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Last Update on April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT

TREVOR NOAH REJECTS TWITTER COMPLAINTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- How would you feel if you got a promotion, then people started trolling through your old social media posts -- and decided that you weren't fit for the job? That's the situation facing Trevor Noah, the guy Comedy Central has tabbed as the replacement for Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show." Some have complained about his old tweets -- saying some of his comments about Jews and women were distasteful. But Noah isn't apologizing. He says it's unfair to make assumptions about his views over what he calls "a handful of jokes that didn't land." His bosses have also come to his defense. Comedy Central says Noah is a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."

AP Enterainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Comedy Central has issued a statement backing Trevor Noah after some complained his tweets from years ago were offensive.

DAVE CHAPPELLE - BANANA PEEL TOSSED

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Did you hear the one about the comedian, a man with a banana -- and a man with a sketch pad? It may sound like the setup for a joke -- but it turned out to be the setup for an arrest. Authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico say they arrested a man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a show Monday night. The man was taken in on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery. The man, Christian Englander, acknowledges he threw the peel at Chappelle, who is black. Sometimes a move like that can have racial connotations. But police say the man told them he did it because Chappelle made fun of his friend -- the one with the sketch pad.

DAYTIME EMMYS - NOMINATIONS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hard to tell what was up with "The Talk" co-host Sheryl Underwood when she and her fellow hosts were reading off the Daytime Emmy nominations. She grinned, nodded and pumped her fists as the nominees were announced. And when she heard her own show was up for best talk show and best talk show cast -- she began crying. She joked later that she was crying because she only had a month to drop 50 pounds for the Emmy ceremony. Overall, ABC's "General Hospital" ended up with the most nods, 28, including four for its cast members. Winners will be announced April 26 on the Pop network.

AP Enterainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel looks at the list of nominees in the talk show category.

<<CUT ..005 (04/01/15)>> 00:16 "And the Restless"

Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

Here's Sheryl Underwood reading nominees for best dramatic daytime TV show. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..006 (04/01/15)>> 00:11 "and the Beautiful"

Aisha Tyler, "The Talk"

Here's Aisha Tyler reading off names of Emmy nominees for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..007 (04/01/15)>> 00:17 "Wheel of Fortune, congratuations (cheers fade)"

Julie Chen, "The Talk"

Here's Julie Chen of "The Talk" reading off names of Daytime Emmy nominees for outstanding game show host. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..008 (04/01/15)>> 00:08 "Price Is Right"

Aisha Tyler, "The Talk"

Here's Aisha Tyler, reading off names of Daytime Emmy nominees for outstanding game show.((Courtesy: CBS - MANDATORY ON-AIR CREDIT))

<<CUT ..009 (04/01/15)>> 00:15 "Michael...The Talk (applause)"

Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

Here's a very excited Sheryl Underwood of "The Talk," reading off names of Daytime Emmy nominees for outstanding talk show. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..010 (04/01/15)>> 00:14 "lose 50 pounds! (laughter)"

Sheryl Underwood, "The Talk"

A very overcome Sheryl Underwood of "The Talk" explains why she cried during the nominations for best talk show and talk show host. COURTESY: CBS ((mandatory on-air credit))

HELEN MIRREN - "WOMAN IN GOLD"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Helen Mirren says if you can imagine what it would be like if someone swiped the Statue of Liberty from New York City, you can appreciate the role she plays in "Woman in Gold." Mirren plays a woman named Maria Altmann, who fights to reclaim a portrait of her aunt, which was stolen by the Nazis, then appropriated by Austria after World War II. Mirren says she felt the painting's worth exceeded its monetary value. She saw it as a symbol of the life that was taken away from her character during the war. "Woman in Gold" opens today.

Helen Mirren says while she didn't suffer as much as her real-life counterpart Maria Altmann, she could understand her struggle to get a famed painting of her aunt returned. ((note length of cut))

DAVID DUCHOVNY - ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The X Album? That's not what David Duchovny is calling it. But the actor famous for his work on "X Files" will be dropping his first music album. The project is called "Hell or Highwater" -- and it comes out May 12. He wrote a dozen tracks for the project. He says making the album is "a dream come true" -- though if you think his having a musical career is a shock, he says he'd agree.

