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Last Update on April 16, 2014 07:59 GMT

USHER FINALIZES TEAM ON "THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The teams are now set for the start of live shows next week on "The Voice." Usher was the last to finalize his picks on last night's episode. He chose Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and TJ Wilkins. Shakira says Bria's range is astounding. Only 12 singers make it through, just three each from Team Usher, Team Blake, Team Shakira and Team Adam.

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ALERGIC MILEY CYRUS CANCELS SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miley Cyrus has been hospitalized. A spokeswoman says the singer had a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics and had to cancel a concert in Kansas City, Missouri, last night. Cyrus is on medical rest on the advice of her doctors. She tweeted a photo of herself in what looks like a hospital gown. Cyrus called off a show in Charlotte last week because she had the flu. She's scheduled to perform tonight in St. Louis.

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STEPHEN COLBERT-"LATE SHOW"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stephen Colbert (KOHL'-bayr) will be a guest on CBS' "Late Show." The network says Colbert will be on with "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 22. The show is Colbert's future home. The network announced last week that the host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" will get the show after Letterman retires next year.

PAUL WALKER-BROTHERS TO HELP FINISH HIS FILM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul Walker's brothers are filling in to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7." Universal Pictures says Caleb and Cody Walker have been enlisted to complete the shooting of some of the film's action scenes. Production has resumed after being suspended after Walker's death in a car crash last November.

JOHNNY DEPP - "TRANSCENDENCE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Johnny Depp says technology has its pros and cons. He says society is dependent on it, "it's got us." In his new movie "Transcendence," Depp plays a terminally ill scientist whose mind is uploaded into a computer after his death -- with what could be catastrophic results. Depp says he was immediately intrigued and curious about the premise from the first time he read it. He says many things goes through his mind when he thinks about the dangers of technology. He says it's a tool that's not inherently bad, but could be depending on what we do with it. "Transcendence" opens Friday.

"THE RAILWAY MAN" - NICOLE KIDMAN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicole Kidman had a different sort of role for "The Railway Man," because she played a real-life person who's still alive. Kidman plays Patti Lomax, the wife of Eric Lomax, a prisoner of war who was forced to build a 258-mile stretch of train track from Thailand to Burma. Kidman says she normally doesn't get offered roles like this and one of the things that attracted her is that Patti is someone who just loves her husband.

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BILLY CRYSTAL COMING TO HBO

NEW YORK (AP) -- Billy Crystal is bringing his one-man Broadway show "700 Sundays" to HBO. The autobiographical show he first performed in 2004 deals with Crystal's relationship with his father who died when he was 15. Crystal is proud of the production, calling it "a fully realized extent" of all the things he likes to do. He says when HBO approached him about filming the show, he thought, "you know what? It's time." He says now more people will see it. Crystal also says the show has become less emotional to perform over time. He explains that now that time has passed he's further removed from pain he felt due to the loss of his mom, other family members and friends, but now he can be more emotional in a better way and "freer with it." "700 Sundays" premieres Saturday, April 20, on HBO.

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"VEEP CAST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus' co-stars think she'd make a great president. They say the "Veep" star would be a much better leader than her character Selina (seh-LEE'-nuh) Meyer. Actor Reid Scott says Louis-Dreyfus "can do it all." The show's Kevin Dunn says he thinks Louis-Dreyfus would "change the world." Fellow actress Sufe Bradshaw praises Louis-Dreyfus for being a team player. And "Veep" writer, director, producer Armando (ee-ah-NOO'-chee) says Louis-Dreyfus would be a better president than her character because the actress is a great listener.

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MICHAEL DOUGLAS PROMOTES ARMS CONTROL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor-producer Michael Douglas is encouraging young people to make a difference. He spoke at U.N. event telling the audience members they are capable of changing the world for the good of all. Douglas is a U.N. messenger of Peace. He says young people are living in an amazing and challenging time -- when people are using things like Facebook and Twitter to shape public opinions and attitudes about important issues such as arms control. Douglas was there to launch a U.N educational booklet on proliferation published for students.

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JAMIE FOXX LIKES SPIDERMAN

BERLIN (AP) -- One day it's Rome. The next, Berlin. That's how it is for the globe-trotting Jamie Foxx. The actor has been attending the international premieres of his new movie "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro." He says he's been all over Asia for the movie. Foxx says he enjoys meeting fans and says that's "the fun time." His latest stop was in Berlin. He says it's one of the most welcoming places he's been. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro" opens in the U.S. on May 2.

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Rewind Time

April 16, 2014 07:12 GMT

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

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones' first album, eponymously titled "The Rolling Stones," was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and a-half later).

On this date:

In 1789, President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.

In 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. The Confederacy conscripted all white men between the ages of 18 to 35.

In 1879, Bernadette Soubirous, who'd described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers (neh-VEHR'), France.

In 1889, comedian and movie director Charles Chaplin was born in London.

In 1912, American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to France in 59 minutes.

In 1935, the radio comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on NBC's Blue Network.

In 1947, the French ship Grandcamp blew up at the harbor in Texas City, Texas; another ship, the High Flyer, exploded the following day (the blasts and fires killed nearly 600 people). Financier Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse, "Let us not be deceived -- we are today in the midst of a cold war."

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in which he said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

In 1972, Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon with astronauts John W. Young, Charles M. Duke Jr. and Ken Mattingly on board.

In 1986, dispelling rumors he was dead, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared on television to condemn the U.S. raid on his country and to say that Libyans were "ready to die" defending their nation.

In 1994, Ralph Ellison, author of "Invisible Man," died in New York.

In 2007, in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, student Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life.

Ten years ago: Videotape broadcast on the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera showed Army Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, abducted during an attack on a fuel truck convoy near Baghdad a week earlier. (Arab television reported June 29, 2004 that Maupin had been killed; his remains were recovered in 2008.) President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, meeting in Washington, endorsed giving the United Nations broad control over Iraq's political future.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama issued a statement saying CIA officials who'd used harsh interrogation tactics during the Bush administration would not be prosecuted; the president traveled to Mexico, where he pledged to help the country in its battle against drugs and violence. The crew of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, who'd thwarted pirates off the Somali coast, returned to the U.S.; ship's captain Richard Phillips, held hostage for five days, arrived in Kenya aboard the USS Bainbridge. U.N. nuclear experts ordered to leave by North Korea departed the country. The Cleveland Indians ruined the Yankees' first game at their new stadium by beating New York 10-2.

One year ago: Federal agents zeroed in on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out -- with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel -- but said they didn't know yet who'd done it, or why. An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., tested positive for ricin, a potentially fatal poison. NFL player-turned-broadcaster Pat Summerall died in Dallas; he was 82.

Today's Birthdays: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is 87. Actor Peter Mark Richman is 87. Singer Bobby Vinton is 79. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is 74. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 67. Ann Romney is 65. NFL coach Bill Belichick is 62. Rock singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett is 61. Actress Ellen Barkin is 60. Rock musician Jason Scheff (Chicago) is 52. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 51. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 50. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is 49. Actor Jon Cryer is 49. Rock musician Dan Rieser is 48. Actor Peter Billingsley is 43. Actor Lukas Haas is 38. Figure skater Mirai Nagasu is 21.

Thought for Today: "Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. " -- George Herbert, English author (1593-1633).