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Last Update on April 18, 2014 08:02 GMT

"AMERICAN IDOL"-DEXTER ELIMINATED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a bad night for 'Bama on "American Idol" last night. Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) and Dexter Roberts were this week's bottom two. Both are from rural Alabama. But it's Dexter who is going home. He did "Lucky Man" as his farewell song. While he's this week's lowest vote-getter, Dexter gets to be part of this summer's live Idol tour. There are just a half-dozen hopefuls left, as the season heads into its final month.

Dexter Roberts performing "Lucky Man." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA STAR ARRESTED

ATLANTA (AP) -- It's a real charge for a cast member of "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Porsha Williams faces a charge of battery -- this, after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was attacked while taping the show. Police say they were called to the Biltmore Hotel on March 27, where Moore told an officer Williams assaulted her. When police went to question her, Moore said she couldn't fill out a statement at the time because she had to be on set. An arrest warrant was issued -- and Williams surrendered Wednesday night. She has since been released. No comment from officials from NBC Universal, parent company of the Bravo network, which airs the show.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG AND HER POT-PEN PAL

DENVER (AP) -- Whoopi Goldberg has nothing but good things to say about her pot pen. She has been using one of those marijuana-vaporizing pens to relieve symptoms from glaucoma. Goldberg writes about her experience in a new column for The Denver Post's Cannabilst Web site. And she says the "vape pen" helps her with the glaucoma headaches -- without getting her overly high off the pot. Goldberg says she's discreet about using the pen if she's in areas of the country where medical marijuana is illegal.

MAN CLAIMS HE WAS ABUSED BY X-MEN DIRECTOR BRYAN SINGER

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer says he felt like "a piece of meat." Michael Egan III says he was a teen when he was sexually abused by Singer and others. He says he and other teenage boys were plied with drugs and promises of fame in Hollywood while they were abused and threatened. Egan says he did report the allegations to authorities at the time -- but doesn't know why charges weren't pressed. Meanwhile, Singer's attorney says in a statement that the allegations against Singer are "completely fabricated." Egan sued Singer in Hawaii and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of the four accusations he makes against the director.

"BEARS" - DAVE MATTHEWS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dave Matthews puts earth first and thinks you should too. Matthews says even with wars and politics and all the things that worry people, the health of the planet should trump all that. He calls it "the most important message that human beings need to hear." Matthews is a supporter of primatologist Jane Goodall's institute, which is promoting the new documentary "Bears." It opens today.

Dave Matthews says he knows a lot of things occupy people's minds, but it should be ecology.

<<CUT ..011 (04/18/14)>> 00:17 "of Jane's work"

Dave Matthews, musician

Dave Matthews says Jane Goodall showed that animals aren't merely creatures to look at in a zoo. ((note length of cut))

FOX TO DO SEQUEL TO "MRS. DOUBTFIRE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a hit more than 20 years ago. So Fox 2000 is looking to light a new fire under an old movie. The studio will re-ignite the comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire," which starred Robin Williams. No deals are in place yet, but a Fox spokeswoman says Williams and Chris Columbus are in talks to be aboard, with Williams re-doing the role of a man who dresses up as a Scottish nanny to spend time with his kids -- and Columbus directing. The original film made more than $400 million worldwide. Among the movie's funniest scenes is when Williams fake breasts catch fire -- and he puts them out with a pair of pot lids.

KEVIN SPACEY AND BILL CLINTON APPEAR AT RAIN FOREST BENEFIT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Spacey does a pretty mean impression of former President Bill Clinton. So it was no surprise that Clinton got on Spacey's case about that when they both appeared at a 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. Spacey mimicked Clinton's praising his Netflix series "House of Cards," in which Spacey plays the president of the United States. Clinton told Spacey he always wanted to be an actor -- but Spacey aced him by getting into his line of work.

Rewind Time

April 20, 2014 07:08 GMT

Today is Easter Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On April 20, 1914, the Ludlow Massacre took place when the Colorado National Guard opened fire on a tent colony of striking miners; about 20 (accounts vary) strikers, women and children died in the gunfire or were smothered by smoke from the burning tents.

On this date:

In 1314, Pope Clement V, the first of the Avignonese popes, died at Roquemaure, France.

In 1792, France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.

In 1861, Col. Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army. (Lee went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia, and eventually became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation admitting West Virginia to the Union, effective in 60 days (on June 20, 1863).

In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.

In 1912, Boston's Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game while Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) opened in Detroit. (The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings; the Tigers beat the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 innings.)

In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.

In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

In 1988, gunmen who'd hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet were allowed safe passage out of Algeria under an agreement that freed the remaining 31 hostages and ended a 15-day siege in which two passengers were slain.

In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.

Ten years ago: A tornado tore through north-central Illinois, killing eight people. A judge ordered Multnomah County, Ore., to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses -- but also ordered the state to recognize the 3,000 licenses already granted in the county.

Five years ago: In Geneva, the United Nations opened its first anti-racism conference in eight years; dozens of Western diplomats walked out as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) called Israel the "most cruel and repressive racist regime." (Nine countries, including the United States and Israel, were already boycotting the conference.) Medical student Philip Markoff was arrested in the death of Julissa Brisman, a masseuse he'd met through Craigslist and whose body was found in a Boston hotel. (Markoff, who also was accused of robbing two other women, took his own life while in jail in August 2010 as he awaited trial in Brisman's death.) Ethiopia's Deriba Merga won the Boston Marathon in 2:08:42, almost a full minute ahead of Kenya's Daniel Rono; Salina Kosgei of Kenya won the women's race in 2:32:16.

One year ago: A magnitude 7 earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province, leaving nearly 200 people dead. On or about this date, movie musical star Deanna Durbin, 91, died near Paris.

Today's Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 94. Actor Leslie Phillips is 90. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is 78. Actor George Takei is 77. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 76. Actor Ryan O'Neal is 73. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 70. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) is 66. Actor Gregory Itzin (iht-zihn) is 66. Actress Jessica Lange is 65. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 65. Actor Clint Howard is 55. Actor Crispin Glover is 50. Actor Andy Serkis is 50. Olympic silver medal figure skater Rosalynn Sumners is 50. Country singer Wade Hayes is 45. Actor Shemar Moore is 44. Actress Carmen Electra is 42. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 42. Rock musician Marty Crandall is 39. Actor Joey Lawrence is 38. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) is 36. Actor Tim Jo is 30.

Thought for Today: "History is the autobiography of a madman." -- Alexander Herzen, Russian author (1812-1870).

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