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Last Update on February 12, 2016 08:10 GMT

BILL COSBY'S WIFE MUST SUBMIT TO DEPOSITION

BOSTON (AP) -- Bill Cosby fought it. But a federal judge in Massachusetts will allow it. The judge has ruled the comedian's wife, Camille, must submit to a deposition in a lawsuit against the comedian. In the suit, seven women claim Cosby defamed them by calling them liars after they publicly accused him of sexual assault. The judge ruled that while Camille Cosby must answer questions under oath, some subjects remain off-limits. The judge says she can refuse to answer questions about private marital conversations. The plaintiffs say Camille Cosby was her husband's manager, so she'd have important information to offer in the lawsuit. An attorney for Camille Cosby has praised the ruling, noting that it upheld that she won't have to answer questions about their discussions as a married couple.

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BILL COSBY - COLORADO

DENVER (AP) -- The Bill Cosby scandal has promoted an effort to change the law in Colorado. A Colorado House committee has unanimously approved a bill that would double the 10-year statute of limitations for seeking charges in sexual assault cases. Two Colorado women are among the dozens who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago. Supporters of the bill say it would give traumatized victims more time to come forward. It isn't the first time the Cosby case has had a legislative effect. Last year, Nevada extended its statute from four to 20 years after testimony by a woman who claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her decades ago. Several other states have removed limits to seek criminal charges in child sex-abuse cases. Those efforts were made in response to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

NEW YORK (AP) -- We already know that some prominent black artists are staying away from the Oscars. But a question that's yet to be answered is: will black viewers also boycott the ceremony? For the second straight year, the Motion Picture Academy has trotted out an all-white field of nominees for its acting honors. That has led Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to declare they will skip the Feb. 28 show. Typically, relatively few blacks tune in to watch the Oscars as it is. The highest percentage was in 2005, when Chris Rock hosted and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards. Rock hosts again this year.

MERYL STREEP - DIVERSITY

BERLIN (AP) -- Comments by Meryl Streep are raising new questions about how well Hollywood "gets" diversity. She's heading an all-white film jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. An Egyptian reporter asked her if she understands the Middle East and North Africa. Streep said she did, in part, because she'd "recently seen Timbuktu." Eventually, Streep acknowledged she knew little about the region, but said she has "played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures." Then she added: "we're all Africans, really." Streep's publicists did not respond yesterday to requests for additional comment about what she meant by all that.

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GWYNETH PALTROW STALKING CASE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Gwyneth Paltrow stalking case is close to going to the jury. Both sides did closing arguments in court yesterday. Prosecutors asked the panel to convict Dante Soiu because he's a calculating, crazy stalker. Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall noted Soiu got what he wanted out of the trial: "to spend hours in a room with the object of his desire." His defense claims Soiu is a lonely man in search of a pen pal or marriage partner in the much younger Oscar-winning actress. Soiu faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

KEN WATANABE SETS RETURN DATE

NEW YORK (AP) -- It looks like Ken Watanabe's return to acting will be sooner, rather than later. He says he expects to be back at his role in "The King and I" on Mar. 17. Watanabe announced earlier this week that he had been treated for stomach cancer -- and would have to delay his scheduled Mar. 1 return to the theater.

"AMERICAN IDOL"-TOP 24 CUTS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The ladies have the numbers after the latest round of cuts on "American Idol." All this season, the judges have said the gals outclass the guys. Last night, the judges cut five contestants from the round of 12 who performed this week. Five of the women move on while only two of the guys make the grade. La'Porsha Renae is among those going through to the next round. She's been a favorite of the judges. Jeneve Rose Mitchell also gets to sing again. At 15, she's one of the youngest Idol hopefuls this season. Next week, the second half of the Top 24 will perform, with the judges again thinning the field.

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Country News

Last Update on February 12, 2016 08:10 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT TO OPEN GRAMMYS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taylor Swift is going to party like it's "1989" at the Grammys. Swift is leading off the awards show Monday with a live performance of a track from her "1989" album. Swift goes into the Grammys with nine nominations, including album of the year for "1989." Look for other Grammy show performances from Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Rihanna, The Weeknd and the Broadway cast of "Hamilton."

