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Last Update on July 28, 2015 07:19 GMT

BACHORLETTE' FINALE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Bachelorette" is sporting quite a rock on her ring finger. The ABC reality show ended its season last night with Kaitlyn Bristowe getting a proposal from Shawn Booth. He got down on one knee to pop the question and Kaitlyn said a teary-eyed "yes." Earlier, the other finalist, Nick Viall, was about to propose when Kaitlyn put her hand on the ring box and shot him down. In the limo ride away, Nick was cussing and threw the ring across the car. He and Kaitlyn had gotten intimate earlier in the season. Kaitlyn and Shawn say they're very much in love. They're also happy they can take their relationship public. But during the live reunion show, they didn't say anything about marriage plans.

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004-a-14-(Shawn B., during "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" live reunion)-"any of that"-Shawn B. says now that their engagement is public he can stick up for Kaitlyn. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Jul 2015)

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001-a-18-(Nick Viall and Kaitlyn Bristowe, during "The Bachelorette" finale)-"than a moment"-Kaitlyn shoots down Nick. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Jul 2015)

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002-a-26-(Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe, during "The Bachelorette" finale)-"marry me, yes (music fades)"-Shawn B. gets down on one knee and pops the question. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Jul 2015)

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003-a-08-(Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shaw Booth, during "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" live reunion)-"that love us"-Kaitlyn and Shawn B. say they're glad they can now take their relationship public. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Jul 2015)

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BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN AUTOPSY

UNDATED (AP) -- We still don't know what killed Bobbi Kristina Brown. Medical examiners say their autopsy yesterday turned up no obvious cause of death. The Fulton County, Georgia, Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement that it will likely be several weeks before it can rule on a manner and cause of death for the 22-year-old. The next step is ordering lab tests and issuing subpoenas for documents -- most likely Brown's hospital records. The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died Sunday at a hospice center in the Atlanta area. She was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub about six months ago.

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005-v-31-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent)--The medical examiners performing the autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown say they have not found an obvious cause of her death. AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports. (28 Jul 2015)

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006-c-18-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent)-"or other toxins"-AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports that experts are concerned that whatever happened to Bobbi Kristina Brown may never be known. (28 Jul 2015)

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007-c-20-(Tim Maguire, AP correspondent)-"suburban Atlanta home"-AP correspondent Tim Maguire reports that R-and-B singer Bobby Brown says he is "completely numb" following the death of his daughter. (28 Jul 2015)

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"VACATION" - CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Christina Applegate says the new version of the movie "Vacation" is not a remake. She's says it's also not a reboot nor is it a sequel, but "an homage to one of our favorite franchises ever." She says the original "Vacation" movies were funny and raunchy and had heart, and they speak to everyone who's ever gone on vacation. In the new version, Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, who is grown up and going on vacation with his kids and his wife, played by Applegate. "Vacation" opens Friday.

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009-a-14-(Christina Applegate, actress, in AP interview)-"favorite franchises ever"-Christina Applegate says viewers should consider the new "Vacation" movie as its own thing. (28 Jul 2015)

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011-a-11-(Ed Helms, actor, in AP interview)-"hero of mine"-Ed Helms says he cannot overstate what Chevy Chase means to him as a comedian. (28 Jul 2015)

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010-a-17-(Ed Helms, actor, in AP interview)-"I devoured them"-Ed Helms says the "Vacation" movies have a place in his heart. ((note length of cut)) (28 Jul 2015)

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008-a-11-(Christina Applegate, actress, in AP interview)-"they have heart"-Christina Applegate says the original "Vacation" movies had great appeal. (28 Jul 2015)

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FINAL WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a big total for a tiny superhero. Final weekend box office figures show "Ant-Man" has broken the $100 million mark after just two weeks. Paul Rudd's turn as Marvel's minuscule hero stays number-one for a second-straight weekend, with $24.9 million in ticket sales. Adam Sandler's "Pixel's" debuts in a close second with 24 mil. "Minions" clocks-in at number-three, followed by "Trainwreck" and "Southpaw."

BILL COSBY APPEALS RULING THAT UNSEALED DEPOSITION EXCERPTS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers are still trying to keep the comic's testimony in a 2005 lawsuit private. The attorneys filed an appeal yesterday, in a decision to unseal Cosby's testimony that he got quaaludes to give women before sexual encounters. The newly public court filings contain excerpts of Cosby's deposition in that case and were unsealed on a bid by The Associated Press. The full deposition has since been released by a court reporting service and contains Cosby's only testimony under oath about accusations he sexually assaulted a string of women. Cosby says the sexual encounters were consensual.

