the pilot. He says it took him about a year to keep from burning himself while trying to light up. He says the lighter was always in his pocket or in a scene -- so he considers it his "little buddy."

Vincent Piazza says the old-school cigarette lighter he kept from "Boardwalk Empire" was more than just a prop.

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Vincent Piazza

Vincent Piazza says there was one incident when he got the chance while on set to realize what an unique show he was a part of.

Country News

Last Update on September 15, 2014 07:10 GMT

LYNN ANDERSON ARRESTED

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Lynn Anderson is out of jail after being arrested for drunk driving. The Nashville Tennessean quotes police as saying Anderson showed "signs of impairment" after she was involved in a crash Thursday evening. A warrant says Anderson admitted to drinking and taking prescription medication. Jail officials say Anderson was released Friday on $5,000 bond and has a court date November 20. Anderson says in a statement she is "deeply sorry" for anyone she has harmed. Anderson's biggest hit was "Rose Garden" in 1970.

BEYONCE' AND JAY Z END "ON THE RUN" TOUR

PARIS (AP) -- Beyonce' and Jay Z did not give any support to those rumors that they would split up once their concert tour was over. They wrapped up their "On The Run" stadium tour Saturday in Paris. Beyonce' told the audience Paris was where she and Jay Z got engaged and where their daughter, Blue Ivy, was conceived. Beyonce' got misty when she told Jay Z, "I'm your biggest fan. I love you." He replied, "Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She's my wife." The show was filmed for an HBO special later this month.

JOE SAMPLE DIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Jazz pianist and composer Joe Sample has died. His manager says Sample died of complications from lung cancer Friday at a hospital in Houston. He was 75. Sample was one of the pioneers of electronic jazz-funk fusion in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, which were the first instrumental band to open for The Rolling Stones. Sample's final album, "Live" was released in 2012. He also did session work with Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan and Quincy Jones.

NEW FOUND GLORY PLAY IT SAFE AT RIOT FEST

CHICAGO (AP) -- New Found Glory were ready to debut a new song at Chicago's Riot Fest yesterday, if only they knew how it goes. Guitarist Chad Gilbert says they just released a song called "Ready and Willing." Because he and singer Jordan Pundik live in California and Cyrus Bolooki and Ian Grushka live in Florida, they haven't rehearsed it since they recorded it. Gilbert says they decided they'd rather wait three weeks and learn the song to play on tour than blow it in front of 20,000 people. Their "Revolution" album comes out October 7.

SOUND:

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Chad Gilbert, guitarist, New Found Glory

New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert says they released a new song called "Ready and Willing" that they can't actually play live yet. (refers to New Found Glory bandmates Cyrus Bolooki, Ian Grushka and Jordan Pundik, )

SOCIAL DISTORTION MIX UP THE SET LIST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Social Distortion keep track of what you've heard in concert. Singer Mike Ness says when he plans his set list for something like Chicago's Riot Fest, he keeps in mind what they did the last time they played there. He pulled out some songs from the "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" album that Social D had not played much before. Other performers at this weekend's Riot Fest included Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Rise Against, The Offspring and Of Mice And Men.

SOUND:

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Mike Ness, singer, Social Distortion

Social Distortion singer Mike Ness says he tailored the band's set for Chicago's Riot Fest.

KENDRICK LAMAR SAYS THANKS TO TAYLOR SWIFT

ATLANTA (AP) -- Kendrick Lamar appreciates the love from Taylor Swift. She recently told Rolling Stone she listens to Lamar's music to change her mood from "victimized" to "awesome." She said her go-to song is Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle." Lamar says he's grateful to hear that Swift likes what he does. He says people try to lock down hip-hop as being for one particular listener, when really it's for all people. He says he appreciates Swift for not only supporting his music but hip-hop culture.

