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Last Update on October 24, 2014 07:07 GMT

HILARY SWANK: DEATH BECOMES HER?

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Hilary Swank says even her own mom wonders why it seems she never lives long enough in the movies to see the credits roll. The actress has starred in a number of films in which her character -- or someone close to her -- dies. Swank says it isn't like she asks her people to go out and find scripts in which she ends up dead. But she says she does ask her people to point her to roles in which there are stories about women who can show the world "real, meaty, courageous, brave snippets of life." Her latest movie is "You're Not You" -- in which she plays a former pianist suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. Not trying to spoil anything -- but Swank says it she doesn't think it gives anything away to tell you that her character doesn't survive this one, either.

Hilary Swank says it's not like she goes looking for roles with people who end up dead.

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Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank says she's aware that death is often an element in her movies.

HALLE BERRY'S BRAS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Want to get your hands on some of Halle Berry's lingerie? You now have a chance -- now that she's reviving a line of underwear that has its origins in France. Berry is launching a collection of 10 bras and panties that will be sold at Target. They are born from the Scandale line -- which was started in 1932. Berry is an owner of the line -- and helps in the design of the lingerie. She notes women usually buy lingerie for themselves -- and if they find something they feel good in, it makes them "feel sexy and feminine and empowered." She says as a result, "their partners also reap the benefits." She spoke about the line while showing off a bra in her product line -- one that retails for under $20.

CLAIRE COFFEE: SETTLING IN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Claire Coffee has been married almost a year. But she says it's only now that she's starting to settle into the relationship. That's because her husband, Chris Thile, is in the band The Punch Brothers and is "on the road most of the time." The star of NBC's "Grimm" says the couple has now relocated to Portland, Oregon -- where the show is shot. And Coffee says, that means they'll have more time to spend together, even though her hubby is still an active part of the group. While she may not see much of her husband, Coffee says she gets to see lots of fans of Grimm in Portland. She says fans keep showing up -- even though producers don't go telling people when and where they will shoot. The first episode of season four of Grimm airs tonight on NBC.

Claire Coffee says Portland, Oregon isn't the easiest place to have a long-distance relationship.

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Claire Coffee says fans of "Grimm" seem to have no problem tracking down where the crew is shooting on any given day.

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Claire Coffee

Claire Coffee says she thinks fans have inside information on how to find where "Grimm" is taping.

"THE ROOSEVELTS"-RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Roosevelts" are a ratings hit. The Ken Burns series has given PBS its biggest audience in two decades. That makes it Burns' third most popular film -- after "The Civil War" and "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery." PBS says the series on the Roosevelts had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers. The saga of Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt featured seven two-hour episodes that aired last month.

Country News

Last Update on October 24, 2014 07:12 GMT

CHRIS BROWN-PROBATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Brown is getting a good report card on his probation. A judge in Los Angeles says Brown has been following the rules since his last hearing in August. The declaration on Brown's progress under court supervision comes during a hearing in Los Angeles courtroom yesterday. The judge has increased Brown's community labor requirement from three days to four. But the judge says that's being done only to make sure he meets his work requirement by the end of his probation in January. Brown has been on probation for his beating of Rihanna in 2009 -- back when they were boyfriend-girlfriend.

CHARLI XCX PLAYS A HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charli XCX finally got to experience homecoming. She performed three songs to students at Aspire Pacific Academy in Los Angeles for their homecoming dance Wednesday, then manned the DJ booth. Charli, who's British, says homecoming dances and proms are something she's fascinated with because her favorite movies end with a prom. The event was extra special because the principal says they don't normally have homecoming.

Charlie XCX says she was thrilled to be part of the homecoming dance at a Los Angeles-area high school Wednesday night.

KENNY G CLARIFIES STANCE ON HONG KONG

HONG KONG (AP) -- Kenny G says he's not trying to start an international incident. When he tweeted earlier this week about being at the site of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, Chinese authorities warned him not to support the protests. Kenny G now says he's not supporting the demonstrators because he doesn't really know anything about the situation. He says he just happened to come across the protest zone while walking around as a tourist. He says he only wanted to share his wish for peace in Hong Kong and in China.