Theme from the show "The X Files." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..017 (04/01/15)>> 00:18 "way I've failed"

David Duchovny,

Agent Fox Mulder tells agent Dana Scully that his mission to seek the truth has been unsuccessful.

BARBARA WALTERS - NEW SERIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a while since she left "The View." But Barbara Walters never said she was retiring. And she's proving it -- by taking on a new gig. She will launch a series to begin in October on the Investigation Discovery network. It's called "American Scandal" and will follow up on some of the stories she's covered during her career. One episode will be about Mary Kay Letourneau (leh-TUR'-noh), the Seattle-area teacher convicted of raping a 12-year-old student.

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Last Update on April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT

JONI MITCHELL TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joni Mitchell has been taken to a hospital. Los Angeles fire officials say paramedics answered an afternoon 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives. But officials didn't verify her identity. Mitchell's website and Twitter account reported last night that she was in the hospital. A statement on her website says "Joni was found unconscious in her home." The statement adds, "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits." It wasn't immediately clear what illness she had. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter told Billboard magazine in December that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing.

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Excerpt of Joni Mitchell

Sound of Joni Mitchell performing "Big Yellow Taxi." The 71-year old Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

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Excerpt of Joni Mitchell

Sound of Joni Mitchell performing "Help Me." The 71-year old Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE TOUR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Richards says he can't wait to get back on stage. The Rolling Stones will launch their "Zip Code" tour May 24 in San Diego's Petco Park. They will hit 15 stadiums. The stage design includes a thrust that extends into the audience. The tour begins the same week that the Stones will rerelease their "Sticky Fingers" album, which will include studio outtakes and live performances from that era. The super deluxe and vinyl deluxe editions will feature a working zipper, like the original cover had.

SCOTT WEILAND'S GUITARIST DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The day before Scott Weiland released his new solo album, he got horrible news: the guitar player in his new band had died. Weiland's publicist confirms the death of Jeremy Brown, the lead guitarist and songwriting partner in Weiland's new band, the Wildabouts. Brown was 34. Weiland writes on Facebook the band became concerned when Brown did not show up for a rehearsal Monday. He says an hour later, Brown's family called with the news of his death. A cause of death was not given. "Blaster," the debut album from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, came out yesterday.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN PLAN FOR FIRST ARMENIAN SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- System Of A Down are planning their longest set list ever for an audience they've never reached before. Frontman Serj Tankian (TAHN'-kee-ehn) says they're planning a special show with a three-part video presentation in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 23. The band's members are of Armenian descent and it's System Of A Down's first show in Armenia. April 24 will be the 100th anniversary of what's recognized as the start of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of Ottoman authorities. Tankian says the band wants to draw attention to the issue and push the Turkish government to recognize the genocide.

JUSTIN BIEBER GOES TO MEDIATION

MIAMI (AP) -- Justin Bieber has attended a mediation session in an attempt to settle a dispute with a photographer who says Bieber's security roughed him up. Lawyers say Bieber spent five hours yesterday at a law firm in Miami with a mediator and photographer Jeffrey Binion. Binion is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed in 2013 in which claims he was assaulted by Bieber's bodyguard outside a recording studio. Binion's attorney did not say whether a settlement is near.

POP MUSICIANS REMEMBER FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THEIR SONGS ON THE RADIO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Musicians generally don't forget the first time they heard themselves on the radio. The first time 5 Seconds Of Summer heard one of their songs on American radio, they took a picture of the radio. Drummer Ashton Irwin says they had just landed in Chicago and it was a great day. Jeremih (jayr-eh-MY') was also in Chicago when he first heard "Birthday Sex" on the radio, and it got played three times in a row. He says he'll never forget that feeling. Jason Derulo first heard his song "Watcha Say" on the radio at 4 A.M. while coming home from the studio and he thought, "This is not happening!" Adam Lambert says he first heard "What Do You Want For Me" on the radio in the car. He calls it "surreal" and "an original high."