ROBERT PLANT STARTS AFRESH

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Robert Plant has shifted his home base from the U.S. to Wales. Plant says he wanted to return "to the misty mountains, to be honest." He also split with longtime girlfriend, singer Patty Griffin. Plant says, "Life goes on, and I have a huge and deep affection for Patty." Plant has a new album called "Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar," which is full of material he mostly wrote, as opposed to his interpretations of American songs. Plant says it was daunting to return to songwriting but once he got going, the songs just flowed.

JOHNNY MATHIS PLANS "SIMPSONS" APPEARANCE, BOXED SET RELEASE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Mathis will appear on "The Simpsons." Mathis says he plays an English gardener dealing with gophers by using a blow torch. He'll also sing a different version of "Chances Are." No word on when the episode will air. In the meantime, Mathis is releasing a 13-CD boxed set called "The Complete Global Albums Collection" on November 17. They are albums that were commercially unsuccessful or unreleased from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis was signed to Mercury Records and his own Global Records.

Rewind Time

September 15, 2014 07:10 GMT

Today is Monday, September 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On September 15, 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State. Author James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey.

On this date:

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

In 1857, William Howard Taft -- who served as President of the United States and as U.S. chief justice -- was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1887, the city of Philadelphia launched a three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States.

In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship.

In 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC-TV with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.

In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul (sohl).

In 1954, as raucous fans looked on, Marilyn Monroe filmed the famous billowing-skirt scene for "The Seven Year Itch" over a Lexington Ave. subway grate in Manhattan (however, little, if any, of the footage ended up in the movie; the scene was later reshot on a Hollywood set).

In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)

In 1964, the prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place" premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in.

In 1989, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States, died in Stratton, Vermont, at age 84.

In 1994, a tape recording of John Lennon singing with his teen-age band, The Quarrymen, in a Liverpool club on July 6, 1957, was sold at Sotheby's for $122,500 (it was at this gig that Lennon first met Paul McCartney).

Ten years ago: Three Americans were found guilty in Kabul, Afghanistan, of torturing Afghans in a private jail and were sentenced to prison. (Edward Caraballo, a freelance cameraman, was released in May 2006; Brent Bennett was freed in September 2006; Jack Idema, a former Green Beret, was pardoned in June 2007.) National Hockey League owners agreed to lock out the players. Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died in Los Angeles at age 55.

Five years ago: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the worst recession since the 1930s was "very likely over," although he cautioned that pain -- especially for nearly 15 million unemployed Americans -- would persist. An unrepentant Muntadhar al-Zeidi (MOON'-tuh-dahr ahl-zay-EE'-dee), the Iraqi reporter who'd thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush in December 2008, was freed from prison.

One year ago: Hundreds of people, black and white, many holding hands, filled the Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years earlier to mark the anniversary of the blast that killed four little girls and became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle. Norway's Suzann Pettersen beat teen star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship and clinch the second major title of her career. Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jackie Lomax, 69, a singer-songwriter who'd worked with the Beatles and had a long solo career, died in Wirral, England.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Forrest Compton is 89. Comedian Norm Crosby is 87. Actor Henry Darrow is 81. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 76. Actress Carmen Maura is 69. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 69. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 69. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 68. Movie director Oliver Stone is 68. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (KAY'-gee) (Night Ranger) is 62. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 54. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 53. Actor Danny Nucci is 46. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 45. Actor Josh Charles is 43. Singer Ivette (EE'-veht) Sosa (Eden's Crush) is 38. Actor Tom Hardy is 37. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 36. Actor Dave Annable is 35. Actress Amy Davidson is 35. Britain's Prince Harry is 30. TV personality Heidi Montag is 28. Actress Kate Mansi (TV: "Days of Our Lives") is 27.

Thought for Today: "The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world." -- Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989).

Rock News

Last Update on September 15, 2014 07:10 GMT

LYNN ANDERSON ARRESTED

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Lynn Anderson is out of jail after being arrested for drunk driving. The Nashville Tennessean quotes police as saying Anderson showed "signs of impairment" after she was involved in a crash Thursday evening. A warrant says Anderson admitted to drinking and taking prescription medication. Jail officials say Anderson was released Friday on $5,000 bond and has a court date November 20. Anderson says in a statement she is "deeply sorry" for anyone she has harmed. Anderson's biggest hit was "Rose Garden" in 1970.