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Last Update on July 28, 2015 07:09 GMT

BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT'S DIVORCE UNDER SCRUTINY

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma attorneys are questioning whether a judge has violated state law by sealing the court documents related to the divorce of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The Oklahoman reports a law passed last year requires a judge to seal normally public records if a compelling privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in the records, and the judge must make public any sealing order. The order to seal the Shelton-Lambert divorce is not public. Former state Representative Aaron Stiles says he wrote that law after seeing cases in which a judge sealed divorce records to protect their friends. Pottawatomie County associate district judge John Gardner handled the case. He could not be reached for comment.

LITTLE BIG TOWN CANCEL MORE TOUR DATES

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Little Big Town are calling off more concerts to allow Jimi Westbrook more time to heal. The band say on their website they are calling off three weeks of shows to allow Westbrook to rest his voice. Westbrook had a polyp removed from his vocal cord in June. The band posted a video of themselves on Facebook that shows Westbrook with a piece of tape over his mouth and a tablet computer with the word "Sorry" around his neck. Little Big Town's next scheduled date is August 22 in Avondale, Canada.

MADONNA DEFENDS TIDAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- You wouldn't expect somebody to give you a house for free. Why do you expect music to be free? That's the argument Madonna is presenting as she defends the Tidal streaming service. She is one of the owners, along with artists like Jay Z, Beyonce', Jason Aldean, Jack White, Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, J. Cole, Kanye West, Daft Punk and Nicki Minaj. Those are some pretty big names, but Madonna says it's not about getting more money for them. She says they're making sure that other artists get paid for their work.

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013-a-10-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"to build it"-Madonna says because music is not a tangible product, people underestimate its worth. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)

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012-a-12-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"support other artists"-Madonna says the musicians behind the streaming service Tidal are using their clout to help others. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)

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014-a-17-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"the message across"-Madonna says she's proud to lend her name to Tidal. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)

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MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER SUFFERS STROKE

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The patriarch of the Jackson family has suffered a stroke. Joe Jackson was in Brazil to attend a party for his 87th birthday. The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo will only say that Jackson was admitted Sunday afternoon with an irregular heartbeat. One of the party's organizers says Jackson is conscious and has no problems talking.

HOUSTON ASTROS MOVE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros just assumed they'd be awful again this year. Now Taylor Swift is caught in their scramble. The Astros have announced they've moved Swift's concert at Minute Maid Park from October 13 to September 9. The Astros have not been to the postseason since 2005 and were not expected to be contenders this season. However, they have a shot at the playoffs, so they say they moved the concert as they "proactively prepare for potential postseason play." The Astros are having repercussions in Minnesota. Swift's show in Fargo has been moved from September 9 to October 12.

DJ ASHBA LEAVES GUNS N' ROSES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Guitarist DJ Ashba says with a heavy heart and a lot of pride, he's leaving Guns N' Roses. Ashba posted a handwritten letter translated into four other languages that he's going to dedicate himself to his family and to Nikki Sixx's band, Sixx: AM. He calls Axl Rose his friend and thanks Rose for believing in him. Guns N' Roses have not responded and have no tour dates listed.

FARM AID WILL BE IN CHICAGO IN SEPTEMBER

CHICAGO (AP) -- Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Jack Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mavis Staples are among the acts who will play this year's Farm Aid. The concert will be September 19 in Chicago. The lineup also includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. This will be the 30th anniversary of the first Farm Aid, and Nelson says this year's show will celebrate "the impact we've had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."

EVERLY BROTHERS WILL HAVE PARK NAMED FOR THEM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, will name a park after The Everly Brothers next week. The small park in the Bearden area of Knoxville will be dedicated on August 7. Don and Phil Everly lived in the area as teenagers.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN HELD ALL OF WHITNEY HOUSTON'S ESTATE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Among the issues that will have to be settled after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown is what happens to her fortune. Brown was the sole heir to Whitney Houston's estate. The value of Houston's estate has never been revealed. The money was put in a spendthrift trust to keep creditors and predators from taking advantage of Brown. Her aunt, Pat Houston, and grandmother, Cissy Houston, eventually took control of the trust. In May, a court appointed a lawyer to be the conservator of Brown's assets. There's also the issue of whether Brown and Nick Gordon were actually married. They called themselves husband and wife since January 2014 but family members have disputed the marriage.

ED SHEERAN LANDS ROLE IN "THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ed Sheeran will play an "ambitious and deadly protege' of a high-ranking church elder" in an upcoming drama on FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sheeran will play a recurring character named Sir Cormac in "The Bastard Executioner." It's about a 14th-century warrior who is asked by a divine messenger to become a journeyman executioner. It's set to air this fall.