SOUND:

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Jeremih (jayr-eh-MY'), musician

Jeremih says he recalls the first time he ever heard his song on the radio.

<<CUT ..019 (04/01/15)>> 00:12 "it though, yeah"

Ashton Irwin, Callum Hood and Michael Clifford, musicians with 5 Seconds Of Summer

Ashton Irwin, Callum Hood and Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer say their first time on American radio came unexpectedly.

<<CUT ..020 (04/01/15)>> 00:19 "I'll never forget"

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo says he was exhausted when he first heard himself on the radio. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..021 (04/01/15)>> 00:12 "here it's great"

Adam Lambert, musician

Adam Lambert says hearing himself on the radio was a high.

COUNTRY MUSICIANS REMEMBER FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THEIR SONGS ON THE RADIO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Aldean remembers the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio because he refused to get out of his truck. Aldean says "Hicktown" came on the radio as he was getting out of his truck to go into a store. He says he kept driving around the parking lot to listen. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line was home in Nashville when "Cruise" first was played on the radio and a friend called to tell him. Kelley says he jumped into his Tahoe, cranked up the volume and said, "Thank you, Lord." Aldean says a moment like that "changes your life," and Kelley says it's "the coolest thing ever."

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<<CUT ..022 (04/01/15)>> 00:16 "coolest thing ever"

Brian Kelley, musican with Florida Georgia Line

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line says a friend alerted him the first time "Cruise" was played on the radio in Nashville.

<<CUT ..023 (04/01/15)>> 00:17 "changes your life"

Jason Aldean, country singer

Jason Aldean says he first heard his single "Hicktown," on the radio when he stopped by a store on the way to a friend's house in 2005. ((note length of cut))

DAVID DUCHOVNY RELEASING ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- An "X Files" star is moving in a new direction -- music. David Duchovny is releasing his first album. He says "Hell or Highwater" will include 12 tracks he wrote. But many people will always think of him as FBI agent Fox Mulder -- on the hunt for extraterrestrials. Duchovny's album will be released May 12th.

SOUND:

<<CUT ..015 (04/01/15)>> 00:26 ""

Jamie Friar

An "X Files" star is moving in a new direction, music. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on David Duchovny's new project. ((note language; cut contains album title ""Hell or Highwater" )) ((opens with sound))

<<CUT ..016 (04/01/15)>> 00:45 ""

Theme from the show "The X Files"

Theme from the show "The X Files." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..017 (04/01/15)>> 00:18 "way I've failed"

David Duchovny,

Agent Fox Mulder tells agent Dana Scully that his mission to seek the truth has been unsuccessful.

Rewind Time

April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT

Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 1, 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II. (U.S. forces succeeded in capturing the Japanese island on June 22.)

On this date:

In 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker.

In 1815, Prussian/German statesman Otto von Bismarck was born in Schoenhausen.

In 1865, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan routed Confederate soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. George Pickett in the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia.

In 1924, Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich. (Hitler was released in Dec. 1924; during his time behind bars, he wrote his autobiographical screed, "Mein Kampf.")

In 1933, Nazi Germany staged a daylong national boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

In 1954, the United States Air Force Academy was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1962, the Katherine Anne Porter novel "Ship of Fools," an allegory about the rise of Nazism in Germany, was published by Little, Brown & Co. on April Fool's Day.

In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971.

In 1972, the first Major League Baseball players' strike began; it lasted 12 days.

In 1975, with Khmer Rouge guerrillas closing in, Cambodian President Lon Nol resigned and fled into exile, spending the rest of his life in the United States.

In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay (cq) Sr. in Los Angeles, the day before his 45th birthday. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.)

In 1992, the National Hockey League Players' Association went on its first-ever strike, which lasted 10 days.

Ten years ago: The Vatican reported that Pope John Paul II was near death, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing. President Bill Clinton's former national security adviser, Sandy Berger, pleaded guilty to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives; he was later sentenced to two years' probation.