GRAMMYS-COUNTRY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Country is getting some respect at the Grammy Awards. The genre hasn't had an album or song nominated in the top three categories since 2011. But country is coming back strong, thanks to Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town's megahit, "Girl Crush." Stapleton is nominated for album of the year for his debut, "Traveller." LBT's "Girl Crush" earns a nod for song of the year. Little Big Town's "Pain Killer" is nominated for best country album, while "Girl Crush" is also up for best country song and country duo/group performance. Sam Hunt represents country with a nomination for best new artist, a category that usually includes at least one country act. The Grammys will be handed out Monday night in Los Angeles.

LAMAR ODOM MAKES 1ST PUBLIC APPEARANCE AT KAYNE WEST'S FASHSION SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not often that Kanye West is upstaged. But it was Lamar Odom who was getting a lot of attention at Kanye's New York Fashion Week show yesterday. Odom is Kayne's brother-in-law. Odom was cheered by the crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden. It's the first time Odom's been at a public event since he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system last October. Odom was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. He's estranged from wife Khloe Kardashian. But at yesterday's fashion show, Kayne walked Odom to his seat with the Kardashian and Jenner families.

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KAYNE WEST RAPS ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kayne West might not be done with Taylor Swift yet. He debuted his new album, "The Life of Pablo" during his fashion show yesterday in New York. Entertainment Weekly reports the track "Famous" has the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex." Kanye then uses the "B" word to say he made Swift famous. The rapper famously interrupted Swift at the 2009 VMAs, when he was upset that Swift won best video over BeyoncT. Entertainment Weekly says reps for West and Swift did not immediately return requests for comment.

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DRAKE TO BE HONORED BY TORONTO

TORONTO (AP) -- Drake is getting his props for his hometown north of the border. Billboard reports the rapper will be getting the key to the city from Toronto Mayor John Tory. Troy made the announcement on Twitter, saying Toronto "must celebrate our talent & harness it for change."

THE BOSS' BOOK

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boss has a book deal. Bruce Springsteen is coming out with an autobiography, to be published in the fall. The title is, of course, "Born to Run." It will be released Sept. 27, four days after Springsteen turns 67. In a statement, Springsteen says he will tell his story with "disarming candor" and "show the reader his mind." The memoir is being published by Simon and Schuster. Springsteen is currently on tour, performing his 1980 double album "The River."

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Rewind Time

January 11, 2016 15:15 GMT

Today in History

FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016, AT 12:00 A.M. EST.

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Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2016. There are 347 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 19, 1966, Indira Gandhi was chosen to be prime minister of India by the National Congress party. (Gandhi, a powerful as well as polarizing figure, served as India's prime minister from 1966 to 1977, and again beginning in 1980 until she was assassinated in 1984.)

On this date:

In 1807, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.

In 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union.

In 1915, Germany carried out its first air raid on Britain during World War I as a pair of Zeppelins dropped bombs onto Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in England.

In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

In 1942, during World War II, Japan invaded Burma (Myanmar).

In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television and newsreels for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1960, the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America was signed by both countries in Washington, D.C.

In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.

In 1977, in one of his last acts of office, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American convicted of treason for making wartime broadcasts for Japan.

In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

In 1992, German government and Jewish officials dedicated a Holocaust memorial at the villa on the outskirts of Berlin where the notorious Wannsee Conference had taken place.

Ten years ago: Osama bin Laden, in an audiotape that was his first in more than a year, said al-Qaida was preparing for attacks in the United States; at the same time, he offered a "long-term truce" without specifying the conditions. Vice President Dick Cheney defended the administration's domestic surveillance program, calling it an essential tool in monitoring al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. An unmanned NASA spacecraft, New Horizons, blasted off on a 3-billion-mile journey toward Pluto (the spacecraft flew by Pluto in the summer of 2015). A fire at a Massey Energy Co. mine in West Virginia killed two workers. Death claimed soul pioneer Wilson Pickett at age 64 and actor Anthony Franciosa at age 77.

Five years ago: Chinese President Hu Jintao, visiting the White House, declared "a lot still needs to be done" to improve his country's record on human rights; the exchange with President Barack Obama over human rights was balanced by U.S. delight over newly announced Chinese business deals expected to generate about $45 billion in new export sales for the U.S.

