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Last Update on March 05, 2015 08:10 GMT

PHARRELL WILLIAMS - MARVIN GAYE LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pharrell Williams says he wanted the feel of a 1970s Marvin Gaye-type song -- but didn't steal from a Marvin Gaye song. The producer, singer and coach on "The Voice" has testified in a case in which he, Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are accused of swiping parts of Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" for the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines." Williams says he grew up listening to Gaye's music and is familiar with the song he's accused of pilfering. But he insists he didn't use it to create Blurred Lines. Williams says it was only after his song was released that he noted similarities between his and Gaye's. Blurred Lines made more than $16 million in profits.

Here is sound of Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I.'s "Blurred Lines." The artists are being sued by Marvin Gaye's children who claim the song was improperly copied.

`AMERICAN IDOL' - ARETHA

DETROIT (AP) -- "American Idol" enlisted some Detroit star power to open last night's show. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, did "I Will Survive" before the Top 8 guys performed. Franklin was also a mentor to the contestants. The Top 12 guys started the show. As each of the Top 8 was named, he got to perform for this week's vote. The last to make it was Quentin Alexander, who says he was getting plenty nervous as the clock ticked down. Tonight, the Top 8 ladies take the Idol stage.

Quentin Alexander says he was getting nervous as the results were announced. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

MTV MOVIE AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They weren't up for the Oscars. But "The Fault In Our Stars," "Neighbors" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" are in the running for a movie award. They each have seven nominations for the MTV Movie Awards -- a trophy in the shape of a movie popcorn box. Other movies in the running are "22 Jump Street" and "Whiplash" -- with five nods each. Winners will be announced April 12 in Los Angeles.

BRUCE WILLIS - BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bruce Willis is headed for Broadway for the first time. He will make his debut in a stage version of the Stephen King novel "Misery." Elizabeth Marvel will star alongside him. Dates and a theater will be announced later. Everyone involved has to be hoping this show won't have the same fate as the play based on King's novel "Carrie." That 1988 production is considered one of the biggest flops in Broadway history.

CONRAD HILTON - GUILTY PLEA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For a while, Paris Hilton was best known as an heir to the Hilton hotel chain fortune. Conrad Hilton's claim to fame? He's Paris' 20-year-old brother. Paris' baby bro is getting attention now -- after he acted up big time during a trans-Atlantic flight. He has pleaded guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to LA. During his tantrum, Conrad called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members. The offense carries a max of six months in jail, a year of probation and a $5,000 fine. Under the plea deal, prosecutors say they will ask for only probation.

Country News

Last Update on March 05, 2015 08:10 GMT

GLEN CAMPBELL'S CHILDREN FIGHT OVER WIFE'S CONTROL OVER HIS CARE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Glen Campbell's two oldest children want someone besides his wife to make medical and financial decisions for him. Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell are asking a judge to appoint conservators and a guardian to protect Campbell's interests. They say in a petition filed in Nashville in January that Campbell's wife, Kim, is keeping their father secluded from the rest of the family and won't let them help with his care. The petition was filed under seal but a copy was sent to The Associated Press. Kim Campbell's attorney refused to comment because of the seal. Glen Campbell is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and lives at a long-term care facility.

SOUND:

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

The two oldest children of singer Glen Campbell are going to court over his health care. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Sound off Glen Campbell

Here's sound of Glen Campbell performing "Wichita Lineman."

PHARRELL TELLS JURY HE DIDN'T COPY MARVIN GAYE IN `BLURRED LINES'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for "Blurred Lines." But Williams says he was going for the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. Yesterday, Williams told a jury in federal court in Los Angeles that he grew up listening to Gaye's music. Williams says he didn't discuss "Got to Give it Up" with Thicke before crafting the song in mid-2012. "Blurred Lines" was 2013's biggest hit and earned more than $16 million in profits.

SOUND:

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Pharrell Williams testified at a trial in which he and two other musicians are accused of stealing Marvin Gaye's music.

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sound of Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.

Here is sound of Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I.'s "Blurred Lines." The artists are being sued by Marvin Gaye's children who claim the song was improperly copied.

SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES FINAL TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shania Twain is going to launch her first tour in 11 years, and it will be her last. Twain will begin her "Rock This Country" tour June 5 in Seattle. She tells "Good Morning America" it will be a farewell tour because while she enjoyed her two years performing in Las Vegas, she's ready to hang it up. She says she wants to go out with a bang. Twain says it will be a different show than the Vegas one. Canadian musician and actor Wes Mack will open for the Seattle date and all the Canadian dates, while Gavin DeGraw will open on the American dates.

