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Last Update on April 24, 2015 07:07 GMT

AMERICAN INDIANS WALK OFF SET OF ADAM SANDLER MOVIE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The collaboration between Netflix and Adam Sandler was supposed to produce hits and laughs. But so far, it has produced controversy -- and a set walkout. A group of American Indian actors left the set of Sandler's movie -- upset over what they say was a script that featured stereotypical comedy, offensive names and demeaning references to Indian religious practices. One actor, Loren Anthony, says he and eight others quit work on "The Ridiculous Six" when producers ignored their complaints. For its part, Netflix seems to be defending Sandler's work. It says the movie is called The Ridiculous Six because it's supposed to be: ridiculous. The network describes the movie is supposed to be "a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized."

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports a group of American Indian actors have quit the Adam Sandler movie "The Ridiculous Six."

ACTORS APOLOGIZE FOR SEXIST "AVENGERS" REMARKS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The movie is about the effects of artificial intelligence on the world. But two of the stars of the new "Avengers" movie are apologizing for comments that are being seen as anything but smart. Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans were asked in a press interview about the love life of the only female Avenger, Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. They described the character in graphic terms that suggested she sleeps around. The actors have issued apologies.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports two actors in the upcoming Avengers movie are apologizing for derogatory terms used in comments about a female character in the movie. ((NOTE CONTENT: Cut includes the words "slut" and "whore."))

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AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans are responding to criticism for jokingly using derogatory terms for women in a press appearance for the new "Avengers" movie.

"GREY'S ANATOMY" - McDREAMY

NEW YORK (AP) -- A shocker for fans of "Grey's Anatomy" -- Dr. McDreamy is no more. The character played by Patrick Dempsey has been killed off the long-running ABC show. It happened in last night's episode. McDreamy dies of injuries he got when he was blindsided by a truck -- this, after helping to treat four people who were involved in a car wreck. The death of McDreamy leaves Meredith Grey to fend for herself as a single mom of two as "Grey's" enters season 12. This year's season finale is next month.

NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS is seeing David Letterman off the air with something a bit more expensive than the typical gold watch you get for retirement. The network is giving him 90 minutes of prime-time real estate for a tribute show. It's set for Monday, May 4 -- and will be hosted by Ray Romano. Letterman's final show on CBS will be May 20. He wraps up more than 6,000 late-night shows over 33 years on CBS and his previous late-night TV home, NBC.

ACTOR GOES FROM PLAYING JESUS TO PLAYING DEVIL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some actors complain about playing good guys all the time. Others want to break free from playing baddies to portray more virtuous characters. Then, there's Diogo Morgado -- who should have no complaints. He was Jesus in the History channel's 2013 miniseries "The Bible." Now, he will be playing the devil. Morgado plays an evil fellow known as "The Man" on tonight's episode of "The Messengers" on The CW. Morgado says while people think it's more fun to play bad guys -- he doesn't agree.

GLENN CLOSE - TOM STOPPARD

NEW YORK (AP) -- She's received a number of awards herself during her acting career. But this time, it will be Glenn Close who will help honor someone else. She will present playwright Tom Stoppard with a PEN Literary Award. Close knows of his work; she starred in Stoppard's 1984 Broadway production of "The Real Thing."

NICOLE KIDMAN - LONDON PLAY

LONDON (AP) -- Nicole Kidman is returning to the London stage. She will star in "Photograph 51" -- a play about Rosalind Franklin, the British scientist who helped discover DNA's double-helix structure. The play will open in September.

Country News

Last Update on April 24, 2015 07:12 GMT

PAUL McCARTNEY IS BRITAIN'S RICHEST MUSICIAN

LONDON (AP) -- To say Paul McCartney does all right for himself is an understatement. London's Sunday Times reports McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, top its list of Britain's richest musicians with a fortune of $1.1 billion. Andrew Lloyd Webber is second with $976 million, followed by U2, Elton John and Mick Jagger. The Sunday Times also compiled a list of the Britain's richest musicians under 30, and Adele tops that list with a fortune of $75 million. The members of One Direction, including the recently departed Zayn Malik (MAL'-ihk), are tied at second with $37.5 million each.