MICK JAGGER TAKES ON MORE PRODUCING PROJECTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mick Jagger's latest projects are more visual than audio. Jagger says he's been asked to work on a movie on Elvis Presley as an adolescent. He's also working with director Martin Scorsese (skohr-SEH'-see) on an HBO series. He says it's fictional drama about the owner of a record company in 1973 in New York. Jagger says they had planned it as a movie but changed it to a TV series. Jagger will not appear in it. His latest project is a documentary about James Brown called "Mr. Dynamite" that airs on HBO on Monday. As if Jagger doesn't have enough going on: The Rolling Stones start a tour of Australia this weekend.

Mick Jagger says he's working on another project that's a TV series.

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Mick Jagger was asked if he's in the HBO series he's producing. (refers to director Martin Scorsese)

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Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger says the HBO series he's producing is about the music scene.

DUKE ELLINGTON'S FAMILY LOSES FIGHT OVER ROYALTIES

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by Duke Ellington's heirs against music publisher EMI. The heirs had been seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. EMI deducts 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers before splitting the rest with the heirs. The Court of Appeals has ruled EMI is within its rights to do that. Duke Ellington's songs include "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)."

STING PREPARES "THE LAST SHIP" FOR BROADWAY DEBUT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sting is giving the actors in his musical "The Last Ship" every reason to be nervous. He's at the back of the theater mouthing every syllable and they know he's listening. Sting says the story about a prodigal son returning to his home in northern England is rooted in his own experience but it's not telling his story. He says he tapped into his ancestry and his community and "behold we have a musical."

"MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL" OPENS IN DETROIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. says the former Hitsville USA building was a place where he was "that crazy little kid running around with all these crazy dreams." He says now he's bringing it all back "in all its full glory." "Motown the Musical," the story of Gordy's life, has now opened in Detroit. Gordy says bringing the musical to Detroit is "the greatest gift in the world to me." Wednesday's opening night audience included Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves.

Rewind Time

October 25, 2014 07:09 GMT

Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 25, 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cabinet was broadcast live on radio and television; during the session, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, just returned from Europe, reported on agreements signed in Paris on the future of West Germany. (To date, it's the only presidential Cabinet meeting to be carried on radio and TV.)

On this date:

In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.

In 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.

In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted in Washington, D.C., of accepting a $100,000 bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months.)

In 1939, the play "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.

In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese colonial rule.

In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of "Murder Inc." notoriety was shot to death by masked gunmen in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.

In 1962, U.N. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba, saying he was prepared to wait "until hell freezes over" for an answer. Stevenson then presented photographic evidence of the bases to the Security Council.

In 1964, The Rolling Stones made the first of six appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

In 1989, novelist and critic Mary McCarthy died in New York at age 77.

In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two young sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder). Three defendants were convicted in South Africa of murdering American exchange student Amy Biehl.

In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota; Stewart was 42.

Ten years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court announced that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist had thyroid cancer (Rehnquist died in Sept. 2005). At least 85 Muslim detainees suffocated or were crushed to death in southern Thailand after the police rounded up 1,300 people and packed them into trucks following a riot.

Five years ago: A pair of suicide car bombings devastated the heart of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, killing 155 people, including 24 children. Philanthropist Jeffry Picower, accused of making more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, drowned after suffering a heart attack in the swimming pool of his Palm Beach, Florida, mansion; he was 67. The New York Yankees won their first pennant in six years, beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 in Game 6 of the AL championship series.

One year ago: Indignant at reports of U.S. electronic espionage overseas, the leaders of France and Germany said they would insist the Obama administration agree by year's end to limits that could put an end to alleged American eavesdropping on foreign leaders, businesses and innocent civilians. Death claimed British actor Nigel Davenport, 85, Hollywood stunt double Hal Needham, 82, and actress-comedian Marcia Wallace, 70.

Today's Birthdays: Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 90. Singer-actress Barbara Cook is 87. Actress Marion Ross is 86. Country singer Jeanne Black is 77. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Knight is 74. Pop singer Helen Reddy is 73. Author Anne Tyler is 73. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 70. Political strategist James Carville is 70. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 70. Rock musician Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) is 67. Actor Brian Kerwin is 65. Actor Mark L. Taylor is 64. Movie director Julian Schnabel is 63. Rock musician Matthias Jabs is 58. Actress Nancy Cartwright (TV: "The Simpsons") is 57. Country singer Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) is 56. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chickenfoot) is 53. Actress Tracy Nelson is 51. Actor Michael Boatman is 50. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson is 50. Singer Speech is 46. Actor Adam Goldberg is 44. Actor-singer Adam Pascal is 44. Rock musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 44. Actress Persia White is 44. Country singer Chely (SHEL'-ee) Wright is 44. Violinist Midori is 43. Actor Craig Robinson is 43. Actor Michael Weston is 41. Actor Zachary Knighton is 36. Actress Mariana Klaveno is 35. Actor Mehcad (muh-KAD') Brooks is 34. Actor Ben Gould is 34. Actor Josh Henderson is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Young Rome is 33. Pop singer Katy Perry is 30. Rock singer Austin Winkler is 30. Singer Ciara is 29. Actress Conchita Campbell ("The 4400") is 19.