ROB ZOMBIE RETURNS TO SUBURBAN CHICAGO FOR HAUNTED HOUSE

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rob Zombie will bring his haunted house back to suburban Chicago this year. "Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare" will run September 25 through November 1 in Villa Park, Illinois. One section is based on Zombie's movie "The Devil's Rejects," while another is based on the Captain Spaulding character from that movie and "House of 1,000 Corpses." The third section is called "31," and it's based on Zombie's upcoming horror movie of the same name. Zombie promises his haunted house will be "more vile and disgusting than ever." He will perform two concerts there on October 2 and 4.

Rewind Time

July 28, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Tuesday, July 28, the 209th day of 2015. There are 156 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2.

On this date:

In 1540, King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

In 1655, French dramatist and novelist Cyrano de Bergerac, the inspiration for a play by Edmond Rostand, died in Paris at age 36.

In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.

In 1821, Peru declared its independence from Spain.

In 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

In 1915, more than 300 American sailors and Marines arrived in Haiti to restore order following the killing of Haitian President Vibrun Guillaume Sam by rebels, beginning a 19-year U.S. occupation.

In 1932, federal troops forcibly dispersed the so-called "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington to demand payments they weren't scheduled to receive until 1945.

In 1959, in preparation for statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Republican Hiram L. Fong, to the U.S. Senate and the first Japanese-American, Democrat Daniel K. Inouye, to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000 "almost immediately."

In 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.

In 1984, the Los Angeles Summer Olympics opened.

In 1995, a jury in Union, South Carolina, rejected the death penalty for Susan Smith, sentencing her to life in prison for drowning her two young sons (Smith will be eligible for parole in 2024).

Ten years ago: NASA said space shuttle Discovery had escaped any serious damage from a potentially deadly piece of foam that broke off from the fuel tank during liftoff and looked safe to fly home in a week. The Irish Republican Army renounced the use of violence against British rule in Northern Ireland and said it would disarm. Lightning struck a group of Boy Scouts taking shelter from a storm in Sequoia National Park in California, killing an assistant troop leader and a teenage Scout.

Five years ago: U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put most of Arizona's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law on hold just hours before it was to take effect. (In September 2012, Bolton ruled that police could enforce the so-called "show me your papers" provision of the law.) Airblue Flight 202, a Pakistani Airbus A321, crashed into the hills overlooking Islamabad, killing all 152 people aboard.

One year ago: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis to be ready for a "prolonged" conflict with Hamas in Gaza as both sides held out for bigger gains and a cease-fire in the three-week conflict remained elusive. Theodore "Dutch" VanKirk, 93, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Actor James Shigeta, 85, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and appeared in other movies and TV shows, died in Beverly Hills, California.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Darryl Hickman is 84. Ballet dancer-choreographer Jacques d'Amboise is 81. Musical conductor Riccardo Muti is 74. Former Senator and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Bradley is 72. "Garfield" creator Jim Davis is 70. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 69. Actress Linda Kelsey is 69. TV producer Dick Ebersol is 68. Actress Sally Struthers is 68. Actress Georgia Engel is 67. Rock musician Simon Kirke (Bad Company) is 66. Rock musician Steve Morse (Deep Purple) is 61. CBS anchorman Scott Pelley is 58. Alt-country-rock musician Marc Perlman is 54. Actor Michael Hayden is 52. Actress Lori Loughlin is 51. Jazz musician-producer Delfeayo Marsalis is 50. Former hockey player turned general manager Garth Snow is 46. Actress Elizabeth Berkley is 43. Singer Afroman is 41. Country musician Todd Anderson (Heartland) is 40. Rock singer Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) is 39. Country singer Carly Goodwin is 34. Actor Dustin Milligan is 30. Actor Nolan Gerard Funk is 29. Rapper Soulja Boy is 25. Pop/rock singer Cher Lloyd (TV: "The X Factor") is 22.

Thought for Today: "Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins." -- Edith Wharton, American author (1862-1937).

Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Last Update on July 28, 2015 07:09 GMT

BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT'S DIVORCE UNDER SCRUTINY

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma attorneys are questioning whether a judge has violated state law by sealing the court documents related to the divorce of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The Oklahoman reports a law passed last year requires a judge to seal normally public records if a compelling privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in the records, and the judge must make public any sealing order. The order to seal the Shelton-Lambert divorce is not public. Former state Representative Aaron Stiles says he wrote that law after seeing cases in which a judge sealed divorce records to protect their friends. Pottawatomie County associate district judge John Gardner handled the case. He could not be reached for comment.

LITTLE BIG TOWN CANCEL MORE TOUR DATES

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Little Big Town are calling off more concerts to allow Jimi Westbrook more time to heal. The band say on their website they are calling off three weeks of shows to allow Westbrook to rest his voice. Westbrook had a polyp removed from his vocal cord in June. The band posted a video of themselves on Facebook that shows Westbrook with a piece of tape over his mouth and a tablet computer with the word "Sorry" around his neck. Little Big Town's next scheduled date is August 22 in Avondale, Canada.