SCOTT WEILAND ENLISTS NEW GUITAR PLAYER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Scott Weiland has hired a new guitar player for his band, The Wildabouts. Nick Maybury of the Australian band Mink will take over guitar duties. The original guitarist, Jeremy Brown, died suddenly March 30, the day before the release of Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts' debut record, "Blaster." Weiland says Brown "had big shoes and no one can fill them...but we have to soldier on." He says Maybury is "an incredible player and a great fit for The Wildabouts." The band will start the American leg of their tour tomorrow in Jacksonville.

GLENN MEDEIROS GETS JOB HEADING UP SCHOOL

HONOLULU (AP) -- A Catholic boys school in Honolulu is about to put a pop star in charge. KHON-TV reports Glenn Medeiros (meh-DEER'-ohs) will start as president of St. Louis School on July 1. Medeiros had a number-12 hit in 1987 with "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You," and a number-one song with Bobby Brown with "She Ain't Worth It." Medeiros has a bachelor's degree in history and humanities and both a masters and a doctorate in education. Madeiros' current job is vice principal at Maryknoll High School in Honolulu.

LADY GAGA WILL BE HONORED BY SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga's talents as a songwriter will be acknowledged by others who practice the same craft. Lady Gaga will get the first Contemporary Icon Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The hall's organizers say the award honors a performing songwriter "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture." Lady Gaga will receive her award during the hall of fame's annual gala June 19 in New York.

NEW ELVIS CHAPEL CELEBRATES FIRST WEDDING

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Kaycee Satava (sah-TAY'-vah) always knew she'd have an Elvis-themed wedding. What she didn't know is that Priscilla Presley would be her matron of honor and her wedding would be the first at the Graceland-endorsed chapel in Las Vegas. Satava married Cameron Baker yesterday morning at the same casino where Elvis performed back in the day. They won their wedding from the "Today" show, which broadcast the ceremony. It was only two minutes long and the Reverend Kenneth Baker says he'd make sure there was "none of that 'dearly beloved."' Satava says having Presley next to her for her wedding "was a dream."

MARKY RAMONE SAYS THE RAMONES ALWAYS SAT IN THE SAME VAN SEATS

NEW YORK (AP) -- There was no point in calling "shotgun" in The Ramones' van. They all had assigned seats. Drummer Marky Ramone says guitarist Johnny Ramone always sat next to the driver, Marky always sat behind Johnny and next to the tour manager, singer Joey Ramone sat behind them and bassist Dee Dee Ramone sat in the back. Marky Ramone says the only time they ever switched seats is if he or Johnny took over the driving. It's not the only weird thing they did. Marky Ramone says Dee Dee was crazy about taking baths and every time he walked into Dee Dee's hotel room, Dee Dee was in the tub. Marky Ramone's book, "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone" is in stores now.

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Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says the band all had assigned seats in their van.

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Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says they rarely switched seats in the van.

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Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says singer Joey Ramone had obsessive-compulsive disorder, which nearly turned deadly during a tour of Spain. ((note of length of cut))

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Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says bassist Dee Dee Ramone had a strange obsession.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE FINDS OUT ABOUT HER FAMILY'S PAST

DETROIT (AP) -- Melissa Etheridge's family has a scandal in its past. Etheridge agreed to be researched for the TLC genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Billboard reports the research turned up ancestors who sued a man for impregnating a teenage member of the family and refusing to marry her. Etheridge's family tree also includes a colonial American bootlegger. Her episode runs Sunday.

Rewind Time

April 25, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe (EL'-beh) River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

On this date:

In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci (vehs-POO'-chee).

In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.

In 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans.

In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill which imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways.

In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli (guh-LIHP'-uh-lee) Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded.

In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

In 1964, vandals sawed off the head of the "Little Mermaid" statue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 1974, the "Carnation Revolution" took place in Portugal as a bloodless military coup toppled the Estado Novo regime.

In 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she'd written expressing concern about possible nuclear war; Andropov reassured Samantha that the Soviet Union did not want war, and he invited her to visit his country, a trip Samantha made in July.