MARKY RAMONE PREPARES HIS OWN BEER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones is planning his own beer line. He's a recovering alcoholic. Ramone says that may sound "surreal," but just because he's an alcoholic doesn't mean he can't create a great-tasting beer. He does what wine-tasters do: he swirls it in his mouth and spits it out. He says if he swallows, he breaks his sobriety. Ramone plans to donate the proceeds from the sale of the beer to charity. In the meantime, he's just published his autobiography, "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg."

SOUND:

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Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says he's an alcoholic creating his own beer, but he has a higher purpose.

<<CUT ..013 (03/05/15)>> 00:12 "your own beer"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says he's planning his own line of beer, even though he's an alcoholic.

<<CUT ..014 (03/05/15)>> 00:11 "broken my sobriety"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says he's involved in the beer-making process but he doesn't drink it.

<<CUT ..015 (03/05/15)>> 00:16 "headache every morning"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says getting fired from The Ramones was the best thing that ever happened to him, because it forced him to become sober.

BUDDY HOLLY PLANE CRASH CASE COULD BE REOPENED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board could take another look at the February 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. An NTSB spokesman confirms to Billboard magazine it is reviewing a petition to reopen the investigation. That review could take several months. New England pilot L.J. Coon submitted the petition, saying flight data involving the plane's rate of ascent, weight and balance could point out factors in the crash. That could clear the name of pilot Roger Peterson, who was also killed in the crash. The now-defunct Civil Aeronautics Board blamed the crash on pilot error, with snow as a secondary cause.

BIG SEAN IS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Big Sean beats out Kid Rock on the album chart. Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise" makes its debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 173,000 units. It's Big Sean's first number-one album. Rock's "First Kiss" debuts in second with 146,000 units.

Rewind Time

March 05, 2015 08:10 GMT

Today is Thursday, March 5, the 64th day of 2015. There are 301 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.

On this date:

In 1766, Antonio de Ulloa arrived in New Orleans to assume his duties as the first Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory, where he encountered resistance from the French residents.

In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.

In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power. Composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.

In 1955, Elvis Presley made his television debut on "Louisiana Hayride" carried by KSLA-TV Shreveport (although audio recordings exist, there is no known video footage of this appearance).

In 1960, Cuban newspaper photographer Alberto Korda took the now-famous picture of guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a memorial service in Havana for victims of a ship explosion. Elvis Presley was discharged from the U.S. Army.

In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tennessee, along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline's manager).

In 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

In 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.

In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.

In 1994, a jury in Pensacola, Florida, convicted anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. David Gunn; Griffin was immediately sentenced to life in prison.

Ten years ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad announced a two-stage pullback of his country's forces from Lebanon.

Five years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visiting Guatemala, told reporters that demand for narcotics in the United States was fueling drug violence in Central America as she acknowledged a measure of U.S. responsibility for what she called "a terrible criminal scourge." New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa, facing a harassment complaint by a male staffer, said he was stepping down from his seat with "a profound sense of failure." Andree Peel, 105, a member of the World War II Resistance, died in Bristol, England.

One year ago: President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile (DAY'-boh uh-DAYG'-bih-lay), was blocked by bipartisan Senate opposition over his legal work at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who's serving life in prison in the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups, Lois Lerner, once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing.

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Noble is 93. Actor Paul Sand is 83. Actor James B. Sikking is 81. Actor Dean Stockwell is 79. Actor Fred Williamson is 77. Actress Samantha Eggar is 76. Actor Michael Warren is 69. Actor Eddie Hodges is 68. Singer Eddy Grant is 67. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 63. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 61. Magician Penn Jillette is 60. Actress Adriana Barraza is 59. Rock singers Craig and Charlie Reid (The Proclaimers) are 53. Rock musician John Frusciante (froo-SHAN'-tee) is 45. Singer Rome is 45. Actor Kevin Connolly is 41. Actress Jill Ritchie is 41. Actress Jolene Blalock is 40. Actress Eva Mendes is 40. Model Niki Taylor is 40. Actress Kimberly McCullough is 37. Actress Dominique McElligott (TV: "Astronaut Wives Club" ex-"Hell on Wheels") is 29. Actor Sterling Knight is 26. Actor Jake Lloyd is 26.

