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    LUPITA NYONG'O's OSCAR DRESS STOLEN

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It looked hot when Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) wore it Oscar night. Now, the $150,000 pearl-adorned dress she rocked on the red carpet is itself hot -- because it's been swiped. Authorities in Los Angeles say Nyong'o has reported the dress stolen. They say the actress told them it disappeared from her hotel room in West Hollywood on Wednesday and a search is now under way to find it. The dress features 6,000 pearls of different sizes and is part of the Calvin Klein Collection. Nyong'o won an Oscar last year for her role in "Twelve Years a Slave" and was a presenter at Sunday's ceremony.

    Here are photographers at the 2015 Oscars, clamoring for shots of Lupita Nyong'o. The actress reports the dress she wore Oscar night has been stolen.

    SCARLETT JOHANSSON DEFENDS JOHN TRAVOLTA

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss. Scarlett Johansson is defending John Travolta over what some saw as an awkward-looking kiss he planted on her on the red carpet at the Oscars. Some described the kiss as being creepy looking and it launched more than a few Internet memes. But Johansson finds nothing funny about it. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said "there is nothing at all strange, creepy or inappropriate" about Travolta -- and that he is a "class act." Johansson notes the image of the kiss you may have seen online takes their meeting out of context and says it's an example of how "we are misguided, misinformed and sensationalized by the 24-hour news cycle."

    WILL SMITH - SEX SYMBOL?

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Will Smith has played a heavyweight boxing champion, a homeless man and many action heroes. But a sex symbol? He says he has trouble wrapping his head around the idea of him being the type of person the ladies swoon over. Smith says he has always been the kind of guy to use his sense of humor, rather than his looks, to win over women. He says he would have appreciated being seen as sexy a couple of decades ago. But instead he says when he was younger he "was goofy." Smith's latest movie is "Focus" and is in theaters today.

    Will Smith says he has trouble coming to grips to the idea that he's a sex symbol.

    <<CUT ..003 (02/27/15)>> 00:05 "was just goofy"

    Will Smith

    Will Smith says he wishes people were calling him sexy decades ago. ((note langiuage; cut contains word "damn"))

    <<CUT ..004 (02/27/15)>> 00:15 "real adult situations"

    Will Smith

    Will Smith says his character in "Focus" reflects his level of maturity in life.

    WILL PATTON - DUI

    ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) -- A DUI case for Coach Yost. Will Patton, who coached alongside Denzel Washington in "Remember the Titans, has been charged with DUI in his native South Carolina. Authorities say the actor was stopped on the Isle of Palms Tuesday night and charged in a case after blowing over the state limit of zero-point-oh-8. Apparently not much over the limit. He faces a charge of DUI with a blood-alcohol content of less than 0.10. Patton is 60 and now stars in the TNT series "Falling Skies."

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Imagine a world where a cheeky cartoon cat would go around and encourage people to fire carrot sticks at people, instead of Cheetos. That theory is being put to the test by people like actress Jessica Alba. She is part of a campaign to give fruits and vegetables the kind of marketing push that candy bars, potato chips -- and yes, cheese puffs regularly get. It's called FNV -- a supposedly hipper way to say fruits and veggies. Others involved in the pump up fruit and vegetables promotion are NBA star Stephen Curry and NFL stars Cam Newton and Victor Cruz.

    TEA LEONI - INSPIRATION

    NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a question Tea Leoni (TAY'-uh lee-OH'-nee) says she gets asked a lot: after who does she pattern her character in "Madame Secretary?" She says she used to get so tired of being asked, she got to the point where she'd say it was Henry Kissinger -- rather than the obvious choices like Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice or Madeleine Albright. In reality, Leoni says she's inspired by her father. She says her dad is "the most even-keeled, most diplomatic human being" she knows.

    `AMERICAN IDOL'

    DETROIT (AP) -- It was the ladies' turn on "American Idol" last night. The Top 12 women performed in Detroit, after the guys did their thing Wednesday. The judges agree that Sarina Joi-Crowe brought down the house with her version of "Mamma Knows Best." It's a Jessie J song and J-Lo says Sarina's take rivals the original. Jax also got high marks from the judges, as did Tyanna Jones. Next week, the first eliminations on this season of Idol based on viewer votes.

