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Last Update on September 16, 2014 07:09 GMT


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Season 19 of "Dancing With the Stars" debuts with some surprisingly good performances. At least according to the judges. Alfonso Ribeiro from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is the high-scorer, getting across-the-board nines from the judges' table. Judge Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) says the prince was the king of the night with his jive. Seventeen-year-old Sadie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty" was just a couple of points behind. Even though she has no dance experience, the judges say she's a natural. PBS host and author Tavis Smiley got props from the judges, as did stoner comic Tommy Chong. At age 76, he was praised for his cool and smooth style. He came out smokin' in a low-rider, with old partner Cheech Marin at the wheel. Lea Thompson from the "Back to the Future" movies also had a good first outing.

Judge Burno Tonioli says Tommy Chong was a surprise on the dance floor. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) and host Tom Bergeron

Judge Bruno Tonioli says Alfonso Ribeiro is off to a great start. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro says it's tough being the last to dance on the season debut. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Season 19 will be short for one of the "Dancing With the Stars" contestants. The season debut was last night, with the first elimination set for tonight. Olympian and track star Lolo Jones could get the bad news. She admits she blew her cha-cha after being distracted by a text message just before her performance. She had the second-lowest scores from the judges. Seventy-two-year-old fashion designer Betsey Johnson was at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard. She was tripped up by a feather boa during her performance. But the judges' were impressed by her ability to still do a full split. We'll find out tonight if the viewers agree.

Len Goodman says 72-year-old Betsey Johnson got off to great start before she was tripped up by a prop. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))


NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbra Streisand has some advice for Jimmy Fallon -- don't give up your night job. Streisand made her first appearance in decades on the "Tonight Show" last night. Fallon noted she was last on the show 50 years ago, when Johnny Carson was the host. Her new album of duets, "Partners" is out today. Streisand and Fallon did a duet parody, with Fallon doing Elvis' part. Streisand jokingly asked if he really wants to be a singer. Streisand was Fallon's only guest and he insisted she sit in the host's chair at the desk. Fallon joked she might as well, because she'll never be coming back.

Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand switch spots, as she makes her first "Tonight Show" appearance in decades. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Barbra Streisand and Jimmy Fallon

After singing a parody duet with Jimmy Fallon, Barbra Streisand has some advice. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand

Jimmy Fallon notes Barbra Streisand was a film pioneer, the first woman to star, write, direct and produce her own movies. COURTESY: NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police say they did everything by the book. But an actress who was in "Django Unchained" feels she was unfairly singled out by authorities when they answered a 911 call claiming there was lewd conduct in a parked car. Daniele Watts says she was just making out with her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, was fully clothed -- and that nothing out of the way was happening. She says that's why she refused to give her identification to police when they showed up. She and Lucas posted pictures on Facebook showing Watts crying and in handcuffs. Lucas says he suspects onlookers assumed Watts was a prostitute and he a client because she is black and he's white.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel says Los Angeles police are defending their detention of an actress who was in "Django Unchained."


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kerry Washington says it's a part of domestic abuse that often doesn't get the attention it should. The actress says financial abuse often keeps a woman from leaving a man who is hurting her physically. The "Scandal" actress is doing something to make it stop. She has done a Public Service Announcement about a program to help women who leave abusive relationships from having their jobs, credit or financial standing damaged. Washington says in nearly all cases of abuse, there is a financial component that often keeps a woman from taking her leave.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kerry Washington says if she seems to have her life in order -- it's because she has had great examples leading the way. The "Scandal" star says her mother and the show's creator Shonda Rhimes "are "really amazing role models and she-roes who have found ways to balance work and home life." She says all she has to do is look to them and try to keep up with the good things going on in her life these days. "Scandal" returns for a fourth season September 25.

Kerry Washington says shows like "Scandal" are designed to talk about the real issues facing women. (Refers to show creator, Shonda Rimes)

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington says she has had good female role models who have helped her be a successful professional and family woman.