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in orbit from the space shuttle Discovery. (It was discovered that the telescope's primary mirror was flawed, requiring the installation of corrective components to achieve optimal focus.) Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.

In 1995, show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 83.

Ten years ago: At his Texas ranch, President George W. Bush prodded Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah to help curb skyrocketing oil prices. The CIA's top weapons hunter in Iraq, Charles Duelfer (DEHL'-fur), said in an addendum to his final report that his search for weapons of mass destruction had been "exhausted" without finding any. A packed commuter train jumped the tracks and hurtled into an apartment complex in western Japan, killing 107 people. A space capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian-Italian crew landed safely in northern Kazakhstan.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage to Billy Graham's mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who had counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. An al-Qaida front group in Iraq confirmed the deaths of its two top leaders a week after a raid by Iraqi and U.S. security forces on the leaders' safe house near Tikrit (tih-KREET'), north of Baghdad. British writer Alan Sillitoe, 82, died in London.

One year ago: President Barack Obama, in a joint news conference in Seoul alongside South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay), said the U.S. stood "shoulder to shoulder" with its ally in refusing to accept a nuclearized North Korea. The United States and other nations in the Group of Seven said they'd agreed to "move swiftly" to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine. In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes. (The results of the closely watched vote have yet to be released.)

Today's Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 75. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman (TV: "Dancing with the Stars") is 71. Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 70. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (BYORN ul-VAY'-us) (ABBA) is 70. Actress Talia Shire is 70. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn is 68. Rock musician Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 65. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 61. Actor Hank Azaria is 51. Rock singer Andy Bell (Erasure) is 51. Rock musician Eric Avery is 50. Country musician Rory Feek (Joey + Rory) is 50. TV personality Jane Clayson is 48. Actress Renee Zellweger is 46. Actress Gina Torres is 46. Actor Jason Lee is 45. Actor Jason Wiles is 45. Actress Emily Bergl is 40. Actor Jonathan Angel is 38. Actress Marguerite Moreau is 38. Singer Jacob Underwood is 35. Actress Melonie Diaz is 31. Actress Sara Paxton is 27. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm is 19.

Thought for Today: "It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." -- Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress (1901-1992).

Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rock News

Last Update on April 24, 2015 07:12 GMT

PAUL McCARTNEY IS BRITAIN'S RICHEST MUSICIAN

LONDON (AP) -- To say Paul McCartney does all right for himself is an understatement. London's Sunday Times reports McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, top its list of Britain's richest musicians with a fortune of $1.1 billion. Andrew Lloyd Webber is second with $976 million, followed by U2, Elton John and Mick Jagger. The Sunday Times also compiled a list of the Britain's richest musicians under 30, and Adele tops that list with a fortune of $75 million. The members of One Direction, including the recently departed Zayn Malik (MAL'-ihk), are tied at second with $37.5 million each.

SCOTT WEILAND ENLISTS NEW GUITAR PLAYER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Scott Weiland has hired a new guitar player for his band, The Wildabouts. Nick Maybury of the Australian band Mink will take over guitar duties. The original guitarist, Jeremy Brown, died suddenly March 30, the day before the release of Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts' debut record, "Blaster." Weiland says Brown "had big shoes and no one can fill them...but we have to soldier on." He says Maybury is "an incredible player and a great fit for The Wildabouts." The band will start the American leg of their tour tomorrow in Jacksonville.

GLENN MEDEIROS GETS JOB HEADING UP SCHOOL

HONOLULU (AP) -- A Catholic boys school in Honolulu is about to put a pop star in charge. KHON-TV reports Glenn Medeiros (meh-DEER'-ohs) will start as president of St. Louis School on July 1. Medeiros had a number-12 hit in 1987 with "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You," and a number-one song with Bobby Brown with "She Ain't Worth It." Medeiros has a bachelor's degree in history and humanities and both a masters and a doctorate in education. Madeiros' current job is vice principal at Maryknoll High School in Honolulu.

LADY GAGA WILL BE HONORED BY SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga's talents as a songwriter will be acknowledged by others who practice the same craft. Lady Gaga will get the first Contemporary Icon Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The hall's organizers say the award honors a performing songwriter "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture." Lady Gaga will receive her award during the hall of fame's annual gala June 19 in New York.