Five years ago: Roman Catholic cardinals across Europe used their Holy Thursday sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he'd played a role in covering up sex abuse scandals. Dayton denied the previous year's national champs another title as the Flyers beat North Carolina 79-68 to win the NIT. Actor John Forsythe, 92, died in Santa Ynez, California.

One year ago: Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted that 7.1 million people had signed up for his health care law, and said "the debate over repealing this law is over." Congress demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO, Mary Barra, on why the automaker had taken 10 years to recall cars with a faulty ignition switch linked at that time to 13 traffic deaths; Barra acknowledged that the company took too long to act.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Jane Powell is 86. Actress Grace Lee Whitney is 85. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 83. Country singer Jim Ed Brown is 81. Actor Don Hastings is 81. Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro is 76. Actress Ali MacGraw is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is 76. Baseball All-Star Rusty Staub is 71. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 67. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 65. Rock musician Billy Currie (Ultravox) is 65. Actress Annette O'Toole is 63. Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is 62. Singer Susan Boyle is 54. Actor Jose Zuniga is 53. Country singer Woody Lee is 47. Actress Jessica Collins is 44. Rapper-actor Method Man is 44. Movie directors Albert and Allen Hughes are 43. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 42. Tennis player Magdalena Maleeva is 40. Actor David Oyelowo (oh-YEHLOH'-oh) is 39. Singer Bijou Phillips is 35. Actor Sam Huntington is 33. Comedian-actor Taran Killam is 33. Actor Matt Lanter is 32. Actor Josh Zuckerman is 30. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 29. Actor Asa Butterfield is 18.

Thought for Today: "The only sin is mediocrity." -- Martha Graham, American modern dance pioneer (born 1894, died this date in 1991).

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Last Update on April 01, 2015 07:10 GMT

JONI MITCHELL TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joni Mitchell has been taken to a hospital. Los Angeles fire officials say paramedics answered an afternoon 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives. But officials didn't verify her identity. Mitchell's website and Twitter account reported last night that she was in the hospital. A statement on her website says "Joni was found unconscious in her home." The statement adds, "She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits." It wasn't immediately clear what illness she had. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter told Billboard magazine in December that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing.

SOUND:

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Excerpt of Joni Mitchell

Sound of Joni Mitchell performing "Big Yellow Taxi." The 71-year old Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

<<CUT ..014 (04/01/15)>> 00:15 ""

Excerpt of Joni Mitchell

Sound of Joni Mitchell performing "Help Me." The 71-year old Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles.

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE TOUR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Keith Richards says he can't wait to get back on stage. The Rolling Stones will launch their "Zip Code" tour May 24 in San Diego's Petco Park. They will hit 15 stadiums. The stage design includes a thrust that extends into the audience. The tour begins the same week that the Stones will rerelease their "Sticky Fingers" album, which will include studio outtakes and live performances from that era. The super deluxe and vinyl deluxe editions will feature a working zipper, like the original cover had.

SCOTT WEILAND'S GUITARIST DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The day before Scott Weiland released his new solo album, he got horrible news: the guitar player in his new band had died. Weiland's publicist confirms the death of Jeremy Brown, the lead guitarist and songwriting partner in Weiland's new band, the Wildabouts. Brown was 34. Weiland writes on Facebook the band became concerned when Brown did not show up for a rehearsal Monday. He says an hour later, Brown's family called with the news of his death. A cause of death was not given. "Blaster," the debut album from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, came out yesterday.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN PLAN FOR FIRST ARMENIAN SHOW

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- System Of A Down are planning their longest set list ever for an audience they've never reached before. Frontman Serj Tankian (TAHN'-kee-ehn) says they're planning a special show with a three-part video presentation in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 23. The band's members are of Armenian descent and it's System Of A Down's first show in Armenia. April 24 will be the 100th anniversary of what's recognized as the start of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of Ottoman authorities. Tankian says the band wants to draw attention to the issue and push the Turkish government to recognize the genocide.

