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Last Update on April 18, 2014 08:02 GMT

"AMERICAN IDOL"-DEXTER ELIMINATED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a bad night for 'Bama on "American Idol" last night. Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) and Dexter Roberts were this week's bottom two. Both are from rural Alabama. But it's Dexter who is going home. He did "Lucky Man" as his farewell song. While he's this week's lowest vote-getter, Dexter gets to be part of this summer's live Idol tour. There are just a half-dozen hopefuls left, as the season heads into its final month.

Dexter Roberts performing "Lucky Man." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA STAR ARRESTED

ATLANTA (AP) -- It's a real charge for a cast member of "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Porsha Williams faces a charge of battery -- this, after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was attacked while taping the show. Police say they were called to the Biltmore Hotel on March 27, where Moore told an officer Williams assaulted her. When police went to question her, Moore said she couldn't fill out a statement at the time because she had to be on set. An arrest warrant was issued -- and Williams surrendered Wednesday night. She has since been released. No comment from officials from NBC Universal, parent company of the Bravo network, which airs the show.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG AND HER POT-PEN PAL

DENVER (AP) -- Whoopi Goldberg has nothing but good things to say about her pot pen. She has been using one of those marijuana-vaporizing pens to relieve symptoms from glaucoma. Goldberg writes about her experience in a new column for The Denver Post's Cannabilst Web site. And she says the "vape pen" helps her with the glaucoma headaches -- without getting her overly high off the pot. Goldberg says she's discreet about using the pen if she's in areas of the country where medical marijuana is illegal.

MAN CLAIMS HE WAS ABUSED BY X-MEN DIRECTOR BRYAN SINGER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer says he felt like "a piece of meat." Michael Egan III says he was a teen when he was sexually abused by Singer and others. He says he and other teenage boys were plied with drugs and promises of fame in Hollywood while they were abused and threatened. Egan says he did report the allegations to authorities at the time -- but doesn't know why charges weren't pressed. Meanwhile, Singer's attorney says in a statement that the allegations against Singer are "completely fabricated." Egan sued Singer in Hawaii and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of the four accusations he makes against the director.

"BEARS" - DAVE MATTHEWS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dave Matthews puts earth first and thinks you should too. Matthews says even with wars and politics and all the things that worry people, the health of the planet should trump all that. He calls it "the most important message that human beings need to hear." Matthews is a supporter of primatologist Jane Goodall's institute, which is promoting the new documentary "Bears." It opens today.

Dave Matthews says he knows a lot of things occupy people's minds, but it should be ecology.

<<CUT ..011 (04/18/14)>> 00:17 "of Jane's work"

Dave Matthews, musician

Dave Matthews says Jane Goodall showed that animals aren't merely creatures to look at in a zoo. ((note length of cut))

FOX TO DO SEQUEL TO "MRS. DOUBTFIRE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a hit more than 20 years ago. So Fox 2000 is looking to light a new fire under an old movie. The studio will re-ignite the comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire," which starred Robin Williams. No deals are in place yet, but a Fox spokeswoman says Williams and Chris Columbus are in talks to be aboard, with Williams re-doing the role of a man who dresses up as a Scottish nanny to spend time with his kids -- and Columbus directing. The original film made more than $400 million worldwide. Among the movie's funniest scenes is when Williams fake breasts catch fire -- and he puts them out with a pair of pot lids.

KEVIN SPACEY AND BILL CLINTON APPEAR AT RAIN FOREST BENEFIT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Spacey does a pretty mean impression of former President Bill Clinton. So it was no surprise that Clinton got on Spacey's case about that when they both appeared at a 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. Spacey mimicked Clinton's praising his Netflix series "House of Cards," in which Spacey plays the president of the United States. Clinton told Spacey he always wanted to be an actor -- but Spacey aced him by getting into his line of work.

Rewind Time

April 18, 2014 07:08 GMT

Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a "Washateria") was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly basis.

On this date:

In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.

In 1831, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa was officially opened.

In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000.

In 1923, the first game was played at the original Yankee Stadium in New York; the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The first World War II edition of The Stars and Stripes was published as a weekly newspaper.

In 1944, the ballet "Fancy Free," with music by Leonard Bernstein (BURN'-styn) and choreography by Jerome Robbins, premiered in New York.

In 1949, the Republic of Ireland was proclaimed.

In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser seized power as he became prime minister of Egypt.

In 1955, physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, N.J., at age 76.

In 1964, Hollywood screenwriter Ben Hecht, 70, died in New York.

In 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.

In 1983, 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.

Ten years ago: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (zah-pah-TEH'-roh) ordered a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq just hours after his government was sworn in, fulfilling a campaign pledge and trying to calm his uneasy nation after bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama offered a spirit of cooperation to America's hemispheric neighbors at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The White House said President Barack Obama was "deeply disappointed" at news Iran had convicted American journalist Roxana Saberi of spying for the United States and sentenced her to eight years in prison. (Saberi was released on appeal the following month.) Emma Hendrickson, a 100-year-old great-great-grandmother from Morris Plains, N.J., became the oldest competitor in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, rolling a 115, 97 and 106 for a 318 series during team competition at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. (Hendrickson died in February 2012 at age 102.)

One year ago: A Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer, Sean Collier, was shot to death while sitting in his cruiser; authorities said he was killed by two brothers suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing. Randy Newman, Heart, Rush, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Albert King, and producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Los Angeles.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Hale is 93. Actor Clive Revill is 84. Actor James Drury is 80. Actor Robert Hooks is 77. Actress Hayley Mills is 68. Actor James Woods is 67. Actress-director Dorothy Lyman is 67. Actress Cindy Pickett is 67. Country musician Walt Richmond (The Tractors) is 67. Country musician Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) is 62. Actor Rick Moranis is 61. Actress Melody Thomas Scott is 58. Actor Eric Roberts is 58. Actor John James is 58. Rock musician Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 56. Author-journalist Susan Faludi is 55. Actress Jane Leeves is 53. Ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham is 52. Talk show host Conan O'Brien is 51. Bluegrass singer-musician Terry Eldredge is 51. Actor Eric McCormack is 51. Actress Maria Bello is 47. Actress Mary Birdsong is 46. Rock musician Greg Eklund (The Oolahs) is 44. TV chef Ludovic Lefebvre is 43. Actor David Tennant is 43. Country musician Marvin Evatt (EH'-veht) is 40. Rock musician Mark Tremonti is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Trina (Trina and Tamara) is 40. Actress Melissa Joan Hart is 38. Actor Sean Maguire is 38. Actor Kevin Rankin is 38. Actor Bryce Johnson is 37. Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (kar-DASH'-ee-uhn) is 35. Actress America Ferrera is 30. Actress Alia Shawkat is 25. Actress Britt Robertson is 24. Actress Chloe Bennet is 22. Rock singer Nathan Sykes (The Wanted) is 21. Actor Moises Arias is 20.

Thought for Today: "I'll tell you a secret. We live in a mad and inspiring world." -- Ben Hecht (1894-1964).

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