NEW ELVIS CHAPEL CELEBRATES FIRST WEDDING

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Kaycee Satava (sah-TAY'-vah) always knew she'd have an Elvis-themed wedding. What she didn't know is that Priscilla Presley would be her matron of honor and her wedding would be the first at the Graceland-endorsed chapel in Las Vegas. Satava married Cameron Baker yesterday morning at the same casino where Elvis performed back in the day. They won their wedding from the "Today" show, which broadcast the ceremony. It was only two minutes long and the Reverend Kenneth Baker says he'd make sure there was "none of that 'dearly beloved."' Satava says having Presley next to her for her wedding "was a dream."

MARKY RAMONE SAYS THE RAMONES ALWAYS SAT IN THE SAME VAN SEATS

NEW YORK (AP) -- There was no point in calling "shotgun" in The Ramones' van. They all had assigned seats. Drummer Marky Ramone says guitarist Johnny Ramone always sat next to the driver, Marky always sat behind Johnny and next to the tour manager, singer Joey Ramone sat behind them and bassist Dee Dee Ramone sat in the back. Marky Ramone says the only time they ever switched seats is if he or Johnny took over the driving. It's not the only weird thing they did. Marky Ramone says Dee Dee was crazy about taking baths and every time he walked into Dee Dee's hotel room, Dee Dee was in the tub. Marky Ramone's book, "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone" is in stores now.

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Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says the band all had assigned seats in their van.

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Marky Ramone

Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says they rarely switched seats in the van.

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Marky Ramone

Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says singer Joey Ramone had obsessive-compulsive disorder, which nearly turned deadly during a tour of Spain. ((note of length of cut))

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Marky Ramone

Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones says bassist Dee Dee Ramone had a strange obsession.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE FINDS OUT ABOUT HER FAMILY'S PAST

DETROIT (AP) -- Melissa Etheridge's family has a scandal in its past. Etheridge agreed to be researched for the TLC genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Billboard reports the research turned up ancestors who sued a man for impregnating a teenage member of the family and refusing to marry her. Etheridge's family tree also includes a colonial American bootlegger. Her episode runs Sunday.

Urban News

Last Update on November 16, 2012 08:15 GMT

KATT WILLIAMS: COMEDIAN ARRESTED

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- He is to perform tonight in Oakland, California. But it's an incident that took place Wednesday that has Katt Williams in the news today. He's has been arrested after a man told Oakland police Williams whacked him upside the head with a bottle. Authorities say the comedian was taken into custody on suspicion of assault -- but later released after he and several witnesses were questioned. The victim says he was attacked aboard a tour bus that was parked outside a downtown hotel. The man was treated at a hospital for a cut to his head. Williams is 41 and is known for his HBO comedy special and movie roles including "Friday After Next" and "Norbit.."

PARTIAL LINEUP FOR SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sandy was a super storm. And some musical superstars are teaming up to help fight back against it. Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and others will be among those who will perform at New York's Madison Square Garden for next month's benefit concert. The arena says Billy Joel and The Who will also take part in the event, called "12-12-12." Other performers will be added to the list. The show -- set for December 12 -- will benefit a fund that helps those affected by Sandy, which pounded the New York City and New Jersey areas.

Online:

Madison Square Garden site: http://www.thegarden.com

RIHANNA: CONCERT SERIES STARTS WITH PARTY

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Usually showing up late for a date will get you a less-than-warm reception. But Rihanna got cheers -- even though she was two hours behind schedule for her performance in Mexico City the other night. She started what's known as her "777" tour with an exclusive party for about 2,000 fans. She thanked fans for their patience, saying their hanging in there until she showed up Wednesday night really made her "feel loved." The concert swing will see Rihanna perform seven shows in seven days in seven different cities. Stops on the tour include Toronto, Paris, Berlin and London before ending up in New York City.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicki Minaj has already won a lot of awards during her career. But she says her career isn't about collecting hardware to put in her trophy case. She says the biggest draw for her being awards shows is performing before a live audience at the venue and on TV. She says that's what she will be looking forward to at the American Music Awards on Sunday. She says she has been at awards shows where she totally forgot she was up for a nomination -- until her name was read off as a winner. The way she sees it, if she keeps making good music, the awards will take care of herself. If you should happen to run into Nicki between now and Sunday, you can remind her she's up for four nominations at the AMAs.

