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Last Update on August 31, 2015 07:53 GMT


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He's rich, popular, polarizing -- and certainly not afraid to speak his mind. And he wants to be president. It isn't Donald Trump -- it's Kanye West. The rapper ended a rambling statement at the VMAs last night with the declaration that he wants to run for president in 2020. West was on stage to accept the Video Vanguard Award -- and to try to explain the complexity that is Kanye. After trying to apologize for snatching the mic from Taylor Swift six years ago, he went on to try to justify his actions. He even ripped MTV for promoting Swift's presenting the Vanguard Award to him -- saying it was just done to boost the ratings. He said he will continue to speak what he sees as the truth -- but that he was no politician. But he ended with his declaration that he wants to run for president.

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019-a-16-(Taylor Swift, singer, during broadcast)-"of all time (applause)"-Taylor Swift brings up Kanye West's interruption of her acceptance speech as she introduces him as the Vanguard Artist at this year's VMAs. COURTESY: MTV (mandatory on-air credit) (31 Aug 2015)

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020-a-15-(Miley Cyrus, host, MTV Video Music Awards, during broadcast)-"I got notes"-Miley Cyrus jokes about Kanye West's rambling speech accepting the Vanguard Award at the VMAs. (West ackowledged smoking pot before his comments) ((Note: The profanity in the cut was muted by MTV)) COURTESY: MTV (mandatory on-air credit) (31 Aug 2015)

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015-a-13-(Kanye West, rapper, accepting Vanguard Award during VMAs broadcast)-"run for president (cheers)"-Kanye West says he's running for president - soon. COURTESY: MTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Aug 2015)

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013-a-12-(Kanye West, rapper, accepting Vanguard Award during VMAs broadcast)-"the edge off (applause)"-Kanye West acknowledges he smoked pot before coming on stage to make a rambling acceptance speech for his Vanguard award. COURTESY: MTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Aug 2015)

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014-a-10-(Kanye West, rapper, accepting Vanguard Award during VMAs broadcast)-"like me more"-Kanye West says he doesn't get the idea behind awards shows, where artists are pitted against each other and declared winners and losers. COURTESY: MTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (31 Aug 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Another wardrobe malfunction has caused controversy. It happened at the VMAs last night. Toward the end of the show, host Miley Cyrus was trying to do a wardrobe change while doing a voice bump to a commercial break. The camera was on her -- but she didn't appear to have a working microphone. When a stagehand came to help out, she moved the curtain back and when Cyrus leaned back toward the camera, viewers got a glimpse of her breast -- nipple and all. After a scramble, she was heard asking if her "tit was showing" -- and it was. MTV says the gaffe will be edited for the West Coast version of the show and for any future showings.

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the summer of Compton. The N.W.A movie "Straight Outta Compton" has won the box office race for the third weekend in a row. The movie joins "Jurassic World" as the only movies to top the box office list for three straight weekends this summer. The numbers -- $13.2 million over the weekend and $134.1 million in its three weeks in theaters. There's a surprise in the number two slot: with the church-based drama "War Room" finishing in the runner-up spot. Number three is "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." One of the biggest flops of the weekend was the new movie "We Are Your Friends." The electronic dance music drama starring Zac Efron took in less than $2 million in its debut weekend. That's one of the lowest weekend openings ever for a film to play in wide release.

UNDATED (AP) -- He was responsible for some of the most scream-worthy scenes ever on the big screen. And while Wes Craven will be remembered for his touch with horror movies, it wasn't the only he did. Craven has died. The writer and director died yesterday at age 76. He'll be best known for movies like "Nightmare on Elm Street" with razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger and "Scream." Craven once said: "Horror films don't create fear, they release it." Craven also directed the 1999 drama "Music of the Heart," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

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031-a-15-(Wes Craven, director, in remarks from 2005)-"a safe environment"-Director Wes Craven said, in 2005, that he works into his movies what audiences are afraid of. (31 Aug 2015)

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033-a-08-(Excerpt of "A Nightmare on Elm Street", directed by Wes Craven, who has died at 76)-"don't fall asleep (noises and scream fade)"-Excerpt of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," directed by Wes Craven, who has died at 76. (31 Aug 2015)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- He was just 21. But Kyle Jean-Baptiste has already made his mark on Broadway. He was the first African-American to play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les MisTrables." And he was the youngest to play the role. Jean-Baptiste is gone. He died Friday in a fall from a fire escape in Brooklyn, New York. Police say Jean-Baptiste was sitting on a fourth-floor fire escape of an apartment with a woman when he stood up, slipped and fell backward to the ground. Those in the Broadway theater community were on social media over the weekend, mourning the loss of the young talent.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- There was a memorial service yesterday for the TV crew that was shot to death while on the air last week. The service for 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward was held at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke. In his remarks, WDBJ-TV General Manager Jeff Marks spoke about prioritizing mental health treatment. Ward and Parker were killed by a former co-worker Wednesday. The two were on an early morning assignment when Vester Lee Flanagan walked up and shot them. Flanagan later killed himself.