Thought for Today: "More tears have been shed over men's lack of manners than their lack of morals." -- Helen Hathaway, American writer (1893-1932).

Rock News

Last Update on March 05, 2015 08:10 GMT

GLEN CAMPBELL'S CHILDREN FIGHT OVER WIFE'S CONTROL OVER HIS CARE

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Glen Campbell's two oldest children want someone besides his wife to make medical and financial decisions for him. Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell are asking a judge to appoint conservators and a guardian to protect Campbell's interests. They say in a petition filed in Nashville in January that Campbell's wife, Kim, is keeping their father secluded from the rest of the family and won't let them help with his care. The petition was filed under seal but a copy was sent to The Associated Press. Kim Campbell's attorney refused to comment because of the seal. Glen Campbell is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and lives at a long-term care facility.

SOUND:

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Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent

The two oldest children of singer Glen Campbell are going to court over his health care. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with music))

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Sound off Glen Campbell

Here's sound of Glen Campbell performing "Wichita Lineman."

PHARRELL TELLS JURY HE DIDN'T COPY MARVIN GAYE IN `BLURRED LINES'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for "Blurred Lines." But Williams says he was going for the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. Yesterday, Williams told a jury in federal court in Los Angeles that he grew up listening to Gaye's music. Williams says he didn't discuss "Got to Give it Up" with Thicke before crafting the song in mid-2012. "Blurred Lines" was 2013's biggest hit and earned more than $16 million in profits.

SOUND:

<<CUT ..002 (03/05/15)>> 00:18 "in federal court"

Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Pharrell Williams testified at a trial in which he and two other musicians are accused of stealing Marvin Gaye's music.

<<CUT ..003 (03/05/15)>> 00:30 ""

sound of Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.

Here is sound of Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I.'s "Blurred Lines." The artists are being sued by Marvin Gaye's children who claim the song was improperly copied.

SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES FINAL TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shania Twain is going to launch her first tour in 11 years, and it will be her last. Twain will begin her "Rock This Country" tour June 5 in Seattle. She tells "Good Morning America" it will be a farewell tour because while she enjoyed her two years performing in Las Vegas, she's ready to hang it up. She says she wants to go out with a bang. Twain says it will be a different show than the Vegas one. Canadian musician and actor Wes Mack will open for the Seattle date and all the Canadian dates, while Gavin DeGraw will open on the American dates.

MARKY RAMONE PREPARES HIS OWN BEER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones is planning his own beer line. He's a recovering alcoholic. Ramone says that may sound "surreal," but just because he's an alcoholic doesn't mean he can't create a great-tasting beer. He does what wine-tasters do: he swirls it in his mouth and spits it out. He says if he swallows, he breaks his sobriety. Ramone plans to donate the proceeds from the sale of the beer to charity. In the meantime, he's just published his autobiography, "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg."

SOUND:

<<CUT ..012 (03/05/15)>> 00:15 "wanted to do"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says he's an alcoholic creating his own beer, but he has a higher purpose.

<<CUT ..013 (03/05/15)>> 00:12 "your own beer"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says he's planning his own line of beer, even though he's an alcoholic.

<<CUT ..014 (03/05/15)>> 00:11 "broken my sobriety"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says he's involved in the beer-making process but he doesn't drink it.

<<CUT ..015 (03/05/15)>> 00:16 "headache every morning"

Marky Ramone, drummer formerly with The Ramones

Drummer Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, says getting fired from The Ramones was the best thing that ever happened to him, because it forced him to become sober.

BUDDY HOLLY PLANE CRASH CASE COULD BE REOPENED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board could take another look at the February 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. An NTSB spokesman confirms to Billboard magazine it is reviewing a petition to reopen the investigation. That review could take several months. New England pilot L.J. Coon submitted the petition, saying flight data involving the plane's rate of ascent, weight and balance could point out factors in the crash. That could clear the name of pilot Roger Peterson, who was also killed in the crash. The now-defunct Civil Aeronautics Board blamed the crash on pilot error, with snow as a secondary cause.

BIG SEAN IS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Big Sean beats out Kid Rock on the album chart. Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise" makes its debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 173,000 units. It's Big Sean's first number-one album. Rock's "First Kiss" debuts in second with 146,000 units.

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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