MADONNA DEFENDS TIDAL

NEW YORK (AP) -- You wouldn't expect somebody to give you a house for free. Why do you expect music to be free? That's the argument Madonna is presenting as she defends the Tidal streaming service. She is one of the owners, along with artists like Jay Z, Beyonce', Jason Aldean, Jack White, Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, J. Cole, Kanye West, Daft Punk and Nicki Minaj. Those are some pretty big names, but Madonna says it's not about getting more money for them. She says they're making sure that other artists get paid for their work.

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013-a-10-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"to build it"-Madonna says because music is not a tangible product, people underestimate its worth. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)

<<CUT ..013 (07/28/15)>> 00:10 "to build it"

012-a-12-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"support other artists"-Madonna says the musicians behind the streaming service Tidal are using their clout to help others. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)

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014-a-17-(Madonna, musician, in AP interview)-"the message across"-Madonna says she's proud to lend her name to Tidal. ((note audio quality)) (28 Jul 2015)

<<CUT ..014 (07/28/15)>> 00:17 "the message across"

MICHAEL JACKSON'S FATHER SUFFERS STROKE

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The patriarch of the Jackson family has suffered a stroke. Joe Jackson was in Brazil to attend a party for his 87th birthday. The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo will only say that Jackson was admitted Sunday afternoon with an irregular heartbeat. One of the party's organizers says Jackson is conscious and has no problems talking.

HOUSTON ASTROS MOVE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros just assumed they'd be awful again this year. Now Taylor Swift is caught in their scramble. The Astros have announced they've moved Swift's concert at Minute Maid Park from October 13 to September 9. The Astros have not been to the postseason since 2005 and were not expected to be contenders this season. However, they have a shot at the playoffs, so they say they moved the concert as they "proactively prepare for potential postseason play." The Astros are having repercussions in Minnesota. Swift's show in Fargo has been moved from September 9 to October 12.

DJ ASHBA LEAVES GUNS N' ROSES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Guitarist DJ Ashba says with a heavy heart and a lot of pride, he's leaving Guns N' Roses. Ashba posted a handwritten letter translated into four other languages that he's going to dedicate himself to his family and to Nikki Sixx's band, Sixx: AM. He calls Axl Rose his friend and thanks Rose for believing in him. Guns N' Roses have not responded and have no tour dates listed.

FARM AID WILL BE IN CHICAGO IN SEPTEMBER

CHICAGO (AP) -- Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Jack Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mavis Staples are among the acts who will play this year's Farm Aid. The concert will be September 19 in Chicago. The lineup also includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. This will be the 30th anniversary of the first Farm Aid, and Nelson says this year's show will celebrate "the impact we've had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."

EVERLY BROTHERS WILL HAVE PARK NAMED FOR THEM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, will name a park after The Everly Brothers next week. The small park in the Bearden area of Knoxville will be dedicated on August 7. Don and Phil Everly lived in the area as teenagers.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN HELD ALL OF WHITNEY HOUSTON'S ESTATE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Among the issues that will have to be settled after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown is what happens to her fortune. Brown was the sole heir to Whitney Houston's estate. The value of Houston's estate has never been revealed. The money was put in a spendthrift trust to keep creditors and predators from taking advantage of Brown. Her aunt, Pat Houston, and grandmother, Cissy Houston, eventually took control of the trust. In May, a court appointed a lawyer to be the conservator of Brown's assets. There's also the issue of whether Brown and Nick Gordon were actually married. They called themselves husband and wife since January 2014 but family members have disputed the marriage.

ED SHEERAN LANDS ROLE IN "THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ed Sheeran will play an "ambitious and deadly protege' of a high-ranking church elder" in an upcoming drama on FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sheeran will play a recurring character named Sir Cormac in "The Bastard Executioner." It's about a 14th-century warrior who is asked by a divine messenger to become a journeyman executioner. It's set to air this fall.

ROB ZOMBIE RETURNS TO SUBURBAN CHICAGO FOR HAUNTED HOUSE

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rob Zombie will bring his haunted house back to suburban Chicago this year. "Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare" will run September 25 through November 1 in Villa Park, Illinois. One section is based on Zombie's movie "The Devil's Rejects," while another is based on the Captain Spaulding character from that movie and "House of 1,000 Corpses." The third section is called "31," and it's based on Zombie's upcoming horror movie of the same name. Zombie promises his haunted house will be "more vile and disgusting than ever." He will perform two concerts there on October 2 and 4.

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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.

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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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