One year ago: As he headed home from a week-long trip to Asia, Pope Francis upheld church teaching banning contraception, but said Catholics didn't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice responsible parenting. The NFL confirmed to The Associated Press a report by WTHR-TV Indianapolis that it was investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts. (After an investigation, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games of the upcoming regular season for his alleged role in the controversy, but had that sanction overturned by a federal court.)

Today's Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar is 96. Actor Fritz Weaver is 90. Actress Tippi Hedren is 86. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 85. Movie director Richard Lester is 84. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 74. Actress Shelley Fabares (fab-RAY') is 72. Country singer Dolly Parton is 70. Former ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 69. TV chef Paula Deen is 69. Rock singer Martha Davis is 65. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 64. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 63. Actress Katey Sagal is 62. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 61. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is 61. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 59. Rock musician Jeff Pilson (Foreigner) is 58. Actor Paul McCrane is 55. Actor William Ragsdale is 55. Basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy is 54. International Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg is 50. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 48. Singer Trey Lorenz is 47. Actor Shawn Wayans is 45. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 45. Actress Drea (DRAY-uh') de Matteo is 44. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 42. Actor Drew Powell is 40. Actress Marsha Thomason is 40. Actress Bitsie Tulloch is 35. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 34. Actor Logan Lerman is 24. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is 24. Rapper Mac Miller is 24.

Thought for Today: "Love without passion is dreary; passion without love is horrific." -- Abraham Cowley, English poet (1618-1667).

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Copyright 2016, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rock News

Last Update on February 12, 2016 08:10 GMT

TAYLOR SWIFT TO OPEN GRAMMYS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taylor Swift is going to party like it's "1989" at the Grammys. Swift is leading off the awards show Monday with a live performance of a track from her "1989" album. Swift goes into the Grammys with nine nominations, including album of the year for "1989." Look for other Grammy show performances from Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Rihanna, The Weeknd and the Broadway cast of "Hamilton."

GRAMMYS-COUNTRY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Country is getting some respect at the Grammy Awards. The genre hasn't had an album or song nominated in the top three categories since 2011. But country is coming back strong, thanks to Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town's megahit, "Girl Crush." Stapleton is nominated for album of the year for his debut, "Traveller." LBT's "Girl Crush" earns a nod for song of the year. Little Big Town's "Pain Killer" is nominated for best country album, while "Girl Crush" is also up for best country song and country duo/group performance. Sam Hunt represents country with a nomination for best new artist, a category that usually includes at least one country act. The Grammys will be handed out Monday night in Los Angeles.

LAMAR ODOM MAKES 1ST PUBLIC APPEARANCE AT KAYNE WEST'S FASHSION SHOW

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not often that Kanye West is upstaged. But it was Lamar Odom who was getting a lot of attention at Kanye's New York Fashion Week show yesterday. Odom is Kayne's brother-in-law. Odom was cheered by the crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden. It's the first time Odom's been at a public event since he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system last October. Odom was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. He's estranged from wife Khloe Kardashian. But at yesterday's fashion show, Kayne walked Odom to his seat with the Kardashian and Jenner families.

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KAYNE WEST RAPS ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kayne West might not be done with Taylor Swift yet. He debuted his new album, "The Life of Pablo" during his fashion show yesterday in New York. Entertainment Weekly reports the track "Famous" has the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex." Kanye then uses the "B" word to say he made Swift famous. The rapper famously interrupted Swift at the 2009 VMAs, when he was upset that Swift won best video over BeyoncT. Entertainment Weekly says reps for West and Swift did not immediately return requests for comment.

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DRAKE TO BE HONORED BY TORONTO

TORONTO (AP) -- Drake is getting his props for his hometown north of the border. Billboard reports the rapper will be getting the key to the city from Toronto Mayor John Tory. Troy made the announcement on Twitter, saying Toronto "must celebrate our talent & harness it for change."

THE BOSS' BOOK

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boss has a book deal. Bruce Springsteen is coming out with an autobiography, to be published in the fall. The title is, of course, "Born to Run." It will be released Sept. 27, four days after Springsteen turns 67. In a statement, Springsteen says he will tell his story with "disarming candor" and "show the reader his mind." The memoir is being published by Simon and Schuster. Springsteen is currently on tour, performing his 1980 double album "The River."

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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

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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