Nicki Minaj says she's more excited about performing at award shows than she is at winning trophies.

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Nicki Minaj says she doesn't do music for awards, but figures if she's good enough during her career she'll get her share.

RIHANNA/NICKI MINAJ: LEAD GOING INTO SUNDAY'S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead the way when it comes to nominations at Sunday's American Music Awards. Each singer has four nods going into the event. Other multiple nominees include two guys who have been reportedly fighting for Rihanna's attention lately -- Drake has three while Chris Brown has two nods. Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber, Usher, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC.

Here's Rihanna performing "We Found Love."

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Nicki Minaj

Here's Nicki Minaj performing "Starships."

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here is the full list of nominees for Sunday's American Music Awards. The event will aired live on ABC from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

-- Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- New artist of the year: J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction.

-- Male artist, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Usher.

-- Female artist, pop/rock: Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

-- Band, duo or group, pop/rock: fun., Maroon 5, One Direction, The Wanted.

-- Album, pop/rock: Justin Bieber, "Believe"; Maroon 5, "Overexposed"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"; One Direction, "Up All Night."

-- Male artist, country: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church.

-- Female artist, country: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

-- Band, duo or group, country: Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts.

-- Album, country: Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"; Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"; Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away."

-- Artist, rap/hip-hop: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga.

-- Album, rap/hip-hop: J. Cole, "Cole World: The Sideline Story"; Drake, "Take Care"; Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."

-- Male artist, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher.

-- Female artist, soul/R&B: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige,,Rihanna.

-- Album, soul/R&B: Chris Brown, "Fortune"; Rihanna, "Talk That Talk"; Usher, "Looking 4 Myself."

-- Artist, alternative rock: The Black Keys, Gotye, Linkin Park.

-- Artist, adult contemporary: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Train.

-- Artist, Latin: Don Omar, Pitbull, Shakira.

-- Artist, contemporary inspirational: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, tobyMac.

-- Artist, electronic dance music: David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex.

THE SUPREMES: FORMER HOUSING PROJECT IN DETROIT TO BE RAZED

DETROIT (AP) -- They most recently were known as the Frederick Douglass Homes in Detroit. But back in the day they were known as the Brewster projects. And that was the place where Diana Ross and the Supremes grew up. Now, the housing project is about to become another memory. Detroit mayor Dave Bing says the demolition of the massive high rise apartment buildings could start early next year. The city has no set plans for redevelopment of the complex where Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson lived before signing with Berry Gordy's Motown Records in the early 1960s. Bing says he knows the former Brewster projects have "a lot of history" -- but has since "become an eyesore."

WILL SMITH/USHER: AMONG NOMINEES FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- The People's Choice Award nominations are out. And Usher and Will Smith are among the nominees. Usher is up for best R&B act while Smith is among the male actors up for honors. Other nominees include Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pitbull and Jay-Z. Fans vote for the winners -- and you can vote on any of the 48 categories through December 13. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for January 9, 2013 -- and broadcast on CBS.

Online:

People's Choice Awards site: http://www.peopleschoice.com

Sound of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performing "One More Night," nominated for Favorite Song.

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Sound of Justin Bieber

Sound of Justin Bieber singing "Boyfriend," from Favorite Album nominee "Believe."

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Sound of Taylor Swift

Sound of Taylor Swift singing "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together," up for Favorite Song.

THE X FACTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rappers Lyric 145 were the first to go on last night's "X Factor." Lyric Da Queen says they didn't get an opportunity to do what they do best -- including rap. But she says you have to take the good with the bad. Later in the show, Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia had a sing-off. Simon Cowell cast the deciding vote, sending Jennel home. Thirteen-year-old Diamond White is still in the running. And the top three on the leaderboard remain unchanged: Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Vino Alan (ah-LAHN').

Lyric Da Queen says they had a lot more to show the world. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Simon Cowell 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 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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