Thought for Today: "In the time of your life, live -- so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches." -- From "The Time of Your Life" by William Saroyan (1908-1981).

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rock News

Last Update on October 24, 2014 07:12 GMT

CHRIS BROWN-PROBATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Brown is getting a good report card on his probation. A judge in Los Angeles says Brown has been following the rules since his last hearing in August. The declaration on Brown's progress under court supervision comes during a hearing in Los Angeles courtroom yesterday. The judge has increased Brown's community labor requirement from three days to four. But the judge says that's being done only to make sure he meets his work requirement by the end of his probation in January. Brown has been on probation for his beating of Rihanna in 2009 -- back when they were boyfriend-girlfriend.

CHARLI XCX PLAYS A HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charli XCX finally got to experience homecoming. She performed three songs to students at Aspire Pacific Academy in Los Angeles for their homecoming dance Wednesday, then manned the DJ booth. Charli, who's British, says homecoming dances and proms are something she's fascinated with because her favorite movies end with a prom. The event was extra special because the principal says they don't normally have homecoming.

Charlie XCX says she was thrilled to be part of the homecoming dance at a Los Angeles-area high school Wednesday night.

KENNY G CLARIFIES STANCE ON HONG KONG

HONG KONG (AP) -- Kenny G says he's not trying to start an international incident. When he tweeted earlier this week about being at the site of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, Chinese authorities warned him not to support the protests. Kenny G now says he's not supporting the demonstrators because he doesn't really know anything about the situation. He says he just happened to come across the protest zone while walking around as a tourist. He says he only wanted to share his wish for peace in Hong Kong and in China.

MICK JAGGER TAKES ON MORE PRODUCING PROJECTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mick Jagger's latest projects are more visual than audio. Jagger says he's been asked to work on a movie on Elvis Presley as an adolescent. He's also working with director Martin Scorsese (skohr-SEH'-see) on an HBO series. He says it's fictional drama about the owner of a record company in 1973 in New York. Jagger says they had planned it as a movie but changed it to a TV series. Jagger will not appear in it. His latest project is a documentary about James Brown called "Mr. Dynamite" that airs on HBO on Monday. As if Jagger doesn't have enough going on: The Rolling Stones start a tour of Australia this weekend.

Mick Jagger says he's working on another project that's a TV series.

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Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger was asked if he's in the HBO series he's producing. (refers to director Martin Scorsese)

<<CUT ..009 (10/24/14)>> 00:13 "lots going on"

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger says the HBO series he's producing is about the music scene.

DUKE ELLINGTON'S FAMILY LOSES FIGHT OVER ROYALTIES

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by Duke Ellington's heirs against music publisher EMI. The heirs had been seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. EMI deducts 50 percent commissions to foreign subpublishers before splitting the rest with the heirs. The Court of Appeals has ruled EMI is within its rights to do that. Duke Ellington's songs include "It Don't Mean A Thing," "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)."

STING PREPARES "THE LAST SHIP" FOR BROADWAY DEBUT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sting is giving the actors in his musical "The Last Ship" every reason to be nervous. He's at the back of the theater mouthing every syllable and they know he's listening. Sting says the story about a prodigal son returning to his home in northern England is rooted in his own experience but it's not telling his story. He says he tapped into his ancestry and his community and "behold we have a musical."

"MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL" OPENS IN DETROIT

DETROIT (AP) -- Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. says the former Hitsville USA building was a place where he was "that crazy little kid running around with all these crazy dreams." He says now he's bringing it all back "in all its full glory." "Motown the Musical," the story of Gordy's life, has now opened in Detroit. Gordy says bringing the musical to Detroit is "the greatest gift in the world to me." Wednesday's opening night audience included Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves.

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 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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