BEYONCE' AND JAY Z END "ON THE RUN" TOUR

PARIS (AP) -- Beyonce' and Jay Z did not give any support to those rumors that they would split up once their concert tour was over. They wrapped up their "On The Run" stadium tour Saturday in Paris. Beyonce' told the audience Paris was where she and Jay Z got engaged and where their daughter, Blue Ivy, was conceived. Beyonce' got misty when she told Jay Z, "I'm your biggest fan. I love you." He replied, "Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She's my wife." The show was filmed for an HBO special later this month.

JOE SAMPLE DIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Jazz pianist and composer Joe Sample has died. His manager says Sample died of complications from lung cancer Friday at a hospital in Houston. He was 75. Sample was one of the pioneers of electronic jazz-funk fusion in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, which were the first instrumental band to open for The Rolling Stones. Sample's final album, "Live" was released in 2012. He also did session work with Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan and Quincy Jones.

NEW FOUND GLORY PLAY IT SAFE AT RIOT FEST

CHICAGO (AP) -- New Found Glory were ready to debut a new song at Chicago's Riot Fest yesterday, if only they knew how it goes. Guitarist Chad Gilbert says they just released a song called "Ready and Willing." Because he and singer Jordan Pundik live in California and Cyrus Bolooki and Ian Grushka live in Florida, they haven't rehearsed it since they recorded it. Gilbert says they decided they'd rather wait three weeks and learn the song to play on tour than blow it in front of 20,000 people. Their "Revolution" album comes out October 7.

SOUND:

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Chad Gilbert, guitarist, New Found Glory

New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert says they released a new song called "Ready and Willing" that they can't actually play live yet. (refers to New Found Glory bandmates Cyrus Bolooki, Ian Grushka and Jordan Pundik, )

SOCIAL DISTORTION MIX UP THE SET LIST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Social Distortion keep track of what you've heard in concert. Singer Mike Ness says when he plans his set list for something like Chicago's Riot Fest, he keeps in mind what they did the last time they played there. He pulled out some songs from the "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" album that Social D had not played much before. Other performers at this weekend's Riot Fest included Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Rise Against, The Offspring and Of Mice And Men.

SOUND:

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Mike Ness, singer, Social Distortion

Social Distortion singer Mike Ness says he tailored the band's set for Chicago's Riot Fest.

KENDRICK LAMAR SAYS THANKS TO TAYLOR SWIFT

ATLANTA (AP) -- Kendrick Lamar appreciates the love from Taylor Swift. She recently told Rolling Stone she listens to Lamar's music to change her mood from "victimized" to "awesome." She said her go-to song is Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle." Lamar says he's grateful to hear that Swift likes what he does. He says people try to lock down hip-hop as being for one particular listener, when really it's for all people. He says he appreciates Swift for not only supporting his music but hip-hop culture.

ROBERT PLANT STARTS AFRESH

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Robert Plant has shifted his home base from the U.S. to Wales. Plant says he wanted to return "to the misty mountains, to be honest." He also split with longtime girlfriend, singer Patty Griffin. Plant says, "Life goes on, and I have a huge and deep affection for Patty." Plant has a new album called "Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar," which is full of material he mostly wrote, as opposed to his interpretations of American songs. Plant says it was daunting to return to songwriting but once he got going, the songs just flowed.

JOHNNY MATHIS PLANS "SIMPSONS" APPEARANCE, BOXED SET RELEASE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnny Mathis will appear on "The Simpsons." Mathis says he plays an English gardener dealing with gophers by using a blow torch. He'll also sing a different version of "Chances Are." No word on when the episode will air. In the meantime, Mathis is releasing a 13-CD boxed set called "The Complete Global Albums Collection" on November 17. They are albums that were commercially unsuccessful or unreleased from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis was signed to Mercury Records and his own Global Records.

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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