JUSTIN BIEBER GOES TO MEDIATION

MIAMI (AP) -- Justin Bieber has attended a mediation session in an attempt to settle a dispute with a photographer who says Bieber's security roughed him up. Lawyers say Bieber spent five hours yesterday at a law firm in Miami with a mediator and photographer Jeffrey Binion. Binion is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed in 2013 in which claims he was assaulted by Bieber's bodyguard outside a recording studio. Binion's attorney did not say whether a settlement is near.

POP MUSICIANS REMEMBER FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THEIR SONGS ON THE RADIO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Musicians generally don't forget the first time they heard themselves on the radio. The first time 5 Seconds Of Summer heard one of their songs on American radio, they took a picture of the radio. Drummer Ashton Irwin says they had just landed in Chicago and it was a great day. Jeremih (jayr-eh-MY') was also in Chicago when he first heard "Birthday Sex" on the radio, and it got played three times in a row. He says he'll never forget that feeling. Jason Derulo first heard his song "Watcha Say" on the radio at 4 A.M. while coming home from the studio and he thought, "This is not happening!" Adam Lambert says he first heard "What Do You Want For Me" on the radio in the car. He calls it "surreal" and "an original high."

SOUND:

<<CUT ..018 (04/01/15)>> 00:11 "I never forget"

Jeremih (jayr-eh-MY'), musician

Jeremih says he recalls the first time he ever heard his song on the radio.

<<CUT ..019 (04/01/15)>> 00:12 "it though, yeah"

Ashton Irwin, Callum Hood and Michael Clifford, musicians with 5 Seconds Of Summer

Ashton Irwin, Callum Hood and Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer say their first time on American radio came unexpectedly.

<<CUT ..020 (04/01/15)>> 00:19 "I'll never forget"

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo says he was exhausted when he first heard himself on the radio. ((note length of cut))

<<CUT ..021 (04/01/15)>> 00:12 "here it's great"

Adam Lambert, musician

Adam Lambert says hearing himself on the radio was a high.

COUNTRY MUSICIANS REMEMBER FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THEIR SONGS ON THE RADIO

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Aldean remembers the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio because he refused to get out of his truck. Aldean says "Hicktown" came on the radio as he was getting out of his truck to go into a store. He says he kept driving around the parking lot to listen. Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line was home in Nashville when "Cruise" first was played on the radio and a friend called to tell him. Kelley says he jumped into his Tahoe, cranked up the volume and said, "Thank you, Lord." Aldean says a moment like that "changes your life," and Kelley says it's "the coolest thing ever."

SOUND:

<<CUT ..022 (04/01/15)>> 00:16 "coolest thing ever"

Brian Kelley, musican with Florida Georgia Line

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line says a friend alerted him the first time "Cruise" was played on the radio in Nashville.

<<CUT ..023 (04/01/15)>> 00:17 "changes your life"

Jason Aldean, country singer

Jason Aldean says he first heard his single "Hicktown," on the radio when he stopped by a store on the way to a friend's house in 2005. ((note length of cut))

DAVID DUCHOVNY RELEASING ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- An "X Files" star is moving in a new direction -- music. David Duchovny is releasing his first album. He says "Hell or Highwater" will include 12 tracks he wrote. But many people will always think of him as FBI agent Fox Mulder -- on the hunt for extraterrestrials. Duchovny's album will be released May 12th.

SOUND:

<<CUT ..015 (04/01/15)>> 00:26 ""

Jamie Friar

An "X Files" star is moving in a new direction, music. The AP's Jamie Friar reports on David Duchovny's new project. ((note language; cut contains album title ""Hell or Highwater" )) ((opens with sound))

<<CUT ..016 (04/01/15)>> 00:45 ""

Theme from the show "The X Files"

Theme from the show "The X Files." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

<<CUT ..017 (04/01/15)>> 00:18 "way I've failed"

David Duchovny,

Agent Fox Mulder tells agent Dana Scully that his mission to seek the truth has been unsuccessful.

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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.

<<CUT ..024 (11/16/12)>> 00:10 "really stress it"

Nicki Minaj

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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