    J-Lo says Sarina equals one of today's top-selling recording artists. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

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    The judges and Sarina Joi-Crowe

    The judges loved Sarina's version of "Mamma Knows Best." OURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

    CONAN O'BRIEN - CUBA

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Wanna see Conan O'Brien roll his own? You can next week. But you'll be disappointed if you expect that what he'll be rolling is a joint. O'Brien has been taping his show in Havana, Cuba. And in one of the segments he has done, he visits a cigar factory where hundreds of workers make cigars he describes as "works of art." You'll see him try his hand at rolling one of those legendary Cuban cigars. It's believed to be the first time an American talk show has been in Cuba since Jack Paar did a show from the Communist island in 1959.

    DIANE SAWYER - PRISON LIFE

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Diane Sawyer has been in prison. No, it isn't part of some past life -- but more like her future after giving up the anchor desk at ABC "World News Tonight." She has visited four prisons for a special: "A Nation of Women Behind Bars." During her visits to prisons in Tennessee, Maryland, Florida and Washington, she collected stories on what life is like behind bars for women. The special airs tonight.

    NEW MEXICO AND HOLLYWOOD

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Albuquerque, New Mexico is about 700 miles from Los Angeles. But when it comes to producing TV and movies Albuquerque is trying to close the gap with Hollywood. The city was home to "Breaking Bad." And since that AMC show went off the air, officials were worried producers might look elsewhere. But so far, things have worked out. The "Breaking Bad" prequel, "Better Call Saul" is done in Albuquerque. And NBC has begin filming its second season of "The Night Shift." Other projects are said to be in the works.

    Rewind Time

    February 28, 2015 08:07 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2015. There are 306 days left in the year.

    Today's Highlight in History:

    On Feb. 28, 1940, the first televised college basketball games were broadcast by New York City station W2XBS as Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-27, at Madison Square Garden.

    On this date:

    In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded as the ship was sailing on the Potomac River, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.

    In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.

    In 1915, actor-comedian Zero Mostel was born in Brooklyn, New York.

    In 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth were attacked by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both were sunk shortly after midnight.

    In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.

    In 1960, a day after defeating the Soviets at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California, the United States won its first Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Czechoslovakia, 9-4.

    In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued the Shanghai Communique, which called for normalizing relations between their countries, at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China.

    In 1975, 42 people were killed in London's Underground when a train smashed into the end of a tunnel.

    In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme (PAHL'-meh) was shot to death in central Stockholm. (The killing remains unsolved.)

    In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.

    In 1995, Denver International Airport opened after 16 months of delays and $3.2 billion in budget overruns.

    In 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate. (Benedict was succeeded the following month by Pope Francis.)

    Ten years ago: In Santa Maria, California, the prosecution and defense gave opening statements in the sexual molestation trial of Michael Jackson, who was later acquitted. A U.S. District Judge, Joan Humphrey Lefkow, discovered the bodies of her husband and mother inside her Chicago home. (An unemployed electrician confessed to the murders in a suicide note.) A suicide car bombing targeted at security recruits killed 125 people in Hillah, Iraq. Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.

    Five years ago: Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final event of the Vancouver Olympics. Canada earned its 14th gold medal, the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The American silver was the 37th medal won by the United States at these games, also the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. (The U.S. won the medals race for the first time since 1932.)

    One year ago: Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned "there will be costs" for any intervention.

    (Stations: "Bobb'e J. Thompson" is correct)

    Today's Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 86. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 84. Actor Don Francks is 83. Singer Sam the Sham is 78. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 76. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 75. Actor Frank Bonner is 73. Actress Kelly Bishop is 71. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 68. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 67. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 67. Actress Bernadette Peters is 67. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 67. Actress Ilene Graff is 66. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 62. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 60. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 60. Actor John Turturro is 58. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 58. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 54. Actress Maxine Bahns is 46. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 46. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 46. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 45. Actress Tasha Smith is 44. Actor Rory Cochrane is 43. Actress Ali Larter is 39. Country singer Jason Aldean is 38. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 37. Actress Michelle Horn is 28. Actress Madisen Beaty (TV: "The Fosters") is 20. Actress Quinn Shephard is 20. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 19.

    Thought for Today: "Who will give me back those days when life had wings and flew just like a skylark in the sky." -- Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French actress and poet (1786-1859).

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