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington says she wants to get more into producing.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some people think of Atlanta as the place where the heat and humidity goes to spend the summer. But for the two stars of the movie "No Good Deed," it has the feel of home. Idris Elba says he likes shooting in Atlanta because his daughter lives there -- and she gets to spend a lot a time on the set. He also says having lived in Atlanta, he knows the city "pretty well." He says while it has an urban vibe, you can go elsewhere in town and feel "you're in the country." Taraji P. Henson says one thing she likes about Atlanta -- is the food. She also likes that you can look at the sky at night and actually see stars.

Idris Elba says there's more to Atlanta than humidity.

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson says despite the heat, the atmosphere in Atlanta is really cool.


NEW YORK (AP) -- It didn't take long for the ladies of "The View" to sink their teeth into a controversial topic. All four cast members got into a discussion over domestic abuse -- in the wake of the Ray Rice videotape. They also tackled the subject of corporal punishment, after the Minnesota Vikings sat down Adrian Peterson for this past Sunday's game. Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover on the show -- and she says the hosts had been asked in recent years to tone down talk on political issues. But apparently they aren't getting the same message in the post-Barbara Walters era.

Rewind Time

September 16, 2014 07:09 GMT

Today is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 16, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders.

On this date:

In 1498, Tomas de Torquemada, notorious for his role in the Spanish Inquisition, died in Avila, Spain.

In 1810, Mexicans were inspired to begin their successful revolt against Spanish rule by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and his "Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores)."

In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."

In 1908, General Motors was founded in Flint, Michigan, by William C. Durant.

In 1914, "Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt was born in New York.

In 1919, the American Legion received a national charter from Congress.

In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1953, "The Robe," the first movie presented in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York.

In 1964, the rock-and-roll show "Shindig!" premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1982, the massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

In 1994, a federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon Corp. to pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez (val-DEEZ') oil spill (the U.S. Supreme Court later reduced that amount to $507.5 million). Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in ten years.

In 2007, O.J. Simpson was arrested in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.)

Ten years ago: Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130-mile-per-hour wind and a major storm surge; Ivan was blamed for 92 deaths, 25 of them in the U.S. The number of foreigners kidnapped during the Iraq insurgency reached at least 100. The National Hockey League lockout went into effect.

Five years ago: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mt., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled sweeping legislation to remake the nation's costly health care system. Mary Travers, 72, one part of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, died in Danbury, Connecticut. NCAA President Myles Brand, 67, died in Indianapolis.

One year ago: Aaron Alexis, a former U.S. Navy reservist, went on a shooting rampage inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 victims before being shot dead by police.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Janis Paige is 92. Blues singer B.B. King is 89. Clergyman-author Rev. Robert H. Schuller is 88. Actor George Chakiris is 82. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 79. Movie director Jim McBride is 73. Actress Linda Miller is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelly (Martha & the Vandellas) is 70. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 66. Actress Susan Ruttan is 66. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 66. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 65. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 64. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 63. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is 61. Actor Kurt Fuller is 61. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 61. Actor Christopher Rich is 61. Singer Frank Reed (The Chi-Lites) is 60. TV personality Mark McEwen is 60. Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount is 59. Actor Mickey Rourke is 58. Magician David Copperfield is 58. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 56. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 56. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser is 56. Retired MLB All-Star Tim Raines is 55. Actress Jayne Brook is 54. Singer Richard Marx is 51. Comedian Molly Shannon is 50. Singer Marc Anthony is 46. Comedian-actress Amy Poehler is 43. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 39. Singer Musiq (MYOO'-sihk) is 37. Actor Michael Mosley is 36. Rapper Flo Rida is 35. Actress Alexis Bledel is 33. Actress Sabrina Bryan is 30. Actress Madeline Zima is 29. Actor Ian Harding (TV: "Pretty Little Liars") is 28. Actress Kyla Pratt is 28. Actor Daren Kagasoff is 27. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 26. Actress-dancer Bailey Buntain is 25. Rock singer-musician Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 22.

Thought for Today: "You can love a person deeply and sincerely whom you do not like. You can like a person passionately whom you do not love." -- Robert Hugh Benson, English author and clergyman (1871-1914).