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006-a-08-(Jeffrey Marks, general manager, WDBJ-TV, at interfaith memorial service)-"enmity will disappear"-Jeffrey Marks, the general manager of WDBJ-TV, says the Bible and Quran both warn about anger. (31 Aug 2015)

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Chris Harrison has a partner to share the hosting duties on the Miss America pageant. It's Brooke Burke-Charvet, who co-hosted "Dancing With the Stars" for eight seasons after winning the mirror ball as a contestant. The Miss America pageant is set for Sunday, Sept. 13 on ABC.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The family featured in "Sister Wives" says the Supreme Court ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage should be a benchmark for all consensual adult relations. Kody Brown and his four wives are in court, claiming that there should be no laws against polygamous marriages. A federal judge has struck down key parts of Utah's law banning polygamy. But Utah's attorney general is appealing, saying the law prevents abuse of women and children. Unlike the same-sex marriage case, the Browns aren't seeking full legal recognition of polygamous marriages.


LONDON (AP) -- She has won two Oscars. And now Cate Blanchett will be getting another honor. The Australian born actress will be presented with the British Film Institute Fellowship. The ceremony is set for Oct. 17 in London.

Rewind Time

September 01, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Tuesday, September 1, the 244th day of 2015. There are 121 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 1, 1715, following a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France died four days before his 77th birthday.

On this date:

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.)

In 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan entered Confederation as the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada.

In 1914, the last passenger pigeon in captivity, "Martha," died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives.

In 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

In 1945, Americans received word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. (Because of the time difference, it was September 2 in Tokyo Bay, where the ceremony took place.)

In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty.

In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.

In 1976, U.S. Rep. Wayne L. Hays, D-Ohio, resigned in the wake of a scandal in which he admitted having an affair with "secretary" Elizabeth Ray.

In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet airspace.

In 1985, a U.S.-French expedition located the wreckage of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean roughly 400 miles off Newfoundland.

In 1995, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. (The hall opened to the public the next day.)

Ten years ago: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a "desperate SOS" as his city descended into anarchy amid the flooding left by Hurricane Katrina. Al-Qaida's number-two made the terror group's first direct claim of responsibility for the July 7 bombings in London in a videotape.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama convened a new round of ambitious Mideast peace talks at the White House as he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the first face-to-face negotiations in nearly two years. A man upset with the Discovery Channel's programming took two employees and a security officer hostage at the network's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland; police shot and killed the gunman, James Jae Lee, and all three hostages escaped safely. Cammie King Conlon, 76, the former child actress who'd played the doomed Bonnie Blue Butler in "Gone with the Wind," died in Fort Bragg, California.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, addressing a union crowd in Milwaukee, renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance. The U.N.'s top human rights body overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq. Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter, the fourth of the season, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.

Today's Birthdays: Former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird is 93. Actor George Maharis is 87. Conductor Seiji Ozawa (SAY'-jee oh-ZAH'-wah) is 80. Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz is 77. Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 76. Actor Don Stroud is 72. Conductor Leonard Slatkin is 71. Singer Archie Bell is 71. Singer Barry Gibb is 69. Rock musician Greg Errico is 67. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 65. Singer Gloria Estefan is 58. Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers is 54. Jazz musician Boney James is 54. Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 52. Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison is 51. Retired NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway is 49. Rap DJ Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) is 45. Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira is 44. Actor Maury Sterling is 44. Rock singer JD Fortune is 42. Actor Scott Speedman is 40. Country singer Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies) is 39. Actor Boyd Holbrook is 34. Actress Zoe Lister-Jones is 33. Rock musician Joe Trohman is 31. Actress Aisling (ASH'-ling) Loftus is 25.

Thought for Today: "There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself." -- King Louis XIV (1638-1715).

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