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Last Update on February 27, 2015 14:58 GMT

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.

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Will Smith

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

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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 27, 2015 08:08 GMT

Today is Friday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2015. There are 307 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag (RYKS'-tahg), was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire to justify suspending civil liberties.

On this date:

In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

In 1814, Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, was first performed in Vienna.

In 1911, inventor Charles F. Kettering demonstrated his electric automobile starter in Detroit by starting a Cadillac's motor with just the press of a switch, instead of hand-cranking.

In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of women to vote.

In 1939, the Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp., effectively outlawed sit-down strikes. Britain and France recognized the regime of Francisco Franco of Spain.

In 1943, during World War II, Norwegian commandos launched a raid to sabotage a German-operated heavy water plant in Norway. The U.S. government began circulating one-cent coins made of steel plated with zinc (the steel pennies proved unpopular, since they were easily mistaken for dimes).

In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.

In 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, 3-2, at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)

In 1968, at the conclusion of a CBS News special report on the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite delivered a commentary in which he said the conflict appeared "mired in stalemate."

In 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until May.)

In 1982, Wayne Williams was found guilty of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period. (Williams, who was also blamed for 22 other deaths, has maintained his innocence.)

In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, President George H.W. Bush declared that "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq's army is defeated," and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight, Eastern time.

Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at his Rome hospital window. The Iraqi government announced the capture of Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, Saddam Hussein's half brother and former adviser. (Although sentenced to death, al-Hassan died of cancer in 2013.) Academy Awards went to "Million Dollar Baby," director Clint Eastwood, star Hilary Swank and supporting actor Morgan Freeman.

Five years ago: In Chile, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people, caused $30 billion in damage and left over 200,000 homeless. Steven Holcomb drove USA-1 to the Olympic gold medal in four-man bobsledding in Vancouver, ending a 62-year drought for the Americans in the event.

One year ago: President Barack Obama kicked off his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative from the White House East Room, calling for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males. Masked gunmen stormed parliament in Ukraine's strategic Crimean region while the newly formed interim government pledged to prevent a breakup with strong backing for the West.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Joanne Woodward is 85. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 81. Opera singer Mirella Freni is 80. Actress Barbara Babcock is 78. Actor Howard Hesseman is 75. Actress Debra Monk is 66. Rock singer-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 61. Rock musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 58. Actor Timothy Spall is 58. Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 55. Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 55. Rock musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is 54. Basketball Hall-of-Famer James Worthy is 54. Actor Adam Baldwin is 53. Actor Grant Show is 53. Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) is 50. Actor Noah Emmerich is 50. Actor Donal Logue (DOH'-nuhl LOHG) is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 44. Rock musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Roderick Clark is 42. Country-rock musician Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers) is 37. Chelsea Clinton is 35. Actor Brandon Beemer is 35. Rock musician Cyrus Bolooki (New Found Glory) is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Valentino is 35. Singer Josh Groban is 34. Rock musician Jared Champion (Cage the Elephant) is 32. Actress Kate Mara is 32.

Thought for Today: "He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (born this date in 1807, died in 1882).

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